Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Registration open: The 2014 IMTS exhibit will take place September 8-13 at McCormick Place, Chicago. To register, visit this website.

Pacing: The German word takt means musical meter or beat. In a manufacturing setting, it is used to refer to the pace, or “beat,” of production, with implications for lean manufacturing.

Safety failure closes factories: China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said.

Food recall: Mr. Wok Foods has recalled nearly 15,000 pounds of its raw pork nugget product, citing misbranding and an undeclared allergen content.