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Lew On U.S. Workers Competing With China

July 17, 2013 1:03 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that cyber theft is a real problem in China that "has to stop." It is a competitive world, Lew says, but despite problems, the United States has emerged strongest from the recession, which shows that the United States remains among the strongest and largest economies in the world.

5 Quick Questions With The CEO Of BlueGrace Logistics

July 17, 2013 8:02 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It didn’t take long for the novelty of social media to fade, and the search for practical application and measurable impact of these vehicles to become a priority. Despite the commercial success of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and several other platforms, manufacturers are still seeking out answers as to whether the time spent on social outreach is worth the effort.

Chrysler Recalling 46,000 2013 Ram Trucks

July 16, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group is recalling 45,961 Ram trucks because their electronic stability control systems may not turn on when the vehicles start. Ram 1500 4x4 trucks built between June 26, 2012, and Feb. 5, 2013, are involved in the recall. Chrysler says a software problem may disable the electronic stability control system when the pickups start.

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Microsoft Reshuffles Company Structure

July 11, 2013 1:50 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software maker comes amid lukewarm response to the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system and a steady decline in demand for PCs as people turn to tablets and other mobile gadgets.

Chinese Firm Accused Of Stealing U.S. Software

June 28, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's largest wind turbine company and three people are accused of stealing trade secrets from a U.S. software company, the Justice Department announced Thursday. An indictment handed up in Wisconsin alleges Sinovel Wind Group and the three individuals stole proprietary wind turbine software technology from Devens, Mass.-based AMSC, formerly known as American Superconductor Inc., cheating the American company out of more than $800M.

June 2013: Taking Manufacturing High Tech

June 24, 2013 2:32 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out some of the latest in high tech manufacturing, including the manufacturing software environment and its growing ability to gather and analyze more data, manufacturing automation's march to dominate the plant floor, the importance of reliable material handling information to track the plant of the future, and the cost-saving implications of monitoring and managing facility energy usage.

Strong Tours Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of

June 12, 2013 8:05 am | by Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder of Listen Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Humans are curious creatures. We like to see how things work, and we want to know what makes things tick — we have a deep-seated desire to make a connection with our environment by understanding the process of creation. That, in part, is what is so appealing about facility tours.

IMTSTV iSpy: Machine Whisperer At [MC]2

June 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

Jake Ervin is the Machine Whisperer, or at least trying to be. He goes to the [MC]2 conference to meet some cool machines but he keeps striking out, they won't talk to him. Will he find a way to talk to the machines? Will he learn that dinner and dancing is not the way to a machine's heart? Will Jake unlock the secret of the MTConnect standard?

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Driving Manufacturing Success By Backing Up

June 5, 2013 8:00 am | by Michael Krutikov, Senior Global Marketing Manager, SMB Data Protection, at Symantec | Articles | Comments

Today’s smaller manufacturers are creating enormous amounts of data — everything from new product designs to top-secret intellectual property, as well as a constant flow of customer and sales information that must be managed and protected every day. To say that this data is vital would be understating the value of its constant use, and any loss of information could be devastating.

Silicon Valley At Front Line Of Global Cyber War

June 4, 2013 10:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.

Tecnomatix® Software

May 24, 2013 1:58 pm | by Siemens PLM Software | Product Releases | Comments

The latest release, Tecnomatix 11, brings to market the latest in digital manufacturing solutions, which work together to deliver smart, fast, and Lean manufacturing, says the company.

New Gigabit Routers

May 24, 2013 1:55 pm | by Weidmuller | Product Releases | Comments

These are designed to offer secure and reliable communication between Ethernet-based systems as well as higher-level networks, says the company.

X3 Version 11 CMMS

May 24, 2013 1:53 pm | by eMaint Enterprises | Product Releases | Comments

X3 Version 11, next-generation CMMS, features enhancements that enable customers to ramp up their productivity, says the company.

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COFE Starter Kit

May 17, 2013 11:03 am | by VARGO | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

COFE, Continuous Order Fulfillment Enterprise, processes orders within a distribution center using a demand driven waveless approach, says the company.

The Loctite® Equipment Sourcebook

May 10, 2013 11:51 am | by Henkel Corporation | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Loctite® Equipment Sourcebook, Volume 9, is an updated 102-page catalog, presenting the complete line of Loctite® dispensing and curing equipment, from simple hand-held devices to fully automated systems.

Customizable Labels

May 3, 2013 4:39 pm | by Graphic Products | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Customizable sample label packets are designed to demonstrate the range of safety and productivity label types offered by the company, compatible with its growing family of mobile, desktop and wide-format thermal transfer printers.

Self-Service Purchasing

May 3, 2013 4:31 pm | by Okuma America Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The eStore is open to both distributors and consumers, allowing easy access to products for business use or simply to celebrate the renowned Okuma brand, says the company.

RemoteWatch Solutions

May 3, 2013 4:12 pm | by Invensys | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

RemoteWatch allows users to focus on running and optimizing the plant, while the Invensys solution remotely detects, responds to, and resolves systems issues, says the company.

Michigan Manufacturing International: A New Name, New Web Site

May 1, 2013 2:41 pm | by Michigan Manufacturing International | News | Comments

Michigan Mechanical, a broad line supplier of high-quality mechanical assemblies and components, is pleased to announce the company’s new name: Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI). The new name provides a more accurate description of the company’s services and reflects its global presence.

SmartView Upgrade

April 19, 2013 3:51 pm | by Fluke | Product Releases | Comments

For customers who currently own or will purchase a Ti1XX Series Thermal Imager and CNX modules, there is a free, user-installable firmware upgrade within SmartView® software that enables the thermal imager to capture and display electrical measurements wirelessly.

Mobile Tracking

April 19, 2013 3:47 pm | by Parker Hannifin | Product Releases | Comments

Parker says it is bringing the convenience and accessibility of its Parker Tracking System to end users with the launch of PTS Mobile.

How to Choose A Manufacturing System

April 16, 2013 8:05 am | by Jean Huy, senior director of product marketing for ERP, Sage North America | Articles | Comments

Our experience has taught us that people need more than just product information; they also need other kinds of input to make sound decisions about their accounting and manufacturing software. Use these questions to determine just how ready your company is to adopt a new manufacturing system.

Customer Service & Support

April 12, 2013 2:58 pm | by Intelligrated® | Product Releases | Comments

Intelligrated Customer Service & Support is offering a new Rate Your Operation and Maintenance Program survey, an online assessment tool designed to help operators identify any distribution center inefficiencies and performance gaps.

Antero: Providing Solid CMMS Solutions

April 5, 2013 12:21 pm | by AllMax Software | Product Releases | Comments

Antero version 5 is a user-friendly maintenance data management program that bridges the needs of performance, security, and data governance.

Kaeser Talks Shop

March 29, 2013 1:13 pm | by Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new blog, “Kaeser Talks Shop,” which includes technical articles written by subject matter experts on various compressed air topics.

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