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The First 3D-Printed Supercar

June 25, 2015 2:31 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Meet Blade — a super-light sports car with a 3D printed chassis, designed as an alternative to traditional car manufacturing. Through 3D printing, entrepreneur Kevin Czinger has developed a radical new way to build cars with a much lighter footprint.

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Get an Umbrella Before it Rains

June 25, 2015 2:21 pm | by Jon Wikstrom | Blogs | Comments

Instead of waiting until new environmental laws are officially handed down, many of the most forward-thinking manufacturers are taking steps now to prepare for the future.

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Subaru Recalls 72K Vehicles

June 25, 2015 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru is recalling some 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic braking system to fail.

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States Forego GMO Labeling Laws Over Past Year

June 25, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

With only a handful of days remaining in the current fiscal year many states have not passed legislation targeting GMO food labeling in the past 12 months, according to a report in Food Safety News.

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Iranian Crude Exports Plummet Following Sanctions

June 25, 2015 12:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Exports of crude oil from Iran decreased by nearly half since the U.S. levied additional sanctions three years ago.

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Acura Recalls 106,000 MDX SUVs

June 25, 2015 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists.

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General Mills To Slash Up to 725 jobs

June 25, 2015 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Progresso said Thursday that it will record pre-tax costs of about $57 million to $62 million, mostly for employee termination benefits.

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TLS Pro Preset Torque Screwdriver

June 25, 2015 10:41 am | by Mountz, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mountz, Inc. introduces the new TLS Pro preset torque screwdriver series. These new torque tools are an upgrade to the Mountz cam-over torque screwdriver technology.

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Business Intelligence Helps Manufacturers Keep Smart, Stay Sharp

June 25, 2015 10:10 am | by Daniel Erickson | Articles | Comments

An investment in business intelligence (BI) software would be a wise move in these times of fluctuating profit margins, increased global competition, and expanding regulations. BI empowers your organization to make well-informed, timelier, and more intelligent business decisions.

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Photo Essay: UPS Worldport

June 25, 2015 9:49 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

Check out photos showcasing the inner workings of UPS’s 5.2 million-square-space aptly titled Worldport.

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New Charges Filed Over Canadian Oil Train Disaster

June 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Canadian prosecutors on Monday levied criminal charges against a now-defunct railroad company and six former employees over a 2013 explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec.

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Mitsubishi Recalls 460K Cars; 5 Hurt When Airbags Hit Visor

June 25, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is recalling about 460,000 cars because the airbags can push sun visors into passengers and cause injuries in a crash.

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Ford to Begin Engineering Self-Driving Cars

June 25, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. this week announced plans to upgrade its autonomous driving program from initial research to advanced engineering.

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House GOP Targets Obama Climate Plan for U.S. Power Plants

June 24, 2015 4:32 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with a plan to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, defying a White House veto threat.

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Report: Industries Face Shortage of Rail Boxcars

June 24, 2015 4:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulations and decades-long changes in rail transportation are combining to create a shortage of boxcars that could become a full-blown crisis in the next several years.

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Kraft Sued Over All-Natural Label for Capri Sun

June 24, 2015 4:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A northern California man earlier this month filed a class action lawsuit against Kraft Foods, which alleged that the company's Capri Sun juice contained artificial ingredients despite its label as "all-natural."

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Takata Debacle Exposes What’s Wrong With America’s Recall Process

June 24, 2015 3:06 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Government audit reveals extent of NHTSA’s poor management of the nation's largest auto recall.

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Increasing Efficiency Through iQagent Q&A With Bob Meads

June 24, 2015 3:02 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Through the creation of an augmented reality system that connects the entire plant floor, manufacturers are able to increase efficiency and ROI when dealing with machine failures. To explain this new system, Bob Meads, the CEO of iQuest, took the time to answer some of IMPO’s most pressing questions.

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House Approves Bill to Overhaul Chemical Regulation

June 24, 2015 2:47 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The House on Tuesday approved a bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years.

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Monsanto Considers Spending $1B to Expand Luling Plant

June 24, 2015 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has announced preliminary plans for a potential $1 billion-plus expansion of its Luling plant.

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