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Musk: Time To Tackle Dealer Dispute

June 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, tells the Reuters Global Tech Summit that he'll talk to politicians who back local car dealers trying to keep Tesla from selling directly to consumers. He also talks batteries, charging stations, and why he is in no rush to take SpaceX public.

An Easy Reach: Industrial Ergonomics

June 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Ergonomics can be thought of as much like a dinner table setting: Everything should be in easy reach and no one should have to reach too far or stretch into an unnatural position to get at what they need, says Ed Metzger, president of BioFit. “By ensuring that workers have the freedom to move comfortably and naturally, companies can prevent many of the musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue that leads to lost time and productivity.”

MakerBot's New Brooklyn Factory

June 14, 2013 5:23 pm | by TechCrunch | Videos | Comments

Bre Pettis and his team have enjoyed phenomenal growth since fashioning MakerBots in 2009. So much so, that they've opened a new space at Sunset Park in Brooklyn to handle all the orders for the Replicator 2 and 2x. Not to mention the new Digitizer that will democratize 3D printing soon to begin shipping.

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U.S. Prosecutors Want Smartphone 'Kill Switch'

June 14, 2013 5:23 pm | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. law enforcement officials are demanding the creation of a "kill switch" that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, New York's top prosecutor said in a clear warning to the world's smartphone manufacturers. The New York Attorney General said the formation of a coalition of law enforcement agencies devoted to stamping out what he called an "epidemic" of robberies.

First Airbus A350 Flight Reopens Wide-Body Race

June 14, 2013 5:22 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Airbus A350's maiden flight ended with a safe landing on Friday, setting the stage for intensifying competition with U.S. rival Boeing in the long-haul wide-body aircraft market. The four-hour flight marks a key step on the path to full certification for the jet, which can carry between 250 and 400 passengers and is the European aircraft maker's best hope for catching up in a long-haul market dominated by Boeing's 787 and 777.

Nissan Hopes To Grab Share Of Japan Minicar Market

June 14, 2013 9:58 am | by Azusa Uchikura, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automakers Nissan and Mitsubishi are joining forces to grab a bigger share of the country's lucrative market for tiny cars, now dominated by their three rivals. The new model, sold as Dayz for Nissan Motor Co. and eK Wagon for Mitsubishi Motors Corp., marks the first time Nissan has been involved from start to finish in the development of a minicar, or "kei," which means "light" in Japanese.

Voice-Operated Dashboard Technology Still Risky

June 13, 2013 2:18 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dashboard technology that lets drivers text and email with voice commands — marketed as a safer alternative — actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found. Automakers have been trying to excite new-car buyers, especially younger ones, with dashboard infotainment systems that let drivers use voice commands to do things like turning on windshield wipers, posting Facebook messages or ordering pizza.

Renault Seeks Change Of Mood With Electric Car

June 13, 2013 12:33 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Renault hopes its eye-catching all-electric concept car, Twin'Z, can help persuade drivers who refuse to embrace alternative fuel technology to change their minds. Like other all electric vehicles, the Twin'Z is limited in its power and range so the French auto maker is focusing instead on sheer visual pizzazz to reel in the skeptics.

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Driverless Car Steering Course To Road-Readiness

June 13, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Melon University are putting the finishing touches on their version of a driverless car that, they say, lays the groundwork for computers to replace humans in the driver seat within a decade and will make roads safer. Reuters' Ben Gruber went for a ride.

How Iron Man Can Help Make It In America

June 11, 2013 8:05 am | by Mandy Mallott, Industrial Specialist, NIST MEP | Blogs | Comments

Communities investing in manufacturing and economic development apply the same techniques as Iron Man, working in a region, scanning the environment and applying resources (tax incentives, workforce development and infrastructure upgrades instead of repulsor rays) to come out on top with robust economic growth.

IMTSTV iSpy: Machine Whisperer At [MC]2

June 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

Jake Ervin is the Machine Whisperer, or at least trying to be. He goes to the [MC]2 conference to meet some cool machines but he keeps striking out, they won't talk to him. Will he find a way to talk to the machines? Will he learn that dinner and dancing is not the way to a machine's heart? Will Jake unlock the secret of the MTConnect standard?

