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High-Capacity Production Caster Series

October 25, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. (Hamilton, OH) is pleased to announce the new Ultra Maxi-Duty (UMD) caster series, with a load rating up to 40,000 lbs. per caster. The new UMD caster series targets heavy equipment and aerospace manufacturers, as well as defense contractors.

Will Steve Jobs' Final Vendetta Haunt Google?

October 25, 2011 4:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google can only hope that Steve Jobs' final vendetta doesn't haunt the Internet search leader from his grave. The depths of Jobs' antipathy toward Google leaps out of Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Apple's co-founder. The book goes on sale Monday, less than three weeks after Jobs' long battle with pancreatic cancer culminated in his Oct.

Caterpillar Profit Soars In 3Q

October 25, 2011 4:41 am | by Samantha Bokamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Strong demand for construction and mining equipment should boost Caterpillar Inc.'s revenue through next year, even as the health of global economy remains in doubt. The company's optimistic forecast followed double-digit growth in third-quarter earnings and revenue, which it reported Monday.

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Execs Admit Guilt In Auto Parts Price-Fixing Case

October 25, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Two executives from a Japanese auto parts maker have admitted in a U.S. court that they conspired to fix prices of parts their company sold to auto companies, which may have raised car prices. Furukawa Electric Co. is to pay a $200 million fine, which the Justice Department said last month is among the largest it has won.

iPhone 4S: The First Phone For Low-Power Bluetooth

October 25, 2011 4:37 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The iPhone 4S has a little-heralded feature that makes it unique among phones, at least for a while: It can talk to a new class of wireless devices, such as watches and heart-rate monitors. The phone, which went on sale Oct. 14, is the first to have a new type of Bluetooth chip that can connect using very little power.

How Flooding In Thailand Has Affected Manufacturers, Suppliers

October 25, 2011 4:36 am | News | Comments

What tech manufacturers and suppliers have been saying about the impact from heavy flooding in Thailand: Oct. 12: Seagate Technology PLC, which makes hard drives, says its factories in Thailand have been operational, but it may have difficulty making hard drives because of constraints in getting parts.

Missouri Reaches $4.4B Trade Agreement With China

October 25, 2011 4:33 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday the state has reached an agreement to sell $4.4 billion worth of products to China for the next three years starting in 2012. Nixon said the deal between the state Department of Economic Development and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade emphasizes agricultural products and would boost Missouri exports to China by more than $1 billion over three years.

Somebody Messing with Your Reality? That's Quirky

October 24, 2011 11:22 am | by Brett Duesing, Obleo Design Media | Articles | Comments

For those with a strong desire to innovate and also improve the shortcomings of everyday products, there is an opportunity to do so at a social-media industrial design firm, where thousands of online members share ideas on how to make these products better. The Snow-Dozer windshield scraper is one of the many product ideas submiBed by an online community at Quirky.

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Globalization: The Good And The Bad

October 24, 2011 8:36 am | Videos | Comments

Thomas Friedman, longtime proponent of globalization and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times , now argues that globalization is closing the gap between the United States and other countries. He believes other countries are catching up rather quickly and the U.S. is in decline. How can America turn things around? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Can Manufacturing Go Mobile? (Part II)

October 24, 2011 8:15 am | Articles | Comments

The "holy grail" for mobile manufacturing has always been the capability to completely perform one's duties — say, as a plant manager — from the road. Many think this capability is still years away, if not more, but some say that world is closer than we might think. This is part two of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing.

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ABB, Baldor Announce Single U.S. Sales Force For Industrial Motors And Drives

October 24, 2011 5:56 am | News | Comments

NEW BERLIN, WI -- ABB and Baldor announced today a single U.S. sales force to sell and support the complete line of ABB and Baldor low- and medium-voltage industrial drives and industrial electric motors. ABB and Baldor Electric Company, a member of the ABB group, believe industrial customers will see many benefits from this transition: ·         A single point of contact for ABB and Baldor industrial motors, drives and generators ·         24-hour local sales and service ·         Broadest range of industrial drives and motors in the marketplace from one source ·         Full line of products for energy-efficient motor-driven systems Aaron Aleithe, Vice President and General Manager Low Voltage Drives for ABB US, commented, “We are proud to provide our customers with the highest-quality drives in the industrial marketplace.

Con Artist Who Helped Google Probe To Be Sentenced

October 24, 2011 4:21 am | by Laura Crimaldi, Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A massive federal investigation that resulted in Google Inc. forfeiting $500 million this year to settle criminal claims over its advertising began with the 2008 arrest of a jet-setting career con artist, who took federal agents in Rhode Island into the underground world of peddling pills online.

Microsoft's New Patent Pact Nets Key Royalty-Generating Deals

October 24, 2011 4:19 am | News | Comments

REDMOND, Wash (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said Sunday it reached a patent licensing agreement with Taiwan-based Compal, giving the software giant royalty-generating deals with more than half of the world's manufacturers of mobile devices that run Android and Chrome. Microsoft maintains that Android and Chrome use certain Microsoft patents and that manufacturers must pay to run the technology on their products.

Science Fiction-Style Sabotage A Fear In New Hacks

October 24, 2011 4:17 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — When a computer attack hobbled Iran's unfinished nuclear power plant last year, it was assumed to be a military-grade strike, the handiwork of elite hacking professionals with nation-state backing. Yet for all its science fiction sophistication, key elements have now been replicated in laboratory settings by security experts with little time, money or specialized skill.

Ousted CEO Speaks Out After Questioning $687M Payment

October 24, 2011 4:16 am | by Robert Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The ousted chief executive of Japan's Olympus Corp. says the company isn't doing enough to investigate a massive $687 million payment to mysterious financial advisers as part of a takeover. The camera and medical device maker says outside lawyers and accountants will be part of what it called an independent review.

Solar Energy Is Getting Its 'Day In The Sun'

October 24, 2011 4:12 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Solar energy may finally get its day in the sun. The high costs that for years made it impractical as a mainstream source of energy are plummeting. Real estate companies are racing to install solar panels on office buildings. Utilities are erecting large solar panel "farms" near big cities and in desolate deserts.

Chrysler's Detroit-Area Union Votes In Favor Of New Labor Pact

October 24, 2011 4:12 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area union is supporting a new labor contract with Chrysler Group, giving the agreement a boost after "no" votes at other key locals. An official at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant says 53 percent of those voting supported the new contract. The plant employs 2,400 assembly workers who make the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 200.

Good Industrial Design Requires Consumer Insight

October 21, 2011 8:03 am | by Tor Alden, HS Design | Articles | Comments

The virtual explosion in new technologies over the past couple of decades has had a dramatic effect on industrial design and the product development process. The availability of new materials and communication techniques, along with vast amounts of computer memory at almost unbelievably low prices, has transformed the product designer’s world in ways that could not have been foreseen — back when clouds were for weather forecasters and tablets required a pen or pencil.

Can Manufacturing Go Mobile?

October 21, 2011 6:28 am | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are going mobile — whether it's for inventory control, dealing with customer orders, or managing employees — with a growing network of software providers that are riding on the consumer wave. This is part one of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing.

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A Mosaic Of Solar Energy

October 21, 2011 6:18 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's Errol Barnett talks to Dan Rosen of Solar Mosaic about the future of solar energy. Solar Mosaic allows people to own a share of a community solar project. Here's how it works... If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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