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Boeing, Machinists Disagree On How Talks Collapsed

December 13, 2013 1:30 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing and Puget Sound-area machinists can't even agree on how their latest contract talks came to an end. Local machinists spokesman Bryan Corliss said Friday that the company withdrew its latest contract offer after union leaders told Boeing Co. they could not recommend the proposal to members.

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Toyota To Enter Settlement Negotiations

December 13, 2013 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota will seek to settle hundreds of lawsuits involving alleged unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, according to a U.S. District Court filing in California.  A motion filed Thursday by Toyota and plaintiffs asks for an order to establish an "intensive settlement process" in personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases.

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The Pros And Cons Of 3D Printing

December 13, 2013 1:14 pm | by 60 Minutes Australia | Videos | Comments

As a follow-up to the previous video about a manufacturing facility consisting entirely of 3D printers, reporter Ray Martin discusses the pros and cons of 3D Printing.  As part of his commentary, Martin talks to Cody Wilson, the creator of the 3D printed gun.

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Changes In 2014 Electrical Code

December 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mersen | News | Comments

The NEC codifies the requirements for safe electrical installations into a single, standardized source. It is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®), and while not itself a U.S. law, NEC use is commonly mandated by state or local law. 

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Boeing To Shift Research Jobs To South, Midwest

December 13, 2013 10:21 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chicago-based aerospace company said the reorganization will result in fewer research jobs in Washington state and California and is being undertaken to better meet the needs of its commercial airplane, military and space and security units.

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Abbott Urges Toyota To Keep Making Cars In Australia

December 13, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday urged Toyota Motor Corp. to continue manufacturing cars in the country, a day after General Motors Co. announced it would follow Ford Motor Co. in ceasing production here due to high costs, market fragmentation and fierce competition.

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Colo. Meat Company Expands Recall

December 13, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported unsanitary conditions including rodent activity. FSIS has suspended the assignment of inspectors at the establishment, and the investigation is ongoing. It was discovered during the ongoing investigation that additional products should be removed from commerce.

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American Airlines Orders 90 Regional Jets

December 13, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Airlines, fresh out of bankruptcy and newly merged with US Airways, said Thursday that it will buy 90 new regional jets from Brazil's Embraer S.A. and Canada's Bombardier Inc. and use them to replace smaller, less fuel-efficient planes.

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GM Gets About $343M For PSA Stake

December 13, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. got about $343 million for its 7 percent stake in French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.  The Detroit company on Friday said that it completed the private placement sale of 24.8 million PSA shares for 250 million euros.

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Ford Plans 23 New Cars, 11,000 New Jobs In 2014

December 13, 2013 9:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles.  Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said the company plans to hire 5,000 workers in the U.S. — including 3,300 white-collar staff like engineers — and 6,000 workers in Asia

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Q&A: Protection Against Automotive Counterfeits

December 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This month, we had the chance to speak with Mark Prokosch, Vice President at Verify Brand.  Verify, a Minneapolis-based software as a service (Saas) brand protection company, recently announced enhancements to its cloud-based platform to combat counterfeiting in automotive supply chains. 

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Cold Welding Ductile Metal Tubulation

December 13, 2013 9:24 am | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The requirement to pinch-off and hermetically seal ductile metal tabulation (tubing) is a critical and necessary process when separating a device from a vacuum pumping station. Tools that can reliably perform the pinch-off (cold weld) function will produce a reliable seal that can withstand bake-out temperatures up to 600o C and eliminates the necessity of using expensive valves to perform the same process. 

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Quantum Opens West Coast Distribution Center

December 13, 2013 9:08 am | by Quantum Storage Systems | News | Comments

Quantum Storage Systems is pleased to announce the opening of its new west coast distribution center located in Fresno, California.                                  

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Shuttle XP 1000: Easy Handling Of Heavy Loads

December 13, 2013 8:27 am | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

A new vertical lift module from Kardex Remstar can accommodate goods weighing up to 2,205lbs (1,000 kg) per tray. The Shuttle XP 1000 is the newest addition to the successful Shuttle XP vertical lift module series that includes the 250, 500 and 700 models.

'Short Slugger' Magnetic Drill

December 13, 2013 8:24 am | by FEIN Power Tools, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

The drill is lightweight, carries a low profile plus low cost and is ideal for portable holemaking in fabricating, construction, and specialty metalworking applications. 

Slim Panel Mount Air Conditioners

December 13, 2013 8:12 am | by Kooltronic | Product Releases | Comments

All SlimKool models are just 12 inches wide, a design feature that provides more flexibility for the increasingly narrow electrical enclosures common in industry today.

Screw-On IBC Tote Tank Mixer

December 13, 2013 8:04 am | by Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Gardco has released a new series of tote mixers, the TT SERIES (1.8 & 3 HP Air Driven).  This series is specifically designed for plastic totes with 6-inch Screw-On-Lids. 

Brazil Gov't May Backtrack On Auto Safety Laws

December 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind those produced for consumers in the U.S. and Europe despite Brazil now being the globe's No. 4 auto market.       

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Sriracha Maker Says Calif. Put Hold On Its Sauces

December 12, 2013 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

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Inside Hammond's Candy-Cane Factory

December 12, 2013 1:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Watch how Hammond's Candies has been handmaking candy canes for the last 93 years.                                                

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