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Iowa Punishes Companies For Environmental Law Violations

July 21, 2015 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Natural Resources Department has punished three companies in northern Iowa, saying they violated environmental laws.

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North Dakota Agency Signals Comfort On Some Pipeline Issues

July 21, 2015 2:01 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The panel signaled approval of the company's plans to address worries.

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Manufacturing Minute: Competition For Tesla

July 21, 2015 1:56 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, Tesla may be facing serious competition soon, a hitchhiking robot and the latest on rail safety. 

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Initial Results Of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Failure Revealed

July 21, 2015 1:54 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

Musk's announcement was the first release of results from SpaceX’s investigation.

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The 10 Ways Driverless Cars Will Redefine The Future

July 21, 2015 1:51 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

McKinsey & Co Principal Dominik Wee discusses the future for driverless cars.

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Apple Has Cash Cow In iPhone Even As Phone Industry Slows

July 21, 2015 1:49 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartphone sales may be slowing for some tech companies, but not for Apple.

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University Of Michigan Opens Test 'City' For Autonomous Cars

July 21, 2015 1:48 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers and researchers say a new simulated city at the University of Michigan could help speed the development of driverless and connected cars.

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CEO Of Japan's Toshiba Resigns Over Doctored Books

July 21, 2015 11:28 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toshiba's CEO and eight other executives resigned Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by $1.2 billion over several years.

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Report: Feds Unlikely To Charge GM Personnel Over Ignition Defect

July 21, 2015 11:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are unlikely to levy charges against individual General Motors employees over a defective ignition switch that led to at least 124 fatalities.

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Poll: Manufacturers' Growth Expectations Cool In Second Quarter

July 21, 2015 11:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Top manufacturing executives tempered their optimism about the U.S. economy in the latest quarterly survey from PwC.

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Biogen Plans Global Manufacturing Upgrades

July 21, 2015 11:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Biogen officials last week detailed the Massachusetts-based biotech company's plans to upgrade its manufacturing operations around the globe.

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Indian Automaker Picks Detroit For R&D Facility

July 21, 2015 11:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite the much-publicized problems facing Detroit in recent years, the Motor City evidently maintains its considerable clout in the global auto industry.

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Rising To The Occasion

July 21, 2015 11:14 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread, which recently expanded its distribution to all 50 states, prides itself on its hand-crafted/seed-encrusted line of breads.

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Networking Vacuum Components For The Smart Factory

July 21, 2015 11:02 am | by Schmalz Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The “i” series components from Schmalz Inc. communicates all important process data up to the master level, via an IO link as an open interface.

The Worst Product Recall in History

July 20, 2015 3:22 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In this month's infographic, we look at some of the worst product recalls the manufacturing industry has seen.

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From The Top: A Conversation With Trek Executive Scott Forest

July 20, 2015 3:04 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Videos | Comments

Trek’s Global Director of Continuous Improvement discusses trends within the industry. 

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In Hawaii, Spam Goes With Everything

July 20, 2015 3:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The often-maligned canned meat, a staple for GIs during World War II, has become a beloved part of the Hawaiian diet, from burgers to sushi.

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Dow Chemical Pushes To Reinvent Itself

July 20, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

At a recent conference, the head of Dow Chemical said that 10 years of increasing emphasis on innovation has resulted in an overhauled enterprise that's "catching up to Silicon Valley.”

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Tesla Adds 'Ludicrous Mode' To Already-Fast Model S

July 20, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors says it's adding a new "Ludicrous Mode" to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car.

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Gulf Oil Wells Lingering With Temporary Seals

July 20, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jeff Donn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are lingering for longer periods with only temporary sealing.

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