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Air Liquide Offers To Buy Airgas In Deal Worth About $10.3B

November 18, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The acquisition still needs approval from regulators and Airgas shareholders. Airgas will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Liquide once the companies complete the deal.


The Crossroads Of Connectivity

November 18, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The next 18 months need to generate solutions that are easier to integrate and more cost-effective in order for Industrial IoT to be truly embraced throughout U.S. manufacturing.


Pierce Recalls 910 Fire Trucks To Fix Wheel Problem

November 18, 2015 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the trucks in March. The agency received a complaint in January from a fire department that a driver had trouble steering a truck and never felt in control.


ConAgra Transformation Continues, Spins Off Lamb Weston

November 18, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Wednesday that it will split off leading brands such as Chef Boyardee and Healthy Choice into Conagra Brands Inc. It will spin off its frozen potato business under the Lamb Weston name.


Group Unveils Latest American-Made Holiday Shopping Guide

November 18, 2015 12:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As the holiday shopping season prepares to kick into high gear on Black Friday, the Alliance for American Manufacturing this week issued its 2015 Made in America Gift Guide.


Infographic: Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes — Worker Injuries And PPE

November 18, 2015 12:34 pm | by Magid | Blogs | Comments

In a manufacturing plant, some hazards can't be avoided — and worker injuries can be costly. Luckily, with PPE and proper practices, these injuries can frequently be avoided. 


Honda Has The Most High Risk Models In Takata Airbag Recall

November 18, 2015 10:39 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Even with government management, it could take as long as four years to replace all 23.4 million potentially faulty inflators that are now on U.S. roads.


Toyota Recalls 440K Cars Due To Transmission, Fuel System Flaws

November 18, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The damage could cause an oil leak and cripple the clutch, which transmits the power from the engine to the transmission system, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


Manufacturing Tech Groups Call For Uniform Regulations In Trans-Atlantic Pact

November 18, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. and EU negotiators are currently engaged in talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in hopes of hammering out a deal next year.


New Partnerships To Examine Health Risks Of 3D Printing

November 18, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Safety organization UL plans to study the effects of 3D printing on indoor air quality in partnership with two Atlanta universities.


Manufacturing Minute: 3D-Printed Pills

November 18, 2015 9:37 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, 3D-printed medicine tailored to your biology. 


Bellows Seal Valves

November 18, 2015 9:31 am | by Conval | Product Releases | Comments

These valves are ideal for applications where packed valves may not reliably contain light gases or hazardous system fluids due to leakage in the stem/packing seal area or stuffing box wall/packing seal area.

State's Revamped Trash-To-Energy Plant Faces Falling Prices

November 17, 2015 2:54 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

More than a decade after its predecessor agency lost $200 million in a deal with bankrupt energy giant Enron, the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority, which handles trash from more than 50 municipalities, is looking to hire a company to redevelop the waste-to-energy plant in Hartford and other facilities.


Colorado Regulators Discuss Rules Meant To Ease Oil, Gas Conflicts

November 17, 2015 2:46 pm | by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A hearing on proposed rules for oil and gas drilling in Colorado got off to a contentious start Monday, with critics saying the guidelines were too narrow to do any good or that they didn't protect property rights.


Why 2016 Could Be A Turning Point In The Energy Revolution

November 17, 2015 2:40 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Coal, nuclear, natural gas, renewables and oil are all going head-to-head for dominance of the energy market — will we see a shift in the balance of power next year? Here’s a look energy trends to watch in 2016.


U.S. Manufacturing Output Rises For First Time In 3 Months

November 17, 2015 2:35 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The rise suggests that manufacturers may be overcoming several headwinds they have faced for most of this year.


Constellation To Pay $1B For Craft Brewer Ballast Point

November 17, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Constellation Brands, which owns dozens of wine brands and the U.S. distribution rights to Mexican beers Corona, Modelo Especial and Pacifico, announced its acquisition of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for a record $1 billion.


Your Best Equipment Isn't Always On The Production Floor

November 17, 2015 1:51 pm | by Mick Wilcox, Acuity Brands | Articles | Comments

Every plant manager wants a more efficient and productive manufacturing facility. But one thing many manufacturers have yet to embrace for plant optimization literally hangs right over their heads — the lighting system.


Manufacturing Minute: A Fast Fighter Jet-esque Private Plane

November 17, 2015 10:51 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, a private plane to fly you and your luggage around. 


Man Killed In Food Service Packaging Accident

November 17, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 28-year-old Burnsville, Minn. man has died after a workplace accident at a manufacturing plant in Lakeville.



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