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Photos of the Day: Mini-Drone Delivers 12-Pack of Beer

February 3, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lakemaid Beer recently tested its delivery system by flying a 12-pack of its brew to anglers on central Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs. A video of the experiment posted online showed a ...          

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Learning from One of the Biggest Blackouts in History

February 3, 2014 9:31 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

On a warm afternoon in August 2003, in rural Ohio, a high-voltage power line brushed against some untrimmed tree limbs. The action tripped a relay that immediately shut off the power it was carrying. As system operators worked to understand ...

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NASA Extends Moon Exploring Satellite Mission

February 3, 2014 9:22 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, observatory has been approved for a 28-day mission extension. The spacecraft is now expected to impact the lunar surface on or around April 21, 2014, depending on the ...  

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Rise of Wireless Technology Poses Security Risks for Manufacturers

February 3, 2014 9:19 am | by IHS | News | Comments

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security ...

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Diver Killed Working on Concordia in Italy

February 3, 2014 9:16 am | by Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | News | Comments

A diver died Saturday while working on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, apparently gashing his leg on an underwater metal sheet while preparing the wreck for removal, officials and news reports said. Italy's civil protection agency, which is ...

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DOE Awards $2.1M to Help Automate PV Module Manufacturing

February 3, 2014 9:11 am | by PPG Industries | News | Comments

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has received a $2.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to help design and pilot a rapid photovoltaic module assembly process that uses automation to eliminate time and ...   

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GM's Opel Extends No-Layoff Deal at Plants

February 1, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit has agreed to extend by two years until the end of 2018 a guarantee that workers at three German plants won't face layoffs. Saturday's announcement comes days after new GM chief executive Mary Barra visited ...

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Owner of Collapsed Omaha Plant Announces Layoffs

January 31, 2014 5:09 pm | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer that was the site of a deadly industrial plant collapse earlier this month announced Friday that his company is laying off the plant's production staff. International Nutrition is outsourcing ...

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The Sphere of Turbulence

January 31, 2014 4:59 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest challenges in the aerospace industry is designing for safety and meeting stringent FAA standards and testing. General Electric (GE) takes its testing seriously. So much so that the company uses what looks like a jet-engine-sized death star ...

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How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

January 31, 2014 4:50 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

If your own organization hasn’t jumped onto the bandwagon and outsourced most or all of its manufacturing to specialty houses or to lower-cost countries, then you have been reading a great many articles and posts about the trend ...   

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Data Link Connector

January 31, 2014 4:40 pm | by PD&D Staff | Amphenol | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Products Group has announced a new data link connector that meets SAE J2839 and IEC 61076-2-101 specifications. Ideal for use in heavy equipment, rail mass transit, mining, and process control as well as in ...

Mini Indexing Plungers with Hidden Locking Mechanism

January 31, 2014 4:36 pm | by PD&D Staff | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco has announced GN 822.6 steel mini indexing plungers, lock-out and non lock-out types, with hidden lock-in/lock-out positioning mechanism, in metric sizes. These indexing plungers are designed for ...

Quarter-Turn Fastener

January 31, 2014 4:19 pm | by PD&D Staff | Southco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Southco has announced the DZUS D5 Panel Line Quarter-Turn Fastener. Designed with simple installation and a high cycle life, these fasteners can be integrated into applications across a variety of different industries, from ...

Puget Commences Testing of Prototype 3D Printer Units

January 31, 2014 2:52 pm | by Puget Technologies | News | Comments

Puget Technologies has announced it has begun implementing testing protocols on a shipment of its high performance prototype 3D printer units. Puget’s evaluation team is thoroughly assessing the units to ensure they exceed industry standards ...

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Regulator OKs Thermo Fisher $13.6B Life Tech deal

January 31, 2014 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission said Friday it has approved Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.'s $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corp., as long as the scientific instrument maker sells some assets to a unit of General Electric Co. The FTC wants ...

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