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Stratocaster Still A Favorite At 60

April 18, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

Some of the most legendary guitarists in music history have elicited unforgettable sounds from the Fender Stratocaster, the distinctive double-cutaway guitar born in a small Fullerton, Calif., workshop 60 years ago this month.     

Jar Of French Mountain Air Goes For $860 In China

April 10, 2014 8:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liang's work is part of a gust of recent artistic protest reflecting widespread dissatisfaction...

In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO — @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is...

Judge Won't Dismiss 'Pink Slime' Suit

March 28, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related...

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GM CEO Takes To Video, Promises Vehicles Are Safe

March 26, 2014 2:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Barra reportedly asked engineers if they would let their own families drive and ride in these vehicles, and they said, “Yes.”                                         

GM CEO Taps Into Call Center, Listens To Customer Complaints

March 26, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

The new CEO Mary Barra spent about a half hour last Thursday wearing a headset at the suburban Detroit center and will return there periodically.                            

Nissan Recalls More Than 1M Vehicles For Air Bags

March 26, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan says the vehicles' computer software may not detect an adult in the passenger seat.                             

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Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the course of action.             

Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:47 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                  

1st Production Model Stratocaster For Sale For $250K

March 19, 2014 7:41 am | by Johnny Clark and Kristin Hall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the years, a fair number of vintage Strats have sold for $100,000-plus, with some approaching $1 million.                        

GM Recalls 1.18 Million SUVs For Air Bag Problem

March 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recalls aren't related to investigations over the defective ignition switches case, but the company did say they're part of a broad product safety review prompted by the ignition switch problem, which is linked to 12 deaths.      

Fiat Recalling More Than 18,000 500Ls

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.                                         

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Honda Recalling Almost 900,000 Minivans

March 17, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to documents, the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals, like those found in fertilizers.                         

Demand Grows For Halal Food

March 13, 2014 12:06 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The global industry for products that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow.              

California Slaughterhouse Under Criminal Probe

February 25, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

A congressman says federal officials have launched a criminal probe of a Northern California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef. Huffman said investigators could not provide details, but he was told the suspected misconduct was grave.

Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 10:57 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Keri Dawson, vice president, Industry Solutions and Advisory Services, MetricStream, discusses the importance of establishing and enforcing a compliance program that ensures the quality and safety of food and beverage products.    

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

February 18, 2014 4:29 pm | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Articles | Comments

Pesticides are often the method used to control pests, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.        

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U.S. Olive Oil Pushing Gov't To Test Imported Oils

February 18, 2014 8:04 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tiny California olive industry says European olive oil filling U.S. shelves often is mislabeled and lower-grade oil, and they're pushing the federal government to give more scrutiny to imported varieties. One congressman-farmer even goes so far as suggesting labels on imported oil say "extra rancid" rather than "extra virgin."

Tulsa Pharmacy Sued Over Lethal Injection Drug

February 12, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

A Missouri inmate scheduled for execution this month is asking a federal judge to bar a Tulsa compounding pharmacy from providing the drug to be used in his lethal injection. The lawsuit alleges the drug could cause "an unnecessarily long and inhumane execution."

Cargill Adds 'Textured Beef' Wording To Labels

February 7, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Cargill, one of the nation's largest meatpackers, has added wording to its labels on ground beef packages that indicates whether the meat inside includes a product that's been called "pink slime." Cargill also said it has developed a website to answer questions about finely textured beef.

GI Joe, The World's First Action Figure, Turns 50

February 6, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Carola, Associated Press | News | Comments

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well.

The Basics Of Internal Auditing

January 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager, Clinkenbeard, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Normally companies will have a schedule that is written to audit their entire quality system on an annual basis. Usually the Quality Manager or Engineer is responsible for creating this schedule. The schedule consists of the elements of the standard to be audited, who will be auditing and when the results are due.

Feds Grab $21.6M In Counterfeits Before Super Bowl

January 30, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Investigators have seized more than $21.6 million in knockoff souvenir football jerseys, caps and other merchandise, shut down illegal websites and made dozens of arrests in a crackdown on Super Bowl counterfeiters, authorities said Thursday.  

Dutch Find More Horsemeat In Beef Products

January 29, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

The Dutch Foods and Wares Authority says it has "preventatively" blocked all shipments from a Dutch slaughterhouse after investigators found horsemeat in four shipments that were labeled as beef products. The agency did not identify the slaughterhouse, other than saying it was in the eastern province of Gelderland.

FDA Halts Drug Imports From Ranbaxy Plant In India

January 24, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration ban effectively stops the company from shipping drugs and raw ingredients from its Toansa plant in the Punjab province. A Jan. 11 inspection by FDA staffers uncovered factory workers retesting drug ingredients that had failed quality testing, in an apparent effort to return positive results.

China Seized 60,000 Piracy Suspects Last Year

January 21, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Chinese state media say police seized almost 60,000 suspects involved in intellectual property infringement cases with a total estimated value of $28 billion in 2013. The official Xinhua News Agency says more than 90 million tons of counterfeit and substandard goods were confiscated last year, and more than 1,000 criminal networks smashed.

Smalley Receives Back-to-Back GM Excellence Awards

January 16, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

For the second consecutive year, Smalley is pleased to have received General Motor’s prestigious GM Suppler Quality Excellence award. The company develops and manufactures retaining rins, constant section rings, snap rings and more, in standard configurations and non-standard sizes at no additional charge.

Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 15, 2014 8:51 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

An in-depth post-mortem can actually increase confidence in a business and encourage more trust. Everyone and every business makes mistakes, and often, what separates a successful one from a failed one is the way in which they respond to the unexpected. Proving that your company can do just that should be a matter of pride, not shame.

Merck Recalls Combo Cholesterol Drug

January 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drug maker Merck & Co. is recalling a combination cholesterol drug, wiping out the entire U.S. stock, due to packaging defects that could reduce effectiveness. Merck says the recall covers all four dose strengths and every batch distributed since Liptruzet was launched last May.

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