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Beyond The Hype: Making Hay In The IoT World

August 3, 2015 | by Alex Blanter | Articles | Comments

When you’re considering participating in the developing IoT economy — and nobody can afford not to — you need to know how to do so effectively. Here are three guiding principles.

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Meat Industry Braces For Report On Possible Cancer Link

August 4, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is expected to issue its report in October after beginning efforts to identify the connection between red and processed meats and cancer last year.

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Industry Insider: Acquity Comments on the Impact of the e-Marketplace

August 4, 2015 10:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Videos | Comments

Bob Barr of Acquity Group reviews the three dimensions e-marketplaces bring to industrial distribution online, outlining key questions businesses should ask themselves about their own value proposition.

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Heinz Kraft Cuts Hit Free Snacks For Employees

August 3, 2015 4:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decision to stop stocking Kraft's former headquarters near Chicago with free cheese sticks and servings of Jell-O is among the slew of changes made by the new Kraft Heinz Co. in an attempt to reduce annual spending.

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U.S. Auto Sales Exceed Expectations In July

August 3, 2015 4:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota combined for more than 75 percent of the U.S. auto market share in June.

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Kraft Recalls 36K Cases of Cheese

August 3, 2015 4:42 pm | by The Kraft Heinz Company | News | Comments

There have been 10 consumer complaints to date about the packaging, including three reports of consumers choking.

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EPA Rule May Threaten Jobs, Economy

August 3, 2015 4:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | News | Comments

The EPA has responded to critics of the carbon rule by making several changes – most notably – allowing more time for states to file their implementation plans, but the ERCC explains that the deadlines are still unrealistic.

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STEM Salaries Fall for Second Quarter in a Row

August 3, 2015 12:28 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Engineering wages fell by 0.1 percent, compared to the national 12-month percentage change in the United States of 0.3 percent.

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U.S. Manufacturing Growth Slows In July

August 3, 2015 12:20 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Institute of Purchasing Managers' manufacturing index slipped to 52.7 last month from 53.5 in June. Economists had expected the index to remain unchanged.

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China's Manufacturing Shows Zero Growth In July

August 3, 2015 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese government has cut interest rates four times since November and launched mini-stimulus efforts to shore up economic growth that slowed to 7 percent in the first quarter.

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The Internet of Things: Manufacturing’s Latest Technology Revolution

August 3, 2015 8:00 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things will change the way we all work and live, and business organizations, especially manufacturers, are looking at ways to ride this wave into the future.

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Obama Calls For Exaflop Supercomputer To Rival China's

July 31, 2015 4:16 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

At present, China’s Tianhe-2 holds the title of the world’s most powerful computer.

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Extended Slump In Oil Taking Toll On Industry, Economy

July 31, 2015 4:13 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

With oil prices down around 50 percent from last year, major oil companies are cutting back, offsetting the good news of savings for consumers and businesses.

ExOne Opens Industrial 3D Printing DREAM Center In Pennsylvania

July 31, 2015 3:14 pm | by ExOne | News | Comments

The center will enable customers to create designs of metal components, aiming to be a catalyst for the 3D production of parts without the limitations of traditional manufacturing.

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Microsoft Says 14M Computers Now Running Windows 10

July 31, 2015 12:35 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

That's a far cry from the company's goal of getting Windows 10 onto a billion devices within three years.

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Report: U.S. Proposes Currency Manipulation Discussions Outside Of TPP

July 31, 2015 12:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although Congress eventually stipulated that curbing currency manipulation should be a priority for U.S. negotiators as talks progressed, the TPP is not required by lawmakers to include language prohibiting the practice.

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Which Industry Uses Drones Most?

July 31, 2015 12:21 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The FAA began to consider exemptions for low-risk commercial Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UAS) in May of 2014, and since then has approved more than 800 petitions out of more than 2,200 requests.

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Mondelez To Invest In Mexican Facility, Cut 600 Jobs In Chicago

July 31, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Installing new state-of-the-art production lines in Illinois would have resulted in about 300 lost jobs; the decision in favor of Salinas will likely double that total.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be That Excited About Tesla’s New Incentive Program

July 31, 2015 10:55 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

Musk called the incentive platform a sort of “guerilla tactic against car dealers in certain states,” alluding, no doubt, to the ongoing feud with the state of Texas.

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By The Numbers: The State Of Women In Manufacturing

July 31, 2015 10:42 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Women are underrepresented in almost every manufacturing-related field, despite the fact that they earn over half the advanced degrees in the U.S.

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Senate Passes 6-Year Highway Bill, Short-Term Patch Needed

July 30, 2015 2:07 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $350 billion long-term bill was approved Thursday on a 65-34 vote with bipartisan support. It would make changes to highway, transit, railroad, and auto safety programs.

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