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Safety Technology Might Have Prevented Deadly Amtrak Crash

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been installed on its tracks and trains, according to information gathered by accident investigators.


MAPI Lowers Economic Forecast For 2015

May 14, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation reduced its economic projections for 2015 in light of low oil prices and a strong dollar.


Contested Utah Law Could Impact Contact Lens Industry

May 14, 2015 9:41 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers.


Survey: Cloud Systems Boost Manufacturing Productivity, Quality

May 14, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new survey of manufacturers found that nearly two-thirds saw improved plant productivity after implementing a cloud-computing system.


USDA Develops First Government Label For GMO-Free Products

May 14, 2015 9:24 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.


Bombardier Says Job Cuts Due To Soft Demand

May 14, 2015 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier confirms it will cut more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months to adjust for weak demand for some of its business jets.


Windows 10 Could Be Microsoft’s Last

May 13, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, speaking at Microsoft’s Ignite conference, developer evangelist Jerry Nixon indicated that Windows 10 could be the company's last operating system. 


What’s Behind The Renaissance Of Rolls Royce?

May 13, 2015 11:55 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Rolls Royce North America President Eric Shepherd discusses the company’s new fashion inspired automobile and move to court women auto buyers.


Meet Russia's New Multi-Million-Dollar Battle Tank

May 13, 2015 11:51 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Over the weekend Russia paraded its new T-14 Armata battle tank as part of the 2015 Victory Parade. The highly automated features a unmanned remote turret and is considered to be more advanced than many NATO tanks.


IoT Gets A Building Block With Samsung's Artik

May 13, 2015 11:48 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The 'Internet of Things' is getting a step closer to realization as big tech companies open up to third-party developers and Samsung unveils its Artik chip technology. 


Enterprise Labeling Delivers Value For Manufacturers

May 13, 2015 11:45 am | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the past.


Samsung Announces New Push Into Internet-Connected Gadgets

May 13, 2015 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung wants to sell the digital brains that will go into billions of "smart" home appliances, industrial sensors and other Internet-connected gadgets — even if the gadgets aren't made by Samsung.


Retail Group Presses Senators Ahead Of Trade Authority Vote

May 13, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Retail Foundation is pressuring Senate leaders to authorize Trade Promotional Authority ahead of an initial vote on the provision.


Japan Defense Export Hopes Dimmed By Latecomer Status

May 13, 2015 9:51 am | by Mari Yamaguchi & Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after Japan eased a longstanding ban on military exports, barely a trickle of deals has formed for its powerhouse manufacturers who are reckoning with latecomer status in a crowded global industry.


Louisville To Host 3D Printing Training Center

May 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Illinois-based safety company UL and the University of Louisville on Tuesday announced a new 3D printing training facility that will be located adjacent to the university's campus.


Outgoing BMW CEO Warns That China Is 'Losing Momentum'

May 13, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The departing CEO of automaker BMW has cautioned that China's economy is "losing momentum."


Aluminum Plant To Begin Lockout

May 13, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Century Aluminum announced plans to lock out hundreds of union workers at its Kentucky smelter beginning Tuesday after members rejected its latest contract proposal.


Fiat Chrysler Adds Nearly 69K Jeeps To Side Airbag Recall

May 13, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is adding almost 69,000 Jeep Cherokees to a recall to fix software that can cause side airbags to inflate without a crash.


Keurig Starts To Backpedal On DRM As Sales Tank

May 12, 2015 12:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain promises to bring refillable K-Cups to its Keurig 2.0 system as customers reject DRM. 


On The Road With The 2017 Ford GT

May 12, 2015 11:25 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Brian Cooley takes a look at the 2017 Ford GT and explains why light and lithe is key to its story.



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