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The Future Of Control Automation Has Arrived

September 11, 2013 8:01 am | by Eric Klein, Director of Sales, Lenze Americas | Articles | Comments

Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.

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007 Style Submarine Lotus Drives Underwater

September 10, 2013 3:47 pm | by BBC | Videos | Comments

BBC's Richard Hammond drives a car into a reservoir, and explains how it has been specially designed and built for this purpose. Despite a few leaks, it does actually 'drive' underwater. A car that transformed into a submarine in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" was recently sold at a London auction for 550,000 pounds ($865,000).

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Sturm, Ruger Offered $15M For NC Gun Factory

September 10, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. could receive nearly $15 million for opening a new factory in the North Carolina community already home to America's largest firearms maker. Mayodan's town council on Monday approved offering Southport, Conn.-based Sturm, Ruger more than $850,000 over 14 years if it meets investment and job targets, The News & Record of Greensboro reported.

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AFL-CIO Hopes To Expand Membership

September 10, 2013 2:13 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The AFL-CIO plans to open its membership to more non-union groups in an effort to restore the influence of organized labor as traditional union rolls continue to decline. A resolution approved Monday at the federation's quadrennial convention in Los Angeles would expand membership for workers who aren't covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

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Photo Of The Day: 007 'Submarine Car'

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

A car that transformed into a submarine in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" has been sold at a London auction for 550,000 pounds ($865,000). The distinctively-shaped white Lotus Esprit, designed for an underwater scene in the 1977 film starring Roger Moore, was sold at RM Auctions on Monday.

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Renault Chief: No. 2 Left Because His Eye Wandered

September 10, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renault's chief executive Carlos Ghosn says his No. 2 decided to step down after telling a reporter that he had his eye on the top job at General Motors Co. or Ford Motor Co. In an interview last month, chief operating officer Carlos Tavares told Bloomberg that he doubted he'd ever become head of Renault because Ghosn is still relatively young.

U.S. Gov't Investigating Electric Ford Focus

September 10, 2013 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating allegations that the electric version of the Ford Focus can stall without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it has gotten 12 complaints from drivers of Focus Electrics from the 2012 and 2013 model years.

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Union Vote On Oshkosh Corp. Contract Extension

September 10, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oshkosh Corp. is once asking union members to reopen contract extension talks with the company to help win a military contract. Oshkosh has asked for a five-year extension on the present labor contract with United Auto Workers Local 578 that expires in 2016.

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Elon Musk Talks The Future Of Design

September 10, 2013 12:24 pm | by spacexchannel | Videos | Comments

SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. The company is integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than by using purely 2D tools. SpaceX is just beginning, but eventually hopes to build the fastest route between the idea of a rocket and the reality of the factory floor.

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GA Governor Touts Energy Efforts, Links To Jobs

September 10, 2013 10:15 am | by Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal touted the state's efforts to lure manufacturing firms with its energy policy on Monday, saying a recent energy sales tax exemption has brought jobs to Georgia and that a stable supply in the state could bring more. Last year, state lawmakers approved a plan that eliminated the energy sales tax on manufacturing plants.

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First U.S. Smartphone Assembly Plant Opens

September 10, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Rick Perry and top executives are attending the opening of a Fort Worth plant where cellphone pioneer Motorola will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. Motorola is owned by Google, whose Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, will be on-hand Tuesday, as will Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside.

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1,400 To Lose Jobs In Plants' Closure

September 10, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Financially troubled Furniture Brands International is laying off 1,451 workers in northeast Mississippi after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The St. Louis, Mo., furniture company designs, manufactures and markets furniture under a variety of notable brand names, including Broyhill and Thomasville.

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Jaguar To Create 1,700 New Jobs In UK

September 10, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a substantial new investment in Britain and the creation of 1,700 jobs. The Indian-owned company plans to invest 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) to produce an advanced new car manufactured out of aluminum.

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Toyota Again Recalling RAV4, Lexus Sedans

September 10, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 880,584 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. and Canada because a repair announced last year may not have solved a safety problem. RAV4s from the 2006 through 2011 model years and the Lexus HS250h from the 2010 model year are involved in the recall.

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Spare Parts Inventory: An Exercise In Risk Management, Part 1

September 10, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Levitt, Phillip Slater | Articles | Comments

Just like your car insurance is a way to minimize the financial consequence of a car crash and backing up your files is a way to minimize the consequence of a computer crash, spare parts inventory is a way to minimize the consequence of an equipment crash. It’s all about risk management.

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"Made In America": The Competitiveness Imperative

September 10, 2013 8:01 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. And so, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign – by Democrats and Republicans alike – very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness – and – jobs agenda?

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Off In July

September 9, 2013 4:48 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.21 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 23.6 percent from June and down 23.6 percent when compared with the total of $459.44 million reported for July 2012. With a year-to-date total of $2,925.12 million, 2013 is down 7.2 percent compared with 2012.

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NCDMM To Exhibit With AMT

September 9, 2013 3:55 pm | Events

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces that it will be co-exhibiting with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology to promote the MTConnect Challenge 2 at the Design and Manufacturing MidWest Conference’s Design, Manufacturing & Automation (DMA) Seminars at McCormick Place in Chicago on September 10 – 12, 2013.

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Allied Reliability Group Announces Pfingsten Investment Partnership

September 9, 2013 3:10 pm | by Allied Reliability Group | News | Comments

Allied Reliability Group (ARG) is pleased to announce a new partnership between ARG and Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C. Pfingsten is a long-established private equity group with decades of experience building services companies like ARG. Their resources will accelerate our growth and innovation while building the operational excellence needed to manage growth without sacrificing outstanding service to our clients.

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Robohand Uses 3D Printing To Replace Lost Digits

September 9, 2013 2:28 pm | by Carley Petesch, Associated Press | News | Comments

Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago. He was unable to afford the tens of thousands of dollars to get a myoelectric hand, so he decided to build his own. After seeing a video posted online of a mechanical hand made for a costume in a theater production, he reached out to its designer, Ivan Owen, in Seattle.

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