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November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

U.S.-China Trade Deal Could End Fees on $1T in Tech Sales

November 12, 2014 12:38 pm | by Marley Jay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.             

World's First 3D Printed Car Won't Break the Bank

November 12, 2014 10:16 am | by David Swan, Business Spectator | News | Comments

U.S. low-cost car manufacturer, Local Motors, plans on selling 3D printed cars in about a year, ranging in price between $18,000 to $30,000.                                

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3D Printing: A New Dimension to Manufacturing

November 10, 2014 4:46 pm | by IBTimes UK | Videos | Comments

3D printing is a cool new innovative technology that the world is still finding uses for, but what do one of the industry’s pioneers think it can be applied to, and how will that change in the future?               

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 5.2 Percent

November 10, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 10, 2014 12:24 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland.                     

LNS Research Releases MES Toolkit for Manufacturers

November 10, 2014 11:07 am | by LNS Research | News | Comments

LNS Research has assembled a free Manufacturing Execution System (MES) toolkit for manufacturers who are considering implementing an MES system.                               

What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits. Extensive R&D investment can significantly defer future profit.         

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Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping the Industry

November 3, 2014 10:26 am | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing has changed drastically in the past decade, and much of this change is due to advancements in technology. Here is a look at a few of the technologies that are having the largest impact.               

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.

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. 

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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.                       

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.           

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.      

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