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GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV for Opel

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

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Takata Quality Chief: Air Bag Recall Not Necessary

November 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary.                        

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EDG-trac Knife Advance System

November 20, 2014 10:35 am | by TriStar, LTD | Product Releases | Comments

TriStar, LTD., announces the introduction of its new EDG-trac Knife Advance System for Pre-Coat Rotary Vacuum Drum Filters (RVDF). 

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Self-Driving Cars: Safer, but What of Their Morals?

November 20, 2014 10:19 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic. While cars that do most or even all of the driving may be much safer, accidents happen.

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Minivans Do Poorly in New Crash Tests

November 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all garnered the lowest rating on the small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle's front corner collides with another object at 40 miles per hour.

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Ineos To Invest $1B in UK Shale Gas Exploration

November 20, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chemicals firm Ineos has announced plans to invest 640 million pounds ($1 billion) in shale gas exploration in Britain.                                     

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U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged in October

November 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.                                   

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 291K

November 20, 2014 9:54 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.                                 

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Nominee for Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist with a Ph.D from Yale, to be the U.S. government's top auto safety regulator, pending Senate confirmation.      

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Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 9:35 am | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow – or both – an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.

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Where are Tesla’s 12,000 'Missing' Cars?

November 19, 2014 2:42 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Kyle Stock and Cory Johnson examine the “mystery” of Tesla’s missing vehicles.                                                  

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Brady Announces Free 20-Minute Printer Demo

November 19, 2014 2:37 pm | by Brady | News | Comments

Brady, a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, announced the BBP31 printer demo, the first in a series of free, 20-minute demos showcasing its line of reliable and user-friendly printers.       

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GE Opens New Advanced Manufacturing Lab in Connecticut

November 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Connecticut. The AML is using sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems to design and build production lines. 

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Manufacturing-Related Student Enrollments Rise by 36 Percent

November 19, 2014 2:17 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region’s career & technical schools.                    

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Trade Deficit In Manufactures

November 19, 2014 2:09 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The alarming, divergent paths of U.S. and Chinese trade continued in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.     

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U.S. and China Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market

November 19, 2014 2:03 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.           

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Entrepreneurship Lessons for Peace and Profit

November 19, 2014 1:57 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

28 business owners were recently brought to the U.S. under a program sponsored by the Business Council for Peace, or Bpeace, an organization that helps provide mentoring for entrepreneurs from countries torn by war or violent crime. 

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Motor Week: Is an AC or DC Drive Right for You?

November 19, 2014 11:41 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The debate between direct current and alternating current isn’t confined to the pages of history, and between the renowned thinkers, Einstein and Tesla. The debate is still prevalent on the plant floor when the choice whether to utilize an alternating-current (AC) drive or a direct-current (DC) drive arises.

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When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 19, 2014 11:32 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the way we eat. 

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VetiGel: The Band-Aid of the Future Stops Bleeding Instantly

November 19, 2014 11:23 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

A small lab in Brooklyn is working on a gel that can stop bleeding in 20 seconds. Platelets stick together when VetiGel, made from plant-based polymers, comes into contact with blood.                   

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