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Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

June 5, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

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Radically Reshaping Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 2:23 pm | by McKinsey & Company | Videos | Comments

Katy George, global co-leader of McKinsey & Company's manufacturing group, explains next-shoring and makes the argument that companies must view their manufacturing process as an ecosystem that needs to be optimized from the supply base to the consumer. 

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What Makes a Honda Is Who Makes a Honda

June 5, 2014 2:19 pm | by Honda | Videos | Comments

This seven-year veteran of Honda has been primarily focused on the durability, repeatability and quality of Acura products and is also part of the team working on the new Acura NSX.                    

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The Spark of Innovation: Zippo Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 2:14 pm | by USCC | Videos | Comments

The company behind the Zippo lighter has accomplished the near impossible — it has grown and adapted to today's fickle market while remaining a steadfast American icon.                        

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GM: Incompetence and Negligence Led to Recall

June 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.                         

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Engine Maker: CSeries Could Fly Again Soon

June 5, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Bombardier's CSeries planes could resume flight testing in a few weeks after the plane's engine manufacturer believes it has found the cause of an incident a week ago that grounded the four test aircraft.              

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GM Launching Compensation Program for Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.             

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Safety Board Faults Key Device in BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 1:32 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.         

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New Software for Easy Database Building

June 5, 2014 10:14 am | by AutoCrib, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

AutoCrib, Inc. unveiled its new Guardrail software, designed to simplify and automate the laborious task of building databases for industrial vending systems. 

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3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Articles | Comments

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.                     

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Fed: Economy Showing Improvement Across U.S.

June 5, 2014 9:59 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy strengthening over the past two months in areas from manufacturing and construction to retail sales and bank lending.                         

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Tesla CEO Hints at Surprise Move

June 5, 2014 9:52 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the company's annual shareholder meeting that he's thinking of doing something "fairly controversial" regarding the company's patents.                           

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3 Key Questions About the GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Why the recall delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                           

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Siemens Donates $2B in Software to Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics and engineering company Siemens Corp. is donating software worth more than $2 billion to seven Virginia universities and community colleges.                             

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Walmart Facing Big Hurdles

June 5, 2014 9:37 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Revenue at established Walmart stores in the U.S., which accounts for 60 percent of the company's total sales, has declined for five consecutive quarters.                             

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UAW Names Williams as New President

June 5, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dennis Williams is the union's current secretary-treasurer. He'll replace the retiring president, Bob King.                                         

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Majority of Small Businesses Skip Websites

June 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website.                              

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Players Helped Develop World Cup Ball

June 4, 2014 1:40 pm | by Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

German manufacturer Adidas says the "Brazuca" was tested by more than 600 of the world's top players, and 30 teams in 10 countries over two and a half years.                            

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Fiat Adds Lower-Priced Maserati to Lineup

June 4, 2014 1:32 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new four door called the Ghibli has Italian flair, a Ferrari engine and a lower price tag than Maserati's other models that are all priced above $100,000.                            

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5 Most Notorious Auto Recalls

June 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

From the Ford Pinto to Toyota's 'sticky' gas pedals, here's a list of the most infamous recalls in automobile history.                                      

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