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U.S. Manufacturing Grows at Fastest Pace in 3.5 Years

September 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose.                                 

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The Aerodynamics Of The New Ford F-150

September 2, 2014 1:36 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Brad Richards, exterior design manager of the 2015 Ford F-150, shows off its aerodynamics in Allen Park, Mich.                                        

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Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

September 2, 2014 1:28 pm | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing hubs are not only important for the success of the manufacturing sector, but will benefit local communities, U.S. competitiveness, and security.                           

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Halliburton Reaches $1B Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 12:28 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                         

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Detroit Kicks Off Bankruptcy Trial

September 2, 2014 12:22 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting Tuesday, lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out the city's billions of dollars in debt should be approved.                

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Some Fear The Auto Industry is Returning to Bad Habits

September 2, 2014 12:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Auto Writer | News | Comments

As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.                        

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The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

September 2, 2014 12:02 pm | by by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, i.e., transforming the manufacturing process into a nimble and seamless whole, and a fully integrated process with the downstream and upstream production environment. 

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Lead-Acid Battery Regenerator

September 2, 2014 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Xtender Regenerator provides a fully automated discharge and regeneration solution for all types of lead-acid batteries.           

Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown Holdings Inc.

September 2, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.                         

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Survey: Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

Based on a survey, foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve.                   

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Construction Underway on Menasha Packaging Expansion

August 28, 2014 4:20 pm | by Menasha Corporation | News | Comments

Construction is underway on a 126,000-square-foot plus manufacturing and office space expansion at Menasha Packaging’s Lakeville, Minnesota facility.                              

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S-50 Batch Attritor

August 28, 2014 4:07 pm | by Union Process Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc., has built a new S-50 Batch Attritor intended for a global customer who is using the mill for a new process which involves grinding specialty ceramics.

Airgas Opens New Location in North Dakota

August 28, 2014 3:41 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

One of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced that it has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, significantly enhancing its local product and service capabilities for customers in the Bakken shale oil region.

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MAPI Addresses Challenges Ahead for Global Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 3:30 pm | by MAPI Media | Videos | Comments

MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Foundation economists offer insights and manufacturing forecasts for key global regions - United States, Eurozone, China, India, and Latin America - in this roundtable. 

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Lockheed Martin's Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 28, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy will begin testing and evaluating two FORTIS industrial exoskeletons. The FORTIS exoskeleton is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator’s strength and endurance.               

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Chicken Cutlets Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

August 28, 2014 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey company is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible listeria contamination.                                      

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CBS Being Sued Over Farting Hippo Puppet

August 28, 2014 2:43 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A stuffed toy company is suing CBS over a farting hippo puppet used in the crime drama 'NCIS.'                                             

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Photoelectric Sensors

August 28, 2014 2:25 pm | by AutomationDirect | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s new QM series photoelectric sensors are IP67-rated sensors available in three-wire NPN or PNP styles and with visible red and infrared versions. 

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.                           

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10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

August 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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MIT: Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? Researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

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