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Airbag Maker Takata Shuffles Top Managers To Improve Response To Recall Crisis

December 24, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of airbags at the centre of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, apologized and said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take pay cuts in response to the crisis. Takata's president...

 

Feds To Study Nuke-Waste Burial In NV

December 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Drones Become Popular Holiday Gifts

December 23, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that...

FDA Going After Sellers Of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure...

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Safety Officials Close Mercedes Fuel Leak Probe

December 23, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety officials have ended their nearly three-year investigation into more than 280,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars, after they found that a fuel leak that causes a gasoline odor in the vehicles poses no risk to drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that it found tiny...

Report Advises IA To Wait On Drone Regulation

December 23, 2014 10:21 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa should take a wait-and-see approach to regulating unmanned aerial vehicles because of their huge potential for positive uses in business and government, the Iowa Department of Public Safety advises in a new report. The report, requested by lawmakers in May, suggests that existing...

10 Car Models That May Not Make It Another Year

December 23, 2014 10:12 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

This year yielded a bumper crop of exciting new cars, trucks and SUVs, but what about those that haven't been so great? USA Today reports on cars that may not make it another year and are in danger of being discontinued after the 2015 model year...

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Federal Regulators: Safety Violations Where Workers Lost Fingers

December 22, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say a northeast Pennsylvania chimney supply company continued to violate safety regulations after accidents in which some employees lost fingers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it is fining Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. of Scranton $49,000 for 14 safety...

FAA, Industry Launch Drone Safety Campaign

December 22, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. The campaign includes a website which...

Savvy Row: A Better Suit For Fighting Ebola

December 22, 2014 10:12 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Here’s an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease. The suit was designed by a team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., that included students, engineers, medical and public health specialists, an architect, and even fashion...

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 22, 2014 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries...

Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Not Enough Is Being Done

December 19, 2014 4:47 pm | by International Society Of Automation | News | Comments

Inadequate training and a culture of complacency among many owners and operators of critical infrastructure are significantly raising the risks of highly damaging cyberattack throughout the world. That’s the viewpoint expressed by Steve Mustard, an industrial cybersecurity subject-matter expert of the International Society of...

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Year After WV River Spills, Execs Face Charges

December 19, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak. He seemed to brush off cause for concern over the odor in January. It was the...

Chrysler To Recall About 288K Ram Pickup Trucks

December 19, 2014 2:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off. The recall covers Ram 1500 pickups from the 2005 model year. Chrysler says in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that the...

Sony Hack Adds To Security Pressure On Companies

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual...

U.S. Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill To Confront Rising Risks Of Cyberattack

December 18, 2014 5:05 pm | by Automation Federation | News | Comments

The United States Congress earlier this week took an important step forward to better protect America from the increasing risks of industrial cyberattack when it approved The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014. The bipartisan bill—which now goes to President Obama to be signed into law—is designed to...

6 Critical Considerations Before Moving APM Data To The Cloud

December 18, 2014 1:36 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

At LNS Research, we have spoken extensively in the past about the relevance of the Cloud to all aspects of manufacturing, including Asset Performance Management (APM). There is no denying that Cloud technology is radically transforming the way enterprises collect and analyze the...

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Workplace Safety Agency Cites NE Plant

December 18, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure. The Kearney Hub reports that Eaton Corp. faces a $7,000 fine for the July incident. A federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection says the...

Sony Cyberattack May Be Costliest Ever

December 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Bernard Condon, Eric Tucker, Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to...

NY To Ban Fracking, Hand Victory To Environmentalists

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom...

Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes Form

December 18, 2014 10:22 am | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't...

Ford Expands Drivers Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 18, 2014 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S. The move announced Thursday adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver's inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing...

ND Fines Company $687K For Disposal Violations

December 17, 2014 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota regulators have assessed a $687,000 fine against a Utah company for allegedly violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission that includes Gov. Jack Dalrymple approved the sanction on Wednesday against Redemption Energy LLC. Officials say the company...

Grand Jury Indicts 4 In WV Chemical Spill Case

December 17, 2014 12:26 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a spill that prompted a drinking water ban for 300,000 West Virginia residents. An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell and two...

FDA Requires Calorie Labels For Alcohol On Menus

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic...

OR Certifies Recount Results: GMO Labels Lost

December 17, 2014 10:08 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. Brown certified the final numbers Monday showing Measure 92 was defeated by 837 votes out of...

Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags. Mark Rosekind, 59, a leading expert on human fatigue, was approved by...

Study Finds Toxic Chemicals In Seasonal Holiday Products

December 16, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new research study finds that top retailers of holiday decor continue to sell some seasonal decorations and other products that contain hazardous chemicals. Researchers found that 2/3 of these products have one or more hazardous chemicals that have been linked to serious health threats. The study is an update to previous...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 42

December 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 251 death claims and...

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