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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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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:31 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday.             

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Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                            

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 10:31 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

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Pneumatically Actuated Nozzle

August 13, 2014 10:29 am | by BETE Fog Nozzle, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new HydroPulse from BETE offers interchangeable flat fan spray tips that are pneumatically actuated for a crisp on/off spray. 

Why Particle Physics Matters to Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

When you look at big scientific questions, it’s hard to see the manufacturing implications at first. Author Mike Collins explains why particle physics has been transformative for the manufacturing sector.              

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Deere Takes a Hit as Farm Economy Weakens

August 13, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year.                      

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Budget Deficit Running 24.2 Pct. Below 2013

August 13, 2014 9:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Reporter | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office expects this year's deficit to total around $500 billion, down from $680.2 billion last year.                                   

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Bipartisan Bill to Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 13, 2014 9:26 am | News | Comments

The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers.                      

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Record Imports Expected as West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 13, 2014 9:24 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.          

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Why Women Leave Engineering Careers

August 12, 2014 2:45 pm | by American Psychological Association | Articles | Comments

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons.             

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