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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 20, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators this week cited a New York plastics company for dozens of alleged safety violations.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced a long-awaited bill that would grant the White House power to negotiate trade agreements.

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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which the company said validated its decision to switch from steel to aluminum in model year 2015.

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Heinz, French’s Each Target The Other's Condiment Dominance

April 20, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

H. J. Heinz and French’s Food have set their sights on each other's markets. Heinz is rolling out its yellow mustard, French's its ketchup.

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Micro Robots Drive Bayer's High-Tech Vision

April 17, 2015 11:43 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pharmaceutical company Bayer has found success by shifting its focus to life sciences, and introducing technology and automation into every stage of its processes.

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Tea Wars: Coke & Pepsi Face Off

April 17, 2015 11:40 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

As the soda market flattens, Cristina Alesci explains why Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are trying to attract health-conscience millennials with ready-to-drink teas.

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Engineering Newswire: Robot Takes A Pounding In Dodgeball Barrage

April 17, 2015 11:38 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at starting up the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, grabbing objects with a giant tongue gripper and playing dodgeball with a bipedal robot. 

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How Buyer-Driven Procurement Became The New Normal

April 17, 2015 11:33 am | by Dan Amzallag | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, time, cost and a lack of resources put severe limits on procurement professionals' supplier vetting process. But traditions are changing.

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Volkswagen Board Leaders Back CEO Winterkorn After Struggle

April 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will remain in his job and can look forward to having his contract extended, the leadership of the board said Friday.

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Google Embraces 'Mobile-Friendly' Sites In Search Shake-Up

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

To stay in Google's good graces, websites must be designed so they load quickly on mobile devices.

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 9:47 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The industrial heart of GE posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.

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Nissan Expands Airbag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding airbag.

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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 17, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Arizona no longer allows its local governments to enact taxes or bans on plastic bags after Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on legislation this week.

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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials.

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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 17, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Recent reports, however, suggested the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be turning away from efforts to organize union elections for low-wage workers.

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Inside Jaguar's Virtual Innovation Center

April 16, 2015 11:15 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At Jaguar's state-of-the-art innovation center, concepts become cars in a virtual world before a single piece of metal needs to be cast.

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One Up-And-Coming Company Gives Detroit A Chance

April 16, 2015 11:10 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Steven Bock heads up Shinola, but it’s not the shoeshine Shinola your grandfather remembers. They are a unique company that does make high-end products, which has chosen Detroit as the place to hang their corporate hat.

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3D Printing The Space Colonies Of The Future

April 16, 2015 11:05 am | by The Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Astronaut Barry Wilmore aboard the International Space Station, engineers and scientists are turning to 3D printing as a way to build tools, spare parts, and one day, perhaps, even shelters for space colonists. 

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Maintenance Of The Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive To Collaborative

April 16, 2015 10:49 am | by Marc-Alexis Rémond | Articles | Comments

A total preventive and predictive maintenance program is absolutely essential to an efficient, reliable and safe production process. However, no matter how well-oiled and designed your preventive and predictive maintenance program is, every now and then, Murphy’s Law reminds us that things can go wrong.

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Court Rules GM Is Shielded From Death Claims By Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.

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