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A Knife-Free Tape Head Technology

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Intertape Polymer Group | Product Releases | Comments

Intertape Polymer Group has announced Ripcord, a knife-free tape head technology designed to bring an end to damaged product returns and utility knife injuries in the workplace.

Chevron Discovers Oil in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

October 23, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.                                       

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How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 23, 2014 9:57 am | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

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GM 3Q Profits Nearly Double, Led by North American Sales

October 23, 2014 9:29 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.                 

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Weaving The Digital Thread Across Industrial Value Chains

October 23, 2014 9:23 am | by LNS Research | News | Comments

To address pressures of the industry, manufacturers need to ensure end-to-end connectivity across the real and virtual worlds with a digital thread strategy that spans the value chain and leverages new enabling technologies like mobility, cloud, and big data.

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Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 23, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant.                         

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Gas Mileage Inflated on 4 Mini Cooper Models

October 22, 2014 2:36 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has told BMW to reduce the gas mileage estimates on the window stickers on four of its Mini Cooper models after an audit found the figures were overstated.                      

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GMO Ban Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants.                                             

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3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

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Navigating the Challenge of Choosing ERP Software

October 22, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors.             

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U.S. Consumer Prices Rose in September

October 22, 2014 2:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign.           

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Study Finds Americans are Taking Less Vacation Time

October 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new survey by the U.S. Travel Association finds Americans take less vacation time now than at any point in nearly four decades.                                   

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Mazda Roadster Secures a Guinness World Record

October 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by Ann Job, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rear-wheel drive MX-5 Miata, now in its 25th year, is in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling two-seat roadster on Earth. More than 900,000 of the cars have been built, and U.S. models come from Mazda's Hiroshima auto manufacturing complex.

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Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said.                     

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Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 10:55 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.     

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LED High Bay Fixture

October 22, 2014 10:23 am | by Dialight | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight has announced the availability of its new CE compliant and UL-certified Vigilant LED High Bay fixture with integrated controls and cloud based monitoring for industrial applications. 

Will Solar, Wind Generate Revolution or Evolution?

October 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association | News | Comments

Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies.                                 

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Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

October 22, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.                                               

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EU Antitrust Keeps An Eye on DuPont, Honeywell

October 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Randall Chase, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said.

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Canadian Pacific CEO Says Rail Deal Still Possible

October 22, 2014 9:21 am | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of Canadian Pacific thinks U.S. regulators would approve a well-structured railroad merger, but nothing is planned now that talks with CSX ended.                           

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