Attracting Talent: A Lesson In Battling Perception

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

Despite the common preconceived notion that increasingly automated operations are eliminating opportunities in the manufacturing sector, the widespread adoption of advanced production technologies is actually creating opportunities, and demand, for more skilled professionals.

U.S. Officials To Meet Over Cellphone Thefts

June 6, 2013 2:01 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the largest U.S. smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday that their meeting scheduled to take place in New York City on June 13 will be dubbed a "Smartphone Summit."

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The Latest ERP Trends For Manufacturers

June 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Sage ERP Solutions | Videos | Comments

Learn what the three most important new trends are in ERP, and how they will play a key role in helping manufacturers run their businesses more efficiently. Sage points out what manufacturers need to do to take their ERP to the next level.

Apple Poised For Silicon Valley Hiring Spree

June 5, 2013 10:05 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple expects to expand its Silicon Valley workforce by nearly 50 percent during the next three years, signaling the company's faith in its ability to keep coming up with hit products like the iPhone and iPad. The projections detailed in a report released Tuesday envision Apple hiring 7,400 more workers at its Cupertino, California, headquarters between now and the planned completion of a new office complex in 2016.

SME Announces Several Strategic Changes

June 4, 2013 12:52 pm | by SME | News | Comments

SME has redefined itself for the 21st century based on the value it provides to its numerous audiences and the central role it plays in the advancement of manufacturing. SME is integrating its strategic areas — events, publishing, membership, Tooling U-SME online training division and the SME Education Foundation — around an evolved mission to inspire, prepare and support its stakeholders in the advancement of manufacturing.

3-D Printing Goes From Sci-Fi Fantasy To Reality

June 3, 2013 1:49 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Once a science-fiction fantasy, three-dimensional printers are popping up everywhere from the desks of home hobbyists to Air Force drone research centers. Users are able to make just about anything they like: iPad stands, guitars, jewelry, even guns. But experts warn this cool innovation could soon turn controversial — because of safety concerns but also the potential for the technology to alter economies that rely on manufacturing.

Wind Energy Company Touts Giant Blades

June 3, 2013 12:26 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Vestas, a Danish wind power company, says its manufacturing facility in Colorado is making the biggest blade for wind power in the United States. Bjarne Nielsen, Vestas Blades Division, says the V117 blade is nearly 60 meters in length, longer than half a football field.

Tesla Promises To Add Charging Stations

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year. The company said it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stations within reach of almost the entire populations of both countries.

Estonia Eager To Teach World About Oil Shale

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by Gary Peach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Home to the creators of Skype and the first country to use online voting, Estonia relishes its image as a technological pioneer. But the tiny East European country's most far-reaching economic achievement could come from how it has learned to squeeze oil from a rock.

GM To Show Off Reworked Chevy Malibu

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Malibu, an also-ran in the popular midsize car segment, shows off a quick makeover Friday that is expected to address criticism of its bland styling and so-so performance. General Motors will unveil the updates at a press event in Detroit. Experts are expecting to see a more modern-looking car, with some additional legroom in the back seat.

Building A Home With A 3D Printer

May 30, 2013 8:02 am | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

The relatively new technology known as '3D printing' has already been used to make prosthetic legs. Now, architects claim they'll soon be able to build a whole house using a 3D printer. The technology is still relatively new, but it's already being used in the medical world and in the arts.

Flying Car For The Masses Set For Take-Off

May 30, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car. Unlike its current flying car, which is designed for pilots, the new design incorporates autonomous functionality, a move the company says will open up the skies to everybody. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.

Wind Tower Company To Employ 250 In SD

May 29, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canada-based wind tower manufacturer that is setting up shop in the southeastern South Dakota city of Brandon says it hopes to start production this summer. Marmen Inc. is moving into a facility built by a U.S.-based wind tower company that never used it, and also expanding the plant.

Cheap Energy Will Bring Back U.S. Jobs

May 28, 2013 12:39 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing growth in parts of the U.S. is moving at the same rate or better than emerging markets growth, while some parts of the country are still struggling and possibly clouding the picture of growth. Analyst Meredith Whitney says that the flood of cheap, natural gas will ultimately bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

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