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Current Diverter Ring and Motor Guarding Seal

August 14, 2014 3:59 pm | by lnpro/Seal | Product Releases | Comments

lnpro/Seal's Current Diverter Ring protects motor bearings by diverting stray shaft currents that can cause bearing damage and premature motor failure.

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GE In Talks To Sell Historic Appliance Division

August 14, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.                 

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Preventing Critters From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Roxtec | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.

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Briggs & Stratton Buying Maker of Light Towers

August 14, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. is acquiring a Nebraska company that makes towable light towers, industrial heaters and solar-powered arrow boards.                            

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Cash for Carp: Illinois Company Tests Market

August 14, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

This company is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food.        

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Nissan's Clean Car Put to the Test

August 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nissan claims it has created the 'cleanest car' in the world with a new innovative paint technology. Watch as it gets put to the test.                                  

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iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 14, 2014 1:42 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year.           

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Cisco To Lay Off up to 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.                                     

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OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put in Factory Oven Pre-blast

August 14, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.                

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China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties to Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state media.          

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Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

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IP Theft Bites Back in China...Will it Lead to Change?

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In China, incomes are on the rise, and a clear middle class is emerging, meaning Chinese manufacturers are finding a domestic customer base they didn’t have in the past. Perhaps the days of producing only for export are behind them.      

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Parts Cleaning and Collection Unit

August 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Custom Service Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using one existing shop air line at your CNC machine, the pneumatically driven MiJET cleans parts and saves money by capturing expensive coolants for reuse.

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Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions.                                

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Walmart Cuts Profit Outlook

August 14, 2014 9:38 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines.                           

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GE To Invest Billions in Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few miles outside Durban, South Africa is the Bisasar Road landfill, Africa’s largest refuse site and a big source of renewable energy.                                 

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Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 1:55 pm | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

Ultimately, we consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe.                                       

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Problems for The Tesla Model S

August 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports, but a recent article states that the car now "has more than its share of problems."                                  

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Natural Gas Plant in Western Ky. Canceled

August 13, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                           

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GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility in Lansing

August 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says the new facility will create or retain about 145 jobs at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.                                         

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