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Kodak Offers $49M Trust For Environmental Issues

June 3, 2013 1:46 pm | by Steve Orr, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | News | Comments

As it inches closer to emergence from bankruptcy, Eastman Kodak is still wrestling with the financial repercussions of past environmental problems. Federal and New York state officials have filed a dozen claims for past environmental damage and expenses, including demands for up to $10.1 million to address toxic silver contamination of sediments in the Genesee River.

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Siemens Acquires UK-Based Preactor

June 3, 2013 1:41 pm | by Siemens | News | Comments

By acquiring the Preactor Group headquartered in Chippenham in the UK, Siemens further expand its international lead in the industry software market. Preactor’s APS software solutions will add significant new components to the Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio.

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Wind Energy Company Touts Giant Blades

June 3, 2013 12:26 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Vestas, a Danish wind power company, says its manufacturing facility in Colorado is making the biggest blade for wind power in the United States. Bjarne Nielsen, Vestas Blades Division, says the V117 blade is nearly 60 meters in length, longer than half a football field.

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Fire Kills 119 At China Poultry Plant

June 3, 2013 10:01 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said. Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province's Mishazi township, which appeared to have been sparked by three early morning explosions, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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MO Couple Appeals Claim Against Gun Manufacturer

June 3, 2013 9:59 am | by Matt Volz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana couple is appealing a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit against gun manufacturer Remington claiming a 1989 shooting that left a man paralyzed was caused by a defect in a rifle. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull ruled on April 29 that time had run out on the claim by Brad and Dianna Humphrey of Fairfield.

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Ford Recalling 465,000 Vehicles For Fuel Leaks

June 3, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 465,000 cars and SUVs because the fuel tanks can leak and cause fires. The global recall affects the Ford brand's Fusion, Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Police Utility and Police Interceptor. Also covered are the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ. All the vehicles are from the 2013 model year.

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Survey: China Manufacturing Shrank In May

June 3, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing shrank slightly last month, a report said Monday, adding to signs of an uncertain recovery in the world's second-biggest economy. HSBC's monthly purchasing managers' index fell to 49.2 in May. That's down from 50.4 in April. Readings below 50 indicate a contraction.

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Air Permits Approved For CF Industries Expansion

June 3, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators have given initial approval for a major expansion at a western Iowa fertilizer manufacturer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued draft air quality permits for the $1.7 billion expansion planned by CF Industries south of Sergeant Bluff.

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Boeing Announces Changes For Jet Design Centers

June 3, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said Friday it will create new aircraft-design centers in Washington state, South Carolina and California. The company portrayed the new centers as a way to increase its engineering and propulsion capacity as demand rises for new aircraft and services. Boeing predicts that the world's airlines will need 34,000 new planes over the next 20 years, a potential $4.5 trillion market.

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Controlling Limescale Deposition & Industrial Fouling

June 3, 2013 8:05 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

It costs U.S. industry billions of dollars a year to control and remove the limescale that builds up in industrial equipment such a heat exchangers, evaporative coolers, boilers, chillers and other water fed equipment. Limescale not only increases downtime, maintenance costs and causes the early renewal of capital equipment but also increases energy usage.

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Building A Secure Manufacturing Infrastructure

June 3, 2013 8:00 am | by Grant McDonald, Product Marketing Manager for Symantec SMB & .cloud | Articles | Comments

Today’s manufacturing is a wonder of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. However, the same technology that makes it possible for smaller manufacturers to thrive in our global economy also presents security challenges. With every endpoint connected to the Internet, there is always a risk of a cybercriminal stealing this intellectual property or other sensitive information.

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BP Rig Supervisors Challenge Manslaughter Counts

May 31, 2013 2:43 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory.

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South Bend Settles Environmental Claims

May 31, 2013 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A more than decade-long legal battle over environmental claims involving South Bend's former Studebaker Corp. auto plant and another shuttered manufacturer has been settled under an agreement calling for an insurer to pay the city several million dollars.

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Nokia To Lay Off 50 Of 300 Workers At ND Plant

May 31, 2013 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with the Nokia technology company plan to lay off 50 of their 300 employees at its Fargo plant. The plant is the base for a division that creates maps and detailed three-dimensional renderings used on smartphones and vehicle navigation devices.

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NH Auto Dealers Bill Headed To Governor

May 31, 2013 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation was headed to Gov. Maggie Hassan on Thursday that gives New Hampshire auto dealers protections in their dealings with their manufacturers. Without discussion, the Senate voted to accept changes the House made to the bill. Both chambers passed the bill by overwhelming margins.

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Utility, Alcoa Continue Negotiating Power Rate

May 31, 2013 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. and South Carolina's state-owned utility have agreed to continue talks on a new power contract for the company's aluminum plant outside Goose Creek. Alcoa and Santee Cooper said Thursday they have agreed to extend the company's power contract deadline until the end of the year.

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Dell Board Recommends Michael Dell Buyout Offer

May 31, 2013 2:35 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Dell board is standing behind a buyout offer from the company's CEO and founder, and has asked shareholders of the slumping PC maker to approve the deal in a July 18 vote. The company's announcement Friday is the latest volley in a battle with prominent shareholders over the company's future and Michael Dell's role in it.

Global Joblessness To Hit 200M This Year

May 31, 2013 1:48 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Global unemployment will hit 200 million this year, and declarations of intent to tackle the problem will mean nothing without action, says International Labor Organization director general Guy Ryder. And within the next five years, he suspects global joblessness to reach 215 million.

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Root Cause Failure Analysis: Reducing Costs & Increasing Customer Satisfaction

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by Joseph Berk, Principal Engineering Faculty, Eogogics Inc | Blogs | Comments

Root cause failure analysis is a technology for objectively identifying all potential failure causes, and then objectively and systematically identifying the likelihood of each potential cause. This article describes how root cause failure analysis identified and eliminated recurring Apache main rotor blade rejections.

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Assess Your Technology Ladder When Addressing Burn Risk

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by Scott Brooksby, Olson Brooksby PC | Articles | Comments

There are few more sophisticated and complex high-heat metallurgy manufacturing processes — and few with less tolerance for error — than the processes involved in manufacturing components of the hot-section of an aviation gas turbine engine. This precision minimizes the risk of catastrophic aviation disasters such as uncontrolled engine failure.

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