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Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

Obama Tells CEOs He Wants to Work on Wage Growth

December 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market.     

Heinz Opens State-of-the-Art Cereal Factory in China

December 3, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees joined Chinese Government Officials to celebrate the opening of the Company’s largest infant cereal production plant in the world.                       

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Wipe Away the Losses

December 2, 2014 5:31 pm | by Sean Gaffney, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Compact & Standard Category Product Line | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics of discussion in modern industry and society recently. And the European Union has joined in the discussion by taking an active role in creating unified requirements and standards looking to improve the energy efficiency of motor driven systems in industrial and everyday applications.

Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (and Rewards) of Onshoring

November 26, 2014 9:31 am | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

AAM Asks Americans to Pledge to Buy American-Made Over Holidays

November 26, 2014 9:24 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Millions of shoppers will rush to stores in the hopes of a great deal on Friday, there is nothing that will change that, however the Alliance for American Manufacturing wants to change the effects of such consumerism. They want that money to go back to American workers and companies.

NAM Urges India to Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                             

Global Watchdog Calls for More EU Spending

November 25, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe must relax its fiscal rules and let governments spend more money or risk dragging down the global economy, a major international organization said.                           

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Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year in OK and Surrounding States

November 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.                                 

The New Holiday Essential: Bubble Wrap

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

More than a billion packages are expected to be shipped this holiday season. That's big business for the makers of Bubble Wrap, Sealed Air. They even wrap your Thanksgiving turkey.                    

Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

In today’s highly accountable business environment, it is necessary for manufacturers to optimize the performance and value of their metal detection systems. They can no longer be viewed as just a means to remove metallic contamination.    

Getting the Most Out of Your Electric Motor Repair

November 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP Vice President, Dreisilker Electric Motors | Articles | Comments

Even with standards, studies and certifications, there is no guarantee or requirement for repair shops to provide exceptional or reliable electric motor repair.                         

Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 10:39 am | by Paul Anderson | Articles | Comments

Without the correct maintenance, bacteria, dirt and other pesky contaminants can find their way inside buildings and onto factory and warehouse floors, causing excessive wear and tear as well as increasing the risk of costly slips and trips in the workplace.

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Tribal Head To Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks

November 21, 2014 9:57 am | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent.     

EPA Plans New Toxin Guidelines for Drinking Water

November 20, 2014 2:49 pm | by John Seewer | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio's fourth-largest city, a federal official said. 

Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 9:35 am | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow – or both – an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.

When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 19, 2014 11:32 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the way we eat. 

Safety Agency To Push for National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.                       

Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

November 18, 2014 10:25 am | by Mike Cameron | News | Comments

When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives.                                   

U.S. Pension Insurer Ran Record $62B Deficit in 2014

November 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit.   

Actavis To Spend $66B on Allergan

November 17, 2014 2:29 pm | by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Actavis will pay $66 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Allergan in a deal that could finally end a months-long takeover push from Valeant Pharmaceuticals for the Botox maker.                       

Motors Week: Brushes, Sparking, and Machine Maintenance

November 17, 2014 12:04 pm | by M.S. May, Speer Carbon Co. (currently E-Carbon America, a Helwig Carbon Products, Inc. company) | Articles | Comments

The carbon brush is a crucial piece to keep machines operating efficiently. However, “the little brush gets all the blame” is a statement commonly heard in the industry, but the blame is usually misdirected. One common problem is sparking at the brush face, which is usually the first symptom of trouble elsewhere.

Breaking the Lubrication Mentality Barrier

November 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Stacy Heston, Senior Project Manager – Reliability Services at Des-Case | Articles | Comments

When implementing a lubrication program, the Monitor & Control phase can make or break your implementation. This phase provides the necessary verification to ensure goals are being met.                 

November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Danielle Iera | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           

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