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Canadian Abitibi Loses 1,500 In Streamlining

September 18, 2009 3:59 am | News | Comments

MONTREAL — AbitibiBowater announced Thursday that it will suspend production indefinitely at several Canadian and U.S. mills in a corporate streamlining that will affect about 1,500 Canadian workers. The cuts, which begin Oct. 31, reflect the insolvent newsprint giant's restructuring efforts under the bankruptcy protection laws in Canada and the United States.

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LA Scoops Up $670,000 From Pfizer Fine

September 18, 2009 3:54 am | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge's approval of a settlement agreement between the state and Pfizer Inc. means Louisiana will receive more than $670,000 from the drug maker over alleged improper marketing of an antipsychotic drug. Louisiana was among the states that reached a $33 million settlement with Pfizer, the world's largest drug manufacturer.

Energy Awareness

September 17, 2009 6:23 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Coastal Training Technologies (Virginia Beach, VA) and DuPont Safety Resources have collaborated to produce a new training DVD, titled Energy Smart , which helps promote general energy awareness. A 7-day preview is free, and the video will soon be released in Coastal’s ClarityNet online courseware.

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Be In Sync

September 17, 2009 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TML_LIB_X20 motion control library from Technosoft (Cincinnati, OH) is a collection of high-level functions and blocks allowing the control of a Technosoft intelligent drive from a B&R PLC. With the TML_LIB functions, customers can control drives individually or grouped by sending commands for simple, complex, or synchronized moves.

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Score-less Pipe Cutting

September 17, 2009 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RIDGID (Elyria, OH) Press Snap soil pipe cutter expands the original RIDGID line of press tools by providing an easy way to cut cast iron soil pipe. The Press Snap eliminates the need for manual ratcheting when connected to a RIDGID press tool, and there is no need to score the pipe beforehand.

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Custom Motion Control

September 17, 2009 6:21 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Lowell Corporation (Worcester, MA) has expended its capacity for designing custom motion control components, and can now provide customized solutions for a variety of applications: paper and metal processing machinery, conveyors, chain binders, and more. If a customer requires a non-standard motion control device, Lowell can typically fill the need by modifying an existing product in its line, by altering the shape or size of the drive, adding or removing teeth on a gear, or changing the configuration of a handle.

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Congress Approves Green Vehicle Funding

September 16, 2009 12:07 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting more federal money to support the auto industry, the House on Wednesday approved an expansion of U.S. government-led research into making cars and trucks more fuel-efficient. The House plan would allow the Energy Department to spend up to $200 million more each year on research and development for advanced-technology vehicles and auto parts.

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Biofuel Production From Algae

September 16, 2009 9:41 am | by David Rausen, Solix Biofuels | Articles | Comments

September 17, 2009 The world’s dependence on finite, nonrenewable petroleum is at the heart of many of the environmental and energy challenges we face today. Additionally, transportation fuel use is a major contributor to global warming: more than 30 percent of the CO2 emissions in the United States come from the burning of petroleum fuel for transportation.

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Virtual Forklifts To Clean Up Computer Screens

September 16, 2009 7:25 am | Articles | Comments

Via TirexiHD . Do you get home from work just wishing you could spend more time in a forklift? Now there's a way. Forklift Simulator 2009 allows users to take control of their own forklift after an extensive training session, allowing them to move around the plant floor and move the targeted pallets onto eagerly waiting semis.

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Sushi-Loving Robots With Opposable Thumbs

September 16, 2009 6:55 am | Articles | Comments

Via DigInfo News . These robots from Squse, a Japaese robotics company, are built using air-injected actuators that mimick the motion and sensitivity of a human hand, namely through a swift, delicate touch unheard of in robotics. The actuators, even when filled, release pressure only according to the form of an object, which allows the robot to pick up soft objects such as sushi and strawberries without destroying them.

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Hungry FDA Official Orders Massive Pot Pie Recall

September 16, 2009 6:42 am | Articles | Comments

Hungry FDA Official Orders Massive Pot Pie Recall Via The Onion . The Onion, America's most trusted fake news source, offers breaking news: The FDA is issuing a massive recall of all pot pies, which should be sent "piping hot" to the FDA headquarters in Maryland. Don't forget the forks and napkins, which will be aptly used in the inspection process.

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Dynamic Fan Balancing With Balmac

September 16, 2009 6:31 am | Articles | Comments

This video provides step-by-step directions on how to balance a small fan using the Balmac Model 216-D Analyzer/Balancer. Useful for those new to the practice, or who have recently purchased a Balmac product, the video walks viewers through finding aplitude, using a strobe to read the fan's phase, placing weights to vary balance, and calculating vectors.

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'Mystery At The Factory' — In Lego

September 16, 2009 6:22 am | Articles | Comments

How often does this happen at your facility? You know, when flowers and zombies start coming down your conveyors? Well, in the hyper-colored world of Lego, it happens all too often. This riveting film chronicles the plight of a plant worker as he attempts to sort out the mysteries of his conveyor belt under the supervision of a unique manager.

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Congress Considers $550m/Year Green Car Funding

September 16, 2009 5:00 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting more funding for the auto industry, the House is considering an expansion into government-led research of fuel-efficient vehicle technology and making research dollars more available to auto parts suppliers. The House was expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that could allow the Energy Department to spend up to $550 million a year to conduct advanced technology vehicle and component part research and development.

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Chrysler-Fiat Boldly Predict 6 Million Car Production

September 16, 2009 4:52 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 FRANKFURT (AP) — Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Wednesday that the new auto alliance can reach a production of 5.5 million to 6 million cars a year on its own once the economy and car markets stabilze. "We will arrive alone at 6 million units. Between us and Chrysler, we will get there," Marchionne said on the sidelines of the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Illegally Dumped Chemicals Kill 3 In China

September 16, 2009 4:41 am | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 SHANGHAI (AP) -- Three people have died and an additional 17 required medical treatment after they were exposed to bags of a toxic chemical illegally dumped by a factory in eastern China, the local government said Wednesday. Four of the people sickened were children who played near the chemical, 2,4-dinitrophenol -- a poison used in scientific research and in manufacturing various chemicals, explosives and pesticides, according to a statement by the government in Dongyang, a city 250 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of Shanghai.

China's Industrial Growth Could Strangle Planet

September 16, 2009 4:30 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 BEIJING (AP) — If China's economy continues to expand rapidly and rely heavily on coal and other fossil fuels until the middle of the century, its power demands could exceed what the entire planet can withstand, according to a study by government think tanks released Wednesday.

Current Account Deficit Slumps To $98.8b, Lowest In 18 Years

September 16, 2009 4:21 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit in the broadest measure of foreign trade shrank in the spring to the lowest level in relation to the total economy in 18 years, another dramatic sign of how much the recession had reduced America's appetite for foreign goods. The Commerce Department said Wednesday the deficit in the current account dropped to $98.

Return-To-Moon Program Gets Small Boost

September 16, 2009 4:10 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's weakened return-to-the-moon program got a lift Tuesday on Capitol Hill. The head of a special expert panel conceded to Congress that the moon program could work if given enough money. That would mean another $3 billion a year for the program proposed by President George W.

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Obama: His Administration 'Stopped Economic Free Fall'

September 15, 2009 11:11 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 15, 2009 PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Barack Obama told the AFL-CIO Tuesday his administration has "stopped our economic free fall" and is determined to seal a recovery while revitalizing America's middle class. Shoring up a key part of his political base, Obama told the labor federation's convention that the administration is a fierce supporter of workers' rights and defender of unions.

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