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Toyota Cuts Price Of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 31, 2015 10:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Those pricey high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

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Volvo Announces Plans To Construct U.S. Plant

March 31, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will open a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a move the Swedish automaker said makes it a “global car manufacturer.”

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth For Oil-Producing States

March 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. gained 295,000 jobs in February to continue strong hiring patterns from 2014, according to monthly data from federal officials.

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Lincoln Returns To Its Roots With New Continental

March 30, 2015 12:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ford’s 98-year-old Lincoln brand is bringing back the Continental full-size sedan 13 years after retiring the vehicle nameplate. Take a look at the Lincoln Continental through the years, as well as a preview of the next generation of the iconic vehicle. 

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Wi-Fi Expansion Could Threaten V2V Safety Tech

March 30, 2015 11:24 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A new bill is pushing to improve Wi-Fi access for the public. However, experts say the proposal could sideline a new effort to prevent up to 80 percent of car crashes.  

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Is BlackBerry's Turnaround On Track?

March 30, 2015 11:19 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Crawford Del Prete, IDC Chief Research Officer, discusses whether BlackBerry's turnaround is on track or not.

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The Apple Watch And The Bauble-ization Of Wearable Tech

March 30, 2015 11:06 am | by Sagar Jethani | Articles | Comments

While Apple is to be credited for helping force the evolution of wearable tech beyond being mere novelty items, manufacturers following in Apple’s wake must avoid the temptation to merely produce baubles with microchips.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook For U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

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Google, Johnson & Johnson Team Up To Build Robot Surgeons

March 30, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles; Rear Wheel Can Loosen

March 30, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University.

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Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 30, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report recommends that auto companies strengthen industry collaboration, worker training and career opportunities in order to resolve a worsening talent crisis in their supply chains.

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The State Of Manufacturing ERP Systems

March 30, 2015 8:57 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing Business Technology recently surveyed its readers to understand their ERP usage and needs. Here's a look at those results, plus industry insights on where ERP solutions are today, the biggest challenges for ERP systems, and where the systems are headed. 

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Navigating The Challenge Of Choosing ERP Software

March 30, 2015 8:47 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors

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5 Tips To Catch A Hacker

March 27, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Tech expert and Chief Technology Officer at SRV Network, Inc., Karl Volkman, returns to give his tips for catching a hacker. 

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Engineering Newswire: Elio Unveils Engine Prototype For 3-Wheel, 84 MPG Car

March 27, 2015 11:26 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at battling gorilla arm, putting an end to public urination, and building an all-new internal combustion engine for the first time in 60 years.

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Will Japanese Whiskey Become The New Scotch?

March 27, 2015 11:20 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Takeshi Niinami, Suntory Holdings CEO, sits down with Charles Passy to talk about the Japanese whiskey market, its acquisition of Jim Beam and its U.S. marketing efforts. 

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VAI S2K Product Suite

March 27, 2015 11:14 am | by VAI | Product Releases | Comments

VAI is an independent mid-market ERP software developer that offers flexible, cost effective solutions that automate critical business functions for wholesale distributors and manufacturers shows off its S2K product suite. 

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 1

March 27, 2015 11:09 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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