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Firearm Manufacturing Tour

December 5, 2013 10:05 am | by Barnes Precision Machine, Inc.

Andrew Barnes, President and CEO of Barnes Precision Machine, Inc. gives a quick, impromptu tour of their facility. This video shows some of the machining processes for parts of the AR15, including barrell contouring, carrier blank production, and bolt component manufacturing. 

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Detroit Bankruptcy Is Precedent For Public Funds

December 5, 2013 9:41 am | by CBS This Morning

A federal judge in Michigan ruled that Detroit can cut public pensions as it enters bankruptcy - a decision that could effect the retirement of millions of current and former municipal workers. Anthony Mason talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about what it could mean for workers across the country.

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Making Amazon Drone Delivery A Reality

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

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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5 Questions: Made In The USA

December 5, 2013 9:11 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing

Josh Miller, of Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey, sits down with the Alliance for American Manufacturing. He discusses what he learned making the film, how to be a better Made in the U.S.A. shopper, and even gave us a glimpse of his next big project.

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Inside BMW's USA Production Facility

December 5, 2013 9:02 am | by NDTV

It was BMW's first full manufacturing plant outside Germany, and today is the sole location that makes the X3, X5 and X6. Its scope was recently expanded to offer a larger capacity to take on future SUV models coming from BMW.       

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Nice Earnings For Tractor Maker

December 4, 2013 1:52 pm | by CNN Money

Despite sinking commodity prices, Deere's construction business is strong and investors are happy.                                           

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Automotive Insights 1: The Poster-Child Of American Manufacturing

December 3, 2013 11:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net & Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor

In this inaugural episode of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we're talking about the growing complexity within the American automotive landscape, from changes within the Big 3, to the revolution of battery-powered cars like the Tesla Model S, and the fact that an increasing amount of American-made cars are now emerging from the Southeastern states, like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

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Machine Tool Capital Spending Forecast

December 2, 2013 2:54 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology

Steve R. Kline, Jr., Director of Market Intelligence at Gardner Business Media, Inc. provides a quick update on capital spending for the machine tool industry.                          

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What The iPhone 5S Costs Apple

November 29, 2013 8:58 am | by CNN Money

Apple's latest and greatest phone retails for $649 off contract, but costs a lot less for the company to make.                                        

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Electric Helicopter's Maiden Flight

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

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.                             

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Changing Airport Security With Liquid Scanners

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

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.           

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Planes Could Allow Cellphone Use During Flights

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

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.                  

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Thank The Government For Your iPhone

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

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?                 

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Apple's Wild Future Headquarters

November 22, 2013 1:09 pm | by CNN Money

Perhaps one of the last major ideas to come from Steve Jobs, Apple's future headquarters will be a sweeping reinvention of corporate office space.                             

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Robot Colleague Boosts The Bottom Line

November 21, 2013 1:51 pm | by Universal Robots

For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.

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Microsoft and Nokia Ready For Long Fight

November 21, 2013 9:44 am | by CNN Money

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, and the ads both companies are running, show they are ready to duke it out with Google and Apple over mobile.                               

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Launching A Tech Startup Behind Bars

November 21, 2013 9:34 am | by CNN Money

A tech incubator inside San Quentin is turning inmates into entrepreneurs and helping them find work at startups when they're released. Laurie Segall reports.                           

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Dow 16,000: What's Next?

November 21, 2013 9:30 am | by CNNMoney

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has hit a record high of 16,000 due to an improving economy and the Federal Reserve. Where does the market go from here?                           

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How A Bolt Is Made

November 21, 2013 9:22 am | by Portland Bolt

Take a quick tour of the Portland Bolt shop and follow an order of large anchor bolts through the manufacturing process. This video includes shearing, hot forging, threading, and galvanizing. Find out what it takes to make an order of large, custom bolts.

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Morton Manufacturing Tour

November 21, 2013 9:15 am | by City of Lancaster

In the past ten years, Morton Manufacturing has grown from approximately $40,000 a month in sales to more than $2,000,000 per month. This included sales to all of the largest jet engine builders in the world.           

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