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Saving Lives with an Engine Upgrade

March 31, 2015 9:53 am | by Jonathan Jacobi, Senior EHS Advisor with UL Workplace Health & Safety | Articles | Comments

Business is tough in today's global marketplace. Everyone is being asked to do more, with less. Across industries, including automotive, workers are being asked to be more efficient, and safety and risk management professionals are certainly not insulated.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

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Elon Musk Announces Mystery New Product Line

March 31, 2015 9:33 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Elon Musk took to twitter once again to release a cryptic teaser regarding impending new Telsa products — and this time it isn’t a car. 

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth for Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. gained 295,000 jobs in February to continue strong hiring patterns from 2014. But newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Top 'Made In America' Factories to Tour

March 30, 2015 2:55 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

For many Americans, the label "Made In the USA" is a welcome sight. So, if you're looking for an unusual trip this spring, how about visiting some of the places where those labels go on? From coast-to-coast, you can go inside factories to watch fellow Americans make everything from boats and jellybeans to shoes and whiskey.

Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Emery Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

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The 'Tale' of the Tail of the Spend

March 30, 2015 2:01 pm | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions | Articles | Comments

MRO expenditures should not be a part of the Pareto Principle management philosophy. If a particular step or activity within the manufacturing process was deemed to be unprofitable, it would be corrected or eliminated; the same management recognition of MRO operations should be applied and corrected, or outsourced.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook for U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

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Lincoln Returns to its Roots With New Continental

March 30, 2015 1:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ford’s 98-year-old Lincoln brand is bringing back the Continental full-size sedan 13 years after retiring the vehicle nameplate. 

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Volvo Announces Plans to Construct U.S. Plant

March 30, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will open a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a move the Swedish automaker said makes it a "global car manufacturer."

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Toyota Cuts Price of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 30, 2015 10:44 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Those pricey high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper. Toyota says it will offer lower-cost versions of the safety features in new Lexus and Toyota SUVs that it's introducing this week at the New York auto show. 

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Personalized Production: The Brilliant Factory Will Match the Right Parts With the Right Tools

March 30, 2015 10:33 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE manufacturing maven Christine Furstoss provides a look inside the technology at work in the "brilliant factory."

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. But, Streit's is planning to shut down its nine-decade-old ovens by year's end and move to a 21st century computerized plant somewhere in the New York area.

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ITT Cannon Industrial Connectors

March 30, 2015 10:00 am | by Allied Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics announced that they are now carrying nearly 500 part numbers from ITT Cannon, a supplier of connectors for the industrial and military/aerospace markets.

Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University. 

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Worker Survives Electric Shock on the Job, Tells his Story

March 30, 2015 9:20 am | by Jordy Byrd, Public Relations Specialist with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

While on the job, the crane operator failed to lower the boom and backed into the power line. Curtis Weber became the ground point for the electricity, as 14,400 volts surged through his body. 

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Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 30, 2015 9:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report recommends that auto companies strengthen industry collaboration, worker training and career opportunities in order to resolve a worsening talent crisis in their supply chains. 

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New Glove Box Controls Relative Humidity or Oxygen Levels

March 29, 2015 10:05 am | by Flow Sciences Inc | Product Releases | Comments

The new Nitrogen Purge Series of Glove Boxes from Flow Sciences, Inc. allow the user to purge Relative Humidity or Oxygen Levels down to ~2 percent.

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 27, 2015 2:52 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week the titles of ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser’ are being presented to two companies who have had drastically different weeks. One has successfully patented an exciting new technology, while the other has been forced to issue their first recall in 108 years.

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Mental Exam Ordered for Man Accused in Beheading at Food Processing Plant

March 27, 2015 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.

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