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The Cleaning Culprits

December 1, 2014 5:09 pm | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

With the recent concerns about Ebola and with winter flu season now approaching, this is an opportune time for facility managers and administrators of industrial locations to hear about a 40-year-old study that is as relevant today as it was when it was published back in...

Cyber Monday Gears Up To Get Online Shoppers Hyped

December 1, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Retailers rolled out discounts and free shipping deals on Cyber Monday, with millions of Americans are expected to log on and shop on their work computers, laptops and tablets after the busy holiday shopping weekend. But with retailers extending their online deals into...

U.S. Factory Growth Slips In Nov, But Still Healthy

December 1, 2014 12:08 pm | by By Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped to 58.7 last month from 59 in October. Any...

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Taking It Paperless: Major Steel Distributor Utilizes AP, AR Automation

December 1, 2014 11:04 am | by Nick Sprau | Articles | Comments

Every company is looking for ways to become more efficient and accurate, especially in their accounts payable (AP) and accounts receivable (AR) departments. Whether it’s saving time, minimizing mistakes, or streamlining processes, it’s vital to a company that AP and AR are...

Ebola Scare Boosts Business For AL Company

December 1, 2014 9:56 am | by Jay Reeves, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola scare has subsided in the United States, at least temporarily, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease. Located in north Alabama, the family-owned Kappler Inc. of Guntersville typically gets only a few orders annually...

Decline Of ME Paper Mills Hurts Middle Class

November 27, 2014 10:08 am | by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The road to the middle class in Maine might not be paved with paper any longer. The accelerating decline of Maine's once-strong pulp and paper industry is a heavy blow for the state's workforce, which has relied on its mills for steady, well-paying jobs for generations. The latest shot to the...

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones To Drive Profit

November 25, 2014 11:39 am | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

No matter the product, service or industry, mission or corporate philosophy, nearly every business is bottom line-driven. And, there is no shortage of ingenuity as to how companies try to glean more profit out of existing processes. Every so often, a new technology emerges that radically...

Utility Workers Rescued From Platform In WI

November 25, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four utility workers have been brought to safety after getting stuck on a platform about 150 feet above the ground at the We Energies plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. A spokesman for the utility company said the workers were rescued late Monday after being stranded...

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ClearEdge Wholesale Glass To Expand In Baton Rouge

November 24, 2014 6:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ClearEdge Wholesale Glass is expanding its manufacturing operations in Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and company owners, Brian and Dana LaBorde, said Monday that ClearEdge is investing $2.65 million to renovate a 41,000-square-foot factory in Baton Rouge, where it will relocate its current...

Salmonella In 10 States Linked To Raw Sprouts

November 24, 2014 2:25 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New...

U.S. Steel To Build New Headquarters In Pittsburgh

November 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. has announced it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the NHL's Penguins' redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site. Company, team, city, and state officials made the announcement Monday. The steel giant has been in talks with...

Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In a blog from September, “NFL Team Takes A Stand On Sustainable Food Manufacturing,” I cited an October 2014 report on sustainable manufacturing. The report, entitled “Success Paths to Sustainable Manufacturing,” is authored by Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental...

Country Of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were...

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Animal Rights Group Uncovers Abuse With Secret Footage

November 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Pres | News | Comments

A year after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have discouraged undercover citizen investigation of animal abuse, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Worker Dies In Alcoa Plant Accident In TX

November 19, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A contract worker has died in an industrial accident at a manufacturing plant in South Texas. The Victoria Advocate ( http://bit.ly/11ClecM ) reports the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Alcoa World Alumina manufacturing plant in Point Comfort. A statement from the U.S. Mine Safety...

Digitizing Manufacturing Processes: An Alliant Techsystems Case Study

November 19, 2014 11:19 am | by Microsoft, Siemens, & Alliant Techsystems | Webinars

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...

Nearly 40 Treated From CA Waste Plant Fire

November 19, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility. The flames and danger had mostly eased late Tuesday, Ventura County fire...

New Research Center Will Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

November 18, 2014 11:47 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

On October 6, a Boeing 747 modified for testing jet engines taxied along a concrete runway on the edge of the Mojave Desert and took off with a brand new engine strapped to its left wing. Although the engine’s maiden flight was short, it made aviation...

Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers Plan $100M KS Plant

November 18, 2014 11:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas. The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers based, is based in Kansas City. It is working with the Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group. The two groups formed...

Fire Destroys One Of Spain's Largest Meat Plants

November 17, 2014 4:17 pm | by Harold Heckle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An official says a fire has destroyed one of Spain's largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos. A city government spokesman says the blaze began early Sunday at the Campofrio plant, where 1,000...

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

November 17, 2014 12:36 pm | by Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announces it will highlight its line of Woodhead Super-Safeway and Safeway Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) at the Rockwell Automation Show, November 19-20 in Anaheim, CA. Molex will display the devices, which can be used in many different commercial and...

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