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MI Center Gets $2.27M U.S. Tech Grant

September 24, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government has awarded a $2.27 million contract to a suburban Detroit organization to promote advanced manufacturing in Michigan. Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin said Tuesday that the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in Plymouth received the contract from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Is This Tech CEO The Steve Jobs Of China?

September 18, 2013 2:25 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Lei Jun might not be a household name outside of China, but he has turned his company into one of China's most watched brands. Xiaomi founder Lei Jun is running an innovative technology giant in China, but he's quick to point out the differences from Apple. 

"Practical" Solar Car Hits The Road In Sydney

September 18, 2013 2:16 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Among the teams competing in next month's 3000 kilometer World Solar Challenge race across Australia, is a group from the University of New South Wales that's built a solar-powered vehicle designed to look like a conventional car. In a field dominated by vehicles that look anything but conventional, the car provides a glimpse of what we could be driving on the roads in years to come. 

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Robots Are Not The Enemy

September 18, 2013 8:02 am | by Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation | Blogs | Comments

It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment? But this notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity. 

September 2013: Built Ford Tough

September 17, 2013 11:01 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Ford readies its Kansas City location for 2,000 new jobs, a connector expert explains how to prevent downtime, experts discuss proper product selection for threadlocking and gasketing, and more. 

GM Working On 200-Mile Electric Car, Exec Says

September 17, 2013 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said. Vice President of Global Product Development Doug Parks wouldn't say when or if such a car will be built, however.

EMO Hannover 2013 Promises Solutions

September 16, 2013 12:42 pm | by EMO Hannover | News | Comments

EMO Hannover returns today through September 21,2013. International producers of manufacturing technology are exhibiting their metalworking products, solutions and services under the theme “Intelligence in Production” at the world's leading metalworking trade show.

IMTSTV: New Co-Located Show At IMTS 2014

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos | Comments

Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.

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Nissan Says 2014 Rogue Is More Efficient

September 11, 2013 2:36 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says its revamped Rogue SUV will be cheaper and more fuel-efficient than its rivals when it goes on sale in the U.S. in November. Nissan unveiled the 2014 Rogue Tuesday at its North American technical center near Detroit. The Rogue's European counterpart, the X-Train, was revealed at the same time at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. 

The Future Of Control Automation Has Arrived

September 11, 2013 8:01 am | by Eric Klein, Director of Sales, Lenze Americas | Articles | Comments

Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.

007 Style Submarine Lotus Drives Underwater

September 10, 2013 3:47 pm | by BBC | Videos | Comments

BBC's Richard Hammond drives a car into a reservoir, and explains how it has been specially designed and built for this purpose. Despite a few leaks, it does actually 'drive' underwater. A car that transformed into a submarine in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" was recently sold at a London auction for 550,000 pounds ($865,000).

Manufacturing Technology Orders Off In July

September 9, 2013 4:48 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.21 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 23.6 percent from June and down 23.6 percent when compared with the total of $459.44 million reported for July 2012. With a year-to-date total of $2,925.12 million, 2013 is down 7.2 percent compared with 2012.

Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future

September 4, 2013 10:12 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Kodak emerged from bankruptcy protection Tuesday vastly different from the company of old. Gone are the cameras and film that made it famous. The company hopes to replace them with new technologies such as touch screens for smartphones and smart packaging embedded with sensors.

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Cheetah Robot Hits The Ground Running

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

'Cheetah Cub' is a robot being developed by scientists in Switzerland, to one day assist in search and rescue missions. The machine does not yet have a head, but otherwise looks and runs like a cat, to go into places inaccessible or too dangerous for humans. Reuters' Jim Drury has more.

Facebook Aims To Get More Of World's People Online

August 21, 2013 2:29 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook wants to get more of the world's more than 7 billion people — all of them, actually — online through a partnership with some of the world's largest mobile technology companies. In addition to the world's biggest online social network, the group includes South Korean electronics giant Samsung, Finnish handset maker Nokia and wireless chip maker Qualcomm Inc.

Driving An Ultra-Rare Classic Bugatti

August 1, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

French cars from the 1920s and 1930s are considered some of the most beautiful cars ever made. Worth more than a million dollars, this rare 1939 Bugatti may only have 170 horsepower but driving one is like driving a work of art.                 

BMW Pulls Wraps Off i3 Electric Car

July 29, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW AG is showing off the production model of its new i3 electric compact that uses carbon-fiber materials to keep the weight down and improve driving performance. CEO Norbert Reithofer stressed at a New York unveiling that the car was designed as an electric from the ground up. The i3 is "born electric," he said.

imX – interactive manufacturing eXperience Event Cancelled

July 23, 2013 5:28 pm | by AMT | News | Comments

The Association For Manufacturing Technology’s Board of Directors announced today the cancellation of imX – interactive manufacturing eXperience scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, Nov. 18-20. This event, first produced in 2011 by the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and SME, focused on education and product applications.

Energy Intelligence Report: An Eye On Efficiency

July 22, 2013 4:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Our fourth annual Energy Intelligence Report has been designed to spark some ideas for cost savings measures, as manufacturers continue to face tightening budgets and competitive pressures. We hope you can find something of value as you look at your own plant floor and try to determine where to start.

Convenient, Efficient, Green Maintenance Chemicals

July 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial manufacturers across the world need to stay efficient, productive, and safe in an ever-increasing competitive global market. They turn to industrial cleaners and degreasers to quickly and effectively sanitize and disinfect, improve the appearance of their facility, prepare surfaces for plating or adhesive bonding, eliminate the potential for contamination, and more.

Restoring The ‘Tech Belt’ With Next-Gen Manufacturing

July 22, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The “Tech Belt“ region of the U.S. has undergone explosive growth in the years since the Great Recession. Some of the hardest-hit cities have seen manufacturing’s return with very positive upward trends. Among the region’s largest success stories is winning the nationwide bidding contest for the NAMII, a public-private collaboration to develop next-gen manufacturing processes based around additive manufacturing. 

When Autonomous Cars Kill Somebody

July 15, 2013 8:01 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

As drones, bipedal robots, and algorithm technologies continue to improve, the world of autonomous everything is looming. Beyond the iPad, synchronized quad-copters, and even 3D printers, one of the world’s most powerful forms of emerging technology is the ability to make more machines and devices autonomous.

Stealth Barcodes For Manufacturing Tracking

July 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Diginfonews | Videos | Comments

Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process. The barcodes are printed with an invisible ink that is virtually undetectable to the naked eye, but under a black light glows. The system allows manufacturers to track individual products and collect data about their processes.

July 2013: Let's Get Visible

July 11, 2013 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, manufacturers face new resources as they look to improve the visibility of their facility's assets, Lantech talks 40 years of innovation, and IMPO readers reveal how evaluate their current equipment and potential purchases when it comes to energy efficiency, and more.

Is Apple Making A Comeback?

July 11, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The future may be looking brighter for Apple after the company reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan to patent the iWatch. Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on exciting new products that may hit the market later this year.

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