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Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                          

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Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.             

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S-Shape Reversible Ratcheting Wrench Set

April 11, 2014 3:34 pm | by GearWrench | Product Releases | Comments

These 12-point ratcheting wrenches feature a slim S-shape design for access to fasteners blocked by obstructions.     

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Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 2:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry, and chemicals.                                   

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Creating Fuel From Seawater

April 11, 2014 2:06 pm | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | Videos | Comments

Navy researchers demonstrate proof-of-concept of technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.                  

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Sony Recalling Some Vaio Laptops

April 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is recalling some of its VAIO laptop computers, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.                                   

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Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 1:55 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA announced that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.                   

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BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Friday that a recall started in China last week has now been extended worldwide, affecting 489,000 vehicles, including 156,000 in the U.S.                            

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Amazon CEO Offers Update On Drones

April 11, 2014 1:47 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery.             

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GM Stock Drops To 10-Month Low

April 11, 2014 1:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shares of General Motors Co. fell to a 10-month low Friday as the company's widening recall crisis put a coveted upgrade of its credit rating in doubt.                             

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Real Time Visibility Translates Into Real Life Savings

April 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

It’s important to consider what software can do to improve your ability to react when faced with an unforeseen production snafu.                                   

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Changing The Tune On Asset Uptime

April 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Not all businesses have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team.       

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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 11, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

We take a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do to keep clients and increase profitability.                           

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French IT staff at Google, Facebook, and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

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GM Making New Repair On Recalled Cars

April 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has to repair another part on the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.                                   

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Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:51 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.                            

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NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                            

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Defense Company Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.                

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

April 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

We discuss how using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.               

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How Manufacturers Can Adapt To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

April 11, 2014 9:23 am | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

Concern about the environmental impact of manufacturing is growing. The long-term success of a manufacturer may depend, in part, on its strategies for sustainability — but these strategies are not created and perpetuated in a vacuum.      

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