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Meet GM's $4M Rolling Propaganda Machine

November 12, 2014 12:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

This 33-foot-long 30,000 pound 1940 GM mega-bus represented the size and power of General Motors at its mightiest.                                       

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U.S.-China Trade Deal Could End Fees on $1T in Tech Sales

November 12, 2014 12:38 pm | by Marley Jay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.             

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Why Configurability Matters for Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 11:13 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?                 

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RoboVent ICE (Integrated Cooling Equipment)

November 12, 2014 11:08 am | by RoboVent | Product Releases | Comments

RoboVent ICE (Integrated Cooling Equipment), designed by RoboVent, is a unique air conditioning utility that can be added to any RoboVent fume extraction system.

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up

November 12, 2014 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month.                                 

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U.S., China Strike a Climate Deal to Curb Global Warming

November 12, 2014 10:50 am | by Josh Lederman, THe Associated Press | News | Comments

A groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.                 

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Retail Imports Set Records Despite Continuing Port Issues

November 12, 2014 10:29 am | by J. Craig Shearman, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to slow down this month following record levels seen in September and October as retailers rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a possible shutdown of West Coast ports. 

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World's First 3D Printed Car Won't Break the Bank

November 12, 2014 10:16 am | by David Swan, Business Spectator | News | Comments

U.S. low-cost car manufacturer, Local Motors, plans on selling 3D printed cars in about a year, ranging in price between $18,000 to $30,000.                                

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Aerospace Suppliers Ramping Up to Meet Surging Orders

November 12, 2014 10:01 am | by TendersInfo | News | Comments

The large majority of aerospace manufacturers said they plan to increase their workforce over the next 12 months, expect to win new long-term supply agreements in the next three years, and expect aircraft deliveries to continue to grow at least through 2016.

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Ford Gets the Aluminum F-150 Ready

November 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is using the metal almost exclusively in the body of the 2015 version of its best-selling F-150 pickup, which will arrive at dealerships next month. Barnett is already answering customers' questions about the truck.         

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German Industrial Union Seeks 5.5 Percent Raise

November 12, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's largest industrial union is calling for a 5.5 percent pay increase next year for some 3.7 million workers in Europe's biggest economy.                               

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Ford Starts Aluminum F-150 Production

November 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.                           

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Unilever Sues Company Over Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise.                                 

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Google Signs 60-Year, $1B Lease With NASA

November 11, 2014 2:08 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.               

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How Manufacturers Can Improve Product Design

November 10, 2014 4:54 pm | by Al Kent | Articles | Comments

Industrial companies can take a page from the fast-moving world of software design and adopt a sprint-and-scrum approach. This iterative process relies on short cycles involving rapid design evolution and revision.           

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3D Printing: A New Dimension to Manufacturing

November 10, 2014 4:46 pm | by IBTimes UK | Videos | Comments

3D printing is a cool new innovative technology that the world is still finding uses for, but what do one of the industry’s pioneers think it can be applied to, and how will that change in the future?               

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Arizona Beverage Dispute Continues

November 10, 2014 4:39 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

After a judge ruled that Arizona Beverage Co., maker of Arizona iced tea, is worth $2 billion, its co-founders are now battling over the payout.                               

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China Trade Growth Decelerates

November 10, 2014 4:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's trade growth decelerated in October but still was relatively robust as Chinese leaders try to reverse a deepening economic slowdown.                               

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Heavy Duty Casters for Industrial Applications

November 10, 2014 4:19 pm | by Caster Concepts | Product Releases | Comments

Caster Concepts is pleased to introduce the new 87 Series Caster. According to the company, the 87 Series Caster are designed for cost effective performance in heavy duty settings, and are durable, maintenance free, industrial casters that will perform in the most abusive applications and a variety of manufacturing environments.

Lawsuit Blames Bad Meatloaf for Deaths of WV Lawmaker, Husband

November 10, 2014 4:07 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit is blaming a restaurant's bad meatloaf for the deaths of a former West Virginia state lawmaker and her husband.                                     

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