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New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record MPG

October 9, 2014 11:59 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but gains in fuel economy are slowing.                                 

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 11:55 am | by Chris Fox, Manufacturing.net, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in.         

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Oleophobic Oil Repelling Treatment

October 9, 2014 10:17 am | by Rust-Oleum | Product Releases | Comments

Rust-Oleum has released NeverWet Oleophobic Oil Repelling Treatment, a unique technology that repels most hydraulic, machine and motor oils in addition to water. 

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Survey: Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data To Advance Industrial Internet

October 9, 2014 9:54 am | by GE & Accenture | News | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture, reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy.            

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Study Reveals the Importance of IT in Manufacturing

October 9, 2014 9:44 am | by The Business Wire | News | Comments

New research from Ipanema Technologies and Loudhouse reveals that manufacturers are struggling to deal with increasingly complex IT estates, as 83 percent of firms report a rise in IT complexity driven by more users, increased locations, new applications and adoption of cloud computing. 

Alcoa Boosted by Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 9:40 am | by David Koeing | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business.                             

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Ford Awards $50K to American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 9:26 am | by U.S. Newswire | News | Comments

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program.                     

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall To 8 Year Low

October 9, 2014 9:14 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low.                             

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Judge Rules in Favor of Boeing in Whistleblower Lawsuit

October 8, 2014 5:27 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

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California Rejects Solar Technology That Threatens Birds

October 8, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park, employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.               

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Pepsi Selling 'Craft' Soda To Win Back Customers

October 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era.                                  

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In Today’s Supply Chain, Anticipating Risk is Only Half the Battle

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Sundar Kamakshisundaram | Articles | Comments

As supply chains have become more complex and more global, just knowing your tier one and tier two suppliers no longer cuts it. To effectively manage risk, you need to know your suppliers’ suppliers — and even the suppliers supplying them. And more important, you must move from anticipating risk to proactively predicting it. 

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UK Cleared To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Plant

October 8, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag.          

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Toyota Unveils its Hybrid Crossover C-HR Concept Vehicle

October 8, 2014 11:54 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Karl Schlicht, executive president at Toyota, discusses the automaker’s new hybrid concept vehicle, production on their first fuel-cell vehicle and a joint venture with BMW on a dual sports car project.             

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Nestle's Animal-Welfare Move in Line With Consumer Concerns

October 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Hartman Group | Blogs | Comments

Nestlé is adopting animal-welfare standards that will affect 7,300 suppliers worldwide, a move The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom called “one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system.”

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Navy Tests Cutting-Edge Clothing Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 11:32 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Navy is testing out a cutting-edge way of manufacturing clothes; welding them together with ultrasonic waves. The process promises garments that weigh at least 40 percent less.                   

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Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu for Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Mike Pantoleano | Blogs | Comments

The time is right to make plant data portable. Soon, I predict, we’ll wonder how we ever managed our plants without it.                                     

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Autoclave Temperature Data Logger

October 8, 2014 10:16 am | by Omega | Product Releases | Comments

Omega introduces its new series of autoclave temperature data loggers. The OM-CP-HITEMP140 is a rugged, high precision logger that is built for use in harsh environments.   

Army Awards Company $80M Contract Despite Federal Inquiry

October 8, 2014 10:00 am | by Richard Lardner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work.             

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GE Selects Location For Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 8, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Oil & Gas, a division of Fortune 500 company General Electric, has selected Jacksonville for its advanced manufacturing facility for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of GE’s Mooney regulators and Becker control valves.   

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