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ERP Lessons Learned

September 18, 2015 10:45 am | by Ryan Swain | Articles | Comments

In today’s real-time economy, a process manufacturer’s success is dependent on anticipating problems and preparing for prevention and resolutions.


Court Blocks U.S. Sales Of Old Samsung Phones In Apple Battle

September 18, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is blocking Samsung Electronics from selling some of its older smartphones in the U.S. in the latest twist to a long-running legal battle over how much of the devices' technology was copied from Apple's iPhone.


Pentagon Report Knocks Test Of Embattled Fighter Jet

September 18, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report suggests that a Marine Corps fighter jet previously thought fit for combat remains plagued with problems.


Fed Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged, Citing Low Inflation

September 18, 2015 9:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve ended weeks of speculation Thursday by keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.


Feds: Workplace Fatalities Increased In Mining, Manufacturing In 2014

September 18, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Preliminary numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Labor Department showed a sharp increase in the number of workplace fatalities in private-sector goods production in 2014.


From The Top: Maintaining Operational Excellence On A Global Scale

September 17, 2015 12:27 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Videos | Comments

In this episode, we discuss lean manufacturing principles, six sigma and how to address problem solving when you’re a global brand. 


Frankfurt Auto Show: The 'Fun' Car Americans Can't Have

September 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | News | Comments

Here’s a look at news coming from the show including Citroen’s Cactus M, Mazda’s crossover concept and Peugeot’s plan to sell cars in Iran. 


Your Budweiser Is Actually 100 Years Old

September 17, 2015 11:29 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

All Budweiser beer is brewed with the same strain of yeast that Anheuser-Busch has been keeping alive since the late 1800s.


Manufacturing Minute: 'Printed Memory' Labels Combat Counterfeiting

September 17, 2015 11:20 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, anti-counterfeit electronic labels that contain encrypted data.


General Motors Settles Criminal Case Over Ignition Switches

September 17, 2015 11:08 am | by Tom Hays, Eric Tucker & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors admitted it failed to disclose to the public a deadly problem with small-car ignition switches as part of a $900 million deal reached with federal authorities to avoid criminal charges, authorities announced Thursday.


Groups Seek Details On Senate Probe Into Painkiller Ties

September 17, 2015 10:34 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Anti-addiction activists are calling on a Senate committee to release findings from a 3-year-old investigation into links between painkiller manufacturers and nonprofit medical groups.


New Industry Standard Aims To Reduce Detergent Packet Poisoning

September 17, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new voluntary standard for laundry detergent packets aims to reduce the children injured after accidentally ingesting them.


GM To Pay $575M To Settle Ignition Switch Lawsuits

September 17, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will pay $575 million to settle civil lawsuits filed over faulty small-car ignition switches.


Adidas Sues Skechers Over Sneaker Design

September 17, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

German sports apparel giant Adidas this week filed a trademark infringement lawsuit alleging that Skechers shoes bore too close a resemblance to one of its best-selling sneakers.


Honda Hopes Revamped Civic Will Boost Already Strong Sales

September 17, 2015 10:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Even though the Honda Civic compact car now on dealer lots was panned for being cheap and boring, the company still sold almost 326,000 of them last year.


Citrus Oil Could Replace Fossil Fuels In Chemical Production

September 17, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Oils extracted from the peels of citrus fruit could eventually serve as an environmentally friendly source of chemical feedstock for plastics.


Workers May Balk At Fiat Chrysler, UAW Contract Deal

September 17, 2015 10:00 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

After weeks of negotiations, Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers have hammered out a new labor agreement. But the hard work is just beginning.


Apple Touts Environmental Upgrade In Latest iPhones

September 17, 2015 9:56 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has given its latest iPhones an environmental upgrade to go along with a better camera and a few new features.


Chemical Ships Often Delayed For Weeks In Crowded Texas Ports

September 17, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The ideal time in port for chemical tankers in Houston and Freeport is less than three weeks. Currently, however, those ships routinely spend seven weeks in port as traffic increases along Texas' Gulf Coast, which adds costs for shippers and cargo handlers alike.


Frankfurt Auto Show: Jaguar’s First-Ever Luxury SUV

September 16, 2015 12:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | News | Comments

Here’s a look at some of the news to come from the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show including Jaguar’s new SUV, Renault-Nissan’s Chinese auto production and Rolls-Royce’s new convertible. 



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