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Made Lean In America

December 20, 2010 4:43 am | by Bruce Hamilton, | Articles | Comments

I was struck by a comment made by Rhode Island Governor, Don Carcieri in his presentation to the Northeast Shingo Conference :  At the turn of the 19th century, his state was  first  in the nation in manufacturing, virtually the birthplace of modern manufacturing in the US and a leader in wealth creation.


Smartphone Makers Battling More In Court Than The Market

December 20, 2010 4:15 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Competition among smart phone makers is heating up at retail, in advertising and, increasingly, in the courtroom as handset and software makers wield patent lawsuits to protect their turf and slow down their rivals. Just a few years ago, smart phones were mainly for office workers who needed to check e-mail after hours.

Caterpillar, UAW Halt Contract Talks

December 20, 2010 3:58 am | News | Comments

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Negotiators for Caterpillar Inc. and the United Auto Workers are taking a break for the holidays and plan to resume talks on a contract on Jan. 11. The contract covers about 9,500 workers at a number of sites around Illinois and in three other states. The two sides met Thursday for about two hours.


Coal Shortages Cause Massive Blackouts In China

December 20, 2010 3:46 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Communities in central and northern China are facing power cuts and rationing as winter coal supplies fall short of surging demand. Cold weather and transport disruptions typically cause shortages most years, but the problem has been complicated by coal producers' unhappiness over price controls that are crimping their profits.


Qatar Airways: We're Not Abandoning Boeing, Yet

December 20, 2010 3:39 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar Airways' CEO voiced confidence in Boeing Co. over its delayed 787 program Saturday, but warned the fast-growing carrier may scrap orders for the planes if development problems drag on. Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker noted, however, that there are no current plans to amend Qatar Airways' multibillion-dollar orders for 30 787s and options for 30 more.

Lockheed Pays Feds $10.3 Million For Lying About Prices

December 20, 2010 3:38 am | by Greg Bluestein, Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Defense company Lockheed Martin Corp. reached a $10.3 million settlement with the federal government Friday to resolve claims that the company's Georgia division inflated rates used to price contracts for the Air Force and Navy between 1996 and 2000. The settlement resolves prosecutors' claims that Lockheed mischarged costs in a commercial contract with Italian company Alenia Aerospazio to develop a tactical transport plane...

Titan Tire Locks Out 1,000 Workers Nationwide

December 20, 2010 3:33 am | News | Comments

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Titan Tire has stopped work at three plants in Illinois, Iowa and Ohio amid contract talks with union members. Quincy, Ill.-based Titan closed plants in Freeport, Ill., Des Moines and Bryan, Ohio, as of 11 p.m. Friday. Titan has been in negotiations with the United Steelworkers union for several months.


Keeping Projects On Track

December 17, 2010 10:51 am | by Bob Harrell, President and CEO, Management Controls Inc. | Articles | Comments

Completing chemical plant turnarounds, construction and routine maintenance activities on time and on budget is an elusive goal for most process industry manufacturers. According to industry lore, a staggering 85 percent of North American turnarounds are completed late and/or over budget. One of the key deficiencies is the lack of real-time visibility into contractor activities and costs.


Your 2010 Impovation Award Winners!

December 17, 2010 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMPO readers voted in droves for the second annual IMPO vation product technology award. From a pool of 80 nominees, you picked your favorites: ___ The winner: The Gold Series High Vacuum (GSHV) pneumatic receiver from Camfil Farr APC (Air Pollution Control) controls emissions in applications up to 17” Hg vacuum or 8 psi positive pressure.


Merry Christmas — You're Fired

December 17, 2010 9:05 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The fireplace is burning, heated blanket warming, frosting mixed, cookies cut, ornaments hanging, everything is perfect. You sit on the plaid and slightly tattered couch under the glow of the Christmas tree, and you smile when you hear a frigid hand scraping the key against the lock. The deadbolt loosens, the door slowly opens, and after a hard day’s work, she stands before you in the red and green speckled glow.

Choose The Right Steam Tools

December 17, 2010 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Blythewood, SC) has developed a free application to assist customers in identifying the right steam tools for the job. The Steam Tools iPhone app enables quick access to the company’s Steam Tables and a Saturated Steam Pipe Sizing Tool. The tables cover the thermodynamic data for water/stream — users simply need to enter a pressure or temperature into the app, which returns the corresponding pressure or...


Light-Duty Hose Reels

December 17, 2010 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Series CU hose reels from Reelcraft (Columbia City, IN) are designed for lighter-duty applications that require longer lengths of low-pressure air/water hose. The reels are hand cranked with a balanced brass swivel and inlet. The four available models come with the ability to handle up to 100’ of 3/8” or 1/2” I.


Tow 4,000 Pounds By Hand

December 17, 2010 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kinetic Technologies, Inc. (Wickliffe, OH) has introduced a double 48” x 96” flat deck cart for towing up to 4,000 pounds. The four-wheel steering improves tracking of carts in long trains, which helps cornering or maneuvering in tight aisles. The one-piece, 7-gage deck is laser cut and rides 15” off the ground.


Expand You MIG Welding 'Skills'

December 17, 2010 8:30 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Thermadyne Industries (St. Louis, MO) is expanding its WeldSkill product line — through its Tweco brand — to include a series of durable MIG guns. The new products include 125-amp, 140-amp, and 220-amp guns that are ideal for metal working, job shops, and maintenance and repair applications, according to the company.


Four Arrested For Insider Trading On Apple's Secrets

December 17, 2010 3:29 am | by Tom Hays, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Manhattan broadened their insider trading crackdown Thursday, arresting four people on charges alleging that so-called "expert consultants" revealed secrets about Apple Inc.'s iPhone and other technology products to hedge funds seeking a trading edge on quarterly earnings reports.

Geithner: Financial Bailout Cost Dips, Now At $25 Billion

December 17, 2010 3:27 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The eventual cost to taxpayers for the government's $700 billion financial bailout will be less than the $25 billion price tag put on it in the latest estimate, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday. The Congressional Budget Office's most recent estimate is that taxpayers will lose $25 billion on the rescue of automakers, banks and other financial institutions undertaken at the peak of the crisis in the fall of...

A Thief's Delight: Boca Raton's New Gold-Dispensing ATM

December 17, 2010 3:26 am | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Shoppers who are looking for something sparkly to put under the Christmas tree can skip the jewelry and go straight to the source: an ATM that dispenses shiny 24-carat gold bars and coins. A German company planned to install the machine Friday at an upscale mall in Boca Raton, a South Florida paradise of palm trees, pink buildings and wealthy retirees.

UAW Workers Accept Pay Cuts At Mitsubishi Plant

December 17, 2010 3:21 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — United Auto Workers members at Mitsubishi Motors North America's plant in Normal ratified a new contract Thursday that includes wage cuts the union has said could determine the fate of the facility and its 1,300 jobs. Seventy-seven percent of the union workers who voted on the deal approved it, UAW local President Ralph Timan said.


Ford's Louisville Plant Sends Last Explorer Down The Line

December 17, 2010 3:20 am | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s Louisville Assembly Plant saw its last Explorer SUV come off the line on Thursday. The plant is shutting down for a $600 million renovation. The Courier-Journal reports it will reopen late next year with new body, paint, and trim assembly lines equipped to produce multiple fuel efficient models.


The Cost Of Giving Cigarettes To Children: $81 Million

December 17, 2010 3:18 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A tobacco company that had tried to hook black children on cigarettes was ordered Thursday to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate and son of a Boston woman who started smoking at age 13, in what an attorney said is one of the largest jury awards of its kind in the United States.


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