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IMTSTV: MTConnect Leadership Award

August 27, 2013 2:05 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos

Watch the new episode of IMTSTV IN BRIEF: MTConnect Leadership Award for the status and future of MTConnect from the award recepient. John B. Byrd III, former president of AMT, The Association For Manufacturing Technology, received the MTConnect Leadership Award at the 2013 [MC]2 Conference. John answers some very important questions on the status and future of MTConnect.

Gary, IN Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 26, 2013 12:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos

Gary, Indiana is far from its glory days when it was a thriving steel town. The official unemployment number is close to 10 percent, but today, the mayor of this rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing it. 

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Ford's New 3D Dirt Detection Technology

August 23, 2013 12:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos

Ford Automotive has unveiled what it says is an industry-first detection technology that uses high-resolution cameras to detect and eliminate dirt particles on a freshly-laid coat of paint. The company’s F-Series trucks are the latest vehicles to benefit from the technology, which Ford claims can detect particles smaller than a grain of salt.

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HP Is Back From The Dead

August 22, 2013 1:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Hewlett-Packard is a top Dow stock this year, with shares up 80 percent, even though HP is really struggling in some core markets, such as PCs and printers. But investors seem to love Meg Whitman's turnaround strategy. Can the comeback continue? 

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The Million American Jobs Project

August 22, 2013 8:03 am | by Million American Jobs Project | Videos

Economics isn't all that complicated. We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys U.S.-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave. Watch the video, and then share it. Boom, you just helped make a million new jobs. 

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The Robotic Rembrandt

August 22, 2013 8:03 am | by eDavid | Videos

e-David uses visual feedback to create different kinds of paintings. A standard robot equipped with all necessary means for painting - five different brushes can be used, color can be selected from a repository with 24 colors, brushes can be cleaned, and colors can be distributed precisely on the canvas.

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Inside The New Corvette Stingray

August 22, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The Chevrolet Corvette has always had a sort of image problem; it's been seen as a blue collar performance car and not a 'real' sportscar. Well, that hasn't been true in a very long time. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray just might finally get the Corvette the recognition it deserves.

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Tesla Hails Top Safety Rating For Model S

August 22, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Tesla says that its battery powered Model S has set a record for the lowest likelihood of injuries to occupants in recent crash tests. The electric car company, based in Palo Alto, California and led by billionair Elon Musk, said the Model S exceeded the safety score of all cars and trucks on U.S. roads.

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Aston Martin's Carbon Fiber Concept

August 21, 2013 1:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The CC100 is Aston Martin's new concept vehicle that features a carbon-fiber body and sports a 1950's race car look. But don't expect to order one anytime soon. The CC100 concept car is made almost entirely of carbon fiber and was introduced as part of Aston Martin's 100th birthday celebration.

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How To Build A Military Helicopter

August 20, 2013 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Take an inside look at how a military production plant in the UK goes from creating a computerized aircraft design to a battle-ready helicopter taking flight. AugustWestland builds military helicopters, "Wildcats" or the AW159, on a site that spans 300 acres.

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Where Used Cars Cost More Than New Ones

August 19, 2013 1:20 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

In Venezuela, consumers are paying more for used cars than new ones, as new car buyers have to wait years for delivery. Socialist policies and the currency exchange may be two reasons automotive imports and production have come to a screeching halt.

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Xiaomi CEO: Don't Call Us China's Apple

August 15, 2013 11:17 am | by Reuters TV | Videos

7.45 million pre-orders and 100,000 sold out in 90 seconds – China's new and popular low-cost smartphone went on sale this week. China's Xiaomi has sparked a frenzy with a low-cost smartphone that may help the tech firm widen its lead over Apple in the local market, but CEO Lei Jun says it has very different ambitions. 

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Harnessing The Power Of Wind And Waves

August 15, 2013 11:06 am | by CBS News | Videos

The Japanese company Modec is preparing to test the world's first hybrid wind and wave power generation turbine this autumn. It is designed to harness enough energy from wind and waves to power up to 500 homes. CBS News' Seth Doane has the story. 

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Flying Robots For New Data

August 15, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Researchers in Switzerland are developing a flying robot to navigate and collect data in cluttered environments. The robot is equipped to stick to vertical surfaces, and can recover and continue flying even after a crash. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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Fracking Fight Hits England

August 15, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Areas in the North of England are being prepped for the controversial process of freeing fossil fuels from shale rock (or "fracking"), and residents in these rural farming communities are expressing worry about how the drilling plans will impact their communities and their livelihood.

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Five Approaches To Managing MSDs At Work

August 15, 2013 8:02 am | by HumanTech | Videos

Unfortunately, there is no gold-star approach a company can take for managing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The most common approaches include fixing the person, fitting the person to the task, changing the person, changing how the person performs work, changing the work and the workplace.

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The Technology Behind Exoskeletons

August 15, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN | Videos

With a robust history of pop culture examples, its no wonder that real-life exoskeleton prototypes have been evolving for decades. General Electric's 1960s 'Hardi-Man' could help users lift 1500 pounds, but it also weighed 1500 pounds. Lockheed Martin's current day "hulc" helps soldiers tote up to 200 pounds without significantly weighing them down.

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Is Inventor Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Just Hype?

August 14, 2013 12:23 pm | by NBC News | Videos

Inventor Elon Musk calls his latest idea the Hyperloop: a high-speed transportation system that would speed people through hollow tubes at the speed of sound without turbulence, weather delays, or air traffic control. Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco.

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Watch The Tesla Model S Crash Tests

August 13, 2013 12:38 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Tesla Motors is starting to look like the carmaker that just won't stumble. After the Model S won MotorTrend's Car of the Year and got a fantastic review from Consumer Reports, it aced the government's crash tests and Tesla is now making a profit. 

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Small Cars Perform Poorly In Crash Tests

August 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by auto, safety, IIHS, Highway Safety, crash test, Nissan, Kia, Honda, rating, subcompact, small, cars | Videos

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the latest results of their new small overlap crash test, the Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte did not hold up well, but the Honda Civic received the best crash rating. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly.

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