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3D Printing Stocks Still One Dimensional

March 4, 2013 3:06 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Stratasys shares surged in early trading today and rival 3D Systems was also up. Recently public company ExOne shares rallied as well. 3D printing companies are up on some good sales but be careful when investing in this volatile, emerging industry.

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Innovations To Change The Way We Manufacture

March 4, 2013 3:05 pm | by SME | News | Comments

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers announces its 2013 list of Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture. “While much of the tech world discusses the latest phone, computer, etc., the SME Innovation Watch Committee discusses what makes that new gadget possible,” said the manager of the Innovation Watch Committee. “They don’t stop at what we can do today, but look to what is possible.”

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Manufacturing's Next Chapter

March 4, 2013 3:00 pm | by GEreports | Videos | Comments

At The Atlantic's event, leading experts talk about what they think are the main challenges of manufacturing and the way forward for the U.S. manufacturing industry. Leaders talk about lasers, programming our physical world and beyond. Jamie Tarabay from Ideas Laboratory reports.

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Black & Denim: Reviving American Textile Manufacturing

March 4, 2013 2:58 pm | by Black & Denim | Videos | Comments

Black & Denim Apparel Company is a Lifestyle Brand sourced and manufactured 100 percent in the USA. American Inspired. American Made. American Owned. See more on its Kickstarter project by visiting www.BlackAndDenim.com.

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Danish Device Kills Air Pollution At Its Source

March 4, 2013 2:56 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The carbon dioxide emissions coming from factories around the world are a leading cause of air pollution. Scientists in Denmark have built a device designed to clean polluted air by accelerating natural atmospheric processes helping to get rid of chemicals and smells.

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The Race To Rule The Wearable Gadget Market

March 4, 2013 2:53 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

The first wave of wearable tech is already here: fitness devices like NikeFuel band have set the stage for a burgeoning business. But with Google launching computer glasses and Apple believed to be developing a smart watch, these devices are poised to surpass smartphones over the next decade.

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CAT B15 Android Phone Aims To Be Forklift-Tough

March 4, 2013 2:51 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

CAT has announced its latest rugged smartphone, the CAT B15. Using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a grooved rubber back, and hard angles, the CAT B15 is aimed for construction and industrial workers. Aiming for durability, it is made of hardened rubber and aluminum.

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Preparing A Workforce For Advanced Manufacturing

March 4, 2013 2:43 pm | by Science Nation | Videos | Comments

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on the education of technicians for high technology fields. ATE supports rigorous educational programs that incorporate industry recognized skills and competencies to prepare a qualified technical workforce for industries that are vitally important to the nation's prosperity and security.

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Automotive Electronics In 2013 & Beyond – Batteries Bear A Burden

March 4, 2013 2:40 pm | by David Carey, Mouser Electronics | Blogs | Comments

This year will see automotive electronics designers approach power management (PM) more like their mobile industry counterparts. While it may seem a fringe concern, the burgeoning security, convenience, connectivity, safety, and infotainment features of tomorrow’s vehicles will drive design and component choices that address standby power consumption.

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Futuristic Google Glass Has Tech World Buzzing

March 4, 2013 2:37 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

A video demonstrating the gadget, a pane of glass that projects images right in front of your face, has earned more than 13 million views in less than a week. Google plans to release Glass before the end of the year. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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Q&A: Automation Trends For Food Manufacturers

March 4, 2013 2:34 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The more flexible the automation, the more easily it can adapt to packaging trends. Supply chain improvements can range in scale from minor to major, depending on what is involved. Robotics, flexible conveyance and sortation as well as integrated software solutions are key components of many manufacturers addressing the trends.

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Can The New Corvette Save GM?

March 4, 2013 10:23 am | by Brad Schmitt, The Nashville Ledger | News | Comments

It looks part Ferrari, part Batmobile. But can this superhero save GM? Auto industry analysts and mainstream media predict the 2014 Corvette Stingray will have all sorts of extraordinary, megastar powers. One of them could be the power to revive a parent company that, less than four years ago, had the fourth-largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

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U.S. Budget Impasse Weighs On Markets

March 4, 2013 10:22 am | by Carlo Piovano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Uncertainty over the outcome of a budget battle in Washington pushed world stock markets lower on Monday. President Barack Obama and his political opponents have failed so far to agree on a way to roll back automatic spending cuts that took effect Friday. Those cuts slash $85 billion from the nation's budget, which could slow down the economy.

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European Carmakers To Get Serious At Geneva Show

March 4, 2013 10:20 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Geneva Motor Show has long had a reputation as one of the glitziest stops on the global auto show circuit — the place to unveil luxury models and out-of-this-world fantasy concept cars. But this year the dire state of the European auto industry will hang over the exhibition halls.

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Rig Owner Cites BP's Low Flow Estimates

March 4, 2013 10:18 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says BP hampered efforts to stop the resulting gusher of oil by misleading government officials about how many barrels of oil were flowing each day from the damaged well on the Gulf floor.

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Tyson To Close Springdale Plant, Move Workers

March 4, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods has announced plans to close its small processing plant in Springdale. The company announced this week that "changing demand for certain specialty products" led to the decision to shut down the plant. The company says the plant's about 60 hourly workers will be offered jobs at other company locations in Springdale and northwest Arkansas.

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Samsung's $1B Bill In Apple Case Reduced

March 4, 2013 10:15 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent infringement.

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MAPI: Cautious Optimism Tempered By Austerity, Tax Increases

March 4, 2013 8:08 am | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | Articles | Comments

A number of positive signs are starting to emerge regarding the U.S. economy, but there remain political and global headwinds that could slow growth, according to a new report. The MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 1.8 percent in 2013 and by 2.8 percent in 2014, showing no change from MAPI’s November 2012 report.

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I’m Doing This, And You’re Coming With Me

March 4, 2013 8:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Accepting the axiom that business and process improvement is fundamentally an outcome of changed behavior, we must address how to lead a change in behavior.If you follow my posts, then you have come to expect me to assert, repeatedly, that behavioral change is the key to successful performance improvement.

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Pipe Marking Best Practices Webinar

March 1, 2013 5:23 pm | by Graphic Products, Inc. | Events

This webinar will provide an overview of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration standards for labeling pipe systems including content identification, color coding, visibility, and more.

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