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Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 5

March 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. To see each day’s newest trend, tune in to IMPOsecond shift.

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Are You a GM Recall Waiting to Happen?

March 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to look at a situation like GM’s and wonder how it got so catastrophically out of control, but Gittler’s exercise suggests that even the best-laid plans are subject to more than just a small sliver of error.

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Branson: Virgin Teams ‘Working on Electric Cars’

March 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

This week, Branson, the billionaire founder of the sprawling Virgin Group, suggested a battle on the highways with Musk's Tesla electric car company could be forthcoming.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 11:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released study finds electric cars could help alleviate heat concentrated in large urban areas.

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VW May Replace Toyota as World's Largest Automaker

March 23, 2015 11:06 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it expects global sales of its group to slightly fall in 2015 amid weak demand in emerging economies and Japan, a development that could lead the company to lose the title of the world's biggest automaker to Germany's Volkswagen AG.

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Caterpillar Moving 2 Joliet Production Lines to Mexico

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest move is part of a series of cuts at the factory, where 770 workers are currently employed, compared with 7,000 in the late 1970s.

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New Gauge Range Packs

March 23, 2015 10:53 am | by 5S Supply | Product Releases | Comments

Make it easy to see and know when everything is "good-to-go” with the Gauge Range Marking System.

Chinese State Company Agrees to Buy Italy's Pirelli

March 23, 2015 10:51 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's biggest state-owned chemical company said Monday it plans to buy Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, adding to a string of high-profile Chinese corporate purchases in Europe.

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Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week

March 20, 2015 2:49 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

After a full week of news, Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week have been decided. The winning title goes to a company for inventing a product that will benefit the manufacturing community, while the loser was forced to issue a recall of their product due to safety concerns.

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Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut in Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 20, 2015 2:08 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will order the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

March 20, 2015 1:59 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

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5 Ways a Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 20, 2015 1:55 pm | by Joanna Rotter, Content Marketing Manager, MSI | Articles | Comments

Find out how your manufacturing business can take advantage of the growing trend toward mobile apps and start seeing the results of more efficient operations and detailed reporting.

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Europe is Using so Much Solar Power That Today’s Eclipse Could Test its Grid

March 20, 2015 1:24 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Europe’s solar power installations now total around 90 gigawatts of capacity. Experts had predicted almost 34 gigawatts will gradually disappear from the system if Friday turns out to be a clear day. 

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Lawsuit Claims High Levels of Arsenic in Top-Selling Wines

March 20, 2015 1:13 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A proposed class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country's top selling wines have high levels of arsenic. 

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English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 20, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

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Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Company officials said the update’s Range Assurance application would communicate with Tesla Superchargers and other charging stations and automatically calculate when vehicles require a charge.

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GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned in Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be questioned this fall by lawyers suing GM over its defective ignition switches.

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Study: Additives Don't Cause Plastics to Degrade

March 20, 2015 9:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent analysis by Michigan State University researchers cast doubts on the effectiveness of compounds intended to promote biodegradation in plastics. 

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Graco Fined for Delayed Reporting of Seat-Buckle Complaints

March 20, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for delayed reporting of consumer complaints about difficulty opening car seat buckles.

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