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Durable, Comfortable Work Boots

July 30, 2014 11:27 am | by KEEN Utility | Product Releases | Comments

With a long list of technology and features, this boot fends off fatigue and preserves your energy so you've got something left in the tank even after your shift is through. 

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Safety and Performance on Slippery Indoor Surfaces

July 30, 2014 11:12 am | by 32north | Product Releases | Comments

The product employs a proprietary tread and sole compound that, when combined, provides one of the best non-slip applications on the market, says the company.

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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

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Industrial Slip Rings

July 30, 2014 9:51 am | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Slip rings are offered in a wide range of both standard and customized sizes and designs and can be manufactured in either molded or fabricated versions.  

U.S. Economy Grew at Strong 4 Pct Rate in Spring

July 30, 2014 9:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.       

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Hyundai Recalls 883K Sonatas To Fix Gear Shifters

July 30, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Korean automaker says the automatic transmission shift cable can separate from the shift lever. If that happens the lever may not show the correct gear, increasing the risk of a crash.                 

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Small Cars Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 9:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.                                     

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Drugmaker Amgen Laying Off At Least 2,400

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported stellar second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations.             

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McDonald's Could Be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants.                                              

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Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                                 

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Full Appeals Court Upholds Labels on Meat Packages

July 29, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.                    

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry specifically, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling.                 

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Providing 3D Printing to the Masses

July 29, 2014 2:02 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways, a 3D printing company that lets consumers dream up products and sell them on-demand, says that a manufacturing revolution is coming.                          

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FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.                

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$1,000 Pill Now Treatment of Choice

July 29, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.                    

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Ocean Spray Worker Dies in Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

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Integrated Production Control System Upgrades

July 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of CENTUM VP R5.04, an enhanced version of the company’s flagship integrated production control system. This new CENTUM release features enhanced alarm and batch functions. 

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Smith & Wesson Paying $2M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 29, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.                    

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U.S. Companies Increasingly Look for Growth Overseas

July 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The intensifying international focus extends beyond technology. Century-old companies such as Coca-Cola Co. and Ford Motor Co. also are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India.              

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Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The moves come as organizations ranging from libraries to retailers adopt quickly evolving 3D printing technology. Recently eBay launched its own 3D printing store via an iPhone app called eBay Exact.              

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