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Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 11, 2013 9:19 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver them to clients.                             

Incorporating Sustainability Across The Supply Chain

December 11, 2013 9:11 am | by Iuliana Nita, Global Marketing Manager, Food and Beverage, Process Systems Business Unit of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.

Ford's Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

December 10, 2013 12:33 pm | by Ford Motor Company | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.              

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GM Names Mary Barra CEO, 1st Woman To Head Car Co.

December 10, 2013 10:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors product development chief Mary Barra has been named the company's new CEO, the first female head of a U.S. car company.  Barra, 51, will replace Dan Akerson on Jan. 15. Barra currently holds what many say is the most important job in the company — senior vice president for global product development.

Court: Exec Guilty Over Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 9:57 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.            

Cable Cutter For Large MCM Cables

December 10, 2013 8:26 am | by Ideal Industries Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a massive 3.5-inch jaw opening, the Big Kahuna Power Blade makes easy work of cutting large diameter copper and aluminum electrical cables, resulting in clean, installation-ready cuts on high-voltage cables up to 1250 MCM in less than twenty seconds.

Pratt & Whitney Machinists Approve New Contract

December 9, 2013 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Machinist union members who work at jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney narrowly approved a new three-year contract Sunday, signing off on a deal that includes 2.5 percent pay raises each year and a $2,000 ratification bonus.       

Oregon Gives Intel A Nike-Like Tax Deal

December 9, 2013 1:29 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 30-year agreement promises that any changes to Oregon's corporate tax structure won't affect Intel Corp. The chipmaker secured the agreement in exchange for an expansion it announced in October 2012. The company is spending $500 million to expand a semiconductor plant in Hillsboro.

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Gene Therapy Scores Big Wins Against Blood Cancers

December 9, 2013 1:20 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this one-time, experimental therapy several years ago and some remain cancer-free today. Now, at least six research groups have treated more than 120 patients with many types of blood and bone marrow cancers, with stunning results.

Food-Tech Startups Aim To Replace Eggs And Chicken

December 9, 2013 10:03 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

Electric Vehicle Makers Wait Patiently For Their Day In The Sun

December 9, 2013 9:46 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Articles | Comments

Popularly referred to as the 'future' of automobile technology, the electric vehicle (EV) industry is not particularly enjoying its present. This despite the fact that in terms of savings per km, EVs have an advantage of 40 per cent over regular cars.  The government has made a lot of promises but delivered little, say the players in this segment.

ATF: Work On Texas Explosion Case Continues

December 6, 2013 11:50 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators in charge of investigating the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas say they still consider the case open, eight months after the blast killed 15 people and sent debris flying miles away.         

Crystal Sugar Expects 'Price Crisis' To Continue

December 6, 2013 11:44 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The annual meeting of American Crystal Sugar Co. on Thursday highlighted the company's 40th year as a farmer-owned cooperative, but there was little cause for celebration among shareholders. Berg said at a press conference before his speech that he doesn't see the end to a price problem he attributes to excessive supplies of Mexican sugar in the U.S. market.

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Summit Pushes Chemical Manufacturing In Miss.

December 6, 2013 11:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi should seize an opportunity to compete for energy-thirsty economic development, economist David Dismukes suggested Thursday at the Governor's Energy Summit.A Louisiana State University professor, Dismukes was hired by the Mississippi Energy Institute to look at opportunities that might arise from the U.S. boom in natural gas production.

Shell Scraps Plans To Build $12.5B Plant In La.

December 6, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision comes just two months after Shell selected a site for the plant. It would have created 740 jobs, according to a late-September announcement that championed the plant's location in Ascension Parish, near Baton Rouge.       

GM Using Landfill Gas To Power Fort Wayne Plant

December 6, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The project will increase the use of gas from a landfill about nine miles away that began in 2002 when the factory began using it to create steam for the 4,000-worker factory that assembles Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.    

Explosion Sparks Fire At Mich. Plant; No Injuries

December 6, 2013 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say an explosion sparked a fire at a western Michigan manufacturing facility and prompted an evacuation at the plant. No one was injured. The Muskegon Chronicle reports an explosion in a titanium dust collector caused the fire late Thursday at the Alcoa Howmet facility in Whitehall, near Muskegon. Fire officials say the fire spread through duct work.

States Grovel Before Boeing In Bid For 777X Jobs

December 6, 2013 9:38 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

From coast to coast, states are rushing to impress Boeing with lavish incentive packages that offer property, labor deals and billions of dollars in tax breaks. All this in the hopes that the aerospace giant will select them to assemble the new 777X — or at least give them a wing to construct.

Obama To Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent

December 5, 2013 1:56 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources such as solar and wind power that provide thousands of jobs.

Mohawk Industries To Expand 2 Georgia Plants

December 5, 2013 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Governor Nathan Deal has announced that flooring manufacturing company Mohawk Industries is planning to renovate two facilities in northwestern Georgia and create more than 400 new jobs. Deal said Wednesday that Mohawk industries is planning to invest $85 million in the renovation of two facilities in Rome and Dalton over the next two years.

Inside BMW's USA Production Facility

December 5, 2013 9:02 am | by NDTV | Videos | Comments

It was BMW's first full manufacturing plant outside Germany, and today is the sole location that makes the X3, X5 and X6. Its scope was recently expanded to offer a larger capacity to take on future SUV models coming from BMW.       

4 Plunge To Deaths In Polish Industrial Chimney

December 4, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters in central Poland say four maintenance workers have plunged to their deaths some 120 meters (400 feet) down a chimney that they were working on at a coal-fired power plant.Spokesman Waldemar Krakowiak said Wednesday that the four were standing on a platform that came loose inside a chimney at the Kozienice plant.

Boeing Incentives Could Total $1.7B

December 4, 2013 10:07 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri's bid for a Boeing assembly plant could include more than $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades if the airplane manufacturer adds thousands of jobs, according to new information about the proposal released Tuesday.      

Detroit's Bankruptcy Follows Decades Of Decay

December 4, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For decades, Detroit paid its bills by borrowing money while struggling to provide the most basic of services for its residents. The city, which was about to default on a good chunk of a long-term debt exceeding $18 billion, now will get a second chance in a federal bankruptcy court-led restructuring.

Durable Communication Center Kiosk

December 4, 2013 8:19 am | by Creform Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Creform Corporation has introduced a new mobile, four-sided, rotating information kiosk designed to share information such as business metrics, HR postings, safety info, quality documents, ISO procedures or Kanban inventory control information. 

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