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The Criticality Of Effective Supply Chain Management In Times Of Disaster

November 25, 2013 9:29 am | by Jesus Carlos P. Villaseñor, CEO of TransProcure and ADR Intl | Articles | Comments

The awful disasters that have struck the Philippines in the last few months, the devastating tsunami in Japan, and general violent weather effects have caused Supply Management to plan for continuity of supply down to the third tier of suppliers. 

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Automation: Not Just For The Shop Floor

November 25, 2013 9:05 am | by Tim Haney, Director, Manufacturing Vertical, Information Services Group (ISG) | Articles | Comments

Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes – tasks that have traditionally required human intervention by onsite technicians – are becoming increasingly automated.  This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them. 

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Portable Combustion Gas & Emissions Analyzer

November 25, 2013 7:53 am | by E Instruments International | Product Releases | Comments

The E8500 combustion analyzer from E Instruments International is a complete portable tool for EPA compliance level emissions monitoring and testing.

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Russellstoll Interconnection Systems

November 25, 2013 7:33 am | by Thomas & Betts Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Russellstoll® Interconnection Systems by Thomas & Betts (T&B) has combined its product line with the ABB Industrial Plugs and Sockets product line to enhance T&B’s industrial connector selection.

Industrial Identification Catalog

November 25, 2013 7:11 am | by Balluff Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff, a global sensor and identification specialist, just released its new industrial identification catalog, containing their complete line of RFID systems (Tool ID, LF, HF, and UHF) and vision sensors, along with supporting accessories and cables. 

NOVO-GLOSS Gloss Meter

November 25, 2013 7:03 am | by Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ASTM D 523 describes three measurement angles to measure gloss across all surfaces.  The NOVO-GLOSS meter is able to measure gloss using a universal angle, or can be set for high or low gloss finishes for the most accurate reading.  

General Electric To Close N.Y. Plant

November 22, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it will close a northern New York electrical capacitor plant that employs about 200 workers.The Fairfield, Conn.-based company announced Thursday that it will follow through on plans announced in September to close its Fort Edward plant and move operations to an existing manufacturing site in Clearwater, Fla.

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Ford's Hinrichs Sees Slower Growth In Auto Sales

November 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Joe Hinrichs was named Ford Motor Co.'s president of the Americas one year ago, after a three-year stint as head of Ford's Asian operations. Here's what Hinrichs told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show this week:

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U.S. Job Openings, Overall Hiring Reach 5-Year Highs

November 22, 2013 1:39 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Job postings rose 69,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million, the Labor Department said Friday. That's the most since March 2008, just a few months after the Great Recession began. It's also close to the roughly 4 million job openings each month that are consistent with healthier job markets.

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Clemson Dedicates $110 Million Energy Center

November 22, 2013 1:35 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new $110 million energy research center dedicated by Clemson University will not only help develop a new generation of wind energy but will strengthen the grid by which electric power is distributed, U.S. energy and university officials said.     

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Climate Talks Near End Without Clarity On Targets

November 22, 2013 1:24 pm | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A draft text presented Friday, the last scheduled day of the two-week conference in Warsaw, gave only vague direction on when countries should present their targets for restricting carbon emissions. That's a key element of the deal that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in 2015.

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Oil Pipeline Blasts In Eastern China Kill 35

November 22, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leaked oil triggered two huge blasts, one of them tearing up concrete along a city road in Qingdao. Photos posted online showed ripped slabs of pavement, bodies, overturned vehicles and shattered windows in nearby buildings. Black smoke rose above gigantic fuel silos and darkened much of the sky.

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Network Of Electric Car Chargers Stalled In Calif.

November 22, 2013 1:17 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

More places to "refuel" would diminish worries of getting stranded with a dead battery, and widespread adoption of the cars would help the state meet ambitious air quality goals. Instead of Californians plugging in, however, progress has been plugged up: 110 of the 1,040 stations that NRG committed to installing by early December are ready.

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Apple's Wild Future Headquarters

November 22, 2013 1:09 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Perhaps one of the last major ideas to come from Steve Jobs, Apple's future headquarters will be a sweeping reinvention of corporate office space.                             

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Jury Awards $39M In Fatal Wis. Garage Panel Fall

November 22, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010.                    

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Honda's Accord Line Wins 'Green Car' Of Year Award

November 22, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda's line of Accords won the 2014 "Green Car of the Year" award from an auto industry magazine Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In recent years, Green Car Journal honored cars whose selling points were emerging technologies including natural gas, electric and clean diesel.

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New Calif. Chemical Flame Retardant Rules Adopted

November 22, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California on Thursday adopted new flammability standards for furniture and other products that would allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.  Gov. Jerry Brown said the new standards were a badly needed update to nearly 40-year-old rules.

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Ford Motor To Upgrade Buffalo-Area Plant, Add Jobs

November 22, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says it will spend $150 million to upgrade its Buffalo-are plant and add 350 jobs, which would push employment to just under 1,000.  The automaker has a stamping plant in the suburb of Hamburg, where pieces of metal called blanks are stamped into hoods, floor panels and other car parts.

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3 Agree To Plead Guilty In Parts Price Fixing

November 22, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three executives in Japan's automotive parts industry have agreed to plead guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy and two more have been indicted in the U.S. investigation, the government said Thursday. The plea agreements filed in Detroit and the indictment filed in Toledo were announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Jury Orders Samsung To Pay Apple $290M

November 22, 2013 9:48 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million.         

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