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Survey: China Manufacturing Shrank In May

June 3, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing shrank slightly last month, a report said Monday, adding to signs of an uncertain recovery in the world's second-biggest economy. HSBC's monthly purchasing managers' index fell to 49.2 in May. That's down from 50.4 in April. Readings below 50 indicate a contraction.

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Air Permits Approved For CF Industries Expansion

June 3, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators have given initial approval for a major expansion at a western Iowa fertilizer manufacturer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued draft air quality permits for the $1.7 billion expansion planned by CF Industries south of Sergeant Bluff.

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Boeing Announces Changes For Jet Design Centers

June 3, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said Friday it will create new aircraft-design centers in Washington state, South Carolina and California. The company portrayed the new centers as a way to increase its engineering and propulsion capacity as demand rises for new aircraft and services. Boeing predicts that the world's airlines will need 34,000 new planes over the next 20 years, a potential $4.5 trillion market.

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Controlling Limescale Deposition & Industrial Fouling

June 3, 2013 8:05 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

It costs U.S. industry billions of dollars a year to control and remove the limescale that builds up in industrial equipment such a heat exchangers, evaporative coolers, boilers, chillers and other water fed equipment. Limescale not only increases downtime, maintenance costs and causes the early renewal of capital equipment but also increases energy usage.

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Building A Secure Manufacturing Infrastructure

June 3, 2013 8:00 am | by Grant McDonald, Product Marketing Manager for Symantec SMB & .cloud | Articles | Comments

Today’s manufacturing is a wonder of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. However, the same technology that makes it possible for smaller manufacturers to thrive in our global economy also presents security challenges. With every endpoint connected to the Internet, there is always a risk of a cybercriminal stealing this intellectual property or other sensitive information.

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BP Rig Supervisors Challenge Manslaughter Counts

May 31, 2013 2:43 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory.

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South Bend Settles Environmental Claims

May 31, 2013 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A more than decade-long legal battle over environmental claims involving South Bend's former Studebaker Corp. auto plant and another shuttered manufacturer has been settled under an agreement calling for an insurer to pay the city several million dollars.

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Nokia To Lay Off 50 Of 300 Workers At ND Plant

May 31, 2013 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with the Nokia technology company plan to lay off 50 of their 300 employees at its Fargo plant. The plant is the base for a division that creates maps and detailed three-dimensional renderings used on smartphones and vehicle navigation devices.

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NH Auto Dealers Bill Headed To Governor

May 31, 2013 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation was headed to Gov. Maggie Hassan on Thursday that gives New Hampshire auto dealers protections in their dealings with their manufacturers. Without discussion, the Senate voted to accept changes the House made to the bill. Both chambers passed the bill by overwhelming margins.

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Utility, Alcoa Continue Negotiating Power Rate

May 31, 2013 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. and South Carolina's state-owned utility have agreed to continue talks on a new power contract for the company's aluminum plant outside Goose Creek. Alcoa and Santee Cooper said Thursday they have agreed to extend the company's power contract deadline until the end of the year.

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Dell Board Recommends Michael Dell Buyout Offer

May 31, 2013 2:35 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Dell board is standing behind a buyout offer from the company's CEO and founder, and has asked shareholders of the slumping PC maker to approve the deal in a July 18 vote. The company's announcement Friday is the latest volley in a battle with prominent shareholders over the company's future and Michael Dell's role in it.

Global Joblessness To Hit 200M This Year

May 31, 2013 1:48 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Global unemployment will hit 200 million this year, and declarations of intent to tackle the problem will mean nothing without action, says International Labor Organization director general Guy Ryder. And within the next five years, he suspects global joblessness to reach 215 million.

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Root Cause Failure Analysis: Reducing Costs & Increasing Customer Satisfaction

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by Joseph Berk, Principal Engineering Faculty, Eogogics Inc | Blogs | Comments

Root cause failure analysis is a technology for objectively identifying all potential failure causes, and then objectively and systematically identifying the likelihood of each potential cause. This article describes how root cause failure analysis identified and eliminated recurring Apache main rotor blade rejections.

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Assess Your Technology Ladder When Addressing Burn Risk

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by Scott Brooksby, Olson Brooksby PC | Articles | Comments

There are few more sophisticated and complex high-heat metallurgy manufacturing processes — and few with less tolerance for error — than the processes involved in manufacturing components of the hot-section of an aviation gas turbine engine. This precision minimizes the risk of catastrophic aviation disasters such as uncontrolled engine failure.

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Singapore Airlines Places Big Order For New Jets

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Singapore Airlines said Thursday that it ordered 60 new planes from Boeing and Airbus that carry a combined list price of more than $17 billion. The orders were evenly split — 30 planes from U.S.-based Boeing and 30 from Europe's Airbus. Airlines typically get deep discounts on planes, and Singapore did not say how much it will pay the manufacturers.

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Tesla Promises To Add Charging Stations

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year. The company said it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stations within reach of almost the entire populations of both countries.

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ArcelorMittal Sells Stake In Canada Unit For $1.1B

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, said Thursday that it has completed the sale of a 15 percent stake in one of its Canadian iron ore operations to an Asian-led consortium for $1.1 billion in cash. A group led by South Korean steelmaker POSCO and China Steel Corp. had entered into a joint venture that owns ArcelorMittal iron ore mining and infrastructure assets in Quebec. The deal was originally announced in January.

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Estonia Eager To Teach World About Oil Shale

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by Gary Peach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Home to the creators of Skype and the first country to use online voting, Estonia relishes its image as a technological pioneer. But the tiny East European country's most far-reaching economic achievement could come from how it has learned to squeeze oil from a rock.

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GM To Show Off Reworked Chevy Malibu

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Malibu, an also-ran in the popular midsize car segment, shows off a quick makeover Friday that is expected to address criticism of its bland styling and so-so performance. General Motors will unveil the updates at a press event in Detroit. Experts are expecting to see a more modern-looking car, with some additional legroom in the back seat.

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Eurozone Unemployment Heading For 20M

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment across the 17 EU countries that use the euro hit another record high in April — and appears to be on course to hit 20 million this year in what would be another gloomy landmark for the currency bloc. Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 12.2 percent in April from the previous record of 12.1 percent the month before.

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