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Only Small Number of Jeeps Fixed 2 Years After Recall

April 14, 2015 3:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, the maker of the vehicles has repaired only 4 percent of the Grand Cherokees and 27 percent of the Libertys covered by the recall, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.

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Two-Armed Robot Designed for Factory Collaboration

April 14, 2015 3:07 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“The new era of robotic coworkers is here and an integral part of our next level strategy,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

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Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nine oilfield workers over the last five years died on the job after inhaling deadly vapors near oil or gas wells, according to a federal investigation.

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Report: Nestlé Expected to Sell Frozen Foods Unit

April 14, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Swiss multinational Nestlé is reportedly close to an agreement that would sell its Davigel frozen foods unit to Brakes Group.

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April 2015: One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 2:15 pm | by IMPO | Digital Editions | Comments

In the April Issue of IMPO, we take you into Nippon Sharyo’s U.S. location, outline crucial safety and maintenance practices, present expert insight into industrial automation, help you solve the mystery of lubrication in your facility and much more. 

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Six Steps to 5S Success

April 14, 2015 1:50 pm | by Lori Lockman | Articles | Comments

If you think there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get kids to clean their rooms, imagine telling hundreds of industrial workers they have to undertake their own variation of the same thing. 

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3D Printing and the Decentralized Industrial Revolution

April 14, 2015 12:37 pm | by Sukamal Banerjee | Articles | Comments

The world has advanced so much that science fiction is becoming a reality. This is abundantly clear in manufacturing sector as technology moves from prototyping to tooling, to the additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing.

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Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 12:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The big question for manufacturers is — is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Craig Anderson, PFI’s strategic accounts manager, walks through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without. 

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The Financial Benefits of Reliability

April 14, 2015 11:56 am | by Bruce Hawkins, CMRP, Emerson Reliability Consulting | Articles | Comments

When manufacturing organizations look to asset reliability to improve their facilities, there is often one main driver behind this decision: financial performance. 

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April Automation Update

April 14, 2015 11:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Successful automation has the power to improve efficiency, profits and can even diversify a workforce for companies of every size. 

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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

If you want to maximize the life of the bearing and maximize uptime of your equipment you need to use the proper lubricant with the right viscosity. You also have to make sure that you use precision lubrication — meaning the right amount at the right time. 

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Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 14, 2015 11:33 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

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One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Nippon Sharyo, originally a Japanese railcar manufacturer, has successfully built a home base in Rochelle, Illinois where they are now producing certified ‘Made-in-America’ products. 

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U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Dropped in February

April 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“U.S. manufacturing is facing some pressure in terms of a stronger dollar and lower capital expenditures from the energy industry, but in taking the long view, we’re still in a good position overall,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 84

April 14, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 84 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials estimate monthly production from the nation's top shale oil reserves will decline next month.

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German Automaker BMW Has Best March Sales Ever

April 14, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker BMW says it had its best March sales ever after seeing a 5.1 percent increase over March of last year. 

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Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. visa program for skilled foreign workers again saw applications exceed its annual quota in less than a week as debate over the H-1B program swirls in Washington.

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Study: College Educations Drive U.S. Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report said technological innovation and increased educational attainment fueled a dramatic increase in manufacturing productivity in recent decades.

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Material Used in Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 13, 2015 2:58 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A hard material called silicon carbide was originally used for abrasives like sandpaper and still gives many skateboards their rough grip. It can work at temperatures that are twice the boiling point of water where ordinary silicon chips falter.

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