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Engineering: A Crucial Element Of A Burgeoning Firearms Industry

June 19, 2013 8:00 am | by ATW | Articles | Comments

Firearm sales have increased exponentially over the past few years, and forecasts are continuing to escalate, reflecting an increase in the popularity of hunting, a rise in the desire for personal protection, and a variety of other socio-economic factors. As manufacturers seek to meet demand while decreasing costs, reducing weight, and increasing durability, the spotlight is turning to engineering and design capabilities in the industry.

Chrysler Expected To Formally Refuse Jeep Recall

June 18, 2013 10:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In one of the biggest-ever showdowns between an automaker and the government, Chrysler on Tuesday is expected to file papers explaining its refusal to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs that are at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions.

AP: More Bangladesh Factories Dangerous

June 14, 2013 5:23 pm | by Ravi Nessman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bangladeshi garment factories are routinely built without consulting engineers. Many are located in commercial or residential buildings not designed to withstand the stress of heavy manufacturing. Some add illegal extra floors atop support columns too weak to hold them, according to a survey of scores of factories by an engineering university that was shown to The Associated Press.

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South Bend Settles Environmental Claims

May 31, 2013 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A more than decade-long legal battle over environmental claims involving South Bend's former Studebaker Corp. auto plant and another shuttered manufacturer has been settled under an agreement calling for an insurer to pay the city several million dollars.

China, Switzerland To Seal Free Trade Deal

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is in Switzerland to seal a free trade pact with the Alpine nation — the first comprehensive agreement his country has reached with a major western economy. Li met with Swiss officials in Zurich on Friday to conclude three years of negotiations.

France Won't Force Companies To Cap Executive Pay

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The French government is trying to woo executives and entrepreneurs, amid concerns that it has antagonized the businesses needed to reinvigorate the economy. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici announced Friday that the government no longer plans to push for a law to cap executive salaries in the private sector.

EU Leaders Discuss Fight Against Tax Evasion

May 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders on Wednesday sought to advance their fight against tax fraud and close the loopholes for large corporations' tax avoidance schemes. European officials say tax fraud costs the 27-nation bloc an estimated 1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) a year at a time when much of the region is in recession and governments are forced to tighten their budgets.

Tesla Shows Model S To Influence NC Auto Bill

May 22, 2013 2:11 pm | by Chris Kardish, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina lawmakers and passersby stopped to take in a display of Tesla Motors' award-winning electric cars Wednesday as the company presses against a bill in the General Assembly that effectively outlaws Tesla's Internet-based sales model.

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Comparing Low Harmonic Drives In Light Of IEEE 519

May 21, 2013 8:05 am | by Wolfgang Hilmer, Project Manager, Siemens Industry | Articles | Comments

The most commonly used standard in the electric industry for limiting the harmonics in supply systems is IEEE 519. IEEE 519 limits the demand distortion (THDD) and voltage distortion (THVD) at the point of common coupling (PCC). The VFD input current distortion (THID) does not necessarily need to be less than five percent to meet IEEE 519 at the PCC.

Trade Group Slams Safety Pact For Bangladesh

May 16, 2013 2:21 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The largest U.S. retail-industry group on Wednesday criticized an international pact aimed at improving factory conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, saying it was a "one-size-fits-all" approach promoted by special interests. The five-year, legally binding contract requires them to help pay for fire safety and building improvements in Bangladesh.

France Approves Major Labor Reform Package

May 14, 2013 2:26 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

France's parliament has passed a package of significant labor reforms Tuesday that the government hopes will help halt rising unemployment and jumpstart the country's stagnant economy. The bill is one of President Francois Hollande's signature pieces of legislation designed to overhaul the country's notoriously hidebound labor market.

Pressure On Bangladesh, Retailers To Fix Factories

May 6, 2013 2:14 pm | by Farid Hossain, Stephen Wright, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the aftermath of a building collapse that killed more than 530 people, Bangladesh's garment manufacturers may face a choice of reform or perish. The shoddily constructed building's collapse has put a focus on the high human price paid when Bangladeshi government ineptitude, Western consumer apathy and global retailing's drive for the lowest cost of production intersect.

