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Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:19 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

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Oil Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions

February 18, 2015 9:56 am | by John Raby, Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

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Boston Scientific Will Pay Johnson & Johnson $600M

February 18, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boston Scientific will pay $600 million to settle with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the medical device maker's $27 billion acquisition of Guidant Corp. in 2006.

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Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent in 2014

February 18, 2015 9:37 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year.

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High Pressure Fittings for 360 µm Tubing

February 17, 2015 7:29 pm | by VICI Valco | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Valco’s Cheminert High Pressure PEEK Fittings are rated at 5000 psi with fingertight nuts. The taper angle and detail design conform to the industry standard established by the Valco line.

Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 17, 2015 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Don't expect to see them too soon, but they could be coming to your local grocery store — two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced.

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Researchers Develop Spray-On, DNA ‘Barcode’ for Food

February 17, 2015 2:24 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a startup firm have developed a spray that can allow contaminated food to be traced back to its source within an hour.

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New 'Flexible' Factory in India is Changing How We Make Things

February 17, 2015 2:13 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change.

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Newton Families: Send Suit Against Gun Maker to State Court

February 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gun maker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding.

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Why Refinery Strike Has Little Impact at Gas Pump

February 17, 2015 1:53 pm | News | Comments

A refinery strike would seem like an understandable reason for increased gas prices. Yet three weeks into a walkout at 11 refineries around the country, the impact on the prices of gasoline, diesel and other fuels is barely discernable. Here's why. 

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VW Certifies UAW Alternative Group at Tennessee Plant

February 17, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Volkswagen has certified a group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, setting the stage for the group's continued showdowns with the United Autoworkers union.

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Obama Administration May Double Salary Threshold for OT Exemption

February 17, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements.

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The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 17, 2015 10:52 am | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.

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Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working on Electric Car Project

February 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Bernard Condon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. 

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 56

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56.

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Japanese Automakers Adjust to Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories.

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing $4.1M

February 17, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period.

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New York Manufacturing Grows at Slower Pace in February

February 17, 2015 10:00 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a modest pace in February, held back by weaker orders and hiring.

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Low Volt Pinhole Detector

February 16, 2015 1:50 pm | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The TQC Low Voltage Pinhole detector enables you to inspect various coatings on conductive substrates for small defects such as holidays and pinholes using the 'wet sponge technique.' 

3 Steps for Evolving IoT Architectures

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jack Tison, SVP Emerging Business, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

New architecture models and technologies have emerged that ease Industrial IoT deployment and accelerate time to value.

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