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Sausage Makers Settle Dust-Up Over 'Backyard Brat'

November 12, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Wisconsin sausage companies have settled their legal battle over who can call their product a "backyard brat."


Local Motors Unveils A 3D Printed Car For Mass Production

November 11, 2015 12:35 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

Automotive startup Local Motors has been teasing us with 3D printed vehicles for a while now. Now the company has pulled back the curtain on the LM3D swim, the first 3D-printed car designed for mass production.


Manufacturing Minute: A Creepy Worm-Like Robot That Changes Shape

November 11, 2015 11:53 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, a shape-shifting robot that can perform a variety of tasks. 


Star Trek-Like 'Tractor Beam' Becomes Reality

November 11, 2015 11:50 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Scientists in the U.K. are using miniature loudspeakers to lift and move tiny beads. In future, they hope to deploy this tractor beam-like technology in the human body. 


RFID Can Do More Than Track Assets

November 11, 2015 11:44 am | by Chris Forgione | Articles | Comments

While using RFID to track capital assets such as machinery and tools has proven benefits, some forward-thinking manufacturing and research facilities have also begun using RFID to comprehensively manage assets to achieve even more ROI.


Justices Skeptical Of Tyson Foods In Class-Action Case

November 11, 2015 9:49 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to sustain a multimillion dollar judgment against Tyson Foods Inc. in a pay dispute with more than 3,000 workers at a pork-processing plant in Iowa.


Report Questions Railroad Bridge Safety, Inspection System

November 11, 2015 9:46 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two environmental groups say they are worried about the safety of railroad bridges because inspection reports generally aren't public, and railroads take care of their own bridges.


Microsoft To Keep German Customers' Cloud Data In Country

November 11, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will use data centers inside Germany to store German customers' data amid ongoing concerns over privacy.


GE Transportation Signs $2.6B Deal With India Railways

November 11, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Transportation has announced a $2.6 billion deal to manufacture 1,000 locomotives for India Railways, just days after announcing it will lay off 1,500 union workers at its northwestern Pennsylvania operations.


Budweiser Maker Finalizes $107B Bid For SABMiller

November 11, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev says it has finalized the terms of a $107 billion takeover of SABMiller that will combine the planet's two biggest brewers and create a company that makes almost a third of the beer consumed worldwide.


Obama Seeks To Make Acting Personnel Director Permanent

November 11, 2015 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama says Beth Cobert has already taken steps to boost cybersecurity and improve the way government serves the public.


Small U.S. Businesses Wooing Big Players At Mideast Airshow

November 11, 2015 9:17 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney doesn't just have a booth at this year's Dubai Airshow. The company takes up two chalets outside the main exhibition hall alongside other aviation and defense giants like Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.


Manufacturing Minute: The World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm

November 10, 2015 12:46 pm | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, Scotland will soon host the world’s largest floating wind farm. 


Land Rover Unveils Its $50K Convertible SUV

November 10, 2015 12:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

This week, Land Rover unveiled its tiny crossover convertible SUV with a fabric roof that deploys in 18 seconds.


Building The World's Largest, Fastest 3D-Printed Aircraft Ever

November 10, 2015 12:13 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As 3D printing technologies continue to grow, it allows the aerospace industry to lower costs and production time. At the Dubai Air Show, U.S. and Israeli company Stratasys unveiled the largest 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle. 


Enterprise Labeling For A Connected, Flexible And Efficient Supply Chain

November 10, 2015 12:04 pm | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

Doing business in today’s global supply chain has become a complex challenge. International regulations, global distribution channels and evolving customer requirements are becoming the norm, and companies are starting to recognize labeling as a mission–critical component of the supply chain.


Ruling Could Expose GM To Large Verdicts In Ignition Cases

November 10, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that people suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches can seek punitive damages that could cost the company millions of dollars or more.


Ericsson, Cisco In Partnership To Create Networks

November 10, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest networks provider, Ericsson, has announced a strategic partnership with another industry leader, Cisco, to create "networks of the future."


VW Diesel Owners To Get $1,000 In Gift Cards And Vouchers

November 10, 2015 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of 482,000 diesel Volkswagens and Audis in the U.S. are eligible for $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers as the automaker strives to placate customers dismayed by an emissions-rigging scandal.


Report Finds 85 Fatalities In The Chemicals Industry Last Year

November 10, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A British chemical engineering group said this week that serious accidents in the U.S. chemical and processing industries resulted in 85 fatalities and more than 600 serious injuries in 2014.



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