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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...

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,...

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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.

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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.”

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*.

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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. 

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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. 

Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient

February 6, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE | Articles | Comments

Lighting and software engineers are working on a breed of new LED lights containing sensors that gather traffic data. They could help drivers avoid busy roads and intersections, and ease congestion.               

FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Keeps Internet Open for Businesses

February 5, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and critical to the functioning of the nation, in turn, maintaining "net neutrality." So what does that all mean?   

WA Lawmakers Pushing Electric Car Ownership

February 5, 2015 2:15 pm | by Derrick Nunnally, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even with gas prices hovering around $2 per gallon, Washington state lawmakers are considering a raft of bills to encourage more drivers to turn to electric cars in the name of reducing pollution.               

Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year.                                

Ships Ahoy: GE’s New Marine Business Leaves Port

January 29, 2015 2:11 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last fall, the British Royal Navy commissioned a powerful new high-tech frigate so silent that it would be able to sneak up on submarines undetected. The ship, called the Type 26 frigate, has been designated to become “the workhorse” of the British fleet.

Q&A: The State of the Engineering Services Outsourcing Market

January 28, 2015 12:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Sampath Kumar, Partner and Global Leader at ISG (Information Services Group) Engineering Services, spoke with IMPO about the important trends and growth within the Engineering Services Outsourcing Market.             

Can a 3D Printed Car Change the Industry?

January 27, 2015 2:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Local Motors showed off its Strati 3D printed car in Detroit this year with plans to begin selling it later this year. If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream.

Industrial IoT Creates New Job Requirement — ESP

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Bhavesh S. Patel | Articles | Comments

Meet the new job requirement for industrial facility and IT operations professionals — extrasensory perception, a.k.a. ESP.                                     

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