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Pay Gains For Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

December 11, 2013 9:28 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

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Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 11, 2013 9:19 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver them to clients.                             

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Incorporating Sustainability Across The Supply Chain

December 11, 2013 9:11 am | by Iuliana Nita, Global Marketing Manager, Food and Beverage, Process Systems Business Unit of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.

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Steel Lathe Shields For OSHA Compliance

December 11, 2013 8:39 am | by Danray Products LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Danray Products LLC recently introduced 12", 18", and 24" steel lathe chuck shields for lathes or similar machines.

Akro-Tilt Trucks With Forklift Channels

December 11, 2013 8:32 am | by Akro-Mils | Product Releases | Comments

The new forklift channels allow loaded Akro-Tilt Trucks to be lifted, moved and maneuvered even more easily — saving users time, money and effort.

Portable, Light-Weight Welders

December 11, 2013 8:25 am | by Miller Electric Mfg. Co. | Product Releases | Comments

The all new Dynasty® 280 and Maxstar® 280 TIG welders, introduced by Miller Electric Mfg. Co., deliver more power and provide the ability to weld metal up to 3/8-inch thick — yet are lighter, more portable and use less energy.

Soft Top Jaws Hold Materials Without Marring Surface

December 11, 2013 8:22 am | by Dillon Manufacturing, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Soft blank top jaws from Dillon Manufacturing, Inc., provide a smooth gripping surface, low T.I.R. (Total Indicator Reading), and have greater holding power due to increased part contact.

Dutch Bus Drivers To Test Fatigue Warning Tech

December 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch luxury bus company is testing technology — already used in the mining industry and Caterpillar — that monitors whether a driver is becoming drowsy.                           

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Tech Firms Vie To Protect Personal Data, Profits

December 10, 2013 1:23 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.              

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Grow 1.4 Pct. In October

December 10, 2013 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses boosted their stockpiles in October by the most in two years as their sales rose sharply, encouraging signs for economic growth in the final three months of the year.  Wholesale stockpiles grew 1.4 percent in October, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

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EU Fines Pharmaceutical Giants $22M

December 10, 2013 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission has fined pharmaceuticals giants Johnson & Johnson and Novartis a combined $22 million for colluding to delay the entrance of a cheap generic form of a pain killer to the Dutch market.           

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Defense Seeks Mistrial For Former BP Engineer

December 10, 2013 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a filing Tuesday, Kurt Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.                       

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U.S. Job Openings Reach 5-Year High, A Hopeful Sign

December 10, 2013 1:03 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign for the unemployed.The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million.

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Ford's Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

December 10, 2013 12:33 pm | by Ford Motor Company | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.              

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October Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

December 10, 2013 11:05 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $435.02 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 10.2% from September but down 3.2% when compared with the total of $449.44 million reported for October 2012. 

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GM Names Mary Barra CEO, 1st Woman To Head Car Co.

December 10, 2013 10:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors product development chief Mary Barra has been named the company's new CEO, the first female head of a U.S. car company.  Barra, 51, will replace Dan Akerson on Jan. 15. Barra currently holds what many say is the most important job in the company — senior vice president for global product development.

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China November Auto Sales Up 16 Percent

December 10, 2013 10:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales rose 16 percent in November as Japanese automakers extended a rebound in the world's biggest vehicle market, an industry group reported Tuesday. The figures were an unexpectedly strong performance for automakers that are looking to China to drive global sales amid weakness in U.S., Japanese and European markets.

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Colo. Company Recalls 90,000 Pounds Of Meat

December 10, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Windsor meat company has recalled some 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under unsanitary conditions.                               

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Sysco To Buy US Foods For About $3.5B

December 10, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sysco is buying privately held US Foods for about $3.5 billion in cash and stock. When the deal closes, Sysco expects the addition of US Foods to boost its annual sales by about 46 percent to around $65 billion.           

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Engineering Firm To Pay $32M To Settle Bribery Charges

December 10, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A German engineering company has agreed to pay a $32 million fine as part of an agreement to settle charges it worked with a Texas company to bribe Nigerian officials in order to win a $387 million pipeline contract.         

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