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Human 'Foot' In NY Recycling Plant Actually Bear Paw

August 7, 2009 12:30 pm | News | Comments

What authorities thought was a decomposing human foot found among recyclables at a western New York landfill really came from a bear. Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said a worker found the object among trash Monday and notified authorities. Povero said it appeared to be a human foot but couldn't be positively identified.

Microprocessors Can Make Big Boiler Changes

August 7, 2009 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cleaver-Books (Milwaukee, WI) introduces SysteMAX, a microprocessor-based wireless control for boiler rooms. SysteMAX uses 64 I/O points for controlling multiple boilers, pumps, and dampers while matching system load. Also, the control can adjust boiler sequencing and firing rate based on real-time variances from outdoor temperature, supply/return temperatures, and flow.

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Multiple Assets, One Monitoring Solution

August 7, 2009 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binmaster (Lincoln, NE) has developed its SmartBob C-50 Analog Expansion Console, which enables monitoring of multiple bins equipped with SmartBob2 or SmartBob-TS1 sensors from a single C-100 console. The C-50 is the latest addition to Binmaster’s cable-based inventory tracking system, which is designed to measure the level of powders, ganules, pellets, and dry bulk solids, in addition to liquids.

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Delta To Cut More Jobs

August 7, 2009 6:55 am | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's biggest airline operator, is planning to cut more management and administrative jobs, but isn't saying how many, according to a recorded message and a memo from top executives. Chief Executive Richard Anderson said in a recorded message to employees Thursday that Delta has seen its revenue stream decline by billions of dollars because of the weak economy and the drop-off in demand for air travel.

Job Losses Slow To 247,000; Jobless Rate Dips

August 7, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

Employers throttled back on layoffs in July, cutting just 247,000 jobs, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.4 percent, its first decline in 15 months. It was a better-than-expected showing that offered a strong signal that the recession is finally ending.

Save Time With Operator-Based Maintenance

August 7, 2009 5:41 am | by John L. Ross, Jr, Senior Consultant with Marshall Institute Inc. | Articles | Comments

Could you use an extra 50 to 100 maintenance technicians? If so, what would you do with them? Maybe they can be used to enhance your preventive maintenance (PM) program. Here’s how. I will admit that outwardly it would be controversial to suggest indiscriminately eliminating 20 percent of your existing preventive maintenance task! No kidding — literally hit the delete key on your computer and say good-bye to 1/5 of your work.

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Pumping Intelligence

August 6, 2009 10:31 am | Articles | Comments

ITT Goulds (Seneca Falls, NY) announces its Model 3196 process pump, which now features patented onboard pump intelligence. The 3196 has a stainless steel condition monitor, which is placed securely atop the power end to measure critical vibration and temperature readings.

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Mix It Up

August 6, 2009 10:24 am | Articles | Comments

Real Time Ware, Inc. (New Baltimore, MI) has developed the Model MFT 3000, a mixer for solutions requiring two or more components, including adhesives, powders, or liquids. The MFT 3000 inspects the solution during mixing to ensure the ratio of components is always within specification, which can be seen on the visual display.

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Reliable Electronics In Harsh Environments

August 6, 2009 10:23 am | Articles | Comments

Meltric Corporation (Franklin, WI) releases its DXN37C product line of plugs and receptacles featuring 37 electrical contacts. Each contact on the plug and receptacle can carry up to 5 amps at 220 volts, making the DXN37C suited for control applications. Meltric’s devices are ATEX-rated for use in zones 1 and 2 (gas) or zone 21 and 22 (dust) classified areas.

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AC Motor Testing, Safely

August 6, 2009 10:22 am | Articles | Comments

PdMA Corp. (Tampa Florida) introduces the MTAP3, which allows facilities to safely test energized AC electric motors and generators without opening the MCC or switchgear doors. A special cable connects the MTAP3 port to the tester, and the voltage is less than 5V, in order to comply with the latest OSHA and NFPA 70E guidelines for electrical work.

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Pillsbury Plant Employee Kills Co-worker

August 6, 2009 6:41 am | News | Comments

An employee crashed his car through a Pillsbury plant's security gate during a shift change Wednesday morning and then fatally shot a co-worker as others watched in horror, authorities said. The shooting occurred as officers were investigating a report of gunshots outside a home less than a mile away, police said.

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Senate Considers $2B 'Clunkers' Refill

August 6, 2009 5:02 am | by Ken Thomas & Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

The Senate is poised to add $2 billion to the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program after lawmakers agreed to vote on the government car incentives and give shoppers until Labor Day to visit their local dealerships and make a deal. Administration officials have estimated the tripling of the $1 billion program could fund an additional 500,000 new car sales, giving automakers a late summer boost after months of ragged sales.

Bobcat To Cut 195 Jobs In ND Due To Slow Sales

August 6, 2009 4:54 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

August 6, 2009 FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Bobcat Co., which makes skid-steer loaders and light construction equipment, announced Wednesday it will cut 195 jobs at its three North Dakota sites due to slow sales. Most of the layoffs involved hourly workers at the plant in the small town of Gwinner, southwest of Fargo, and company officials said they hoped to call them back if the economy improves.

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GE To Produce Batteries In NY

August 5, 2009 12:43 pm | Articles | Comments

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — General Electric Co. has chosen Schenectady for a $100 million plant to produce high-tech sodium battery cells designed to power locomotives and heavy equipment. GE announced in May that it planned to boost its battery business with a new plant in upstate New York.

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Toyota Plans New Sports Car, Mum On GM Deal

August 5, 2009 12:41 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. will produce a fun but affordable sports car as the world's largest automaker seeks a return to profitability with vehicles that meet customers' desire for fuel efficiency without sacrificing style, company president Akio Toyoda said Wednesday.

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Obama Says Indiana 'Factories Coming Back To Life'

August 5, 2009 12:39 pm | by Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Trumpeting a "made in America" message, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a national investment in electric cars as the latest effort to rebuild an economy that keeps shedding jobs. "We know that, even in the hardest times, against the toughest odds, we have never surrendered.

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GM Board Orders Faster New Vehicle Rollout

August 5, 2009 12:38 pm | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — At its first meeting, the board overseeing the new General Motors Co. ordered management to bring some new vehicles to market faster, a sign that the new 13-member board will play a far larger role than the old one. Board Chairman Edward Whitacre Jr.

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Government Won't Run Automakers

August 5, 2009 12:36 pm | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. government will not use its stake in General Motors to make social policy such as offering more fuel efficient vehicles or limiting auto emissions, the head of a task force overseeing the industry said Wednesday. Task Force Chairman Ron Bloom told reporters that the management of GM and Chrysler will be left to their boards of directors.

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So... Did I Get The Job?

August 5, 2009 12:30 pm | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO When I saw the CNN.com headline “ 43 Weird Things Said in Job Interviews ,” I had to click. Throughout my career, I’ve enjoyed the odd task of interviewing dozens of prospective job candidates for positions within our publication group, and I’m always up for a disastrous tale of inappropriate behavior.

Case Study: Flexibility And Clarity With EYE

August 5, 2009 10:47 am | Articles | Comments

The Test Application and Assembly Center (TAZ) of the Center for Fuel Technology was opened September 2008 at the University of Duisburg-Essen, and is the first facility in which the production of fuel cells can be fully observed and altered according to needs or technological breakthroughs. The facility is researching how fuel cells could be manufactured in an entirely automated process.

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