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Manufacturing's Winner And Loser: Smart Business Moves; Carelessness And Corruption

August 28, 2015 10:38 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have winners who have developed an optimization algorithm to reduce energy consumption and increase productivity in industrial robots. This week's loser played a role in a devastating disaster that has been in the news for over two weeks.


Report: Union Elections Proceeding More Quickly Following NLRB Rule

August 28, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although elections are taking place more quickly, NLRB officials could not tell the Journal whether they are more successful under the new policy.


Philadelphia Pilot Program Helps Reduce Supermarket Waste

August 28, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The process could help alleviate the massive amount of food wasted in the U.S. and offer a potential solution to the nation's "food deserts."


Study Shows Improved Solar Charging Of Lithium Batteries

August 28, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The study could eventually contribute to cleaner transportation and homes, researchers said.


Kimtech Pure A7 Cleanroom Lab Coat

August 28, 2015 8:20 am | by Kimberly-Clark Professional | Product Releases | Comments

The Kimtech Pure A7 Cleanroom Lab Coat provides enhanced chemical and biological protection and superior contamination control for cleanroom environments.

Report: California Farmers Post Record Revenue Despite Drought

August 27, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The analysis by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute said that California crop revenue hit a record $34 billion in 2013 and only narrowly failed to match that level last year.


Settlement Reached In Lawsuit Over Decade-Old Gulf Oil Leak

August 27, 2015 2:52 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups led by the New York City-based Waterkeeper Alliance sued Taylor Energy in 2012, accusing it of withholding information about the leak's potential impact on the Gulf ecosystem. 


Judge Reverses Manslaughter Conviction Due To GM Ignition

August 27, 2015 2:20 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

LaKisha Ward-Green, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and reckless driving in 2012. She served three months of a one- to two-year jail sentence before her attorneys appealed, eventually citing the GM defect that resulted in the Wednesday court decision.


China Detains 11 Over Deadly Warehouse Explosion

August 27, 2015 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The responsible parties "failed to take strong measures in response to the Ruihai company's illegal and unregulated actions, did not assiduously carry out their duties and issued business permits in violations of rules," the prosecutor's notice said.


Lawsuit Targets 10 Large Automakers Over Keyless Ignition

August 27, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, targeted 10 of the world's largest car companies, including General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz and several subsidiaries.


Investigation: EPA, State Missed Potential For Mine Blowout

August 27, 2015 1:58 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

An EPA internal investigation determined federal and state regulators mistakenly concluded water pressure inside the mine near Silverton was not high enough to cause an accident.


Manufacturing Minute: Coexisting With Our Robot Overlords

August 27, 2015 1:41 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, a mayo that isn’t, a crowdfunded vertical takeoff airplane and robots taking U.S. jobs.


Kraft Heinz Recalls More Than 2M Pounds Of Turkey Bacon

August 27, 2015 11:28 am | by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service | News | Comments

The US. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said that it has received reports of illness tied to individuals eating the items.


Infographic: Building Modern Marvels In The Automotive Industry

August 27, 2015 11:20 am | by Messer Cutting Systems | Blogs | Comments

Take a look at the process and details of what goes into building semi-tractor trailers, agricultural, and specialty vehicles in the automotive industry. 


Syngenta Cites Market Volatility, Unanswered Questions In Rejecting Latest Monsanto Offer

August 27, 2015 11:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Syngenta confirmed that its board unanimously rejected the latest bid from Monsanto and reiterated prior concerns about regulatory hurdles and a price that undervalued the company.


Food Groups: White House Budget Shouldn't Include Fee Increases

August 27, 2015 10:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The administration will officially submit its full budget request to Congress early next year.


Google Technology Could Help Drivers Avoid Potholes

August 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The proposal would pair the GPS in vehicle navigation systems with a vertical movement sensor, which could identify when the car is jolted by damaged pavement.


Involve Your Operators In Every Daily Maintenance Plan

August 27, 2015 10:02 am | by Brad Fulghum | Blogs | Comments

Operators may not know exactly what is causing a problem with the equipment or how to fix it, but they do know that something isn’t normal,and chances are good that means it is affecting safety, quality, delivery, and/or cost.


D-Series Industrial Compactor & Precrusher

August 27, 2015 9:18 am | by SP Industries | Product Releases | Comments

This compactor depends solely on compaction force –approximately 150,000 lbs – to break down waste wood products.

U.S. Bottled Water Sales Could Surpass Soda By 2017

August 26, 2015 3:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Since 2000, Americans more than doubled their annual per capita intake of bottled water from 16.74 gallons to just over 34 gallons.



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