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Commercial Drones Set To Soar

November 20, 2014 11:56 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Starting in the late 1980s, the Pentagon launched a top-secret constellation of two-dozen navigation satellites designed to guide U.S. nuclear missiles precisely to their targets. Then the Cold War ended, the technology shed the uniform, and put on civilian clothes. We know it as the...

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts 0.9% October Gain

November 20, 2014 11:12 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose in October at the fastest pace in three months. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.9 percent last month following a 0.7 percent rise in September, which had been initially reported...

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EPA Approves 2 Permits For TX Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas. The EPA on Wednesday announced the permits for M&G Resins USA for a facility in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi...

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General Mills CEO: Water Conservation Is Critical

November 20, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday evening, at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Global Water Summit, General Mills chairman and CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company's efforts to conserve and protect global water resources critical to the business. He shared the company's journey of "uber-collaboration" with...

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NAM: Manufacturers Call On Congress To End Tax Hike

November 20, 2014 10:43 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Manufacturers hosted a press conference call Nov 19 to discuss the urgent need for lawmakers to pass a long-delayed bipartisan jobs bill—the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The MTB is critical legislation that would support job creation, spur economic growth and enhance manufacturers’ global...

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VA To Re-Examine Spaceport Deal After Explosion

November 20, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate a memorandum of understanding and launch services agreement...

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Philly Area Factories Growing By Most In 21 Years

November 20, 2014 10:33 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity jumped to 40.8 in November from 20.7 in...

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The IoT Uplink: Behind The "Brains Of The Industrial Internet"

November 20, 2014 9:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of The IoT Uplink, we look inside what an article released by GE's Intelligent Platforms Business has called the “brains of the Industrial Internet”—the Industrial PC, or IPC. These huge, rugged computers are responsible for storing and quickly analyzing big data and are able to survive extreme...

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Michelin Making Airless Tires At Its 10th SC Plant

November 20, 2014 6:06 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelin's 10th plant in South Carolina, opening Thursday, will produce the company's innovative airless radial tire and develop the concept's future generations, company officials told The Associated Press in advance of a news conference. Commercial production of the Tweel, named to reflect the...

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China Manufacturing Activity At 6-Month Low

November 19, 2014 10:07 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in China fell to a six-month low in November, reflecting sluggishness in the world No. 2 economy and weakness abroad, according to an early survey of factory conditions released Thursday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index fell to 50.0 this month from 50.4 in...

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New "Center For Workforce Technology Education" Opens In NJ

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | News | Comments

There are about 2 million U.S. manufacturing jobs that go unfilled because of shortfalls in skills, training or education. Festo – which services 300,000 customers in 176 countries internationally – is unveiling a workforce technology education center in...

State Releases Proposed Air Quality Rules

November 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proposed state regulations for meeting federal air quality standards include limits on what could be burned in wood stoves. In areas with chronically bad air, such as Fairbanks and North Pole, the regulations call for using dry wood, wood pellet products, manufacture-approved biomass fuels and...

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Motor Week: Is An AC Or DC Drive Right For You?

November 19, 2014 4:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

The debate between direct current and alternating current isn’t confined to the pages of history, and between the renowned thinkers, Einstein and Tesla. The debate is still prevalent on the plant floor when the choice whether to utilize an alternating-current (AC) drive or...

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Automakers Debut Key Models At L.A. Auto Show

November 19, 2014 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the U.S. last year was purchased in California. So it's no wonder automakers save some of their most important introductions for the Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual, green cars are a focus in eco-conscious L.A. Toyota is showing...

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China's Energy Plan Reduces Reliance On Coal

November 19, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese officials announced limits Wednesday on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal.Under a development plan issued by China's Cabinet, energy consumption by 2020 must be no more than 28 percent higher than the 2013...

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Syngenta Faces Dozens Of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion. More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in...

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Manufacturing-Related Student Enrollments Rise By 36%

November 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region’s career & technical schools: Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical...

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Japan Recession Could Slow U.S. Companies

November 19, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. That could mean more trouble for a range of U.S companies and industries that count on the country for sales. Best known as an exporter of cars, gadgets and comic books, Japan is also a key consumer of U.S. goods...

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Trade Deficit In Manufactures

November 19, 2014 12:38 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The alarming, divergent paths of U.S. and Chinese trade continued in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. In the report, Ernest Preeg, Ph.D., MAPI Foundation...

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Public Hearing Set For Plans To Cut Carbon Emissions

November 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are holding a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix on a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from four power plants on tribal land. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal last month for three coal-fired plants and one gas-fired...

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