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Alcoa Doubling High-Tech Coating Capacity in MI to Capture Growing Aerospace Demand

December 11, 2014 2:40 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a unit of lightweight, high-performance metals leader Alcoa, is doubling its high-technology coating capacity at its Whitehall, Michigan facility. The $16.7 million investment will position the Company to further capture growing demand for advanced jet engine parts.

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F-35 Fighter Jet Has Another Problem

December 11, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet has had lots of problems since its first flight in 2006. Now as the planes start to arrive at Air Force bases around the country, another issue has come to light.                 

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Japan Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan.                   

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Thought Leaders: Tips on Using Your Supplier for an Improved Safety Program

December 11, 2014 1:58 pm | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO sits down with Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to discuss some of the safety issues Grainger sees with its manufacturing customers, and how it looks to help streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

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Chinese Leaders Affirm Commitment to Slower Growth

December 11, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese leaders on Thursday affirmed their commitment to a "new normal" of slower economic growth next year and promised to help the poor and promote market-oriented reforms.                     

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Shale: A Game Changer for U.S. Manufacturing

December 11, 2014 1:48 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

In a report released today, PwC US examines whether shale will continue to help drive a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. The answer? A resounding yes.                             

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Rousseau's New L50 Electronic Lock

December 11, 2014 11:03 am | by Rousseau Metal | Product Releases | Comments

Rousseau's new L50 lock is its latest solution for security management on Rousseau cabinets. It has been designed for use on all "R" and "L" cabinets, as well as "R" multi-drawer cabinets. The existing locks can simply be replaced by the L50. 

A Journeyman's Roadmap for Navigating ISO Functional Safety Standards

December 11, 2014 10:42 am | by Bill Stone, Machine Safety Domain Expert, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle to find a starting point and determine which standards are appropriate for which application and in what geographic location. A roadmap can help determine the appropriate ISO standard for the project and how it can be applied to achieve desired safety performance.

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The ReferenceMate, a Portable Vibration Reference

December 11, 2014 10:35 am | by Meggitt Sensing Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems is announcing the launch of the New Handheld Shaker. The ReferenceMate portable vibration reference quickly and easily checks operation and set-up of accelerometers and velocity sensors in the field. 

Manufacturers Seek Women for Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:21 am | by M.L. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. So some companies looking for welders, machinists and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women.                             

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7 Percent in October

December 11, 2014 10:08 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                       

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Budget Deal Targets, but Misses Climate Regulations

December 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats successfully blocked measures to prohibit the government from regulating heat-trapping carbon dioxide from power plants for the first time and to throw out rules by the Environmental Protection Agency that expand the number of waterways that can be protected from pollution. Both efforts are likely to come back next year when Republicans are in charge.

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November Budget Deficit Drops to $56.8B

December 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year is down 21 percent from the same period a year ago, although much of that improvement stems from quirks in the calendar.              

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Obama Works to Promote Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with corporate advisers and pushing for a simpler tax code for businesses and expanded trade, two policy proposals that are certain to put him at odds with some fellow Democrats as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

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Elon Musk's Big Bet on Battery Technology

December 10, 2014 2:37 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Cory Johnson discusses how Tesla CEO Elon Musk is disrupting utilities.                                                   

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Detroit Bankruptcy Officially Ending

December 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Detroit is formally emerging from bankruptcy, marking the end of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday.                         

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

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Senator's Family Sues Manufacturers After Plane Crash

December 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages from the aircraft's manufacturers in a negligence lawsuit.                               

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Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 2:01 pm | by Mary Claire Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Setting the stage for debate after Republicans take control, a House subcommittee on Wednesday was to review legislation that would make such food labels voluntary.

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Exxon Sees Abundant Oil, Gas Far Into Future

December 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world's oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast.

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