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Plastic Made From Thin Air

September 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Newlight Technologies is turning carbon into plastic and taking on a $373 billion dollar-a-year industry.                                          

Stealth Destroyer Fires Up Gas Turbine for First Time

September 24, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship.                       

Printing a Car Takes a Team

September 23, 2014 10:40 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

The story behind the realization of a unique project: the building of a 3D printed electric car, as told by team members.                                     

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Texas Celebrates Its First N-Type Solar Manufacturing Factory

September 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a ceremony this morning, Mission Solar Energy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base.                         

3D Printing is Heading to Space

September 22, 2014 12:25 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

For the first time humans will be able to build tools in space. The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, scheduled to launch on Saturday, will carry a 3D printer to the International Space Station.                  

Amazon Founder's Firm To Build New Rocket Engines

September 18, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.                            

Japanese Automakers Face an Odd Adversary: Google

September 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Japan Economic Newswire | News | Comments

In the race to invent and refine autonomous car technologies Japanese automakers are apparently feeling competition from across the Pacific, not just from their peers like General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. but, to an even greater extent, an unconventional player -- Google Inc.

United Becomes First U.S. Carrier To Fly New, Longer Dreamliner

September 16, 2014 11:37 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

The Dreamliner is growing up. A new, longer version of the plane powered by a pair of GEnx jet engines recently landed an FAA certification.                                

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Market to Manufacturing: It’s Time to Digitize

September 15, 2014 4:19 pm | by John Paul Williams | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation. In fact, just 12 percent are deemed to be Digerati — leading-edge innovators who have fused front and back-end processes together to enable seamless innovation and delivery.

ReVolt - An Unmanned, Battery-Powered Ship Concept

September 15, 2014 11:35 am | by gCaptain.com | Videos | Comments

The shipping research firm DNV GL has revealed a new electric vessel, the ReVolt, that can carry cargo without a crew.                                     

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show, so we’ve collected some of the best of IMTS 2014.                                  

Branson: Virgin Galactic my Toughest Project

September 12, 2014 12:21 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

For Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic has been the toughest company he's ever launched. But he also thinks it will be the most promising.                                 

Say Hello to a Hot Rod Powered by Water

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The Quant e-Sportlimousine, a car powered by a saltwater-filled battery, has been making a splash in Europe, where it was just approved for road use, and with the scientists at GE.                     

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DAQRI Annouces World's First Smart Helmet

September 11, 2014 12:32 pm | by DAQRI | Videos | Comments

DAQRI announced the world’s first Smart Helmet, a new professional-grade head-mounted display for industrial environments.                                      

Epicor Announces Integration Between ERP and MES

September 10, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, announced the integration between its Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, called Epicor ERP version 10.

Honda Introduces Self-Driving Car

September 10, 2014 10:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel.                            

The Importance of Leadership and Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

Grainger Announces World's First Data Center Certified by New LEED Standards

September 9, 2014 11:43 am | by W.W. Grainger | News | Comments

Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, announced its new data center is certified as the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of this type. 

Ten Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation

September 9, 2014 10:33 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The "new age" of manufacturing brings added complexity to manufacturing. Fortunately, next generation ERP solutions are being designed to take advantage of these new technologies with industry-specific technical capabilities, and are proving to be helpful in making the complex simple.    

Never Worry About Parking Again

September 9, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space — all by itself.                            

An Outlook Into The Future Of Manufacturing

September 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Sandvik Coromant | Videos | Comments

We’re living in a time of rapid digitization, where computers and robots are performing tasks once deemed science fiction. The technology shifts signal another industrial revolution, and even though we are still in its very early stages, the pace of change is accelerating. 

Global Consumer Electronics Manufacturer Haier Opening Tech Center

September 8, 2014 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haier America, a division of the multi-national home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Haier Group, announced plans today to locate its North American Tech Center in Evansville, IN, creating 50 new high-wage jobs by 2015. 

GM To Offer Car That Will Almost Drive Itself

September 8, 2014 9:18 am | by Tom Krishner, The Assoicated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says that in two years it will offer cars that talk to each other and can almost drive themselves at freeway speeds.                                  

Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up.                           

Gigafactory Gets Tesla Closer To Electric Car For Masses

September 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Justin Pritchard & Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will transform an expanse of desert where pioneers passed on their way to the California Gold Rush and wild mustangs still roam the hillside.                  

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