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Large Vertical Motor Load Testing Minimizes Downtime And Expense For The Oil Field

April 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Load Testing is critical to ensure reliability of motors in the field and in mission-critical situations.                                         

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Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 2, 2014 8:33 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Adhesives and sealants are an essential asset of every maintenance and operation plan, and with technology and products always changing, it’s important to stay on top of these trends.                   

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Explosion Proof Vacuum Assortment

April 1, 2014 3:56 pm | by Goodway Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

These new vacuums deliver powerful vacuum performance and advanced features, all while providing the safety of UL certification and the best in antistatic vacuum performance.

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Motor Diagnostics And Predictive Maintenance Training Courses

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by ALL-TEST Pro, LLC | News | Comments

ALL-TEST Pro, LLC announces their accredited 2-part Electrical Machinery Diagnostics Workshop (EMDW) to be held May 5-9th in Indianapolis, IN.                                

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U.S. Auto Sales Go Out Like A Lion

April 1, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                                   

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CMU Awarded $1.54B In Marvell Patent Dispute

April 1, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. court has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                                     

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UPDATE: BPI Responds To Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 2:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

After the blog we ran last week on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article.                 

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Dyson Recalling Portable Heaters

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dyson is recalling about 393,000 portable electric heaters because they can develop an electric short and overheat, posing a fire hazard.                                 

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The Make-Or-Break Moment For GM And Mary Barra

April 1, 2014 2:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's a crucial test for General Motors CEO Mary Barra, as she heads to Washington to answer questions about the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.                               

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Toyota Is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer In March

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Toyota Motor Sales | News | Comments

The first quarter of 2014 treated Toyota well. The company reported a 8.9 percent increase over March 2013 sales, with Lexus showing a 28 percent increase over 2013 sales.                        

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MAPI: March Manufacturing Numbers Should Allay Fears

April 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The index of 53.7 in March is slightly better than 53.2 in February, and both are above the 50 percent level that separates growth from decline.                               

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Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.                     

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Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.            

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The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

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The 3 Elements Needed For A Successful 5S Program

April 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Heidi Means, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

5S can serve as the backbone of everything that companies do in their manufacturing facilities. It is how companies can continuously improve, produce quality products, deliver products to customers on-time and do it all in a safe manner.     

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Senator: CAT Avoided Billions In Taxes

April 1, 2014 9:39 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.                 

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Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

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Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 9:33 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.              

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GM Recall Total Continues To Rise

April 1, 2014 9:30 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recall brings the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February to 6.3 million.                                             

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Black Hawk Copter Maker Pays $3.5M For Inflating Parts Prices

March 31, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it inflated the cost of spare parts.                            

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