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Boeing Lauds Tornado Recovery By Wichita Supplier

June 19, 2012 10:12 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirit AeroSystems never missed a shipping date to Boeing after the Spirit plant in Wichita was hit by a tornado April 14.

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Phones Gain Ability To Learn By Touching

June 19, 2012 10:10 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartphones set to be released this month by Samsung and Sony will have some of that ability: they'll learn things when you touch them to pre-programmed "tags."

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Man Accused Of Selling $9.1M In Bogus Energy Credits

June 19, 2012 10:08 am | by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maryland man faces trial in a $9.1 million fraud case that is shedding light on problems in a renewable energy credits program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Rumors Abound About Potential Oracle Management Shakeup

June 19, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

There are unsubstantiated reports that the business software maker is preparing to announce a reorganization that could include the departure of the company's top sales executive in North America.

Fed Meets As Many Await Possible Help For Economy

June 19, 2012 10:03 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve is meeting this week at a time of high alert over the slumping U.S. economy.

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Microsoft's 'Surface' Tablet Aims For Productivity

June 19, 2012 10:01 am | by Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press | News | Comments

It attempts to take advantage of one of the few criticisms of Apple's iPad — that it is better for consuming content than creating it.

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Comprehensive and Connective

June 18, 2012 4:58 pm | by TURCK Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Designed to replace expensive, time-consuming hardwiring methods, powerfast products from TURCK provide a robust and reliable modular wiring solution.

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Transform CAD And 2D Data

June 18, 2012 2:24 pm | by ACD Systems International Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

ACD Systems International announced Canvas 14 and Canvas 14 +GIS, a way to transform technical CAD and 2D data into creative illustrations that can be used throughout the enterprise.

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Design... Explained!

June 18, 2012 2:09 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, "explains" the design of three iconic modern objects.

The Holy Grail Of Innovation

June 18, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

Open innovation reduces the risk by letting someone else take the gamble of discovering, developing and testing the market with the new technology.

Pneumatic Conveyor Provides Competitive Edge For Expansion

June 18, 2012 1:50 pm | by VAC-U-MAX | Articles | Comments

Sticky powders present manufacturers and processors with unique material conveying challenges involving volumetric auger fillers that dispense powders, granulars, and flakes for packaging.  Enter a pneumatic conveyor.

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The $180K Apple Computer

June 18, 2012 9:55 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

There will be bidding for one of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's original Apple 1 computers... that still works.

Controversy Surrounds Rules For Rare Earth Plant

June 18, 2012 9:41 am | by Eileen NG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia's government has imposed two new conditions on a rare earth refinery to assuage fears of radioactive pollution.

Unemployment Rises In 18 States

June 18, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

Nationally, the rate rose to 8.2 percent in May from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in almost a year.

Microsoft To Make 'Major' Announcement

June 18, 2012 9:35 am | News | Comments

Speculation about the media event has ranged from an unveiling of a new tablet computer that uses low-power chips to many other things.

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Unpaid Bills Mounting At New Beef-Processing Plant

June 18, 2012 9:32 am | News | Comments

Records show that contractors have filed liens for more than $1.3 million against the S.D. company since Jan. 1, about $1.2 million of which has not been paid.

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EPA Sets Tighter Standards For Soot Pollution

June 18, 2012 9:30 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed standards would lower the amount of soot allowed from diesel trucks, power plants, and other sources.

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Feds Expand Toyota Fire Probe To 1.4M Autos

June 18, 2012 9:25 am | News | Comments

The government has added 600,000 Toyota Camrys and other vehicles to an investigation of fires in power window switches.

China's GDP Dilemma

June 15, 2012 2:53 pm | by Gregg Gordon, Author of Lean Labor and Senior Director of the Kronos Manufacturing Group | Blogs | Comments

What avenues can China pursue to grow this now large country at a controllable pace? Let’s take a look at a couple.

Heineken Brewery Looks To Beamex For Calibration Management

June 15, 2012 2:41 pm | Articles | Comments

For a new Heineken plant, there was a need for a tool that would make the calibration work easier, store all calibration results, show the calibration history trends, and provide quick access to calibration data.

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