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FDA Says It Will Delay Proposed Food Safety Rules

December 20, 2013 9:39 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will delay sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year and revise them to better accommodate farmers and businesses who would be affected.                    

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BlackBerry Loses $4.4 Billion In Latest Quarter

December 20, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is reporting a massive $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter and 56 percent drop in revenue.  The results are the Blackberry's first under new chairman and interim chief executive John Chen.             

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Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home.  The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.

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RFID Enables Omniscient View Of Whirlpool's Parts

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. The technology, which aims to wirelessly transfer data via minuscule tags embedded in or on various products, didn’t quite stack up against the industrial environment.

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Surface Conditioning Material For Belt Applications

December 20, 2013 9:21 am | by Saint-Gobain | Product Releases | Comments

The new cloth backed version of Norton AO Rapid Prep combines a premium aluminum oxide abrasive grain that is sharp yet extremely durable, on a non-woven nylon, bonded to a high-tensile, low-stretch polyester backing to provide a smear-free finish.

Stripping Machine For Semi-Rigid Coaxial Cables

December 20, 2013 8:15 am | by Schleuniger Group | Product Releases | Comments

The SemiRigid 1050 is a highly specialized machine for stripping aluminum or copper jacketed semi-rigid coaxial cable.  It can process cables with outer diameters ranging from 0.86 mm (.034”) to 4.5 mm (.177”). 

Oil Tolerant Loctite Threadlocker

December 20, 2013 8:11 am | by Henkel Corporation IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation has upgraded two Loctite® anaerobic threadlocker sticks to deliver advanced performance on oil-contaminated surfaces without requiring primers or accelerators.

Extended ZS Screw Blower Range

December 20, 2013 8:07 am | by Atlas Copco | Product Releases | Comments

The new introduction in the ZS screw blower range is available with integrated variable speed drive (VSD) and features ISO 8573-1 Class 0 certification for 100% oil-free air.

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2014 National Safety Congress & Expo

December 19, 2013 2:29 pm | by The National Safety Council | Events

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health, and environmental professionals, designed to build awareness of the tools available to you and your organization as you continue down the path to safety excellence.

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Design, Manufacturing, and Automation

December 19, 2013 2:21 pm | by Design & Manufacturing Midwest | Events

Gather the focused and in-depth information you and your business need on the latest technologies and trends in packaging as well as the implementable solutions to your top design, manufacturing & automation challenges.

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Lockheed Martin Ends Boy Scouts Gifts Over Discrimination

December 19, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the company decided it will not support nonprofit organizations that do not align with its corporate policies or commitment to diversity. The company did not disclose how much it has contributed to the Boy Scouts.

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Samsung, LG To Unveil 105-Inch Curved TVs

December 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The upcoming premium TVs set will be made of LCD panels packing more than 11 million pixels, 5,120 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high. But not much video content is available for the ultra-HD TV sets. TV makers hope the launch of the new hardware technology will fuel growth of content.

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Boeing Exec Shuffle Puts 2 In Race To Be Next CEO

December 19, 2013 1:36 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Defense chief Dennis A. Muilenburg was promoted to president and chief operating officer, and named as vice chairman of the company.  Raymond L. Conner was also named vice chairman, and will continue to run Boeing's commercial airplanes division.

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Fire Crews Make Progress In Industrial Blaze

December 19, 2013 1:29 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The fire at Industrial Plastics Recycle, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville, has been burning since Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters had to stop trying to put out the blaze after they learned that two 1,000 gallon propane tanks were on the property.

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Brazil Chooses Swedish Fighter Jet In $4.5B Deal

December 19, 2013 1:22 pm | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazil's government said Wednesday that Sweden's Saab won a long-delayed fighter jet contract initially worth $4.5 billion that will supply at least 36 planes to Latin America's biggest nation.                 

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Manufacturing Newswire: Price Fixing, Tech Trends & NASA’s Superhero Robot

December 19, 2013 1:08 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, we’ll discuss scandals facing some big businesses, as well as major updates from GM and Ford. We’ll also talk to LNS Research about 2014 tech trends in manufacturing, and take a look at NASA’s superhero robot.

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Hannover Messe 2014

December 19, 2013 12:57 pm | by Hannover Messe | Events

In 2014 all the trade fair under the HANNOVER MESSE umbrella will focus on key current issues – for example, the networking of industrial processes across existing technological and corporate boundaries. 

Daimler, Aston Martin Ink Engine Development Deal

December 19, 2013 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler AG and British sports car maker Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd have signed a deal that will see the two companies develop engines together and the German company get a stake in Aston Martin.                 

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Boeing Machinists Debate Each Other At Union Hall

December 19, 2013 11:11 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chanting "give us a vote" and holding signs, about three dozen people marched from Boeing Co.'s campus to the local union hall in Everett. The rally came six days after local union leaders said the company's offer was too similar to one that workers rejected last month.

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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 5 & 6

December 19, 2013 10:18 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on implications on B2B commerce networks and smart services.  

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