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The Lead Video Features Prime Air Drone

November 30, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The video features footage of the drone ascending from the factory to an elevation of nearly 400 feet. It then flies to a destination up to 15 miles away, descends onto an Amazon mat placed in the backyard and drops its cargo before flying off again.

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Reports: AB InBev Considering Sales Of Peroni, Grolsch

November 30, 2015 1:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although no final decision has been made, the sales of Peroni and Grolsch would aim to assuage the concerns of EU regulators. Those brands would reportedly still be sold by SABMiller in the U.S.


Survey: Manufacturers’ Digital, Service Capabilities Lagging

November 30, 2015 1:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Cisco report — which polled 625 manufacturing executives from 13 countries — found that 86 percent of respondents considered services, instead of products alone, a key component of their growth strategies.


Shell Chemical To Spend $717M To Expand Geismar Plant

November 30, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The project will include a $717 million capital investment and create 20 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $104,000, plus benefits, while retaining 650 existing jobs at Shell Geismar.


For Some People, The Older The Smartphone, The Better

November 30, 2015 10:32 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some manufacturers have turned to emerging markets for new sales, but many customers there can afford only cheaper — and less profitable — devices. To keep making money on premium phones, Apple, Samsung and their rivals are counting on regular upgrades.


Ford To Book $600M 4Q Expense For New Labor Contract

November 30, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO Mark Fields says in a statement that the deal allows wider use of temporary workers and lifts a cap on entry-level wage employees. It also allows more flexible work schedules.


Spring-Loaded LVDT Linear Position Sensors

November 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

These 3/8-inch gaging probes measure the position of a target surface with a high degree of accuracy.

Democrats Offer Bill To Overhaul Food Labels

November 27, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Food Labeling Modernization Act would direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to craft a standard nutrition label for the front of food products and packages.


Report Anticipates Slower Manufacturing Growth, Improved Hiring

November 27, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

MAPI's latest quarterly economic forecast estimated that production would increase by 2.6 percent next year and by 3 percent in 2017, down from the 3.4 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively, in the August forecast.


Getting To ZERO: One Task At A Time

November 27, 2015 9:00 am | by Carl Potter, CSP, CMC | Articles | Comments

Achieving zero injuries requires vision, a process, effort, and the commitment of everyone in the organization.


How Long Would It Take To Run Off Your Thanksgiving Meal?

November 26, 2015 9:30 am | by Mike Hockett, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Turkey day is here, and with it comes the big meal. This infographic by sports apparel company Mizuno shows how much running it would take to burn off traditional Thanksgiving foods, and the entire meal.

Costco Says It Doesn’t Intend To Sell Genetically Modified Salmon

November 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

FOE said that more than 60 supermarket chains comprising some 9,500 stores rejected the modified salmon, which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Obama Administration Floats South Carolina Wind Energy Projects

November 26, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a request for comments from the wind energy industry about developing four offshore areas totaling more than 1,100 square miles on the Outer Continental Shelf.


EPA Nixes Approval Of New Weed Killer For Engineered Crops

November 25, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday withdrew approval of a controversial new weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.


Power Plant Turns Turkey Waste Into Steam Power

November 25, 2015 2:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

While families all across America are putting turkeys on the table this Thanksgiving, a power plant in North Carolina is gearing up to turn factory farm turkey waste into industrial steam.


Toxic Wastewater From Collapsed Brazilian Dam Reaches Ocean

November 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Early this month, the Fundão dam at a mine owned by Samarco — a joint venture of Australia-based BHP Billiton Ltd. and Brazil's Vale — burst and unleashed billions of gallons of mine waste.


Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Rise Strong 3 Percent In October

November 25, 2015 10:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for durable goods rose 3 percent in October following declines in both September and August, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. 


Utility Plans To Mask Awful Odor From Uncontrolled Gas Leak

November 25, 2015 10:33 am | by Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

SoCalGas officials told county supervisors Tuesday that the substance is safe and would neutralize the rotten-egg smell that has led to more than 660 complaints by residents to the air board about nausea, headaches and dizziness.


Tesla Plans To Resume Push To Open Stores In Connecticut

November 25, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Earlier this year, the Senate failed to take up a bill that would have allowed Tesla to open up to three new retail stores in the state. The same bill had passed the House of Representatives in May by a wide margin.


Toyota Recalls Vehicles In Japan, Europe For Airbag Defect

November 25, 2015 9:41 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has announced nearly 15 million recalls in relation to problem Takata inflators worldwide, nearly 3 million each in the U.S. and Japan, spokeswoman Kayo Doi said.


German Investigation Of VW Expands To Include Tax Evasion

November 24, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

German prosecutors said Tuesday they have widened their investigation of Volkswagen to include suspicion of tax evasion after revelations that some of its cars were emitting more carbon dioxide than officially reported.



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