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3D Prototyping Fast Tracks GM Fuel Efficiency Gains

September 29, 2011 7:09 am | Videos | Comments

Deep inside the GM Design building, where future products from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac take shape and substance, an elite team fashions components, intricate sub assembles, and entire scale model cars from highly specialized three-dimensional rapid prototyping manufacturing equipment from 3D Systems.

One Bowl Of Cheerios At A Time

September 29, 2011 6:59 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

How many “bowls of Cheerios” do you have, stacked on the shelves, waiting to be consumed? Feel free to replace the word Cheerios with something that hits a little closer to home—adhesives, cleaning supplies, PPE, or any of the other consumables that take a big dent out of your budget .

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

September 29, 2011 6:45 am | by Steve Staedler, LePoidevin Marketing | Articles | Comments

Using Twitter as a communication tool to help generate traffic at tradeshows can work to garner interest for your company and brand. In the weeks leading up to a tradeshow I recently attended with a client, I began Tweeting on their behalf. Using the show’s hash tag (#), I drummed up some pre-show interest and caught the eye of several attending industry trade magazine editors.

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Instant Push-to-Talk Service

September 28, 2011 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sprint (Overland, Park, KS) recently announced that Oct. 2 will be the launch date for Sprint Direct Connect. The instant, nationwide one-to-one push-to-talk calling service will come packed with broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, rugged and reliable handsets, and a broadening push-to-talk coverage map expected in early 2012.

Google's Amazing Driverless Car

September 28, 2011 9:40 am | Videos | Comments

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.

How Does Amazon's Tablet Stack Up Against The iPad?

September 28, 2011 9:39 am | Videos | Comments

So far, no challenger has been able to even come close to developing an offering to rival the success of Apple's iPad in the tablet marketplace. But that won't stop Amazon from trying to steal some market share from Apple with its "Kindle Fire.' In this video, tech expert Katie Linendoll discusses how Amazon's offering compares to the almighty iPad.

IMF Says Economy Entering 'Dangerous Phase'

September 28, 2011 9:35 am | Videos | Comments

Not too long ago the International Monetary Fund came out and said it felt the global economy was entering "a dangerous phase." In this video, IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard expands on the IMF's position and offers some additional thoughts on the economic crisis affecting the United States and Europe.

Tricked-Out Golf Carts In Action

September 28, 2011 9:33 am | Videos | Comments

Cool Carts of Texas wants to build you your own tricked-out golf cart. Whatever you can imagine, they'll build it for you. Take a look at some of what the Austin-based maker and seller of custom golf carts has put together so far in this video. At what point do they cease to be golf carts and start to be automobiles? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Amazon To Take On iPad With New Tablet Offering?

September 28, 2011 5:04 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — So far, no company has been able to even come close to rival the success of Apple's iPad, but with the expected unveiling of its version of a tablet computer Wednesday, analysts say Amazon has a real chance. Amazon.com Inc. is nearly unique in its ability to sell content such as e-books, movies and music suited for a tablet, just like Apple does.

N.Y. Governor: $4.4B Deal Will Mean 6,900 High-Tech Jobs

September 28, 2011 5:03 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, New York (AP) — A $4.4 billion high-tech research project involving five global companies will create or retain 6,900 jobs statewide, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. The effort involves Intel, IBM Corp., GlobalFoundries, the Taiwan semiconductor maker TSMC and Samsung.

Google To Invest $75M In Solar Panel Initiative

September 28, 2011 5:02 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Google wants to buy solar panels for your house. The search giant announced Tuesday that it will provide $75 million to build 3,000 residential solar electricity systems across the country. Google will own the panels, and get paid over time by customers who purchase the electricity the panels produce.

Ford's Success Stirs UAW Resentment In Labor Talks

September 28, 2011 5:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford's turnaround over the last five years has resulted in big profits and won its CEO a reputation for brilliant management of the automaker. But those same achievements are stirring resentment among many of its factory workers. And that is complicating contract talks between the company and its union employees.

Billionaire Investor May Buy Stake In Struggling RIM

September 28, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shares of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. surged Tuesday amid speculation that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has taken a stake in the company. Rumors that the activist investor was buying into the troubled smartphone maker caused shares to spike around 10:22 a.

Toyota's Global Production Rebounds In August

September 28, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday its global production rose for the first time in a year in August as Japanese automakers continued to recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Worldwide output at Japan's biggest automaker climbed 10.6 percent from a year earlier to 626,817 vehicles.

New Support For Communication Products

September 27, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProSoft Technology (Bakersfield, CA) announces the addition of DeviceNet solutions to its portfolio of network connectivity products. In a new strategic alliance with Western Reserve Controls, Inc. (WRC), ProSoft Technology will assume exclusive sales rights and support services for the company's field-proven DeviceNet communication solutions.

Young Adults Face Major Jobs Crisis

September 27, 2011 8:52 am | Videos | Comments

Record numbers of young adults are struggling to find regular employment. As NBC's Brian Williams states in this video, it is perhaps the greatest generational struggle in decades. What are the prospects for the future? Is there any reason to be optimistic? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Are You A 'Worker' Or An 'Employee'?

September 27, 2011 8:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Even though I've talked with hundreds of manufacturing professionals, and am very familiar with their success, the term "worker" has a negative connotation to me. It's almost impossible to break, despite all the evidence to the contrary. The semantics of work are indoctrinated into each new generation.

Demystifying The Rechargeable Power System

September 27, 2011 7:53 am | Articles | Comments

As regulations and requirements continue to become more and more stringent, OEMs and design engineers will need to innovate and create solutions that address the evolving needs of the data server industry. In order to do so, they will want to consider the power supply, battery pack, and charger as interrelated subsystems working together.

Nokia Ships N9 Smartphone Model Ahead Of Windows Launch

September 27, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. says it has begun shipments of its top N9 smartphone model, ahead of the Windows Phone 7 launch expected later this year. The cellphone maker said Tuesday the N9, based on the MeeGo open platform, has free navigation and voice-guided maps, storage ranging from 16GB to 64GB and a swipe feature to return to the home screen.

BAE Systems To Cut 3K Jobs

September 27, 2011 4:51 am | by Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC confirmed Tuesday it is cutting around 3,000 jobs in Britain, in a move unions described as a "hammer blow" to Britain's manufacturing. In a statement confirming widespread speculation, BAE said the job losses are "in response to changes in key programs and the need to maintain competitiveness.

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