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3 Essential Questions From A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Matthew Littlefield | Articles | Comments

LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. In this post, we'll reexamine these questions and provide answers to a few that went unaddressed.

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After Reshoring — Opportunities for Cloud ERP

December 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

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Natural Gas Down 29 Percent in One Month

December 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of natural gas has dropped 29 percent in a month, to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet on Tuesday from nearly $4.50 in late November. That's a steep drop even for a fuel notorious for volatile price swings.           

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Honda Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Air Bags

December 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is recalling 1,252 Crosstour vehicles due to a faulty side air bag made by troubled air bag supplier Takata.                                       

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Fall to 7-week low

December 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving.                       

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Japan's Top 3 Carmakers Cut Domestic Production in Nov

December 26, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's top three carmakers reported weaker domestic production for November, as the lingering impact of the consumption tax hike in April dented sales and their strategy to build more vehicles overseas led to reduced exports in the month.   

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MAPI Analysis on Durable Goods Drop

December 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Daniel J. Meckstroth, Vice President, Chief Economist, MAPI | News | Comments

The Census Bureau reports that new orders for durable goods in November fell 0.7%, following 0.3% growth in October and 0.7% decline in September.                             

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Air Bag Maker Takata Shuffles Top Management

December 26, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of air bags at the center of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take pay cuts in response to the crisis.         

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International Volvo Car Manufacturing

December 23, 2014 12:52 pm | by AutoMotoTV | Videos | Comments

Watch Volvos being produced in Sweden, Belgium and China plants.                                                     

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Five Pawns Sets New Standard For Vapor Liquid Manufacturing

December 23, 2014 12:33 pm | by FivePawns | Videos | Comments

After years in the making, Five Pawns pulls back the curtain and reveals their state of the art production facility.                                       

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U.S. Consumer Sentiment At Highest Point In 8 Years

December 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumers are more optimistic about the economy than at any other time in the past eight years, buoyed by more jobs and falling gas prices, a survey finds.                         

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Keurig Issues Recall Due To Reported Injuries

December 23, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig is recalling some 7 million of single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns.                                           

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U.S. Orders For Durable Goods Fall In November

December 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory orders for long-lasting manufactured goods slumped in November, largely due to falling demand in the military and defense sectors.                               

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CCL Label DES Expanding Laurens County Manufacturing Facility

December 23, 2014 12:18 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

A world leader in the development of label and specialty packaging solutions for global producers of consumer brands is expanding its manufacturing operations in Laurens County, S.C.                   

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Saudi Arabia Will Not Cut Oil Production

December 23, 2014 11:40 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister, Ali al-Naimi, tells John Defterios in an exclusive interview that his country is not conspiring to target U.S. and Russian oil producers by not cutting production.                 

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Under Armour CEO Steers Company To New Heights

December 23, 2014 11:33 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

CEO Kevin Plank talks about Under Armour and its great year.                                                       

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Coming Soon: Cuba Libre, With Real Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 11:29 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation.                   

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Goldman Sachs Sells Metals Business To Swiss Firm

December 23, 2014 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goldman Sachs says it has sold Metro International Trade Services, a metals storage business that drew lawsuits and congressional scrutiny.                               

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Safety Officials Close Mercedes Fuel Leak Probe

December 23, 2014 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety officials have ended their nearly three-year investigation into more than 280,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars, after they found that a fuel leak that causes a gasoline odor in the vehicles poses no risk to drivers.       

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U.S. Economy Grew At Fast Rate In Q3

December 23, 2014 11:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate in the July-September period, the fastest in more than a decade, on the strength of consumer spending and business investment.                   

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