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Fukushima Disaster Tests Mettle Of Local Robot Makers

January 2, 2013 2:53 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Despite being recognized as a world leader in robot design, Japan is playing catch-up to develop robots capable of dealing with the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Authorities have had to rely on American made machines to assess the damage inside the reactors. But now the country's big three manufacturers are building their own versions of durable, remote-controlled robots for hazardous environments.

Whisky Maker Mixes Drinking And Driving

January 2, 2013 2:52 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Millions of people around the globe toasted the new year with a glass of one of Scotland's best exports but only one traditional whisky also provides fuel for your car. Ivor Bennett reports from the Scottish distillery, Tullibardine, which has gone into business with Celtic Renewables, part of Napier University, to convert its whisky leftovers into auto fuel.

Made In The USA Again: Factors Affecting A Resurgence

January 2, 2013 12:48 pm | by PwC | Videos | Comments

In this video from consulting firm PwC, US Industrial Products leader Bob McCutcheon discusses seven key factors that will affect a resurgence in American manufacturing, from shale gas, to talent, to demand, and more. Check it out here.


IMTSTV: 2012 A 'Fantastic' Year For Manufacturing

December 21, 2012 11:59 am | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

IMTSTV's Penny Brown interviews Angel Martinez, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Caterpillar on how tax reform can boost manufacturing, improving U.S. infrastructure and importance of workforce development; Pat McGibbon interviews Richard Aboulafia with Teal Group on the fiscal cliff as it relates to the aerospace industry; and more. Brown says 2012 was "a fantastic year for manufacturing."

The True Cost Of Microsoft's New Tablet

December 20, 2012 8:11 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Surface is Microsoft's attempt to break into the tablet market that the iPad has been dominating since it came out nearly three years ago. The first tablet the PC company has made, Microsoft's Surface tablet's healthy profit margin could make it a big winner.

Boeing Prepares For Happier Landings

December 20, 2012 8:10 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

With one of the busiest holiday travel seasons of the year about to begin, air traffic control procedures are set to receive a 21st century face lift. Aircraft industry giant Boeing is in the final stages of testing out a new system that gives airplanes tailor-made landing paths, a technology they say will decrease airlines delays and cut harmful fuel emissions significantly.

Ford C-Max: Strange Looking, Fun To Drive

December 20, 2012 8:09 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid may look like an appliance, but it is a surprisingly fun, peppy, and fuel efficient car.  The C-Max Energi Hybrid plugin model allows drivers to go an additional 20 miles on electricity only from wall outlet. A compact car, the C-Max is designed for maximum cargo and allows drivers to open the tailgate with their foot.

SC Johnson's Largest Manufacturing Facility Get Wind Energy

December 19, 2012 1:18 pm | by SC Johnson | Videos | Comments

When the blades started spinning yesterday on SC Johnson’s two new wind turbines, the company’s Waxdale manufacturing facility began to further minimize its dependence on fossil fuels. The addition of the turbines means that products made at Waxdale – brands like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Glade® and Windex® – will now be made using clean energy.


Alabama Builds A New Economy

December 19, 2012 12:04 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing is moving to the Southern United States in a big way. In Mobile, an Australian shipbuilding company called Austal is leading the way in hiring—bringing on up to 100 new employees every month.'s Matt Rivera explores why.

Tim Cook: Keeping Apple Cutting Edge

December 18, 2012 12:17 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Steve Jobs’ hand-picked successor, current Apple CEO Tim Cook, talks exclusively to Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams about Apple’s battle with Samsung, glitches with their maps app, the prospect of Apple TV, and the challenge of keeping Apple cutting edge.

Greek Yogurt Craze Revives NY Manufacturing Town

December 17, 2012 1:29 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

The growing popularity of Greek yogurt in the United States has revived at least one town in upstate New York when Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya decided to buy a closing yogurt factory in New Berlin, N.Y. He's grown the staff from 5 employees to over 1300 people. Rock Center’s Harry Smith reports.

