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Physicist Wins $1.3M Prize For Data Storage

April 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin won the $1.3 million Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks.            

Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

An "O-ring" that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.          

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

Mars Buys Some P&G Pet Food Brands For $2.9B

April 9, 2014 10:51 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mars is buying some of Procter & Gamble's pet food brands for $2.9 billion to help strengthen its pet care business.                           

How To Lower Your Integration Time And Costs

April 9, 2014 10:22 am | by Greg Hood, Product Manager, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Improving responsiveness to line stoppages can result in significant increases in machinery uptime. If, for instance, your customer is running 1,200 SKUs per month, and you help improve their cycle time by an average of two minutes per SKU, they’re now gaining 2,400 minutes — or 40 hours — of recovered downtime per month.

Bacon Prices Rise After Virus Kills Baby Pigs

April 9, 2014 8:38 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices.       

GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 8:07 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                      

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NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

April 9, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.         

Intel Cuts 1,500 Jobs In Costa Rica

April 9, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Chipmaker Intel announced Tuesday that it is eliminating 1,500 jobs from its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica, a blow to a country that has used Intel's presence to build a high-tech sector.            

N.C. Sides With Duke In Appeal Of Coal Ash Ruling

April 8, 2014 3:51 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                 

P&G Changes Palm Oil Policy After Protests

April 8, 2014 2:57 pm | News | Comments

The world's largest consumer products company said Tuesday that it has adopted a "no-deforestation" policy for its palm oil products.                      

GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                      

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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

The Center for Worker Freedom said in a release that it would be a "betrayal" of the workers at the Chattanooga plant to recognize the UAW even though they voted 712-626 against the union in February.             

Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 8:12 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                    

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

Sherwin-Williams Ends Deal For Comex's Mexican Unit

April 7, 2014 3:28 pm | News | Comments

The Cleveland-based paint company had agreed in 2012 to buy Consorcio Comex in a deal valued at $2.34 billion, including debt, to increase its presence in certain markets.              

Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 2:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology — @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.             

GSK Probes Iraq Bribery Claims

April 7, 2014 12:57 pm | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline said Monday it has launched an investigation into allegations it bribed doctors in Iraq, as the pharmaceuticals giant remains embroiled in a major corruption scandal in China.            

Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety

April 7, 2014 11:22 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year. Injured workers lose an average of 13 workdays for recovery, and the most common types of injuries appeared to be electric shock and electric burns.

Boeing: U.S. OKs Sale Of Plane Parts To Iran

April 7, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

A Boeing spokesman said that the parts were needed to ensure safe flight, but he declined to describe them further or put a dollar amount on them.                   

Holcim, Lafarge Create Swiss Merger

April 7, 2014 9:50 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues.         

Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 8:15 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption and a flimsy infrastructure.    

U.S. Steel Idles Indiana Mill

April 7, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.               

Sun Pharma Buys Ranbaxy In $4B Deal

April 7, 2014 7:50 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is buying troubled generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $4 billion deal, the companies said Monday.                   

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