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Business Adoption of iPads Sparking Economic Recovery?

January 24, 2011 3:28 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The news last week that Apple's Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence was a big story. But something else about the company got far less attention and could be even more important to investors this year. Corporations "are adding iPads to their approved device list at an amazing rate," Peter Oppenheimer, Apple Inc.

Google CEO Receives $100M Parting Gift

January 24, 2011 3:20 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Google says it has awarded $100 million worth of equity to outgoing Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt. Google Inc. said in a filing on Monday the stock and stock options will be granted on Feb. 2 and will vest over four years. The 55-year-old Schmidt is being replaced as Google's CEO by co-founder Larry Page.

The Rise Of Mobile Technology And Social Media In Manufacturing

January 21, 2011 8:56 am | Articles | Comments

Mobile technology and social media are becoming very relevant topics in the manufacturing sector. Companies have utilized these seemingly consumer-oriented tools for business applications, and they are allowing manufacturers to conduct business more effectively – thus giving them a competitive advantage.

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Pumping Up The Bottom Line

January 21, 2011 8:52 am | Articles | Comments

As a result of a three-year Lean manufacturing process, a 200,000 square-foot manufacturing facility was able to regain use of a wealth of storage space it no longer needed. For the management of a fiberglass and steel door manufacturer, taking their traditional East Coast manufacturing facility through a three-year Lean manufacturing process in order to re-engineer and improve their practices and workflow turned out to be a profit making investment.

The Top 10 Reasons The Deviation Investigation System Fails

January 21, 2011 8:31 am | by The QA Pharm, Anonymous Industry Insider and Contributor to Pharmaceutical Processing | Articles | Comments

y The QA Pharm, Anonymous Industry Insider and Contributor to Pharmaceutical Processing For some companies, manufacturing is a crapshoot. There is little basis for confidence that that the right equipment, materials, components, people and records will be at the right place and the right time to begin manufacturing.

Powerful PAC Upgrades Tortilla Machine

January 21, 2011 8:15 am | by Ron Meade, Chief Executive Officer, Casa Herrera | Articles | Comments

Advanced automation helps a food manufacturer produce tortillas reliably, quickly and precisely. Case Herrera builds tortilla preparation equipment for the corn and flour tortilla industry, provides equipment for the bakery and snack food industries, and is the preferred supplier to several national brands.

UV -- A Bright Idea

January 21, 2011 5:56 am | by Jon McClean, President, Engineered Treatment Systems LLC | Articles | Comments

In a market that is driven by cost and the need to produce product that is free from infection, whilst using fewer chemicals, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection is adopted increasingly by poultry and meat processors for a variety of applications. In a market that is driven by cost and the need to produce product that is free from infection, whilst using fewer chemicals, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection is adopted increasingly by poultry and meat processors for a variety of applications.

Can China Achieve 'Superpower' Status?

January 21, 2011 4:33 am | Videos | Comments

China's relationship with the United States has been strained due to concerns over Chinese currency policies. CNN's Richard Quest and Ali Velshi debate whether China's ever-strengthening economy can allow it to achieve "superpower status" by 2020. Should the U.S. be worried? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Google Shakes Up Its Management Team

January 21, 2011 4:32 am | Videos | Comments

News broke Friday that Google co-founder Larry Page will replace Eric Schmidt as CEO. Page, 37, was Google's CEO early on, before Schmidt was hired as the "adult supervisor" to the company's young founders. Schmidt, 55, will stay on as executive chairman. What affect will Page's return have on the search giant? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

The New Face Of Apple

January 20, 2011 11:31 am | Videos | Comments

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence. Apple COO Tim Cook is taking over in Jobs' absence. This has happened twice before, and Apple's been no worse for wear. But just to be sure, let's take a look at Apple's corporate structure to see if the new face of the company is out there.

