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Keystone XL Developer 'Committed' To Completing Project

November 19, 2015 2:43 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline remains committed to completing the final leg of the project even though President Barack Obama denied the Canadian company's request for a federal permit, a spokesman said Wednesday.


Report: Ford-UAW Contract In Jeopardy As Voting Ends

November 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

UAW officials said that of the approximately 75 percent of Ford union workers to cast votes as of Wednesday, just more than half voted against the proposal.


Drone Company Software Would Ban Flights In Restricted Areas

November 19, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The "geofencing" system — named Geospatial Environment Online — provides users with live information on nearby restricted areas or other potential safety issues and, in its default setting, prevents flight into those locations.


E-Commerce Tip: 'Don’t Try To Eat The Elephant'

November 19, 2015 12:43 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Successful strategies are anchored in well-organized, relevant and properly positioned content. A recent interview offers insight on how to achieve these goals without turning off customers and alienating internal staff by trying to do too much too soon.


Infographic: Automotive Recalls, By The Numbers

November 19, 2015 11:27 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Recalls have been on the rise for the past two years in the automotive industry. There are a lot of factors that play into recalls, such as cost, compliance and coming to a solution. Take a look at some of the stats on recent automotive recalls.


Material Handling Spotlight: Increasing Efficiency With Containers, Bins And Totes

November 19, 2015 11:27 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is no single "right" way for a plant to manage, store and organize inventory, rather, many methods. 


Field Report: Onward And (Hopefully) Upward

November 19, 2015 11:27 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

IMPO's overview of the factors industry analysts say will impact manufacturing in 2016. 


Tech Trends: A Five Point Plan For Becoming A Digital Enterprise By 2020

November 19, 2015 11:27 am | by Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor | Articles | Comments

Marketing conditions, customer expectations and technology capabilities are transforming manufacturing processes at phenomenal speeds. 


Maintenance Matters: Disaster — Prepare For The Worst And Then Be Ready When It Happens

November 19, 2015 11:27 am | by Jason Gargala, Ottawa Kent | Articles | Comments

How many times has a bad situation gotten out of hand because no one in the midst of the chaos unfolding knew how to turn off the sprinklers, kill the power or make sure the gas leak was taken care of?


Plant Practices: Heavy Equipment Accessories Builder Maximizes Space For Manufacturing

November 19, 2015 11:27 am | by RMT Équipement | Articles | Comments

In 2015, RMT Équipement decided to move its headquarters and warehouse to Blainville, into facilities measuring over 6,000 square feet. With this improvement, the company has brought all of its operations under one roof.


IMPO Onsite: A Leader In Its Field

November 19, 2015 11:27 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

From fruit preps and purees, to maraschinos, to its new Royal Harvest line of dried fruits, OCG offers an array of fruit products made with high-quality ingredients. 


Editor's Note: Your Tax Revenue Wish List

November 19, 2015 11:27 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

We all pay taxes; wouldn’t it be great to emblazon on a t-shirt a line item list of what every dollar should be allocated for, in our perfect world, without any negative business ramifications?


Report: Plant Safety Hasn’t Improved Since Deadly Chemical Leak

November 19, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The analysis by the Washington-based Center for Effective Government said incidents at U.S. chemical plants still occur at a rate of about one in every two days since a deadly explosion in West, Texas in 2013.


UK Plans To Close Coal Plants By 2025

November 19, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Authorities touted the commitment as one of the first by a developed nation. Coal accounted for about one-third of the nation’s electricity last year, but new European environmental regulations and aging infrastructure designated many plants for closure in coming years.


Audi Says U.S. Sales Undiminished By Diesel Emissions Scandal

November 19, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the two months since news broke that hundreds of thousands of diesel cars — mostly VWs, but also some Audi models — had their emissions devices doctored to beat U.S. tailpipe tests, sales of Audis have been at record levels compared to the same months in years past, according to company data.


UAW Taking 'Micro' Approach To Unionizing Volkswagen Plant

November 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday granted a petition by a small group of skilled-trades workers to hold a vote on being represented by the UAW for collective bargaining purposes, turning back a call by the German automaker to require a vote by all blue-collar workers on union issues.


Manufacturing Minute: RoboBees To Get Laser Vision

November 19, 2015 9:32 am | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, robot bees get laser eyes. 


Cut 4 TPR Impact Resistant Glove

November 19, 2015 9:28 am | by Taste International | Product Releases | Comments

The TOG4B/G is a TPR impact resistant glove with cut 4 level protection developed for high performance hand protection in the oil and gas industries. It is also of great value as PPE for the utility and mining industries.

Air Liquide Offers To Buy Airgas In Deal Worth About $10.3B

November 18, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The acquisition still needs approval from regulators and Airgas shareholders. Airgas will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Liquide once the companies complete the deal.


The Crossroads Of Connectivity

November 18, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The next 18 months need to generate solutions that are easier to integrate and more cost-effective in order for Industrial IoT to be truly embraced throughout U.S. manufacturing.



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