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Bangladesh: 7 Failed To Check Doomed Factories

June 10, 2013 10:06 am | by Farid Hossain, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bangladesh has suspended seven inspectors it accuses of negligence for renewing the licenses of garment factories in a building that collapsed in April, killing more than 1,100 people, a top Labor Ministry official said Monday. The official, Mikail Shipar, said a ministry investigation found that the inspectors never even visited the five factories housed in the shabbily built eight-story Rana Plaza building.

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Electronic Water Treatment Reduces Fouling In Heat Exchangers

June 10, 2013 8:05 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The deposition of material on heat transfer surfaces is called fouling which significantly impacts the thermal and mechanical performance of heat exchangers. Fouling increases the overall thermal resistance and lowers the overall heat transfer coefficient of heat exchangers as well as impeding fluid flow, accelerating corrosion and increasing pressure drop across the heat exchanger.

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What Manufacturers Can Learn From The Commandos

June 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Damian McKinney | Blogs | Comments

The world of manufacturing and the soldier seem very far apart at first glance, but they both operate in uncertain and rapidly changing environments. The workforce goes to work, while the military goes to war. Thankfully, in the work environment, people do not often die, but companies can fail and people’s livelihoods can be destroyed through bad decisions.

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Exxon Mobil Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Spill

June 7, 2013 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for Exxon Mobil Corp. and Exxon Pipeline Co. have filed a motion asking for dismissal of a lawsuit by Mayflower residents over a recent oil spill. ExxonMobil Pipeline's Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock and forced the evacuation of about 20 homes.

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Sporty New Corolla Aimed At Youthful Buyers

June 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Toyota Corolla, an aging, stodgy but reliable economy car, is getting a radical new look. The world's largest automaker rolled out a new version of the compact Thursday night at a splashy event in Santa Monica, Calif., hoping to shed the old version's low-cost image and attract new, younger buyers to its brand.

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Royalty Pharma Raises Offer To Buy Drugmaker Elan

June 7, 2013 12:34 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shares of Elan Corp. PLC jumped Friday after Royalty Pharma once again raised its offer to buy the Irish drugmaker in an increasingly bitter takeover fight. Royalty said it will now pay $13 in cash for each Elan share, and it will give stockholders the right to receive up to an additional $2.50 per share in milestone-based payments. That's up from a previous bid of $12.50 per share.

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Nixon Announces Incentives For MO Company

June 7, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Missouri business that makes chrome-plated plastic auto parts is receiving state aid to train its employees. Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that Missouri is providing up to $809,000 of job training services for 350 employees at SRG Global in Portageville. He says the training incentives are part of a $4.2 million capital investment by the company.

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Arraignment In Kevlar Trade Secrets Case Postponed

June 7, 2013 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean company's arraignment on charges of stealing the Kevlar body armor recipe from the DuPont Co. has been postponed. Kolon Industries was set for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. That hearing has been changed to a status conference.

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May U.S. Jobs Report In Spotlight At Time Of Concern

June 7, 2013 12:30 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The government's release Friday of the May jobs report comes at a time of anxiety over the U.S. economy and whether the Federal Reserve will soon scale back its extraordinary support. Economists expect another month of job gains roughly in line with April's increase of 165,000. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at 7.5 percent, a four-year low but still historically high.

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Make RCA Easier With PROACT Templates Webinar

June 7, 2013 11:25 am | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

Where do you start in an analysis and how do you streamline and manage this process? Beat 'paralysis by analysis' with this valuable webinar where you will learn RCI's proven methods and tools that work! It's easy to become overwhelmed with so much information and so many options that one doesn't know where to start and how to keep it all organized.

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Tank Cloud Remote Monitoring

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by Automation Products Group, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Tank Cloud Remote Monitoring is a cost-effective remote tank level monitoring system that enables users to monitor facilities and processes from anywhere with an internet connection, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, says the company.

MasterSil 713

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by Master Bond | Product Releases | Comments

MasterSil 713 is an easy to use silicone system with a remarkably low viscosity for bonding, sealing, coating, encapsulations, and formed-in-place gaskets, explains the company.

Belt Drive Actuators

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by MISUMI USA, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to optimize performance and reliability at a modest cost, the MSA Series Actuators can be configured to carry loads up to 227 kg (500 lbs).

Low Profile Cart

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by CECOR Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The L44 Low Profile Cart is designed to eliminate bending and moving heavy plastic totes or makeshift bins across the shop floor.

Attracting Talent: A Lesson In Battling Perception

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

Despite the common preconceived notion that increasingly automated operations are eliminating opportunities in the manufacturing sector, the widespread adoption of advanced production technologies is actually creating opportunities, and demand, for more skilled professionals.

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ISM: Manufacturing Contracts

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in May for the first time since November 2012, and the overall economy grew for the 48th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. 

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U.S. Treasury Sets Price For GM Stock Shares

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday set a price of $34.41 per share for the sale of 30 million shares of General Motors stock. Treasury said the sale will result in aggregate proceeds to the government of $1.03 billion. A United Autoworkers retiree health care trust fund was selling 20 million of its GM shares as well, bringing total sales to 50 million shares.

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IN Pushes Ahead With Fertilizer Plant

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pakistan-based developers of a fertilizer plant have won a southwestern Indiana county's initial approval for the project, weeks after the state pulled its support. Posey County's Board of Commissioners and Council voted last week to give preliminary approval to Midwest Fertilizer Corp. for its proposed plant, including a $1.3 billion bond issue to help finance the project in the county just west of Evansville.

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Dubuque John Deere Plant Lays Off 65 Employees

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A John Deere plant in Dubuque has laid off 65 employees in its manufacturing section. John Deere spokesman Ken Golden says despite recent strong earnings, the decision is based on sales and demand in its construction and forestry division.

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Safety At Deadly China Plant 'Extremely Chaotic'

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's workplace safety agency said negligence among factory managers and government inspectors caused "extremely chaotic" work-safety conditions at a poultry plant where a deadly fire killed 120 workers this week. Safety exits were blocked at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant and managers neglected to hold required safety drills or worker education, State Administration of Work Safety head Yang Dongliang said.

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