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Colorado Powdered Alcohol Ban Stalls in Legislature

March 10, 2015 3:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Efforts to add Colorado to the list of states with restrictions on powdered alcohol ran aground in the state Legislature last week. 

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Spate of Derailments Deepens Fear of Oil Train Disaster

March 10, 2015 3:01 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four trains hauling crude oil have derailed in the U.S. and Canada since mid-February. The derailments have deepened safety concerns that if an oil-train accident were to occur in a populated area, the results could be disastrous.   

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Study: U.S. Manufacturers Paid More for Pollution Control

March 10, 2015 2:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

American manufacturers faced $24.6 billion in pollution abatement costs last year, a total far higher than the amount in many competing nations, according to a recent analysis.

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Industrial IoT in 2015: Sensors, Software and Breaking Down Barriers

March 10, 2015 11:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Although the level of IoT implementation lags far behind its ever-increasing notoriety, 2015 is poised to be a big year for the industrial internet of things. 

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Delivery of Stealthy Destroyer to Navy Delayed

March 10, 2015 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The complexity of the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer will delay delivery of the first two ships. 

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OCMA-500 & OCMA-550

March 10, 2015 11:05 am | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Horiba has released a new OCMA-500 & OCMA-550. This instrument can be utilized across a wide variety of applications such as drain monitoring & quality control of components.

China's Auto Sales Growth Decelerates in February

March 10, 2015 10:55 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's auto sales growth decelerated in February despite a near doubling in purchases of Chinese-made SUVs, an industry group reported Tuesday.

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Wisconsin Joins 'Right-to-Work' States

March 10, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin officially became the 25th "right-to-work" state after Gov. Scott signed legislation Monday at a Milwaukee water meter manufacturer. 

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States Ask Federal Appeals Court to Toss California Poultry Law

March 10, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards. 

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Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Laser Weapon

March 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Efforts to develop lasers for military use took another step forward last week following the successful test of a Lockheed Martin prototype.

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A Strategic Approach to Surplus

March 9, 2015 3:50 pm | by Gardner Dudley, President, Capital Assets Group, Liquidity Services | Articles | Comments

Industrial manufacturing and plant operations’ professionals all have a common need to find a solution for managing surplus assets so they can focus on their many other responsibilities.

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Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

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Goodyear’s Concept Tires to Help Power Electric Cars

March 9, 2015 3:32 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear has announced a new concept tire that can convert heat into energy and, in turn, can power an electric car.

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NC Among Southern States Aiming to Lure Big Car Plants, Jobs

March 9, 2015 3:19 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern politicians are heating up their recruiting in hopes of landing a big auto manufacturing plant and the potential of thousands of high-paying jobs.

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A Look at ELF, the Solar-Powered Bicycle-Car Hybrid

March 9, 2015 3:07 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's called the ELF, a solar-powered bike-car hybrid that's turning up in cities across the country. Costing $5,500, the transportation requires no insurance or gasoline. 

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Alcoa to Acquire Titanium Producer, Expand Aerospace Operations

March 9, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Aluminum producer Alcoa will pay $1.5 billion in stock to acquire titanium company RTI International Metals, the company announced Monday.

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Obama to Announce Effort to Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 11:36 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. 

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4 Ways to Integrate Supply Chain Projects with Corporate Initiatives

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Godfrey Huguley | Articles | Comments

When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation

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GSM-60 Gas Sampling Monitor

March 9, 2015 10:53 am | by Enmet | Product Releases | Comments

The GSM-60 is a microprocessor-based gas monitor designed for use in industrial process, aerospace, pharmaceutical and semiconductor applications.

Wisconsin Poised to Join Right-to-Work States

March 9, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning. 

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