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LED Strobe Light with Magnetic Base

May 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Waterproof and IP67 rated, this LED light is magnetically mounted for temporary use, is available in several different color options and operates on 12/24 volts DC or 120/277 volts AC.

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German CEOs Avoid Russia Business Forum

May 21, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief executives of major German companies have turned down invitations to this week's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum amid tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine.                   

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Why the Cloud?

May 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Papageorge | Articles | Comments

More strategically minded mid-sized manufacturers have long recognized that better data management can make them more competitive.                                   

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A Look at the Toyota, Tesla Breakup

May 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz discusses why the automaker's love for hydrogen outweighed its partnership with battery-focused Tesla.                                 

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Train Engineering Flub Costs $68M to Fix

May 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

They measured the new trains, they checked against the latest specs on the book. But engineers at the French railway network forgot to measure the actual distance between tracks and platforms.                 

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Heinz Says Ontario Plant Deal Complete

May 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs.                            

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Plant Faces Fines in Slurry Spill

May 21, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fines are for three citations issued after 108,000 gallons of slurry spilled Feb. 11 from Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle preparation plant.                                

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Egg Company, 2 Execs Charged in Salmonella Outbreak

May 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against an Iowa egg company and two executives blamed in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people.                            

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The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Not only is automation helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also help prevent costly mistakes, leading to product waste and recalls.                            

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Making It Real

May 21, 2014 11:57 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

According to a February, 2014 article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent.             

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Probe: Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say.              

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Google Eyes up to $30B in Foreign Buyouts

May 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is amassing cash overseas to help finance a foreign shopping spree that could cost the Internet company up to $30 billion.                                   

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Better Hose Clamp Means Safer Working Environment

May 21, 2014 10:02 am | by PYI, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Being made of EPDM rubber the Clamp Jacket is very durable and holds up well when exposed to grease and oils.  

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China Set to Deliver First Homegrown Jet

May 21, 2014 9:53 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China launched the ARJ21 project in 2002 in an attempt to break into the Western-dominated aircraft market. The plane was promised for 2007 but delivery was pushed back due to technical problems.               

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New Models and Concepts Needed for Asia-Pacific Supply Chains

May 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Wright | Articles | Comments

The very term “supply chain” implies a straight line and a singular operating mode, with tight linkages moving goods smoothly from mode to mode and location to location. In Asia-Pacific, however, this concept is unrealistic.        

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Alcoa Employee Arrested in $1M Fraud Case

May 21, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Alcoa machine shop worker in Texas has been arrested in what prosecutors call a $1 million scam to order, steal and then resell equipment.                                

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PetSmart, Petco to Stop Selling Treats Made in China

May 21, 2014 9:34 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PetSmart is the latest major pet food retailer to say it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of continuing fears of their safety.                             

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GM Adds 218K Cars to Growing Recall List

May 21, 2014 9:24 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo subcompact cars is the company's 30th this year, bringing the total number of recalled GM vehicles in the U.S. to around 13.8 million.                       

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Special Operations Forces Could Get 'Iron Man' Suit

May 21, 2014 9:15 am | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe.          

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Obama Hosting CEOs Whose Firms Are Investing in U.S.

May 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is hosting executives from 11 foreign and U.S.-based companies that have chosen to open new plants or relocate overseas operations in the United States.                        

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