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Cable Cutter For Large MCM Cables

December 10, 2013 8:26 am | by Ideal Industries Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a massive 3.5-inch jaw opening, the Big Kahuna Power Blade makes easy work of cutting large diameter copper and aluminum electrical cables, resulting in clean, installation-ready cuts on high-voltage cables up to 1250 MCM in less than twenty seconds.

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Tape Measure That Grips Round Objects

December 10, 2013 8:17 am | by Swanson Tool Company | Product Releases | Comments

The GripLine is the first tape measure designed to grip round surfaces, such as metal conduit, rebar, threaded rod, PVC pipe – from a significant distance, saving users’ time.

Threading Tool Boosts Performance And Tool Life

December 10, 2013 8:10 am | by Walter USA, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

New Prototyp Prototex® Eco Plus from Walter is a versatile through-hole tap that delivers superior performance and tool life. Designed for through-hole threads up to 3.5xD, it is manufactured from HSS-E-PM and can be used on steel, stainless steel, and cast iron and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum and copper.

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AP: Accusations Dog Russian Copter Deal

December 9, 2013 1:44 pm | by Richard Lardner, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. military officials insisted a top-secret Pentagon study proved the need to buy Russian helicopters for Afghanistan's security forces. But the study actually recommended an American-made rotorcraft, according to unclassified excerpts obtained by The Associated Press.

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Pratt & Whitney Machinists Approve New Contract

December 9, 2013 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Machinist union members who work at jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney narrowly approved a new three-year contract Sunday, signing off on a deal that includes 2.5 percent pay raises each year and a $2,000 ratification bonus.       

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Safety Agency May Expand Hyundai Air Bag Recall

December 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are looking into whether a Hyundai Elantra recall should be expanded. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a recall query to determine if 52,000 Elantra Touring cars from the 2009 through 2012 model years should be recalled.

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Koch Industries Acquires Molex Incorporated

December 9, 2013 1:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Koch Industries, Inc., has announced the completion of its $7.2 billion acquisition of global electronic components company Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX). Molex is now an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, and will retain its name, headquarters in Lisle, Ill., and current management team as it moves forward.

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Oregon Gives Intel A Nike-Like Tax Deal

December 9, 2013 1:29 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 30-year agreement promises that any changes to Oregon's corporate tax structure won't affect Intel Corp. The chipmaker secured the agreement in exchange for an expansion it announced in October 2012. The company is spending $500 million to expand a semiconductor plant in Hillsboro.

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EADS To Cut 5,800 Jobs As Part Of Major Overhaul

December 9, 2013 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European air and defense company EADS is cutting 5,800 jobs over the next two years as part of a major overhaul and cost-cutting plan.The company said Monday in a statement that the jobs would be eliminated from its corporate and space and defense divisions by the end of 2016.

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Gene Therapy Scores Big Wins Against Blood Cancers

December 9, 2013 1:20 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this one-time, experimental therapy several years ago and some remain cancer-free today. Now, at least six research groups have treated more than 120 patients with many types of blood and bone marrow cancers, with stunning results.

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Automotive Insights 2: Reshoring And The Southeast

December 9, 2013 11:09 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In the second part of Automotive Insights, we’re talking how reshoring and the Southeast’s rise is changing American automaking. Over the last few years, the automotive industry has seen more foreign manufacturers, like Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen, establishing manufacturing operations here in the U.S.  

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Tech Giants Call For Controls On Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 10:23 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies, which include Google, Facebook and Twitter, said that while they sympathize with national security concerns, recent revelations make it clear that laws should be carefully tailored to balance them against individual rights.     

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Environmentalists, Unions Seek To Fix Gas Leaks

December 9, 2013 10:18 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. It's a huge national effort that could cost $82 billion. 

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Studebaker Legacy Lives 50 Years After Closing

December 9, 2013 10:12 am | by Kevin Allen, South Bend Tribune | News | Comments

Carlton wasn't even born when the last Studebaker rolled off the line in South Bend a half-century ago, and he wasn't all that interested in why the company went out of business. What he found striking was the story of how Studebaker survived here for 111 years — a remarkable lifespan in the business world.

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WhiteWave Buying Earthbound Farm For $600M

December 9, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The packaging company WhiteWave Foods is buying the organic food maker Earthbound Farm for about $600 million. Earthbound, best known for its organic packaged salads, is expected to have 2013 sales of more than $500 million. It also produces organic fruits and vegetables, frozen fruits and vegetables and dried fruits and snacks.

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Apple Wants Samsung To Pay $22M For Legal Bills

December 9, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The money sought in documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages that juries decided Samsung owes Apple Inc. after hearing evidence of patent infringement in two separate trials held in a San Jose, California, federal court during the past 15 months. The latest verdict was handed down last month.

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Food-Tech Startups Aim To Replace Eggs And Chicken

December 9, 2013 10:03 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

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Electric Vehicle Makers Wait Patiently For Their Day In The Sun

December 9, 2013 9:46 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Articles | Comments

Popularly referred to as the 'future' of automobile technology, the electric vehicle (EV) industry is not particularly enjoying its present. This despite the fact that in terms of savings per km, EVs have an advantage of 40 per cent over regular cars.  The government has made a lot of promises but delivered little, say the players in this segment.

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Does Your Business Need A 'Retirement Plan'?

December 9, 2013 9:23 am | by William H. Black, Jr., Pension Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The question I’m frequently asked is “Do I really need to consider a retirement plan for my business?”  The answer is typically “Yes”. The question arises, generally, because the owner of the business or professional practice does not want to add unnecessary overhead or increase costly unnecessary and unappreciated benefits.

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New In-Sight Software Released With Advanced Defect Detection Tools

December 9, 2013 9:14 am | by Cognex Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation announced the release of In-Sight Explorer 4.9, software that offers an expanded set of inspection tools and an enhanced Cognex Connect communications suite featuring the iQ Sensor Solution network.

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