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Kansas Workers Sue Meat-Packing Plant Over Wages

May 23, 2012 9:35 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

At issue is the practice of paying meat-processing workers based on so-called gang time, which counts only the time the production line is running.


Mass Layoffs Looming At Hewlett-Packard

May 23, 2012 9:32 am | News | Comments

A payroll purge could lay off 25,000 to 35,000 workers, based on recent media reports.


Calif. Senate OKs Regulations For Self-Driving Car

May 23, 2012 9:30 am | News | Comments

State lawmakers are anticipating the day when self-driving vehicles navigate California's roads guided by radar and GPS systems instead of human hands on the steering wheel.


Gather Real-Time Energy Consumption And Demand Data

May 22, 2012 2:43 pm | by Opto 22 Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Connected to utility meters, plant equipment, and facility systems, the OptoEMU Sensor DR from Opto 22 gathers real-time energy consumption and demand data.


Cheer Up! The Economy Is Still Strong

May 22, 2012 2:19 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Author Daniel Gross has a message for all the cynics out there: The American decline is a myth.

Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Dips In May

May 22, 2012 2:02 pm | News | Comments

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 59.2, down slightly from the April index of 62.1, reflecting uncertainty about the pace of U.S. economic growth and concerns about global political and economic factors.


Five Key Elements Of A Successful Manufacturing Website

May 22, 2012 1:35 pm | by Derek Singleton, ERP Analyst, Software Advice | Blogs | Comments

These days, just having a website isn’t enough to generate online business. To truly capitalize on the online opportunity -- and generate more leads -- manufacturers need to create a website that meets buyer expectations.


Rugged Tablet Computers

May 22, 2012 10:57 am | by DRS Technologies Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

The ARMOR X7et and the ARMOR X7ad are new, thin, lightweight tablets.


General Mills To Cut About 850 Jobs

May 22, 2012 10:27 am | News | Comments

Food maker General Mills Inc. said Tuesday it will cut about 850 jobs as part of a plan to lower costs and boost efficiency.


DEP To Detail Mercury Cleanup At Ex-PA Plant

May 22, 2012 10:07 am | News | Comments

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing May 30 to detail the steps the agency has taken to clean up liquid mercury found at a former industrial plant site in western Pennsylvania.


Cable Companies To Share 50,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots

May 22, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

They would let each other's customers access more than 50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide for no extra charge beyond their monthly bill.


India Shines As New Star In Solar Power Market

May 22, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

With the global solar power market saddled with oversupply from Chinese makers while demand shrinks in Europe amid the region's debt crisis, eyes have turned to India as one of the fastest growing new markets.

Toyota's Global Hybrid Car Sales Top 4 Mil. Units

May 22, 2012 9:43 am | News | Comments

Global cumulative sales of hybrid electric-gasoline vehicles have topped 4 million units since its first model debuted in 1997.

Google Plans To Complete $12.5B Motorola Deal Wednesday

May 22, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

Google is ready to close the biggest deal in its 14-year history, one it announced nine months ago.


SpaceX Will Try 1st Private Cargo Run Again

May 22, 2012 9:34 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Private rocket maker SpaceX aimed for a Tuesday liftoff after fixing the engine problem that caused a launch abort over the weekend.

The Lesson Of '404: Page Not Found'

May 21, 2012 4:34 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Nobody wants to see the "404: Page Not Found" page when browsing the web. But Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, the "404: Page Not Found" page can teach us a valuable lesson.

Systemic Failures Of Leadership

May 21, 2012 4:13 pm | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

Of all inputs for rational decision-making, profit vs. risk has the greatest propensity to entangle us, and it is the ability to balance that equation that makes for real leadership.


Intelligent Design

May 21, 2012 4:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The conveyor has gone from simply a belt, some rollers, and some rails to a high tech piece of equipment that can talk to the user by way of integrated automation systems.


IQMS Named a Best-In-Class Logistics Provider

May 21, 2012 3:16 pm | News | Comments

IQMS announced that it has been named one of Inbound Logistics’ 2012 Top 100 Logistics IT Providers. Drawn from a pool of more than 300 companies, 2012’s winners were selected specifically because they solve Inbound Logistics’ readers’ need for simplicity, ROI and efficient implementation.


Multiple I/O Extension Single Board Computer

May 21, 2012 2:57 pm | by Advantech Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Advantech announces the release of the MI/O (Multiple I/O) extension single board computer, MIO-5250.


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