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What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

November 27, 2013 7:53 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.

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Expanded Vertical Lift And Carousel Lines

November 27, 2013 7:51 am | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Now, the Shuttle XP VLM ranges from light duty storage in the 250 model to heavy duty storage in the new Shuttle XP 1000 model, boasting a 2,204 lbs. (1000 kg) capacity per tray.

The Internet of Things: Brooms Coming to Life

November 27, 2013 7:43 am | by Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In Walt Disney's Fantasia, the fate of the enchanted broom, the tale’s forgotten hero, is a rich allegory with modern flavors. It provides a helpful departing point for a reflection on the surging Internet of Things (IoT).        

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Sliding Jaw Air Chuck

November 27, 2013 7:31 am | by Northfield Precision Instrument Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

This particular air chuck was custom designed for a gaging company that needed to grip a small area of a large casting so they could check OD runout of their part.

Universal Lifting System Lifts Products With Varying Geometries

November 27, 2013 7:29 am | by Cynergy Ergonomics | Product Releases | Comments

Cynergy Ergonomics has recently developed a universal lifting system to lift and manipulate materials with vastly different geometries with a single vacuum lifter.

Hose Burst Protection Sleeve

November 27, 2013 7:21 am | by Parker Hannifin's Hose Products Division | Product Releases | Comments

Partek Defense® features high-performance materials and a proprietary endurance-boosting weave pattern to contain pressurized hose bursts and dissipate media within hose assemblies.

FDA Overturns Safety Limits On Diabetes Drug

November 26, 2013 1:50 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The announcement represents a vindication of sorts for FDA leadership, including Woodcock, who only agreed to put restrictions on the pill after years of pressure from academics, safety advocates and several members of Congress.       

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WTO Allows EU's 'Moral' Ban On Seal Products

November 26, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada and Norway had challenged the ban on the grounds that it was inconsistent. It grants exceptions to support indigenous Arctic communities that export limited amounts of seal products and to protect fisheries' nets and their catch.

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Changing Airport Security With Liquid Scanners

November 26, 2013 1:30 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's been seven years since a major change in airline security, but restrictions for carry-on liquids could someday be a thing of the past. An American-made scanning device is now being used at airports in Europe.           

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Mayville Engineering Expanding 5 Wis. Plants

November 26, 2013 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Employee-owned Mayville Engineering said the new jobs will be primarily at its two plants in Beaver Dam, two in Mayville and one in Wautoma. The company also has a plant in Neillsville and employs about 2,000 people nationwide.       

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Bausch & Lomb To Expand NY Production

November 26, 2013 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York officials say a $5.8 million grant and up to $6.2 million in tax credits have figured into Bausch & Lomb's decision to expand manufacturing and distribution in Rochester, N.Y.                 

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Jackson Furniture To Add New Miss. Plant, Hire 250

November 26, 2013 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jackson Furniture, based in Cleveland, Tenn., announced Monday that it will add a plant in Myrtle to one it opened in Mantachie in September, investing $2 million overall.                       

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GE Wins $700M Contract From Saudi Electricity Company

November 26, 2013 1:10 pm | by General Electric | News | Comments

GE has signed a nearly $700 million contract with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to bring additional F-class combined-cycle gas turbines, and associated equipment and services, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.            

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UPDATE: Wal-Mart Veteran McMillon To Replace Duke As CEO Next Year

November 26, 2013 10:31 am | by Phil Wahba, Reuters | News | Comments

Walmart International has struggled to grow more recently, with comparable sales down last quarter in key markets such as Britain, Canada, China and Mexico, and an operating profit that declined in the first nine months of the fiscal year. McMillon has said in recent quarters the retailer must do more to control costs in international markets.

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Ford To Recall Escapes Again For Oil, Fuel Leaks

November 26, 2013 10:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The hot-selling SUV has been recalled seven times since it was redesigned and went on sale in the spring of 2012.  The first of two recalls announced Tuesday affects more than 161,000 Escapes worldwide.             

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Piles Of Midwest 'Petcoke' Raising Residents' Ire

November 26, 2013 9:54 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The onslaught, captured in photos and video footage from Detroit and Chicago this year, was caused by the same thing: brisk winds sweeping across huge black piles of petroleum coke, or "petcoke," a powdery byproduct of oil refining that's been accumulating along Midwest shipping channels and sparking a new wave of health and environmental concerns.

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Fiat Says No Chrysler IPO In 2013

November 26, 2013 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian automaker Fiat SpA, Chrysler's majority owner, said earlier Monday that Chrysler's board has determined an initial public offering is "not practicable" in 2013. Instead, Chrysler Group LLC will continue work on the offering so it can happen in the first quarter of next year, the statement said.

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Study: U.S. Spewing 50% More Methane Than EPA Says

November 26, 2013 9:26 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long.   

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GE Eyes Fix For Engine Icing On 787s, 747-8s

November 26, 2013 9:23 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric said on Monday that it is close to a solution for engines that are losing power for a few seconds after ingesting ice chunks as big as a half-gallon.  The problem came to light over the weekend after Japan Airlines said it will stop using its new Boeing Co. 787s on some routes.

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Ex-Renault Exec To Take Over Rival Peugeot Citroen

November 26, 2013 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Monday that Carlos Tavares, who was Renault's chief operating officer, will join PSA's managing board in January. He will replace the current board chairman, Philippe Varin, at some point next year.          

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