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Tanks To Get Cloaking Capabilities From Specialized Plates

October 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its color to disguise itself, scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change color to blend with its surroundings.  

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CA Startup Unveils Gun Technology for Police

October 24, 2014 10:27 am | by Haven Daley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.                                    

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Hand Sanitizer Donated to Fight Ebola

October 24, 2014 10:22 am | by Deb Group | Product Releases | Comments

Deb InstantFOAM hand sanitizer has been independently and successfully tested as being effective against enveloped viruses like Ebola. So, Deb is working with the WHO to share resources with countries currently in need of hand sanitizer products.

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North-East Manufacturers Announce Plans to Recruit and Invest

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | News | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions and expand premises.                          

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Q&A With Women in Manufacturing's Allison Grealis

October 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field.

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Discovery of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 24, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                       

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Industrial Manufacturing Merger and Acquisition Value Soars Past Historic Levels

October 24, 2014 9:25 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Following a historic second quarter, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the industrial manufacturing sector maintained a strong momentum in the third quarter of 2014.                     

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Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 9:17 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel.                     

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Chiquita Reject Plans to Merge With Fyffes

October 24, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.                               

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Oregon Investigates Discrimination Claims at Daimler Plant

October 23, 2014 2:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.            

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Made by China in America

October 23, 2014 2:30 pm | by We The Economy | Videos | Comments

Everyday workers, leaders and local community members in South Carolina provide a nuanced perspective on China’s investment in U.S. factories and its promising impact on the economy.                   

Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling engines or the latest — air bag defects. While companies are being more open and honest about the flaws in their products, consumers could be left confused and indifferent to the process as they become inundated with reports. 

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Boeing Reports Increased Profits

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Shares of Boeing are higher after the company reported an 18 percent increase in quarterly profit and raised its full-year earnings forecast.                                

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Company Develops First Natural Gas GM Pickup

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nat G CNG Solutions announced today that it has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3 liter direct injection engine.                           

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Anheuser-Busch Sues Over Beer Distribution

October 23, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the largest beer brewers in the country is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license.                                       

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Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts

October 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.                           

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A Knife-Free Tape Head Technology

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Intertape Polymer Group | Product Releases | Comments

Intertape Polymer Group has announced Ripcord, a knife-free tape head technology designed to bring an end to damaged product returns and utility knife injuries in the workplace.

Chevron Discovers Oil in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

October 23, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.                                       

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How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 23, 2014 9:57 am | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

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GM 3Q Profits Nearly Double, Led by North American Sales

October 23, 2014 9:29 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.                 

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