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September 2014: How Lean is Your Workstation?

September 17, 2014 2:29 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we show you the power of innovation and vision with ORG Chem Group, the importance of integrating workstations into Lean process flow, and investigate where the optimum place to manufacture really is.

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Over Half of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency in 2015

September 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to Schneider Electric.

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5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 9:33 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.        

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Benefits Fall Sharply

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.                     

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The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 9:18 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

When it comes to manufacturing, events like Manufacturing Day provide access and visibility for those who may not have an accurate perception of what the manufacturing industry is all about.                  

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Shoe Manufacturer CEO, Cash Vanish

September 17, 2014 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany-listed Ultrasonic AG said in a statement Tuesday it has been unable to reach its chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong Wu, since the weekend.                     

New York Awards $55M in Manufacturing Education, Research Grants

September 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research.                               

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Lincoln Logs To Be Manufactured in the U.S. Again

September 17, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The iconic toy logs used to construct miniature buildings will be made at Pride Manufacturing in Burnham Maine instead of China where the toys were previously manufactured.                       

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Lear Factory Investments Will Create 100+ Jobs

September 17, 2014 11:56 am | by Andy Richardson | News | Comments

U.S. automotive manufacturer Lear Corporation plans to create 100 jobs as part of a multi-million pound investment to more than double the size of one of its Sunderland factories.                     

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Boeing and SpaceX Land NASA contracts

September 17, 2014 11:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to become NASA's space taxis, shuttling astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts are worth a total of $6.8 billion. Boeing's share is $4.2 billion and SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion.  

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Mars Chocolate Site Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

September 17, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America has announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification--an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings--from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

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H.J. Heinz To Make Baby Food in Pittsburgh

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The H.J. Heinz Co. will resume food production in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2002, when the ketchup giant sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods.                        

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Self-Driving Cars Now Require a Permit in California

September 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 computer-driven vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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Scotland’s Fight for Independence and the Manufacturing Sector

September 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing,net | Articles | Comments

Much is unknown about what Scottish life will look like if the vote passes today and Scotland becomes independent of the UK. Scotland’s post-UK currency is up in the air, and the strength of Scotland’s economy as an independent nation is untested. What does this mean for the manufacturing sector?  

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Bosch ConnectedManufacturing Summit

September 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Bosch | Events

This complimentary, half-day event features presentations by Bosch and Verizon about how the Internet of Things impacts the manufacturing industry and how manufacturers can improve their business performance leveraging the IoT. 

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U.S. Current Account Deficit Dips to $98.5B

September 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.             

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Sensor for Machinery Alignment System

September 16, 2014 4:46 pm | by LUDECA, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

LUDECA, Inc. has announced the roll out of the new RS5 sensor for the OPTALIGN SMART machinery alignment system. 

OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2014

September 16, 2014 4:23 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                 

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RAMI Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

September 16, 2014 4:15 pm | by IPC News Release | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. The Act is viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America's renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs. 

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U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.                            

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GM To Add 750 Workers To Build Small Pickup Trucks

September 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher | News | Comments

Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public.                         

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