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Metalworkers Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

February 27, 2015 2:55 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Japan is as technology rich as it is hydrocarbon poor. The country’s proven oil reserves stand at a measly 44 million barrels. (The U.S. holds nearly a thousand times more, or 36 billion.) The Niigata Prefecture, located some 200 miles northwest of Tokyo, is one of the few places in the...

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By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 2:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history. NAM’s updated study said reducing the federal threshold for ozone...

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NASA Approves Sunday Spacewalk Despite Water Leak In Helmet

February 27, 2015 11:16 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Space station astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak. On Friday, NASA cleared astronaut Terry Virts' spacesuit for the last of three spacewalks, set for Sunday. Mission managers believe they understand the quirks with...

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect To Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months...  

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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety In OR Television Interview

February 27, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety. Obama made the remarks during a brief interview with KGW-TV's Laural Porter, who was invited to Washington, D.C., as part of a round of local television interviews...

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things on Thursday announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices. Under the strategic liaison agreement between the...    

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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent For Electric Car Project

February 27, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry. Now, it's also triggered allegations of talent-poaching by rival tech companies...

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February’s News Roundup

February 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A countdown of this month’s must-know manufacturing stories.                                 

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When Consumers Trump Science: Food Dyes Become The Front Line For ‘All Natural’

February 27, 2015 9:45 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Last week, Nestle announced it’d be ditching artificial additives from its line of products including Smarties, KitKats and Crunch bars by the end of 2015. For anyone hoping to see artificial additives like food dyes banished from Americans’ diet, the...

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Obama Steps Up Pitch For Trade, Exports

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan. Then there's international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and...

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TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives For Unionized GM Plant

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract. The Blountville Republican's comments came as GOP...

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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015 3:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the Internet. The commissioners split 3-2 along party lines on the proposal, which reclassified high-speed Internet as a telecommunications service...

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ERP Technology For Small Manufacturers: Q&A With Dave Lechleitner

February 26, 2015 3:24 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Small manufactures in the U.S. struggling to keep operations domestic have a secret weapon—ERP technology. Dave Lechleitner, the Principal of Product Marketing at Exact Online, offered insight on increased efficiency, safety, off-shoring and the future of smaller scale manufacturers in the U.S.

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Wisconsin Moves Closer To 'Right-To-Work' Status

February 26, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, which moves the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment. The bill passed by a 17-15 margin with just one Republican breaking ranks to vote against...

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You Don’t Have To Trade Accuracy For Speed In A Manufacturing Translation Project

February 26, 2015 3:11 pm | by Francoise Henderson, CEO of Rubric | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers shouldn't have to sacrifice content accuracy to meet hard deadlines. What follows is a comprehensive how-to-guide for manufacturers to implement translation projects from the CEO of Rubric.      

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Thought Leaders: How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 3:09 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

If there’s one thing the Great Recession taught manufacturers, it’s that there are wasted dollars hiding everywhere. According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory… and a lack of understanding of how quickly (or slowly) this inventory turns can...

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look To Women To Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry. The events, hosted at 14 ExxonMobil and XTO Energy sites across the country, connect ExxonMobil employees with middle school girls, providing mentorship...

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Automakers Hire Rocket Firm To Probe Air Bag Problems

February 26, 2015 11:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. Ten automakers whose vehicles have been recalled because of problems with Takata Corp. air bags...

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#ThanksMichelleObama: How U.S. School Meals Compare To Those Around The World

February 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Students unhappy with school meals have been taking it out on first lady Michelle Obama by sharing images on social media of lunches sarcastically tagged #ThanksMichelleObama. The first lady has become a symbol of healthier school meals as she has pushed standards implemented in 2012 that require more...

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Gas Cost Lowers Consumer Prices By Most In Six Years

February 26, 2015 10:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A plunge in gas prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose. The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index fell 0.7 percent in January, the sharpest drop since December 2008. Tumbling prices at the pump drove...

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