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California Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 8, 2015 2:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In response to a historic drought affecting nearly all of California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the state's first-ever limits on water use. 

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GM Cars Will Spy on Your Teen's Driving

April 8, 2015 2:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

General Motors' new Teen Driver monitoring system can track your child's speed and give you a driving report card. But can it track adults as well?

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The Swell of Automation in Manufacturing

April 8, 2015 2:40 pm | by Lisa Richards | Articles | Comments

Facility automation offers a world of hope for members of the reliability industry: improved quality control, better safety for employees and customers, an increase in production and machine performance and ultimately, reductions in spending. 

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Stronger U.S. Economy and Dollar Tighten Latin American Ties

April 8, 2015 2:25 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Across Latin America, companies increasingly are looking north for business. The prospect of tighter commercial ties across the Americas has handed the United States a chance to reclaim some of the regional economic and political clout it lost to a surging China over the past decade. 

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China's 'Hell on Earth' Mineral Refineries

April 8, 2015 2:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The seemingly exponential advance of technology easily conjures visions of a cleaner, more advanced future. But according to reports, those visions are largely built upon the work at a "dystopian and horrifying" industrial ecosystem deep within China's interior.

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East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 8, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ports on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. nearly matched their Pacific Coast counterparts in imported cargo traffic as western ports wrapped up a months-long labor dispute.

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Retrofit Seals Protect Plant Equipment and Personnel

April 8, 2015 10:41 am | by Jim Hemingway | Articles | Comments

Coal ash can cause a multitude of problems in plants, from increased maintenance costs, safety hazards, to risk for costly equipment failure. See how one western plant dealt with their coal ash problem. 

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U.S. Agency Denies Request to Probe Fiat Chrysler Minivans

April 8, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have denied a New Jersey man's request to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans because they can stall after refueling.

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Summer Gas Prices Expected to be 32 Percent Lower This Year

April 8, 2015 10:19 am | by Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers will see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years, according the Energy Department. 

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Tesla Boosts Range, Power and Price of Low-End Model S

April 8, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.

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Shell Looks to Acquire BG Group in $70B Deal

April 8, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to acquire U.K.-based BG Group in one of the largest deals ever in the oil and gas sector.

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Report Highlights Role of Supply Chains in Health Care Industry

April 8, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new analysis by Frost & Sullivan suggests companies in the health care industry can gain a competitive advantage by placing a greater emphasis on their supply chains.

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Combatting the Challenges of E-Commerce with Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 2:56 pm | by John Hinchey | Articles | Comments

While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors.

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Is Fracking Responsible for Earthquakes in Oklahoma?

April 7, 2015 2:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Oklahoma has recently stolen the title of the nation’s earthquake capital from California. And as the frequency of earthquakes continue to increase, it has people beginning to question just what is responsible. 

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Colleges Help City Kids Join Robotics Craze

April 7, 2015 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Michigan high school students from some urban districts are able to compete in robotics thanks to the good will, plus the space, tools and know-how of nearby universities.

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BMW’s Crash-Proof Car

April 7, 2015 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With constant news about ignition switches and exploding gas tanks, it’s nice to hear that BMW is taking a step toward accident avoidance. 

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 7, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US. 

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U.S. Again Leads in Petroleum and Natural Gas Production

April 7, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. led the world in petroleum and natural gas production for a third consecutive year in 2014, according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration. 

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U.S. Job Openings Surge, Yet Employers Slow to Hire

April 7, 2015 1:35 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Revamping Your Supply Chain Networks

April 7, 2015 10:39 am | by Bob Farrell | Articles | Comments

Now is the time for manufacturers to consider revamping how they track supply chain networks. Here are the top three reasons why. 

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