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How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 22, 2014 10:13 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit.          

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Advanced Dock Sealing System

May 22, 2014 10:06 am | by Rite-Hite | Videos | Comments

The Eclipse is the first system to block light and seal gaps where previous enclosures have failed, guaranteeing the darkest, most environmentally-secure dock possible, says the company.                   

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China to Tread Carefully as It Pursues Influence

May 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

 China is carrying on a high-stakes balancing act aimed at building influence and access to resources abroad without damaging ties with its most important economic partner — the United States.               

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Vietnam Offers Help to Companies Hit by Riots

May 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vietnam on Thursday pledged to help companies whose factories were targeted during anti-Chinese riots last week, offering tax breaks and other incentives to try and undo some of the damage to its reputation as a low-risk country for foreign manufacturers.

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Aide: GM Probe Near End

May 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has told Washington lawmakers that GM could simultaneously release an internal investigation into a deadly ignition switch problem and its plan to compensate victims.                

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CEO: Sony Needed to Act Sooner

May 22, 2014 9:39 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the company accumulated huge losses because it didn't respond quickly enough to changing market conditions, but promised a return to profit next year.             

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Unilever Selling Ragu Brand for $2.15B

May 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever PLC says it has agreed to sell ownership of its Ragu and Bertolli brand sauces in North America to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.                             

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Chinese Manufacturing Rebounds to 5-Month High

May 22, 2014 9:23 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing contraction eased in May, suggesting the slowdown in the world's second biggest economy is stabilizing.                                    

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LED Strobe Light with Magnetic Base

May 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Waterproof and IP67 rated, this LED light is magnetically mounted for temporary use, is available in several different color options and operates on 12/24 volts DC or 120/277 volts AC.

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German CEOs Avoid Russia Business Forum

May 21, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief executives of major German companies have turned down invitations to this week's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum amid tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine.                   

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Why the Cloud?

May 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Papageorge | Articles | Comments

More strategically minded mid-sized manufacturers have long recognized that better data management can make them more competitive.                                   

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A Look at the Toyota, Tesla Breakup

May 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz discusses why the automaker's love for hydrogen outweighed its partnership with battery-focused Tesla.                                 

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Train Engineering Flub Costs $68M to Fix

May 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

They measured the new trains, they checked against the latest specs on the book. But engineers at the French railway network forgot to measure the actual distance between tracks and platforms.                 

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Heinz Says Ontario Plant Deal Complete

May 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs.                            

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Plant Faces Fines in Slurry Spill

May 21, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fines are for three citations issued after 108,000 gallons of slurry spilled Feb. 11 from Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle preparation plant.                                

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Egg Company, 2 Execs Charged in Salmonella Outbreak

May 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against an Iowa egg company and two executives blamed in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people.                            

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The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Not only is automation helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also help prevent costly mistakes, leading to product waste and recalls.                            

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Making It Real

May 21, 2014 11:57 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

According to a February, 2014 article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent.             

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Probe: Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say.              

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Google Eyes up to $30B in Foreign Buyouts

May 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is amassing cash overseas to help finance a foreign shopping spree that could cost the Internet company up to $30 billion.                                   

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