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Self-Driving Cars Now Require a Permit in California

September 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 computer-driven vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 16, 2014 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With all the news about cars that will be able to drive themselves and new automotive technology...

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show, so we’ve...

Engineering Newswire: Marine’s Driverless Jeep Built On A Growler

September 3, 2014 2:21 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at reaching 290 mph with the Hennessey Venom F5, 3D printing...

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Toyota Camry Brake Investigation Comes to a Close

August 26, 2014 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.                    

Integrated Production Control System Upgrades

July 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of CENTUM VP R5.04, an enhanced version of the company’s flagship integrated production control system. This new CENTUM release features enhanced alarm and batch functions. 

Tier 1 Chrysler Supplier KTPO Creates Intelligent Production

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

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

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America's Craft Beer Industry

June 26, 2014 2:03 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Craft beer is one of the fastest growing segments of the alcoholic beverage industry. What started as a niche market has grown rapidly over the last two decades.                          

Robotic Dairies: The Future of Production

June 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The old fashioned farm hand is being replaced by a set of high-tech robots that clean, feed and milk dairy cows. Farmers can take a break and let the machines do the work.                       

Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 16, 2014 3:19 pm | Articles | Comments

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.                         

Meet Manufacturing's Latest Recruit

June 13, 2014 2:09 pm | by Financial Times | Videos | Comments

Rethink Robotics thinks its latest creation, Baxter, will redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing.                                         

Mitsubishi, Siemens Mull Joint Alstom Bid

June 11, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German rival Siemens AG say they are considering making a joint bid for parts of French engineering firm Alstom.                            

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NASA Offering $1.5 Million Prize in New Centennial Challenge

June 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by MSFC-NASA Marshall News | News | Comments

Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.           

Inside Lockheed Martin's Advanced Manufacturing

May 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Imagine a world where you can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life.                                       

The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Not only is automation helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also help prevent costly mistakes, leading to product waste and recalls.                            

Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 13, 2014 9:56 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Nearly three in four managers rank distribution center automation as the number one way to increase productivity.                                       

Michigan's Moves In Advanced Manufacturing

April 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Closing the skills gap and connecting the private sector with local, educated talent is part of a formula the Wolverine State governor is using to create an environment for success.                     

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Inside Google X

April 24, 2014 9:52 am | by CBS | Videos | Comments

Google X is the top-secret lab where the company strives for world-changing innovation. It's been completely off limits to journalists until now.                               

The Future Of Combat Could Be This Robot

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The U.S. military hopes its new robot, Atlas, can one day take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans. But Pentagon researchers are still learning how hard it is to get the technology to perform even the simplest of tasks.       

A Mission To Keep America Innovating

April 24, 2014 9:42 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Nathan Myhrvold, CEO and Co-Founder of Intellectual Ventures and also Microsoft's first chief technology officer, is on a mission to keep America innovating, one patent at a time.                     

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Blogs | Comments

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

Seize Manufacturing "Reshoring" Opportunities with ASRS Efficiencies

April 7, 2014 3:46 pm | by Kardex | White Papers

This complimentary white paper outlines how ASRS equipment aligns process improvement strategies such as lean.When better accuracy can be combined with sizable improvements in labor productivity and space savings, the case for dynamic storage as an enabler of lean efficiencies is clear cut.Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, however, North American manufacturing will need to be as lean and efficient as possible to turn the tables on offshoring.Download the complimentary white paper.

Protecting Detroit's Water With Better Controls

April 7, 2014 3:40 pm | by Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins. The basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.        

How To Reap The Gains Of Business Process Automation

April 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv | Articles | Comments

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, one fact is indisputable — Business Process Automation is on the rise.

Behind The Scenes At Mars' New Candy Factory

April 3, 2014 9:33 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.                                     

The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

GE Develops Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

March 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by GE Research | Videos | Comments

Take a spin around the globe with GE as they highlight five manufacturing technologies GE researchers are developing.                                      

Justification For Migration

March 26, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.                                  

Engineering Newswire: Phantom Boat Flies Above the Water

March 20, 2014 10:38 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of Engineering Newswire from Product Design & Development takes a look at 3D printing documentaries exploring challenges of emerging companies, talks about toilet lights and imagines riding the flying phantom above the water. 

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