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FDA: ‘Medically Important’ Antibiotics Increase in Food Animals

April 13, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators said the use of important antibiotics in poultry, livestock and other farm animals increased sharply in recent years amid rising concerns about drug-resistant bacteria. 

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Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The marketing shift could help alter the public perception of drones, which have sparked safety and privacy concerns and share a name with the military's infamous unmanned attack planes.

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OEM Wide Assortment of PEEK Tubing

April 13, 2015 11:35 am | by VICI Valco | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Valco’s new assortment of PEEK Tubing is available in a variety of natural PEEK, solid color coded, dual layer color coded, striped and dash-stripe coded.

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Could These Robots Reinvent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 10:56 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

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C85 EOS Combustion Analyzer

April 13, 2015 10:47 am | by UEi Test Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The newly upgraded C85 brings EOS CO2 measurement technology to UEi's residential portable combustion analyzer.

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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