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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.

Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 4:53 pm | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

As business evolves, so does our ability to uncover new sources of revenue, which keeps life interesting. One of the most significant contributors to business evolution in the last few decades is technology.             

What’s Next in 3D Printing

October 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.

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Advanced Robotics To Revolutionize the Manufacturing Industry

October 2, 2014 9:16 am | by PwC US and The Manufacturing Institute | News | Comments

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory and trainability, industrial manufacturers across industries are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage.

Innovation Vertigo

October 1, 2014 2:33 pm | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point | Blogs | Comments

In industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in regards to the adoption of new technologies and the transformation of old business models. This uneasiness with the pace of change and confusion over the best path forward leads to innovation vertigo.   

4 Key Insights Into the Intersection of Manufacturing and Technology in Silicon Valley

September 30, 2014 4:51 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Articles | Comments

Verizon's West Coast Innovation Center in San Francisco was the setting for a unique panel discussion about how the intersection of manufacturing and technology is impacting Silicon Valley.                  

Top 5 Ways Virtualization Will Improve Lifecycle Management

September 30, 2014 1:17 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Here are the top five capabilities virtualization can enable over the extended lifecycles of MES.                                           

DHL Set To Use Drones in Delivery Project, Beating Amazon and Google

September 29, 2014 3:00 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Logistics company DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to a German island, beating Amazon and Google to the punch. DHL, owned by Germany's Deutsche Post, will start delivering medicine and other urgent goods to Juist, a German island in the North Sea.

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Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are not Enough

September 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joe Alphonse | Articles | Comments

To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes, and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     

Duke Energy To Build Solar Plant in NC

September 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke announced plans to spend $250 million building three solar farms in North Carolina, including one in Bladen County.                                   

Intel Invests up to $1.5B in China Venture

September 26, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics.                         

3D Printing is Heading to Space

September 22, 2014 12:25 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

For the first time humans will be able to build tools in space. The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, scheduled to launch on Saturday, will carry a 3D printer to the International Space Station.                  

2015 Super Bowl to be Played Under LED Lights

September 22, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ has installed high performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc., the leader in providing LED lighting solutions for sports facilities, making it the first NFL venue to illuminate the playing surface exclusively with LED lighting.

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Toyota's New Hydrogen Car Quietly Rolls Into Town

September 18, 2014 12:47 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Toyota quietly rolled into town with the newest addition to its eco-conscious fleet, the 2015 FCV hydrogen car. The car hits dealers in the middle of next year.                           

Bosch ConnectedManufacturing Summit

September 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Bosch | Events

This complimentary, half-day event features presentations by Bosch and Verizon about how the Internet of Things impacts the manufacturing industry and how manufacturers can improve their business performance leveraging the IoT. 

Top 3 Underground Data Centers in the U.S.

September 16, 2014 2:05 pm | by Natalie Lehrer | Articles | Comments

There are at hundreds of underground data centers in the United States. Many of the underground data centers are owned by private co-location companies. Some are shared locations housing the data centers operations of several private companies who have collocated space underground. But here is information on the top 3 underground data centers in the U.S.

Market to Manufacturing: It’s Time to Digitize

September 15, 2014 4:19 pm | by John Paul Williams | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation. In fact, just 12 percent are deemed to be Digerati — leading-edge innovators who have fused front and back-end processes together to enable seamless innovation and delivery.

Report: Manufacturers Collecting More Data, Unsure How to Use it

September 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Economist Intelligence Unit | News | Comments

A new report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it.

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show, so we’ve collected some of the best of IMTS 2014.                                  

Demystifying the Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 2:25 pm | by Diane Palmquist | Articles | Comments

We’ve all heard about “Industry 4.0” and the promises an increased flow of data and better quality information will have on shaping a new manufacturing reality. But what does the Internet of Things and more connections really mean for the manufacturing business? 

Honda Introduces Self-Driving Car

September 10, 2014 10:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel.                            

Google Invests in California Solar Power Plant

September 10, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build a solar plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County.                                    

Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in July

September 9, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.63 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 11.5 percent from June and down 1.4 percent when compared with the total of $359.70 million reported for July 2013. 

An Outlook Into The Future Of Manufacturing

September 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Sandvik Coromant | Videos | Comments

We’re living in a time of rapid digitization, where computers and robots are performing tasks once deemed science fiction. The technology shifts signal another industrial revolution, and even though we are still in its very early stages, the pace of change is accelerating. 

Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up.                           

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