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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

U.S. Factory Production Rises 0.2%, Slowdown In Auto Limits Growth

November 17, 2014 9:32 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants rose 0.2 per cent in October. Gains came from the rising demand for machinery, plastics, clothing and...

Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                        

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 4.6% In September

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | by The Cutting Tool Market Report News Release | News | Comments

September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up...

GE To Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility In PA

November 12, 2014 12:20 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE. The new facility represents a $32M investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech...

New Line At Toyota WV Plant Begins Production

November 12, 2014 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six-speed automatic transmissions are rolling off a new production line at a Toyota plant in Buffalo. Media outlets report that the line began production on Tuesday at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia plant. The additional line increases the plant's annual production capacity from...

'America's Oldest Gunmaker' Lays Off 126 More Workers

November 12, 2014 3:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney tells the Utica Observer-Dispatch that the plant manager told her 126 workers were notified Tuesday...

WI Company Buying Old Town Mill

November 11, 2014 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wisconsin-based company says it is buying a Maine paper mill that was shut down due to high wood and energy costs. WABI-TV reports that Expera Specialty Solutions announced on Tuesday that it's purchasing the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill and will resume pulp production. The company expects that...

Lombard Gains FDA Clearance For Expanded Manufacturing Facility

November 11, 2014 2:29 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Lombard Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the way for manufacturing to commence at Lombard Medical's new...

Honda To Inaugurate Motorcycle Plant In Vietnam

November 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by JCN Newswire | News | Comments

Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd., a Honda motorcycle and automobile sales and production joint venture in Vietnam, today held an inauguration ceremony of the third motorcycle production plant in Ha Nam Province. Vice Prime Minister of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam Hoang Trung Hai and...

Penske Once Again A Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer

November 11, 2014 1:51 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are listed on the 2015 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list for the fourth straight year by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. "Penske proudly hires and employs veterans and...

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