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October 2013: Drivers Ed

November 6, 2013 1:18 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, experts share maintenance best practices to cut industrial motor use costs, a company explores new ways of connecting businesses to manufacturers, and a bottling business focuses on zero wast management and American jobs.  

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Drivers Ed: Maintenance Best Practices and Energy Awareness

November 6, 2013 11:35 am | by Anna Wells, IMPO Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Since motors and drive systems are so often directly intertwined with production, problem areas likely result in costly downtime — something every manufacturer wants to avoid at all costs.                  

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The China 'Rules' Of Business

November 6, 2013 11:23 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

American businesses and the government know that China wants to become the number one economy in the world and we simply ignore the fact that the Chinese have shown they will do whatever it takes (legal or illegal) to achieve their goals.    

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Cargill To Label Meat After 'Pink Slime' Uproar

November 6, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it will start labeling beef products that contain finely textured beef after the ingredient came under attack as "pink slime" last year.  It says packages will note when a product "Contains Finely Textured Beef."     

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BAE Announces Hundreds Of Shipyard Cuts

November 6, 2013 10:10 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

British defense contractor BAE Systems announced plans to cut some 1,775 jobs at three shipyards Wednesday, ending the building of warships in England for the first time in hundreds of years.                  

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Toyota Profit Jumps 70 Pct. Despite Sales Slip

November 6, 2013 10:05 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota's quarterly profit soared 70 percent, and the world's top-selling automaker raised its earnings forecast, as cost cuts and the weaker Japanese yen compensated for slightly weaker vehicle sales.                

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EPA Reports Progress In Hudson River Cleanup

November 6, 2013 9:56 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $2 billion cleanup of the upper Hudson River is proceeding briskly and could finish in two years, an Environmental Protection Agency official said Tuesday.                           

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Crest Industries Expanding Its Louisiana Presence

November 6, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Crest Industries is expanding its Louisiana presence into Tangipahoa Parish.  The company, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and LED Secretary Stephen Moret, announced Tuesday it will build a $15 million galvanizing plant to serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries.

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Inslee Calls Special Session To Keep 777X In Wash.

November 6, 2013 9:47 am | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Inslee, surrounded by key lawmakers, and officials from Boeing Co. and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said he wants lawmakers to return to Olympia on Thursday and approve the measures — which would likely include tax breaks for Boeing but possibly higher taxes for drivers — in just one week.

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Inside One Of The Only RIM Facilities In The U.S.

November 6, 2013 9:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins. The process has been refined over the years, but has remained primarily unchanged.         

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5 Manufacturing Trends Shaping the Future of Small Businesses

November 6, 2013 9:32 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

If you’re one of the few with that million-dollar idea, here are five key manufacturing trends you should know about to help bring your product to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.                 

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Hand-Held Temperature/Humidity Reader

November 6, 2013 9:13 am | by Anaheim Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Anaheim Scientific today introduced the second model in its M-Series of mini-handheld environmental meters: The M120 – Mini Temperature/Humidity Meter. 

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High-Efficiency VTH Venturi Heater Coil

November 5, 2013 3:53 pm | by Berner International Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Berner International Corp. has added lengths up to 16-foot-long and the high-efficiency VTH Venturi heater coil to its VS Series air curtains.

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Insulated Fully Nitrile-Coated Gloves

November 5, 2013 3:43 pm | by Galeton IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Galeton has recently added #11927 Otterback™ Arctic Insulated Nitrile Fully Coated Gloves that help keep hands warm and dry for work in cold, wet conditions.

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HVA-2000 High Voltage Digital Ammeter

November 5, 2013 3:36 pm | by HD Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

Take ampere measurements on conductors up to 500kV  with the HVA High Voltage Digital Ammeter from HD Electric Company.

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China Warns Local Leaders To Cut Industry Bloat

November 5, 2013 1:57 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing has been trying since 2009 to cut excess production capacity, which has triggered price-cutting wars that threaten the financial health of some industries. But lower-level leaders whose promotions depend on economic development have continued to support local industries.

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What Is Google Building Out In San Francisco Bay?

November 5, 2013 1:44 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land, where city building permits and public plans are mandatory. Construction became obvious a few weeks ago.

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UAW Lawyer Knocks Detroit Over Pre-Bankruptcy Acts

November 5, 2013 1:35 pm | by Ed White, Associated Press | News | Comments

The UAW's chief lawyer is portraying the city of Detroit as inflexible in the weeks leading to last summer's bankruptcy filing.  Unions opposed to Detroit's bankruptcy say there was a lack of good-faith negotiations with creditors before the Chapter 9 filing in July. 

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GT Advanced Technologies Strikes Deal With Apple

November 5, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. shares soared in extended trading Monday after it struck a multi-year supply agreement with Apple Inc. for sapphire material.                           

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Nucor Working To Block Big River Steel Air Permit

November 5, 2013 1:22 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The start of construction for a $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas is being delayed because a competing steel mill is trying to block the new company from receiving its environmental permit.              

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