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Economical Load Tester

August 8, 2014 4:52 pm | by Load Cell Central | Product Releases | Comments

Load Cell Central has introduced a tester that fills the niche of economical and versatile load cell testing equipment. It benefits every skill level and it fits nicely in almost every budget, says the company.  

The Daily Grind

August 8, 2014 4:14 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Most every manufacturing facility has a countless inventory of abrasives in a variety of grains for different applications and finishes. The challenge for many is aligning the results needed with the materials available, and thus selection options — and concerns — can be enough to make the average manufacturing worker’s head spin.

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Watch Boeing's CEO Trash Talk Airbus

August 8, 2014 3:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney says his Dreamliners are superior to anything in Airbus' fleet, but says the A330neo 'will be an improvement' from its current model.                           

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Officials: Corporate Tax Case Could Cost Michigan

August 8, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in favor of IBM in a corporate tax case could cost the state more than $1 billion — an amount that could have a "budget-busting" impact, according to the state's attorney general.         

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Rechargeable Nightstick

August 8, 2014 3:50 pm | by Bayco Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

These duty/personal-size rechargeable dual-lights use a CREE LED rated at 650 lumens that works in conjunction with a high-efficiency deep parabolic reflector to create a usable beam rated at 275 meters.

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 8, 2014 2:40 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | Articles | Comments

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

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How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

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Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact on U.S.

August 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                           

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Manufacturing Day Events Expected To Top 1,500

August 8, 2014 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation.                          

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Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.                     

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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                

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Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                                          

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Wholesale Inventories Rise in June

August 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                              

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Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                               

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Hyundai Fined $17.35M for Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.                    

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GM Issues Third Recall for SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that GM is telling customers to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired because they could catch fire when left unattended.          

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Factory Worker Sentenced for Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan. 

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FDA Lifts Hold on Experimental Ebola Drug

August 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.                    

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 9:30 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified Thursday.

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New Bearing Protectors

August 7, 2014 3:23 pm | by Helwig Carbon Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Helwig’s Bearing Protector is a shaft grounding assembly that diverts static and induced electrical currents in motor shafts away from the bearings.  

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