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Ford To Invest $1.8B In China Research

October 12, 2015 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford said it will expand its research and development center in the eastern city of Nanjing and work on autonomous driving, smartphone connectivity, more efficient powertrains and other technologies.


Boeing: Lightest. Metal. Ever.

October 12, 2015 12:45 pm | by Boeing | Videos | Comments

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever made. At 99.99% air, it's light enough to balance on top of a dandelion, while its structure makes it strong. Strength and record breaking lightness make it a potential metal for future planes and vehicles.


North American Tool Named IBC's Supplier Of The Year

October 12, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Hockett, Managing Editor | News | Comments

Cutting tool manufacturer North American Tool received the award at Industrial Buyers Consortium's National Meeting Oct. 4 in Rosemont, IL.


August Manufacturing Tech. Orders Down

October 12, 2015 10:23 am | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The Association for Manufacturing Technology president said that while a sense of uneasiness has reduced orders, a period of leveling off is expected and will help build stable, long term growth.


House OKs Lifting 40-Year-Old U.S. Ban On Oil Exports

October 12, 2015 10:18 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill was approved, 261-159, with 26 Democrats joining Republicans in backing the measure that now heads to the Senate, where prospects are uncertain.


California Craft Beer Brewers Balance Drafts And Drought

October 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Julie Watson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A typical craft brewery uses up to 7 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of beer. Some in California have decreased that ratio to less than 5-to-1, but they are still being asked to cut back to meet the state mandate.


Crude Oil Bill Could Benefit Shipping Companies, But Passage Uncertain

October 12, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The program provides funding for large shipping lines — primarily Maersk and American President — to make 60 ships available for the Pentagon's use in times of war or national emergency.


Economists Still Expect Rate Hike Before End Of 2015

October 12, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Economists now expect the gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation, to rise 2.5 percent for the year, according to the survey by the National Association for Business Economics. 


Manufacturing Minute: Robotic Farmhands

October 12, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

In this episode, the world's first robot-operated farm. 


Swivel On Swivel Caster

October 12, 2015 8:17 am | by Caster Concepts Caster Concepts Product Releases | Comments

SoS reduces the amount of force needed to turn and maneuver a cart, and to start rolling a cart when all the wheels are not parallel.

Radioactive Park: Why Wolves Are Ruling Chernobyl

October 9, 2015 3:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s been about 30 years since the disaster, and the area is still a scientist’s playground where nature provides the perfect lab to study the effects of radiation on the environment.


Natural Gas Facility Explosion Leaves Three Dead, Two Injured

October 9, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The workers killed and injured were contractors doing maintenance work when the explosion occurred, Williams Partners said in a statement. 


UAW Leaders Approve Richer Fiat Chrysler Contract

October 9, 2015 3:01 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new agreement would gradually eliminate a much-maligned tiered pay system and bring all U.S. factory workers to the same wage over eight years. 


Judge Gives Final Approval For $338M Oil Train Settlement

October 9, 2015 2:55 pm | by David Sharp, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Judge Peter Cary announced his decision after Canadian Pacific dropped its objection to the settlement plan moving forward and a Canadian judge gave conditional approval.


Tesla, Switch Fuel Economic Boom In Ex-Railroad Town

October 9, 2015 2:52 pm | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there been such excitement — Tesla Motors and other technology companies are coming, and along with them thousands of jobs.


Matt Damon Wouldn't Really Last That Long On Mars

October 9, 2015 2:47 pm | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity, says author Stephen Petranek. Here's how he thinks we can survive the radiation.


Manufacturing's Winner And Loser: Topping The Industry; Pleading Guilty

October 9, 2015 1:55 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week's winner climbed to the top of its industry by developing the most efficient solar panel; the loser is pleading guilty and paying the $10 million price. 


VW May Compensate Owners Of Diesel Cars For Loss Of Value

October 9, 2015 10:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Speaking to lawmakers investigating the emissions cheating, U.S. CEO Michael Horn also said fixing most of the 500,000 affected cars in the U.S. could take one to two years, possibly more.


Alabama Water Authority Files Lawsuit Over 3M Chemicals

October 9, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority filed the lawsuit in federal court along with three of the authority's customers.


Report: Manufacturing Skills Gap Could Hit 2M Jobs By 2025

October 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although retirements in the baby-boomer generation and changes in federal labor policies helped create the skills gap, the report adds that younger workers also contribute to the problem.



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