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Making Room For More Lead Time

March 17, 2014 2:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

No matter what the end product, there is always pressure to be an industry leader in lead time, and to meet those targets in a safe, reliable, and cost-efficient manner. Reducing lead times can provide manufacturers with a multitude of benefits.

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President Of W.Va. Spill Company Wants To Get Paid

March 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings.                             

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The $1.8M Ferrari Race Car For Amateurs

March 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ferrari XX Program allows a few of the most passionate fans to buy a FXX or a 599XX race cars and drive them on race tracks around the world.                                

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Another GM Recall: 1.18M SUVs For Air Bag Issues

March 17, 2014 1:41 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans, and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems.                                

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U.S. Factory Output Rises In Februrary

March 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve says factory production surged 0.8 percent, nearly reversing a 0.9 percent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February's gain was the largest in six months.                  

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Ohio Auto Dealers Join Fight Over Telsa Sales Model

March 17, 2014 12:05 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Ohio is among states proposing to block future Tesla direct-sales stores on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships.                                   

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Jack Daniel's Opposes Change To 'Tennessee Whiskey'

March 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Bruce Schreiner and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers are considering dialing back requirements that they say make it too difficult for craft distilleries to market their spirits as Tennessee whiskey, a distinctive and popular draw in the booming American liquor business.     

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The Inevitable Future of Driverless Cars

March 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Autonomous driving has long been on the to-do list for car manufacturers, but within the last year consumer interest has spurred inquisition in both the engineering community, as well as the legal arena.             

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Could Open Source Be An Engine For The Internet Of Things?

March 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Jeff Evans & Alain Louchez | Articles | Comments

Whether it is an innovation engine, or the actual level playing field (as argued during the international ITU conference), open source is growingly viewed as a credible game changer for IoT.                   

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Fiat Recalling More Than 18,000 500Ls

March 17, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.                                    

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Honda Recalling Almost 900,000 Minivans

March 17, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.                                   

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Wind Power Proposal Irks Midwest Farmers

March 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line, but farmers don't want the lines on their land.                        

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Toyota Shuts Down 2 Plants In Lockout Over Wages

March 17, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday it has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management.                 

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LED Light Bulbs As A WiFi Alternative

March 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The technology company Pure LiFi has come up with the bright idea of using LED light bulbs to transmit data. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on how it works.                            

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Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As right-to-work becomes a more significant point in state political discussions, these union wins and losses have more impact.                                    

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Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                                

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Obama Overtime Plan Stirs Controversy

March 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                      

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All Eyes On The Boeing 777

March 14, 2014 1:45 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Boeing 777 has enjoyed an impeccable safety record during its 19-year history, but recent news about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have put the plane under the microscope.                   

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Report: New Mexico Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response, and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently contaminated by a radiation leak. 

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Textron Closes $1.4 Billion Purchase Of Beechcraft

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Textron completed its purchase of Beechcraft and will combine the airplane maker with its Cessna unit to form an aviation business that generates about $4.6 billion in annual revenue.                   

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