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Manufacturing Minute: Battleship Of The Future

September 3, 2015 | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, a liquefied natural gas terminal, the battleship of the future and manipulating labor numbers with creative math.

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Apple, Google Bring Smartphone Functions To Car Dashboards

September 3, 2015 3:14 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Both CarPlay and Android Auto should give drivers more time to keep their eyes on the road compared with the automakers' own voice systems, which can require multiple steps and looking at on-screen menus. 

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KitKat Bars To Be Made With Sustainable Cocoa

September 3, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

KitKat already makes its products with cocoa certified as sustainable in some countries, but the latest announcement extends that policy worldwide.

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Regulators Express Concerns About Oakland Port Fee Plan

September 3, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Terminal operators at the California port said that the plan aimed to reduce congestion during those hours and use the fee revenue to add Saturday shifts.

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Tesla Unveils Model X Delivery, Price Details

September 3, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

CEO Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla's Fremont, California, factory will hand over the Model X starting on September 29.

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Land Rover Cameras Turn Trailers Invisible

September 3, 2015 11:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest camera technology from the company follows a system that allows Land Rover drivers to see around their hoods on rough terrain.

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Chinese Railcar Company To Break Ground On U.S. Plant

September 3, 2015 11:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation won a $566 million contract to build railcars for Boston's subway system.

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Colorado Mine Spill Prompts Changes In Warning System

September 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the future, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will warn downstream states as well, department spokesman Mark Salley said.

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General Mills Selling Green Giant, Le Sueur For $765M

September 3, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The food company said Thursday that it plans to use net proceeds from the deal to lower debt and buy back stock.

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Egg Group Scrambled Over Eggless Mayo Maker

September 3, 2015 10:39 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Publicly, the American Egg Board has sought to downplay Hampton Creek as just another egg substitute and has avoided referring to it by name, but emails showed the board was troubled by the media attention being showered on Hampton Creek.

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Explosion-Proof LED Light

September 3, 2015 9:12 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

A heat dissipating design in conjunction with LED technology helps this fixture achieve a 60,000 hour rated lifespan with 80 percent lumen retention. 

Small Fastener Fails Result In Serious Damage

September 2, 2015 3:53 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | News | Comments

These examples show the importance of the attention to detail in maintenance practices, because even the smallest of fastener fails can end up being catastrophic.

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China Chemical Factory Blast Toll Rises To Five

September 2, 2015 3:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The factory that produces adhesive materials exploded on Monday night in Lijin county in Shandong province.

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Federal Lab Moves Closer To Solar Fuel

September 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

If technology advances to make it more efficient — a prospect that could be several years away — the process might pave the way for hydrogen to replace fossil fuels altogether.

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Dutch Trains To Run On Wind By 2018

September 2, 2015 3:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Officials from Dutch energy companies said that the agreement will dramatically reduce the industry's carbon dioxide emissions while providing a model for other sectors to follow.

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Motorists To Save $1.4B At The Pump This Labor Day Weekend

September 2, 2015 3:15 pm | by GasBuddy | News | Comments

While motorists enjoy the cheapest Labor Day prices in over a decade, GasBuddy currently identifies as many as 19 states where at least one retail outlet is already selling gas below $2.

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Manufacturing Productivity Up, Labor Costs Down In Second Quarter

September 2, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing productivity rose 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted annual basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday.

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From The Top: Implementing Lean Six Sigma Principles

September 2, 2015 2:32 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, we’re live on location in Chicago at the American Manufacturing Summit speaking with Bob Zimering, the Director of Six Sigma at Raytheon. 

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Texas Regulator Clears Oil And Gas Company Of Causing Quakes

September 2, 2015 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Commission investigators concluded that a well where Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy pumps millions of gallons of the wastewater likely didn't cause the quakes, but also said there wasn't enough evidence to demonstrate the earthquakes were naturally occurring.

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The Largest Cause Of Recalls That Lead To Product Liability Lawsuits

September 2, 2015 10:39 am | by Randall Goodden, President, Randall Goodden International & Goodden Enterprises LLC | Articles | Comments

Most all manufacturing corporations are pursuing continuous improvement and Lean activities, all of which are good and necessary when it comes to saving money and increasing profitability, but Product Liability Prevention can save the company itself as well as greatly increase profitability.

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Court Revives Dispute Over Energy Leasing's Climate Impacts

September 2, 2015 10:21 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Montana Environmental Information Center, WildEarth Guardians and Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project want the government to force companies to take steps to reduce emissions of methane from oil and gas fields.

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