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EPA Adds Restrictions To Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 21, 2015 9:18 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace. The new measures build on previous restrictions that began in 2006 when the EPA reached a landmark voluntary pact with eight...

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2 Groups Back Away From Plan On NM Power Plant

January 21, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the half-dozen organizations that endorsed a utility's plan to shut down half of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico are pulling out. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Renewable Energy Industries Association...

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NAM: President’s Call For Pro-Trade Policies Promising Sign For Manufacturers

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight: “Manufacturers powered the American resurgence the President hailed tonight. Manufacturing...

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Exploring The Role Of A Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 8:47 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacutring robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, and his day-to-day work.  A manufacturing robot is hardly...

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Baker Hughes To Lay Off 7,000 Workers, Planning For Downturn

January 21, 2015 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. will lay off about 7,000 workers as it prepares for a downturn in orders because of the plunge in crude prices, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs represent about an 11 percent cut to the 62,000-plus workers Baker Hughes says...

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Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 -- and that many planned to increase their workforces this year. The latest Manufacturing Barometer from PwC -- a quarterly survey...

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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 20, 2015 11:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California, company...

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Energy Companies Announce Thousands Of Layoffs

January 20, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days. Last week, Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest oil drilling services company, announced 9,000...

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Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

January 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Three companies have expressed interest in reopening a Maine paper plant closed last month. But the head of the firm set to take control of the plant says he won't open discussions unless offers are on the table, and a federal judge today rejected efforts to halt the sale. Verso Paper Corp. last fall announced plans...

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Replacement Air Bag Parts For Takata Recall To Be Secured By June

January 20, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The transport ministry said Tuesday it expects replacement air bag parts for nearly all of the vehicles affected by Takata Corp.'s recalls in Japan to be secured by June. As of late last year, parts for around 1.08 million vehicles, or more than a third of the total of 3.05 million vehicles affected by the recalls in Japan...

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Tyson Foods To Pay $539K For Spill In Southwest MO

January 20, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday. Koster sued the company last June after the discharge...

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Canada Threatens To Block Project Over U.S. Steel Requirements

January 20, 2015 2:47 pm | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government has signed an order that would block the state of Alaska from updating a ferry terminal unless the two sides resolve an ongoing dispute over the use of U.S. steel in the project. The project is on Canadian soil that is leased by the state in British Columbia. The port at Prince Rupert is part...

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

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The State Of The Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

What can we expect from the President’s State of the Union address tonight? Probably some gloating. With gas now below $2 a gallon in most of the U.S., stocks soaring to record new highs, unemployment down to pre-recession levels, trade deficits shrinking and inflation...

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Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and EU for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been become controversial, particularly on the other side of the Atlantic. Many Europeans have voiced  concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU’s standards for environmental...

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Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence In Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies. Texas-based Schlumberger, the largest oil drilling services company in the world, today announced the $1.7 billion agreement...

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How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

January 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Anders Ekman, President of DataMentors | Articles | Comments

It’s not a secret that manufacturers face significant challenges. Prospects are doing more research online and making purchasing decisions before they even speak to a salesperson. And the buying process has become extremely complex with stakeholders including marketing, sales, and...

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Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Adam Shreck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a larger version of a single-seat prototype...

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Cheap Gas Reignites America's Love Affair With The SUV

January 20, 2015 10:38 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

SUVs are king once again, now that filling them up with gas costs significantly less than it did a few years ago. CNN Money's Christine Romans explains what drivers are buying, and why that doesn't necessarily mean an environmental catastrophe...  

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All Systems Ready For Navy's Communications Satellite Launch

January 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Product Design & Development | News | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tonight. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

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