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Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data, Advance Industrial Internet

October 8, 2014 4:26 pm | by GE & Accenture | News | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy. However, less than...   

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Chrysler Group Announces Manufacturing Appointment

October 8, 2014 4:12 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC has appointed Brian Harlow Vice President - Head of NAFTA Manufacturing.  In this position, Harlow is responsible for all assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well...

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EU Approves UK Bid To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Power Plant

October 8, 2014 1:32 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag. The EU's executive... 

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Pepsi Tries New Strategy With 'Craft' Soda

October 8, 2014 1:28 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era. The name is a nod to the pharmacist from North Carolina credited with creating with Pepsi's formula in the 1890s...

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5 Tips To Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

Creating a basic pre-fire plan can help a manufacturing facility prevent injuries, loss of life and production downtime. That’s why Zurich North America is recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) and recommending that factory owners...

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Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Articles | Comments

You’re out to dinner on a Friday night when you spot your plant supervisor a few tables away.  He’s busily manipulating his smartphone, despite his wife’s impatient glare. Then, with a look of satisfaction, he puts down his phone and rejoins the...

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Metal Made Like Plastic May Have Big Impact

October 8, 2014 10:54 am | by NASA News Release | News | Comments

Open a door and watch what happens - the hinge allows it to open and close, but doesn't permanently bend. This simple concept of mechanical motion is vital for making all kinds of movable structures, including mirrors and antennas on spacecraft. Material...

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Floor Mats Recalled For Possible Gas Pedal Interference

October 8, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal. Omix Ada of Suwannee, Georgia, says the recall covers Cabela's Custom Fit, Line-X Truck...

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Nestle Animal Welfare Standards Reflect Consumer Concerns

October 8, 2014 10:29 am | by The Hartman Group | News | Comments

Nestlé is adopting animal-welfare standards that will affect 7,300 suppliers worldwide, a move The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom called “one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system.” The food...

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GE Builds New Kind Of Industrial Company

October 8, 2014 10:04 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Nobody wants to be late. But at a busy airline hub like Atlanta or Chicago, even a brief delay in aircraft arrival can result in missed connections and cascade into a major inconvenience. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that this year alone, more...

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American Electric Power Awards Construction Contract

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fluor Corporation was awarded a construction contract by American Electric Power (AEP) to provide environmental retrofit services at the utility company’s Northeastern power station in Oologah, Oklahoma. Fluor booked the contract for an undisclosed value...

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Ford, UAW Announce $350K Grant For New Training Programs

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company Fund and UAW Ford today announced a grant of $350,000 to pilot an innovative new education program that will bring teams of teachers into the Louisville Assembly Plant to experience first-hand the work situations their students...

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Navy Uniforms Bring Textile Welding To U.S.

October 8, 2014 6:43 am | by Jennifer Mcdermott - Associated Press | News | Comments

Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore. The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger, and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could help bring...

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National Steel Car CEO's Trial Date Set

October 8, 2014 5:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The trial of a Canadian business executive in north Alabama has been rescheduled for April. Gregory Aziz of Hamilton, Ontario, had been scheduled for trial this week in Tuscumbia on securities fraud charges. Colbert County Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hatcher delayed the trial at the request of the...

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Army Awards Company $80M Contract Despite Federal Inquiry

October 8, 2014 12:43 am | by Richard Lardner - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work. Tilton is the founder of the private equity firm Patriarch Partners, which owns MD...

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Defense Contractor Forks Over $13.7M In Settlement

October 7, 2014 7:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says a Virginia-based defense contractor has agreed to pay $13.7 million to settle allegations it knowingly overbilled the government for work performed by people without proper job qualifications. According to the....

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Apple, Google Fight Government Over Encryption

October 7, 2014 5:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

While the newest Apple and Google smartphones will automatically encrypt data stored on them, that won’t keep U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies from obtaining evidence linked to the devices. Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson reports on...

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Meeting Held To Harmonize U.S., Canada Regulation

October 7, 2014 5:25 pm | by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

About 400 people will gather this week to work on a plan to more closely harmonize Canadian and American industrial regulations across a wide range of sectors.Industry groups and government regulators from both countries will meet Wednesday in...

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Snack Food Manufacturer Expands, Creates Jobs

October 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia, Mississippi. Officials say the company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years, with 67 to be hired in the first year. Workers will make...

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Global Growth Concerns Push U.S. Stocks Lower

October 7, 2014 5:17 pm | by Steve Rothwell, AP Markets Writer | News | Comments

Worries about weakening global growth drove the stock market lower Tuesday. The U.S. economy may be strengthening, but the outlook elsewhere is far less encouraging. On Tuesday the International Monetary Fund trimmed its forecast for global...

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