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Drones Rule: Proposed Rules For Commercial Unmanned Aircraft

February 17, 2015 10:27 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drone on, the government says. Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon. Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned...

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Japanese Automakers Adjust To Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories. Honda began curtailing production this week at three of its North American plants, saying "critical parts" arriving from Asia, including electronics...

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Proposal Tries To Help Wean WA Off Coal-Fired Power

February 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state's utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal. Bills in the House and Senate set up certain favorable conditions for three private utilities, should they decide in the future to shut down a massive coal-fired power plant...

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New “Flexible” Factory In India Is Changing How We Make Things

February 17, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change. GE has invested over $200 million in a new “flexible factory” that will produce diverse products, from jet engine parts to locomotive...

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NY Manufacturing Grows At Slower Pace In February

February 17, 2015 9:34 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a modest pace in February, held back by weaker orders and hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Tuesday that its Empire State manufacturing index slipped to 7.8 this month from 10 in January. Any reading above zero indicates...

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 56

February 17, 2015 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56. The new total, which is four more than last week, was posted Monday on an Internet site by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg. Feinberg and his aides are combing through claims...

Apples Modified To Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 14, 2015 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Don't expect to see them too soon, but they could be coming to your local grocery store — two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses. Arctic Golden and Arctic...

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Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working On Electric Car Project

February 14, 2015 12:55 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. The newspaper cites people familiar with the project who spoke under condition of...

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Navy Debuts Robot That Can Fight Fires Aboard Ships

February 14, 2015 10:57 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy has developed a prototype of a man-sized robot to do one of the most dangerous jobs aboard any ship: fighting a fire. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot was developed by researchers at Virginia Tech and made its public debut during a Navy science and technology expo in...

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Three Ways Leaders Create Lean

February 13, 2015 3:57 pm | by John Maher, VP Product Strategy at Synchrono | Blogs | Comments

For those of you who have heard this before, it bears repeating. For those of you who have not, this is important - leadership is the single most important component to lean success.  Gone are the days where leaders sit in their offices sending out directives to the rest of the organization and lead mainly by pounding on the...

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Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer In Kentucky

February 13, 2015 3:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky. Anheuser-Busch owns two distributors in Kentucky and has attempted to buy others. But independent brewers worry they would be frozen...

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Consumer Health Group Finds Toxic Chocolate Valentine Surprise

February 13, 2015 3:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A consumer health protection organization, As You Sow, filed notices of legal action Wednesday against Hershey's, See's Candies and Mars for allegedly violating California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.  Under the Act, manufacturers are required to protect its consumers and the state's...

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FDA Panel To Review Application For 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

February 13, 2015 3:10 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

A Food and Drug Administration panel is planning to review smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes. The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee has scheduled a two-day meeting beginning...

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Chemical Safety Board Under Fire

February 13, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents has come under increasing fire on a number of fronts in recent days, with former employees, members of Congress and even the Obama administration calling its activities into question. Criticism of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is nothing...

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Recalls Of The Week: Vehicles Recalled In 2014 Exceeded Previous 3 Years Combined

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that 2014 was a record year for vehicle recalls. Shockingly, the number of recalled vehicles in 2014 exceeded the number for the previous three years combined. Of the 64 million recalled vehicles in 2014, about 27 million were...

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Obama To Focus On Cybersecurity In Heart Of Silicon Valley

February 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by Darlene Superville and Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun federal government bureaucracies. In California's Silicon Valley on Friday, Obama was slated to...

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Manufacturing Group Backs Overseas Email Privacy Bill

February 13, 2015 12:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A national manufacturing group is calling for congressional passage of an overseas email privacy bill, arguing it would help protect American business relationships abroad. "At a time when manufacturing in the United States is launching a comeback, our industry cannot afford to lose business outside...

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Congress Seeks To Undo Union Election Standard

February 13, 2015 12:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers who now control both houses of Congress are taking steps to counter federal agency decisions they believe favor unions. Their targets include a policy adopted late last year by the National Labor Relations Board that would close the gap between a petition for a union election and the start of voting, as...

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The Relationship Between Workplace Safety And Product Safety

February 13, 2015 12:13 pm | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment.  Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.  And, because the employer is usually not a party to the lawsuit, such cases can be very...

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Toyota Plant Reaches 500,000 Cars Built

February 13, 2015 10:34 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

A red Toyota Corolla LE — specifically Barcelona Red Metallic — assembled Thursday morning is headed to Mexico for a waiting buyer. This Corolla doesn't have any particular feature other similar models have, except one particular distinction: It's the 500,000th car built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing...

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