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Amazon CEO Offers Update On Drones

April 11, 2014 1:47 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery.             

Real Time Visibility Translates Into Real Life Savings

April 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

It’s important to consider what software can do to improve your ability to react when faced with an unforeseen production snafu.                                   

Changing The Tune On Asset Uptime

April 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Not all businesses have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team.       

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Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:51 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.                            

Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                          

Driving The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 10:00 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid packs 887 horsepower. CNN was lucky enough to drive the $845,000 monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas.                         

The Hybrid Electronic Bike Of The Future

April 10, 2014 9:50 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Copenhagen Wheel, funded by Tumblr founder David Karp, is a smartphone controlled motor for your bike.                                         

3D Printing Easter Chocolates

April 9, 2014 1:53 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The world's confectioners are gearing up for Easter and an anticipated sales bonanza of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. But one small company has a message for lovers of all things chocolate — print your own.           

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Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The federal credit rewards companies anytime they are developing or improving their products and processes that are technological in nature.                                 

MODEX 2014 Showcases Innovative Solutions From Around The World

April 9, 2014 8:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Thousands of professionals and enthusiasts converged on Atlanta in mid-March for one of the largest supply chain shows in the world: MODEX.                                 

3D Printing Humans

April 8, 2014 2:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that we’re on the cusp of a new world where custom human body parts can be grown or printed for those that need them.                                    

China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.                     

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Blogs | Comments

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

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New Sensors Show When Food Is Spoiled

April 3, 2014 9:37 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Find out how the technology could revolutionize how we track the safety of our food, as well as how the sensors could reduce food waste.                                 

Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 2, 2014 8:33 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Adhesives and sealants are an essential asset of every maintenance and operation plan, and with technology and products always changing, it’s important to stay on top of these trends.                   

The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

Is The Honeymoon Over For New BlackBerry CEO?

March 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With lackluster quarterly results Friday, is time running out for John Chen to turn around the company?                                          

Luxury Driverless Concept Car Offers View Of The Future

March 28, 2014 2:13 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The Rinspeed XchangE is a luxury car that leaves the job of driving to an onboard computer while passengers relax and enjoy the ride.                                  

Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing, @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. Savvy companies are engaging consumers through social media, effectively transforming them into product formulators, fans, and advertisers.             

GE Develops Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

March 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by GE Research | Videos | Comments

Take a spin around the globe with GE as they highlight five manufacturing technologies GE researchers are developing.                                      

3D Robotics Works To 'Demilitarize' Drones

March 27, 2014 10:10 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

3D Robotics CEO and Co-Founder Chris Anderson shows off the Iris, an insect-like drone that's rigged with a leveling arm for a GoPro camera.                               

Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 2

March 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to prioritize maintenance work, schedule it in advance, and share findings in real time is a great way to keep facilities running at peak performance, often with cost savings.                   

A Look Inside The World's Best Search Plane

March 26, 2014 2:34 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Poseidon P8 is designed to hunt submarines, but the Navy is using the aircraft to locate wreckage from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.                               

Building Up, Not Out

March 24, 2014 5:26 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes, and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results. 

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