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Shifting Automation Into High Gear

May 10, 2012 1:47 pm | Articles | Comments

This manufacturer of auto components sought -- and found -- a a data consolidation solution that provided greater visibility into each machine and each process in order to help the company reach its project goals and customer timelines.

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Manpower: Long-term Unemployed Must Retrain, Add Skills

May 10, 2012 1:28 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Jonas Prising, president of ManpowerGroup, says those who've been out of the workforce for a long time need to keep up with skills employers demand so it will be easier to get rehired.

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The Role Of Sustainable Product & Factory Design

May 10, 2012 1:00 pm | by Sarah Krasley and Emma Stewart, Ph.D., Autodesk Inc. | Articles | Comments

By examining the entire lifecycle of the manufactured product -- from the conceptual design of the product through to its end-of-life -- rather than simply the manufacturing process itself, enterprises will find ways to compete successfully inthis new operating environment.

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CFOs More Optimistic About Future Of U.S. Economy

May 10, 2012 12:47 pm | Articles | Comments

U.S. financial executives are much more optimistic about the national economy than they were last fall, with nearly two-thirds expecting it to grow in 2012, but they remain cautious about the global economy.

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Collect Data From Multiple Sources

May 10, 2012 11:40 am | by Integration Objects | Product Releases | Comments

Integration Objects recently announced the release of its OPC Adapter for Microsoft StreamInsight. OPC Adapter for Microsoft StreamInsight empowers its users to collect and monitor real-time data and events with high frequency from multiple control systems and automation data sources.

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24VDC Power Supplies

May 9, 2012 3:51 pm | by TURCK Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

These 24VDC Power Supplies provide safety extra-low voltage (SELV), according to EN 60950, and are suitable for the 24V supply of according equipment and interface modules of the TURCK series IM, IMS and IMC.

Powering Manufacturing Productivity

May 9, 2012 3:14 pm | by Siemens PLM Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Siemens PLM offers Tecnomatix 10.1 PLM software, designed to take on the complexity of planning global production strategies, improving the ability to assure worker productivity and safety, and driving higher-value solutions for optimizing production and improving quality.

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Altra Industrial Motion Breaks Ground In Changzhou, China

May 9, 2012 2:48 pm | News | Comments

Altra Industrial Motion recently held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new 90,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China.

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The Fine Line Between Corporate Greed & Groundbreaking Discovery

May 9, 2012 2:21 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

My fingers are crossed that Apple finds a way to make cheap and efficient energy from hydrogen, and that they don’t get terribly greedy along the way. There is a truly fine line between innovation and corruption, I just hope they know what they are doing.

Hydraulic vs. Electromechanical Actuators

May 9, 2012 2:13 pm | by By James Marek, Business Unit Director, Thomson Systems | Articles | Comments

Linear actuators are commonly divided into two main types: fluid power actuators that operate on differential pressure and electromechanical actuators driven by an electric motor. The type of actuator used plays a critical role in the machine’s performance, initial cost, and operating costs.

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Objet 3D Printed Fenway Park Model Tours Boston

May 9, 2012 1:58 pm | by Objet | Videos | Comments

In the very cool video about Objet's 3D printed Fenway Park medel, there is a time-lapse showing some of the individual 3D printed parts being created in fast-motion on the Objet Connex 3D printer.

The Technology Behind Google's Driverless Car

May 9, 2012 12:23 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Google has combined new and existing safety technology into a driverless car that recently got its license from the state of Nevada. The car combines a number of technologies, including GPS tracking, wheel movement sensors, sophisticated software and digital technology, but not vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

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How The iPhone Saved A Kentucky Glass Factory

May 9, 2012 12:16 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Steve Jobs' request for tougher glass in the iPhone led Corning to produce Gorilla Glass at a previously struggling Kentucky factory that had been hit hard by the Great Recession.

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Wealth Strategies: Jobs Market A "National Emergency"

May 9, 2012 12:07 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Princeton's Alan Blinder says it will take four or five more years for all the jobs lost during the recession to come back, and says Americans shouldn't accept a ''natural'' unemployment rate above 5.5 percent.

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We Treat Data Like Food

May 9, 2012 12:04 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

How do we consume data? Technologist JP Rangaswami muses on our relationship to information, and offers a surprising and sharp insight

Champion Now: Changing The Perception Of Manufacturing

May 9, 2012 10:34 am | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

Terry Iverson discusses the Champion Now movement, which works to change the public perception of manufacturing to help inform younger generations about the industry's career opportunities.

Iowa Ends Energy Firm's $2.5M Grant

May 9, 2012 10:17 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa's economic development agency has cancelled a $2.5 million grant awarded to a startup firm trying to develop a groundbreaking technology to make fertilizer from corn cobs.

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Ford To Boost Factory Output By 40,000

May 9, 2012 10:13 am | News | Comments

Rising car and truck sales have prompted Ford Motor Co. to add a week of production at 13 North American factories.

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U.S., China To Cooperate More On Cyber Threat

May 9, 2012 10:10 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just six months ago, however, senior U.S. intelligence officials for the first time publicly accused China of systematically stealing American high-tech data for its own national economic gain.

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U.S. Employers Posted 3.74 Million March Jobs

May 9, 2012 10:07 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

It is a sign that hiring could strengthen in the coming months after slowing this spring.

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