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6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Danielle Iera | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 5.2 Percent

November 10, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Dispute Heats Up Over Failed Factory for Apple

November 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The feud between Apple Inc. and the operator of a failed sapphire glass factory in metro Phoenix is growing more intense.                                     

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Obama Hopes Stronger Ties with China Will Bring Jobs

November 10, 2014 12:41 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

President Obama delivered a speech at an economic summit in Beijing on Monday, saying he wants the United States and China to strengthen ties that could lead to more jobs. He said the U.S. welcomes the rise of a prosperous and stable China.   

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Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 10, 2014 12:24 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland.                     

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6 Ways to Manage Product Complexity

November 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Columbus | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements.

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Two Companies to Invest $22M, Add 115 Jobs in Michigan

November 10, 2014 11:40 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic fund approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate nearly $22 million in investments and add up to 115 new jobs in Michigan.     

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Detroit Begins the Road to Recovery

November 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge approved outgoing emergency manager Kevyn Orr's long-term fiscal recovery plan, which calls for $1.7 billion to remove blight, train city workers, hire more first responders and shore up services to improve the lives of Detroit residents. 

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U.S. Economy Fueling Strong Hiring, Pay Gains

November 10, 2014 11:18 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Healthy job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency unseen in nearly two decades. But, the U.S. job market is hardly without its own weaknesses. Americans' average hourly pay rose only slightly last month, a negative note in an otherwise solid report. 

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LNS Research Releases MES Toolkit for Manufacturers

November 10, 2014 11:07 am | by LNS Research | News | Comments

LNS Research has assembled a free Manufacturing Execution System (MES) toolkit for manufacturers who are considering implementing an MES system.                               

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How a Labeling Solution Saved a U.S. Manufacturer Millions

November 10, 2014 10:14 am | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment.

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IntelliSense, A New Technology Platform

November 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Bimba Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Bimba Manufacturing has released IntelliSense, a technology platform combining sensors, cylinders and software to deliver real-time performance data for standard Bimba pneumatic devices. 

Coca-Cola Life Arrives on Shelves Nationwide

November 10, 2014 9:45 am | by The Coca-Cola Company | News | Comments

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.               

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Labor Department Suing for Steelworker Pension Funds

November 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Matt Stroud, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost millions in retirement savings because investment managers hired by Severstal Wheeling failed to properly oversee the plan.          

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U.S. Consumer Borrowing Hits Record High

November 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve says overall borrowing rose $15.9 billion following a $14 billion gain in August and a $22.8 billion July increase. The gains have pushed total consumer debt to a record level of $3.27 trillion.           

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Why Many Aren't Celebrating Low U.S. Unemployment

November 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The unemployment rate no longer seems to reflect America's mood. After Tuesday's midterm elections, exit polling showed how little falling unemployment has resonated. Most voters said they cast their ballots out of fear for the economy.  

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GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Emails from a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered 500,000 replacement ignition switches almost two months before telling government safety regulators that the switches would be recalled.               

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Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 7, 2014 2:11 pm | by Laura Rokohl | Articles | Comments

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

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Test Driving Audi's Priceless R18 Race Car

November 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Audi is the undisputed champion of the 24-hour Le Mans race, a grueling test of man and machine that pushes technology to its limits. Jason Harper went to Italy for the exceptionally rare opportunity to drive one of the world's most advanced and expensive cars.

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Name Confusion Causes Meltdown for Chocolate Maker

November 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What's in a name? Well for this Belgian chocolate maker Libeert...its fate as a company. Until recently its name was ISIS, derived from Italo Suisse, the chocolates' Italian and Swiss influences.               

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