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Five Safety Lessons Learned From the Demise of Titanic

April 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Mandy Savage, copywriter with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

Safety headlines grab attention with catastrophe, accidents, fines, and pointing fingers.What we don't talk about as much are the lessons learned from past mistakes. We don't celebrate the improvements, ideas generated, shared, and implemented for future use. 

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U.S. Probes Complaints About Subaru Air Bag Seat Sensors

April 15, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the air bag sensors in the seats of Subaru Impreza compact cars.

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MA1440 Arc Welding Robot

April 15, 2015 10:24 am | by Yaskawa Motoman | Product Releases | Comments

The 6-axis MA1440 arc welding robot features a 6 kg payload, up from 3 kg on the MA1400 model.

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Toyota Building Plants in Mexico, China; Seeks Growth Again

April 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is building two new auto plants, one in Mexico and the other in China, ending a 3-year hiatus from such ambitions that the Japanese automaker voluntarily imposed on itself after massive recalls.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking. 

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Cycle Gear Recalling Toys for Excessive Lead Levels

April 15, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cycle Gear Inc. is recalling about 155 semi-truck and motorcycle toys because of excessive lead levels.

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Manufacturing Groups Call for Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 15, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ahead of this week's income tax filing deadline, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation said the U.S. should exempt its companies' foreign earnings from corporate taxes. 

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HTML5 Viewing Revolutionizes Supply Chain Communication

April 14, 2015 3:23 pm | by Simon Wieczner | Articles | Comments

HTML5 technology permits a radical simplification in document access across the entire supply chain. 

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3D Printing 'Will Bring Mass Customization'

April 14, 2015 3:18 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

3D printing pioneers say their technology can return us to our pre-industrial roots, where customized designs trump mass production.

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A Beer That is Literally Out of This World

April 14, 2015 3:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company just released 'Ground Control,' a beer made with yeast that's been sent to space and back.

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Only Small Number of Jeeps Fixed 2 Years After Recall

April 14, 2015 3:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, the maker of the vehicles has repaired only 4 percent of the Grand Cherokees and 27 percent of the Libertys covered by the recall, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.

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Two-Armed Robot Designed for Factory Collaboration

April 14, 2015 3:07 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“The new era of robotic coworkers is here and an integral part of our next level strategy,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

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Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nine oilfield workers over the last five years died on the job after inhaling deadly vapors near oil or gas wells, according to a federal investigation.

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Report: Nestlé Expected to Sell Frozen Foods Unit

April 14, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Swiss multinational Nestlé is reportedly close to an agreement that would sell its Davigel frozen foods unit to Brakes Group.

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April 2015: One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 2:15 pm | by IMPO | Digital Editions | Comments

In the April Issue of IMPO, we take you into Nippon Sharyo’s U.S. location, outline crucial safety and maintenance practices, present expert insight into industrial automation, help you solve the mystery of lubrication in your facility and much more. 

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Six Steps to 5S Success

April 14, 2015 1:50 pm | by Lori Lockman | Articles | Comments

If you think there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get kids to clean their rooms, imagine telling hundreds of industrial workers they have to undertake their own variation of the same thing. 

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3D Printing and the Decentralized Industrial Revolution

April 14, 2015 12:37 pm | by Sukamal Banerjee | Articles | Comments

The world has advanced so much that science fiction is becoming a reality. This is abundantly clear in manufacturing sector as technology moves from prototyping to tooling, to the additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing.

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Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 12:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The big question for manufacturers is — is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Craig Anderson, PFI’s strategic accounts manager, walks through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without. 

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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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