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Texas Gov. Perry Sees Pros Of Tesla Direct Sales

March 25, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Perry cites the natural change in society and economic structures as the underpinning of why it’s the right choice now — things just aren’t sold the same way today as they were even 10 years ago, he argues.             

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77 Safety Glasses

March 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.             

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RV Maker Adding Workers In Indiana

March 25, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recreational vehicle maker is adding workers for a third production line at a northern Indiana factory.                                         

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Wanxiang Affiliate Buys Fisker Plant

March 25, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Castle County officials say an affiliate of Wanxiang America has acquired the Fisker Automotive plant near Newport.                                         

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Obama Keeping BlackBerry For Now

March 25, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House is shooting down the notion that Obama's device is caught up in a pilot program designed to transition away from BlackBerry smartphones.                            

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Judge Finds Labor Company Liable For Worker Abuse

March 25, 2014 9:57 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has found a California-based labor contractor liable for discrimination and abuse of hundreds of Thai workers at Hawaii farms.                                

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Toyota Case Highlights Difficulty In Prosecuting Execs

March 25, 2014 9:53 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp. were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that "someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told."          

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Dry-Tech Box Helps Find The Right Bearing

March 25, 2014 9:46 am | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

Plastics specialist igus has announced the release of its dry-tech box, a sample kit designed to help engineers find the right material bearing for their application.    

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Building Up, Not Out

March 24, 2014 5:26 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes, and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results. 

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A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

March 24, 2014 5:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.      

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NSA Hacks Huawei: Is This The New World Of Business?

March 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Over this past weekend it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei.                                   

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Climate Report: Warming Is Big Risk For People

March 24, 2014 2:31 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The key message from leaked drafts and interviews with the authors and other scientists: The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought.              

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The Last Big U.S. Bike Maker

March 24, 2014 2:28 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Worksman Cycles has been making industrial tricycles and consumer bicycles for more than 100 years in New York City.                                       

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Malaysia Says Missing Flight Crashed In Indian Ocean

March 24, 2014 2:22 pm | by Eileen Ng and Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, the nation's prime minister said Monday night, citing a new analysis of satellite data.                      

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Washington's Exports Soar Thanks To Boeing

March 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Richard Read, The Oregonian | News | Comments

The focus on Boeing, the nation's biggest exporter, brings up a more fundamental difference between the economies of Washington and Oregon that has national implications.                        

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Saving A Life With 3D Printing

March 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Dr. Glenn Green and Scott Hollister came up with the solution to save a young boy's life: use 3D printing to build small splints that would help keep his trachea open until it was strong enough to do so itself.            

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Survey: China Manufacturing Falls To 8-Month Low

March 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing fell to an eight-month low in March in another sign of slowing growth in the world's No. 2 economy.                                     

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Cisco Investing Over $1B In Cloud Computing

March 24, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco plans to use the money to expand its data centers for the new service to be called Cisco Cloud Services.                                        

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Detection Perfection

March 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial Scientific's products are often the first and last line of defense for a tradesman working in a potentially hazardous environment.                               

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Scientists Reinvent The Toilet At Tech Fair

March 24, 2014 10:09 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone, or create charcoal to combat climate change?                                     

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