United Tech Joins Chorus Of Optimistic Companies

December 14, 2012 1:20 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

United Technologies joins 3M and Dupont with an optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy, saying it expects profit to rise about 13 percent next year. And the fall in consumer prices in November was the first decline in six months. Lower gasoline prices pushed prices overall lower, while inflation is just below a 2 percent pace for the year.

Automakers Easing Pain At The Pump

December 12, 2012 1:03 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Americans are buying new vehicles at the fastest pace since January 2008. But they're also looking to spend less time at the pump. And as CBS News' John Blackstone reports, automakers are finally getting the message and turned this year's LA Auto Show bolder - and greener- than ever before.


Laser Beaming Could Replace Power Lines

December 12, 2012 12:59 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A company in Washington state is developing wireless technology that delivers electricity via laser beams. The scientists and engineers who run the company, Lasermotive, are using the lasers to power aerial drones but say their technology could also replace conventional power lines to deliver electricity to homes.

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Production

December 12, 2012 12:56 pm | by EuropeanMotorNews | Videos | Comments

Volvo Car Corporation is ramping up production of the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid ahead of first customer deliveries in early 2013. After the initial batch of 1,000 model year 2013 cars, production will increase to 4,000-6,000 cars from model year 2014.

Aston Martin Vanquish: Worth It

December 12, 2012 12:53 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The brand new Vanquish comes with some good news and some bad news: Though the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish will run you $280,000, its speed, handling, and refinement make it totally worth it, says CNN Money senior writer Peter Valdes-Dapena.

GE CEO: We Can Make It Here

December 12, 2012 12:39 pm | by CharlieRose | Videos | Comments

GE CEO and Obama administration jobs czar Jeffrey Immelt spoke with CBS News' Charlie Rose and says one thing that never goes away in the United States is an incredible set of entrepreneurs. Given that, he stresses that manufacturing will continue to come back to a certain extent and the American workforce can make the new technology of today right here in the U.S.

Have You Driven A Lincoln Lately?

December 11, 2012 12:56 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The Lincoln brand is 90 years old and had its sales peak two decades ago. Now, Ford is re-launching its Lincoln brand, hoping to erase memories of old Town Cars, with new energy-efficient tech-savvy luxury models and a nod to its more prestigious past.

FedEx CEO: Dismayed By Washington

December 7, 2012 12:25 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Fred Smith says fiscal cliff talks should focus on the corporate tax policies first. Smith says that it's not small businesses that are creating jobs in the U.S., but rather it's capital investments in equipment and software done by big business.

In Eurozone Crisis, Germany Benefits From Its Apprentices

December 3, 2012 11:08 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Germany's apprentice program is called a "dual system" — split into 60 percent workplace training and 40 percent classroom-based education — and is widely regarded as a model of business investment in social mobility and in Germany's skilled workforce of the future.

Why Work Doesn't Happen At Work

December 3, 2012 11:08 am | by Ted | Videos | Comments

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. For more information visit

Lisa Harouni: A Primer On 3D Printing

December 3, 2012 11:07 am | by Ted | Videos | Comments

2012 may become known as the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology became accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni, co-founder of Digital Forming, gives a useful primer on this fascinating way of making things - including intricate objects once impossible to create.

How Airbus Makes The A380

December 3, 2012 11:07 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Just a glimpse of the 1,500 engineers working are enough to give you an idea of the size and scale of the super jumbo A380. Each part requires precision and patience - 4,000 rivets alone are used to attach the wings to the body. CNN's Ayesha Durgahee looks at how Airbus assembles and tests the largest passenger jet in the world.

Original Batmobile For Sale

December 3, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It looks as if the Batmobile used in the 1960s TV series will be sold at auction in January at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. Unlike most TV show cars, the Batmobile is a singular creation - famed car creationer George Barris got the assignment to create the car in 1966 with a tight deadline of 15 days and $15,000.

Why Austin's Tech CEOs Are Optimistic

December 3, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Austin, Texas, is a growing hub for technology startups, and these companies' leaders see a bright future. Mobile software, cloud computing, 3D printing and greentech businesses are just some of the areas that these CEOs feel will continue to move forward in the coming year.

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