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Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets.                     

The Future Of Sony

October 31, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sony was once a symbol of Japan's golden age, but now the tech company is struggling. Will Ripley takes a look at Sony's game plan to make a comeback.                             

Flying Car Prototype Takes to the Skies

October 31, 2014 1:49 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The AeroMobil 3.0 is the latest prototype flying car that its makers hope will revolutionize the transport industry. The upgraded model has significant improvements to the previous prototype, with a top groundspeed of 124 mph and a flight travel range of about 435 miles.

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Predicting Potential Maintenance Issues with Smart Technology

October 31, 2014 11:27 am | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

Listen to the IMPO webinar featuring Todd McIntyre, a Product Manager at Eaton Corporation, and Kevin Breunig, a Fluid Power Specialist at Motion Industries, as they discuss smart sensor technology in manufacturing and how to make it most effective for your specific applications. 

3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 31, 2014 9:51 am | by Chris Fox, Executive Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

On a recent trip to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the aerospace organization provided some insight into the inner-workings of spacecraft manufacturing. At the Marshall Space Flight Center, they specialize in what can best be described as "the guts" of a rocket.

Meet HP's New Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer

October 30, 2014 1:40 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Ed Baig interviews HP executive Steve Nigro about the company's new HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.                                           

Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

October 28, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.                                       

Now in Aisle 3 at Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.                       

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A Warship So Quiet, it Sneaks Up On Submarines

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Britain’s sailors are looking towards the future. The Royal Navy has recently commissioned a new high-tech frigate designed to become the “workhorse of the fleet” and focus on a variety of maritime missions ranging from complex combat operations to counter piracy and disaster relief. 

Obama Taking Action to Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

Weaving The Digital Thread Across Industrial Value Chains

October 23, 2014 9:23 am | by LNS Research | News | Comments

To address pressures of the industry, manufacturers need to ensure end-to-end connectivity across the real and virtual worlds with a digital thread strategy that spans the value chain and leverages new enabling technologies like mobility, cloud, and big data.

Audi's Driverless Car: Taking It Out for a Race

October 16, 2014 12:23 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

German car-maker Audi takes us for a spin in a driverless concept car version of their RS7. International Correspondent Hans Nichols even got to race it.                           

Test Driving The $34K Electric Superbike

October 15, 2014 3:23 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla has built a well-known brand of high-end electric automobiles, but when it comes to electric motorcycles, no company has reached Tesla's status. Energica, an Italian company, is looking to lead the charge.           

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up Slightly

October 14, 2014 9:26 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $356.69 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 13, 2014 2:38 pm | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan | Articles | Comments

In this article, we will explore some of the key technologies disrupting manufacturing operations as we know them.                                       

GE Introduces Next-Generation Jet Engine

October 10, 2014 2:16 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Over the last several weeks, crews at GE Aviation’s flight test base installed a next-generation jet engine with ceramic components and 3-D printed parts to the wing of a modified Boeing 747, and readied it for its maiden flight.      

Tesla Model P85D Test Drive

October 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, takes Bloomberg's Betty Liu for a test drive of the Tesla Model P85D.                                           

October 2014: Beyond Lean

October 10, 2014 11:31 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside Worksman Cycles, provide tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly and examine a series of case studies on the role of system integration in "People, Planet, and Profit."  

Tesla's 'D' Adds All-Wheel Drive, Safety Features

October 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At an open-to-the-public unveiling that included bumping music, free alcohol and test rides on an airport tarmac, Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features.

Tesla Model D: Elon Musk's New Electric Car

October 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, is expected to announce a new vehicle at an event on Thursday. Bloomberg's Sam Grobart takes a look at the car's likely features and how Tesla is making a play for the mass market.        

Survey: Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data To Advance Industrial Internet

October 9, 2014 9:54 am | by GE & Accenture | News | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture, reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy.            

Toyota Unveils its Hybrid Crossover C-HR Concept Vehicle

October 8, 2014 11:54 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Karl Schlicht, executive president at Toyota, discusses the automaker’s new hybrid concept vehicle, production on their first fuel-cell vehicle and a joint venture with BMW on a dual sports car project.             

Navy Tests Cutting-Edge Clothing Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 11:32 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Navy is testing out a cutting-edge way of manufacturing clothes; welding them together with ultrasonic waves. The process promises garments that weigh at least 40 percent less.                   

Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu for Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Mike Pantoleano | Blogs | Comments

The time is right to make plant data portable. Soon, I predict, we’ll wonder how we ever managed our plants without it.                                     

Lamborghini's Plug-In Hybrid Concept

October 7, 2014 12:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CEO Stephan Winkelmann says Lamborghini's new plug-in hybrid car is a 'technological demonstrator' and that the company is looking for feedback from its customers.                         

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