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Technology Consumption Up 188 Percent Over Jan. 2010

March 17, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

January U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $371.41 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 16.

No More Henry Fords

March 17, 2011 4:59 am | by by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, | Blogs | Comments

  Manufacturing.net   Slowly but surely all of the “mom and pop” manufacturing facilities are closing. From sardine canneries in Maine to baking product suppliers in California, smaller plants are feeling the pressure from buyers who believe importing manufactured goods is more cost efficient.

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How Smoke Detectors Work

March 16, 2011 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

Once again we turn to Bill, the “Engineer Guy,” to explain how the world works. This time? Smoke detectors. It turns out, a miniscule piece of radioactive material, Americium, works in conjunction with a special integrated circuit, called a MOSFET (or Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor).

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The New American Dream

March 16, 2011 10:14 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's Fareed Zakaria explores the future potential of America's workforce and the new American dream. According to Zakaria, Americans need to focus on acquiring skills that will allow them to become mobile, dynamic, and entrepreneurial workers. The old American Dream doesn't work anymore, so it's necessary to change with the times.

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Relying On A Smarter Supply Chain

March 16, 2011 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

For those businesses who import or export goods from Japan, particularly those that rely upon Japanese-based suppliers, the supply chain is about to get a bit trickier. CNBC sat down with Jeffrey Schwartz of Global Logistic Properties, and Jon Langenfield of Robert W. Baird & Co. Despite a massive recovery effort, many businesses have sprung back extraordinarily quickly, as Schwartz reports, and with a more integrated global supply chain, perhaps things aren't as bad as many had originally thought.

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Are U.S. Nuclear Plants Safe From Disaster?

March 16, 2011 9:56 am | Videos | Comments

With the cascading issues at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant gaining much international press attention, many are starting to wonder whether or not America's own nuclear plants are safe from disaster. CBS sat down with Cham Dallas, professor at the University of Georgia, to discuss some of the concerns.

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Japanese Manufacturing Could Take Years, Billions To Recover

March 16, 2011 4:48 am | by Kelvin Chan and Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — It took only minutes for the earthquake and tsunami to devastate Japan's northeast. Rebuilding will take years — if it can be afforded. The relentless wall of water that the quake unleashed killed thousands, swept away whole towns, inundated roads and knocked ports, oil refineries, steel plants and factories out of action.

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IOSHA Fines Notre Dame For Blatant Scissor Lift Disregard

March 16, 2011 4:41 am | News | Comments

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed the football team on a windy day had expressed displeasure about practice being held outside, according to a state report released Tuesday. Declan Sullivan wasn't happy when he found out the team would be practicing outside last Oct.

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Toyota, Subaru Scale Back U.S. Production After Quake

March 16, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Two Japanese automakers are scaling back production at North American plants as they assess their ability to get parts from Japan after that country's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Subaru of America said Tuesday it has suspended overtime at its only North American plant in Lafayette, Ind.

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Ford's Mulally Praises Louisville As 'Center Of Excellence'

March 16, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally previewed his company's next Kentucky-made vehicle Tuesday night, saying the new version of the Escape small SUV that will roll off the assembly line at a retooled Louisville manufacturing plant will be transformational. Mulally also praised the automaker's partnership with Louisville, calling the city where Ford has twomanufacturing plants a "center of excellence.

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Toyota Matches Employee Donations For Earthquake Relief

March 16, 2011 4:25 am | News | Comments

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Toyota manufacturing employees in North America who donate money to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan will have their gifts matched by the company. Employees, temporary workers and contractors are all eligible, and there is no cap on the match. Spokesman Rick Hesterberg told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the Erlanger-based manufacturing operations will match donations dollar for dollar.

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Mo. Lawmakers Approve Of Major Worker's Comp. Overhaul

March 16, 2011 4:22 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to legislation that restricts employees from suing co-workers over injuries incurred on the job. The legislation also expressly states that occupational diseases, such as health problems associated with asbestos exposure in a workplace, are covered by the state workers' compensation system.

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Guard Your Forks

March 15, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pharmaseal Scrubs LLC (Riviera Beach, FL) has introduced the Truck-Gard modular protective covers for Class 3 Walkie pallet trucks in all makes and models. The covers allow full functionality of the truck with the cover on, including battery charging. All nameplates, placards, controls, and safety components are easily-accessible as well.

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Electrically-Heated And Independent

March 15, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Quincy (Woodstock, IL) now offers the #49C-650D, an electrically-heated oven, which is available in NFPA 86 Class ‘A’ or Class ‘B’ configurations. According to the company, the oven is a popular choice among heat processors for most curing, drying, and pre-heating needs.

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Heavier-Duty Work Stands

March 15, 2011 7:07 am | by Learn more visiting www.dewalt.com . | Product Releases | Comments

DeWalt (Towson, MD) has announced the launch of four new jobsite work standings, including the Heavy Duty Miter Saw Stand (DWX723), the Compact Miter Saw Stand (DWX724), the Heavy Duty Work Stand (DWX725), and the Heavy Duty Work Stand with Miter Saw Mounting Brackets (DWX725B). All four of the miter saw stands feature screw-attached, non-marring polymer feet that are secure and won’t mark flooring surfaces.

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Flexible, High-Performance Bonds

March 15, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

For applications where flexible, high-performance bonds are required, Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed its Polymer System EP37-3FLF, which is suitable for castings with wider cross-section thicknesses. According to the company, the polymer is serviceable over the wide range of 4K to 250°F, and it cures at room temperature in two to three days, or faster at elevated temperatures.

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USDA Says 'Cheese'

March 15, 2011 5:34 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

On Jan. 31, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines (better late than never). The food industry reactions are varied and anything but tepid. The Salt Institute calls the Guidelines “drastic, simplistic and unrealistic” after the recommendations suggested cutting sodium.

Middle East Unrest, Global Economic Instability

March 15, 2011 5:12 am | Articles | Comments

INSIGHT Inc., a top international provider of supply chain planning solutions for the world's foremost companies, reminds companies that in an era of globe-spanning operations, multiple events over the past year once again underscore the critical need to develop comprehensive business continuity plans in light of supply chain vulnerabilities.

Renault: Security Agent Invented Industrial Espionage Claims

March 15, 2011 4:43 am | by Pierre-Antoine Souchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — A security agent for Renault has been charged with fraud and accused of inventing industrial espionage claims that led the French carmaker to wrongly suspect — and suspend — three executives, the state prosecutor said Monday. The cloak-and-dagger affair, in the public eye since January, was deeply embarrassing for France's second biggest carmaker, which announced that all executives involved, including president Carlos Ghosn and chief operating officer Patrick Pelata, would forego all stock option benefits for 2011 and the "variable portion" of their 2010 earnings.

Texas Instruments: 'Substantial' Damage To Tokyo Plant

March 15, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Chip maker Texas Instruments Inc. said Monday that "substantial" damage to one of its majormanufacturing plants near Tokyo in last week's earthquake will result in extra costs and lost revenue in the first half of this year. The Miho plant, which produces mostly analog chips but also makes digital light processing technology used in televisions and projectors, won't return to full production until mid-July.

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