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NASA Preparing To Launch 3D Printer Into Space

September 30, 2013 2:26 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

NASA is preparing to launch a 3D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by extruding layer upon layer of plastic from long strands coiled around large spools. 

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A New Cry In France: 'Let Us Work Sundays!'

September 30, 2013 2:24 pm | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under French law, Sunday is a mandatory day off to help ensure rest and the quality of life, although some retailers in tourist areas or special commercial zones can get exemptions. Critics say the protections go too far, crimping modern lifestyles and putting France at a competitive disadvantage.

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Prosecutor: Greed Led To Deadly NH Plant Explosion

September 30, 2013 2:22 pm | by Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder plant where two workers were killed in a May 2010 explosion was motivated by profit and greed and did not take adequate precautions to ensure employee safety, a prosecutor said in his opening argument as the trial began Monday for the Vermont man authorities blame for the fatal blast.

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Judge Hears Claims BP Lied To U.S. About Oil Spill

September 30, 2013 2:20 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A trial over BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resumed Monday with a judge hearing claims that the company lied to federal officials and withheld information about the amount of crude spewing from its blown-out well. The focus of this second phase of the trial is on the company's response to the disaster, and billions of dollars are at stake because the two sides disagree over how much oil spewed into the Gulf in 2010.

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Global Study: World Not Ready For Aging Population

September 30, 2013 2:17 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study going out Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group. The report ranks the social and economic well-being of elders in 91 countries, with Sweden coming out on top and Afghanistan at the bottom.

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Mazda To Recall About 200,000 Mazda6 Cars

September 30, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda Motor Corp. has issued a recall on 198,671 units of the Mazda6 car produced between February 2008 and this August in the United States for potentially defective latches that could allow a door to open while the car is in motion, a Mazda official said.

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Shutdown And Debt Ceiling Loom Large

September 30, 2013 1:49 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The sequester and forced budget cuts have been squeezing budgets and sending home federal workers all year. Now, October is a key month as the federal government has been unable to pass a budget or raise the debt ceiling. The consequences of failing to do either could be damaging to the economy. 

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Workmanship Blamed For 2011 Tear In 737's Roof

September 30, 2013 10:32 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A National Transportation Safety Board report blames shoddy workmanship for an in-flight tear in the roof of a Southwest Airlines plane in 2011. The Boeing 737-300 was en route from Phoenix to Sacramento, Calif., on April 1, 2011, when a 5-foot-long gash opened in the fuselage.

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Union Approves Contract Extension At Oshkosh Corp.

September 30, 2013 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Union workers at Oshkosh Corp. have given the company what it says it needs to make a competitive bid on a military contract worth billions of dollars. United Auto Workers Local 578 voted Sunday to extend the contract five years after it expires in 2016. The extension protects more than 2,500 jobs at the Fox Valley's largest manufacturer.

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Trial Set For VT Owner Of NH Gunpowder Plant

September 30, 2013 10:27 am | by Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a New Hampshire gun powder plant where two workers died in a 2010 explosion will argue in court that he cannot be guilty of manslaughter and negligent homicide because he was at a gun show in North Carolina when the fatal explosion occurred. The trial of 64-year-old Craig Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vt., starts Monday in Coos Superior Court in Lancaster.

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Photo Of The Day: Car Buffs And Vintage Chevys

September 30, 2013 10:25 am | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

A handful of barely driven vintage Chevrolets fetched more than half a million dollars on Saturday at an auction that drew thousands of car buffs from around the world to a small northeast Nebraska town. Bidders and gawkers crowded shoulder-to-shoulder for the auction in a muddy field just west of Pierce, a town of about 1,800. 

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Texas Lockheed Plant Awarded $3.4B Contract

September 30, 2013 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Defense has awarded a $3.4 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in North Texas to build fighter planes for the U.S. military and also foreign services. Under the terms of the contract, the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth will expand its manufacturing of various models of the F-35 fighter plane.

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China Manufacturing Growth Slower Than Expected

September 30, 2013 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing activity ticked up more slowly than expected in September. A survey by HSBC Corp. released Monday showed that manufacturing activity in the world's No. 2 economy expanded slightly this month, rising to 50.2 from August's 50.1. The index uses a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate contraction.

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5 Quick Questions: BRIC Deceleration

September 30, 2013 8:02 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

A closer look at the factors contributing to slowing growth rates in Brazil, Russia, India and China offers insight on the next collection of emerging markets, as well as the established economies picking up the pace. For quite some time the subset of countries known as the BRICs have been the primary targets of U.S. manufacturers looking for either less expensive production settings or a new market in which to grow.

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Stand Out With Excellent On-Site Safety

September 30, 2013 8:01 am | by Konecranes | Articles | Comments

Though the foregoing examples focus primarily on how a strong safety culture can impress and reassure customers, the chief impetus behind building a strong safety culture is to protect a company’s most valuable asset: its employees.      

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Carts & Trailers Online

September 27, 2013 4:14 pm | by Hamilton Caster | Product Releases | Comments

Users will find a custom gallery with fresh photography, plus a blog with interesting stories and case studies of some of the biggest and most unique creations for mega manufacturers.

TuffTraxx™ Cable Management

September 27, 2013 4:12 pm | by Ericson Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This highly customizable approach to cable management features multiple load ratings, channel configurations, and routing alternatives, all while delivering unmatched safety, security, and protection against costly cable and hose damage, says the company.

Reach Stackers

September 27, 2013 4:08 pm | by Konecranes | Product Releases | Comments

The industrial line of reach stackers is extremely versatile, with a variety of options, including using the stacker with C-hooks for carrying coils or fitting them with magnets for handling plate steel and slab grabs for the steel industry.

Safety Gate Master Guide

September 27, 2013 4:06 pm | by FabEnCo, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Master Catalog and Reference Guide gives customers and prospects a comprehensive look at the full line of industrial safety gates and accessories.

Dragon Dome LED

September 27, 2013 4:01 pm | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The focused beam of this high-power Infrared LED (IRED) achieves a range of more than 100 meters (109.36 yards).

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