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SCADA Security for Critical Infrastructure

May 9, 2011 12:13 pm | by Frank Dickman, Consulting Engineer | Articles | Comments

The economy of every developed country in the world depends on the supply of oil, gas and water, as fuels for transportation, heat, electric current production and survival. The average American consumes 2 gallons of gasoline, 220 cubic feet of natural gas for heating and cooking, 30 kilowatt-hours of electricity — produced primarily from fossil fuels, and 150 gallons of water a day.

The VW Passat: Made In America

May 9, 2011 6:29 am | Videos | Comments

CNN Money takes a look inside Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn. plant, which was built at the height of the "Great Recession." The $1 billion facility was built in Chattanooga thanks to some $500 million in financial incentives from the state government, which helped sway VW over the other 400 cities that bid for the plant.

Military Makes Chopper Disappear

May 6, 2011 7:39 am | Videos | Comments

CBS News ' Chris Wragge speaks with national security correspondent David Martin about one of the U.S. helicopters that crash-landed in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. As pictures of the wreckage emerged on the Internet, some have noticed previously top-secret stealth technology on the Blackhawk.

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X-Rays Rid Raisins Of Refuse

May 6, 2011 6:09 am | Articles | Comments

A raisin processor uses x-ray technology to keep its products free of contaminants . Located in the Central San Joaquin Valley, Calif.,  Chooljian Brothers  Packing Company is one of the oldest raisin processors in the country. The sweet sun-dried fruit is sold domestically and worldwide via private label packaging or as a bulk ingredient for food manufacturers, retail distributors and candy and cereal producers.

Plants Make A Better Plastic

May 5, 2011 5:55 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists at Sao Paulo's State University in Brazil have found that certain plants — such as agave, pineapple, and banana skins — can be used to make more resistant, eco-friendly plastics. According to some, these plastics are remarkably strong, and with any luck, this technology will continue to be developed in the coming years.

Carbon Footprint Calculator Offers Energy Awareness

May 5, 2011 4:36 am | Articles | Comments

Muskegon, Michigan, May 4, 2011– Reid Supply Company, one of the country's leading suppliers of industrial products , now offers a free online Carbon Footprint Calculator and other calculators to help industry and education take proactive steps to lower their energy use. Many manufacturers and educators needed a resource to find Carbon Footprint Calculators, Fuel Cost Calculators, Performance Benchmarking Tools, Facility Assessment Wizards, Workplace Posters, Energy Posters, and more.

Intel Brings Chips Into 3-D

May 5, 2011 4:20 am | Videos | Comments

Intel has announced that it will begin manufacturing a new type of transistor for its computer chips. Instead of the typical “flat” transistors, it will use three-dimensional ones, which has been a development a decade in the making. As with most things computers, their hope is to do things faster, cheaper, and while using much less power.

How Is Globalization Hurting The Middle Class?

May 4, 2011 9:40 am | Videos | Comments

By all accounts, the United States economy is back on track following the Great Recession. But is the future bright for each and every economic class? Experts Chrystia Freeland and David Frum take an in-depth look at a new report on globalization and its economic impact on the American middle class.

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Technology Behind bin Laden Raid

May 4, 2011 6:08 am | Videos | Comments

CrossMatch Technologies, based in Palm Beach, Florida, has developed some of the high-tech devices that the U.S. military uses out in the field. One of them includes SEEK, which can capture fingerprints, facial images, or iris images, allowing operatives to determine the identities of captured or killed combatants without having to wait for a DNA test.

Robots Learn To Slaughter

May 4, 2011 6:02 am | Videos | Comments

Mayekawa Manufacturing has developed the HAMDAS-R, a robotic system for automated ham boning. What makes it unique is the ability to be flexible for the variety of meat that would theoretically come down the line, while still producing consistent results. We’ll try to stay away from any robots-taking-over-the-world jokes here, but this would be a remarkably intimidating tool for them to use.

Getting A "Kiss" Over The Internet

May 4, 2011 6:00 am | Videos | Comments

A student at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan, has developed the “Oral Communication Device,“ which is a robotic way to transmit a “kiss“ over a computer. As the student demonstrates, one user initiates the kiss, while the other experiences it through a second device.

Space-Age Technology To Soon Land On Earth

May 3, 2011 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

Undergraduate researchers are working on embedding the fabrics that make up space suits with metallic strands that are piezoelectric , which means that they create a small electric charge as they are bent, stretched, and compacted. The combination of all these charges could be enough to power the small portable gadgets of our time.

