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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. 

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.

AI is Summoning Demons

October 29, 2014 10:08 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.”                       

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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.                                       

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.       

Tanks To Get Cloaking Capabilities From Specialized Plates

October 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its color to disguise itself, scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change color to blend with its surroundings.  

CA Startup Unveils Gun Technology for Police

October 24, 2014 10:27 am | by Haven Daley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.                                    

Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 9:17 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel.                     

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Company Develops First Natural Gas GM Pickup

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nat G CNG Solutions announced today that it has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3 liter direct injection engine.                           

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.

Biofuels Plant Harbinger of Renewable Fuel Future

October 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.                               

The Smart Wheel That Could Change Transportation’s Future

October 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Since it was invented in the 19th century, the basic concept of the bicycle has stayed the same. But as Michelle Miller explains, that may be changing.                             

October 2014: Beyond Lean

October 10, 2014 11:31 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside Worksman Cycles, provide tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly and examine a series of case studies on the role of system integration in "People, Planet, and Profit."  

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Scientists Behind LED Breakthrough Win the Nobel Prize

October 7, 2014 1:54 pm | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide.

New Label Could Change the Food Packaging Industry

October 3, 2014 12:26 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An award-winning perishable label that reacts to protein decomposition could herald a change in the way the freshness of food is measured, according to its London-based designer, raising the prospect of reducing consumable wastage and even improving organ transportation. 

Tesla's Elon Musk Hints at New Technology

October 2, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Tesla Motors jumped almost 4 percent after the electric car maker's CEO hinted at introducing new technology next week.                                

What’s Next in 3D Printing

October 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.

Innovation Vertigo

October 1, 2014 2:33 pm | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point | Blogs | Comments

In industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in regards to the adoption of new technologies and the transformation of old business models. This uneasiness with the pace of change and confusion over the best path forward leads to innovation vertigo.   

Panasonic, Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects

October 1, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC announced the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California.                          

4 Key Insights Into the Intersection of Manufacturing and Technology in Silicon Valley

September 30, 2014 4:51 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Articles | Comments

Verizon's West Coast Innovation Center in San Francisco was the setting for a unique panel discussion about how the intersection of manufacturing and technology is impacting Silicon Valley.                  

3 Tips for Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 1:44 pm | by Dan McGrath | Articles | Comments

Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  

GE Introduces Largest and Most Efficient Gas Turbine in the World

September 29, 2014 2:01 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Anyone who’s met her will tell you that Harriet is not like other house guests. That’s because Harriet, whose real name is the 9HA, is the largest and most efficient gas turbine in the world.                 

Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct in Tires

September 29, 2014 1:55 pm | by Mark Gillispie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires.        

Lockheed Martin's New Firefighting Robot

September 25, 2014 11:10 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is developing a robot that could change the future of firefighting. It's called the Fire Ox, and it's designed to tackle fires in situations too hazardous for humans.                    

India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 2:23 pm | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.                     

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