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A Factory From The Future

December 12, 2013 9:26 am | by 60 Minutes Australia | Videos | Comments

Reporter Ray Martin takes you on a tour of the Redeye 3D printing factory in Minneapolis - where the world's first 3D printed car was born.                               

Can Apple Get Back To $700?

December 12, 2013 9:05 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple is in the green for 2013 and shares are nearing $600 thanks to a reported China Mobile deal.  But to get above its all-time high, Apple must innovate.                          

Quick Sale In Fisker Bankruptcy Remains On Track

December 11, 2013 9:34 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly.         

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Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 11, 2013 9:19 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver them to clients.                             

Dutch Bus Drivers To Test Fatigue Warning Tech

December 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch luxury bus company is testing technology — already used in the mining industry and Caterpillar — that monitors whether a driver is becoming drowsy.                           

Ford's Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

December 10, 2013 12:33 pm | by Ford Motor Company | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.              

Gene Therapy Scores Big Wins Against Blood Cancers

December 9, 2013 1:20 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this one-time, experimental therapy several years ago and some remain cancer-free today. Now, at least six research groups have treated more than 120 patients with many types of blood and bone marrow cancers, with stunning results.

Food-Tech Startups Aim To Replace Eggs And Chicken

December 9, 2013 10:03 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

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Electric Vehicle Makers Wait Patiently For Their Day In The Sun

December 9, 2013 9:46 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Articles | Comments

Popularly referred to as the 'future' of automobile technology, the electric vehicle (EV) industry is not particularly enjoying its present. This despite the fact that in terms of savings per km, EVs have an advantage of 40 per cent over regular cars.  The government has made a lot of promises but delivered little, say the players in this segment.

The World's First FLNG Project

December 6, 2013 11:30 am | by Shell | Videos | Comments

Years in the planning and now becoming a reality, the world's first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility is under construction. Meet the team working on Prelude FLNG as they take you behind the scenes at this mega project.      

GM Using Landfill Gas To Power Fort Wayne Plant

December 6, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The project will increase the use of gas from a landfill about nine miles away that began in 2002 when the factory began using it to create steam for the 4,000-worker factory that assembles Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.    

BP Pushes Technical Limits To Tap Extreme Fields

December 5, 2013 11:20 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

BP is leading an industry-wide push to develop technology that can retrieve oil from formations that are so deep under the sea floor, and under such high pressure and temperature, that conventional equipment would melt or be crushed by the conditions.

Making Amazon Drone Delivery A Reality

December 5, 2013 9:29 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

As Amazon builds its drone delivery service, drone experts say there a few things they'll need to build before a robot can bring you your packages. Laurie Segall reports.                       

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Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

December 4, 2013 1:40 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass.  The device known as Google Glass, not yet widely available to the public, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

IMTS 2014: Come Together

December 3, 2013 3:41 pm | Events

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014. 

Volvo To Test Self-Driving Cars

December 2, 2013 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swedish-based Volvo Car Group has joined the race to develop self-driving cars, saying it plans to build 100 such vehicles in a pilot project. The Chinese-owned automaker said Monday it will test its "autonomous" cars on 30 miles (50 kilometers) of selected roads in the Swedish city of Goteborg, starting in 2017.

Amazon Sees Delivery Drones As Future

December 2, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com is already cracking same-day delivery. Next up: getting your package delivered quicker than a pizza? The online retailer is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less — by drone.Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs.

Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market.  The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

Electric Helicopter's Maiden Flight

November 27, 2013 11:16 am | by e-volo | Videos | Comments

The German-built Volocopter VC200, with its 18 rotors, is a VTOL aircraft that aims to offer a calm, quiet and emmission-free ride for two people.                             

What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

November 27, 2013 7:53 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.

Changing Airport Security With Liquid Scanners

November 26, 2013 1:30 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's been seven years since a major change in airline security, but restrictions for carry-on liquids could someday be a thing of the past. An American-made scanning device is now being used at airports in Europe.           

Planes Could Allow Cellphone Use During Flights

November 25, 2013 2:55 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Not all passengers and airline staffers are happy that cellphone use has become an option on planes after a proposed FCC rule change would allow it.                  

Thank The Government For Your iPhone

November 25, 2013 11:56 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Economist Mariana Mazzucato argues that much of the technology underlying your trusty Apple smartphone was actually created in government labs. What does that mean for innovation in the future?                 

DOE Loses $139M On Loan To Electric Car Maker

November 25, 2013 10:08 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $139 million loss is the largest in the Obama administration's green energy loan program since the 2011 failure of solar panel maker Solyndra. The government lost $528 million in the Solyndra collapse, triggering sharp Republican criticism of the loan program and President Barack Obama's investments in green energy.

Automation: Not Just For The Shop Floor

November 25, 2013 9:05 am | by Tim Haney, Director, Manufacturing Vertical, Information Services Group (ISG) | Articles | Comments

Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes – tasks that have traditionally required human intervention by onsite technicians – are becoming increasingly automated.  This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them. 

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