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Inside Budweiser's Largest Brewery

August 1, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money

Take a look at how Anheuser-Busch Inbev brews and bottles dozens of brands of beer at its massive St. Louis brewery, in operation for over a century. The beer is still brewed how it was 100 years ago, but today's technology enables the company it to produce today's brews "very consistently and very well."

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Ford's Simulated Factory

August 1, 2013 8:01 am | by fordvideo1

In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the U.S. and hire 1,400 new employees to meet surging demand for the award-winning vehicle.

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Chain Of Explosions At Propane Gas Plant

July 31, 2013 11:57 am | by ABC News

At least eight people were injured in a blast at a Blue Rhino plant with 53,000 propane tanks on site. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith identified the possible causes Tuesday, but said sabotage was not suspected. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the Monday night incident at the Blue Rhino propane plant, as did the Florida State Fire Marshal's office.

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Nice Numbers, Nissan... But Watch For Bumps Ahead

July 30, 2013 11:01 am | by ReutersTV

With the return of the Datsun, Nissan is making aggressive moves to expand its markets, and the latest numbers show that business for the automaker has been "pretty good." Nissan's quarterly net profits are on the rise, beating forecasts. But here are three reasons why Japan's number two automaker isn't out of the woods yet.

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Bringing Women Back To Manufacturing

July 29, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Atlantic

Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota explains that while there are more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. after the economic recovery, a low percentage of woman are taking work in factories.                                          

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Addressing Market Disruptions: B2B Game Plan Forum

July 29, 2013 10:20 am | by Game Plan

Game Plan is the only e-commerce Forum for the B2B market of Brands, Manufacturers, and Distributors. Brian Walker, Senior Vice President of Strategy at hybris, shares his thoughts on the importance of a B2B forum such as Game Plan. This is a place where B2B thought leaders can come together and discuss what is happening in the current market.

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New Toyota "Winglet" Ready For Testing

July 26, 2013 12:38 pm | by Toyota

The Winglet, created with the aim of contributing to the development of a society where mobility is safe, freely accessible, and fun, is a next-generation mobility robot that offers users outstanding operability and performance that expands the user's world, with a compact size and ease of use suited to modern living environments.

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The Making Of The 3D Printed Battery

July 25, 2013 1:12 pm | by CNN Money

Hearing aids right now use coin cell batteries; imagine being able to print a tiny battery directly into a hearing aid. Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have developed a way to create tiny batteries using standard 3D-printing technologies.

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This Is Automation, In 1955

July 25, 2013 8:04 am

Here's an interesting look at automated manufacturing in 1955. Automation in 1955 helped companies meet the "challenge of the day," meeting competition and rising costs by moving step-by-step toward continuous automatic production. This film from General Electric shows the history of automation in the U.S. and how far it had progressed at the time.

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Engineering In Zero Gravity

July 25, 2013 8:03 am | by UCDInnovation

Researchers from the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, are interested in real time observation of what happens during solidification of aluminium alloys. There is a need for improved quality in a range of metal cast products like hip or knee replacement parts, engine pistons, and turbine blades and computer simulations of alloy solidification are a good way of doing this.

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The Future Of Manufacturing: TEDxEdmonton

July 25, 2013 8:02 am | by TEDxTalks

Kyle Hermenean is the co-founder of Machina Corp., a company that manufactures 3D Printers with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing and rapid prototyping to an affordable price. He splits his time between Edmonton and Calgary growing the public's awareness of the second industrial revolution found in 3D printing technologies.

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Hyundai's $180K Hydrogen Car

July 25, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money

Unhook it, plug it in, and let the hydrogen flow. This could be how you refuel your car in the not-so-distant future. Hyundai has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered vehicle for sale to government and businesses with hopes to have the car in dealerships by 2025.

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Time Lapse: Building The Goodyear Blimp

July 24, 2013 12:38 pm | by CBS News

Since 1925, Goodyear blimps have adorned the skies as very visible corporate icons of the world's largest tire and rubber company that began operations in 1898. This remarkable time lapse video shows the beginnings of construction on the Goodyear Blimp.

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Saving Rosie The Riveter's Factory

July 23, 2013 1:45 pm | by AssociatedPress

Celebrated in song, posters, art, and newsreels throughout World War II, “Rosie the Riveter” represented the many women who went to work in America’s factories to take the place of the men who were called to war. Today, an effort is underway to save part of a World War II-era bomber plant from the wrecking ball.

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Detroit Leaders Defend Bankruptcy

July 22, 2013 12:46 pm | by CBS News

Detroit city leaders defend the decision to file for bankruptcy, saying there is no funding mechanism for its crushing debt. One big question remains: Whether or not the city will ask Washington for help once again. CBS News' Terrell Brown reports.

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Hershey's Takes A Bite Of China's Candy Market

July 19, 2013 12:02 pm | by CBS News

Hershey's has been making and selling chocolate for more than a century but the company is just getting started in places like China. CBS News' Seth Doane reports on how this classic American brand is changing to appeal to its new customers.

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Death By iPhone Not Likely, Say China's Microbloggers

July 18, 2013 4:52 pm | by ReutersVideo

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The alleged electrocution of a Chinese woman who made a call while charging her iPhone has some netizens looking to Apple and others conducting their own tests. Reuters' Anita Li looks at the online response.

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Fuel Of The Future

July 18, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo

If the rising price of oil is hurting your budget, don't worry. Scientists in Australia have found a way to turn seawater into fuel. These scientists have discovered a new way to split seawater into hydrogen and oxygen. Reuters' Lester Ranby has more.

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New Twinkies: Taste Test

July 18, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money

Twinkies are back. After a hiatus of nearly eight months, the cream-filled sponge cake is back on sale at stores across the U.S. Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman takes a bite out of the new Twinkie to find out how it compares to the Twinkies of old.

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Inside A 777 Flight Simulator

July 18, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money

A simulator attempts to re-create what the Asiana Flight 214 crew experienced when they attempted to land at San Francisco International Airport, but crashed. Instructor Kareem Fahmi takes us through shutting off the autopilot and landing the aircraft at the right speed and height for descent.

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