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Drone Tractors Farm By Themselves

November 4, 2013 1:31 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Kinze Manufacturing has developed a driverless tractor that's controllable via an Android tablet.                                           

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New Wrench Engineered to Prevent Injuries

November 4, 2013 10:29 am | by Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | News | Comments

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has developed a new wrench aimed at preventing serious and costly injuries among gas-meter technicians.  In some cases, the injuries have required shoulder surgery and have resulted in up to $100,000 in medical bills and lost work days according to researchers.  

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Kellogg To Cut Jobs, Lowers Outlook

November 4, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg says it plans to trim its global workforce by 7 percent, with the breakfast foods maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.  According to FactSet, Kellogg has 31,000 employees, suggesting the company plans to cut about 2,170 jobs.

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Suit Claims Fire Caused By NH-Made Light Bulb

November 4, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit that alleges a defective light bulb manufactured in New Hampshire caused a fire at a Kimberly-Clark de Mexico paper mill in Mexico has been moved from state to federal court.                   

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Court Must Revisit Harley Davidson's E. Pa. Taxes

November 4, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Commonwealth Court says a lower court must determine whether a Harley-Davidson plant in eastern Pennsylvania is owed a refund on its local property taxes.                         

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Bombardier, Gulfstream Fighting For Top Business Jet Maker

November 4, 2013 10:02 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Bombardier and Gulfstream are in a dogfight that could decide which plane maker flies highest this year in terms of business jet sales.  At the end of the third quarter, Gulfstream was ahead of Montreal-based Bombardier, which has been the global leader each year since 2005.

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Bangladesh To Raise Garment Workers' Minimum Wage

November 4, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers to about $66 a month — still the lowest in the world and well below what workers have been seeking.

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues Upward Momentum

November 4, 2013 9:50 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.

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Next Generation of High-Speed Goods-to-Person Picking Solutions Optimize Flexibility and Throughput

November 4, 2013 9:34 am | by Jim McMahon, international logistics and automation writer | Articles | Comments

Many executives running high-throughput distribution centers face a growing logistics challenge – the need to prepare small-quantity, mixed-SKU orders to ship and arrive on schedule with short delivery times.            

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DMW Introduces INTELLILUBE Lubrication System

November 4, 2013 9:10 am | by Dearborn Mid-West Company | Product Releases | Comments

Dearborn Mid-West Company (DMW), a global material handling supplier, has officially introduced its INTELLILUBE® single-point lubrication brand and accessory product line to the automotive and manufacturing industries.

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Kardex Remstar Releases New Software Kiosk Function

November 1, 2013 5:00 pm | by Kardex Remstar | Product Releases | Comments

The new kiosk function available with Power Pick Global software simplifies the picking process to help automotive parts departments improve productivity, save floor space and increase accuracy. 

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P.A.T.T.I.-K Analog Adhesion Tester Is Released

November 1, 2013 4:35 pm | by P.A.T.T.I. K | Product Releases | Comments

The P.A.T.T.I.-K® uses compressed inert gas to apply a continuous tensile load to an aluminum pull-stub which is bonded to the test surface with an adhesive.

What’s Your Game Plan?

November 1, 2013 4:18 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Being that it’s football season, the phrase “game plan” usually evokes thoughts of my beloved Green Bay Packers — so you can bet I needed a good reason to spend last week in Chicago Bears country.Luckily, the inaugural Game Plan conference – the brain child of tech leaders like hybris, SAP, Accenture, and others – provided that incentive.

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Snap-On's ATC Toolbox Features a Rechargeable Battery

November 1, 2013 4:06 pm | by Snap-On Industrial IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Snap-on Industrial’s Level 5™ Automated Tool Control (ATC) toolbox can now be powered by on-board rechargeable batteries, freeing it from a power cord to make the box more mobile.

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Temporary Order Against Horse Slaughter Expires

November 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States and other groups suing the Department of Agriculture over its permitting procedures for the plants filed a motion Friday seeking an extension of the restraining order.      

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AB InBev 3Q Profits Up 31 Percent

November 1, 2013 1:37 pm | by Toby Sterling, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, says its third-quarter profits rose as the takeover of new brands and higher selling prices offset the impact of lower sales volumes. The gain largely reflects the company's $20 billion purchase of the remainder of Mexico's Grupo Modelo.

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Expert: Shutdown Hurt Midwest Business Conditions

November 1, 2013 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stalling of the federal government contributed to worsening business conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a monthly economic report issued Friday.                       

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Ex-CEO Pleads Guilty In $5M Fire Fraud

November 1, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The former CEO of a company that made fire-resistant building blocks has pleaded guilty to scamming nearly $5 million from people who lost their homes in two wildfires. The Santa Barbara News-Press reports 64-year-old Penny Estes entered her plea to 28 counts on Thursday. She could face nearly 40 years in prison when she's sentenced.

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Best Pace In 2½ Years

November 1, 2013 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers.Instead, overseas demand and healthy U.S. auto sales appear to be supporting factory output.

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Ford Recalls Ambulances Because Engines Can Stop

November 1, 2013 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press, Reuters | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 3,100 F-Series ambulances because the engines can stop unexpectedly. The F-350, F-450 and F-550 "Super Duty" ambulances have 6.7-Liter diesel engines. They're from the 2011 and 2012 model years.         

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