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ISM: Manufacturing Orders And Production Continue To Grow

February 3, 2015 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in January as the PMI registered 53.5 percent, a decrease...

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Breaking Down The #AppleWatchEvent

March 9, 2015 10:44 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Comments

Everything you need to know from the Apple Watch debut told in tweets.                              


ERP Technology For Small Manufacturers: Q&A With Dave Lechleitner

February 26, 2015 3:24 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, | Comments

Small manufactures in the U.S. struggling to keep operations domestic have a secret weapon—ERP technology. Dave Lechleitner, the Principal of Product Marketing at Exact Online, offered insight on increased efficiency, safety, off-shoring and the future of smaller scale manufacturers in the U.S.


You Don’t Have To Trade Accuracy For Speed In A Manufacturing Translation Project

February 26, 2015 3:11 pm | by Francoise Henderson, CEO of Rubric | Comments

Manufacturers shouldn't have to sacrifice content accuracy to meet hard deadlines. What follows is a comprehensive how-to-guide for manufacturers to implement translation projects from the CEO of Rubric.      


Flightless Jet Engine Will Keep 900-Year-Old Eastern European City Warm

February 25, 2015 2:50 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened in 1966, one year after...


CA Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker seeks to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort. Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel, earlier this month introduced legislation requiring sweetened beverages...


Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move The Needle On Wages?

February 24, 2015 1:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, | Comments

As the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, Wal-Mart serves as a convenient punching bag for those decrying the growing prevalence of low-wage service industry jobs in the U.S. So, last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would...


Ex-Im Bank Keeps Heartland Town Open For Business

February 24, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The light filters inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Pa., through a set of precious Tiffany windows framing its spacious nave. This life-size kaleidoscope of colors harkens back to a time over a century ago, when Franklin was at the epicenter of America’s first oil...


UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 23, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry. But as the UAW prepares to enter negotiations with the "Big Three" auto companies — General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler — Dennis Williams says...


Business Loans For Manufacturers: Q&A With Evan Singer

February 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Many manufacturing companies experience growth as the economy recovers from the recent recession. Some, however, complain that they are having trouble finding business loans needed to stimulate production. I discussed the current economic climate for manufacturing and alternative ways manufacturers...

Fed: Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail At 10 Per Year

February 23, 2015 10:59 am | by Matthew Brown, Josh Funk, The Associated Press | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the...


Highlights From The History Of Flight

February 23, 2015 9:59 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The airplane was still barely a teenager when the United States entered World War I, and the U.S. Army’s fledgling aeronautical division wanted to make its airplanes fly higher without losing power. Sanford Moss, a GE engineer and one of the brightest minds in the steam turbine business, had an idea. He and his team designed a device...


NAM: Ports Agreement Staves Off Economic Disaster

February 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on the contract agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union: “For months, the NAM has pressed the Obama Administration, Congress and the...


IoT, Automation And Supply Chain Sentience: Q&A With Sean Riley

February 20, 2015 2:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Manufacturers have heard about how Internet of Things movement can generate, store and analyze data points, but the future of IoT is even more exciting. Sean Riley, the Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director at Software AG, recently released his list of supply chain and manufacturing predictions...


Five Facts On Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 9:54 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Girl Scout Cookie manufacturing practices ensure your favorite cookies are safe, sustainable, and scrumptious.                        


Feds: Speed Not A Factor In Oil Train Crash

February 20, 2015 9:36 am | by John Raby, The Associated Press | Comments

Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said Thursday. The CSX train was going 33 mph at the time of Monday's crash in the town of Mount Carbon. The speed limit was 50 mph, said Federal Railroad Administration acting administrator Sarah Feinberg. "We can see from event recorders that the train...


Company Whose Train Exploded Spent Millions On Lobbying, Campaign Contributions

February 20, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, | Comments

The railroad company whose train triggered a massive explosion Monday in West Virginia had spent millions lobbying against rail oversight legislation in Congress, according to a report. Numbers from the Washington, D.C. research group Center for Responsive Politics indicated Florida-based CSX Corp. had spent more than $56 million lobbying members of Congress since 1998, with its largest...


Is Your State Considering Changes In Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 5:28 pm | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year. A recent analysis by Safer States said lawmakers in 28 states will propose such changes, headlined by efforts to identify, disclose or — in some cases — phase out chemicals identified...


Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 19, 2015 3:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, | Comments

The American oil industry, which had exploded in recent years due to dramatic increases in fracking, has borne the brunt of thousands of layoffs in the wake of sliding crude prices. The country, however, remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as...


Skills Gap Solutions: Q&A With Jeff Owens

February 19, 2015 3:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Last year ended with some bad news: U.S. average hourly earnings shrank in December. The lack of competitive wages in the manufacturing industry contributes to the skills gap, or the shortage of qualified workers applying to available jobs. I had the opportunity to sit down with Advanced Technology Services...


Meet Harriet, The World's Most Powerful Gas Turbine

February 19, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Eric King has made many an extreme machine cry uncle over his long career as a testing engineer. But nothing comes close to his current charge, Harriet, the world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine. “What we are doing is akin to the hardest military boot camp,” King says. “There is nothing like this anywhere in the world. We can simulate conditions ranging from...



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