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Fort Drum Powered by Wood in Renewable Energy Push

November 24, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy.

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Strike Paralyzes Antwerp Port

November 24, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trade unions have opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of Belgium.                             

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Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 24, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices.                                

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Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year in OK and Surrounding States

November 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.                                 

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Minn. Company Recalls 1.2K Pounds of Ground Beef

November 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination.                       

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Robots To Fly Planes Where Humans Can't

November 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. 

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The New Holiday Essential: Bubble Wrap

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

More than a billion packages are expected to be shipped this holiday season. That's big business for the makers of Bubble Wrap, Sealed Air. They even wrap your Thanksgiving turkey.                    

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Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

In today’s highly accountable business environment, it is necessary for manufacturers to optimize the performance and value of their metal detection systems. They can no longer be viewed as just a means to remove metallic contamination.    

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Muller Introduces Flexi-Rope

November 24, 2014 10:39 am | by Muller | Product Releases | Comments

Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions, introduces a patented method for providing improved load containment and breathability with its Flexi-Rope system. 

Report: Plant's Chemicals Not Listed in 911 Call

November 24, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.             

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Unemployment Rates Fall in Two-Thirds of U.S. States

November 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.                              

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Ford's New F-150 To Get 26 MPG, Tops Among Pickups

November 24, 2014 9:58 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford said that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup                            

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Swiss Company Eliminates 1,800 Jobs

November 24, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta says it is eliminating or reshuffling 1,800 jobs globally as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting program to boost earnings.                             

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German Business Confidence Up After Long Decline

November 24, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A closely-watched survey shows German business confidence rose in November, putting an end to six consecutive months of declines.                                   

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Brother Gearmotors to Showcase New Benefits for North American Customers

November 21, 2014 2:34 pm | by Brother International Corporation | News | Comments

Brother Gearmotors, a division of Brother International Corporation that offers a wide range of ultra-reliable, sub-fractional AC gearmotors and reducers for the packaging, food & beverage and unit handling industries, has begun to highlight new benefits for customers in North America.

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Siemens To Supply Equipment for Clean Energy Center in Ohio

November 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens has received an order from Black & Veatch for power generation equipment to be used at the Oregon Clean Energy Center in Oregon, Ohio – scheduled to come on line by the summer of 2017.               

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GM Shakes Up Management, Names New Quality Chief

November 21, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has promoted its purchasing chief to be its head of quality as part of a management shakeup.                                         

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Getting the Most Out of Your Electric Motor Repair

November 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP Vice President, Dreisilker Electric Motors | Articles | Comments

Even with standards, studies and certifications, there is no guarantee or requirement for repair shops to provide exceptional or reliable electric motor repair.                         

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Michelin: Taking the Average Tire and Turning it into a 'Tweel'

November 21, 2014 1:59 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Tire maker Michelin is literally reinventing the wheel for industrial equipment and commercial mowers. Michelin North American Chairman and President Pete Selleck says, "the tweel is a revolutionary new product that combines a tire and a wheel."

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What Exactly is Luxury Beer?

November 21, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The newest craze hopping around the beer world is pricey beer.                                                     

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