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Bringing Manufacturing Back To The U.S. Via The Robot

October 24, 2013 10:53 am | by CBSNews | Videos

A robot named Baxter is operating on the assembly line of Rodon, a plastics manufacturer in Pennsylvania. Rodon's VP says the technology is reducing costs and increasing productivity, but doesn't replace human workers who he says are needed to maintain the equipment

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Thank The Government For Your iPhone

October 24, 2013 9:54 am | by CNNMoney | Videos

Economist Mariana Mazzucato argues that much of the technology underlying your trusty smartphone was actually created in government labs. What does that mean for innovation in the future?           

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GM Arlington Plant Presses First Parts

October 24, 2013 9:37 am | by SupercarHall | Videos

The first of three mammoth stamping presses is up and running at General Motors' newest stamping facility in Arlington, Texas. The $200 million contiguous stamping plant announced in 2012 adds 180 jobs to GM's Arlington manufacturing complex and is one of 10 contiguous stamping operations globally that started production in the last five years.

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Printing A 3D Robot

October 24, 2013 9:31 am | by CNNMoney | Videos

Entrepreneurs can now download online blueprints of fully functional robots that you can build from your own 3D printer.                      

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Entrepreneur Makes Money From China Smog

October 23, 2013 12:10 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Pollution causing school and airport closures in Harbin, China hurts many, but helps one entrepreneur trying to capitalize on the smog.

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A Look Inside Ford's Simulated Factory

October 22, 2013 1:12 pm | by Ford Motor Co. | Videos

In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant trained its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall that it would build the all-new Fusion in the United States and hire 1,400 new employees to meet surging demand for the award-winning vehicle.

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Crazy Glitz At The World Luxury Expo

October 21, 2013 2:53 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

These are some expensive toys. Check out the $250 million in extravagant items shown off at the World Luxury Expo in Abu Dhabi.                      

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Pritzker: How To Create Better Jobs

October 18, 2013 2:13 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tells the audience at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit that investments in infrastructure and education will create better jobs.

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Modernizing Machine-to-Machine With Predix

October 17, 2013 1:56 pm | by GE Software | Videos

The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements.         

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Highlights From Walmart’s U.S. Mfg Summit

October 17, 2013 9:42 am | by WalmartCorporate | Videos

The summit underscored Walmart's commitment to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next 10 years and featured announcements from suppliers that, combined, are expected to infuse more than $70 million into factory growth and create more than 1,000 domestic jobs.

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The Dawn Of 'Soft Robots'

October 17, 2013 9:30 am | by CBS News | Videos

Scientists have been garnering inspiration from nature to make biomimicry breakthroughs in robotics. David Pogue visits a zoo in Germany where an elephant's trunk is providing engineers with the blueprint for a soft robot.     

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'No More Crappy Cars' For GM

October 17, 2013 9:25 am | by Fortune Magazine | Videos

Mary Barra, who is a top contender to eventually run General Motors, is considered to have one of the hardest jobs in the global auto industry.                  

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Back to 'Made in America'

October 17, 2013 9:19 am | by TheNewYorkTimes | Videos

After years of decline, one of the hardest hit industries in the United States might be making a comeback. But while textile manufacturing might return to the Carolinas, the jobs probably will not.         

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The Changing Strategy Of Tupperware Brands

October 16, 2013 2:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Tupperware Brands CEO Rick Goings discusses how the company has been able to maintain its global popularity.                        

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Meet The $1M Bionic Man

October 15, 2013 1:55 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

A research project to join prosthetics and artificial organs together resulted in a functioning artificial person.                       

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Detroit On The Edge

October 14, 2013 1:54 pm | by CBS Videos | Videos

Bob Simon reports on the decline of Detroit, America's former industrial capital, and the people determined to bring it back.                      

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Flying Car For The Masses Set For Take-off

October 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car.                            

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How Lean Manufacturing Boosted Productivity At BMW's Leipzig Plant

October 10, 2013 1:52 pm | by INSEAD | Videos

Sustainability and moving closer to the customer were two big themes at the 2013 Industrial Excellence Awards conference. Milan Nedeljkovic, plant manager for BMW in Leipzig, discusses why his shop was recognized at the conference.     

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LulzBotz 3D Printer Overview

October 10, 2013 9:23 am | by gizmag | Videos

Boasting the largest print envelope for less than $5,000, the LulzBot TAZ has set big expectations.                         

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Mirror Maker Reflects On Success

October 10, 2013 9:17 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Hirschler Glas knows a thing or two about survival. The family business based in the Hungarian city of Sopron was founded in 1899. These days it makes rear view mirrors for vehicles.            

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