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Flashback to 1988: Flying Car Test Flight

March 25, 2015 3:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

With recent news of the Slovakian company AeroMobil announcing plans to begin selling a flying car in 2017, it seems humanity’s dream of a flying car will finally come true. But we almost had our flying cars decades ago.

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 3

March 25, 2015 3:10 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 25, 2015 3:03 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Over the next five years the industry expects rapid adoption of collaborative robots in most major manufacturing markets. The adoption may be slow at first, as this is a new technology for many manufacturers and requires a new way of thinking about robots.

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Liquid Printer Turns 3D Manufacturing Upside Down

March 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The debut technology is a printer that uses their Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology, which builds material upward in a continuous stream.

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HJ Heinz Buying Kraft, Building a $28 Billion Food Giant

March 25, 2015 1:50 pm | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, crating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion. 

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UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 25, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The president of the United Auto Workers union rejected a new wage tier Wednesday after reports indicated U.S. automakers could float the idea during upcoming contract talks. 

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Dust-proof Di16-2 COAX Vacuum Cartridge

March 25, 2015 11:30 am | by Piab USA, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Piab introduces a new COAX cartridge. According to the company, it is ideal for applications where there is dust or dirt present. 

Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 25, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

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Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 25, 2015 10:34 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and warehouse management that can help manufacturers save money and maintain excellent customer relations.    

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Jet Engine That Supercharged Aviation Now Powering World’s Fastest Ship

March 25, 2015 10:11 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The latest version of the LM2500 can produce up to 34 megawatts each and ramp up from zero to full power in just 10 minutes. Here are some of its applications.

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Fell 1.4 Percent in February

March 25, 2015 10:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in February for the third time in the past four months, while a key investment category fell for a sixth month.

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Report: Safety Concerns Continue at U.S. Oil Refineries

March 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Worker fatalities at U.S. oil refineries between 2005 and 2015 nearly matched the total from the previous decade despite safety recommendations made in the aftermath of a 2005 accident.

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USDA Develops New Poultry Vaccine, Incorporates New Testing Standard

March 25, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. Agriculture Department scientists recently announced a new vaccine to protect chickens against a pair of potentially fatal diseases. 

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The Cars That Could Save Aston Martin

March 24, 2015 3:58 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin unveiled two future cars at the Geneva Auto Show. CEO Andy Palmer hopes they are the key to expanding the brand without losing its heritage.

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$20 Oil Could Be a Reality If This Happens

March 24, 2015 3:36 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

What happens if we run out of storage for surplus American oil?

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For Millions, 401(k) Plans Have Fallen Short

March 24, 2015 3:26 pm | by Kelley Holland, CNBC | Videos | Comments

In a special report for CNBC, Kelley Holland warns that 401(k) plans may be failing millions of Americans.

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Safety Experts: Chrysler's Gas Tank Fix Still Risky

March 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After Chrysler initially refused to recall vehicles over a gas tank issue, there are now safety concerns about the solution and the speed at which it is moving on the fix.

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SC plant, workers have produced 3 million BMW vehicles

March 24, 2015 3:13 pm | News | Comments

BMW Manufacturing Co. and its workforce are celebrating the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in South Carolina.

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Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier from UAW

March 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors and Ford might seek a new, lower wage tier from the United Auto Workers union after a report showed they have the highest labor costs among U.S. automakers.

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Boeing Receives Patent for 'Force Field'

March 24, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Boeing Co. has invented a system of "shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc."

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