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The Financial Benefits of Reliability

April 14, 2015 11:56 am | by Bruce Hawkins, CMRP, Emerson Reliability Consulting | Articles | Comments

When manufacturing organizations look to asset reliability to improve their facilities, there is often one main driver behind this decision: financial performance. 

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April Automation Update

April 14, 2015 11:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Successful automation has the power to improve efficiency, profits and can even diversify a workforce for companies of every size. 

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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Industrial lubricants can often be a mystery, but it is a crucial mystery for any manufacturer to solve. 

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Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 14, 2015 11:33 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

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One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Nippon Sharyo, originally a Japanese railcar manufacturer, has successfully built a home base in Rochelle, Illinois where they are now producing certified ‘Made-in-America’ products. 

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U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Dropped in February

April 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“U.S. manufacturing is facing some pressure in terms of a stronger dollar and lower capital expenditures from the energy industry, but in taking the long view, we’re still in a good position overall,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 84

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

Families of at least 84 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials estimate monthly production from the nation's top shale oil reserves will decline next month.

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German Automaker BMW Has Best March Sales Ever

April 14, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker BMW says it had its best March sales ever after seeing a 5.1 percent increase over March of last year. 

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Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. visa program for skilled foreign workers again saw applications exceed its annual quota in less than a week as debate over the H-1B program swirls in Washington.

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Study: College Educations Drive U.S. Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report said technological innovation and increased educational attainment fueled a dramatic increase in manufacturing productivity in recent decades.

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Material Used in Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 13, 2015 2:58 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A hard material called silicon carbide was originally used for abrasives like sandpaper and still gives many skateboards their rough grip. It can work at temperatures that are twice the boiling point of water where ordinary silicon chips falter.

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How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 13, 2015 2:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems At NetSuite | Articles | Comments

What manufacturers and distributors need is a future-proof highly flexible and resilient WMS that is based on a wealth of best business practices, is continually refreshed with new functionality, and which facilitates business growth.

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Ecovative Design: Manufactured Wood Made Without Trees

April 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design has made a mission of replacing synthetic plastic polymers with natural mushroom based polymers. After disrupting the packaging industry with a line of fully biodegradable mushroom packaging, they are now setting their sights on replacing manufactured wood products.

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The Vehicles Americans Don’t Want to Buy

April 13, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Recent reports talked about the top-selling brands in the U.S., but what about the cars that no one seems to want? Here's a look at the worst selling cars in the U.S.

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FDA: ‘Medically Important’ Antibiotics Increase in Food Animals

April 13, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators said the use of important antibiotics in poultry, livestock and other farm animals increased sharply in recent years amid rising concerns about drug-resistant bacteria. 

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Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The marketing shift could help alter the public perception of drones, which have sparked safety and privacy concerns and share a name with the military's infamous unmanned attack planes.

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OEM Wide Assortment of PEEK Tubing

April 13, 2015 11:35 am | by VICI Valco | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Valco’s new assortment of PEEK Tubing is available in a variety of natural PEEK, solid color coded, dual layer color coded, striped and dash-stripe coded.

Could These Robots Reinvent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 10:56 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

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C85 EOS Combustion Analyzer

April 13, 2015 10:47 am | by UEi Test Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The newly upgraded C85 brings EOS CO2 measurement technology to UEi's residential portable combustion analyzer.

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