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Dig This: The Panama Canal Is About To Get Busy

March 31, 2015 | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

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Congress Urged to Tread Cautiously On IoT Regulations

March 31, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An estimated 5 billion devices will connect to the Internet this year, but GE anticipates that number will grow to 50 billion within five years.  

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U.S. Steel To Idle Part Of Minnesota Plant, Lay Off 680

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the latest symptom of the downturn in the American steel and iron mining industry. U.S. Steel cites high steel imports, dumping and low steel prices.

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands In China On Round-The-World Flight

March 31, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It flies next to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing before heading to Hawaii on its five-month trip.

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Dow Chemical And Olin Corp. Announce Mega Merger

March 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow and Olin said the new transaction would double Olin's scale and create "an industry leader with revenues approaching $7 billion."

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Tesla To Unveil New Product Next Month

March 30, 2015 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that "a major new Tesla product line" will be revealed April 30. Tesla shares rose 3 percent to $190.60 after the tweet.

Volvo Announces Plans To Construct U.S. Plant

March 30, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will open a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a move the Swedish automaker said makes it a “global car manufacturer.”

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Google, Johnson & Johnson Team Up To Build Robot Surgeons

March 30, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies will try to engineer robotic technology that will reduce patient trauma and accelerate post-surgery healing.

Lincoln Returns To Its Roots With New Continental

March 30, 2015 1:36 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After more than a decade of toying with alphabetical names such as LS and MKS to be more like foreign automakers, the company is embracing its heritage.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook For U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015.

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth For Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 11:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

 Newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Toyota Cuts Price Of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 30, 2015 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota says it can sell the systems cheaper because it's mass-producing them, plus the cost of cameras and other sensors continues to fall.

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces A High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:30 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press | News | Comments

These are not great-grandmother's matzos, kneaded and shaped by hand. Mass-produced and machine-packaged, they're a modern effort to preserve tradition.

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Creative Revamp, ERP Style: Q&A With Charlie Merrow

March 30, 2015 10:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The CEO of Merrow Sewing Machine Company gives advice on taking risks and getting creative to boost your business.

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Does Your Current ERP System Cost More Than it Delivers?

March 30, 2015 10:10 am | by Bob McKee | News | Comments

Experts suggest that the time to make a change is when you need more than your system can offer. You shouldn’t wait until the system fails you to replace it.

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Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill To Boost Energy Efficiency

March 30, 2015 10:02 am | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure exempts some energy-efficient water heaters from pending Energy Department rules and requires federal agencies to develop best practices to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings.

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Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University.

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Personalized Production: The Brilliant Factory Will Match The Right Parts With The Right Tools

March 30, 2015 9:52 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE manufacturing maven Christine Furstoss provides a look inside the technology at work in the "brilliant factory."

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Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 27, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Supply chain can’t be seen as a ‘fallback’ position," said DHL Global Forwarding Middle Europe CEO Volker Oesau. "This means corporate culture needs to change — and that change must come from the C-level."

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW says if bolts that hold the rear wheels to a flange are over-tightened, the flange can crack. If that happens, the bolts can loosen and the wheel may not stay secured to the bike.

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Union Vote Set Next Month At Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 27, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union announced Tuesday that the Machinists and Boeing have agreed to the National Labor Relations Board conducting a one-day vote April 22 at five locations on the company's North Charleston campus.

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