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Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

July 1, 2014 2:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                  

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Tier 1 Chrysler Supplier KTPO Creates Intelligent Production

June 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology; it’s here today.                              

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Protecting Your Ideas

June 26, 2014 4:25 pm | by Michael Sherban, patent attorney

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Here's how to protect yours.                                    

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Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 1:58 pm | by Chuck Fuerst, director of product strategy, HighJump Software

The manufacturing and retail industries have more in common than ever before, and the straight and narrow path of product movement has turned into a roundabout in which the channels of order and fulfillment are intertwined.       

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Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

June 25, 2014 9:06 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics

Industrial work environments need an effective industrial cleaning machine to remove contaminants from the surfaces of parts before they are sent to the next step in the manufacturing process.                 

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Trend Detection: All Things Infrared

June 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Thermal imaging technology has become ubiquitous in industry, emergency services, DIY and municipal applications. Here’s the latest on all things infrared.                           

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Building Displays for the Largest Arenas in the World

June 24, 2014 3:23 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Get a look inside Daktronics, a company that has made scoreboards and display systems for some of the biggest teams in professional and collegiate sports.                             

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If Your Hybrid Is Even More Efficient, Thank This Guy

June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

Dede’s invention provides a 70 percent increase in heat transfer with a 50 percent reduction of pumping power, which boils down to the potential for a 10 percent increase in hybrid efficiency.                 

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Purchasing the Right Jib Crane

June 24, 2014 9:29 am | by Don DeSimone, Wynright

When you’re operating in a highly regulated industry, buying major equipment is about more than just getting the best deal. Ask these four questions before making a purchase you could regret.                  

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Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 16, 2014 3:19 pm

Due to the large volume of valves being manufactured on the production floor, the amount of tools, gauges and components used in the process can be overwhelming.                         

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Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 16, 2014 8:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                       

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Conveyor Solutions That Keep Your Products Moving

June 13, 2014 11:21 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Following is a sample of some of the newest conveyor technology that’s available on the market right now, including food-safe options, control system and maintenance kits.                       

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Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 13, 2014 10:59 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft

With the rise of these connected operations, manufacturing executives are not only finding new ways to automate and create efficiency, they are also focusing on a big new opportunity for revenue growth: services.           

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Running On Wind In America's Heartland

June 12, 2014 5:16 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

In 2013, the French Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the United States. Find out what goes into making wind towers for General Electric.                 

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What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design

June 12, 2014 11:41 am | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online

No matter what your industry, the design of your warehouse has far-reaching ramifications for efficiency and savings.                                       

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Why Making Lights in America ‘Is Not Just an Option’

June 12, 2014 11:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

After an unsuccessful tryst with China, Independence LED Lighting ended up establishing a new headquarters and manufacturing operation in Wayne, Penn., just under 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia — reshoring all that production work to the U.S.

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Chemical Recycling Across the American Heartland

June 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

In addition to their insight on new opportunities within the custom tolling and chemical reclamation marketplace, the technological approach embraced by ORG CHEM Group has been key to their growth and differentiation within a very competitive industry.

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Is 3D Printing Right for You?

June 11, 2014 8:51 am | by PwC US

There are core questions all manufacturers ought to be asking themselves if they’re looking to implement a 3D printing strategy that could potentially expand their business and makes them more competitive in the marketplace.          

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Flooring Cable Systems That Can Be Reconfigured

June 10, 2014 11:11 am | by Jim Norton, President at Custom Products & Services, Inc.

In today’s technology driven classrooms, the requirement for power, data, and AV connections to be located exactly where needed is now more important than ever.                          

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Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 5, 2014 5:07 pm | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.   

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