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"Clean" Biomass Power Plant Application Cites Numerous Pollutants

May 26, 2009 7:35 am | Articles | Comments

The developers of a proposed $90 million biomass power plant in southern Indiana say it would release hundreds of tons of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide, as well as some hazardous air pollutants by burning wood waste to generate electricity.

Mitsubishi Offers Stimulus Rebate

May 22, 2009 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has announced its own economic rebate stimulus package for customers. Through the end of June, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks will offer a “ Right on the Money ” rebate on any purchase, lease or long term rental for three forklift truck models.

Solar Power Plant Planned West Of Phoenix

May 22, 2009 6:17 am | Articles | Comments

An Arizona power provider is teaming up with a two companies to build a solar-power plant west of Phoenix that could help it surpass a state-imposed alternative-energy requirement. The $1.5 billion plant, in combination with other Arizona Public Service Co.

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QMC Improves Accuracy With Forklift Scale

May 21, 2009 11:27 am | Articles | Comments

Quality Metalcraft, Inc. (QMC), located in Livonia, MI, has served the automotive industry for nearly half a century and is now the world’s leading automotive engineering, prototype, and low volume production facility. The company combines state-of-the-art machinery with traditional “old school” finishing techniques to deliver quick turnarounds on high quality components, ranging from small brackets and simple fabrications to large body-in-white components and assemblies.

Plant Practices: ACT Customizes Workbenches

May 21, 2009 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

In March 2008, Advanced Coating Technologies (ACT) of Middletown, NY began an ambitious $50-million expansion, constructing a new 40,000-square-foot building that would accommodate the manufacture of three different coating applications (two of which were new to the company), as well as other applications, conference rooms, and offices.

Mission Critical

May 21, 2009 10:49 am | by Paul Haake, Vice President of Engineering, Chloride North America | Articles | Comments

The increasingly sophisticated control systems of today, mixed with the inherently poor power environment of an industrial facility and aging power generation and distribution facilities—both inside and outside of the plant—can produce a wide variety of power and electrical noise problems.

A Lift In Technology

May 21, 2009 10:28 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The technology behind Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU)'s hybrid concept lift truck combines an IC engine, electric generator, and battery. The lift truck shifts automatically between battery and engine mode, simultaneously recharging the battery during operation. It’s no question that lift trucks are getting smarter—and with this, user capabilities and access to information becomes better.

Daimler Acquires Stake in Tesla

May 19, 2009 7:07 am | Articles | Comments

Daimler AG has acquired an equity stake of nearly 10 percent of Tesla Motors Inc. This investment deepens the relationship between the inventor of the automobile and the newest member of the global auto industry.

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Steelworkers Urge Leaders to Reject Auto Plans That Close Plants

May 19, 2009 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

The United Steelworkers (USW) today urged Congress and the Administration to reject any taxpayer-supported plan to restructure automobile companies that would export jobs instead of strengthen the domestic industry.

GM, UAW In Dispute Over Imports And Plant Closures

May 18, 2009 10:46 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

Critical concession talks between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers are being overshadowed by a public spat about the automaker's plans to import vehicles from other countries while it closes 16 U.S. factories.

F-35 Fighter Jets Needed By 2015 Deadline

May 15, 2009 5:33 am | by DONNA BORAK, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

The chief of naval operations said Thursday on-time delivery of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s next-generation Joint Strike Fighter will be critical in closing the gap of the fighter jets needed to match current and future threats.

Industrial Production Falls By Least In 6 Months

May 15, 2009 5:17 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

The nation's industrial production fell in April by the smallest amount in six months, fresh evidence that the pace of the economy's decline is slowing. Output by U.S. factories, mines and utilities fell by 0.

Wholesale Prices Rise 0.3 Percent In April

May 14, 2009 7:35 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Wholesale prices rose more than expected in April as the biggest jump in food costs in more than a year offset a second monthly decline in the price of energy products. The Labor Department said Thursday that wholesale prices climbed 0.

