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SpaceX Dragon Back on Earth

October 29, 2012 9:39 am | by Marcia Dunn, Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned Dragon freighter carrying a stash of precious medical samples from the International Space Station parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, completing the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA.


Ford gets deal to sell climate control business

October 29, 2012 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is sellling a climate control business to a joint venture owned by a French auto supplier and a former member of the Detroit Pistons. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal marks the last of the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker's Automotive Components Holdings LLC businesses to be...

APNewsBreak: Toyota headed to record global sales

October 29, 2012 3:48 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is shrugging off a sales plunge in China set off by a territorial dispute and says it is headed to a record year on the back of strong growth in the rest of Asia and the U.S. Toyota Motor Corp. Executive Vice President Yukitoshi Funo acknowledged Monday that achieving the company's target...


New CAD Configurator Allows Users to Build Conveyor Assemblies to Exact Specifications

October 28, 2012 9:17 pm | by PD&D Staff | News | Comments

Dorner Manufacturing’s new Configurator is an intuitive 2D and 3D CAD platform that allows users to build complete conveyor assemblies to their exact layout dimensions. The CAD tool is an industry first providing the download of a single CAD model of the complete assembled conveyor, dramatically saving the time spent matching up individual files.


Poll: Scant Demand for Microsoft's Windows 8

October 28, 2012 1:09 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft bills Windows 8 as a "re-imagining" of the personal computer market's dominant operating system, but the company still has a lot of work to do before the makeover captures the imagination of most consumers, based on the results of a recent poll by The Associated Press and GfK. The phone...


Future of Nokia Hangs on Windows Phone 8 Rollout

October 28, 2012 9:10 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

For Nokia, it comes down to this: Is Microsoft's new phone software going to get it back in the smartphone race, or is it going to be too late? After being the top seller of cellphones in the world for 14 years, Nokia failed to meet the challenge when Apple in 2007 introduced the dazzling iPhone...


Johnson Controls declines lender role for A123

October 27, 2012 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Auto parts maker Johnson Controls is stepping away from its position as the debtor-in-possession lender during the bankruptcy process for battery maker A123 Systems in order to prevent delays. The company is avoiding a premature legal tussle with Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang Group Corp.,...

Look Beyond the Product Design Process

October 26, 2012 5:26 pm | by Montie Roland, President, Montie Design | Blogs | Comments

As product designers, we focus the vast majority of our daily effort and concentration on the technical nature of our work. When we stop and take a look at the “bigger picture” sometimes we can find innovation right under our noses.


Souriau’s UTL Power Connector

October 26, 2012 3:52 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Souriau’s UTL is a power connector intended for outdoor applications such as architectural and urban lighting, portable power tools, and telecom relays.

Citi fires analyst, pays fine over Facebook leak

October 26, 2012 3:41 pm | by CHRISTINA REXRODE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The young Citigroup analyst was researching Facebook before it went public. He dropped an email to two of his buddies at a popular technology blog, leaking them information about Citigroup's research that was supposed to be private. When one friend asked if it was OK to publish the information,...

Phoenix Contact’s Electronic Motor

October 26, 2012 3:36 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s new Contactron Electronic Motor Manager precisely monitors the effective power consumed by motors.

Goodfellow Forms New Ceramic and Glass Division

October 26, 2012 3:35 pm | by Goodfellow | News | Comments

Goodfellow, an international supplier of metals and materials for research and industry, has announced the formation of the Goodfellow Ceramic and Glass Division, dedicated solely to materials and finished components in ceramic and glass.

Gilman Promotes Skilled Trades at Grafton High School Manufacturing Job Fair

October 26, 2012 3:29 pm | by Gilman USA | News | Comments

Michael Weiland might just have met his new engineer or machinist at Grafton High School. Weiland, COO of Gilman USA, represented the company at Grafton High School’s inaugural Manufacturing Job Fair Oct. 23. The goal of the job fair was to introduce students to potential careers in manufacturing and skilled trades. Ten local manufacturing firms exhibited at the job fair.

From Google Maps to Google Caves

October 26, 2012 3:10 pm | by Chris Rendall, Mechanical Engineer, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

Most of us are probably familiar with that iconic scene in Star Wars where the Rebel Alliance, gathered around a 3D holographic view of the Death Star, plan the destruction of the evil Galactic Empire’s doomsday weapon.

Nanotec’s Compact PD2-N Nema 17 Stepping Motor

October 26, 2012 3:07 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Plug & Drive PD2-N integrated closed loop stepping motor, Nanotec has expanded its offering of integrated stepper motors with closed loop sine commutation.


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