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Brakemotors for Quicker Response

November 21, 2014 11:15 am | by LEESON Electric | Product Releases | Comments

LEESON Electric announces an expansion of their brakemotor line to include high cycle brakemotors.

Company Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

November 21, 2014 11:06 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Graco, a children’s products manufacturer based out of Atlanta,Georgia, is issuing a stroller recall after six reports of fingertip amputations.                               

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Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 10:39 am | by Paul Anderson | Articles | Comments

Without the correct maintenance, bacteria, dirt and other pesky contaminants can find their way inside buildings and onto factory and warehouse floors, causing excessive wear and tear as well as increasing the risk of costly slips and trips in the workplace.

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Country of Origin Label for Meat Cuts Endangered

November 21, 2014 10:32 am | by Mary Claire Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico.                      

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Most U.S. Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government.                     

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Government Tells Chrysler to Speed Up Jeep Recall

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision.                            

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Senators Get No Clear Answers on Air Bag Safety

November 21, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.         

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Tribal Head To Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks

November 21, 2014 9:57 am | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent.     

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Toyota Recalls Nearly 432K Lexuses for Fuel Leaks

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.                                        

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EPA Plans New Toxin Guidelines for Drinking Water

November 20, 2014 2:49 pm | by John Seewer | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio's fourth-largest city, a federal official said. 

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Robots Take Over Security in Silicon Valley

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The new K5 robot features laser scanning and a 360-degree live video camera, but it won't be chasing down the bad guys. It's designed to move around people as it sends images back to a command center.               

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China Manufacturing Activity at 6-Month Low

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in China fell to a six-month low in November, reflecting sluggishness in the world No. 2 economy and weakness abroad, according to an early survey of factory conditions released.              

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Ford Builds Robot for Rough Roads

November 20, 2014 2:33 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford developed robots to drive their trucks on the worst roads imaginable. Some courses are so bad they'd injure human passengers. Peter Valdes-Dapena rides shotgun.                         

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NAM: Manufacturers Call on Congress to End Tax Hike

November 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Manufacturers hosted a press conference call Nov 19 to discuss the urgent need for lawmakers to pass a long-delayed bipartisan jobs bill — the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB).                      

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Philly Area Factories Growing by Most in 21 Years

November 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Chrsitopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide.                               

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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). 

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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