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Is Your Efficiency Tracking System Actually Efficient?

March 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Jack Payne, Vice President of Solution Consulting for Process Manufacturing, Aptean | Articles | Comments

Process manufacturers are under constant pressure to meet compliance, lower costs and maximize efficiency. All too often manufacturers, unfortunately, lack the tools need to deliver on these goals, struggling to guess at the inefficiencies in what is typically a paper-driven and error-prone manual process. 

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A Drone Like No Other

March 19, 2015 2:54 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This drone has capabilities unlike any other, this drone shoots fire and sprays graffiti. 

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Manufacturing in Philly Area Grows at Slightly Slower Pace

March 19, 2015 2:39 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region expanded more slowly in March than the previous month as new orders slipped.

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Tesla Updating Model S to Ease Range Anxiety, Improve Safety

March 19, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge

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Test Ride: Mercedes Self-Driving Luxury Car

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Brian Cooley takes a ride inside Mercedes' F 015 self-driving vehicle and explains why it could be the future of mobility.

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Scientists Develop New Carbon Capture Technology

March 19, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of California-Berkeley believe a newly developed material could allow power plants to cheaply and easily capture carbon emissions. 

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Oil Prices Curb Fracking Efforts Abroad

March 19, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The sliding price of oil along with political and environmental factors, helped sharply reduce the number of countries participating in fracking, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. 

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Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles to Driver's Air Bag Recall

March 19, 2015 11:19 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side air bag inflators that can explode with too much force.

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Lawmakers Hope to Designate, Fund 'Manufacturing Universities'

March 19, 2015 11:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide 25 universities with federal funding to bolster programs relating to manufacturing.

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U.S. Current Account Trade Deficit Widens to $113.5 Billion

March 19, 2015 11:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deficit in the largest measure of U.S. trade widened in the October-December quarter to the biggest imbalance in more than two years as exports of goods fell at a faster pace than imports.

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Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol producers say a proposed excise tax in Kansas would harm the industry and put some plants out of business 

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Monsanto To Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto said it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat. 

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By the Numbers: Federal Report Says 'Extreme Long-Term Unemployment' Remained High in 2014

March 19, 2015 10:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the federal Labor Department says the nation's level of "extreme long-term unemployment" remained high in 2014 despite a strong year for hiring. 

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Xtender Battery Regenerator

March 18, 2015 4:02 pm | by Flight Systems Industrial Products | Product Releases | Comments

Flight Systems Industrial Products has released the Xtender. It is an all-in-one machine for discharging, desulfating and recharging lead-acid batteries, with a 6 cycle process. 

ZFM Intelligent Mass Flow Meters

March 18, 2015 3:42 pm | by Aalborg Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

According to Aalborg Instruments, the ZFM Mass Flow Meters combine meter intelligence, user convenience, and outstanding flow performance.

Does Your Current ERP System Cost More Than it Delivers?

March 18, 2015 3:17 pm | by Bob McKee | Articles | Comments

How to know when it’s time to replace your homegrown ERP system.

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Ford GT Supercar Will Be Company's Most Expensive Ever

March 18, 2015 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ford GT supercar will be Ford Motor Co.'s priciest vehicle ever when it goes on sale next year.

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Midsize Truck Myth: Why Chevy's New Urban Pickup is Huge

March 18, 2015 3:07 pm | Videos | Comments

Since the Chevrolet Colorado went on sale last year it's been flying off dealership lots. The truck is important, because it fills a segment that Detroit had been ignoring for years: midsize trucks. 

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Whiskey Sales Soar, Lead Spirits Industry

March 18, 2015 3:02 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The founder and CEO of 2 Gingers, Kieran Folliard, discusses rising U.S. whiskey sales.

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General Mills Completes Plan To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills said that the previously announced job cuts, which were mostly in the U.S., were part of a restructuring plan called Project Catalyst that was approved during its fiscal second quarter.

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