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Industrial Wet/Wet Differential Transducer

January 22, 2015 10:08 am | by OMEGA Engineering Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OMEGA is introducing a new high accuracy industrial wet/wet differential pressure transducer.  

EPA Adds Restrictions to Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 22, 2015 9:35 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace.                               

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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into the Lifecycles of Their Products

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

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Siemens Receives Order for Wind Project in Kansas

January 22, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens has announced that it will supply 21 wind turbines to NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, for the 48-megawatt, Kansas-based Alexander wind project, located in Rush, Kansas.           

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Past, Future Effects of Oil Argued in BP Penalty Trial

January 22, 2015 9:14 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Justice Department attorneys are back in federal court presenting their case for making BP pay billions of dollars in civil penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                       

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold for Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 9:08 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

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The Company That Can Find Planes Lost to Sea

January 21, 2015 3:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bluefin Robotics designs, develops, builds and operates Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for defense, commercial and scientific customers from all over the globe. However, their products are now most notably being employed for plane recovery.   

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Report: Wages Up Slightly in Fourth Quarter

January 21, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Weekly earnings in the final three months of 2014 increased 1.7 percent compared to the same timeframe in the previous year, according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.                  

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Survey: CEOs Say U.S. More Attractive to Investors Than China

January 21, 2015 2:32 pm | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid growing concerns over the global economy, the United States has overtaken China as the No. 1 investment destination among chief executives around the world, a survey found.                     

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Ford Mustang Goes Global With First Shipment to China

January 21, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ford Mustang is on its way to China. Ford says its first shipload of around 100 Mustangs has left Portland, Oregon, and is headed to China. Shipments to Europe will begin later this year.                 

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Exploring the Role of a Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 2:21 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacturing robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, his interaction with humans, and his day-to-day work. 

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 21, 2015 2:02 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Doug McIntyre talks about which companies are filing patents for new technology and leading the way in innovation.                                       

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Obama Calls for Additional Regulation, Investment in State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact a slew of new requirements for workers while investing in education and infrastructure during his State of the Union address, declaring, "Middle-class economics works."          

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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 21, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.                                    

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NAM: President’s Call for Pro-Trade Policies Promising Sign for Manufacturers

January 21, 2015 10:34 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Manufacturers have long made the case for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and applaud the President’s call for swift action on TPA, which will enable manufacturers of all sizes to better access an $11 trillion global market.       

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Energy Companies Announce Thousands of Layoffs

January 21, 2015 10:24 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days.                    

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Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.             

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Who Owns the Asset and the Data in APM and Servitization?

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

Using the data from three lathes in your plant to predict reliability is possible, but using the data from thousands of lathes in operation around the world adds a whole other layer of confidence in the prediction. This is the reason so many manufacturing equipment OEMs are beginning to offer reliability services as part of their product offering.

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Global Economy Squeezed by Worsening Slowdown in China

January 21, 2015 9:39 am | by Kelvin Chan, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.                                     

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Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Manufacturer

January 21, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial has begun for an Omaha businessman accused of paying someone to set fire to his manufacturing plant near Fort Calhoun in eastern Nebraska.                           

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