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C255 Industrial Combustion Analyzer

April 16, 2015 10:29 am | by UEi Test Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The UEi C255 Industrial Combustion Analyzer features the EOS CO2 measurement technology.

Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California sing a long-expired permit. 

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Court Rules GM is Shielded From Death Claims by Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.

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Exxon: $8.9B Sought in Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 16, 2015 9:38 am | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

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KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 16, 2015 9:33 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of their fruit and nut bars as “healthy”— because they do not meet federal standards.

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More Americans Sought Unemployment Benefits Last Week

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the second straight week yet remained at a low level that is consistent with more hiring.

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April Marks Equal Pay Day

April 15, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Yesterday marked the number of days more a woman has to work past December 31 in order to make the same as the average man did in the previous year. 

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GM Drops Price of the Electric Chevrolet Spark

April 15, 2015 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of slow sales.

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Factory Output Rises for First Time Since November

April 15, 2015 2:20 pm | News | Comments

Output at U.S. factories rose last month for the first time since November, pushed up by increased auto production.

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Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 2:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Is this a vision of the future of industry? Fewer workers, more machines, fully automated.

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Toyota to Build $1B Corolla Plant in Mexico

April 15, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota announced plans Wednesday to construct a new billion-dollar manufacturing plant in Mexico and alter production at its facilities in Canada.

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Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 15, 2015 1:50 pm | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

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Apple Watch’s Debut Shows Growing Importance of China

April 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The simultaneous debut of the Apple Watch in the U.S. and China exemplifies the increasing importance of the world's most populous country to top American retailers, according to consulting firm Tompkins International.

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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.

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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