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Environmentalists, Unions Seek To Fix Gas Leaks

December 9, 2013 9:52 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. It's a huge national effort that could cost $82 billion.

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German Firm Testing Drones To Deliver Goods

December 9, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places.                           

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Accusations Dog Russian Copter Deal

December 9, 2013 9:44 am | by Richard Lardner, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. military officials insisted a top-secret Pentagon study proved the need to buy Russian helicopters for Afghanistan's security forces. But the study actually recommended an American-made rotorcraft, according to unclassified excerpts obtained by The Associated Press.

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Apple Wants Samsung To Pay $22M For Legal Bills

December 9, 2013 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple wants Samsung Electronics to pay $22 million of the legal bills that the iPhone and iPad maker has rung up so far defending its mobile device patents in a courtroom battle.                     

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Explosion Sparks Fire At Mich. Plant; No Injuries

December 6, 2013 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say an explosion sparked a fire at a western Michigan manufacturing facility and prompted an evacuation at the plant.                                   

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Russia Fears That Some Pilots Have Fake Licenses

December 6, 2013 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian investigators said Friday that the pilot who sent a Boeing 737 into a near-vertical dive that killed all 50 people on board might have had a fake license.                         

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Gov't. To Extend Authorizations For Eagle Deaths

December 6, 2013 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is letting companies seek authorization to kill and harm bald and golden eagles over 30 years without penalty.                                 

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Crystal Leader Expects 'Price Crisis' To Continue

December 6, 2013 1:44 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The annual meeting of American Crystal Sugar Co. on Thursday highlighted the company's 40th year as a farmer-owned cooperative, but there was little cause for celebration among shareholders. Berg said at a press conference before his speech that he doesn't see the end to a price problem he attributes to excessive supplies of Mexican sugar in the U.S. market.

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New In-Sight Software Released With Advanced Defect Detection Tools

December 6, 2013 1:40 pm | by Cognex Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation, the leader in machine vision systems, announced the release of In-Sight Explorer 4.9, software that offers an expanded set of inspection tools and an enhanced Cognex Connect communications suite featuring the iQ Sensor Solution network.

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Common Mistakes With Process Control Upgrades

December 6, 2013 10:34 am | by Marc L. Hunter, Vice President, Synergy Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

More and more manufacturers are upgrading control systems primarily to fight the battle of equipment obsolescence, rather than taking the opportunity to invest in upgrades, in order to gain more productive years out of major capital assets. There has been a noticeable trend in projects that are successful in achieving just hardware replacement, and those projects that leave the manufacturing process with more intelligence and flexibility.

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Investments In MIS On The Rise

December 6, 2013 10:23 am | by John Tertin, Director of MIS, ESE, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Food safety. Quality standards. Yield management. Waste control. Cost containment. The list goes on. With so many competing requirements, food manufacturers’ need for more timely and accurate process data is accelerating both the interest and demand for Manufacturing Information Systems.

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Inside BMW's USA Production Facility

December 6, 2013 10:05 am | by NDTV | Videos | Comments

As BMW's first full manufacturing plant outside Germany, this South Carolina factory is the sole location that makes the X3, X5 and X6 SUV models. Take a look at the plant and see how these SUVs are put together.           

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EU Regulators Raid Offices Of Philips, Others

December 6, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union antitrust regulators have raided the offices of several companies that make and sell consumer electronics and domestic appliances online, in an investigation into whether they are artificially boosting the prices of goods online. 

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Gov't. Plan Aims To Keep Older Drivers Safe On Road

December 6, 2013 9:41 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

Silver could take on a whole new meaning when it comes to car shopping. With more elderly drivers on the road, the federal government is contemplating a "silver car" rating system that will help identify which cars better protect elderly drivers and passengers in a crash.

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GM Using Landfill Gas To Power Fort Wayne Plant

December 6, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Corp. is spending $11 million at its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant to create a small power plant that would use landfill gas to supply 40 percent of the factory's electricity.                 

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Unemployment Rate Falls To 7 Pct.

December 6, 2013 9:32 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy.                            

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States Grovel Before Boeing In Bid For 777X Jobs

December 6, 2013 9:28 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

From coast to coast, states are rushing to impress Boeing with lavish incentive packages that offer property, labor deals and billions of dollars in tax breaks. All this in the hopes that the aerospace giant will select them to assemble the new 777X — or at least give them a wing to construct.

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GVSU Incubator Develops Renewable Energy Device

December 6, 2013 9:25 am | by Dave Alexander, The Muskegon Chronicle | News | Comments

Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center has launched a number of upstart businesses, but breakthrough products have been few and far between. Energy Partners LLC founder and GVSU professor emeritus Jim Wolter thinks he and partner Ed Brandel have come upon an energy storage device that could be a game changer.

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U.S. Economy Grows At 3.6 Percent Rate

December 5, 2013 3:00 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest since early 2012. But nearly half the growth came from a buildup in business stockpiles, a trend that could reverse in the current quarter and hold back growth.

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MAPI Report: Surprising Turnaround For Oil And Natural Gas

December 5, 2013 2:57 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

According to a new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) prospects are bright for the U.S. oil and natural gas sectors.                          

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