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How Can the Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 4, 2015 10:08 am | by Amber Carpenter | Articles | Comments

The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is, the potential impact of the Internet on plant operations is just as sweeping. Industrial plants have an enormous opportunity to leverage the Internet to streamline processes, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance customer service.

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Honey, We Shrunk the SUV

March 4, 2015 9:45 am | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrinking Utility Vehicle. An array of ever-smaller sport-utility vehicles and SUV car-like crossovers is going on display this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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Toyota Promotes U.S. Execs, Gives Power to North American CEO

March 4, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 212K Jobs in February

March 4, 2015 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 jobs in February for the 13th straight month, a private survey found. It was the latest sign that strong hiring should boost the economy this year.

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Google Unveils ‘Project Titan’

March 3, 2015 3:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Monday at the Mobile World Congress currently convening in Barcelona, Google announced the company's plans for Titan, the drone company that Google acquired last year.  

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This is the $952K Zenvo ST1 Supercar

March 3, 2015 3:19 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Zenvo, a supercar manufacturer from Denmark, have built the 1104 horsepower $952,000 ST1. But they want to do more than build a light, fast car, they want to build a brand that can survive in a market renowned for failure. 

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4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 3, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

There is a group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence—regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace. The reasons these industries need to pursue APM excellence may vary, but they share several key drivers.

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."

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Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 3, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness. 

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U.S. Adds 2 Models to Probe of Ford Door Latches

March 3, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are adding two models to an investigation of Ford Motor Co. door latches that may not close properly.

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected to Bolster Graphite Market

March 3, 2015 1:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.

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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit from West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month.

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Google to Enter Wireless Market

March 3, 2015 10:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top Google executive said the tech giant is getting into the wireless business in hopes of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

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Fiat Chrysler Brushes Off Snow, Posts 5.6 Pct U.S. Sales Gain

March 3, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler U.S. overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 5.6 percent sales gain last month as customers nationwide brushed off the weather and continued to buy cars.

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Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill in Appomattox River

March 3, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a fuel spill in the Appomattox River.

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Two Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans

March 3, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled.

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Photo of the the Day: New Regulations for French Manufacturers

March 2, 2015 3:16 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

IMPO's Photo of the Day features products that will be subject to new regulations in France. 

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Cuban Cigar Industry Prepares for U.S. Demand

March 2, 2015 2:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

As relations between the U.S. and Cuba thaw, Cuban cigar makers are challenged with increasing productivity without compromising quality.

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Electric Cars Still Technology of the Future: Ghosn

March 2, 2015 2:49 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Carlos Ghosn, CEO at Renault, talks with Caroline Hyde about the growth of electric car technology, why development of autonomous vehicles will take at least 10 years and his outlook for car sales in Russia. 

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Amazon Wants to Put 3D Printers in Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 2:43 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week Amazon filed several patent applications for an on-demand 3D printing service in mobile manufacturing hubs, including delivery trucks. Like drones, the endeavor is another push from the company to get products to the customer faster and save on warehousing costs.

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