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Honda Takes Takata Air Bag Recall to Japan

December 22, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While there have been major recalls in the U.S. over Takata's airbags, Honda's investigative recall in Okinawa is the first of its kind in Japan.                  

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Dencentralized AC Drive for Outdoor Installations

December 19, 2014 4:36 pm | by Vacon | Product Releases | Comments

According to Vacon, the VACON 100 X sets a new benchmark for decentralized drive solutions.

7 Alternate Causes Behind Manufacturing Inventory Shortages

December 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by SDC CPA, LLC | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, though, employee theft isn’t the only potential problem. Complex production processes and the sheer volume of products and materials in your warehouse can make it hard to get a handle on your inventory. That can result inventory shrinkage, where the actual number of items on your shelves is lower than the number of recorded items.

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Realities of Illinois Spawns Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region.                   

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New Range of Cordless Tools

December 19, 2014 3:56 pm | by Chicago Pneumatic | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative new high power cordless tools that deliver the power and performance of an air tool while providing the mobility of a battery tool are being launched by Chicago Pneumatic.

CO2 Levels Reach All-Time High, but Growth is Slowing

December 19, 2014 3:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row.     

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The Vital Role of CMMS in Reliability Centered Maintenance

December 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Mumford | Articles | Comments

The mistaken belief that CMMS solutions are inadequate for the demands of RCM has spread, leading companies to waste time and money on additional software solutions that end up making their maintenance operations more complex rather than more efficient.

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More Job Losses for the Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry.                         

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You Can Drink This Car's Exhaust

December 19, 2014 2:51 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Toyota Mirai is a Hydrogen fuel cell powered car that emits 100 percent pure high quality H20.                                           

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Residents Cheer Workers at Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility.                          

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U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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Global Oil Impact: Who's Hurting, Happy, Hopeful

December 19, 2014 2:33 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil's plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe.                                                     

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries Executives.

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The Keystone Pipeline Debate in the New Year

December 19, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes.                                     

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Toyota Boosting MI Research, Development

December 19, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is further boosting its research and development work in southeastern Michigan.                                           

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Non-Penetrating Skylight Defender

December 19, 2014 10:14 am | by BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of modular guardrail systems, introduces its Skylight Defender, a product engineered to prevent employee injuries and deaths from falls through skylights. 

Workplace Safety Agency Cites Nebraska Plant

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure.                             

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Returns After Test Flight

December 19, 2014 9:58 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success.               

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The Two Sides of New York State's Ban on Fracking

December 19, 2014 9:53 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Although hydraulic fracturing in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will now formally ban the practice. But did they make the right move?                  

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Hellman's Maker Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Skidmore Seel & Tali Arbel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hellman's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."                                             

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