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Vero Collection from Keen Utility

February 11, 2015 10:07 am | by Keen Utility | Product Releases | Comments

Built for indoor manufacturing jobs, the non-slip Vero Collection is a new style for Keen Utility’s Spring ’15 offerings.      

How to Design a Structured Approach to Cabling

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Banathy, Industrial Automation Solution Architect, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

Old industrial control systems have given way to the ease of ubiquitous Ethernet and IP technology. This shift has helped spark an explosion of digital devices on plant floors, and increased the demand for the higher performance, bandwidth and reliability offered by a highly structured, standards-based network infrastructure.

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Oil on Wild Ride, How Will it End?

February 11, 2015 9:35 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it's headed.

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Halliburton Announces That it Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 10, 2015 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton says it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.                                   

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New Automation Lends a Hand to U.S. Clothing Manufacturers

February 10, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Made-in-America may be a label consumers could start seeing on their clothes once again thanks to a company called SoftWear Automation and Georgia Tech.                           

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Procter & Gamble To Invest $500M in West Virginia Facility

February 10, 2015 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that it plans to invest $500 million in a West Virginia manufacturing facility and expects to create 700 jobs. The more than 1 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2017.                      

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Investor Seeks $8B GM Stock Buyback, Seat on Board

February 10, 2015 2:29 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A General Motors stockholder representing four investment funds has told the company he'll seek a seat on its board at the annual meeting this summer and will push for an $8 billion stock buyback to take place by next year.        

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U.S. Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High; Job Quits, Hiring Up

February 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

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Five of the Most Important (and Awesome) SpaceX Launches

February 10, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In honor of SpaceX's potentially historic rocket launch tonight, here are some of the companies most important launches.                                      

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Wearing its Labels With Pride

February 10, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading private label and store brand producer and contract manufacturer of beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods, and Berner's current product line represents a significant evolution from a company that opened in 1941 as a maker of natural cheeses. 

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Neighboring States Clash On EPA Coal Energy Regulation

February 10, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions.                         

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China Finds Huge Natural Gas Field in South China Sea

February 10, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China said its recent gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea could yield 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, underlining Beijing's determination to extract resources from waters claimed by several nations.      

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Sluggish Ports Cause Problems for Some OR Businesses

February 10, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Willamette Valley businesses that rely on overseas shipments say they are frustrated by the delays that have come with bargaining over a labor contract at West Coast ports, and some say the effects have hit them coming and going.      

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Titan Tool Supply Expands Micro-Video Zoom Objective

February 10, 2015 10:01 am | by Titan Tool Supply, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Titan Tool Supply, Inc. announces expanded options and accessories on its Micro-Video Zoom Objective.

Communication, Clarity Keys to Chemical Sector Success

February 10, 2015 9:43 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Henk van der Ven, the vice president of Processes and IT for International Flavors and Fragrances, has been involved in systems analytics for manufacturing for over 20 years and he recently sat down with us and SAP Chemicals conference producer Thomas Martin to discuss some of the most significant trends impacting the marketplace.

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Autopsy Finds Texas Man was Killed by Exploding Air Bag

February 10, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autopsy has found that a metal disc from a defective air bag sliced into a Texas man's neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month near Houston.                         

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Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report said.                         

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SpaceX Calls Off Launch of Space Weather Satellite

February 9, 2015 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The SpaceX company has called off Sunday's launch of a deep-space observatory. The countdown was halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system.         

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Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 2:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

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Key Performance Indicators for the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

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