Integrated Material Handling Results In Modern Paint Manufacturing Line

May 2, 2011 11:43 am | Articles | Comments

Beginning in 1946 with a single manufacturing facility in San Carlos, CA, Kelly-Moore Paints™ has grown to become the largest employee-owned—and the 5th largest paint company—in the United States. Supporting over 165 local stores, Kelly-Moore is “the painter’s paint store,” providing high-quality paint and related products to contractors, commercial and maintenance accounts, and do-it-yourself consumers.

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Flying Safely With 1950s Technology

May 2, 2011 6:46 am | Videos | Comments

CNN contributor Miles O’Brien gives a little insight into the communication that occurs between pilots and air traffic control from inside the cockpit, and highlights some of the technology that helps our planes get — and stay — in the air. What’s most intriguing is that the technology, such as ground-based radar, is more than a half-century old.

Survey: Hiring And Purchases Up Amid Rising Costs

May 2, 2011 6:24 am | Articles | Comments

Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, announced the results of its seventh Prime Advantage Group Outlook (GO) Survey, revealing the top economic concerns of small and midsized North American manufacturers for 2011. The survey results show companies are even more confident compared to six months ago about economic growth for U.

Are Electric Cars Safe?

April 29, 2011 6:37 am | Videos | Comments

More electric cars are arriving on dealership floors, and hitting the streets, so natually, many are left wondering: Are they as safe as their gasoline-powered silblings? Seth Doane reports for CBS News with the latest on electric vehicle safety. If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Dry Split Seal Is The Perfect Deal

April 29, 2011 6:01 am | by Vic Lundberg, process engineer, Quadna, a DXP company | Articles | Comments

Chemical attack is a destructive force in any high-tech manufacturing process. For TIMET’s Las Vegas, Nev.-based plant, the force was presenting itself during the high-temperature mixing of titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4), known in the industry as TiCL. TIMET is the world's largest supplier of high-quality titanium metal products.

Need A Tech-Savvy Toilet?

April 28, 2011 6:43 am | Videos | Comments

Kohler has unveiled the Numi, its new “smart toilet,” which features a variety of motion sensors, an adjustable heated seat, a deodorizer that sucks out undesirable smells, and a personalized bidet. Of course, it all comes packaged with a remote control. All of this for only $6,390... If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Bill Nye On 'The God Particle'

April 28, 2011 5:39 am | Videos | Comments

U.S. physicists might have found what is commonly known as "the God particle," an elusive, minute substance that has long promised to revolutionize the way we look at the physics of our universe. Bill Nye (aka The Science Guy) seems cautiously optimistic of the findings, which could unlock new forms of hyper-powerful energy sources.

Alan Mullaly Talks The Future Of Cars

April 27, 2011 11:14 am | Videos | Comments

Engadget ’s Tim Stevens sat down with Alan Mullaly, CEO of Ford, on the future of not only his company, but the transportation industry in general. Like most other automakers, Ford is taking steps to get into the electric-vehicle market with an all-electric Focus. By the time 2025 rolls around, Mullaly predicts that at least 20 percent of the cars on the road will be electric.

China Could Overtake U.S. Economy By 2016

April 27, 2011 10:04 am | Videos | Comments

According to a recent economic forecast, China's economy could overtake the U.S.'s by 2016 — or earlier than projected by other recent forecasts. What would this mean for China? But more importantly, what would this mean for the ever-improving American economy? CNN 's Ramy Inocencio breaks things down in this video.

Turning Passion Into A Be-'Spoke' Business

April 27, 2011 6:41 am | Videos | Comments

John Ryland worked a dozen years at an advertising firm, only to get laid off. Instead of mourning his loss, he got to work on what had always been a hobby and a passion: building custom motorcycles. He now heads Classified Moto , a fledgling business that builds those custom choppers for eager riders.

A Different Kind Of Gatling Gun

April 27, 2011 6:21 am | Videos | Comments

"That German slingshot guy" is back with another preposterous invention: the slingshot Gatling gun. Jeorg took to designing the repeating gun mechanism, and the result is the launch of eight 20mm projectiles in less than half a second. According to the inventor, the theoretical firing rate reaches 960 rounds per minute, which is faster than an M16.

The Beauty Of The Printing Press

April 26, 2011 7:10 am | Videos | Comments

Field Notes produces a number of high-quality notebooks for writers, journalists, and artist, but what’s probably more interesting to you all is the way these books are made. Their contracted printers, Freeport Press and Flywheel Letterpress , show off some of the machinery that’s used in the production.

Going Green In Manufacturing

April 25, 2011 11:44 am | by Richard Travers, President, Freeaire Corporation | Articles | Comments

As energy costs continue to climb, manufacturers are searching for ways to reduce their energy usage to both save money and reduce their environmental impact.  Food Manufacturing  spoke with Richard Travers of Freeaire Corporation about how manufacturers can utilize “greener” processes and renewable resources.

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