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April Marks Equal Pay Day

April 15, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Yesterday marked the number of days more a woman has to work past December 31 in order to make the same as the average man did in the previous year. 

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GM Drops Price of the Electric Chevrolet Spark

April 15, 2015 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of slow sales.

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Factory Output Rises for First Time Since November

April 15, 2015 2:20 pm | News | Comments

Output at U.S. factories rose last month for the first time since November, pushed up by increased auto production.

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Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 2:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Is this a vision of the future of industry? Fewer workers, more machines, fully automated.

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Toyota to Build $1B Corolla Plant in Mexico

April 15, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota announced plans Wednesday to construct a new billion-dollar manufacturing plant in Mexico and alter production at its facilities in Canada.

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Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 15, 2015 1:50 pm | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

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Apple Watch’s Debut Shows Growing Importance of China

April 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The simultaneous debut of the Apple Watch in the U.S. and China exemplifies the increasing importance of the world's most populous country to top American retailers, according to consulting firm Tompkins International.

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Five Safety Lessons Learned From the Demise of Titanic

April 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Mandy Savage, copywriter with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

Safety headlines grab attention with catastrophe, accidents, fines, and pointing fingers.What we don't talk about as much are the lessons learned from past mistakes. We don't celebrate the improvements, ideas generated, shared, and implemented for future use. 

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U.S. Probes Complaints About Subaru Air Bag Seat Sensors

April 15, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the air bag sensors in the seats of Subaru Impreza compact cars.

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MA1440 Arc Welding Robot

April 15, 2015 10:24 am | by Yaskawa Motoman | Product Releases | Comments

The 6-axis MA1440 arc welding robot features a 6 kg payload, up from 3 kg on the MA1400 model.

Toyota Building Plants in Mexico, China; Seeks Growth Again

April 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is building two new auto plants, one in Mexico and the other in China, ending a 3-year hiatus from such ambitions that the Japanese automaker voluntarily imposed on itself after massive recalls.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking. 

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Cycle Gear Recalling Toys for Excessive Lead Levels

April 15, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cycle Gear Inc. is recalling about 155 semi-truck and motorcycle toys because of excessive lead levels.

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Manufacturing Groups Call for Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 15, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ahead of this week's income tax filing deadline, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation said the U.S. should exempt its companies' foreign earnings from corporate taxes. 

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HTML5 Viewing Revolutionizes Supply Chain Communication

April 14, 2015 3:23 pm | by Simon Wieczner | Articles | Comments

HTML5 technology permits a radical simplification in document access across the entire supply chain. 

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3D Printing 'Will Bring Mass Customization'

April 14, 2015 3:18 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

3D printing pioneers say their technology can return us to our pre-industrial roots, where customized designs trump mass production.

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A Beer That is Literally Out of This World

April 14, 2015 3:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company just released 'Ground Control,' a beer made with yeast that's been sent to space and back.

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Only Small Number of Jeeps Fixed 2 Years After Recall

April 14, 2015 3:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, the maker of the vehicles has repaired only 4 percent of the Grand Cherokees and 27 percent of the Libertys covered by the recall, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.

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Two-Armed Robot Designed for Factory Collaboration

April 14, 2015 3:07 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“The new era of robotic coworkers is here and an integral part of our next level strategy,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

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Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nine oilfield workers over the last five years died on the job after inhaling deadly vapors near oil or gas wells, according to a federal investigation.

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