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Panasonic, Tesla Eye Joint Plant In U.S.

February 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. is considering setting up a new plant jointly with Tesla Motors Inc. in the United States to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.              

BlackBerry Announces New Phones, Services

February 25, 2014 9:58 am | by Anick Jesdaun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

BlackBerry will release a low-cost phone in Indonesia in April and plans a broader release of a phone that restores a beloved row of control keys with a track pad. The Indonesia phone, the Z3, will sell for less than $200 without subsidies, the company said Tuesday.

Is It Time To Go On-Machine?

February 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is known for being “guinea pigs,” in the kindest sense of the word. For at least 15 years, these companies have been pursuing an idea that is just now making its way to other industries — it’s the idea of stashing automation and safety controllers on the machine itself, rather than in a centrally-located cabinet. Is it time for other industries to follow suit?

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Is There A Place For Wearable Tech In Manufacturing?

February 19, 2014 9:51 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technologies are a hot trend. At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this past January, there was no shortage of high-tech watches, glasses, and hats for entertainment and fitness applications. But can wearables make the transition from recreation to business? 

Google's Motorola Misstep Could Be Lenovo's Boon

January 30, 2014 10:09 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The deal announced Wednesday will rid Google Inc. of a financial headache that has plagued the Internet company since buying Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion in 2012. Motorola has lost nearly $2 billion since Google took over, while trimming its workforce from 20,000 to 3,800.

Lenovo Buys Part Of IBM Server Business For $2.3B

January 23, 2014 2:34 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets and smartphones. Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday it expects to offer jobs to 7,500 IBM employees as part of its acquisition of the x86 server business.

Hewlett-Packard To Repay $459K In State Incentives

January 22, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission says it's negotiated an agreement for Hewlett-Packard Co. to repay $459,000 of the state incentives it received to build a customer-service center in Conway. The company received $10 million from an incentive fund the governor controls to go toward infrastructure for the Conway center.

Panasonic To Sell 3 Overseas Chip Assembly Plants

January 17, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The move is part of efforts by the Japanese electronics manufacturer to accelerate outsourcing of its slumping semiconductor manufacturing operation. Last month, the company said it will sell off three of its semiconductor plants in central Japan to an Israeli chipmaker.

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Q&A: element14 And Big Distributor Trends For 2014

January 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

In an electronics market that has seen relatively flat performance over the last several years, there continue to be a number of areas where distributors can differentiate and find growth. One of the ongoing challenges within the market is the rapidity of demand swings, increasing frequency of orders and diminishing average order sizes.

Shutting The Door On Shodan

January 8, 2014 8:36 am | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

It is easy to look at Shodan as the problem — it provides easy access to the devices connected to the Internet. In reality, however, Shodan simply highlights the security vulnerabilities of many of the devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). The real problem is not that Shodan finds insecure devices, but that so many devices lack real security.

Intel Says Its Processors Are Now 'Conflict-Free'

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

RFID Enables Omniscient View Of Whirlpool's Parts

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. The technology, which aims to wirelessly transfer data via minuscule tags embedded in or on various products, didn’t quite stack up against the industrial environment.

Samsung, LG To Unveil 105-Inch Curved TVs

December 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The upcoming premium TVs set will be made of LCD panels packing more than 11 million pixels, 5,120 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high. But not much video content is available for the ultra-HD TV sets. TV makers hope the launch of the new hardware technology will fuel growth of content.

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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 1 & 2

December 17, 2013 10:36 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on information technology and trends.             

Obama To Meet With Tech CEOs Amid NSA Concerns

December 17, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.  The White House says the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.

Motorola CEO Talks About Global Vision

December 16, 2013 9:43 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's $12.4 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility was widely seen as a way for Google to acquire patents to defend its Android operating system from intellectual property lawsuits. Yet Motorola hasn't given up on making phones. In August, it started selling the Moto X, the first smartphone assembled in the United States.

Changes In 2014 Electrical Code

December 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mersen | News | Comments

The NEC codifies the requirements for safe electrical installations into a single, standardized source. It is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®), and while not itself a U.S. law, NEC use is commonly mandated by state or local law. 

Portable 600 Watt High Output LED Light Cart

November 15, 2013 7:18 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-WBC-2X300LED portable LED work area light cart from Larson Electronics is a versatile and powerful lighting system that provides high power illumination in an easy to deploy design. 

HVA-2000 High Voltage Digital Ammeter

November 5, 2013 3:36 pm | by HD Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

Take ampere measurements on conductors up to 500kV  with the HVA High Voltage Digital Ammeter from HD Electric Company.

Lowe, Father Of IBM Personal Computer, Dies At 72

November 1, 2013 10:11 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

William C. Lowe had a bold idea: IBM should develop a personal computer that could be mass marketed, expanding the company's reach beyond businesses and into people's homes.      

Tenn. Officials Steer Clear Of Zero-Emissions Plan

October 28, 2013 2:29 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governors from eight other states representing 23 percent of the U.S. auto market pledged Thursday to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on roadways by 2025.                 

Water Injection Pump For Damaged Fukushima Reactor Halts

October 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard.       

Tesla Says Car Fire Began In Battery After Crash

October 3, 2013 2:27 pm | by Mike Baker, Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S. 

Canadian Solar Completes Sale Of 2 Plants

October 2, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Solar has closed on the sale of two of its solar power plants to energy infrastructure company TransCanada Corp. The solar company said Wednesday that the two Canadian plants, Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids, are valued at more than $92.2 million.

Vestas Gets Major Order

September 27, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press, Vestas | News | Comments

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems has announced its biggest order in three years. The company has a contract for a Texas wind energy project that will mean more work for Vestas' Colorado plants, including its wind tower plant south of Pueblo. Vestas said Duke Energy Renewables has placed an order for two projects in southern Texas.

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