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China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.                     

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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                             

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit Monday against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of refusing to give a doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.       

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Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Blogs | Comments

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

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Flashing Dome Signal Lights

April 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Patlite | Product Releases | Comments

The most telling feature of these new dome signal lights is the 200 percent to 500 percent increase in luminosity over previous generation LEDs. 

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3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact The Entire Supply Chain

April 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping. A more efficient inbound freight program can minimize delays, save money, and even reduce confusion.     

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Seize Manufacturing "Reshoring" Opportunities with ASRS Efficiencies

April 7, 2014 3:46 pm | by Kardex | White Papers

This complimentary white paper outlines how ASRS equipment aligns process improvement strategies such as lean.When better accuracy can be combined with sizable improvements in labor productivity and space savings, the case for dynamic storage as an enabler of lean efficiencies is clear cut.Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, however, North American manufacturing will need to be as lean and efficient as possible to turn the tables on offshoring.Download the complimentary white paper.

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Protecting Detroit's Water With Better Controls

April 7, 2014 3:40 pm | by Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins. The basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.        

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Church Calls For Wal-Mart Investor Vote On Guns

April 7, 2014 1:59 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Attorneys for a church in Manhattan are asking a federal judge in Delaware to prohibit Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include its proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.     

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Ford's 435,000 Vehicle Recall

April 7, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats. The biggest of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years.                  

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Job Market Stronger, Not Strong Enough

April 7, 2014 1:49 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With 192,000 jobs added in March, the labor market is strong enough that businesses are growing, but still too weak for the Federal Reserve to promptly end stimulus.                         

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Michigan's Auto Industry Revival Plan

April 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration, and skilled trades, officials said.                    

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Southeast Manufacturing Reaches Highest Point Since 2012

April 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased for March, registering its highest reading since 2012, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report.                      

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Boeing: U.S. OKs Sale Of Plane Parts To Iran

April 7, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said Friday that it received U.S. government approval to export certain spare parts for commercial airplanes to Iran.                                    

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Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.               

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Petrochemical Company Reduces Scale In Heat Exchangers

April 7, 2014 10:53 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, Scalewatcher | Articles | Comments

Liaoyang Petroleum’s Olefin Factory in the Hongwei District of mainland China, producing MEG and polypropylene, is saving $65,000 a year in maintenance following the installation of a computerized, electronic water conditioner.   

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How To Reap The Gains Of Business Process Automation

April 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv | Articles | Comments

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, one fact is indisputable — Business Process Automation is on the rise.

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How Much Has The Flight 370 Search Cost?

April 7, 2014 9:41 am | by Leon Drouin-Keith, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not a question most governments involved in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost?                          

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Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.       

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