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Study: College Educations Drive U.S. Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report said technological innovation and increased educational attainment fueled a dramatic increase in manufacturing productivity in recent decades.

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Material Used in Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 13, 2015 2:58 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A hard material called silicon carbide was originally used for abrasives like sandpaper and still gives many skateboards their rough grip. It can work at temperatures that are twice the boiling point of water where ordinary silicon chips falter.

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How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 13, 2015 2:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems At NetSuite | Articles | Comments

What manufacturers and distributors need is a future-proof highly flexible and resilient WMS that is based on a wealth of best business practices, is continually refreshed with new functionality, and which facilitates business growth.

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Ecovative Design: Manufactured Wood Made Without Trees

April 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design has made a mission of replacing synthetic plastic polymers with natural mushroom based polymers. After disrupting the packaging industry with a line of fully biodegradable mushroom packaging, they are now setting their sights on replacing manufactured wood products.

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The Vehicles Americans Don’t Want to Buy

April 13, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Recent reports talked about the top-selling brands in the U.S., but what about the cars that no one seems to want? Here's a look at the worst selling cars in the U.S.

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FDA: ‘Medically Important’ Antibiotics Increase in Food Animals

April 13, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators said the use of important antibiotics in poultry, livestock and other farm animals increased sharply in recent years amid rising concerns about drug-resistant bacteria. 

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Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The marketing shift could help alter the public perception of drones, which have sparked safety and privacy concerns and share a name with the military's infamous unmanned attack planes.

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OEM Wide Assortment of PEEK Tubing

April 13, 2015 11:35 am | by VICI Valco | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Valco’s new assortment of PEEK Tubing is available in a variety of natural PEEK, solid color coded, dual layer color coded, striped and dash-stripe coded.

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Could These Robots Reinvent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 10:56 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

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C85 EOS Combustion Analyzer

April 13, 2015 10:47 am | by UEi Test Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The newly upgraded C85 brings EOS CO2 measurement technology to UEi's residential portable combustion analyzer.

How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

When does an active supervisor look like when he is no longer bogged down in an office doing paperwork? Active supervision occurs when a supervisor spends substantial time on the shop floor helping workers solve problems.

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China's Trade Shrinks in Sign of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's trade contracted in March by an unexpectedly wide margin, adding to expectations that Beijing will launch new stimulus to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy. 

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GM Says it Has Fixed 70 Percent of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling more than 2 million small cars with faulty ignition switches worldwide, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of the vehicles that are still on the road.

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Reports Links Pennsylvania Fracking to Rising Radon Levels

April 13, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly published report suggests that fracking in Pennsylvania contributed to a rise in radon levels in nearby buildings over the past decade. 

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Feds OK Test Flights for Amazon Drones

April 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amazon.com will be able to test its new drone delivery service in U.S. airspace after all. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 10, 2015 3:15 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner who was recognized by the EPA for their efforts toward more environmentally sound manufacturing and a loser who has become the focus of lawsuits and a potentially reopened federal investigation.

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Ultra-Luxury Automakers Spark $1M Car Trend

April 10, 2015 3:11 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Luxury automakers are pushing the limits of high-end automobiles with the latest trend delivering vehicles with a purchase price topping out at more than $1 million.

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Why Everyone in the U.S. Will Feel California's Drought

April 10, 2015 1:49 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As the drought in California enters a fourth year, consumers across the country could pay the price at the supermarket.

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Nissan, BMW Recall Vehicles to Fix Problems with Fuel Pumps

April 10, 2015 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 94,000 vehicles because the fuel pumps can fail and cause stalling.

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Treasury Report Knocks European, Asian Nations Over Currency

April 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A report from the U.S. Treasury Department took several other nations to task Thursday over their monetary policies. 

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