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Chrysler Uses 3D Printing to Improve Axles

April 22, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

3D printing is helping Chrysler engineers gain a better understanding of its vehicle component designs.   

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Nakamura AS-200LMY-S Multitasking Turning Center

April 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Methods Machine Tools Methods Machine Tools Product Releases | Comments

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., has introduced the Nakamura-Tome AS-200LMY-S sub spindle machine, a Multitasking Turning Center designed for value and power. 

Report Details Potential Uses of Drones in Disaster Relief

April 22, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report commissioned by the American Red Cross detailed the many potential benefits of drones to first responders and emergency personnel. 

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Federal Report Calls for Billions in Energy Infrastructure Upgrades

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A U.S. Energy Department report says the country's sprawling system for delivering electricity needs substantial upgrades in order to accommodate rapid changes to the energy market.

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Muller Octopus Stretch Wrapper

April 21, 2015 4:12 pm | by Muller | Product Releases | Comments

The Octopus 1717C automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper is an entry level model with a compact design.

Xeros Patented Multi-Layer Film

April 21, 2015 3:57 pm | by Lachenmeier | Product Releases | Comments

Xeros Condensation Control Film is ideal for protecting loads from outdoor elements while preventing condensation from forming inside the bag.

The E-Cig That Tells You How Much You Smoke

April 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Smokio e-cigarette pairs with an app on your phone to keep track of how much you smoke, and how much money you've saved by not buying tobacco cigarettes.

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Report: Hybrid, Electric Car Drivers Increasingly Switching to SUVs

April 21, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Falling gas prices might be leading more drivers to switch from fuel-efficient vehicles to SUVs, according to a report from automotive website Edmunds.com.

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Navigating a New Social Supply Chain

April 21, 2015 2:40 pm | by Bob McKee | Articles | Comments

More than ever before, consumers control the economics of the industry and organizations need to harness this information appropriately and adapt their processes in order to respond to volatile demand, manage inventory risk and rapidly take market leadership.

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The Most Expensive Regulation in Manufacturing History

April 21, 2015 2:24 pm | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that states the ozone regulation under consideration by the EPA will be the most expensive regulation of all time. 

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Texas One Step Closer to Prohibiting Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Texas House late last week approved legislation that would pre-empt local government restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

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The Impossible to Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 1:56 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

General Motor’s unveiled its Chevrolet-FNR concept car at their Shanghai GM Gala Night. Designed by GM’s Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture, the Chevrolet-FNR is an autonomous electric concept vehicle that offers a glimpse at future mobility.

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Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants and Jobs to Mexico

April 21, 2015 1:52 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

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Unemployment Falls in Just 23 U.S. States as Hiring Slows

April 21, 2015 10:42 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states last month and rose in 12 as employers pulled back on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states.

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Robotics and Medical Marijuana — A Joint Venture

April 21, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Acceptance for medical marijuana as a legit pharmaceutical treatment is on the rise — and so is the budding industry of pot disensaries. 

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Blue Bell Creameries Issues Recall of all Products

April 21, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

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On-Site Oil Analysis System

April 21, 2015 9:57 am | by Spectro Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Spectro Scientific has introduced the MiniLab 53 on-site oil analysis system. The product was designed for use by industrial plant personnel, the MiniLab 53 combines multiple tests in one unit to monitor lubricant chemistry, contamination and machinery wear.

U.S. Business Group in China Urges More Transparency

April 21, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

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Some Farmers Look to Capitalize on Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amid record harvests of corn and soybeans last year, some farmers are turning to an unlikely source to increase their bottom lines: non-GMO seeds. 

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Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report found the U.S. possessed a trade deficit even among its top export categories — in stark contrast to several top global competitors. 

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