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Investing In America’s Manufacturing Future

August 13, 2014 1:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. Will it work?       

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Jaguar Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                           

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:24 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales.                    

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Past Is Present: The History Of Remote Monitoring

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Spencer Cramer | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

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Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 11:43 am | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

When quality or value does not appear to make a difference in consumer decision-making, manufacturers cut costs and assume the risks to quality. But consumers are aware of this phenomenon, and it may be that value, not price, is once again rising to the surface as the primary decision factor.

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iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 13, 2014 11:29 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year.         

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Problems For The Tesla Model S

August 13, 2014 11:24 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports, but a recent article states that the car now 'has more than its share of problems.'                               

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Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App And Card Reader

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

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Deere Takes A Hit

August 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year.                      

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Record Imports Expected As West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 13, 2014 9:37 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.       

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Bipartisan Bill To Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 13, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.         

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Losing Export Competitiveness Across The Pacific

August 13, 2014 9:29 am | by MAPI | News | Comments

A new analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, finds an alarming downward trend for U.S. export growth to Asia since 2009.             

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods And Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Two great-grandsons of the woman who once served as the face of Aunt Jemima filed a class action suit seeking royalty back payments.                                 

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Asbestos Pushed As Product For The Poor In Asia

August 12, 2014 12:57 pm | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Outlawed in much of the developed world, asbestos is still going strong in the developing one. In India alone, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry providing 300,000 jobs.               

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U.S. Job Openings Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 12:46 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.           

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Understand Your Best Customers To Find New Revenue Opportunities

August 12, 2014 11:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have traditionally sold products through sales channels with a one-size-fits-all approach. However, as the marketplace becomes more competitive and customers have more options, they are turning to data-driven marketing solutions to better target end-users.

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A Nanotechnology That Keeps Clothes Dry And Stain Free

August 12, 2014 11:38 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Silicon Valley start up is combining nanotechnology and fashion to produce clothes that repel water and don't stain.                                     

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GM Manufacturing Integrates Laser Scanning, Google Glass

August 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Autoline Network | Videos | Comments

Cathy Clegg, vice president of North American GM Manufacturing, talks to John McElroy about some of the innovative processes GM is using to improve its manufacturing operations.                  

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Flooding Slows Auto Production In Detroit

August 12, 2014 10:39 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production.                                                   

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Maryland Man Convicted Of Exporting To Iran

August 12, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran.                                         

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