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5 Problems With 3D Printing & How To Fix Them

March 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk | News | Comments

Designers need to solve problems with new solutions, less effort, more results, greater expression, increased reliably and confidence, and good quality.

Liquid Printer Turns 3D Manufacturing Upside Down

March 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The debut technology is a printer that uses their Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP)...

Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 4

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in...

Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from...

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Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 23, 2015 3:26 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley startup Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power.

BMW i3 Review: Quirky, Efficient and Not Too Pretty

March 23, 2015 3:21 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

BMW has released a series of electric cars called the "i series." Bloomberg's Hannah Elliott reviews the i3, a small, moderately priced all-electric vehicle. It's perfect for anyone who prizes efficiency over style.

Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 5

March 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. To see each day’s newest trend, tune in to IMPOsecond shift.

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Branson: Virgin Teams ‘Working on Electric Cars’

March 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

This week, Branson, the billionaire founder of the sprawling Virgin Group, suggested a battle on the highways with Musk's Tesla electric car company could be forthcoming.

The Driverless Car, Officially, Is a Risk

March 5, 2015 2:57 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Three insurance suppliers and an auto parts maker have warned in their most recent annual reports that driverless cars and the technology behind them could one day disrupt the way they do business

5 Stunners from the Geneva Car Show

March 4, 2015 2:39 pm | by Greg Keller and David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 10:54 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include its social media commitment, its e-Commerce channel and the continued agenda surrounding safety.

How Can the Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 4, 2015 10:08 am | by Amber Carpenter | Articles | Comments

The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is, the potential impact of the Internet on plant operations is just as sweeping. Industrial plants have an enormous opportunity to leverage the Internet to streamline processes, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance customer service.

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Amazon Wants to Put 3D Printers in Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 2:43 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week Amazon filed several patent applications for an on-demand 3D printing service in mobile manufacturing hubs, including delivery trucks. Like drones, the endeavor is another push from the company to get products to the customer faster and save on warehousing costs.

Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice for Small Manufacturers

February 26, 2015 3:07 pm | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

If small businesses embrace lean manufacturing as part of their company’s overall strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible, including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains, all of which are critical to running successful organizations.

Car Technology: The Future is Now

February 25, 2015 3:15 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

With recent reports that Apple is looking to get involved with car technology, auto writer Chris Woodyard and tech columnist Jefferson Graham talk technology in the car now.

With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle for Liftoff

February 24, 2015 2:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

There's been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Until guidelines are clear, everyone is hovering in a holding pattern.

Apple Goes Full Speed Ahead on Electric Car by 2020

February 20, 2015 2:37 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop.”

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Meet Harriet, The World's Most Powerful Gas Turbine

February 19, 2015 1:20 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Eric King has made many an extreme machine cry uncle over his long career as a testing engineer. But nothing comes close to his current charge, Harriet, the world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine.

3 Vehicle Trends To Keep an Eye On

February 18, 2015 3:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.

How High Tech Can Pursue Industrial Internet of Things Market

February 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Bart Fischer, Managing Director with Accenture Electronics and High Tech | Articles | Comments

Accenture defines IIoT as the convergence of intelligent industrial products, processes, and services that communicate with each other, and with people, over global networks. Conservative estimates suggest worldwide Industrial Internet spending is set to increase from $20 billion in 2012 to $500 billion by 2020*.

3 Steps for Evolving IoT Architectures

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jack Tison, SVP Emerging Business, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

New architecture models and technologies have emerged that ease Industrial IoT deployment and accelerate time to value.

Manufacturing Group Backs Overseas Email Privacy Bill

February 13, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A national manufacturing group is calling for congressional passage of an overseas email privacy bill, arguing it would help protect American business relationships abroad.

Re-skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

February 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

​The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

Apple Building Big Solar Energy Project in California

February 12, 2015 9:44 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California.

Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 11, 2015 2:31 pm | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. But, technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress — fixes to the things that give you headaches, slow your team down and endanger profitability. 

Report: Third Industrial Revolution Led by Device Manufacturers

February 11, 2015 2:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

This week, IDC and Flexera Software released a new survey report that provides unique insights into how the third industrial revolution, currently sweeping the global economy, is being fueled by device manufacturers.

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report said.                         

Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 2:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 9, 2015 12:40 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. While this change seems like an issue of semantics, it has massive implications for individual internet users, broadband internet service providers, and businesses of all sizes. 

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