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12/10/2018

Oprah's 2018 Favorite Things list includes products for the kitchen such as the five-speed Black & Decker Helix Hand Mixer and the durable eight-piece knife set from Fleischer & Wolf.

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12/10/2018

The Cookware Company subsidiary GreenPan has introduced its new SimmerLite Dutch oven made of cast aluminum, making the cookware half the weight of its traditional counterpart. The double-walled lid reflects heat, ensuring that the food stays at a steady and balanced temperature.

12/10/2018

In March, Lifetime Brands will introduce a line of Instant Pot-branded accessories at the International Home + Housewares Show. The collection will include up to 20 kitchen tools, including cutting boards and bakeware.

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12/10/2018

Automotive manufacturers and suppliers should begin preparing now for a global shift in vehicle electrification, according to this Deloitte analysis. The authors write that addressing pain points such as charging stations and battery technology will require major, long-term investments.

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12/10/2018

Consumption-based cost modeling based on internet of things sensor data can help manufacturing professionals make informed decisions regarding maintenance and other processes, writes Larry White. The sensors should be connected to a manufacturing operations management system and share data in real time.

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12/10/2018

The 5S lean manufacturing method -- sorting, setting an order, shining, standardizing and sustaining -- can enhance the efficiency of a sheet metal shop. Some shops refer to the method as 6S, adding safety to the mix.

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SNIPS Magazine online
12/10/2018

Unmanaged Ethernet/IP switches aren't secure and should only be used to connect a small number of devices with limited capabilities, says Ivana Nikic of Moxa. "[M]anaged switches can come with the support of different levels of security from basic functions like user login authentication to more advanced ones like client/server-based access control and data encryption," Nikic says.

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Control Engineering
12/10/2018

Digital technology is changing how people work, leading to a decline in hands-on jobs and more strategic roles augmented by technology, according to an Intel study. Smart factories are three to five years away, and leaders need to begin framing what that will look like for their organization now, says study co-author Faith McCreary.

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12/10/2018

Workers who are dissatisfied with long promotion periods, limited responsibility or their wages are often willing to risk switching jobs, according to research firm Gartner. Vice President for Human Resources Brian Kropp adds that feeling unrewarded can translate to lackluster performance.

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12/7/2018

Epic Games launched a digital game store for Windows and Mac yesterday evening during the Game Awards in Los Angeles. The new store offers 14 titles, to include Gunfire Games' "Darksiders 3," A44's "Ashen," and Supergiant Games' "Hades."

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