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Watching What We Eat

November 14, 2011 7:26 am | by Adam Aronson, Chief Executive Officer, Arrowsight | Articles | Comments

One process manufacturer utilizes a patented RVA system to provide independent, objective, and off-site third-party auditing to monitor and notify plant management in near real-time to immediately identify and correct any issues. Preventing   cross contamination from pathogens such as E.

New Modular Safety Controller

November 14, 2011 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) offers a new modular safety controller, designed to make it easier to expand I/O in a safety circuit. The PSR-TRISAFE/M (for modular) connects up to 10 safe digital I/O modules, thanks to a T-bus system. The TRISAFE/M’s base station has 20 safety input signals and four safety category 4 outputs It also provides outputs for a test pulse, alarm (aux), and ground switching.

NHTSA To Investigate Battery Safety After Volt Fire

November 14, 2011 3:38 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chevrolet Volt that caught fire three weeks after its lithium-ion battery was damaged in a government crash test has regulators taking a harder look at the safety of electric car batteries, federal officials said Friday. Based on testing so far, however, regulators believe the batteries are safe and do not pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-powered engines, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official told The Associated Press.

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Battery Life Fix Out For New iPhone, Apple Devices

November 14, 2011 3:37 am | News | Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple has released a software update to fix a problem that is shortening the battery life of some iPhones, iPads and iPods. Apple has said that a small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on devices running on the company's iOS 5 operating system.

Cray To Take Over For IBM On Supercomputer Project

November 14, 2011 3:36 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (AP) — The University of Illinois says Seattle-based Cray Inc. will take over construction of the stalled $300 million Blue Waters supercomputer project, three months after IBM pulled out citing cost and technical concerns. Cray expects to have the computer online next year, keeping the project, which is being primarily paid for by the National Science Foundation, on track to finish on time.

Hawker Beechcraft Handing Out Layoff Notices

November 14, 2011 3:34 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita-based aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has begun issuing layoff notices, but is not disclosing any numbers. CEO Bill Boisture had warned employees in a letter last week of impending layoffs amid troubled world economies. The company says most of those being laid off were notified Friday.

Caterpillar To Move Some Manufacturing From Japan To N. America

November 14, 2011 3:33 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Friday that it plans to move some of its manufacturing from Japan to North America, a move that it says will put it closer to its many customers in North America and Europe. Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., hasn't decided where the new plant will be, but it plans to do so by the end of the year.

U.S. CEOs Meet With Chinese President To Discuss Trade

November 14, 2011 3:31 am | by Jaymes Song, Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A small group of executives from some of the largest U.S. companies met privately with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit to discuss trade, protecting intellectual property rights and challenges facing the world's two largest economies.

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What's The Deal With 4G?

November 11, 2011 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

Techland technology and gadget guru Doug Aamoth answers questions about 4G wireless and clarifies whether the AT&T iPhone 4S qualifies as a 4G phone. It's pretty simple, right? Well, not exactly. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

A Renaissance Is Coming For Mexican Manufacturing

November 11, 2011 9:42 am | by Dr. Chris Kuehl, Economic Analyst | Articles | Comments

The Mexican economy is outpacing some of the faster growing regions in the world—such as Russia—and it is estimated that Mexico will be the eighth largest economy in the world by 2050. The dominant story from Mexico today is one of violence and corruption. The drug wars are a very real part of Mexico these days and nobody would underestimate the challenges that lie ahead for the government.

The World's First Apple-Enabled Multimeter

November 11, 2011 9:29 am | Articles | Comments

Behold, the world’s first Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod-touch enabled digital multimeter, which wirelessly transmits voltage, current, and resistance measurements back to the user. Redfish Instruments’ new iDVM device is the world’s first Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod-touch enabled digital multimeter, which wirelessly transmits voltage, current, and resistance measurements back to the user.

S&C Electric Company Plugs In aPriori For Product Cost Management

November 11, 2011 7:44 am | News | Comments

CONCORD, MA – aPriori, a provider of product cost management software solutions, recently announced that S&C Electric has selected the aPriori software platform to enable its design engineers to manage product costs more effectively throughout the design process.  The Chicago-based company designs and manufactures switching and protection products for electric power transmission and distribution.

Hannover Fairs USA Debuts New Business-To-Business Industrial Technology Show

November 11, 2011 7:12 am | News | Comments

PRINCETON, N.J. – Hannover Fairs USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG, one of the world’s top trade fair organizers and exhibition centers, today announced that the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) trade fair and conference will be held in conjunction with the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at Chicago’s McCormick Place from September 10-15, 2012.

Robotics Innovation Challenge: Opportunities And Solutions For The Commercialization Of Robotics

November 11, 2011 6:30 am | News | Comments

ESKILSTUNA, Sweden -- On February 9, 2012, the Swedish robotics initiative Robotdalen arranges a conference called Robotics Innovation Challenge . The day focuses on challenges and opportunities for the commercialization of robotics as well as solutions to enable commercial success. What are the needs of innovators, suppliers and end-users and how can we cooperate to strengthen the development of innovative robotic solutions? Experienced key note speakers give their insights.

U.S. Unemployment Aid Drops To 7-Month Low

November 11, 2011 4:03 am | by Derek Kravitz and Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for American jobs and trade looked a little brighter Thursday, despite growing uncertainty overseas. The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to a seasonally adjusted 390,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the fewest since April.

Adobe Pulls Flash Software For Web Video On Mobile Browsers

November 11, 2011 4:02 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe Systems Inc. is pulling its Flash software for Web video and games from the browsers of mobile devices, though Flash will still work on mobile apps and on the Web browsers of regular computers. The move is a win for Apple Inc., which has famously banned Flash from working on the iPhone and the iPad.

U.S. Charges 7 For Hijacking 4M Computers In 100 Countries

November 11, 2011 3:55 am | by Tom Hays, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Internet bandits devised an international scheme to hijack more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries, manipulating traffic on Netflix, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and other popular websites to generate at least $14 million in fraudulent advertising revenue, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Man Kills Two In Possible Work Dispute At Czech Airplane Plant

November 11, 2011 3:52 am | News | Comments

PRAGUE (AP) -- A gunman opened fire at an airplane plant in the Czech Republic, killing two people Thursday before committing suicide, police said. The shooting occurred inside the Aircraft Industries company in the eastern town of Kunovice, police spokeswoman Jana Bartikova said. Initial information suggested six people were wounded, Bartikova said, but regional rescue service spokesman Petr Olsan said only one woman sustained a head injury and had to be treated in a nearby hospital.

U.S. Scientist Receives Kyoto Prize For Alloy Tech

November 11, 2011 3:51 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) -- American scientist John W. Cahn received Japan's annual Kyoto Prize on Thursday, winning 50 million yen, or about $650,000, for his contributions in materials science that led to the creation of stronger, lighter alloys used in cellphones and many electronic devices. Cahn, 83, an emeritus fellow at the U.

Avnet To Acquire Pinnacle Data For $22M

November 11, 2011 3:49 am | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Electronic components maker Avnet Inc. said Thursday that it is acquiring Pinnacle Data Systems Inc. for roughly $22 million in an all-cash deal. Pinnacle, based in Groveport, Ohio, is an electronics repair and logistics services company that helps clients repair, refurbish, recycle and dispose of electronics products.

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