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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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NY Molder Purges Excess Spending, Wasted Time

August 5, 2009 10:13 am | Articles | Comments

Sherman Plastics, Inc. (Depew, NY) recently helped save one of its clients more than $38,000 by switching to Dyna-Purge M engineered purging compound. Garlock Sealing Technologies, a supplier of high-performance fluid sealing products based in Palmyra, NY, called on Dyna-Purge, a division of Sherman Plastics, to assist in solving a problem related to the purging of its injection molding machines.

Fire At Mich. Facility May Have Started Near Meter

August 5, 2009 5:40 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A fire at a Michigan fuel storage facility that caused several oil barrels to explode and prompted area evacuations may have started near an electric meter, authorities said Wednesday. Clio Assistant Fire Chief Kerry Paulson said the fire was "mostly out" at the White Oil Co.

Factory Orders Unexpectedly Increase In June

August 5, 2009 5:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory orders rose in June for the fourth time in five months, an unexpected gain and the latest sign of recovery in the ailing manufacturing sector. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that factory orders rose 0.

Baumer Enters Cognex Acquisition Alliance

August 4, 2009 12:16 pm | Articles | Comments

Baumer, a Swiss-based manufacturer of high performance sensors and digital cameras, has become a member of the Cognex Acquisition Alliance. This partnership will facilitate vision system integration by unifying Baumer digital camera and VisionPro vision software expertise, and by simplifying product technical support.

How An Engineer Folds A T-Shirt

August 4, 2009 10:15 am | Articles | Comments

Annoyed by those pesky wrinkled shirts from the dresser? Don't like clothes hangers? See how to make your own shirt-folding cardboard template, just like an engineer would.

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Can't Walk? Honda Is There For You

August 4, 2009 9:58 am | Articles | Comments

Honda's ASIMO-based experimental device assists users in supporting their bodyweight by reducing stress on joints, muscles, and bones. While unnecessary for most purposes, the Walking Assist Device might have a future in manufacturing, particularly among those who must carry large loads for an extended period of time.

Inside Hyundai's Montgomery, AL Plant

August 4, 2009 9:37 am | Articles | Comments

With a workforce 2,000-strong, Hyundai has made a commitment to American manufacturing.

3D Printing And The Future Of Manufacturing

August 4, 2009 9:20 am | Articles | Comments

Rapid prototyping could revolutionize manufacturing. See how on-demand parts can be built using nothing more than a single machine, ready to go from 3d computer model to functional piece in a matter of minutes.

GM Continues Work With German Government Over Opel Bids

August 3, 2009 8:45 am | Articles | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Monday that it sees "encouraging" signs of progress in negotiations on the future of auto maker Opel as it prepares for more talks with parent General Motors Co. and the two bidders. The Economy Ministry said it expected another round of talks in Berlin on Tuesday between German federal and state officials, GM and the bidders: a consortium of Canadian car parts maker Magna International Inc.

GM Buyout Offers Falls Short Of Goal, Layoffs Loom

August 3, 2009 8:39 am | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — About 6,000 General Motors Co. blue-collar workers have taken the latest round of early retirement and buyout offers, but it fell short of the company's goal, meaning more layoffs are likely. GM has about 54,000 factory workers and wants to end the year with 40,500, a cut of about 13,500.

BMW Offers Buyout Packages To SC Workers

July 30, 2009 6:49 am | Articles | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — BMW has offered voluntary separation packages to workers at its facility in Greer even as plans for a $750 million expansion remain on track. The Greenville News reported Thursday that the offers are part of the automaker's plan to cut its work force by about 8,000 worldwide.

One Dead, Several Hurt In NE Miss. Explosion

July 30, 2009 4:53 am | Articles | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — One person was killed and others injured in an explosion Wednesday at a copper tubing plant in northeast Mississippi, emergency officials said. Itawamba County Coroner Steven McNeece says Phillip Cason Hosch, 29, of Sulligent, Ala., died in the blast that happened about 4 p.

Congress Pushing To Restore Hydrogen Funding

July 30, 2009 4:28 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Congress is moving to restore funding for hydrogen research prized by the auto industry despite questions from the Obama administration over the time it will take to build a fleet of vehicles and a network of fueling stations. The Senate was poised to provide $190 million to fund hydrogen research programs as part of a budget plan under consideration Wednesday, more than double the amount sought by the Obama administration.

Ohio Aluminum-Maker Will Eliminate Up To 982 Jobs

July 29, 2009 11:13 am | Articles | Comments

An aluminum-maker has notified workers that it intends to eliminate up to 982 jobs at its southeast Ohio plant this fall. Ormet Corp. sent a notification late Monday to union workers, the Monroe County commissioners and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Police Car Maker Picks Ind. City For Factory

July 29, 2009 11:09 am | Articles | Comments

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A startup company that plans to build high-tech police cars has picked a vacant auto-parts plant in eastern Indiana for its first factory. The announcement Wednesday by the chairman of Atlanta-based Carbon Motors Corp. drew cheers from the large crowd gathered inside the former Visteon plant in Connersville.

Meltdown 101: What Companies Do To Cut Costs

July 29, 2009 11:06 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

For anyone looking for signs that the recession may finally be giving up its firm grip on the economy, the steady stream of quarterly earnings reports coming out of the nation's companies could offer some signs of hope. To be sure, big companies like General Electric, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Yahoo and drug maker Merck are showing the pain, with sales and profits dropping as the recession eats away at demand for their goods.

See The (LED) Light

July 29, 2009 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

Mac Tools (Westerville, OH) introduces its new TLL4000 rechargeable LED shop light, for use in a variety of applications — any time additional, focused lighting is required. The TLL4000 model is improved from previous versions, including a molded handle grip, lens edge guard, and polycarbonate hook.

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