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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year.                                

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How to Achieve Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

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Strikes Begin at Oil Refineries; Prices Rally

February 2, 2015 2:38 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

About 3,800 workers have walked off the job at nine refineries across the country after the contract between the United Steelworkers Union and oil companies expired Sunday.                       

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U.S. Factories Grew Last Month at Slowest Pace in a Year

February 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at the slowest pace in a year, as orders, production, and hiring all declined. The figures suggested manufacturing may not add much to growth in the first few months of 2015.           

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Industry Groups: Manufacturing Day Events Saw Nearly 400,000 Participants

February 2, 2015 11:36 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Last year's Manufacturing Day campaign involved nearly 400,000 participants at 1,679 total events, organizers said, smashing participation goals for the year.                           

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 51

February 2, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 51 families will get payments from General Motors due to fatal crashes caused by faulty small-car ignition switches, and that number is almost certain to rise.                       

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Steel Industry Missing Out on Boom Cycle as Cuts Mount

February 2, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana's steel industry, which many hoped would be on the upswing after the end of the Great Recession, is struggling under the weight of cheap oil, a strong dollar and low prices, leading to hundreds of layoffs in just one week and uncertainty about the future.

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Perma-Kleen Anti-Microbial Product Offering is Expanding

February 2, 2015 10:51 am | by Ericson Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Ericson Manufacturing is working to fight against bacterial contamination and growth with the introduction of Perma-Kleen Anti-microbial Plugs, Connectors, Cable, Cord Drops, and Cord Sets. 

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Tips on Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

February 2, 2015 10:32 am | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc | Articles | Comments

Doing business directly with Chinese manufacturers is very different from business anywhere else in the world. Failure to understand Chinese business culture may end up with you insulting your prospective supplier without knowing it.     

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Fire at Plastics Factory Kills at Least 13

February 2, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.           

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More Than 2M Vehicles Recalled a 2nd Time for Faulty Air Bags

February 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.                       

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Lost Steam in January

February 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two reports show that Chinese manufacturing was anemic in January, adding to pressure on the government to roll out measures to boost the world's No. 2 economy.                         

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Numbers Show Mixed Economy, Rising Consumer Confidence

February 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Year-end reports issued by federal officials show an improving economy, though growth remains slow and not without its hiccups. A new poll, however, says U.S. consumers are feeling better about the economy than at any point in the last decade.  

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Entries are Now Open for R&D Magazine’s 2015 R&D 100 Awards

February 2, 2015 9:30 am | by R&D Magazine | Events

R&D Magazine is now accepting entries for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards, the esteemed international competition honoring the 100 most innovative technologies and services in 2014. This year’s program has been expanded to include a wider range of categories spanning the manufacturing, design engineering, and consumer markets, in addition to science, academia, and government. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 30, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Choosing the “Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week” was a little bit more challenging this week as there were a few contenders for each position. Check out who ended up receiving the weekly nods — and if you agree.        

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CSB Urges OSHA for Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 2:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust regulations for contributing to the accident, and urging OSHA to respond with national rules.

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U.S. Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

January 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

From the end of 2014, solar deployment is slated to be up nearly 40% over 2013. Today, the booming demand for solar energy supports more than 173,000 jobs and the U.S. has become the third largest solar market in the world.       

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Ford CFO: F-150 Assembly Going 'Extremely Well'

January 30, 2015 2:17 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Bob Shanks, chief financial officer of Ford Motor Co., talks about the automaker's profit and sales outlook, the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, the performance of the company's European unit and the impact of currencies on competition from Asia.

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On a Roll: Rolls-Royce Sees Best Year Ever in 2014

January 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by Bloomberg News | Articles | Comments

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is on a sales pace it has never seen in its 111-year history. The luxury carmaker had its best year ever in 2014 selling more than 4,000 cars.                         

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GE Jet Engines Will Power the Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One.               

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