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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 11, 2014 3:46 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

We take a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do keep clients and increase profitability.                            

Feds Say Pipe Tear Caused 2009 Oil Refinery Blast

April 11, 2014 3:29 pm | by Annie Knox, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.     

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Mining Deaths Up In 2013

April 11, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                      

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

April 11, 2014 2:22 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

We discuss how using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.          

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Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There’s two ways one can look at this film. First is that it’s a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn’t well-known. The second is that it’s exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be.          

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Amazon CEO Offers Update On Drones

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

After making a hubbub about testing delivery by aerial drones in December, the company said its Prime Air team is testing fifth- and sixth-generation aerial vehicles and in the design phase on generations seven and eight.         

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GM Stock Drops To 10-Month Low

April 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shares of General Motors Co. fell to a 10-month low Friday as the company's widening recall crisis put a coveted upgrade of its credit rating in doubt.                      

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FEMA OKs W.Va. Chem Spill Request

April 11, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Federal officials have approved a funding request by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin related to the January chemical spill in Charleston, but refused to consider the event a "major disaster."            

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Lindt Wins Latest Round In Gummy Bear Battle

April 11, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

A Cologne appeals court ruled Friday that the Swiss company's gold-foil wrapped chocolate teddy doesn't violate Haribo's copyrighted "Gold Bear" name for its gummy bears.                

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Panel Shows Who's Responsible For CO2 Emissions

April 11, 2014 11:16 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check.     

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Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 10:42 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. The company believes that, long term, wind energy will help the company's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Rob Olson said.         

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BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

German automaker BMW is issuing a worldwide recall of many models of cars with certain six-cylinder gas motors after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine.               

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Sony Recalling Some Vaio Laptops

April 11, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Sony is recalling some of its VAIO laptop computers, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.                    

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Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 8:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in March.                     

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Subway Phasing Out 'Yoga Mat' Chemical From Bread

April 11, 2014 8:46 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The ingredient is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and can be found in a variety of products. But the blogger said she targeted Subway because of its healthy food image.             

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NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                  

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Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 8:08 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.           

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

A new agreement with employers gives more than 300,000 tech-sector workers added guarantees that the "always connected" lifestyle enabled by smartphones won't infringe on their rights under France's famous 35-hour workweek.      

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Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 8:01 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy.   

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