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Detcon's Model X40 Controller

January 8, 2014 8:35 am | by Detcon Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The rugged, power-efficient controller, designed to monitor gas detection sensors and a wide range of other field devices, can receive and supervise 4-20mA or RS-485 field device inputs.

Wireless Access Monitoring For Cranes

January 8, 2014 8:25 am | by Keytroller, LLC IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC recently expanded the usage of it’s popular LCD-602 model from forklifts and equipment to controlling access and monitoring the usage of an overhead crane.

T-Mobile CEO Crashes AT&T Party, Is Thrown Out

January 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere is taking his "bad boy" image and feud with AT&T to the next level: he crashed a party thrown by AT&T at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas, and was thrown out after being discovered.      

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Delta Retires Last DC-9, Oldest Plane In U.S. Fleet

January 7, 2014 1:37 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

McDonnell Douglas delivered the first DC-9s in 1965, and eventually built 976 of them. The plane was noteworthy at the time because it was small enough to fly to airports in smaller cities that had previously been served by propeller-driven planes.

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N.Y. Gov. Proposes Cutting Manufacturers' Income Taxes

January 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed Monday cutting New York's corporate income tax from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent in the coming year and eliminating it altogether for upstate manufacturers. "Business is the movement that pulls the train," Cuomo said.

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Tesla Station To Bring Electric Cars To Wyoming

January 7, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope.

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Unemployment Benefits Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

January 7, 2014 1:16 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt. The vote Tuesday was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats.

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MakerBot Goes Bigger, With Head-Sized 3D Printer

January 7, 2014 1:11 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That's six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500.         

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Workers: 'Despair' Led To Kidnapping Goodyear Bosses

January 7, 2014 1:07 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Goodyear bosses held captive by workers spent the night inside a factory in northern France that the company wants to close. The plant, which Goodyear has tried to sell or shutter for five years, has become an emblem of France's labor issues. 

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The Wearable Computers, Smart Devices, And Robots Of CES

January 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show gets underway this week with small, wearable computers, innovative robotics, and smart devices. Sumi Das previews some of the newest tech.                       

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U.S. Trade Deficit Declines

January 7, 2014 9:54 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years, an encouraging sign for economic growth. Gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high.

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Lawmakers Put Finishing Touches On Bipartisan Spending Bill

January 7, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The goal is to finish writing the mammoth measure this week in anticipation of House and Senate votes before a Jan. 15 deadline to avert another government shutdown. The bill fills in thousands of details across the approximately one-third of the federal budget devoted to the day-to-day operations of federal agencies.

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Toyota Ups Orders For Hydrogen-Powered Car In U.S.

January 7, 2014 9:44 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The car, which Toyota calls FCV for now, uses hydrogen as fuel for a battery and emits only water vapor as exhaust. Toyota said the car will go on sale in the U.S. in 2015. Rival automakers Hyundai and Honda have also said they'd start selling cars with that technology in the U.S. that year.

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Horse Slaughterhouse To Sue N.M. AG For Slander

January 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a Roswell company mired in legal disputes over its attempts to resume domestic horse slaughter have notified New Mexico Attorney General Gary King they intend to sue his office for slander, harassment, conspiracy, and abuse of process. Valley Meat Co. attorney Blair Dunn Monday sent letters to the state risk management division, giving the required 30-day notice of its planned legal filing.

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Microsoft Says It Sold 3M Xbox Ones In 2013

January 7, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it has sold more than 3 million units of the Xbox One, the video game console it launched on Nov. 22, 2013, with 1 million consoles sold between Dec. 11 and the end of the year.                 

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Intel Says Its Processors Are Now 'Conflict-Free'

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

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What Aren’t Manufacturers And Customers Telling Each Other?

January 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manfuacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A few months back, UL released its Product Mindset survey, which takes a dramatically different look at the relationship between manufacturers and consumers. Many manufacturers are aware that they need to continuously develop, produce, and sell products that consumers want, but there seems to be a large disconnect between what manufacturers perceive as consumer demand, and what the case actually is.

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Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

January 7, 2014 9:14 am | by Hal Quinn, CEO, National Mining Association (NMA) | Articles | Comments

After decades of outsourcing, the resurgence in domestic manufacturing is now America’s favorite comeback story. But one troubling trend could signal a major complication for returning manufacturers: our nation’s increasing reliance on unstable supply chains of imported minerals.

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Guard Rail With PermaCap Design

January 7, 2014 8:49 am | by ValueRail | Product Releases | Comments

ValueRail.com – a factory-direct, on-line supplier of low-cost safety guard rail – has announced a major improvement in the design of its guard rail posts, replacing the troublesome “rubber post cap” with an innovative, new PermaCap™ design.

Submersible Pressure Transducers

January 7, 2014 8:40 am | by Automation Products Group, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

PT-500 Submersible Pressure Transducers from Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG) are now available with additional output, cabling, cage, vent cap, and installation options. The result is highly robust and reliable performance to suit specific application needs in the most challenging environments.

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