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Alcoa Signs $1B+ Supply Contract With Boeing

September 11, 2014 1:34 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Leading aerospace manufacturer Alcoa has signed a long-term contract to supply aluminum sheet and plate products to Boeing.                                 

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Toyota Recalls Pickups For Air Bag Problem

September 11, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 140,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags.                                  

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Eastman Chemical Buying Taminco

September 11, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eastman Chemical said in a statement that the acquisition will strengthen Eastman Chemical's presence in markets such as food, feed and agriculture.                             

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2015 Ford F-150's Fancy New Window

September 11, 2014 1:15 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

A seamless window with power pass-through is the high-tech, gee-whiz feature for Ford's new truck.                                           

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Jaguar On The Prowl For Women

September 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth hopes the launch of the new Jaguar XE will make the brand more attractive to women and young buyers.                                 

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DAQRI Unveils 4D Smart Helmet For The Industrial Workforce

September 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by DAQRI | Videos | Comments

DAQRI’s executive team discusses the impetus, hardware features, software tools and use cases of the DAQRI Smart Helmet.                                     

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The IoT Uplink: Making Use Of All This Data

September 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on the data that is produced and how it’s analyzed, interpreted and shared throughout a manufacturing enterprise.                          

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Demystifying The Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Diane Palmquist | Articles | Comments

The year 2020 seems to be the magic year for the Internet of Things when billions of devices are predicted to be wirelessly connected. One might conclude this will also be the year when “Industry 4.0” reaches its true potential.       

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FANUC Corporation And Rockwell Automation Announce Global Collaboration

September 11, 2014 9:59 am | by Rockwell Automation | News | Comments

FANUC Corporation and Rockwell Automation, Inc., the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information solutions, has announced an advanced global collaboration to provide customers a more seamless and integrated manufacturing solution.

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Few Critics As Nevada Moves Forward On Tesla Tax Breaks

September 11, 2014 9:53 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Rise, Though Trend Remains Low

September 11, 2014 9:44 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.                                   

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Lawyer Claims GM Went To Great Lengths To Keep Dealers Informed

September 11, 2014 9:40 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

General Motors Canada went to extraordinary lengths to keep its dealers informed about its restructuring plans in the aftermath of the financial crisis, a lawyer for the automaker told a Toronto courtroom Wednesday.          

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Saunders Creates Manufacturing Jobs For Blind And Disabled Americans

September 11, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Saunders Mfg. Co., Inc. is creating new opportunities to keep many Americans who are blind, visually impaired, or have significant disabilities working.                            

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Google Invests In California Solar Power Plant

September 10, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles.                                 

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up In July

September 10, 2014 1:34 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Stockpiles held by U.S. wholesale businesses edged up in July by the smallest amount in a year while sales rose at a healthy clip.                                   

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Chiquita Reverses Course, Talks With Potential Buyers

September 10, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Not even a month after flatly rejecting a takeover bid by two Brazilian companies, Chiquita will open its books to them.                                     

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Intel CFO Talks About Internet Of Things

September 10, 2014 1:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Intel Executive Vice President and CFO Stacy Smith talks about how Intel has been a good steward of shareholder money, having returned more than $40 billion in cash to shareholders.                   

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The F-35: A Flying Super Computer

September 10, 2014 1:20 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

The F-35 is the world's most advanced weapons system. It's virtually undetectable by radar, has integrated sensor fused avionics, a revolutionary helmet with 360-degree views, and much, much more. Here's an inside look at the tech behind the F-35. 

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The Importance Of Leadership And Employee Engagement In Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 1:16 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

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Apple Watch Announcement Sparks Questions About Wearable Longevity

September 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week, Apple introduced their entry into the tech wearables market, called the Apple Watch. But after seeing the device and learning a bit about what it can do, I can’t help thinking to myself, “So what?”            

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