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The Role Of Small Part Innovation

September 9, 2014 12:27 pm | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Director for NORGLIDE Bearings & RENCOL Tolerance Rings | News | Comments

Research & Development (R&D) is critical to the creation of effective and innovative technologies in all industries. And it starts with the pieces. Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to iPads and aeroplanes. Small parts--such as bearings and tolerance rings--can make...

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MN Lake Tests Pesticide To Kill Zebra Mussels

September 9, 2014 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are testing a new pesticide to kill off invasive zebra mussels in a small Minneapolis-area lake. As of Monday, Christmas Lake became the first in the nation to use the new product. It marks the first time...      

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Streamline Supply Chain With One-Stop Metal Fabrication

September 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | News | Comments

With rising material costs, government regulations, and customers resisting price increases, today there is no room for waste in the metal fabrication supply chain. While once OEMs had the time, margins, and procurement staff to afford 6 to 8 week lead-times for fabricated metal components subcontracted to layers of vendors, each taking...

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How To Handle Auto Recalls If Parts Aren't Ready

September 9, 2014 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In July, two scary notices arrived in Amaris McGee's mailbox. They came from General Motors, and each told her the gray 2005 Chevy Malibu she drives to work every day is being recalled for safety problems. But neither problem...   

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NFR BioEnergy Brings 450 Jobs To LA

September 9, 2014 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NFR BioEnergy is planning a $312 million capital investment to install biorefineries at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in South Louisiana — subject to completing lease and biomass agreements with sugar mills — resulting in 450 new jobs. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, the company's chief operating officer, said...

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11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

September 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | News | Comments

Before partnering with a contract manufacturer (CM) to continue producing your legacy products, you must ensure the contract manufacturer suits all of your manufacturing needs. Contract manufacturing companies are not all the same, and you shouldn’t partner with one for a quick solution to your OEM company’s needs. The challenge is to avoid overlooking critical factors concerning...

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GE Software Enables Cincinnati's Sewer District To Reduce Overflows

September 9, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms today announced that the City of Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District has standardized its Proficy® Software platform for optimizing its wet weather facilities, equipment, and operations. Proficy solutions will assist the city’s management in... 

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GE's Industrial Internet Will Monitor A Vast Shale Gas Pipeline Network

September 9, 2014 9:50 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

Getting shale gas out of the ground is one thing. But taking it to customers is quite another. American pipeline operators are investing as much as $40 billion every year to maintain, modernize, and expand their networks. The shale gas boom is putting...

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Honda Selects Translations.com For Multilingual Website

September 9, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Translations.com, the world’s largest privately held provider of language services and translation-related technologies, today announced the launch of Honda’s mobile website in Spanish. Translations.com provides Honda with language services and GlobalLink OneLink ® technology to support...

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Alkaline Water And Marsh Reach Midwest Markets

September 9, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alkaline Water Company Inc., developers of an innovative state of the art proprietary electrolysis beverage process that has been packaged and sold in 3 liter and 1 gallon sizes under the trade name Alkaline88, is pleased to enjoy another step forward in its ongoing national expansion plan with...

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Rosetta Stone And Acesse Corporation Partner In Landmark Global Deal

September 9, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rosetta Stone Inc., the world's leading provider of education technology and language-learning solutions, today announced a partnership with Acesse Corporation to bring Rosetta Stone's award winning language solutions to more than 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide through...

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NFL Team Takes A Stand On Sustainable Food Manufacturing

September 8, 2014 6:12 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This former St. Louisan is beaming with pride at the new announcement that the STL Rams’ Edward Jones Dome will be serving sustainably-manufactured hot dogs and burgers this upcoming football season. In a fun twist, last year’s starting Rams’ linebacker Will Witherspoon is the owner of the AWA-certified Shire Gate Farm in Owensville, MO, whose grass-fed meats were...

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“Make It In Washington” Initiative Introduced To Strengthen Manufacturing Sector

September 8, 2014 5:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Small and midsized manufacturers in qualified Washington counties will have access to a new blend of support to strengthen their businesses—ranging from strategic business consulting services and operational technical assistance to funded training opportunities for employees. The services are being offered through the "Make it in Washington" partnership, a public and private collaboration...

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General Mills Announces Acquisition of Annie's

September 8, 2014 5:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills, Inc. said today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Annie's, Inc., a leading U.S. producer of branded organic and natural food products with net sales of $204 million in its latest fiscal year (completed March 2014). Annie's will join General Mills' U.S. natural and organic products portfolio, which includes...

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Valeant Expands Bausch + Lomb Facility, Adds 120 New Jobs In Rochester

September 8, 2014 5:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. today announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. The ceremony recognized the expansion and installation of the new manufacturing lines, which will produce...

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An Outlook Into The Future Of Manufacturing

September 8, 2014 2:34 pm | by Sandvik Coromant | Videos | Comments

We’re living in a time of rapid digitization, where computers and robots are performing tasks once deemed science fiction. The technology shifts signal another industrial revolution, and even though we are still in its very early stages, the pace of change is accelerating. The industry needs smarter, leaner and agile factories, where faster...

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Work Begins On $1B Solar Plant In Nevada

September 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Company and federal officials have marked the start of construction on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the desert 50 miles south of Las Vegas. Executives with Arizona-based First Solar Inc. and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources joined...

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Adobe's Mobile Benchmark Report Predicts Features Of Next Generation iPhone

September 8, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Adobe today released its 2014 Mobile Benchmark Report, which analyzes the latest mobile trends including Wi-Fi versus cellular usage, the correlation of screen size and browser market share, the role of social networks across smartphones and tablets, content sharing across devices, and more. Key findings of the Adobe Digital Index report show that...

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Processing Alligators For Food, Leather Is A Growing Business

September 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Chad Gillis, The News-Press | News | Comments

Thousands of hunters are plying Florida waters every night this time of year, searching the swamps for a prize alligator to take during the state's annual 11-week public hunt. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued nearly 6,000 permits to the public this year, with each permit allowing... 

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Global Consumer Electronics Manufacturer Haier Opening Tech Center In IN

September 8, 2014 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haier America, a division of the multi-national home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Haier Group, announced plans today to locate its North American Tech Center in Evansville, IN, creating 50 new high-wage jobs by 2015. Headquartered in New Jersey, Haier America will initially establish a new...

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