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Ford To Fix Throttle On Older Taurus, Sable Sedans

July 1, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has agreed to fix sticky throttles on nearly 468,000 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans. Because of the company's decision, U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into the problem. Last fall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating cars from the 2000 through 2003 model years.

U.S. Regulators Probe Honda Odyssey Brake Problem

July 1, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating some Honda Odyssey minivans because they can brake without the driver pressing the pedal. The probe affects nearly 344,000 vans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 22 complaints from owners about unexpected braking.

Workers Evacuated After Intel Plant Nitrogen Leak

July 1, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators were trying to determine Saturday what caused the exhaust system of one of the high-tech tools inside Intel's manufacturing plant in Chandler to spring a leak and expose dozens of workers to nitrogen fumes. The leak did not interrupt the making of any computer chip wafers or microprocessors, but it resulted in 12 contract workers being sent to the hospital.

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Honda Tells Some Fit Owners To Park Outside

July 1, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is telling owners of more than 686,000 Fit and Jazz subcompacts worldwide to park them outside because the power window switches can catch fire. The company is recalling cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years. It's urging owners not to park them in garages until driver's side door switches can be inspected.

Jeep Owners Worry About Safety After Recall Deal

June 28, 2013 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A deal between the government and Chrysler over Jeeps linked to deadly fires isn't sitting well with many Jeep owners and auto safety advocates. In early June, after a nearly three-year investigation, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommended that Chrysler recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs because the fuel tanks could rupture, leak and cause fires in rear-end crashes.

ATEX Certified Vacuums For Hazardous Locations

June 28, 2013 10:01 am | Videos | Comments

Electrically bonded components, static conductive attachments, and multiple grounding options eliminate static electricity at the source. Powered by compressed air, with no motors to spark or burnout, and no electric cords, Nortech Hazardous Location Vacuums generate exceptional vacuum lift and vacuum flow, and offer safe, effective, efficient performance.

Oil Pipe Defect Caused 2010 Qantas Engine Blowout

June 27, 2013 1:55 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dramatic disintegration of a Qantas Airbus A380 jet engine during a flight in 2010 was triggered by a poorly built oil pipe that failed to conform to design specifications, Australian investigators said Thursday in their final report into the emergency. Rolls-Royce faced intense scrutiny of its engines, and A380s around the world were temporarily grounded.

U.S. Set To Suspend Bangladesh Trade Privileges

June 27, 2013 1:53 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is expected to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry's worst accident. Congressional aides said the Obama administration would make its announcement Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong review of labor conditions in the impoverished South Asian nation.

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Federal Agency Finds Lax Regulation Of Chemicals

June 27, 2013 1:50 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries.

Report: Plant Explosion Released Toxic Chemicals

June 26, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly June 13 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar released more than 62,000 pounds of toxic chemicals during the accident that killed two workers and injured 114 others, according to a report filed with state environmental regulators.

IN Grain Elevator On Fire Day After Blast

June 26, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire broke out and thick black smoke billowed from a northwestern Indiana grain elevator a day after an explosion at the plant killed a worker. Facility owner Co-Alliance LLP says crews dismantling grain bins Tuesday at the Union Mills Co-op in Union Mills likely exposed smoldering grain to the wind. No injuries were reported.

Officials: 1 Dead In Explosion At Indiana Plant

June 25, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a fertilizer plant in northwest Indiana has killed one person. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department confirmed that one person was killed in an explosion in Union Mills. Sheriff's Deputy Neil Lachmund says all other people are accounted for after the explosion Monday afternoon at the Union Mills Co-op.

June 2013: Taking Manufacturing High Tech

June 24, 2013 2:32 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out some of the latest in high tech manufacturing, including the manufacturing software environment and its growing ability to gather and analyze more data, manufacturing automation's march to dominate the plant floor, the importance of reliable material handling information to track the plant of the future, and the cost-saving implications of monitoring and managing facility energy usage.

