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The IoT Uplink: U.S. Smart Meters Generate 1.1 Billion Data Points Per Day

January 15, 2015 10:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The IoT Uplink examines factors driving, influencing, and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space. Did you know that 77% of development teams will have...

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7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 15, 2015 10:28 am | by Deborah Grant, Industry Marketing Manager at Loftware | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). There are also a multitude...

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Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs In Mexico And KS

January 15, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States. The Montreal-based company said Thursday the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet. Bombardier will also...

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Manufacturing In NY Rebounding In January As Hiring Rises

January 15, 2015 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday that its Empire State Manufacturing index rose to 10 this month after having...

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Researcher Uses Crustaceans To Make Bio-Food Packaging

January 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped...

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Study Finds Elevated Contaminant Levels At Fracking Sites, Conventional Wells

January 15, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A newly released study found water discharged from energy drilling operations in the U.S. poses risks to human health and the environment,calling for additional government regulations on the practices. The study, published in the journal Environmental...

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ClearSign Has The Answer To Industrial Pollution

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

The age-old warning – don’t play with fire – doesn’t seem to apply to ClearSign Technologies. In fact, the manufacturing industry is quite lucky that they decided not to heed this cautionary warning. That’s because ClearSign Technologies has developed a new technology for the...

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World's Newest Airliner Takes Off On First Commercial Flight

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Abdullah Rebhy, Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies Thursday carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar. The Qatar Airways flight departed the Qatari capital Doha bound for Frankfurt, Germany. It marks the debut of the relatively...

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Chipotle: Pork Pulled From A Third Of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards. Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the Mexican food chain, told The Associated Press it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos...

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Obama Pitching More Access To Fast Internet

January 14, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications...

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WA Lawmaker Proposes Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Washington Rep. Joe Schmick introduced a bill emulating Idaho's "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. According to the Capital Press, if House Bill 1104 becomes a law, anyone who is caught recording activities at...

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MI Supreme Court Hears Major Right-To-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions...

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Apple, Google Reach New Settlement In High-Tech Wage Case

January 14, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A revised settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired with other Silicon Valley companies to block more than 60,000 high-tech employees from getting better job offers. The terms of the new agreement weren't disclosed in a letter filed Tuesday with an...

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GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 12:52 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga. House Republican leader...

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CA Unveils Strictest Rules On Pesticide

January 14, 2015 12:46 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce. The restrictions announced Wednesday target chloropicrin, a...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Dragon Arrives At The I.S.S.

January 14, 2015 12:44 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week's Manufacturing Snapshot is an image of the SpaceX rocket Dragon arriving at the Interational Space Station orbiting lab on Monday morning, a mere two days after its Florida liftoff.  The robotic arm is controlled by Station Commander Butch Wilmore, who is especially...

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'Ghost Guns' Manufactured On Steps Of TX Capitol

January 14, 2015 12:24 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

Yesterday when the Texas State Legislature convened in the Austin state capitol, they were greeted with a very unique form of demonstration — Advocates of open carry were manufacturing ‘ghost guns’ in front of the capital to celebrate three proposed open carry...

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Hyundai Reveals New Take On Trucks At Auto Show

January 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

One of the more shocking and unexpected concept car revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is undoubtedly the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The car isn’t quite a pickup, but isn’t just an SUV, it is what Hyundai describes as an extension to the utility of a crossover designed for millennials who want...

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Can Manufacturing Learn A Lesson From Farm-To-Table?

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Articles | Comments

There’s a lot of talk about manufacturing’s “New Industrial Revolution.” But the way we interpret “industrial” — and its definition moving forward — is going to change dramatically. Fewer smokestacks, more 3D printers, more choices. When industries turned to machines and away from...

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Philippine Farmers Harvest Power From Grass By The Acre

January 14, 2015 10:38 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Wild elephant grass, also know as Napier grass, is one of those wonder plants that needs little water and few nutrients to produce copious crops on fallow lands. Since it can be used for grazing, it has allowed farmers from Africa to Asia to amp up food supplies for their cattle...

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