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Safety Experts: Chrysler's Gas Tank Fix Still Risky

March 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After Chrysler initially refused to recall vehicles over a gas tank issue, there are now safety concerns about the solution and the speed at which it is moving on the fix.

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SC plant, workers have produced 3 million BMW vehicles

March 24, 2015 3:13 pm | News | Comments

BMW Manufacturing Co. and its workforce are celebrating the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in South Carolina.

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Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier from UAW

March 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors and Ford might seek a new, lower wage tier from the United Auto Workers union after a report showed they have the highest labor costs among U.S. automakers.

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Boeing Receives Patent for 'Force Field'

March 24, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Boeing Co. has invented a system of "shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc."

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How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 24, 2015 2:52 pm | by Tom Grace, Brand Protection Manager, Eaton | Articles | Comments

The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a problem that continues to rise each year; currently, it is estimated to make up five to seven percent of world trade or $1.77 trillion in 2015.

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Cheminert C52 Integrated HPLC Injector

March 24, 2015 1:49 pm | by VICI Valco Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Valco’s new Cheminert C52 Series Injector presents an integrated motor/valve assembly designed specifically to be built into an OEM system.

Handheld Formaldehyde Meter/Monitor HFX205

March 24, 2015 11:39 am | by New Star Environmental, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

New Star is pleased to offer the HFX205 Formaldehyde Monitor designed for use in a wide variety of applications.

Eurozone Stimulus Boosts Manufacturing

March 24, 2015 11:09 am | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The economy across the 19-country eurozone appears to be gaining momentum as a closely-watched survey Tuesday found business activity hit a near four-year high in March.

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China Manufacturing Lowest in Nearly a Year

March 24, 2015 11:03 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing fell to the lowest level in nearly a year as new orders shrank, according to a report Tuesday that underscored the weakening outlook for the world's second biggest economy.

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U.S. Drillers Scrambling to Thwart OPEC Threat

March 24, 2015 10:56 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry. Now they are fighting back.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Carolina became the 34th state to allow hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas after new standards for the controversial practice took effect last week.

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Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 24, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

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Wilson to Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One of the most iconic brands in baseball is changing hands for the first time in its more than 130-year history.

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A Profile With the Superstar of the Maker Movement: Limor Fried

March 24, 2015 10:32 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Articles | Comments

Above all, Limor “Ladyada” Fried is a maker — a member of a DIY subculture of engineering-oriented pursuits including 3D printing, electronics and robotics.

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Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 4

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector.

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New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The company’s two huge 1,000 MW power plants, which are under construction near Fort Worth, will use the latest GE power generation technology that needs just one tenth of the water amount typically required to cool such large installations, and save “millions of gallons” every day, according to Harris.

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Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

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Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

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American, Russian Leave Earth This Week For Year In Space

March 23, 2015 3:29 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are moving into the International Space Station this week and staying for an entire year.

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Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 23, 2015 3:26 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley startup Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power.

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