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Another Boeing 787 Flight Cut Short

June 24, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilots of a Boeing 787 that left Houston bound for Denver circled back to Houston after a mechanical problem. It's the third time in the past week that a flight involving Boeing's newest plane was cut short for a mechanical reason. A United Airlines spokeswoman said Monday that Flight 94 returned to Houston shortly after takeoff on Sunday because of "a brake indicator issue."

TX Town Sues Plant Owner Over Fertilizer Blast

June 24, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials of the small Texas town devastated by an April 17 fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people has filed suit against the plant owner and supplier. The lawsuit filed Friday seeks unspecified damages from plant owner Adair Grain and CF Industries, which supplied agricultural-grade ammonium nitrate toe the plant.

Chemical Plant Fire Burning Southwest Of Peoria

June 24, 2013 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have opened a state highway as they make progress in fighting a fire at a chemical plant southwest of Peoria. Peoria County communications supervisor Sandy Klatt said Monday that state Highway 24 has been opened through Mapleton and firefighters now have the fire at the Chemtura Corporation plant under control.

Officials Investigate Deadly Williams Blast

June 24, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal officials investigating the cause of the deadly blast June 13 at the Williams Companies Inc. plant near Gonzales plan to inspect a key element of the facility this week that one federal investigator said "failed catastrophically." Investigators tell The Advocate they hoped to get a close look at a heat exchanger in the Ascension Parish facility's propylene fractionation unit.

Families Skeptical Of Pratt Cancer Study Findings

June 24, 2013 10:01 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, a long-simmering dispute over worker illnesses was settled by a massive 11-year study that found no elevated risk of brain cancer at its plants. But for dead workers' relatives who first raised concerns years ago, the matter is far from closed.

Bangladesh Garment Factories Show Effort, Lapses

June 21, 2013 1:57 pm | by Ravi Nessman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The walls of the cavernous AKH clothing factory are covered in red arrows. They point to three wide emergency staircases with evacuation plans posted on every floor. They point to fire extinguishers attached to the walls and pillars throughout the factory. They point to medical kits located near designated workers with "First Aid" stitched onto their shirts.

Gov't Delays Requiring Rearview Cameras In Cars

June 21, 2013 10:17 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles, a victory for automakers who say requiring the cameras is too costly.

Big Explosion At Quebec Fireworks Factory Kills 2

June 21, 2013 10:11 am | by Benjamin Shingler, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive explosion at a fireworks warehouse killed two workers Thursday, police said, leaving a huge plume of smoke blanketing an area west of Montreal. A series of explosions spread from the charred building after the initial blast at B.E.M. Fireworks near Valleyfield, Quebec. Images from the scene showed a building near a major highway completely destroyed.

FAA: Boeing 787 Diverted Over Low Oil Indicator

June 21, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Airlines Boeing 787 flying from London to Houston was diverted to Newark, N.J., on Thursday because of a low engine oil indicator, the second unscheduled landing for Boeing's newest plane this week. The Federal Aviation Administration said that United Flight 125 landed safely at 2:10 p.m. at Newark Liberty International Airport outside New York City. The agency said it would look into the incident.

The Kill Decision Shouldn't Belong To A Robot

June 20, 2013 12:04 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons, and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.

Car Quality Dinged By Tech Glitches, Says Survey

June 20, 2013 10:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Car buyers increasingly want high-tech features like voice recognition and navigation. But they're not very forgiving of the car company when those systems fail. The top complaints in J.D. Power's closely-watched survey of new vehicle owners, released Wednesday, involved technologies that drivers are clamoring for.

OR House Passes Bill To Track Toxic Chemicals

June 19, 2013 2:24 pm | by Lauren Gambino, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oregon House passed a bill Tuesday that would set up a public database to track 19 toxic chemicals used in children's toys and products and would require manufactures to remove the chemicals from their products within five years. The bill, which passed 39-21, would require companies with gross sales of more than $5 million per year to report the presence of the chemicals in their products.

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