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Legos On The Plant Floor?

April 12, 2013 4:21 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Maybe, in comparing the benefits of working on a plant floor against the benefits of working at Facebook, engineers chose the latter. Because let’s face it — OSHA wouldn’t be too happy to see a ping pong table alongside the stamping machine.

RIM Seeks Probe Into BlackBerry Returns Report

April 12, 2013 3:30 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the BlackBerry said Friday that it wants U.S. and Canadian regulators to investigate a "false and misleading" report by a financial analyst that claims the company's new smartphone is being returned in unusually high numbers.

AL Joins Automotive Technology Innovation Effort

April 11, 2013 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The state of Alabama has joined an alliance of Southern states working to bolster the region's effort to develop technology in the automotive manufacturing industry. The state has joined the Automotive Accelerator Alliance, which already includes Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi.

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Additive Manufacturing Changes Everything

April 11, 2013 9:28 am | by uconn | Videos | Comments

UConn and Pratt & Whitney have created one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country. The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn will serve as an important resource for training the next generation of engineers and designers.

How To Benefit From Mobile, From The Floor To The Field

April 9, 2013 4:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Yes, there’s a place for mobile in manufacturing. Seven, actually. Today’s mobile solutions can help your business run more profitably and predictably, by putting the right tools and information right where they’re needed. Load tablets with videos, manuals and instructions to deliver the training and education employees need, where they need it most — on the floor.

Google Target Of Microsoft-Led Antitrust Complaint

April 9, 2013 2:09 pm | by Juergen Baetz | News | Comments

A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google and its hold over mobile internet usage on smartphones. The "FairSearch" initiative claims Google is acting unfairly by giving away its Android operating system to mobile device companies on the condition that the U.S. online giant's own software applications are prominently displayed.

Fisker's 80 Percent Staff Cut May Send Luxury Co. Under

April 8, 2013 1:05 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Fisker Automotive, a maker of luxury plug-in cars seeking investors to fund operations, said it's firing about 80 percent of its workforce after failing to secure a deal with an automotive partner. Cory Johnson reports on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West.

Detroit Electric To Sell $135,000 Sports Car

April 4, 2013 2:16 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than 100 years after it began making cars, Detroit Electric is back in business. The automaker on Wednesday is unveiling in Detroit the SP:01, a limited-edition electric sports car. Detroit Electric was founded in 1906 and built 13,000 electric cars. Among its customers were Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford's wife, Clara.

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Google Rumored To Manufacture Glass In U.S.

April 4, 2013 1:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google Glass, the search engine giant's latest venture into the hardware market, has been rumored to be manufactured inside the U.S. The Financial Times claims Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn will make the first run of Google Glass in Santa Clara, but when Mayor Jamie Matthews reached out to both companies, he got no response.

Tesla Founder Makes Big Promise To Customers

April 3, 2013 4:46 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, the founder of the electric car company Tesla, says he has a deal you can't turn down. CBS News' John Blackstone reports on how this CEO is putting more than his reputation on the line. Musk hopes to be able to convince people to buy a car that has to be plugged in.

Camry Battles Spruced-Up Rivals In Midsize Market

April 1, 2013 2:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For nearly two decades, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord have ruled the mid-sized car market. Nobody accused them of being stylish or fast. But the cars rarely broke down, and they held their value better than competitors. For drivers who wanted a family car, Camry and Accord got the job done and were good enough to become two of the best-selling cars of all time.

Toyota Tries To Make tC More Sporty

March 29, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scion, the brand that Toyota created 10 years ago to attract young buyers, is trying to evoke a sportier image with a new version of the tC coupe. The 2014 version of the car was unveiled Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. The tC coupe accounts for 40 percent of Scion's sales.

The Virtual Plant Seen Through Standardized 3D HMI

March 29, 2013 8:05 am | by Chris Parkinson, Senior Engineer, HMI Technology Lead | Articles | Comments

HMI or Human Machine Interface – everybody has them. From physical pushbutton stations to sophisticated graphical interfaces with 3D representations of equipment – HMIs are the visible part of a controls and/or manufacturing intelligence system.