Optimizing Solar Potential

January 20, 2011 11:20 am | by Dr. Gilad Almogy, CEO, Cogenra Solar | Articles | Comments

For the processing industry, where the demand for process heat often meets or exceeds the demand for electricity, solar cogeneration is the ideal solution. With an uncertain economic climate, manufacturers are now more than ever looking to cut costs and foster long-term financial stability.

Photo Of The Week: Sick Of 3D... Literally

January 20, 2011 9:58 am | News | Comments

In this July 8, 2010 photo, University of California at Berkeley Professor Marty Banks looks through a birefringent lens display in Berkeley, Calif. Powerful business interests are betting that 3-D will be the big new thing in entertainment, despite an important obstacle: though improved over yesteryear's 3-D, today's technology still gives many people headaches.

GM Continues Management Shakeup

January 20, 2011 9:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has promoted veteran engineer and human resources executive Mary Barra to lead its vehicle development efforts, another step in a management shakeup led by new Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. Barra, 49, was named senior vice president for global product development on Thursday, replacing Vice Chairman Tom Stephens, who on Wednesday was moved to the new position of chief technology officer.

Boeing Forced To Slash 1,100 Jobs

January 20, 2011 9:54 am | News | Comments

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Dwindling domestic demand for C-17 cargo planes will force Boeing Co. to slash 1,100 jobs at its U.S. plants, most of them in Long Beach where the aerospace giant has cut 13,000 jobs since the 1990s, the company said Thursday. The 900 jobs in Long Beach and 200 jobs at plants in Mesa, Ariz.

HP: Former CEO's Severance Package 'Corporate Waste'

January 20, 2011 9:52 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. is looking to investigate the circumstances of former CEO Mark Hurd's departure, including the large severance package he received. Hewlett-Packard said in a Jan. 14 filing in a federal court in San Jose, California, that the investigation is in response to a shareholder's demand that the company look into Hurd's departure, as well as the board's decision to approve his generous severance package.

Apple Accused Of Ignoring Safety Issues At Chinese Factories

January 20, 2011 9:49 am | by Cara Anna, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese environmental groups accused Apple Inc. on Thursday of ignoring their concerns about health and safety problems at factories that supply it with components. A report by the three dozen groups, "The Other Side of Apple," ranks Apple as the least responsive to concerns among more than two dozen technology companies that were surveyed.

China Agrees To Buy $25B In U.S. Goods

January 20, 2011 9:47 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, trying to build ties with an economic rival, said Wednesday that China would buy $25 billion in U.S. goods and had given final approval to a long-negotiated $19 billion deal for 200 Boeing planes. The announcement came as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived at the White House for a state visit with President Barack Obama.

The Plug Or The Pump

January 20, 2011 7:38 am | Videos | Comments

As electric car product offerings begin to enter the automobile market, what will the demand for those products be? It's evident that potential customers will have a number of brands to choose from, but no one really knows what the market's response will be to each of the offerings. So, will you drive to the plug or the pump? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

'Sales-Based Royalties' Regulations Benefit Manufacturers

January 20, 2011 6:08 am | by James L. Atkinson & Dwight N. Mersereau, | Articles | Comments

The IRS has issued proposed regulations (REG-149335-08) affecting taxpayers required to pay “sales-based royalties” upon the sale of inventory.  The guidance, issued in the form of proposed regulations under the “uniform capitalization rules” of section 263A, largely is taxpayer favorable and may confer substantial tax benefits on affected companies.

Can Apple Survive Without Its Visionary CEO?

January 20, 2011 6:05 am | by Jessica Mintz and Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writers | Articles | Comments

Apple CEO Steve Jobs' prescience is a rarity, which is why doubt and anxiety will probably hang over the company until his fate is clearer. Apple CEO Steve Jobs SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If investors were as visionary as Steve Jobs has proved to be during his 35 years of tech wizardry, they might be able to figure out whether Apple can still thrive if its founder and CEO doesn't return from his indefinite medical leave.

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