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VW, Kia Rev Up In The South While Detroit Idles

May 14, 2009 6:59 am | by BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Volkswagen AG executives celebrate raising the first walls of their $1 billion assembly plant here Thursday, giving them a chance to smile amid the auto industry's global despair. When construction is finished and VW starts making a new mid-size sedan in 2011, Chattanooga's biggest catch will be 2,000 jobs at the plant and thousands of others at suppliers and other related businesses.

Hold Drums Securely Without Damage

May 13, 2009 12:18 pm | Articles | Comments

The MORcinch from Morse is an entirely new type of drum holder, featuring a unique cinching action that adjusts to almost any drum size. Designed to be more secure, the MORcinch embraces almost the entire girth of drums, evenly distributing the weight to maximize security of the grip and minimize stress points that can cause drum sidewall damage.

Pivot Drive Rotates To Almost Any Position

May 13, 2009 12:13 pm | Articles | Comments

QC Industries’ new Automation Series low profile belt conveyors offer Pivot™ rotatable drives that can be quickly and easily rotated to almost any position. The drives can be positioned to avoid products on the conveyor belt or obstructions caused by integrated machines.

Inspect, Analyze And Improve Yield Rates

May 13, 2009 12:08 pm | Articles | Comments

The Keyence CV-5000 Vision System can transfer over 16 ultra high definition images (2431 × 2050 pixels) per second using the high speed 5 megapixel camera — 11 times faster than previous models. The system allows for the simultaneous use of 14 different models, including the ultra-compact standard and Mega Pixel, as well as the high speed standard (640 × 480 pixels) and high speed 2 Mega Pixel (1600 × 1200 pixels), which can transfer images in 4.

Toolholder Cart Promotes 5S

May 13, 2009 12:02 pm | Articles | Comments

Huot’s new ToolScoot Tree is the latest addition to their lineup of CNC toolholder carts, designed to transport a variety of V-flange and HSK CNC-toolholders. Securing the necessary spanner wrenches, toolholders, collets and cutting tools in one central location makes the ToolScoot Tree ideal for 5S applications.

Explosions, Smoke At Wis. Chemical Plant Fire Force People From Homes

May 12, 2009 8:18 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Dozens of residents stayed away from their homes Tuesday while crews waited for a chemical plant fire to burn itself out. The fire broke out at Columbus Chemical Industries' warehouse late Monday, and three explosions rocked the building just after firefighters arrived, Acting Fire Chief Mark Kenevan said.

GM Posts $6B 1Q Loss

May 7, 2009 5:17 am | by KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON, AP Auto Writers | Articles | Comments

General Motors Corp. lost $6 billion in the first quarter and its revenue was cut nearly in half as car buyers feared the wounded auto giant would enter bankruptcy and no longer honor its warranties. The Detroit-based company also said it spent $10.

New Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Plunge

May 7, 2009 4:55 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

New applications for jobless benefits plunged to the lowest level in 14 weeks, a possible sign that the massive wave of layoffs has peaked. Still, the number of unemployed workers getting benefits climbed to a new record.

Canada warns US Steel about temporary shutdown

May 6, 2009 11:07 am | Articles | Comments

The Canadian government warned United States Steel Corp. on Wednesday that it must live up to its production commitments at the former Stelco Inc. plants in Ontario which it has temporarily shut down. Industry Minister Tony Clement said he sent a letter indicating that the shutdown at plants in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ontario, may violate commitments the U.

Ford Invests $550M To Bring New Focus To Market

May 6, 2009 10:53 am | by KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

Ford Motor Co. stripped "truck" from the name of one its Detroit-area plants Wednesday as it announced plans to build its next-generation Focus here, including a battery-electric version Ford expects will run up to 100 miles without using gas or emitting greenhouse gas.

Free Storage & Material Handling Catalog

May 5, 2009 10:02 am | Articles | Comments

C&H claim to have the broadest and deepest selection of storage and material handling products with over 40,000 items available in their catalogue. To order or request a free catalog, call 866-460-7802 or visit their website at http://www.chdist.

Changes To Lease Accounting: What Should Equipment Manufacturers Know About It?

May 5, 2009 8:04 am | Articles | Comments

FASB’s Proposed Changes The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is a private sector organization funded by corporations—not the government—and overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Its mission is to develop Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which all public companies must follow.

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