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Bentley Announces Two New Software Products

October 31, 2013 5:00 pm | by Ron Kuhfeld, Bentley Systems, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced two new commercial products - SELECT Open Access and MANAGEservices.  

Transformation Technologies For The Warehouses Of Tomorrow

October 30, 2013 8:49 am | Articles | Comments

As the rise of online commerce and omnichannel fulfillment changes warehousing operations, the manufacturing industry is using new technology to address the formidable warehousing challenges that must be overcome.           

Exciting Plans For IMTS

October 4, 2013 4:58 pm | by IMTS Exhibitions Department | News | Comments

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014.

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Bentley Extends SAC's Leadership With Acquisition Of MOSES

October 3, 2013 4:16 pm | by Bentley Systems | News | Comments

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, announced that it has acquired the MOSES software business from Ultramarine, Inc. Used around the world, MOSES is a premier analysis and simulation software for complex projects involving the transportation and installation of offshore structures.

Chrysler Recalling 142,000 Pickups, SUVs

October 3, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems. Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected.

Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 2, 2013 2:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.

Portable 2-Way Radio

September 27, 2013 3:48 pm | by Ritron, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The PT-150M is a professional-grade license-free portable 2-way radio that operates in the VHF MURS frequency band.

Ford Buys Software Startup Livio

September 27, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is acquiring Livio, a Michigan-based company whose software allows drivers to connect with their smartphone applications. Ford's chief technical officer, Paul Mascarenas, said Ford paid less than $10 million for the 11-person startup. Livio will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford.

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Car Gadgets Turn Dashboards Into Computers

September 26, 2013 1:18 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

New technology is making the driver's seat look more like an office chair, making the dashboard into your computer. Car companies say these improvements are helping them stay competitive, but others think this auto technology is just a built-in distraction for drivers.

A Facebook For Industry

September 24, 2013 8:01 am | by Facebook, manufacturing, industry, social, media, people, interact | Articles | Comments

Facebook is the single largest collective of people ever in the history of mankind, and it’s changed how we interact socially. When you add the fact that there are one billion users, and almost 70 percent of its access is mobile, the impact broadens tremendously.

Senator Concerned About Apple's Fingerprint Tech

September 20, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Al Franken is concerned about Apple's use of fingerprint recognition technology in its new iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S, which went on sale Friday, includes a fingerprint sensor that lets users tap the phone's home button to unlock their phone, rather than enter a passcode.

EMO Hannover 2013 Promises Solutions

September 16, 2013 12:42 pm | by EMO Hannover | News | Comments

EMO Hannover returns today through September 21,2013. International producers of manufacturing technology are exhibiting their metalworking products, solutions and services under the theme “Intelligence in Production” at the world's leading metalworking trade show.

5 Quick Questions: Mike Weller, President, Miller Electric

September 16, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Miller Electric, a leading manufacturer of welders and welding supplies, recently announced that its president, Mike Weller, has been recognized by the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association for his service to the Wisconsin Technical College System. Given the constant pressure that manufacturers face in attracting and replacing skilled workers, we asked Weller for some perspective on the future of the skills trades. 

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The ‘One-To-Many’ Supply Chain

September 13, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Most everyone in manufacturing is aware that today, supply chain is, more or less, “king” of the manufacturing lifecycle. With more globalized supply chains and the trend of working with more and more third parties, it’s critical that manufacturers keep a strong hold on the flow of materials from one location to the next. 

Computer Upgrades Cut U.S. Jobless Claims To 292K

September 12, 2013 2:11 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000. But the drop was mostly because of technical issues in two states that delayed the processing of applications. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average fell to 321,250, the lowest in six years.

The Future Of Control Automation Has Arrived

September 11, 2013 8:01 am | by Eric Klein, Director of Sales, Lenze Americas | Articles | Comments

Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.

NCDMM To Exhibit With AMT

September 9, 2013 3:55 pm | Events

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces that it will be co-exhibiting with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology to promote the MTConnect Challenge 2 at the Design and Manufacturing MidWest Conference’s Design, Manufacturing & Automation (DMA) Seminars at McCormick Place in Chicago on September 10 – 12, 2013.

Ex-NASA Engineer Gets Probation In Software Piracy

September 5, 2013 2:31 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former NASA engineer who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a copyright infringement scheme led by two Chinese nationals was sentenced to probation. U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark credited Cosburn Wedderburn, 40, for his substantial assistance to federal authorities investigating the website called "Crack 99," which sold pirated, industrial-level software in which the access control mechanisms had been "cracked," or circumvented.

EYE Lighting Embraces Digital Media

September 4, 2013 3:32 pm | by EYE Lighting International | Product Releases | Comments

EYE Lighting International, a leading manufacturer of lamps, luminaires, controls, and related lighting products, has taken its communications online through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube videos to engage with its customers. Through its digital media strategy, EYE Lighting will build stronger customer relations and improve its ability to meet its client’s needs for both its commercial and utility lighting products. 

Hackers Find Weaknesses In Car Computer Systems

September 3, 2013 10:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? Hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.

CMMS Use, Needs, And Wants

August 19, 2013 8:02 am | by Michael Koploy Analyst, Software Advice | Articles | Comments

Over the past two months, Software Advice has surveyed maintenance professionals to identify how the industry uses software to get organized, improve efficiencies and tackle other industry challenges. 84 percent of those surveyed use some kind of software to manage maintenance. Commercial software products (i.e. CMMS, EAM/ERP or other business software tools) were used by 77 percent of those surveyed.

Smoking Fast Order Fulfillment At Hauni Richmond

August 14, 2013 8:02 am | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Articles | Comments

When management needed to reduce the footprint of Richmond's remanufacturing operations to make room for other revenue generating actives, the stockroom was faced with a 60 percent reduction in floor space. The stockroom already had a floor to ceiling man up narrow aisle picking system and there was little floor space and no additional shelf space that could be squeezed out.

China Spying On U.S. Businesses

August 8, 2013 1:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

It's the massive theft of American trade secrets through cyber attack and espionage, and many of the cyber-attacks on American trade are coming from China. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports on how widespread the espionage is and what the government is doing about it.

Accenture And hybris Team Up

August 5, 2013 1:00 pm | News | Comments

To help global companies implement cross-border multichannel commerce solutions more effectively, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has become the sole global strategic partner of hybris, the world’s fastest-growing commerce platform. The agreement will enable international brands to create consistent consumer transaction experiences across multiple channels, including online, mobile and in-store, regardless of geographic location.

Hackers Control Car's Steering And Brakes

August 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.

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