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Lean Energy Management In Manufacturing

July 12, 2013 8:02 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO, ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Lean manufacturing is by now a widely understood method of making wide variety, small quantity products. Few manufacturing managers are not familiar with the idea of lean manufacturing having come of age in the 1980s. This movement has effectively created the low-cost, wide variety product universe in which we live now. Industrialized societies have become so efficient at making stuff in such variety that we’re literally drowning in it.

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Prevent Your Kidnapping With Re-Shoring?

July 12, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Who, at this point, hasn’t heard about Chip Starnes, the American co-owner of a medical supply company, who was held against his will for five days by his own Chinese employees? As with most other news of labor relations coming out of China, many are using this event as another example of why manufacturers need to be moving back to the U.S. as soon as possible. I wouldn’t be so quick to judgment.

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Game Plan B2B E-Commerce Forum

July 11, 2013 3:47 pm | Events

hybris has announced the Game Plan B2B E-Commerce Forum, taking place October 8-9 in Chicago. hybris - along with co-founders Crown Partners, OpenText, and industry publications Manufacturing.net, Manufacturing Business Technology and Industrial Distribution - established the inaugural global series of forums for wholesalers, distributors, branded manufacturers, and other B2B companies currently facing a major transformation in the advent of omni-channel commerce.

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New Car Too Pricey? Used Car Prices Are Dropping

July 11, 2013 1:53 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Is that new set of wheels out of your price range? Used cars have gotten more affordable, especially if you're looking for a small car or a hybrid. Used car prices have been falling since 2011, and they're expected to decline gradually for the remainder of this year. That's good news for those joining or re-entering the workforce, or anyone else who might find a payment on a new car too steep.

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Russian Co. Plans Its First U.S. Fertilizer Plant

July 11, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana is giving $6 million to help a Russian chemical company build a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant and distribution center in the state. Moscow-based EuroChem, which ranks itself among the world's top 10 fertilizer producers, will choose between two sites — one in Iberville Parish and one in St. John the Baptist Parish.

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Microsoft Reshuffles Company Structure

July 11, 2013 1:50 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software maker comes amid lukewarm response to the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system and a steady decline in demand for PCs as people turn to tablets and other mobile gadgets.

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China Plans To Further Restrict Car Purchases

July 11, 2013 1:48 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported Thursday. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities.

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Toshiba Completes U.S. Inverter Plant Expansion

July 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday its U.S. affiliate Toshiba International Corp. completed an expansion to its inverter plant in Houston, Texas, that it began in August 2012. The expansion is part of a $20 million capital investment in Toshiba International's medium voltage industrial inverter production.

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Denso To Expand Plant In Mexico

July 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp. will invest approximately $51.4 million (about 5.1 billion yen) to expand the Silao plant, which will start producing air conditioners in October, to accommodate the new line for customers such as Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., as they increase production in the region.

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Stealth Barcodes For Manufacturing Tracking

July 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Diginfonews | Videos | Comments

Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process. The barcodes are printed with an invisible ink that is virtually undetectable to the naked eye, but under a black light glows. The system allows manufacturers to track individual products and collect data about their processes.

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July 2013: Let's Get Visible

July 11, 2013 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, manufacturers face new resources as they look to improve the visibility of their facility's assets, Lantech talks 40 years of innovation, and IMPO readers reveal how evaluate their current equipment and potential purchases when it comes to energy efficiency, and more.

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Is Apple Making A Comeback?

July 11, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The future may be looking brighter for Apple after the company reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan to patent the iWatch. Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on exciting new products that may hit the market later this year.

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Researchers Project The Future Of Smart Phones

July 11, 2013 8:03 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Tokyo are developing indoor projection technology that incorporates a sense of touch for interactive devices of the future. The system emits ultrasonic waves to generate pressure a user can feel and could one day render keyboards, smartphones, and even pens obsolete.

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Carnegie Mellon Robots Aim To Please

July 11, 2013 8:02 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are designing modern day butlers - service robots that will one day help people with tasks like fetching coffee and cleaning up the kitchen. Ready to lend a helping hand, these service robots are equipped with data-collecting sensors, setting them apart from other, possibly less helpful, robots.

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The Right Way To Drive A Lamborghini

July 11, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

If you've ever tried to buy a high-end supercar, just getting a test drive can involve a deposit of $15,000. But now, for a much smaller price, drivers can learn to drive Lamborghinis before taking them for a test spin. At the Lamborghini Esperienza, you learn to drift, auto cross, and drive Lamborghinis on a race track.

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U.S. Companies Detail Bangladesh Safety Pact

July 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

A group of 17 North American retailers and clothing makers has agreed to a five-year safety pact aimed at improving conditions at Bangladesh factories that calls for inspecting all factories that supply their garments within a year. They also agreed to set up basic safety standards within three months and are requiring that the inspection results of the factories be made public.

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First Apple Computer Sells At Auction For $387,750

July 10, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An original Apple computer from 1976 has sold at auction for nearly $388,000. Known as the Apple 1, it was one of the first Apple computers ever built. It sold on Monday for $387,750 at a Christie's online-only auction. The auction house did not disclose the name of the buyer. The seller was a retired school psychologist from Sacramento, Calif.

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Vestas, Xerox Planning To Add CO Jobs

July 10, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado officials are encouraged after wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems said it wants to hire more than 100 new people in Pueblo, while Xerox Services in Greeley said it plans to add 1,000 more seasonal employees through the end of the year.

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SF Probe Brings Questions Over Auto Speed Controls

July 10, 2013 2:16 pm | by Joan Lowy, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

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Investors Buying Bankrupt Israel Electric Car Firm

July 10, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of investors has taken over the remains of Israel's bankrupt electric car venture, pledging to give the project another boost. The electric car company Better Place filed for liquidation in May, less than six years after unveiling a plan promising to revolutionize the auto industry by reducing the world's oil dependency.

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