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U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.                            

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Self-Driving Cars Now Require a Permit in California

September 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 computer-driven vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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Scotland’s Fight for Independence and the Manufacturing Sector

September 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing,net | Articles | Comments

Much in unknown about what Scottish life will look like if the vote passes. Scotland’s post-UK currency is up in the air, and the strength of Scotland’s economy as an independent nation is untested. What does this mean for the manufacturing sector?  

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Bosch ConnectedManufacturing Summit

September 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Bosch | Events

This complimentary, half-day event features presentations by Bosch and Verizon about how the Internet of Things impacts the manufacturing industry and how manufacturers can improve their business performance leveraging the IoT. 

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U.S. Current Account Deficit Dips to $98.5B

September 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.             

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Sensor for Machinery Alignment System

September 16, 2014 4:46 pm | by LUDECA, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

LUDECA, Inc. has announced the roll out of the new RS5 sensor for the OPTALIGN SMART machinery alignment system. 

OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2014

September 16, 2014 4:23 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                 

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RAMI Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

September 16, 2014 4:15 pm | by IPC News Release | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act.  The Act is viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America's renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs. 

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GM To Add 750 Workers To Build Small Pickup Trucks

September 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher | News | Comments

Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public.                         

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Top 3 Underground Data Centers in the U.S.

September 16, 2014 2:05 pm | by Natalie Lehrer | Articles | Comments

There are at hundreds of underground data centers in the United States. Many of the underground data centers are owned by private co-location companies. Some are shared locations housing the data centers operations of several private companies who have collocated space underground. But here is information on the top 3 underground data centers in the U.S.

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Empire State Manufacturing Catapults To Five Year High

September 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by CNBC | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York State accelerated at its fastest pace in nearly five years in September, topping expectations for a far more moderate improvement, the New York Federal Reserve said.               

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AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                           

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What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 16, 2014 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With all the news about cars that will be able to drive themselves and new automotive technology in the works, I have begun to wonder whether things such as driver’s ed. will become obsolete for future generations.           

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Tesla Motors Can Sell Directly To Buyers

September 16, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.                               

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When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 16, 2014 9:24 am | by Dr. David Michaels | Articles | Comments

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24.    

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Bausch + Lomb Manufacturing Expands in Rochester

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Market News Publishing | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. 

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Nonprofit Files Lawsuit Notice for Kingsport Ammunition Plant

September 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water.                               

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ZF Buying TRW Automotive For About $11.74B

September 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive for approximately $11.74 billion.                                             

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Full Duplex Headset

September 15, 2014 4:31 pm | by Eartec Co. | Product Releases | Comments

Eartec has released ComSTAR, a new generation of full duplex wireless headsets that allow up to eight users to communicate simultaneously just like on a regular telephone. 

Market to Manufacturing: It’s Time to Digitize

September 15, 2014 4:19 pm | by John Paul Williams | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation. In fact, just 12 percent are deemed to be Digerati — leading-edge innovators who have fused front and back-end processes together to enable seamless innovation and delivery.

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Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'Gigafactory'

September 15, 2014 4:11 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a lithium battery factory to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable vehicles.

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