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Energy Bar Company Plans Bakery In Idaho

October 18, 2013 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A private California-based company that makes energy bars and other nutritional products has announced plans to build a 300,000-square foot baking facility in Twin Falls.              

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China's Economic Growth Rebounds

October 18, 2013 9:21 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's economic growth rebounded in the latest quarter, easing pressure on communist leaders for more stimulus and allowing them to focus on longer-term reforms.               

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Parts Didn't Breach Failed Airline Engine's Casing

October 18, 2013 9:19 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The outer casing of an engine that failed aboard a Spirit Airlines plane earlier this week wasn't breached by parts from inside the engine, contrary to initial reports provided to the National Transportation Safety Board, the board said Thursday.

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Shutdown Affected Us In Ways We Did Not See

October 18, 2013 9:18 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids' homework tougher to complete.                

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How Producers And Power Generators Are Fueling The Next Energy Evolution

October 18, 2013 9:14 am | by Nathan Pascarella, Global Energy Solutions Manager, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

It’s an energy evolution — fueled by the confluence of Industrial Internet Protocol (Industrial IP), EtherNet/IP communications and energy management applications in industrial plants. Industrial plants’ energy partners — their power suppliers — will play a central role in this progression, working to advance plants’ energy efficiency goals.

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Pot Pies And Auto Supplies

October 18, 2013 9:09 am | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers and distributors in the food and beverage industry have their own unique set of challenges that need to be successfully addressed before investing large amounts of capital into a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suite.

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Black Streak & Tire Mark Remover

October 18, 2013 9:04 am | by North American Bioindustries | Product Releases | Comments

North American Bioindustries (Milwaukee, WI), manufacturer of environmentally responsible cleaners and degreasers, has introduced NAB Black Streak & Tire Mark Remover.

Efficient Warehouse Lighting

October 18, 2013 9:01 am | by Magnaray | Product Releases | Comments

Magnaray (Sarasota, FL) introduces the WLED-48, WLED-96, and WLED-192 luminaires.

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Temperature Data Logger

October 18, 2013 8:57 am | by Onset | Product Releases | Comments

Onset (Bourne, MA) has announced the HOBO UX120 Thermocouple Logger, a four-channel LCD data logger for measuring and recording temperature in a broad range of monitoring applications.

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Mid-Wave Infrared Camera

October 18, 2013 8:54 am | by FLIR Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Portland, OR) announces the introduction of the FLIR A6700sc, the company’s newest science-grade mid-wave infrared camera that redefines affordable high performance.

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Modernizing Machine-to-Machine With Predix

October 17, 2013 1:56 pm | by GE Software | Videos | Comments

The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements.         

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Rise, Fall, & Rise Of Rockford Factory

October 17, 2013 1:51 pm | by ALEX GARY, Rockford Register Star | News | Comments

Founded in 1854 as the Eagle Foundry, the Gunite plant is the oldest continuously operating manufacturing business in Rockford and even perhaps the Midwest. Crews make brake drums, disc wheel hubs and rotors, spoke wheels and automatic slack adjusters for such customers as Ford Motor and Daimler Trucks North America.

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Factory Growth Slows Slightly In Philly Area

October 17, 2013 1:48 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A survey showed manufacturing growth in the Philadelphia region slowed only slightly this month, suggesting the 16-day partial government shutdown had less impact on U.S. factories than many had feared.         

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UN Sees Mercury Use Phase-Out Within 3 Decades

October 17, 2013 1:47 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The head of the U.N. environment agency says a new global treaty could eliminate harmful emissions of mercury from the planet within three decades.                 

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Ithaca Gun Company To Hire 120 In S.C. Expansion

October 17, 2013 1:45 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company plans to invest $6.7 million, creating 120 new jobs for machine operators, gunsmiths, engineers and assemblers.                      

GM To Sell Impala Powered By Natural Gas, Gasoline

October 17, 2013 1:44 pm | by AP | News | Comments

General Motors says it will start selling a Chevrolet Impala sedan next summer that runs on both natural gas and gasoline.                             

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Gov't Reopens After Congress Ends 16-Day Shutdown

October 17, 2013 1:43 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House directed all agencies to reopen promptly and in an orderly fashion. Furloughed federal employees across the country are expected to return to work Thursday.             

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Highlights From Walmart’s U.S. Mfg Summit

October 17, 2013 9:42 am | by WalmartCorporate | Videos | Comments

The summit underscored Walmart's commitment to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next 10 years and featured announcements from suppliers that, combined, are expected to infuse more than $70 million into factory growth and create more than 1,000 domestic jobs.

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The Dawn Of 'Soft Robots'

October 17, 2013 9:30 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Scientists have been garnering inspiration from nature to make biomimicry breakthroughs in robotics. David Pogue visits a zoo in Germany where an elephant's trunk is providing engineers with the blueprint for a soft robot.     

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'No More Crappy Cars' For GM

October 17, 2013 9:25 am | by Fortune Magazine | Videos | Comments

Mary Barra, who is a top contender to eventually run General Motors, is considered to have one of the hardest jobs in the global auto industry.                  

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