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Self-Driving Cars Could Be On U.S. Roads By 2020

September 3, 2013 2:29 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars that drive themselves could be on U.S. roads by the end of this decade. But don't take your foot off the pedal just yet. Automakers, universities and others are at various stages in the development of autonomous cars. Google is testing some in California. 

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Toyota To Invest $90M In WV Plant

September 3, 2013 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is investing $90 million in its Buffalo, W.Va. manufacturing plant. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Friday the automaker's investment will create about 80 jobs. Tomblin says Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Inc. plans to increase production of 6-speed automatic transmissions by 20,000 per month by early 2015.

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Renault Wants To Eliminate COO Position

September 3, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French carmaker Renault is proposing a reorganization of its management structure to eliminate the position of chief operating officer after the person who held the post suddenly stepped down. Renault said it would instead add two new posts: chief competitive officer, who would be in charge of the product range, and chief performance officer, who would focus on market share and profitability. 

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U.S. Probes Nissan Pathfinder Fluid Leak

September 3, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that transmission cooler lines can leak fluid in some 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti JX models, leading to a sudden loss of transmission power. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received reports of problems from five owners of Pathfinders. No injuries have been reported. The probe covers an estimated 110,000 cars.

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FabEnCo Awards First LIFE Scholarship

September 3, 2013 1:19 pm | by FabEnCo | News | Comments

FabEnCo, Inc., a leading manufacturer of self-closing safety gates, announced today that Walter Smith from Southeastern Oklahoma State University was the first recipient of the FabEnCo “LaCook Investment for Excellence” (LIFE) in Occupational Safety & Health Scholarship. Walter received his award during ASSE’s 120th Annual Conference & Exposition held in Atlanta, Georgia, in June.

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South Korea Unfolds The Future Of Urban Driving

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

South Korean researchers have developed an electric car that folds in half for easy parking. Named for the armor-covered mammal of the same name, the 'Armadillo-T' is a two-seater prototype vehicle that is designed for commuters in busy urban areas. Reuters' Rob Muir has more.

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Hackers Find Weaknesses In Car Computer Systems

September 3, 2013 10:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? Hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.

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NH's New Law Protecting Auto Dealers Is Challenged

September 3, 2013 10:19 am | by Rik Stevens, Associated Press | News | Comments

Farm and heavy equipment manufacturers including John Deere have sued to block a new law that gives New Hampshire auto dealers new protections in their contracts with them. The companies say the so-called Auto Dealers Bill of Rights, which takes effect Sept. 23, improperly lumps them in with automakers.

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Toyota To Boost U.S. Transmission Production

September 3, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota said Friday that it will spend $102 million to increase U.S. production of transmissions. The company said that it will boost its automatic-transmission assembly and machining capacity at its Buffalo, W. Va., plant, as well the capacity at its powertrain plant and Bodine Aluminum casting facilities in Missouri and Tennessee.

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Ammonia Leak Kills 15 People In Shanghai

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in China's financial hub of Shanghai, the local government said. Twenty-five people were injured in the accident, which happened at a plant in the Baoshan district of the east coast city, the Shanghai government Information Office said. Five of the injured were in serious condition.

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Nordex To Repay $2.5M To AR After Layoffs

September 3, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nordex USA Inc. is repaying more than $2.5 million it received in incentives after announcing it would halt production on its wind turbine plant in Jonesboro and lay off 40 workers. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced Friday that the company would repay $2.31 million to the state and $204,814 to Jonesboro that it had received for the wind turbine plant. 

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Ford Recalls 370,000 Cars

September 3, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The cars include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars. About 355,000 are in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada.

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Power Plants Diagnose Motor Problems Without Highly Trained Personnel

September 3, 2013 8:02 am | by Jacob Beck, Electrom Instruments, developer of the iTIG II | Articles | Comments

The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users, requiring that highly trained and experienced personnel perform the testing.

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Piracy, Printing, And A New Era Of Manufacturing

September 3, 2013 8:01 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

A topic that doesn’t seem to come up, at least via outlets that are 3D-printer friendly (which are in a powerful majority at this point), is the proliferation of piracy thanks to the quickly emerging 3D-printer market. Much like Napster brought a slapped major record labels across the face, 3D printing is poised to make major manufacturers shake in their boots… maybe.

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Birthplace Of Rosie The Riveter: The Willow Run Bomber Plant

August 30, 2013 8:02 am | by John Zajac, Randy Hotten, Julie Osborne, Mike Montgomery | Articles | Comments

The iconic Rosie the Riveter may seem to be simply a fiction from the past but she has a name – and an important history. She was part of that migration, part of the 40,000 employees at the Ford-run Willow Run B-24 bomber plant and part of the great Arsenal of Democracy that Detroit and the Southeastern Michigan region became, cranking out airplanes, tanks, trucks, and weapons.

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A ‘Made In America’ Walmart: Truth Or Gimmick?

August 30, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Last week, Walmart Stores announced that they would be holding a summit on U.S. manufacturing, and there’s a fair amount of skepticism over the company’s motives, particularly considering its long history of sourcing a vast majority of products from overseas.

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Basic Failure Analysis Workshop

August 29, 2013 5:10 pm | by RCI | Events

Basic Failure Analysis© - is intended to provide facility personnel with the requisite skills and knowledge to eliminate the problems and chronic failures they are experiencing everyday on the job. The unique 4-step process guides the user through the technique of solving problems and failures down to their root cause(s) using real world examples. The root causes together will provide the means for writing recommendations that answer "what will be done to eliminate reoccurrence".

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Industrial Lubricants, Cleaners

August 29, 2013 4:24 pm | by Rust-Oleum IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The cleaning products include a Heavy Duty Cleaner, Degreaser, and Brake Cleaner and are effective at removing contaminants such as soil, grime, grease, diesel, adhesive gum, and more.

Transport System LT40

August 29, 2013 4:21 pm | by Montech AG IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The drive, with 60 mm diameter, is integrated in the shaft, with no protruding parts, and operates the LT40 conveyors almost noiselessly, says the company.

VarCom® Capacitor Controls

August 29, 2013 4:19 pm | by HD Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

The new ComFlex Ethernet feature allows VarCom users to take maximum advantage of IP based communication networks for configuring controls, updating firmware, data collection, and troubleshooting.

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