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Manufacturing Minute: 3D Printing Human Organs

October 8, 2015 | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, 3D printing in gel demonstrates how we might one day print human organs. 

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Infographic: Tough Times In The Bakken — Oil Worker Deaths, By The Numbers

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Bakken. The words have become synonymous with America's energy boom and the thundering noise of oil wells. But unfortunately the industry in the region has also developed a reputation for something darker: oilfield worker deaths.


Field Report: Are You Ready To Go Green?

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There are both benefits and drawbacks to becoming more eco-friendly in manufacturing. It's important to look at the facts and make a decision based on your company's capability and needs. 


Global Trends: Fortifying Your Business — Fraud & Security Measures For U.S. Manufacturers

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by David Pollino, Fraud Prevention Officer, Bank of the West | Articles | Comments

In today's interconnected world where businesses increasingly rely on data and networks, a single sophisticated cyberattack on a business can inflict as much harm as a natural disaster. 


Tech Trends: The Crusades And Obstacles Of Regulatory Compliance

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Greg Haunschild, P.E., CEO of Houston-based ACS Engineering | Articles | Comments

To achieve better approaches to regulatory compliance, decision-makers should understand both the overview and particulars of what the EPA and OSHA require.


Material Handling Spotlight: Getting A Lift From Material Handling

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

When it comes to lifting equipment, errors in spec’ing, usage and maintenance can mean more than just downtime. Because of the heavy loads this equipment is often tasked with moving, one wrong move can mean a serious safety issue as well.


Field Report: The Switch To LEDs — Why Your Industrial Facility Needs Better Light

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Amit Bhojraj, Product Strategist, Cree, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Lighting is one of the largest overheads for warehouses, representing about 30 percent of a typical warehouse or facility’s energy usage.


Plant Practices: Ricoh USA Keeps Employees Comfortable In Summer And Winter With Fans

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Ricoh USA | Articles | Comments

For most industrial facilities, the arrival of winter heralds two problems: cold employees and high natural gas bills. A solution to those problems can be found in large, overhead fans already in use in many facilities.


Maintenance Matters: Productivity Measurement For Maintenance Cost Reduction

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Jose Baptista, Development Manager, Reliability at Quant | Articles | Comments

Labor productivity has a major impact on the cost of maintenance and few maintenance managers know the effectiveness of their crews. They should know and improve the conditions that affect labor productivity on their sites.


IMPO Onsite: Plants Vs. Petroleum

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Articles | Comments

Elevance’s success has hinged on more than just green appeal. The company says what sets their products apart is that they rival their petro-derived counterparts in both performance and price.


Editor's Note: Walmart — Friend, Foe Or Something In Between?

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

As candidates from both sides of the aisle start to hit the lengthy Presidential campaign trail, U.S. manufacturing, as usual, becomes the focus of more than a few debate points on job development, the trade deficit, and ‘reshoring.’


Amazon Challenges Etsy With Handmade

October 8, 2015 3:06 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The move throws down the gauntlet to craft-selling site Etsy. But at least at the time of launch, the two sites will have a very different seller base, fee structure and stances on manufacturing.


Supporters Of Embattled Ex-Im Bank Move To Bypass GOP Foes

October 8, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The bank's charter expired June 30, and it's been unable to approve new applications or fulfill its mission of helping overseas buyers purchase U.S. products like airplanes and heavy equipment, which the bank says helps sustain tens of thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs.


Lumber Liquidators Paying $10M In Wood Importation Probe

October 8, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The $10 million payment will include a fine, a forfeiture of profits, and contributions to two conservation charities.


Power Plant Chosen To Host Wyoming Carbon-Capture Lab

October 8, 2015 2:46 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming officials looking to technology to preserve coal as a viable fuel source have pledged $15 million to the carbon-capture research lab.


Volvo Chief: Company Assumes Liability For Problems With Self-Driving Cars

October 8, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although a wide range of automakers and tech companies are invested in self-driving technology, only Mercedes-Benz and Google made similar declarations about liability. 


Auto Experts: Top Managers Probably Knew Of VW Cheating

October 8, 2015 10:26 am | by Tom Krisher and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Auto industry insiders strongly suspect the emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen is much wider and reaches higher up the corporate ladder than the company is letting on.


GM Recalls SUVs, Tells Owners Not To Use Windshield Wipers

October 8, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is recalling nearly 32,000 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs from the 2016 model to fix the problem.


California Wants Renewable Energy For Half Its Power By 2030

October 8, 2015 10:12 am | by Michael R. Blood and Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Few question whether the new goal of 50 percent is achievable by 2030, but critics worry that the complex regulations needed to speed the transition from fossil fuels will add unknown costs for consumers and businesses.


Study’s Finding Could Reduce Costs Of Owning Hydrogen-Powered Cars

October 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists at New Mexico's Sandia National Laboratories tweaked a material called molybdenum disulfide — or "molly" — to improve its performance as a hydrogen catalyst.


CableEye HiPot Cable & Harness Test System

October 8, 2015 8:31 am | by CAMI Research, Inc. CAMI Research, Inc. Product Releases | Comments

The HVX-21 extends the HiPot test voltage range to 2100 Vdc and 1200 Vac permitting detection of even more subtle defects.


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