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Clock Winds Down on Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

August 4, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The 12 nations could be left with only weeks to get trade pact terms in place before the 2016 elections begin interfering with the issue in Congress.


Investor Poll Shows Support for Monsanto-Syngenta Talks

August 4, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Monsanto, which long targeted Syngenta as a potential avenue to reduce its U.S. tax burden, twice this year submitted takeover offers to Syngenta, which responded in turn with strongly worded rejections.


Smaller Ports Suffer As Cargo Ships Expand

August 4, 2015 1:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Shipping lines are now ordering new vessels that carry twice as much cargo as ships from 10 years ago, and as a result, more companies are bypassing smaller ports such as Portland, Oregon, because it is too shallow, too far inland and too rife with delays to accommodate those ships.


Industry Insider: Acquity Comments On The Impact Of The e-Marketplace

August 4, 2015 12:05 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Videos | Comments

Bob Barr of Acquity Group reviews the three dimensions e-marketplaces bring to industrial distribution online, outlining key questions businesses should ask themselves about their own value proposition.


Manufacturing Minute: Lamborghini’s New Luxury SUV

August 4, 2015 12:01 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Videos | Comments

Also in this episode, the Lexus hoverboard and why manufacturers might sue the EPA.


Fire Sale On Stuff That Burns: Oil, Natural Gas, Coal Down

August 4, 2015 10:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Prices for coal, natural gas, oil and the fuels made from crude such as gasoline and diesel are all far less expensive than they have been in recent years.


FDA Clears First 3D Printed Prescription Drug

August 4, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 An agency spokeswoman confirmed the new drug is the first prescription tablet approved that uses the process.


Why The Shale Industry is Slamming Obama's Climate Plan

August 4, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The requirements — should they survive an inevitable court challenge from opponents — would hamper the nation's already embattled coal industry, but they would also aim to maintain the current percentage of energy derived from natural gas.


Meat Industry Braces For Report On Possible Cancer Link

August 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is expected to issue its report in October after beginning efforts to identify the connection between red and processed meats and cancer last year.


ExxonMobil To Expand U.S. Domestic Crude Processing Capacity At Beaumont Refinery

August 4, 2015 9:38 am | by ExxonMobil | News | Comments

The increase in capacity at the Beaumont refinery is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of U.S. light crude from shale.


The Internet of Things: Manufacturing’s Latest Technology Revolution

August 3, 2015 5:31 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Products that used to comprise only mechanical and electrical parts have now transformed into complex, interconnected systems combining hardware, software, microprocessors, sensors and data storage.


GM Ignition Switch Deaths, Injuries Total 398

August 3, 2015 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each.


ONE-KEY Digital Platform For Tools And Equipment

August 3, 2015 3:49 pm | by Milwaukee Tool | Product Releases | Comments

This free-to-use platform allows companies to keep detailed records of tools so they can build a budget and manage their annual spending on equipment.

Extended Slump In Oil Taking Toll On Industry, Economy

August 3, 2015 2:54 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Low oil and gas prices are good for the overall economy because they reduce costs for consumers and business, but with oil prices down around 50 percent from last year, major oil companies are cutting back, offsetting some of this good news.


Heinz Kraft Cuts Hit Free Snacks For Employees

August 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decision to stop stocking Kraft's former headquarters near Chicago with free cheese sticks and servings of Jell-O is among the slew of changes made by the new Kraft Heinz Co. in an attempt to reduce annual spending.


EPA Rule May Threaten Jobs, Economy

August 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | Articles | Comments

The EPA has responded to critics of the carbon rule by making several changes, most notably, allowing more time for states to file their implementation plans, but the ERCC explains that the deadlines are still unrealistic.


U.S. Auto Sales Exceed Expectations In July

August 3, 2015 2:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota combined for more than 75 percent of the U.S. auto market share in June.


Kraft Recalls 36K Cases of Cheese

August 3, 2015 12:17 pm | by The Kraft Heinz Company | News | Comments

There have been 10 consumer complaints to date about the packaging, including three reports of consumers choking.


From The Top: Why Applying Big Data Techniques Doesn't Mean Big Bucks

August 3, 2015 12:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Companies are gathering huge amounts of data about their production, processes and customers to become more connected. In this episode, we chat with Colin Masson, global industry director of manufacturing at Microsoft, on what should we know about big data management.


Atlas Copco Launches Upgraded Trowels

August 3, 2015 11:53 am | by Atlas Copco | Product Releases | Comments

The upgraded trowels feature an adjustable clutch to enhance versatility, a maintenance stand to make servicing easy, and a centrifugal clutch for safe operations.


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