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Quality Helps Americans Keep Old Cars Longer

August 6, 2013 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer than ever, and even with new car sales increasing, the average age will continue to rise, an industry research firm says. The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record of 11.4 years in January, the latest figures available from state registration data gathered by the Polk research firm.

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Chrysler Exec Says Next New Car To Be On Time

August 6, 2013 10:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler's manufacturing chief said Monday that a new midsize car should hit dealerships on time next year, following costly delays with recent product launches. Vice President Mauro Pino said the new model, a sorely needed replacement for the aging Chrysler 200, should reach showrooms as scheduled in the first quarter. The new car is scheduled to reach dealerships sometime in the first quarter of 2014.

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UAW Trust Offers Warrants For GM Shares

August 6, 2013 10:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers trust that pays for retired auto workers' health care will conduct a secondary public offering of all of its General Motors Co. stock warrants on Tuesday. GM confirmed the offering Monday. The UAW trust is offering up to 45,454,545 warrants to purchase GM stock.

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Chevron Agrees To Pay $2M In CA Refinery Fire

August 6, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

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Groundbreaking For New Ammonia Plant In LA

August 6, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A groundbreaking ceremony Monday in Waggaman marked the start of an ammonia plant for explosives maker Dyno Nobel International. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said Dyno Nobel plans to begin ammonia production in mid-to-late 2016, with Cornerstone Chemical Company completing six years of maintenance and infrastructure work that will help support the ammonia plant.

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Ohio Veterans See Success With MSSC CPT Certificate

August 6, 2013 9:59 am | by Manufacturing Skill Standards Council | News | Comments

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's (MSSC) industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications are creating real opportunities for veterans to get the skills they need to access in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs.MSSC is a participant in The Get Skills to Work Coalition launched in late 2012 under the leadership of GE, Alcoa, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

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ISM: Manufacturing Surges Ahead

August 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

“It’s a great way to start the second half of 2013,” says Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee.  “I think it’s a very positive and well-balanced report in terms of all of the underlying metrics. Things are pointing in a very favorable direction right now.”

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Manufacturing Intelligence – The Central Nervous System Of Your Plant

August 6, 2013 8:01 am | by James Montgomery, Senior Product Manager, Apriso | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing intelligence captures events (both good and bad) and transfers them via integration to a central place for viewing and actions. So, as a machine starts producing bad parts, the quicker these events are captured, moved and analyzed the less impact of rework or scrap occurs. This is called the “feedback loop.”

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Hardface Technologies Expands Sales Force

August 5, 2013 4:44 pm | by Hardface Technologies | News | Comments

Hardface Technologies, a business unit of Postle Industries, has just announced the addition of several new employees to its sales force.  Russ Speese recently joined the company in the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Speese, a graduate of Ferris State University with over 30 years of experience in the welding industry, will head the company’s sales and marketing efforts in North America.

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Make RCA Easier With PROACT Templates Webinar

August 5, 2013 3:23 pm | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

Where do you start in an analysis and how do you streamline and manage this process? Beat 'paralysis by analysis' with this valuable webinar where you will learn RCI's proven methods and tools that work! It's easy to become overwhelmed with so much information and so many options that one doesn't know where to start and how to keep it all organized.

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Make RCA Easier With PROACT Templates Webinar

August 5, 2013 3:22 pm | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

Where do you start in an analysis and how do you streamline and manage this process? Beat 'paralysis by analysis' with this valuable webinar where you will learn RCI's proven methods and tools that work! It's easy to become overwhelmed with so much information and so many options that one doesn't know where to start and how to keep it all organized.

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NY Manufacturer To Make Fuel From Crayola Castoffs

August 5, 2013 2:27 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

All those markers being bought up for the new school year will eventually run dry, but that doesn't have to be the end of their usefulness. Niagara Falls manufacturer JBI Inc. this week announced an agreement with Crayola to take in castoffs from schools and the crayon-maker and convert them to fuel.

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New Jobs Disproportionately Low-Pay Or Part-Time

August 5, 2013 2:25 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July's job gain.

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Obama Administration Overrules Apple Import Ban

August 5, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama's trade representative has vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, dealing a setback to rival South Korean electronics company Samsung. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Saturday overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had banned imports of the iPhone 4 and some variations of the iPad 2.

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Dell CEO Ups Ante In Buyout Battle For PC Maker

August 5, 2013 2:22 pm | by Michael Liedtke, Paul Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just when it looked as if he might be vanquished, Dell CEO Michael Dell has regained the advantage in the lengthy battle to buy the slumping personal computer maker that he founded nearly 30 years ago. He did it by persuading the company's board to accept a slightly better offer that adds a one-time dividend in exchange for a pivotal change in how shareholders will vote on the deal.

LME, Goldman Sued Over Aluminum Storage

August 5, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The London Metal Exchange and Goldman Sachs are being sued in a U.S. court over alleged anti-competitive and monopolistic behavior in aluminum storage. The metal exchange will fight the class-action lawsuit, which its management believes is without merit, the LME's owner, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd., said in a statement late Sunday.

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Accenture And hybris Team Up

August 5, 2013 1:00 pm | News | Comments

To help global companies implement cross-border multichannel commerce solutions more effectively, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has become the sole global strategic partner of hybris, the world’s fastest-growing commerce platform. The agreement will enable international brands to create consistent consumer transaction experiences across multiple channels, including online, mobile and in-store, regardless of geographic location.

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Hackers Control Car's Steering And Brakes

August 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.

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August 2013: Bang for the Buck

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Accenture's managing director explains how to radically improve the performance of your legacy spares planning system without buying a new one, Houston-based Blackwell Plastics helps people do what they love and love what they do, HVLS and HVAC are together at last to improve employee comfort and save money, and more.

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Spacesaver: Storage At Work

August 5, 2013 10:38 am | Videos | Comments

Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.

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