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Obama To Announce Manufacturing Institute In N.C.

January 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House said Obama will announce Wednesday in Raleigh that a consortium of 18 business and six universities, led by North Carolina State University, has been chosen to lead a manufacturing innovation institute to develop next-generation power electronics. It's the first of three such hubs that Obama called for in his State of the Union address last year.

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Beet Plant Shut For Inspection After Worker Death

January 15, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Western Sugar Cooperative has shut down its sugar beet processing plant in Lovell while federal and state regulators inspect the facility following a fatal accident. Twenty-eight-year-old worker Anfesa Galaktionoff died Jan. 4 after she apparently fell into a piece of equipment that carries sugar beets into the factory.

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Alcoa Finishes $300M Expansion At Iowa Plant

January 15, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The expansion of the plant in Davenport, Iowa, reflects four years of strong vehicle sales increases — U.S. auto sales rose 8 percent to 15.6 million in 2013 — and growing use of lightweight aluminum for better fuel mileage in some models.

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Head Of Puget Sound's Boeing Machinists Retiring

January 15, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of Puget Sound-area Boeing machinists, Tom Wroblewski, announced Tuesday night that he's retiring at the end of January citing health concerns and the recent stress of negotiations over a contract to build the new 777X jet.      

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Accelerating Operational Excellence: Q&A With LNS’s Mark Davidson

January 15, 2014 9:30 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

When you consider some of the challenges that manufacturers face across industries today — they’re unprecedented. The pressures of global supply and demand dynamics, supply chain complexities, disparate production locations and systems, regulations, and other factors have forced manufacturers to reevaluate operations and optimize them everywhere possible in order to remain competitive and profitable.

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Harnessing Big Data With A Systems Thinking Approach

January 15, 2014 9:23 am | by Tom Kadala, Founder and CEO of Alternative Technology Corporation | Articles | Comments

With 90 percent of the world’s data created in the last two years, what can we expect our data vaults to hold two or even twenty years from now? Companies who are hiring data scientists with the hopes of harnessing big data and data analytics' mythical promises are potentially making a huge mistake.

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Easy Cloud-Based Remote Monitoring

January 15, 2014 8:54 am | by Schneider Electric | Product Releases | Comments

Schneider Electric announced the US launch of OptiM2M, a new machine-to-machine application enabling users to remotely monitor machine data. The new application transfers and stores data coming from a group of machines in a high-security web cloud.

Testo Launches Member Benefit Program

January 15, 2014 8:38 am | by Testo Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

 The Team Testo Program is a member benefit program that offers distinct professional privileges such as important industry related news, best practices to help grow your business, special offers on Testo products, as well as product training and application support through a knowledged-base network of articles and how-to videos.

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U.S. Import Prices Drop, Export Prices Rise In December

January 14, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

U.S. import prices recorded no change in December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, following declines of 0.9 percent in November and 0.6 percent in October. In December, higher fuel prices offset declining nonfuel prices. U.S. export prices advanced 0.4 percent in December, after edging up 0.1 percent the previous month.

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Durango Added To Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Probe

January 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are adding the Dodge Durango to an investigation of ceiling fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe now covers more than 593,000 SUVs from the 2011 through 2013 model years.

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GM Global Sales Hit 9.7M Last Year, Beats VW

January 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors sold 9.71 million cars and trucks last year, probably not enough to beat out Toyota for the global sales crown, but about 2 million better than Volkswagen. Toyota, the sales champion in 2012, will report its sales next week. It only needs to show a little growth to beat GM again.

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Governor: Auto Production Rebounding In Michigan

January 14, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show that the improving numbers reflect both a resurgent industry and improving state economy. He says auto suppliers are "reconsolidating" operations in Michigan and the automakers themselves are bringing production back from places such as Mexico.

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Boehner: Need Better Enforcement Of Safety Rules

January 14, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

House Speaker John Boehner is suggesting that the Obama administration needs to do a better job of enforcing safety regulations designed to protect the public against disasters like the chemical spill into West Virginia's drinking water supply.  

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Google Invests $75M In Texas Wind

January 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation | News | Comments

Google today announced that it has finalized an agreement to invest $75 million in the Panhandle 2 wind farm, which will be located outside of Amarillo, Texas. Pattern Energy Group LP will develop the 182MW facility, which generates enough electricity to power 56,000 U.S. homes.

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Boeing Confirms New 787 Battery Incident

January 14, 2014 1:43 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing is confirming an incident with a battery on a Japan Airlines 787, in a reminder of the problems that grounded the plane for three months last year. Boeing says it appears that a single battery cell "vented," or released gas. It was discovered during scheduled maintenance on the ground at Tokyo's Narita airport on Tuesday. 

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Ford CEO: Aluminum Is Stronger And Tougher

January 14, 2014 11:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Debuting an aluminum F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford CEO Alan Mulally says the material is stronger, tougher, and more fuel efficient than steel.                             

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'Ghost Gun' Regulations Pushed In California Bill

January 14, 2014 10:06 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state lawmaker proposed legislation Monday to make background checks and gun registrations requirements for anyone who builds plastic firearms on a 3D printer at home. The bill by state Sen. Kevin de Leon also would apply to anyone who buys parts that can be assembled into a gun.

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Chinese Shoe Factory Fire Kills At Least 16

January 14, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a shoe factory in eastern China on Tuesday killed at least 16 people, state media reported. The blaze broke out at the Dadong factory in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province, state broadcaster CCTV said. Firefighters put it out about three hours later and rescued more than 20 people, it said.

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U.S. Challenges China Over High-Tech Steel Imports

January 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is accusing China of failing to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling against China's imposition of duties on high-tech American steel. Washington says the duties caused a $250 million annual drop in exports. The ruling concerns grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel that is used primarily by the power generating industry.

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Test Votes Postponed On Unemployment Bill

January 14, 2014 9:53 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The Senate postponed a pair of test votes on stalled unemployment legislation on Monday as Republicans and Democrats sought a compromise to restore benefits to 1.3 million long-term jobless workers who lost them abruptly late last year.    

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