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Factory Activity Improves at a Slower Rate in Philadelphia Region

February 19, 2015 1:58 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturers in the Philadelphia area expanded at a slower rate in February compared with the previous month. New orders have slipped, although shipments and hiring have improved. 

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Study: EPA Labels Don't Reflect Total Savings for Hybrid, Electric Cars

February 19, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study.

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Meet Harriet, The World's Most Powerful Gas Turbine

February 19, 2015 1:20 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Eric King has made many an extreme machine cry uncle over his long career as a testing engineer. But nothing comes close to his current charge, Harriet, the world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine.

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Economist: Stronger Dollar to Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Manufacturing Growth

February 19, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A manufacturing group predicts the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. 

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MiJET Parts Cleaning and Collection Unit

February 19, 2015 11:42 am | by Custom Service Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Custom Service Solutions, Inc. introduces its 12 inch MiJET parts cleaning and collection unit. 

Emergency Shower Decontamination Booths

February 19, 2015 10:51 am | by HEMCO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Emergency Safety Shower Decontamination Booth HEMCO Emergency Shower / Decontamination Booths are fully assembled and ready for installation to water supply and waste systems.

Labor Disputes Roil Canadian Rail Industry

February 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The union representing thousands of Canadian National Railway Company employees says it is considering a strike vote as labor issues persist among the country's largest rail operators.

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Governor Joins Call for Superfund Listing for Aluminum Plant

February 19, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Bullock has joined the call to have the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List, a step toward gaining federal funding to clean up the 120-acre site.

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Owner Behind Beef Recall Pleads Guilty to Processing Cancerous Cattle

February 19, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the centre of a massive recall has pleaded guilty to processing cattle with cancer for consumption.

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Foreign Holdings of U.S. Treasury Debt Hit Record in December

February 19, 2015 9:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December despite investors in China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt, cutting back on their holdings.

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Caterpillar Says U.S. is Investigating its Movement of Cash

February 19, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday.

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The Untethered Technician

February 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Mark Hardesty | Articles | Comments

Thanks to the introduction of WiFi and mobile devices, technicians are working faster and smarter, with huge productivity gains attributable directly to instant, onsite access to information. The result is less machine downtime, more reliable production, and higher output.

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A Less Lethal Alternative to Guns

February 18, 2015 3:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Triple Defender is one of the less lethal alternatives to guns that law enforcement is increasingly interested in after the recent controversies over police killings.

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Hershey Moves to Ban Cadbury Chocolates in U.S.

February 18, 2015 3:37 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

For more than 30 years, importers of British goods brought English Cadbury Chocolate into the United States, but as a lawsuit between American chocolate behemoth Hersey and British importers draws to a close, fans of milky English bars of chocolate are anticipating a permanent dry spell. 

The Five Continuous Improvement Paradoxes

February 18, 2015 3:34 pm | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

Succeeding with continuous improvement has proven harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and where your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding.

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White House Considering Oil Train Safety Upgrades

February 18, 2015 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry's voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. Here is a look at what's rolling on U.S. rails. 

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4,300 Pounds of Pork Sausage Products Recalled

February 18, 2015 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a business is recalling about 4,300 pounds of pork sausage products in Michigan due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen.

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3 Vehicle Trends To Keep an Eye On

February 18, 2015 3:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.

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Producer Prices Decline for Third Consecutive Month

February 18, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department's Producer Price Index decreased by 0.8 percent in January, the third consecutive monthly decline and the largest drop since the statistic debuted more than five years ago.

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Manufacturing Production Up Slightly in January

February 18, 2015 10:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Factory output by U.S. manufacturers increased by 0.2 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.

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