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Japanese Automakers Show Off Luxury Offerings

March 28, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese carmakers showcased their sports utility vehicles and luxury cars at the annual New York International Auto Show, which opened on Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp. debuted the 2014 Highlander SUV with a redesigned exterior, increased interior space and three engine choices including a hybrid option.

Morgan Motors' 3-Wheel Car

March 28, 2013 9:17 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Century-old Morgan Motor Company makes a classic sports car with the heart of a motorcycle. The Morgan Motor company of England sells a 3-wheeled car in the United States. They have two cylinders from a V-twin motorcycle engine up front, two seats, and just one wheel in back.

Play With Smart Materials

March 28, 2013 9:12 am | by Ted | Videos | Comments

Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says it's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker, and have fun.

GM In Next Phase Of Hoped-For Buick Revival

March 26, 2013 9:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is making an attempt to shake up Buick's image as a car for older buyers with freshened up versions of its Regal midsize sports sedan and the LaCrosse large luxury car. GM unveils the pair Tuesday ahead of the New York auto show.

BlackBerry CEO: iPhone Is Outdated

March 22, 2013 10:11 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. Thorsten Heins made the comment Thursday on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen BlackBerry in the United States. AT&T begins selling the Z10 touchscreen BlackBerry on Friday, more than six weeks after RIM launched the devices elsewhere.

Super-Tuned Supercars

March 20, 2013 5:24 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At the recent Geneva Auto Show, there were a lot of very high-end, expensive, luxury cars. But for some people, that's just not enough. When a buyer wants an upgraded high performance luxury car, they turn to tuner companies like Ruf, Hamman, and Gemballa to boost horsepower and change the car's appearance.

U.S. Teens Fear Risk-Taking; STEM Careers Demand It

March 15, 2013 9:08 am | by Kelton Global | Articles | Comments

While 95 percent of teens agree that risk-taking is required for innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM — careers, 46 percent say they are afraid to fail or uncomfortable taking risks to solve problems, according to an ASQ survey conducted by Kelton Global.

U.S. Solar Installations Soared 76 Percent In 2012

March 14, 2013 1:52 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Solar panel installations in the U.S. grew 76 percent in 2012 as the cost of panels and the surrounding equipment continued to fall, according to an annual report by a solar trade group. The U.S. installed panels capable of producing 3,313 megawatts of peak electricity, up from 1,887 megawatts in 2011, the report said.

Boeing Flies High On 787 Battery Hopes

March 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Dreamliner may still be grounded, but Boeing's stock has come roaring back lately as investors feel the worst is over. It's now outperforming the Dow. The FAA has given Boeing the go ahead on new solutions for the lithium battery issue, and that may be boosting investors' confidence in the company again.

The $10,000 Smartphone

March 13, 2013 4:02 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A luxury mobile phone-maker has released the new Android-based smartphone Vertu Ti. Depending on the finishes, it can cost upwards of $10,000. CNN's Laurie Segall reports on what all goes into a $10,000 smartphone and why it is so expensive.

Car Tech: Toyota i-Road Concept

March 13, 2013 3:57 pm | by CNETTV | Videos | Comments

CNET's Antuan Goodwin previews the Toyota i-Road concept, which was featured at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. The i-Road concept is a tandem two-seater that runs on electric power and uniquely maneuvers using all three of its wheels. For more information visit www.cnet.com.

The Future Of Manufacturing And Design With Additive Manufacturing.

March 13, 2013 1:33 pm | Events

In this webcast, Dr. Christopher Williams, Assistant Professor and Director of the DREAMS (Design, Research and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems) Lab, will discuss how Additive Manufacturing is being used at Virginia Tech. The presentation will include use-cases and novel applications of both Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and multi-material PolyJet 3D Printing.

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