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Caterpillar Moving 2 Joliet Production Lines to Mexico

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest move is part of a series of cuts at the factory, where 770 workers are currently employed, compared with 7,000 in the late 1970s.

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New Gauge Range Packs

March 23, 2015 10:53 am | by 5S Supply | Product Releases | Comments

Make it easy to see and know when everything is "good-to-go” with the Gauge Range Marking System.

Chinese State Company Agrees to Buy Italy's Pirelli

March 23, 2015 10:51 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's biggest state-owned chemical company said Monday it plans to buy Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, adding to a string of high-profile Chinese corporate purchases in Europe.

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Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week

March 20, 2015 2:49 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

After a full week of news, Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week have been decided. The winning title goes to a company for inventing a product that will benefit the manufacturing community, while the loser was forced to issue a recall of their product due to safety concerns.

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Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut in Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 20, 2015 2:08 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will order the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

March 20, 2015 1:59 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

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5 Ways a Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 20, 2015 1:55 pm | by Joanna Rotter, Content Marketing Manager, MSI | Articles | Comments

Find out how your manufacturing business can take advantage of the growing trend toward mobile apps and start seeing the results of more efficient operations and detailed reporting.

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Europe is Using so Much Solar Power That Today’s Eclipse Could Test its Grid

March 20, 2015 1:24 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Europe’s solar power installations now total around 90 gigawatts of capacity. Experts had predicted almost 34 gigawatts will gradually disappear from the system if Friday turns out to be a clear day. 

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Lawsuit Claims High Levels of Arsenic in Top-Selling Wines

March 20, 2015 1:13 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A proposed class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country's top selling wines have high levels of arsenic. 

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English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 20, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

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Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Company officials said the update’s Range Assurance application would communicate with Tesla Superchargers and other charging stations and automatically calculate when vehicles require a charge.

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GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned in Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be questioned this fall by lawyers suing GM over its defective ignition switches.

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Study: Additives Don't Cause Plastics to Degrade

March 20, 2015 9:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent analysis by Michigan State University researchers cast doubts on the effectiveness of compounds intended to promote biodegradation in plastics. 

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Graco Fined for Delayed Reporting of Seat-Buckle Complaints

March 20, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for delayed reporting of consumer complaints about difficulty opening car seat buckles.

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Is Your Efficiency Tracking System Actually Efficient?

March 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Jack Payne, Vice President of Solution Consulting for Process Manufacturing, Aptean | Articles | Comments

Process manufacturers are under constant pressure to meet compliance, lower costs and maximize efficiency. All too often manufacturers, unfortunately, lack the tools need to deliver on these goals, struggling to guess at the inefficiencies in what is typically a paper-driven and error-prone manual process. 

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A Drone Like No Other

March 19, 2015 2:54 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This drone has capabilities unlike any other, this drone shoots fire and sprays graffiti. 

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Manufacturing in Philly Area Grows at Slightly Slower Pace

March 19, 2015 2:39 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region expanded more slowly in March than the previous month as new orders slipped.

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Tesla Updating Model S to Ease Range Anxiety, Improve Safety

March 19, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge

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Test Ride: Mercedes Self-Driving Luxury Car

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Brian Cooley takes a ride inside Mercedes' F 015 self-driving vehicle and explains why it could be the future of mobility.

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