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One Company Is All In For A Robot Race To The Moon

October 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The space exploration company Astrobotic wants to be your robot’s cheap ticket to the moon. The aerospace innovator is planning to start flying missions there in summer 2016. Its lander-in-development, called Griffin, will have enough room on board to take four robotic rovers and scientific...

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Food Giants Spend Big Money To Defeat GMO Labeling

October 24, 2014 11:51 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to...

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Tanks To Get Cloaking Capabilities From Specialized Plates

October 24, 2014 11:46 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its color to disguise itself, scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change color to blend with its surroundings. The first PL-01 concept tank...

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Manufacturers Announce Plans To Invest And Recruit

October 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | News | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions, and expand premises. DPE Automotive is buying new machinery to double its press capacity after completing a management buy-out which has saved...

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Amazon's 3Q Loss Gives Disappointing Holiday Forecast

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace. The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast. Investors are increasingly irked by Amazon's strategy of investing heavily...

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Ford Profit Falls In 3Q On Truck Costs

October 24, 2014 9:49 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits. Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is...

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UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge In December Shipments

October 24, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UPS is expecting an 11 percent jump in December shipments as the holiday shopping season heats up. The company recently is hiring up to 95,000 people to handle the tremendous volume this year, way up from the 55,000 seasonal workers it hired in 2013. Major U.S. shipping...

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CA Startup Unveils Gun Technology For Police

October 24, 2014 4:36 am | by Haven Daley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired. It can also track where...

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Alcoa To Sell Ownership Stake Of Smelter

October 23, 2014 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its ownership stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to Century Aluminum Company for $67.5 million in cash, plus an additional potential earn-out. Mt. Holly is owned 50.3 percent by Alcoa and 49.7 percent by...

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Renewable Energy Group Completes Biorefinery Upgrades

October 23, 2014 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. celebrated Thursday the completion of upgrades to its 30-million gallon biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa, which allows the plant to produce biodiesel from a wide variety of raw materials. Several state and local government and business leaders were on hand for...

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New Poll Reveals Concern Over Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

October 23, 2014 4:26 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Polling data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that Americans have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a...

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OR Investigates Discrimination Claims At Plant

October 23, 2014 3:56 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment. The four new civil rights complaints against Portland-headquartered...

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Discovery Of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 23, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there. Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes confirms the production shutdown after the substance was discovered Thursday morning. She says the plant "is taking every precaution to protect the...

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Women In Manufacturing: Q&A With Allison Grealis

October 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field. Ms. Grealis is the founder and executive director...

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Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling...

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Fuel Costs Ease, U.S. Airline Profits Soar

October 23, 2014 2:08 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly. Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines, and a chunk of credit goes to those savings at the pump. Fuel is an airline's...

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Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts In 3Q

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year. Shares rose nearly 4 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The company has wrestled with a slowing global economy and took a restructuring charge...

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Coke Slashing Costs As Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.The Atlanta-based company said it will reach its cost-cutting goal by 2019 through a variety of measures, such as restructuring its global supply chain. It did not specify how...

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Gulfstream Jets Get Smarter

October 23, 2014 1:42 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Large passenger jets are pretty much all alike, but each private jet is different in its own way. “We now make it a bit easier for customers to stand out,” says Vic Bonneau, president of GE Aviation’s Electrical Power Business. Bonneau and his team have decided to...

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New Partnership Brings Aerospace Innovation In Ontario To New Heights

October 23, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ontario's aerospace industry is about to boldly go where it hasn't gone before as the result of a new research and development partnership. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) are teaming up with the newly formed Consortium for Aerospace Research...

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