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Study’s Finding Could Reduce Costs Of Owning Hydrogen-Powered Cars

October 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists at New Mexico's Sandia National Laboratories tweaked a material called molybdenum disulfide — or "molly" — to improve its performance as a hydrogen catalyst.


CableEye HiPot Cable & Harness Test System

October 8, 2015 8:31 am | by CAMI Research, Inc. CAMI Research, Inc. Product Releases | Comments

The HVX-21 extends the HiPot test voltage range to 2100 Vdc and 1200 Vac permitting detection of even more subtle defects.

Shell To Spend $69M To Relocate Water Facilities

October 7, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The project will replace existing drinking wells and create a new water intake site and treatment facility for the authority.


California Governor Signs Law Targeting Gender Wage Gap

October 7, 2015 2:14 pm | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill expands California's existing equal pay law and goes further than federal law by placing the burden on the employer to prove a man's higher pay is based on factors other than gender.


Patriot Coal Expects To Lay Off More Than 2,000 Workers

October 7, 2015 2:04 pm | by Pam Ramsey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scott Depot-based Patriot sent layoff warning notices to Boone, Kanawha and Marion counties this week. The notices are extensions of warning notices that Patriot had issued in August.


Manufacturer Inspecting Other Engines After Jetliner Fire

October 7, 2015 12:54 pm | by Sally Ho, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer is voluntarily analyzing 38 similar spools that are about the same age but are out of service awaiting maintenance and repairs. Other inspections of working engines are expected.


Monsanto To Eliminate 2,600 Jobs After Posting Q4 Loss

October 7, 2015 12:34 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Monsanto announced the layoffs as it reported a $495 million loss for its fiscal fourth quarter.


Four Steps For Unlocking Truth About Plant Performance

October 7, 2015 11:55 am | by Jeffrey Ladner & Mike Matlock | Articles | Comments

Despite growing pressures from investors, regulators and consumers to optimize performance, many organizations haven’t integrated critical non-financial performance indicators into how they regularly track and communicate their success. 


See A Boeing Dreamliner Built In Under 2 Minutes

October 7, 2015 11:46 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Take a behind-the-scenes look inside Boeing's factory as a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft is built.


Volkswagen CEO: Recall Of Vehicles Affected By Emissions Scandal Should Begin In January

October 7, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen so far has set aside 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) to cover the cost of recalls and other efforts to win back customers' trust.


Boeing-Funded Lab To Apply Analytics, Artificial Intelligence To Airplanes

October 7, 2015 9:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Chicago-based aerospace giant will pay $7.5 million over the next three years to fund the Boeing/Carnegie Mellon Aerospace Data Analytics Lab in Pittsburgh.


Volvo Debuts Interface For Self-Driving Cars

October 7, 2015 8:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The system will be implemented for the first time on Volvo XC90 crossovers that will be used in the company's Drive Me autonomous driving project in Gothenburg, Sweden.


UAW Threatens To Strike At Fiat Chrysler Plants

October 7, 2015 8:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The UAW notified the company of its plans to terminate its extended contract at the end of the day on Wednesday.


Chemical Safety Law Gains Momentum In U.S. Senate

October 7, 2015 8:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bill would revise the Toxic Substances Control Act, the last remnant of environmental legislation from the 1970s without a significant legislative upgrade in subsequent decades.


Manufacturing Minute: Making It On Mars

October 7, 2015 8:16 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, space farming and ice houses on Mars. 


XpressLift Automated VRC For Conveyor Systems

October 7, 2015 8:01 am | by Wildeck | Product Releases | Comments

The XpressLift Automated VRC is designed and manufactured to quickly transfer totes or cartons of material weighing up to 75 lbs. at speeds up to 350 feet per minute.

New Auto Safety Technologies Leave Some Drivers Bewildered

October 6, 2015 1:36 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The features hold tremendous potential to reduce deaths and injuries by eliminating collisions or mitigating their severity, safety advocates say. But there's one problem: Education on how to use them doesn't come standard.


NY Oil Tanker Tips, Spills 100 Gallons

October 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says a hazmat team has stopped the leak. He says the tanker company is sending workers to right the tanker and tow it away.


General Mills Recalling 1.8M Cheerios Boxes On Allergy Risk

October 6, 2015 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minneapolis company said Monday wheat flour was inadvertently used in a gluten-free oat flour system.


The Importance Of Promoting Employment Through Manufacturing Career Pathways

October 6, 2015 12:53 pm | by Deborah Kobes | Articles | Comments

As reshoring efforts increase, more skilled workers are needed.



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