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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 1

March 27, 2015 12:19 pm | by Greg Goodwin | 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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Behind the Historic U.S. Oil Supply Glut

March 27, 2015 12:16 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Societe Generale Global Head of Oil Research Michael Wittner discusses rising U.S. oil stockpiles.

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Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

March 27, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have something in common: many issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. 

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Boost Efficiency Through Augmented Reality: Q&A With Bob Meads

March 27, 2015 10:24 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin discusses the collaboration between iQuest and Kepware, as well as advanced approaches to viewing the plant floor and challenges to implementing automated solutions.

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Feds: Monsanto Fined for not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

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OmniVeyor TM-100 Robot

March 27, 2015 9:50 am | by Harvest Automation | Product Releases | Comments

The TM-100 robot from Harvest Automation is a mobile autonomous material handling platform engineered for distribution and fulfillment operations.

BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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Poll: Americans Evenly Divided on Fracking

March 27, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent nationwide poll showed Americans are evenly split between support and opposition for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

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Steel Industry Gathers Before Congress

March 26, 2015 4:32 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Steel Industry leaders gathered to address Congress yesterday, voicing their concerns about domestic steel procedures, trade policies and plant closures. 

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Picture of the Day: Toyota's New Beginning

March 26, 2015 3:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Toyota is putting the past and their sweeping recalls behind them — according to the company it is time to move forward.

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Union Vote Set Next Month at Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

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Ford Unveils the Focus RS Ahead of the NY Auto Show

March 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by The Street | Videos | Comments

Ford is unveiling the first-ever global RS model ahead of the start of the New York Auto Show. 

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 2

March 26, 2015 1:58 pm | by Greg Goodwin | 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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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

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Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

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Survey: Many in Plastics Industry Call for Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet industry needs, according to a recent poll.

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Blue Bell Recalls More Ice Cream Over Listeria

March 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

For the second time in a month, Texas-based Blue Bell Ice Cream has recalled products over concerns of listeria contamination.

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Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said that he's confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production.

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Photo of the Day: Tesla's Appearance at Automate 2015

March 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Now that Automate and ProMat 2015 have come to a close, we thought we would share some quick takeaways from the shows. Unfortunately, Tesla did not set up a booth at Automate this year, but that didn’t mean that they didn’t have a presence at the show. 

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Republicans Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

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