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Manufacturing Minute: Self-Driving Transport Pods

October 27, 2015 11:56 am | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, autonomous transportation pods that can link up or travel solo. 


Retired Dow Employees Blame Radiation Exposure For Cancer

October 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two former employees of a St. Louis-area Dow Chemical plant say that they developed multiple cancers following exposure to radioactive materials while on the job.


Fiat Chrysler Recalls Nearly 94K Jeeps Due To Fire Risk

October 27, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company looked into the problem after U.S. regulators got two complaints about smoke and fire in certain 2015 Jeep Cherokees.


GM Recalling 1.4M Cars; Oil Leaks Can Cause Engine Fires

October 27, 2015 10:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two recalls didn't work.


Chinese Company Pays More Than $1B For Texas Oil Fields

October 27, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Assets in the U.S. energy sector are increasingly attractive amid dramatically lower crude oil prices, particularly as Chinese firms look overseas due to the country's sluggish economy and the dominance of state-owned companies in its energy sector.


Enhanced Maxi-Duty (EMD2) Series

October 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. Product Releases | Comments

A hybrid of Hamilton’s Maxi-Duty and Ultra Maxi-Duty lines, the new EMD2 series packs a small mounting plate paired with a massive swivel construction.

Walmart Seeks Federal Approval For Drone Delivery Tests

October 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The FAA has not authorized drones for commercial purposes, but the agency — after complaints from — earlier this year indicated that it would grant expedited exemptions if an application mirrored a previously approved filing.


Toyota Retakes Top Spot In Global Sales Ranking From Scandal-Hit VW

October 26, 2015 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

​Toyota Motor Corp. retook the top spot in global vehicle sales for the January to September period of 2015, data showed Monday, after surrendering it to Germany's Volkswagen AG now stung by an emissions scandal.


Nissan Expands Fuel Leak Recall To 59K Sedans

October 26, 2015 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators that in a crash, fuel could leak from a seal between the gas tank and the fuel sending unit. That could cause a fire.


U.K. Professor: Women Don’t Understand Science Behind Fracking

October 26, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Averil Macdonald, an emeritus professor at the University of Reading and the newly appointed chair of United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas, told The Times of London that many U.K. women likely ended their study of science at age 16 and “don’t understand” the science behind hydraulic fracturing.


USDA Panel Backs Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn

October 26, 2015 2:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The new corn variety would reportedly protect against worms that attack the plant's root systems, as well as resist the common herbicide glyphosate.


Efficiency Fuels Pratt & Whitney’s Hot Section Ramp Up

October 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

A look at how aerospace leader Pratt & Whitney combines innovation, quality assurance and plant floor efficiencies to better meet growing customer demands.


Manufacturing Minute: Piping Hot Pizza Car

October 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, Domino’s creates the pizza delivery car of your late night dreams. 


Lawmakers Accuse ExxonMobil Of Downplaying Climate Data

October 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two Democratic congressmen are asking the Justice Department to investigate ExxonMobil over the petroleum giant's climate change research from the 90s.


Report: Europe A Model For Government Promotion Of Low-Carbon Manufacturing

October 26, 2015 10:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released analysis says that although the global manufacturing sector is developing more environmentally friendly practices, government mandates are needed to broadly accelerate those efforts.


United Auto Workers, General Motors Reach Contract Agreement

October 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The UAW said the agreement was reached at 11:43 p.m. Sunday, 16 minutes before the deadline it had set to either reach an agreement or call a strike at GM's U.S. plants.


Recap: IMPO's Top 5

October 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, IMPO's top stories were primarily concerned with regulations and compliance — and the fines and settlements as a result of failure to abide by them. Also: motorcycles make an appearance in two of the top five, concerning job cuts and new technology.


Lumber Liquidators To Pay Record Fine Over Illegal Timber

October 26, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The penalty includes criminal and civil fines, along with payments to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund.


Yellow Jacket

October 26, 2015 8:21 am | by Muller | Product Releases | Comments

The Yellow Jacket is ideal for securing oversized, oddly shaped, palletized loads while the pallet remains on the forklift. 

Tech Companies Face Rocky Road On The Way To Making Cars

October 23, 2015 2:30 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.



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