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Four Strategies For Tracking Manufacturing Costs

November 15, 2013 9:26 am | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Articles | Comments

Whether you are just getting going on your business career or you have been working in the field for years, one thing that always comes back to bite you is costs. How can we alleviate these costs? What are some strategies for tracking manufacturing costs and managing them so that they don't get too far out of hand?

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It’s Wise To Be Proactive: Learn About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 15, 2013 9:19 am | by Debra M. Strauss, Associate Professor of Business Law | Articles | Comments

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.   

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Light Weight Hydraulic Pole Saws

November 15, 2013 9:00 am | by BURNDY | Product Releases | Comments

BURNDY has released a new Hydraulic Pole Saw Light Weight (HPS-LW) series.  This new series is lighter, more ergonomic and robust than previous versions.

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Easier Pallet Automation

November 15, 2013 7:27 am | by Fastems IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Fastems FPC is a cost-effective solution to automate horizontal machining centers.  The product family covers pallet sizes from 400 mm to 1250 mm and workloads from 750 kg to 7500 kg.

Portable 600 Watt High Output LED Light Cart

November 15, 2013 7:18 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-WBC-2X300LED portable LED work area light cart from Larson Electronics is a versatile and powerful lighting system that provides high power illumination in an easy to deploy design. 

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Synthetic Shellac Primer

November 15, 2013 7:11 am | by Rust-Oleum | Product Releases | Comments

Rust-Oleum has introduced a primer and sealer made with synthetic shellac that mirrors the same properties as traditional shellac. Utilizing a first-of-its-kind synthetic shellac, BIN Advanced boasts ultimate stain blocking and superior odor sealing, with excellent adhesion and high hiding features.

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Gov't Fast Tracks New Safety Systems For Cars

November 14, 2013 3:30 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't buckled properly.                       

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The Vital Signs Of American Manufacturing

November 14, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

American manufacturing is in the news these days. A sudden wave of optimism about growth possibilities seems to pervade the media.  But a real assessment of American manufacturing also requires a longer term examination of manufacturing vital signs.

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Google Seeks Patent On New Hands-free Technology

November 14, 2013 1:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

With Google Tattoo, users apply a sticky substance on their neck and their voice is transmitted through their throat, allowing them to talk hands-free. Google has applied to patent the technology.               

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Pipeline Explosion In North Texas

November 14, 2013 1:36 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

A pipeline operated by Chevron Corp exploded in rural Milford, Texas, on Thursday and while no injuries were reported residents of the town of 700 were asked to evacuate, said company and emergency officials.            

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Next Generation Of Biofuels Still Years Away

November 14, 2013 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure so far of cellulosic fuel is central to the debate over corn-based ethanol, a centerpiece of America's green-energy strategy. Ethanol from corn has proven far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted, and cellulosic fuel hasn't emerged as a replacement.

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BlackBerry Says $1B Investment Is Complete

November 14, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry said Wednesday that a $1 billion investment by its biggest shareholder and other investors is complete.  Earlier this month the struggling smartphone company announced that it abandoned its bid to sell itself.       

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China Announces VW Recall Of 640,000 Vehicles

November 14, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's government on Thursday announced the second recall of Volkswagen vehicles this year, a setback for the German automaker following a March report by state TV that criticized its quality standards.             

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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens 8 Pct In September

November 14, 2013 12:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Exports, which hit a record high in June, slipped for the third straight month, dipping 0.2 percent to $188.9 billion, with sales of commercial aircraft and autos both down. Imports rose 1.2 percent to $230.7 billion, the highest level since November.

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Lockheed Martin Cutting 4,000 Jobs, Closing Plants

November 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.                     

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3 Hurt In Tesla Factory Hot Metal Spill

November 14, 2013 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three Tesla Motors employees were injured Wednesday after an aluminum casting press failed at its San Francisco Bay Area factory, officials said.                              

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Undetectable, 3D-Printed Guns A Law Enforcement Challenge

November 14, 2013 11:42 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic.                      

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Boeing Workers Reject Plan Linked To 777X In Wash.

November 14, 2013 11:41 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite warnings that production of Boeing's next generation 777 plane could go to another state, machinists in the Northwest voted late Wednesday to reject a contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs.   

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Bentley Flying Spur: 200mph Luxury

November 14, 2013 9:36 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Bentley Flying Spur is sedan that can go 200 mph and offers luxury amenities like a back seat refrigerator and massaging seats.                                  

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Why Women Belong In Manufacturing

November 14, 2013 9:11 am | by CBIA Education Foundation | Videos | Comments

Women can make a critical difference in an industry in dire need of qualified skilled workers -- and they have the same opportunities as men to succeed and excel in the new world of manufacturing.                  

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