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How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

When does an active supervisor look like when he is no longer bogged down in an office doing paperwork? Active supervision occurs when a supervisor spends substantial time on the shop floor helping workers solve problems.

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China's Trade Shrinks in Sign of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's trade contracted in March by an unexpectedly wide margin, adding to expectations that Beijing will launch new stimulus to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy. 

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GM Says it Has Fixed 70 Percent of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling more than 2 million small cars with faulty ignition switches worldwide, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of the vehicles that are still on the road.

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Reports Links Pennsylvania Fracking to Rising Radon Levels

April 13, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly published report suggests that fracking in Pennsylvania contributed to a rise in radon levels in nearby buildings over the past decade. 

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Feds OK Test Flights for Amazon Drones

April 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amazon.com will be able to test its new drone delivery service in U.S. airspace after all. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 10, 2015 3:15 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner who was recognized by the EPA for their efforts toward more environmentally sound manufacturing and a loser who has become the focus of lawsuits and a potentially reopened federal investigation.

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Ultra-Luxury Automakers Spark $1M Car Trend

April 10, 2015 3:11 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Luxury automakers are pushing the limits of high-end automobiles with the latest trend delivering vehicles with a purchase price topping out at more than $1 million.

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Why Everyone in the U.S. Will Feel California's Drought

April 10, 2015 1:49 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As the drought in California enters a fourth year, consumers across the country could pay the price at the supermarket.

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Nissan, BMW Recall Vehicles to Fix Problems with Fuel Pumps

April 10, 2015 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 94,000 vehicles because the fuel pumps can fail and cause stalling.

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Treasury Report Knocks European, Asian Nations Over Currency

April 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A report from the U.S. Treasury Department took several other nations to task Thursday over their monetary policies. 

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Safety Chief Wants To Cap Big Rig Speeds to Fix Tire Problem

April 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Meghan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. It may also contact states about speed limits that are higher than commercial truck tires are designed to handle. 

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Mitsubishi Sets Sights on Niche in Aircraft Sector

April 10, 2015 12:04 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a tightly guarded factory in central Japan, Mitsubishi, a maker of the Zero fighter planes of World War II, is launching its MRJ regoinal jet and aiming to fulfill Japan's long-cherished ambitions to regain status as a major aviation power. 

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Women in Manufacturing Files as Trade Association

April 10, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

National networking group Women in Manufacturing this week announced its reorganization as a trade association. 

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Photo of the Day: NC State Engineers Print a Titanium Football

April 10, 2015 10:27 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Engineers from Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) recently presented NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson with a very unique gift — a titanium football manufactured by advanced 3D printing technology.

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Managing Supply Risk for Distributors

April 10, 2015 10:10 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution | Articles | Comments

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances. 

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U.S. Safety Agency May Reopen Jeep Fire Investigation

April 10, 2015 9:50 am | by Megan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency may reopen an investigation into Jeep gas tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end crashes, the agency's top official said Thursday.

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GE Pares Off Financial Unit and Returns to Industrial Roots

April 10, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric is getting out of the lending business, a major profit generator, as it focuses more on its industrial business and sheds a massive financial unit that had its own set of risks.

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Mini Bolt Cutters

April 9, 2015 3:48 pm | by KNIPEX | Product Releases | Comments

The new KNIPEX CoBolt Mini Bolt Cutters are designed to cut nearly everything that fits between their jaws, up to 1/4 inch.

Why Calibration Needs to be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 9, 2015 2:23 pm | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes, it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well. And, regardless of who owns the software, it needs to be considered in your APM architecture.

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