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Throwing Star, Brass Knuckle Beer Glass Holder, Among Finalists

October 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Earlier this summer, PD&D started a 3D-printing competition when we asked “What Would You Print?” Now, we have our finalists and we took the opportunity to flesh out their designs on our Uprint from Stratasys. Stay tuned as we announce the grand prize winner, who will win an Afinia H480 3D printer, on...

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Top 10 Over-The-Top Car Features

October 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Top 10 Over-The-Top Car Features. There are a lot of cool, new features found in cars these days. Cars.com took a look at the top ten, over-the-top available features. Audio, navigation, sun roof, automation, data recording, massaging seats, and more...

Alibaba's Alipay Offers Mobile Wallet For U.S. Sites

October 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's half billion online shoppers will soon have an easier way to shop in the U.S. Alipay, the payments unit recently spun off from Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, is launching a service for U.S. retailers called ePass. Alipay has already been working in beta...

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Morito Acquires Scovill Fasteners, Expands U.S. Operations

October 17, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Morito Co., Ltd., a leading global supplier of apparel fasteners, components for automobiles and cameras, and other niche manufactured products, today announced the acquisition of Scovill Fasteners. Morito’s President, Takaki Ichitsubo, said, “Scovill Fasteners is an important part our...

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Gas Natural Sells Its Wyoming Energy West Assets

October 17, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy West Inc. is selling its subsidiary, Energy West Wyoming Inc. to Black Hills Corp. for $17 million. Energy West parent company Gas Natural Inc. announced the sale of the natural gas pipelines, real estate, equipment, and contracts on Tuesday. The transaction...

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NY Yogurt Plant Laying Off 32

October 17, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An upstate New York yogurt company says it's laying off more than 30 workers, an announcement made just as yogurt became the state's official snack. Local media report that Bogota, Colombia-based Alpina Foods said Wednesday it will lay off 32 employees at its plant in the town of...

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GE 3Q Profit Rises On Oil, Aviation Strength

October 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric's third quarter profit rose 11 percent on strong performance from its aviation and oil and gas divisions. GE reported Friday net income of $3.54 billion for the quarter on sales of $36.17 billion. Last year during the same period the company earned $3.19 billion...

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Biofuels Plant Harbinger Of Renewable Fuel Future

October 17, 2014 12:06 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as...

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Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized eleven manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a...

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Nest CEO On The IoT Of Everyday Items

October 17, 2014 11:57 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nest CEO On The IoT Of Everyday Items. Nest is turning the places we live into smart homes, one device at a time. Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell discusses how technology can improve our lives. CBS This Morning sits down with Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell to discuss how technology can improve our lives...

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Where Have The Maintenance And Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 11:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce by...

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Hershey Wins Lawsuit Against Colorado Pot Company

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company. The Hershey Co. filed a federal trademark lawsuit in June against...

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Chevron Adds New Drillship To Deepwater Operations

October 17, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation today announced that the Pacific Sharav, a deepwater drillship built to Chevron's specifications, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling. The Pacific Sharav is an upgraded Dual-Load-Path...

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LEAP Jet Engine Fuels Strong Orders For GE

October 17, 2014 9:29 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE Aviation has been flight testing jet engines in Victorville in the Mojave Desert for more than a decade. But never one like the LEAP, the world’s first jet engine with 3D-printed fuel nozzles and parts from advanced ceramic materials. The engine, which was developed by...

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iPhone Glass Maker To Cut 727 Jobs In AZ

October 16, 2014 10:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant. GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The company on Thursday announced its layoff plans for the Mesa plant as required by the federal Worker...

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Factories In Philadelphia Area Growing More Slowly

October 16, 2014 5:20 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber - AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A measure of factory activity in the Philadelphia region slipped last month, but remained at a healthy level, evidence that U.S. manufacturing output is holding up despite signs of a global slowdown. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday that its index of...

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A Look Inside Isovolta Aerospace Industry Supplier

October 16, 2014 5:06 pm | by Sherri Buri McDonald, Eugene Register-Guard | News | Comments

South Linn County in Oregon is the unlikely home of a booming aerospace industry supplier, Isovolta Inc. Amid the agricultural firms and wood products companies in this small city north of Junction City sits Isovolta, which makes decorative laminate products for the interiors of commercial...

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Eli Lilly Closing Puerto Rico-Based Facility

October 16, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eli Lilly said Thursday that it will close one of its three manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico at the end of 2015. The Indianapolis company said it is closing its Guayama facility because the patents on some of the drugs made there have expired. That means new competition reached the...

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After A Solid Run Of Advances, Manufacturing Takes A Slight Step Back

October 16, 2014 4:16 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

A nearly two-year upward trend experienced a hiccup according to the quarterly MAPI Foundation Business Outlook, a survey conducted by the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. The survey’s composite index is a leading indicator for the manufacturing...

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Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., cited a...

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