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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops To $40.6B In October

December 4, 2013 1:16 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in October, helped by America's energy boom that lifted overall exports to an all-time high. The trade gap narrowed to $40.6 billion in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That's 5.4 percent lower than the September gap of $43 billion, which was higher than initially estimated.

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FDA Warns Of Problems With Philips Heart Devices

December 4, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health regulators are warning the public that certain cardiac defibrillators recalled by Philips Healthcare may fail to deliver a needed shock in an emergency.  Philips recalled three models of its HeartStart devices in September 2012 due to an internal electrical malfunction. 

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Boeing Incentives Could Total $1.7B

December 4, 2013 10:07 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri's bid for a Boeing assembly plant could include more than $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades if the airplane manufacturer adds thousands of jobs, according to new information about the proposal released Tuesday.      

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Detroit's Bankruptcy Follows Decades Of Decay

December 4, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For decades, Detroit paid its bills by borrowing money while struggling to provide the most basic of services for its residents. The city, which was about to default on a good chunk of a long-term debt exceeding $18 billion, now will get a second chance in a federal bankruptcy court-led restructuring.

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U.S. House Votes To Renew All-Plastic Gun Ban

December 4, 2013 9:55 am | by Alicia A.Caldwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines just as 3-D printers are increasingly able to produce plastic weapons.On a voice vote, the House passed a bill extending the Undetectable Firearms Act for another decade.

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In Japan, General Motors Has High Hopes, Low Sales

December 4, 2013 9:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

There has never been much appetite in Japan for left-hand drive gas guzzling U.S. autos, and there are many informal barriers to foreign automakers making it here.  But GM executives see a glimmer of hope in the fact sales of its luxury nameplates have doubled in the past three years.

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Tesla Rises As German Probe Finds No Defects

December 4, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The electric car maker said late Monday that German regulators notified the company that they were closing their investigation into post-crash fires in Washington, Tennessee and Mexico and would take no further action.         

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The Cheapest Energy Is That Not Consumed

December 4, 2013 9:35 am | by Bob Hinkle, Metrus Energy | Articles | Comments

The energy efficiency market is rapidly evolving to include no-first-cost financing options that finally enable companies to implement projects that not only have deeper energy savings with longer paybacks, but also improve the bottom line and the sustainability of their operations.

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ISM: A Good Solid Month For Manufacturing

December 4, 2013 9:14 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the sixth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 54th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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High-Intensity Spot-Curing System

December 4, 2013 8:30 am | by Dymax Application Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

The BlueWave LED VisiCure generates curing energy in a relatively narrow wavelength band centered at 405 nm using high-intensity LEDs and produces nearly double the intensity of any LED spot-curing lamp on the market today.

Durable Communication Center Kiosk

December 4, 2013 8:19 am | by Creform Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Creform Corporation has introduced a new mobile, four-sided, rotating information kiosk designed to share information such as business metrics, HR postings, safety info, quality documents, ISO procedures or Kanban inventory control information. 

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Stem Shield Safety Covers

December 4, 2013 8:13 am | by Stem Shield | Product Releases | Comments

The Stem Shield is a patented, cylinder shaped safety cover for rising-stem valves.  The cover simply slides over the exposed stem and attaches with a stainless steel coated cable, this process takes less than 20 seconds to apply.

New Quik Tip Gun Nozzles

December 4, 2013 8:06 am | by Bernard IMPO Product Releases | Comments

To minimize the frequency and cost of changeovers associated with heat degradation and routine wear, Bernard has introduced the new Quik Tip™ HD Series nozzles, featuring a removable nozzle cone.

IMTS 2014: Come Together

December 3, 2013 3:41 pm | Events

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014. 

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NYC Train Derailment Airs Queries About Technology

December 3, 2013 1:52 pm | by Frank Eltman and Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety officials have championed what's known as positive train control technology for decades, but the railroad industry has sought to postpone having to install it because of the high cost and technological issues. Investigators haven't yet determined whether the weekend wreck, which killed four people and injured more than 60 others, was the result of human error or mechanical trouble.

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Ethanol Maker Offered $6.3M For 65 Fuel Plant Jobs

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant operated by Biochemtex, a partnership headed by Italy-based Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi, plans to employ 65 people in three years near Clinton in Sampson County. The jobs will pay an average of $47,000 a year plus benefits, above the county average of $30,822.

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Employers Step In To Prevent Worker Burnout

December 3, 2013 1:33 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.         

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Holiday Weekend Gives A Boost To Auto Sales

December 3, 2013 1:28 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as sales reports indicate the auto industry is on track to beat strong sales numbers from a year ago. Chrysler's U.S. sales rose a surprising 16 percent in November, while General Motors posted a 14 percent gain. Toyota sales rose 10 percent, and Ford notched a 7 percent increase.

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Potash Corp. To Cut More Than 1,000 Jobs

December 3, 2013 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Potash Corp. is cutting more than 1,000 jobs, about 18 percent of its workforce, because of slumping demand for potash and phosphate, two key fertilizer ingredients.  The Saskatchewan-based company said Tuesday it will cut 440 jobs in Saskatchewan, 130 in New Brunswick, 350 in Florida, 85 in North Carolina, and 40 in other U.S. regions and Trinidad.

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Chicago Asks Residents To Report Petcoke Problems

December 3, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that's been piling up on the city's far southeast side. He's asking residents to call 311 or send an e-mail if they see evidence that petroleum coke — called "petcoke" — is blowing off the piles. Petcoke is a powdery black byproduct of oil refining that can be burned in power plants.

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