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Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report said.                         

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SpaceX Calls Off Launch of Space Weather Satellite

February 9, 2015 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The SpaceX company has called off Sunday's launch of a deep-space observatory. The countdown was halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system.         

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Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 2:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

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Key Performance Indicators for the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

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How the Cognac Market is Growing in the U.S.

February 9, 2015 12:47 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Michael Quinttus, president and CEO of Vintus, discusses the growing market for premium cognac.                                             

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Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 9, 2015 12:40 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. While this change seems like an issue of semantics, it has massive implications for individual internet users, broadband internet service providers, and businesses of all sizes. 

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 52

February 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund.                         

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MAPI: Is Cuba Open for Business?

February 9, 2015 12:26 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Cuba's Moment, a report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, concludes that a strong manufacturing sector is unlikely to develop without aggressive action on a number of fronts, including domestic investment, inward investment, trade, workforce development, and access to capital markets.

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Panasonic Introduces New EYFR03 Multi Tool Qualifier

February 9, 2015 10:16 am | by Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

The Multi Tool Qualifier can be configured to remotely enable or disable tools. Compatible tools can be programmed to be disabled when taken out of the Qualifier’s wireless area.

Strong U.S. Job Growth is Powered by an Array of Industries

February 9, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A broad range of industries propelled U.S. job growth in January, an encouraging sign that the improving economy is permeating nearly all sectors of the economy.                          

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Pepperidge Farm Recalls 46,000 Bagel Packages

February 9, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pepperidge Farm is recalling about 46,000 packages of bagels because they may contain peanuts or almonds that could set off a serious allergic reaction.                             

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California Formally Opens Large Solar Plant

February 9, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California is rushing to expand its use of solar power to meet the renewable energy requirements, and one of the nation's largest solar projects will be opened Monday in the Riverside County desert.               

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More Americans are Finally Seeing Something New: A Pay Raise

February 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Friday's jobs report signaled that raises have finally begun to flow through an economy in which, once you factor in inflation, most people earn less than when the Great Recession struck in 2007.                

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Steelworkers To Expand Strike to 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

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Land Rover, Jaguar Will Recall 104,000 Vehicles

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Land Rover and Jaguar are recalling 104,000 vehicles because of problems with the brakes and lights.The largest recall involves a brake-hose issue that Jaguar Land Rover North America studied and dismissed, only to reopen after an accident.   

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MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice on Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 9, 2015 9:17 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Articles | Comments

For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations – the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. Dean recently sat down to discuss a number of trends and challenges impacting maintenance and asset management for manufacturers.

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Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:22 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

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Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient

February 6, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE | Articles | Comments

Lighting and software engineers are working on a breed of new LED lights containing sensors that gather traffic data. They could help drivers avoid busy roads and intersections, and ease congestion.               

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Does A Shotgun Silencer Actually Work?

February 6, 2015 3:39 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Gun silencers have been around since the early 1900s. However, the world's first shotgun suppressor is now available on the gun rack, thanks to a company called SilencerCo from Salt Lake City, Utah.               

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U.S. Gains Strong 257K Jobs, Pay Jumps

February 6, 2015 3:34 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.                       

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