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When Even the Losers are Winners

May 14, 2015 5:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Identifying the travails of certain companies is not designed to pour salt in any wounds, no matter how easy it might be. In fact, we point them out because it brings to light some great examples of what your peers in the manufacturing space are facing, how they’re addressing these issues, and the subsequent success or failure of those efforts.

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The Sound Beneath the Floors

May 14, 2015 5:04 pm | Articles | Comments

Studies have shown that the complete absence of sound can drive a person insane, causing them to experience hallucinations. Likewise, loud and overwhelming sound can have the same effect. This especially holds true in manufacturing and plant environments where loud noises are the norm.

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A Guide to Vibration Sensing

May 14, 2015 4:44 pm | by Chris Hansford, Managing Director, Hansford Sensors | Articles | Comments

Plant engineers must understand the need for accurate data capture as part of a predictive maintenance plan in modern manufacturing. This article offers advice on how to specify vibration sensors to carry out condition monitoring in different applications.

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Brand Finance Releases Top 500 U.S. Brands

May 14, 2015 3:07 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Brand Finance released their annual Brand Finance Top 500 U.S. Brands this week.

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More or Less ERP: That is the Question

May 14, 2015 2:36 pm | by Zach Hanlon | Blogs | Comments

The ERP is the lifeblood of most of the manufacturing industry but that industry is changing fast and most can’t keep up.

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Safety Technology Might Have Prevented Deadly Amtrak Crash

May 14, 2015 2:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen.

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Why Does the Dollar Keep Falling?

May 14, 2015 1:58 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Dollar bulls are bewildered amid a sea of setbacks as investors ponder what’s left of the rally that had pundits talking of dollar hegemony just months ago. 

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Missouri Appears Unlikely to Enact Right-to-Work

May 14, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Missouri lawmakers this week easily passed legislation that would make it the 26th "right-to-work" state. But the vote totals, if they hold, would be insufficient to override an expected veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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72 Dead in Philippines Factory Fire

May 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The death toll from a fire at a Filipino footwear factory stands at 72 as officials work to identify victims and investigate the blaze. 

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Apple Nears Settlement Over Talent Poaching Allegations

May 14, 2015 1:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Apple and battery manufacturer A123 appear close to a settlement over allegations that the tech company poached employees for a secret electric car project.

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Senate Agrees to Open Debate on Obama's Trade Agenda

May 14, 2015 10:59 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senators reached a deal Wednesday to move forward on President Barack Obama's trade agenda only one day after Democrats embarrassed him by blocking. 

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GM To Invest $1B in Detroit-Area Tech Center

May 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. plans to spend $1 billion on construction and renovations at its Detroit-area technical center, a top-to-bottom overhaul amied at boosting innovation and employee attraction across a 60-year-old campus. 

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Bombardier Says 1,750 Job Cuts Due to Soft Demand for Jets

May 14, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier confirms it will cut more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months to adjust for weak demand for some of its business jets.

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Is Your Shutdown Planning Hurting Your Routine Corrective Planning?

May 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Roger Corley, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

On the surface, it would seem it would be easy to make the shift from detailed shutdown planning to routine corrective planning. But I have observed two reasons why most companies don’t effectively make that transition.

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Contested Utah Law Could Impact Contact Lens Industry

May 14, 2015 10:02 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers.

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USGS Study Shows Wide Chemical Variation in Fracking Wastewater

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent study from the U.S. Geological Survey links the duration of hydraulic fracturing to the concentration of organic compounds in drilling wastewater.

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Report Links State Oil Subsidies, Campaign Donations

May 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report by British newspaper The Guardian said U.S. states awarded millions in oil company subsidies as their governors collected campaign donations tied to the energy industry.

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MAPI Lowers Economic Forecast for 2015

May 14, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation reduced its economic projections for 2015 in light of low oil prices and a strong dollar. 

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Deuterium Lamps for AA, UV and LC Instruments

May 13, 2015 6:16 pm | by JM Science | Product Releases | Comments

JM Science’s offers a wide selection of deuterium lamps (D2 Lamps) for Shimadzu, Agilent, Waters, Thermo Fisher, Jasco and Hitachi instruments. Designed for Atomic Absorption (AA), Ultraviolet Visible Spectrophotometer (UV) and high performance Liquid Chromatography (LC) instrumentation. 

Officials Defend Hiring Practices at Iowa Fertilizer Plant

May 13, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa are defending their hiring practices amid criticism from labor leaders.

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