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Report Advises IA To Wait On Drone Regulation

December 23, 2014 10:21 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa should take a wait-and-see approach to regulating unmanned aerial vehicles because of their huge potential for positive uses in business and government, the Iowa Department of Public Safety advises in a new report. The report, requested by lawmakers in May, suggests that existing...

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10 Car Models That May Not Make It Another Year

December 23, 2014 10:12 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

This year yielded a bumper crop of exciting new cars, trucks and SUVs, but what about those that haven't been so great? USA Today reports on cars that may not make it another year and are in danger of being discontinued after the 2015 model year...

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U.S. Orders For Durable Goods Drop 0.7% In Nov

December 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factory orders for long-lasting manufactured goods slumped in November, largely due to falling demand in the military and defence sectors. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders for durable goods dropped 0.7 per cent last month, the third decline in the past four months. Much...

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Oil Patch Towns Looking To Catch Up With Demands

December 23, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects, despite an expected downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for...

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3 Essential Questions From Last Week's A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 23, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Littlefield | Blogs | Comments

On December 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. As is typically the...

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NY Makes Trashing Electronics Illegal

December 23, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

If Santa brings you a shiny new laptop, game console, or flat-screen TV, don't toss the old one in the trash. Starting Jan. 1, the final phase of New York's 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw so-called "e-waste" in the garbage. Violators can...

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Manufacturing Predictions for 2015: Q&A With Dan Miklovic

December 22, 2014 4:23 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What can we expect for manufacturing in 2015? Editorial Director Jeff Reinke sat down with Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst at LNS Research. From an IT perspective, what will be the biggest trend impacting the investments manufacturers make in 2015? In 2015, Big Data will be incredibly significant within...

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Chemical Manufacturing Looked Up In 2014

December 22, 2014 3:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

If 2014 could be summed up in one word for American chemical manufacturers, it would be—momentum. According to American Chemistry Council’s “Year-End 2014 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook,” chemistry output expanded in the last year, despite weakness in key markets and...

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Federal Regulators: Safety Violations Where Workers Lost Fingers

December 22, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say a northeast Pennsylvania chimney supply company continued to violate safety regulations after accidents in which some employees lost fingers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it is fining Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. of Scranton $49,000 for 14 safety...

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U.S. Companies Eager To Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles

December 22, 2014 2:15 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet...

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After Reshoring: Opportunities For Cloud ERP

December 22, 2014 1:59 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide...

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FAA, Industry Launch Drone Safety Campaign

December 22, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. The campaign includes a website which...

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Officials Approve Incentives For IA Vegetable Oil Plant

December 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha, Nebraska, soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa. An agreement approved Friday by the Woodbury County Board will exempt Ag Processing Inc. from $2.1 million in county...

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GM Pickup Production In MO A Boon For Other Plants

December 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at the General Motors plant in Wentzville is providing an economic boost not just in the eastern Missouri town but throughout the region. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since GM began producing the midsize pickups this...

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CA Puzzles Over Safety Of Driverless Cars

December 22, 2014 12:01 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to...

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Senator Moran: Obama Can Ease Regulations On Wheat Exports To Cuba

December 22, 2014 11:22 am | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's announcement this week to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease some economic restrictions has been closely followed in Kansas, as the move could open up a major market for winter wheat producers. "This is a Kansas issue because wheat is Cuba's second...

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The Two Sides Of NY's Ban On Fracking

December 22, 2014 10:23 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Although hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will formally ban the practice. The AP is reporting that Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is...

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Savvy Row: A Better Suit For Fighting Ebola

December 22, 2014 10:12 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Here’s an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease. The suit was designed by a team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., that included students, engineers, medical and public health specialists, an architect, and even fashion...

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Cuban Cigar Boom? Not Yet

December 22, 2014 10:01 am | by Rachel La Corte, Kelli Kennedy, T he Associated Press | News | Comments

The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business. "I don't think they'll be...

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First Drone In NV Test Program Crashes In Demo

December 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site. "This is still a great day for Nevada," Gov. Brian Sandoval said after the orange aircraft dubbed the...

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