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U.S. Producer Prices Rise In October

November 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power.                 

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Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Mark Adair | Articles | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?   

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Huge Solar Plant Lags In Early Production

November 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned.                 

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Full-Port 'True' Wafer Ball Valves

November 18, 2014 10:36 am | by Bonomi North America | Product Releases | Comments

Bonomi North America’s new “true” wafer stainless steel full-port ball valves are a flow-enhancing alternative to high-performance butterfly valves in OEM applications, skid-mounted systems or any tightly-confined area.

Fully Automated Thermoelectric Sample Conditioner System

November 18, 2014 10:26 am | by CANNON Instrument Company | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating a Brookfield DV2T digital viscometer and thermoelectrically controlled sample chamber, the TESC System automates the entire conditioning and testing process, including preheating, room temperature stabilization, cooling of the sample to test temperature, and testing the final viscosity of the conditioned sample.

Miss. Could Be Site For $1.2B Aluminum Mill

November 17, 2014 10:05 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi appears to be the favored location for a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for auto bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced plans to build the plant Monday.    

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Production Technology Trends: Today And The Future

November 17, 2014 10:40 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager for HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing has changed drastically in the past decade, and much of this change is due to advancements in technology. Here is a look at a few of the technologies that are having the largest impact.              

Fluke's First HD Infrared Camera For Thermal Imaging

November 17, 2014 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TiX1000 (with 1024 x 768 resolution), TiX660, and TiX640 (both 640 x 480) feature up to ten times the on-camera pixels as are available on standard 320 x 240 cameras and a large 5.6" articulating display.

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Improving Filtration And Lowering Energy Costs

November 17, 2014 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

TriStar introduces its EDG-trac Knife Advance System for Pre-Coat Rotary Vacuum Drum Filters. The Encoded Digital Guidance (EDG) system is designed to improve filtration performance and reduce energy costs.

California Accuses BP Of Inflating Natural Gas Prices

November 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | News | Comments

BP and its traders routinely manipulated prices to overcharge California as much as $300 million when it sold natural gas to the state, California and a fired BP employee allege. The BP employee, who had helped administer $2 billion in exclusive gas contracts with California, filed the case as a whistleblower.

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Bhopal Survivors Promised Additional Compensation

November 17, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

The government had claims for 5,295 deaths, 4,902 cases of permanent disability and 42 cases of severe injury relating to the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak. Activists have been calling for 22,917 deaths, 508,432 cases of permanent disability and 33,781 cases of severe injury to be included in the petition.

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Whiskey Fungus Lawsuit Gets Second Life

November 17, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Dant Clayton makes and installs stadium seating, but says the whiskey fungus is destroying his inventory. In a matter of months, aluminum seating samples that can cost $25,000 to make are so covered with black spots that they can't show them to prospective clients.

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Cause Of Leak That Killed Four Plant Workers Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 9:22 am | News | Comments

DuPont officials said it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth. The workers were exposed early Saturday while responding to the leak that started around 4 a.m.

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Pot Auction Brings In $600K

November 17, 2014 9:16 am | News | Comments

Fireweed Farms sold about 300 pounds of pot to state-licensed processors and retailers. Bidding took place under a black tent fronted by tall heaters, and the event was monitored by at least two representatives of the Washington Liquor Control Board. Bidders could smell plastic bags before offering a bid, but consumption was forbidden.

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Halliburton Buying Baker Hughes For $34.6 Billion

November 17, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion. The deal comes just days after talks had stalled and Halliburton prepared to go hostile with its takeover bid. The combined company would generate slightly larger revenue than Schlumberger Ltd., the world's biggest oil services company.

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