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What Do Obama And Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 4:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

For some, dropping oil prices are a blessing — but the plummet has given oil-industry folks plenty to gripe about. Consumers, meanwhile, have seen the decreasing gas prices as cause for celebration, but are consumers busting out the party supplies to soon?

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144 Watt Quadpod Mounted Work Area Flood Light

January 13, 2015 10:11 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The 144 watt LED quadpod mounted work light is built to provide a high power lighting solution that requires minimal setup time or effort and provides operators with an ideal lighting solution featuring a quadpod with solid wheels for portability and four thirty-six watt LED lamps.

Communications on The Factory Floor

January 13, 2015 9:58 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings. Lanciloti discusses why purpose-built devices might be better than smartphones to run a successful business.

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Recycling Plant Owner Admits Illegal Chemical Dumping

January 13, 2015 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of an El Dorado plastics recycling company will be sentenced March 30 for dumping hazardous waste chemicals. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Brian Riley, of Andover, also was ordered to pay $118,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riley pleaded guilty Monday to negligent exposure to a hazardous air pollutant.

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DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed to Toxic Gas For Years

January 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. Four employees at the DuPont plant died after being exposed to methyl mercaptan on Nov. 15. Federal officials and the state agency are investigating the deaths.

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Huge Waves Crash Against Swaying North Sea Oil Rig

January 13, 2015 9:42 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

Surf's up on the North Sea, and as this video shows, the waves can be big enough to rough up even a large offshore drilling rig. Filmed by an offshore worker on the nearby platform, (around 145 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland), this footage captures the stomach-churning awe of large waves crashing into a rig owned by Dolphin Drilling.

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Air Force Personnel May Have Been Exposed to Agent Orange After Vietnam

January 12, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A generation of American service personnel continues to deal with the effects of Agent Orange more than 40 years after the military ceased spraying the powerful herbicide during the Vietnam War. According to a recent federal report, military personnel working on Vietnam-era aircraft years after that campaign ended may have been exposed to dangerous levels of the harmful chemicals.

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Senate Moves Ahead on Keystone Despite Obama Veto Threat

January 12, 2015 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Senate is moving ahead on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama's veto threat. The White House has threatened a presidential veto of the measure, saying it conflicts with longstanding presidential authority and his ability to make decisions on issues in the nation's interest.

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Poland's Premier Helps in Stalled Talks With Striking Miners

January 12, 2015 3:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of angry coal miners in southern Poland staged an underground strike Monday to protest a plan to close four mines that the government says are losing money. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz traveled to the area to sit down and talk with the protesting miners. Earlier negotiations broke down Sunday.

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Fill 'er up! A Look at How Much Money Car Owners Are Saving

January 12, 2015 3:03 pm | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A plunge in the price of gasoline over the past six months has drastically changed the result of the calculation new car buyers and drivers perform every week: How much is it going to cost me to fill this thing up? The national average price of gasoline Monday was $2.13 a gallon, according to AAA, after falling for a record 109 days in a row. Six months ago it was $3.63 a gallon.

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Mass Flow Meters and Controllers

January 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Aalborg Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The upgraded Mass Flow GFM Meters and GFC Controllers, designed respectively to read or set gas flow rates, now include upgraded features that enhance the products’ performance without impacting the cost. Applications include flow measurement and control, environmental, analytical, life sciences, R&D, food and beverage, pharmacology, gas sampling and pilot plants.

Manufacturing Job Growth up in 2014

January 12, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the manufacturing sector added an average of 16,000 jobs per month last year, compared to gains of 7,000 jobs per month for 2013.

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EPA Proposes Limits to Chemicals Used in Consumer Products

January 12, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced steps allowing it to limit the use of toluene diisocyanate, a common chemical in commercial products which the agency said can cause asthma and lung damage. The EPA's move would require manufacturers and importers to notify the agency at least 90 days prior to starting or resuming use of TDI at certain levels.

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The Next Housing Solution: 3-D Print Your Home

January 12, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

One day, could gathering supplies to build a home be as simple as hitting "Print" on your computer? Alastair Parvin and his colleagues at WikiHouse Foundation hope so. They say building homes from 3-D printed contruction materials isn't just innovative for its technology — it could be a cutting-edge solution for a coming "global housing crisis."

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Work Expected to Resume at Damaged Iowa Plant in a Few Days

January 12, 2015 9:41 am | by Sioux City Journal; Sioux City, Iowa | News | Comments

Production is expected to resume in a few days at a northwest Iowa fertilizer plant that was damaged by a fire and subsequent explosion. The fire began around 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nulex plant in the Port Neal industrial area south of Sioux City. No injuries have been reported.

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