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Truck Maker Volvo To Slash 2,000 Jobs

October 25, 2013 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Truck maker AB Volvo says its earnings dipped on lower sales in the third quarter and that it will slash 2,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program.                 

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Turning The Tables On Wasteful Setups

October 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Trunnions | Articles | Comments

Upgrading machine tool technology – either by major retrofit of existing machines or purchase of new equipment – is often an expensive proposition requiring non-productive downtime and months or even years to realize a return on the capital expenditure.

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Legal Risk Management: What Every Manufacturer Should Do Now

October 25, 2013 9:18 am | by Tonya G. Newman and Sonya Rosenberg | Articles | Comments

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” The English proverb resonates, particularly in the area of risk management. One of the most important tools available to any successful business operation is the deliberate assessment and tackling of potential risks.

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Relay Detects Arc-Flash In Milliseconds

October 25, 2013 9:08 am | by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) introduces the SEL-710-5 Motor Protection Relay, which protects both synchronous and induction motors.

Deburring Tool With New Sizes

October 25, 2013 9:04 am | by Reed Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Plastic pipe joints succeed with smooth, chamfered ends allowing proper fit up. The DEB1 tools from Reed Manufacturing (Erie, PA) deburr and chamfer to manufacturers’ standards in seconds, according to the company.

Primerless Performance On Oily Surfaces

October 25, 2013 8:59 am | by Henkel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CT) has enhanced three Loctite® anaerobic retaining compounds to allow primerless performance on oily or contaminated surfaces, even at operating temperatures as high as 180 degrees C.

Shelby GT 350H: Coolest Rental Car Ever

October 24, 2013 2:45 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Hertz rented off about 1,000 Shelby GT 350's in 1966, which became a boon for Shelby America and immortalized the car as one of the hippest collectible vehicles out there.              

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Growing Number Of Federal Regulations Continue To Challenge Manufacturers

October 24, 2013 2:37 pm | News | Comments

NERA Economic Consulting’s update of a report commissioned by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) shows that manufacturing regulatory costs increased an average of 7.6 percent per year since 1998 compared with average growth of 0.4 percent for manufacturing output.

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Pratt & Whitney Signs $1.1B Pentagon Deal

October 24, 2013 2:36 pm | News | Comments

Jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney says it's signed a $1.1 billion Pentagon contract for fighter jet propulsion systems.                     

Mulally: No Change In Plan To Stay Ford CEO

October 24, 2013 2:34 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Mulally, 68, repeated that there's no change in Ford's plan for him to stay as CEO through the end of 2014.                            

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NH Gunpowder Plant Owner Convicted In Fatal Blast

October 24, 2013 2:32 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The owner of a gunpowder plant where an explosion shook nearby buildings and killed two workers was convicted on Wednesday of negligent homicide and manslaughter.                

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Hyundai To Outdo Production Goal Despite Strikes

October 24, 2013 2:30 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday it expects to manufacture 4.7 million vehicles this year, exceeding its target despite strikes that disrupted its South Korean production.                          

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Boeing's 747 Is An Icon, But Future Is In Doubt

October 24, 2013 2:28 pm | by Joshua Freed and Scott Mayerowiz, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

For decades, the Boeing 747 was the Queen of the Skies. But the glamorous double-decker jumbo jet that revolutionized air travel and shrunk the globe could be nearing the end of the line.                           

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Bringing Manufacturing Back To The U.S. Via The Robot

October 24, 2013 10:53 am | by CBSNews | Videos | Comments

A robot named Baxter is operating on the assembly line of Rodon, a plastics manufacturer in Pennsylvania. Rodon's VP says the technology is reducing costs and increasing productivity, but doesn't replace human workers who he says are needed to maintain the equipment

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Thank The Government For Your iPhone

October 24, 2013 9:54 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Economist Mariana Mazzucato argues that much of the technology underlying your trusty smartphone was actually created in government labs. What does that mean for innovation in the future?           

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GM Arlington Plant Presses First Parts

October 24, 2013 9:37 am | by SupercarHall | Videos | Comments

The first of three mammoth stamping presses is up and running at General Motors' newest stamping facility in Arlington, Texas. The $200 million contiguous stamping plant announced in 2012 adds 180 jobs to GM's Arlington manufacturing complex and is one of 10 contiguous stamping operations globally that started production in the last five years.

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Printing A 3D Robot

October 24, 2013 9:31 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Entrepreneurs can now download online blueprints of fully functional robots that you can build from your own 3D printer.                      

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Entrepreneur Makes Money From China Smog

October 23, 2013 12:10 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Pollution causing school and airport closures in Harbin, China hurts many, but helps one entrepreneur trying to capitalize on the smog.

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Self Driving Cars Could Transform Driving, Produce Billions In Benefits

October 23, 2013 12:05 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study says self-driving cars and trucks hold the potential to transform driving by eliminating the majority of traffic deaths, significantly reducing congestion and providing tens of billions of dollars in economic benefits.         

GSK Sales In China Tumble Amid Bribery Probe

October 23, 2013 12:02 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The company was hit by allegations by the Chinese government that four of its employees paid bribes to doctors and hospitals to encourage them to prescribe medications.                        

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