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Denmark Bomb Scare Was Inventor's Experiment

August 7, 2013 10:18 am | by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swedish inventor's experiments with a new power source for electric cars caused a bomb scare that paralyzed parts of the Danish capital, Copenhagen, for three hours on Tuesday. Police said unusual wiring, copper pipes and suspicious objects found inside and outside Dan Zethraeus' car led them to believe it contained an explosive device.

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Surface Mount Technology Vs. Workstation Design

August 7, 2013 8:02 am | by Jim Norton, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In today’s modern assembly facilities, the design and flexibility of the workstation is critical to maintain quality, workflow, and ergonomics. Unlike the old, static, welded frame workbenches of the past, modern workstations incorporate a modular, flexible, adaptable design, with a wide variety of options that allows the end user tremendous flexibility in reconfiguring the furniture to meet an ever changing production environment.

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Top 5 Quality Metrics For The Plant Manager’s Dashboard

August 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Mike Roberts, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

If you are involved in quality and operations decisions for manufacturing or supply-chain management, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that the final output of your plant is in compliance with internal and external quality standards.This is not as easy as it sounds.

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GM To Invest $167M More At TN Factory

August 6, 2013 2:14 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors plans to spend another $167 million at its Tennessee factory so it can build two new midsize vehicles. The investment disclosed Tuesday is on top of a previously announced $183 million investment. The spending is expected to create or keep 1,800 jobs, but GM wouldn't say how many new people would be hired.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows To $34.2B In June

August 6, 2013 2:12 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed sharply in June to its lowest level in more than 3 ½ years. Exports rose to all-time high and imports declined, signs that economic growth could be stronger than previously thought. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the June deficit fell 22.4 percent to $34.2 billion.

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U.S. Job Openings Rise In June, But Hiring Falls

August 6, 2013 2:11 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers in June advertised the most jobs in five years but hired fewer workers, a mixed sign for the recovering job market. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 29,000 in June from May to 3.94 million. That's the most since May 2008.

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NC Official Urged Alcoa OK Before State's Lawsuit

August 6, 2013 2:07 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Days before the state Administration Department sued to challenge Alcoa Inc.'s property rights for four hydropower dams built on the Yadkin River, a North Carolina environmental official recommended that the company win a crucial state approval needed for a new 50-year license to operate them.

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Spirit AeroSystems To Shed Oklahoma Operations

August 6, 2013 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings said Tuesday that it plans to shed its operations in Oklahoma and postpone filing its second-quarter earnings report. Shares of the Wichita, Kan., aircraft parts maker fell 8 percent following the announcement before regaining some of the loss.

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Drake's Cakes To Return Next Month

August 6, 2013 2:04 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Twinkies are already back on shelves and now the new owners of Drake's cakes say Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, Ring Dings and Yodels will return next month. A spokesman for McKee Foods Corp. said the company plans to bring back the snack cakes in the third week of September. The company is still deciding whether to bring back Funny Bones.

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Processing Plant Blamed For Outbreak

August 6, 2013 1:02 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

With hundreds already sickened across 16 states, the FDA has made headway in tracking the source of the outbreak of cyclospora. Officials have now identified an American-owned salad processing plant in Mexico as the origin of the cyclospora cases in Iowa and Nebraska. The source in 14 other states remains elusive.

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29th AME International “Excellence Inside” Conference

August 6, 2013 12:19 pm | by Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) | Events

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is excited to welcome visionary leaders and operations professionals to its annual conference. Slated for Oct. 21-25, the 29th AME International “Excellence Inside” Conference features insightful speakers, excellent networking opportunities, fascinating plant tours and presentations sure to provide a fresh look at lean manufacturing. AME proudly offers a money-back guarantee that every attendee will take at least one new idea back to their business.

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Quality Helps Americans Keep Old Cars Longer

August 6, 2013 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer than ever, and even with new car sales increasing, the average age will continue to rise, an industry research firm says. The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record of 11.4 years in January, the latest figures available from state registration data gathered by the Polk research firm.

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Chrysler Exec Says Next New Car To Be On Time

August 6, 2013 10:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler's manufacturing chief said Monday that a new midsize car should hit dealerships on time next year, following costly delays with recent product launches. Vice President Mauro Pino said the new model, a sorely needed replacement for the aging Chrysler 200, should reach showrooms as scheduled in the first quarter. The new car is scheduled to reach dealerships sometime in the first quarter of 2014.

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UAW Trust Offers Warrants For GM Shares

August 6, 2013 10:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers trust that pays for retired auto workers' health care will conduct a secondary public offering of all of its General Motors Co. stock warrants on Tuesday. GM confirmed the offering Monday. The UAW trust is offering up to 45,454,545 warrants to purchase GM stock.

Chevron Agrees To Pay $2M In CA Refinery Fire

August 6, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

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Groundbreaking For New Ammonia Plant In LA

August 6, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A groundbreaking ceremony Monday in Waggaman marked the start of an ammonia plant for explosives maker Dyno Nobel International. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said Dyno Nobel plans to begin ammonia production in mid-to-late 2016, with Cornerstone Chemical Company completing six years of maintenance and infrastructure work that will help support the ammonia plant.

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Ohio Veterans See Success With MSSC CPT Certificate

August 6, 2013 9:59 am | by Manufacturing Skill Standards Council | News | Comments

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's (MSSC) industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications are creating real opportunities for veterans to get the skills they need to access in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs.MSSC is a participant in The Get Skills to Work Coalition launched in late 2012 under the leadership of GE, Alcoa, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

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ISM: Manufacturing Surges Ahead

August 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

“It’s a great way to start the second half of 2013,” says Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee.  “I think it’s a very positive and well-balanced report in terms of all of the underlying metrics. Things are pointing in a very favorable direction right now.”

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Manufacturing Intelligence – The Central Nervous System Of Your Plant

August 6, 2013 8:01 am | by James Montgomery, Senior Product Manager, Apriso | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing intelligence captures events (both good and bad) and transfers them via integration to a central place for viewing and actions. So, as a machine starts producing bad parts, the quicker these events are captured, moved and analyzed the less impact of rework or scrap occurs. This is called the “feedback loop.”

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Hardface Technologies Expands Sales Force

August 5, 2013 4:44 pm | by Hardface Technologies | News | Comments

Hardface Technologies, a business unit of Postle Industries, has just announced the addition of several new employees to its sales force.  Russ Speese recently joined the company in the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Speese, a graduate of Ferris State University with over 30 years of experience in the welding industry, will head the company’s sales and marketing efforts in North America.

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