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Feds To Boost Mine Blasting Emissions Rules

December 16, 2014 2:29 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Occasionally not all explosive used in a mine blasting operation ignites. When that...

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Boeing 737 Factory To Use All Clean Energy

December 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing says it plans to switch to all renewable energy at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. The aerospace company and the utility, Puget Sound Energy, announced the switch Tuesday at the Renton factory, near Seattle. Boeing says it will eliminate energy...

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Study Finds Toxic Chemicals In Seasonal Holiday Products

December 16, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new research study finds that top retailers of holiday decor continue to sell some seasonal decorations and other products that contain hazardous chemicals. Researchers found that 2/3 of these products have one or more hazardous chemicals that have been linked to serious health threats. The study is an update to previous...

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Apple Wins Class-Action iPod Trial

December 16, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California has found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court rejected a claim by attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers, who argued that Apple's use of restrictive software...

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ASQ Survey: Manufacturers' Outlook Positive For 2015, Anticipate Continued Revenue Growth

December 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by ASQ | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly positive as 2014 comes to a close, with 83 percent expecting revenue growth next year, up from 64 percent of manufacturers who anticipated growth in 2014, according to results of the ASQ 2015 Manufacturing Outlook Survey. And their positivity is well earned...

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores. Yesterday, A.T. Kearney released its 2014 Reshoring Index, which looks at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations...

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Chrysler Group LLC Changes Its Name

December 16, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC has changed its name to FCA US LLC, effective immediately. The automaker said Tuesday that the name change follows the naming convention of its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., which adopted its name in October when it listed on the New York Stock...

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Cheap, Clean, Fusion Power One Step Closer To Reality

December 16, 2014 1:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels, a much smaller carbon footprint, no greenhouse gases, and no radioactive waste... 

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Digitizing Manufacturing Processes: An Alliant Techsystems Case Study

December 16, 2014 11:13 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While technology advances have led to tremendous improvements in CAD and Simulation capabilities, complex product assembly at most manufacturing facilities still relies on paper-based 2D drawings and remote workstations on the factory floor. However, these processes are becoming a thing of the past. The advent of powerful tablet...

Study: Consumers Trust Farmers 'Far More' Than Scientists, Nutritionists

December 16, 2014 11:11 am | by Bayer CropScience | News | Comments

More than half of American consumers would like to talk to a farmer even though the vast majority  — 94 percent — indicated in a recent survey sponsored by Bayer CropScience that they have no connection with agriculture or farming. Consumers trust farmers by far more than scientists, nutritionists, government...

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MC Industrial To Construct Boeing Composite Facility Expansion

December 16, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

St. Louis-based MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company, has been chosen to construct Boeing’s new 367,000-square-foot composite center on its St. Louis campus. MC Industrial, along with their design partner, Burns & McDonnell, will manage the design and construction of the manufacturing...

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Manufacturers’ Center For Legal Action Files Brief In Microsoft E-Mail Warrant Case

December 16, 2014 10:56 am | by Jamie Hennigan and Mallory Micetich, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Today, the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action filed an amicus brief in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals arguing to overturn a U.S. district judge’s ruling that the government can use a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act to gain access to e-mail accounts controlled and maintained by...

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MAPI Latin America Manufacturing Outlook: Mexico the Leader

December 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Mexican factories continue to remain the manufacturing growth leader in Latin America as Brazil and Argentina face declines that sour the outlook in the region, according to a report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and...

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How Many American Homes Can Boeing's New Jet Power?

December 16, 2014 9:36 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

There are many luxuries that separate first class fliers from their fellow travelers going coach in the back of the plane, but in-flight entertainment isn’t one of them. The personal multiple-choice video screen standard on most long-haul flights has democratized the passenger deck and allowed anyone to binge on Big Bang...

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Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head To Analyze Big Data

December 15, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use it to help predict the future. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker on Monday announced that it has hired Paul Ballew, who most recently led global data operations at the Dun and Bradstreet analytics...

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Google Researching Use Of Color In Business

December 15, 2014 4:49 pm | by Stacey Plaisance, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already...

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Study Shows Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

December 15, 2014 3:59 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. Study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at...

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7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 2:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, as in many industries, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers. But these same forces...

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 42

December 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 251 death claims and...

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Fed Likely To Note Gains But Signal No Rate Hike

December 15, 2014 1:35 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.In a statement it will issue after a policy meeting ends Wednesday, the Fed may no longer say it plans to keep a key interest...

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