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Deublin Company Launches New Website

December 11, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Deublin Company | News | Comments

A new website is now available from Deublin Company, a global manufacturer of rotary unions used in a variety of equipment and process industries. The new website includes hundreds of products available for purchase via secure credit card transaction, along with detailed specifications and application information.

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GM To Stop Making Cars In Australia By 2017

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.The decision could spell the end of car manufacturing in Australia as the industry will be too small for supporting businesses such as parts makers to remain economic.

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GOP, Obama Line Up Behind Modest Budget Deal

December 11, 2013 9:57 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal to ease those cuts for two years is aimed less at chipping away at the nation's $17 trillion national debt than it is at trying to help a dysfunctional Capitol stop lurching from crisis to crisis. It would set the stage for action in January on a $1 trillion-plus spending bill for the budget year that began in October.

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Bell Helicopter Announces New Assembly Facility

December 11, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas-based Bell Helicopter says it is building a helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette to assemble the company's new line of SLS — Short Light Single — helicopters. The project, announced Tuesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison, will bring the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility to Lafayette Regional Airport.

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Mo. Governor To Sign $1.7B Boeing Incentive Plan

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation that would offer up to $1.7 billion in tax breaks to Boeing Co. over more than two decades to entice the aerospace company to bring the production of its 777X jetliner to the state. 

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Quick Sale In Fisker Bankruptcy Remains On Track

December 11, 2013 9:34 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly.         

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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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