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5 Things to Know About the Takata Air Bag Recall Investigation

February 23, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are five things you absolutely need to know about the Takata air bag recalls. 

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Lockheed Martin To Pay $62M to Settle 401(k) Plan Lawsuit

February 23, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $62 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of mismanaging employee retirement accounts and using funds with excessive fees.

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry. But as the UAW prepares to enter negotiations with the "Big Three" auto companies — General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler — Dennis Williams says the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out.

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Automate 2015

February 20, 2015 4:38 pm | by Automate 2015 | Events

Automate 2015 is the largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies in North America. Attendees have the opportunity to meet with companies that provide integration of automation, robotics, machine vision, and motion control solutions and see firsthand live demonstrations of systems solving challenges faced by any industry. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 20, 2015 3:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

'Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week' are two companies that have been having two very different weeks. The winner of the week has been experiencing an outstanding revival of success, while the loser is facing another week of bad news and even worse press.

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Nestle CEO : Why We Removed Artificial Coloring

February 20, 2015 2:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO speaks about earnings and the company's decision to remove artificial additives from its products.

Apple Goes Full Speed Ahead on Electric Car by 2020

February 20, 2015 2:37 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop.”

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Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say a worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

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Honda Cuts Production at Two Plants, Citing Port Dispute

February 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Honda Motor Company has announced extended production cuts at plants in Indiana and Canada amid continued shipping delays on the West Coast. 

Wisconsin Lawmakers to Vote on Right-to-Work Bill

February 20, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Legislature is planning to vote on a bill that would make it the country's 25th "right-to-work" state. 

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The Common Sense of Reshoring

February 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Harry Moser, Founder/President, Reshoring Initiative & Sandy Montalbano, Consultant, Reshoring Initiative | Articles | Comments

Harry Moser, the Founder and President of Reshoring Initiative, and Sandy Montalbano, a consultant with Reshoring Initiative, explain the logic behind bringing businesses back to the U.S.  

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Emergency Stop Pushbuttons

February 20, 2015 1:06 pm | by Automation Systems Interconnect | Product Releases | Comments

ASI offers ISO13850 Platinum Series Emergency Stop pushbuttons that are UL approved and IP69K compliant. Available styles include Latch/Pull-to-Release, Latch/Turn-to-Release and Latch/Key-to-Release. The 40 mm mushroom heads emergency stop switches have a 22 mm base. Up to 6 auxiliary contacts can be connected to the mounting adapter. 

Feds: Speed Not a Factor in Oil Train Crash

February 20, 2015 10:51 am | by John Raby, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said.

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Five Facts on Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 10:47 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 20, 2015 10:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturers stand to benefit from lower energy costs, including producers of transportation equipment, chemicals, plastics, paper and metals.

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U.S. To Fine Air Bag Maker Takata $14,000 per Day

February 20, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in an investigation.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 20, 2015 10:06 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year. 

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Industry Lashes Out at Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 2:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO.

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U.S. Army Launches Giant Blimp to Test Air Defense

February 19, 2015 2:23 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's not a bird or a plane, but a blimp in the sky, floating over Maryland's Baltimore suburbs. It's the newest security system launched by the Army to protect major cities along the East Coast, and it can detect everything from a cruise missile to a large drone.

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Kanye's Sneakers Sellout, For Now No More are Being Made

February 19, 2015 2:19 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Kanye West just released his new sneakers with Adidas -- the Yeezy Boost. They quickly sold out and are now going for thousands online.

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