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iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 14, 2014 1:42 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year.           

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Cisco To Lay Off up to 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.                                     

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OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put in Factory Oven Pre-blast

August 14, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.                

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China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties to Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state media.          

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Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

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IP Theft Bites Back in China...Will it Lead to Change?

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In China, incomes are on the rise, and a clear middle class is emerging, meaning Chinese manufacturers are finding a domestic customer base they didn’t have in the past. Perhaps the days of producing only for export are behind them.      

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Parts Cleaning and Collection Unit

August 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Custom Service Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using one existing shop air line at your CNC machine, the pneumatically driven MiJET cleans parts and saves money by capturing expensive coolants for reuse.

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Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions.                                

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Walmart Cuts Profit Outlook

August 14, 2014 9:38 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines.                           

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GE To Invest Billions in Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few miles outside Durban, South Africa is the Bisasar Road landfill, Africa’s largest refuse site and a big source of renewable energy.                                 

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Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 1:55 pm | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

Ultimately, we consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe.                                       

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Problems for The Tesla Model S

August 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports, but a recent article states that the car now "has more than its share of problems."                                  

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Natural Gas Plant in Western Ky. Canceled

August 13, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                           

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GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility in Lansing

August 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says the new facility will create or retain about 145 jobs at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.                                         

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:31 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday.             

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Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                            

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 10:31 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

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Pneumatically Actuated Nozzle

August 13, 2014 10:29 am | by BETE Fog Nozzle, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new HydroPulse from BETE offers interchangeable flat fan spray tips that are pneumatically actuated for a crisp on/off spray. 

Why Particle Physics Matters to Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

When you look at big scientific questions, it’s hard to see the manufacturing implications at first. Author Mike Collins explains why particle physics has been transformative for the manufacturing sector.              

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Deere Takes a Hit as Farm Economy Weakens

August 13, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year.                      

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