Challenging Lighting Environments

May 3, 2013 8:00 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics LLC | Articles | Comments

Not all operating environments are the same and the differences in a location's environmental characteristics can have a significant impact on how lighting equipment performs. Differences in humidity, wetness, and temperature ranges, the presence of corrosives, and the presence of flammable or explosive gases and vapors can pose a serious challenge for electrical lighting.

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NE Lawmakers Debate Approaches To Wind Energy

April 30, 2013 1:42 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers have advanced a bill intended to attract more wind-energy companies to Nebraska as long as residents receive some of the benefits. The measure would make it easier for renewable energy firms to qualify for sales-tax exemptions under an existing state program — the Rural Community-Based Energy Development Act — that was created to encourage wind-energy projects.

Oil Spill Judge: What Is Gross Negligence?

April 26, 2013 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge who will allocate responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has told lawyers to give him their views about whether a series of negligent acts can add up to gross negligence. The Justice Department and private plaintiffs' attorneys contend that BP PLC acted with gross negligence before the blowout on April 20, 2010. If U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier agrees, BP's civil penalties could soar.

Safety Rules Limited For Small Fertilizer Plants

April 22, 2013 10:11 am | by Jack Gillum, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

There were no sprinklers. No firewalls. No water deluge systems. Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week. This is not unusual. Small fertilizer plants nationwide fall under the purview of several government agencies, each with a specific concern and none required to coordinate with others on what they have found.

Penn Stainless Products Certified To ISO 9001:2008

April 19, 2013 4:01 pm | by Penn Stainless Products | News | Comments

Penn Stainless Products has been certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard by National Quality Assurance, U.S.A.  ISO 9001 is a family of standards for quality management systems maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  The standard is recognized world-wide, identifying those that employ best practices and continuous improvement.

White House Threatens Veto On Cybersecurity Bill

April 17, 2013 2:05 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Tuesday threatened a veto against a House bill intended to improve cybersecurity through information-sharing, warning lawmakers that the president won't sign the measure unless changes are made to protect privacy and civil liberties.

Low Power Gas Detector

April 12, 2013 3:27 pm | by Detcon | Product Releases | Comments

The Model DM-100 low power gas detector recently received CE Mark certification to ensure compliance with European Union health and safety requirements.

LENOX® Successfully Completes Annual ISO 9001 Surveillance Audit

April 4, 2013 11:11 am | by LENOX | News | Comments

LENOX, a leading manufacturer of premium band saw blades, power tool accessories and hand tools, announces the successful completion of the annual ISO 9001 surveillance audit at their East Longmeadow, Massachusetts facility.LENOX first achieved certification in 1993, and at the time was the first U.S.-based band saw blade manufacturer to obtain certification.

WV Senate Eliminates Credit For Plug-In Cars

April 1, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The West Virginia Senate has voted 33-1 to eliminate the $7,500 tax credit that encouraged the sale of solar, electric, plug-in hybrid and other environmentally friendly alternative fuel vehicles. The tax credit will remain in place only for cars and trucks that run on natural gas, butane and propane.

April 2013 - BMW Reports Record Production

April 1, 2013 10:56 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, BMW Manufacturing reports record production volume, NEUTEX Advanced Energy Groups positions itself as a leading American manufacturer of LED lighting, industry experts talk the true value of anti-seize, manufacturers and distributors step up to tackle the skill gap in welding, and more.

DIN-Certified Pumping

March 29, 2013 1:08 pm | by Ruhrpumpen | Product Releases | Comments

The all new CRP model is an overhung, single-stage centrifugal pump in full compliance with DIN 2858.

Right-To-Work Law Takes Effect In Michigan

March 28, 2013 2:08 pm | by David Eggert, Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said a right-to-work law that took effect Thursday is a milestone that will bring jobs to Michigan, while protesters promised to exact revenge at the polls for the contentious measure Snyder signed in December.

IRISS Granted CSA Certification

March 21, 2013 4:33 pm | by IRISS | News | Comments

IRISS, a leader in the industrial infrared (IR) window market, announced today that they are the only industrial-grade IR window manufacturer to receive formal CSA certification to the C22.2 No. 14-10 Industrial Control Equipment – 11th Edition Canadian standard.

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