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Supply Chain Management Concerns And Solutions, Part 2

March 13, 2013 9:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, MBT | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers can take a segmented approach to supply chain implementations that is best suited to their business needs, budgets and time constraints. For many manufacturers, depending on the solution implemented, they can see results immediately; and begin to generate ROI and enterprise-wide value as quickly as three to four months.

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Cat Dealer’s Hydraulic Shop Salvages Cylinders With Tube Hone

March 12, 2013 4:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Rebuilding heavy equipment makes good economic sense, particularly for the hydraulic components on construction and earth moving machinery. In fact, the trend since 2008 has been strong enough to support the addition of a machine shop as part of the existing hydraulics shop at Caterpillar dealer Whayne Supply.

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WEISS Develops Heavy-Duty Ring Table For Robotic Efficiencies

March 12, 2013 4:17 pm | Articles | Comments

Leading development partner for the transportation industry with a global operating workforce of over 5,600, EDAG (Detroit, MI/Fulda, Germany) recently was faced with the task of designing a heavy-duty ring for a new production concept.

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100 Percent Lean Beans

March 12, 2013 4:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant & Distribution Center crew will tell you everything you need to know about how roasting and brewing methods affect the flavor of coffee in so many ways. And just as the smallest of modifications can dramatically affect the flavor of the cup, Starbucks Carson Valley has learned that – likewise – small steps towards continuous improvement can yield returns.

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Lessons From The Cupping Room

March 12, 2013 4:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center looks swanky, with its glass-lined exterior; perched atop the entry is the familiar green siren logo. Like millions of Americans, I’ve become accustomed to taking my caffeine on the run, and Starbucks is one of the haunts on my regular route.

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Magnetic, Explosion-Proof LED

March 12, 2013 2:51 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The magnetic mount explosion-proof LED light provides operators with a powerful hazardous location suitable lighting solution that can be mounted to almost any metallic surface, or utilized as a standalone pedestal light.

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Self-piercing FAS-NER®

March 12, 2013 2:49 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Eliminate spot welding and riveting with a self-piercing AKH FAS-NER, says the company.

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Minimize Downtime

March 12, 2013 2:47 pm | by Hercules | Product Releases | Comments

Hercules offers a wide selection of in-stock hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder repair seals and seal kits and construction, refuse, agriculture, logging, mining, and industrial repair kits.

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Oil-Sealed Rotary Screw System

March 12, 2013 2:45 pm | by Atlas Copco Compressors | Product Releases | Comments

The GVS delivers capacities between 365 to 3,000 cfm, making it ideal plants that would like to achieve significant energy and maintenance savings by replacing multiple remote vacuum pumps with a centralized system, says the company.

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Feds Could Add A Million GM Midsize Cars To Recall

March 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Safety regulators in the U.S. are investigating whether to add more than a million General Motors midsize cars to a recall for brake light problems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's checking into complaints about the 2004 to 2011 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2007 to 2009 Saturn Aura.

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Suntech Power To Close Arizona Factory

March 12, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co. is closing its factory in Goodyear, Ariz., in part because of higher production costs. The broader solar industry has struggled in recent years due to a steep price drop for solar panels. Global demand for panels has languished in Europe and elsewhere, even as manufacturing capacity soared.

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Hostess: No Other Bids To Buy Twinkies

March 12, 2013 1:55 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Hostess is moving ahead with plans to sell its Twinkies and other snack cakes after nobody stepped forward to top an offer made by two investment firms. The bankrupt company had earlier picked a $410 million joint offer from Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management as the "stalking horse" bid to set the floor for an auction.

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HP's Autonomy Allegations Trigger Another Inquiry

March 12, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British authorities have opened an investigation into Hewlett-Packard's allegations that the personal computer maker was duped when it bought business software maker Autonomy, according to regulatory documents filed Monday. The inquiry by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office is the latest legal fallout from a deal that has saddled Hewlett-Packard Co. with massive losses and depressed its stock price.

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New Pollution Controls At Claymont Steel Mill

March 12, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Delaware environmental officials say new pollution control equipment installed at a Claymont steel mill will help reduce air pollution in the area. Officials gathered at Evraz Claymont Steel on Monday to tout the completion of the $16.75 million pollution control system.

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Kansas Legislators Jump Into Business Tax Fight

March 12, 2013 1:50 pm | by John Hanna, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

Kansas legislators have jumped into a tax dispute over refineries and fertilizer and cement plants, but critics worry that helping their operators could pinch local governments and hurt homeowners and small businesses. A bill before the Kansas House would revise a state law on how counties value machinery and equipment in complex manufacturing plants when levying property taxes.

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Croatian Micro-Car To Electrify Mass Market

March 12, 2013 12:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Croatian engineering company Dok-Ing has announced plans to start serial production of its electric three-seat microcar. The company believes urban commuters will find the vehicle ideal for low-cost, environmentally-friendly motoring. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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First Workers Move Into New CAT Plant

March 12, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first group of Caterpillar workers is moving in to office space at the company's new Georgia plant. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the 850,000-square-foot facility is now home to 50 workers. They moved in to the new space less than a year after the official groundbreaking for the plant in Bogart, just west of Athens.

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Government Sells Another Chunk Of GM Stock

March 12, 2013 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has sold another chunk of its stake in General Motors Co. The Treasury Department says in its February report to Congress that it sold $489.9 million worth of GM common stock last month. The report dated Monday says the government has recovered about $29.8 billion of its $49.5 billion bailout of the Detroit automaker. That means taxpayers are still $19.7 billion in the hole.

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Sumitomo Metal To Build New Rare Earth Plant

March 12, 2013 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. said Monday it plans to build a pilot plant in the Philippines to extract scandium, a rare earth element used to enhance aluminum strength and in components for fuel cells and batteries. The plant will be set up later this year at Coral Bay Nickel Corp., a subsidiary on Palawan Island that produces nickel-cobalt mixed sulfide from minerals, which also contain a trace amount of scandium.

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China Wrestles With Cost Of Cleaner Environment

March 12, 2013 10:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Facing public outrage over smog-choked cities and filthy rivers, China's leaders are promising to clean up the country's neglected environment — a pledge that sets up a clash with political pressures to keep economic growth strong. An array of possible initiatives discussed by officials and state media ahead of this week's meeting of China's legislature include tightening water standards and taxing carbon emissions.

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