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Load Cells, Weigh Modules Advice

February 14, 2013 4:22 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The document covers the fundamentals of designing, building, and installing customized solutions, which can help in making informed decisions regarding the integration of weigh modules.

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Digital Force Gauges

February 14, 2013 4:20 pm | by Cooper Instruments & Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The gauges feature a sampling rate of 2,000 Hz, producing accurate results under a wide range of test conditions, says the company.

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General Motors Posts $898M 4Q Net Profit

February 14, 2013 2:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors made money in North America and Asia and lost a bundle in Europe as it nearly doubled last year's fourth-quarter profit. But the numbers were complicated by a dizzying array of accounting gains and losses for tax credits and devaluation of European assets.

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Chrysler Adds 278,000 Trucks To Axle Recall

February 14, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler said Thursday that it is recalling 278,000 pickup trucks and SUVs because their rear axles can lock up unexpectedly. The recall covers many Ram 1500 pickups from the 2009 through 2012 model years as well as Dodge Dakota pickups from 2009 through 2011. Also included are Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs from 2009.

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Poland's Dreamliners Grounded Through October

February 14, 2013 2:07 pm | by Monika Scislowska, Associated Press | News | Comments

Polish airline LOT said Thursday it is keeping its Boeing 787 Dreamliners grounded through October while the U.S. company tries to solve a potential safety threat. The late date suggests some airlines are growing skeptical about the plane's chances of resuming flight soon.

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Tata Motors Quarterly Profit Falls 50 Percent

February 14, 2013 2:04 pm | by Kay Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Tata Motors reported on Thursday a sharp drop of more than 50 percent in its quarterly net profit from the same period a year earlier. Its net profit was 16.2 billion rupees ($302 million) in the September-December quarter, compared to 3.4 billion rupees for the same period the previous year, the automaker said.

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Energy Report Blasts West Michigan Battery Maker

February 14, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Energy report accuses a Michigan-based battery maker of wasting federal funds and failing to move production to the state from South Korea. The report released by the Energy Department says Holland-based LG Chem Michigan spent $142M in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds but hasn't "yet achieved the objectives outlined" in its plan for producing lithium-ion polymer batteries.

Walker Manufacturing Lays Off 30 In Harrisonburg

February 14, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Walker Manufacturing has laid off 30 workers at its plant in Harrisonburg. A spokesman for Walker's parent, Tenneco Inc., tells media outlets that the layoffs are due to a drop in demand for products made at the plant. Mike Alzamora says these products include mufflers, catalytic converters and other vehicle parts.

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On Heels Of The SOTU, Obama Pushes Manufacturing

February 14, 2013 12:43 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

During his State of the Union address, President Obama said "our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing." And, as CBS News' Major Garrett reports, the president toured a factory in North Carolina to drive that message home.

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A Behind The Scenes Look At Manufacturing A Viper

February 14, 2013 9:14 am | by The New York Times | Videos | Comments

Inside a newly reopened Chrysler plant in Detroit, a car revs to life. Despite its status as the Motor City, Detroit has only two automobile plants entirely within the city limits. One is Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which reopened in December after being closed for more than two years during the automaker’s bankruptcy.

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How 3D Metal Printing May Change Manufacturing

February 14, 2013 9:11 am | by Penn State | Videos | Comments

At a recent additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, showcase at Penn State, engineers demoed some of the latest technology in the field. Hear from experts about how 3D metal printing may change manufacturing in the United States, and what challenges it faces.

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The New Big "Small" Thing

February 14, 2013 9:09 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Automakers in Japan are developing new "microcars" that fit only a driver. Toyota is currently testing a microcar (or ultra compact car) made of aluminum that can reach top speeds of 30 MPH. Targeting older drivers who don't need to go far, these electric cars can be handy. Lucy Craft reports.

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Manufacturing For Growth

February 14, 2013 9:08 am | by WorldEconomicForum | Videos | Comments

During 2012, the Forum built on the findings of the Future of Manufacturing report with the Manufacturing for Growth project, creating a platform for business executives, policy-makers and members of civil society to identify key strategies and recommendations for driving economic growth and job creation through the production of goods.

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Lexus, Porsche Top Dependability Rankings

February 13, 2013 12:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

If there's one thing you can count on, it's your car. Vehicles are more dependable than ever, says J.D. Power and Associates. The consulting company's latest study, which measures problems experienced in the last year by owners of 3-year-old vehicles, found that reported problems fell 5 percent to the lowest level since it collecting data in 1989.

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Norton Packaging To Open GA Plant

February 13, 2013 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say a new manufacturing facility in Jasper County is expected to create 90 new jobs. The Rockdale Citizen reports that Norton Packaging Inc. broke ground Tuesday for the new facility in Monticello. Norton Packaging specializes in containers. It will manufacture plastic injection molded rigid shipping containers at the 76,000-square-foot Monticello plant.

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Platinum, Palladium Rise On Supply Concerns

February 13, 2013 12:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Platinum and palladium surged Tuesday on renewed concerns that supplies of the platinum group metals will shrink. Zimbabwe's government reportedly gave platinum producers two years to begin refining the metals in Zimbabwe. That spurred speculation on Tuesday that production of platinum will drop, because the companies will likely have to build the refineries.

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Brazil: Local Company Has Patent On iPhone Brand

February 13, 2013 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazil's patent authority has bitten Apple. The agency says the iPhone name in Brazil belongs to a local company called Gradiente SA, not to the global computer giant. A patent office spokesman says the decision published Wednesday doesn't forbid Apple from using the name in Brazil. It only makes it clear the rights belong to the Brazilian company.

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Deere 1Q Net Income Jumps 22 Percent

February 13, 2013 12:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farm and construction equipment maker Deere & Co. said Wednesday that its first-quarter net income leaped 22 percent on growing sales of farm machinery at higher prices. The Moline, Ill., company's earnings soundly beat Wall Street expectations.

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Obama Asks Congress To Deploy Mfg 'Institutes'

February 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

President Obama asked Congress to do more for American manufacturing. Just after stating that the manufacturing industry has created more than 500,000 jobs in the last three years, and that companies like Caterpillar and Apple are bringing jobs back to America, the President outlined his plan to see Congress approve fifteen manufacturing innovation institutes.

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Techquity: Cook On Apple

February 13, 2013 12:27 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Apple's CEO addresses the company's cash pile and outlook at a conference, while Facebook suffers a pair of downgrades. And Google is teaming up with an unlikely partner, General Electric, and it will become integrated into several GE applications.

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