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Multi-Function 1/16 DIN ON-Delay Interval Timer

November 12, 2015 9:32 am | by Marsh Bellofram Corporation (Automatic Timing & Controls Division) | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 405AE features two modes of operation: either on-delay or interval timing. Each features eight selectable time ranges and a SPDT contact output configuration rated for 5 amps resistive.

Mayor Raises Pittsburgh Workers' Minimum Wage To $15 By 2021

November 11, 2015 3:13 pm | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pittsburgh is one on a growing list of cities working toward a $15 minimum wage for city employees. Whether or not these actions in the public sector will ripple out to the private sector is to be determined. 


Report Questions Railroad Bridge Safety, Inspection System

November 11, 2015 2:56 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The crude oil often travels in trains with more than 100 tank cars, and there have been several fiery derailments involving crude oil in recent years.


Local Motors Unveils A 3D Printed Car For Mass Production

November 11, 2015 2:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

The all-electric LM3D Swim will contain about 75 percent 3D-printed parts, but the company plans to continue design development to increase that number to 90 percent as the technology advances.


When Does IoT Make Sense?

November 11, 2015 2:45 pm | by Mitch Maiman, President & Co-Founder, Intelligent Product Solutions | Articles | Comments

With all the purported benefits of making any object into a “connected” object, you might think there’s no product in the world that shouldn’t be IoT-enabled. Yet it’s worth pausing to ask whether it truly makes sense to design and produce an IoT solution.


GM, Government Actions Questioned In Car Fire Recalls

November 11, 2015 2:39 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The post-recall fires raise questions about whether GM should have acted sooner, whether the government should have taken notice and stepped in, and whether the ineffective fix should have been approved in the first place.


Small Southern Illinois Village Braces For Coal Mine Closure

November 11, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Murray Energy Corp. announced last week that it expects to close American Coal Company's New Era mine in mid-2016. Its sister mine in Galatia, New Future, is expected to keep operating. The two mines employed about 700 people before layoffs earlier this year.


German Transport Agency Is Testing Emissions On 23 Brands

November 11, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency said Wednesday since late September it's been examining about 50 diesel-powered vehicles, based on German test statistics and tips about heightened emissions.


BASF Revamp Creates Two New Units: Paper And Oilfield Chemicals

November 11, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | News | Comments

The German mega-chemicals company said that the changes would result in approximately 120 jobs being cut globally after they take effect Jan. 1.


China Auto Sales Grow At Year's Strongest Rate After Tax Cut

November 11, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Purchases of sedans, SUVs and minivans in the biggest market by number of vehicles sold rose 13.3 percent to 1.9 million, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.


Beer Merger Will Not Bring Budweiser, Miller Under Same Roof

November 11, 2015 10:05 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two biggest beer makers will join forces to create a company that produces almost a third of the world's beer. But in the U.S., the deal will not bring arch rivals Budweiser and Miller under the same roof.


Manufacturing Minute: A Creepy Worm-Like Robot That Changes Shape

November 11, 2015 9:20 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, a shape-shifting robot that can perform a variety of tasks. 


New 1 NPT Swivel Fitting

November 11, 2015 8:42 am | by EXAIR Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

With this 303 Stainless Steel swivel, EXAIR’s Super Air Nozzles can be pointed exactly where you need work to be done. 

Small U.S. Businesses Wooing Big Players At Mideast Airshow

November 10, 2015 3:15 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney doesn't just have a booth at this year's Dubai Airshow. The company takes up two chalets outside the main exhibition hall alongside other aviation and defense giants like Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.


The True Costs Of ERP Customization

November 10, 2015 3:05 pm | by Jay Deakins | Articles | Comments

Should a manufacturer require a unique capability, custom changes to the code can be made to fulfill their needs. Given any issue, customization is indeed the fastest way to solve a problem the first time. It is also, however, the worst way to solve a problem long term.


Justices Skeptical Of Tyson Foods In Class-Action Case

November 10, 2015 2:49 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The justices indicated during arguments that they would not embrace Tyson's invitation to use the case to impose new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues.


Tesla’s Stumbles Are Simply Growing Pains

November 10, 2015 2:36 pm | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Wherever the electric vehicle market is going, Tesla is the company that fueled the race.


Building The World's Largest, Fastest 3D-Printed Aircraft Ever

November 10, 2015 2:29 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As 3D printing technologies continue to grow, it allows the aerospace industry to lower costs and production time. At the Dubai Air Show, U.S. and Israeli company Stratasys unveiled the largest 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle.


Star Trek-Like 'Tractor Beam' Becomes Reality

November 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Scientists in the U.K. are using miniature loudspeakers to lift and move tiny beads. In future, they hope to deploy this tractor beam-like technology in the human body.


Study: Dispersants Did Not Help Oil Degrade In BP Spill

November 10, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

If the new results are true, up to half the oil can't be accounted for, said the author of a new study on the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.



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