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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries Executives.

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California Still Mulls Over Safety of Driverless Cars

December 22, 2014 10:57 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Though the cars are at least a few years away, companies are testing prototypes on California's roads, and regulators have questions: Do they obey all traffic laws? What if their computers freeze? Can they smoothly hand control back to human drivers?

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First Drone in Test Program Crashes in Nevada

December 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is still a great day for Nevada," Gov. Brian Sandoval said after the orange aircraft dubbed the Sensurion Magpie was launched by hand, flew about 10 feet and plunged nose-first to the desert floor.        

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Businesses View Cuba's Prospects as Experts Caution: Be Patient

December 22, 2014 10:38 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A full lifting of the U.S. trade embargo could benefit, among others, U.S. farmers, auto and tractor makers, airline and hotel companies and telecom equipment makers, but it will likely be a long process to build the proper infrastructure in Cuba.

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Lockheed Martin to Pay $27.5M for Overbilling Gov't

December 22, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of Lockheed Martin is accused of billing the government qualified rates, yet using under-qualified employees for work done in New Jersey and Maryland.               

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Chrysler Gives in to Gov't, Expands Air Bag Recall

December 22, 2014 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

After resisting for nearly a month, Chrysler has bowed to government demands and will expand a recall of driver's side air bag inflators across the nation.                

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Honda Takes Takata Air Bag Recall to Japan

December 22, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While there have been major recalls in the U.S. over Takata's airbags, Honda's investigative recall in Okinawa is the first of its kind in Japan.                  

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New Range of Cordless Tools

December 19, 2014 3:56 pm | by Chicago Pneumatic | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative new high power cordless tools that deliver the power and performance of an air tool while providing the mobility of a battery tool are being launched by Chicago Pneumatic.

The Vital Role of CMMS in Reliability Centered Maintenance

December 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Mumford | Articles | Comments

The mistaken belief that CMMS solutions are inadequate for the demands of RCM has spread, leading companies to waste time and money on additional software solutions that end up making their maintenance operations more complex rather than more efficient.

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More Job Losses for the Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry.                         

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You Can Drink This Car's Exhaust

December 19, 2014 2:51 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Toyota Mirai is a Hydrogen fuel cell powered car that emits 100 percent pure high quality H20.                                           

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Residents Cheer Workers at Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility.                          

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U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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Global Oil Impact: Who's Hurting, Happy, Hopeful

December 19, 2014 2:33 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil's plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe.                                                     

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Toyota Boosting MI Research, Development

December 19, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is further boosting its research and development work in southeastern Michigan.                                           

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Non-Penetrating Skylight Defender

December 19, 2014 10:14 am | by BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of modular guardrail systems, introduces its Skylight Defender, a product engineered to prevent employee injuries and deaths from falls through skylights. 

Workplace Safety Agency Cites Nebraska Plant

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure.                             

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Returns After Test Flight

December 19, 2014 9:58 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success.               

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Hellman's Maker Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Skidmore Seel & Tali Arbel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hellman's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."                                             

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EPA Expected to Treat Coal Waste like Garbage

December 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.               

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ITW Vortec Unveils New Enclousre Cooler

December 18, 2014 3:51 pm | by ITW Vortec | Videos | Comments

ITW Vortec introduces the new ATEX Vortex, a new enclosure cooler that is designed to maintain optimum temperatures to prevent shutdowns due to overheating of control panels and electronics.                 

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