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Intel Completes Purchase Of Infineon Wireless Unit

January 31, 2011 7:53 am | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chip maker Intel Corp. said Monday it has completed its $1.4 billion acquisition of the wireless communications unit of Germany's Infineon Technologies AG. The deal helps Intel expand beyond the struggling personal computer market. The acquisition gives Intel the technical know-how to make chips for small devices that don't drain batteries as quickly.

Pouring Your Efforts Down The Drain

January 31, 2011 6:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

A Lean undertaking is far better served when there is a plan of action: An analytical approach to where, when, and why—rather than a pinch or a dash of it here or there. Ever since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed cooking. There is something about dancing around the kitchen with a glass of wine, listening to jazz and testing the limits of my mind’s intuition for spices.

Who Has The Best iPhone Data Plan?

January 31, 2011 6:40 am | Videos | Comments

When making purchasing decisions, sometimes it's the little, overlooked things that add up and make a major difference. Take the Verizon iPhone and AT&T iPhone, for example. When one purchases a smart phone, there can be a significant difference between the costs of the respective data plans. Let's see how Verizon and AT&T stack up against one another.


Engineering Can Be Sooo Frustrating

January 31, 2011 6:11 am | by Mike Brace, Technical Editor, EV | Articles | Comments

I am not kidding the least little bit when I tell you that I have over 50 separate email accounts that require a unique log-in and password. As a result, I have a small address book almost full of different IDs and passwords to Internet accounts that do something that ,at one time or another, was somebody else’s responsibility.

Moving Forward Through Innovation And Investment

January 31, 2011 6:07 am | Articles | Comments

In the highly competitive plastic injection mold market, one engineering/manufacturing company recognized its need to constantly innovate and leverage the latest machines, software, and other tools to optimize its operations. Proper Tooling , a division of Proper Group International, has been engineering and creating plastic injection molds for the automotive industries for more than 40 years.

The Problem With Boys

January 31, 2011 6:03 am | Videos | Comments

All around the country, boys are tuning out. They're disengaging from school, and they're forgetting what it means to learn and work hard. While this talk from Ali-Carr Chellman focuses mostly on the U.S.'s education system, these issues could have implications in our world, too. Without learning what it means to engage with anything, and work for it, the future manufacturing workers and businessmen won't learn to enjoy engineering and the technical aspects of simply making things.

Does Compute

January 31, 2011 5:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech (Irvine, CA) recently unveiled the MIC-5603 AdvancedMC single-board computer. The MIC-5603 AMC with the Intel® Core™ i7 processor targets a broad range of applications where network performance, graphics, or vector processing and compute intensive tasks are required.

Technology Could Make Cars Decide If Drivers Are Drunk

January 31, 2011 3:34 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — An alcohol-detection prototype that uses automatic sensors to instantly gauge a driver's fitness to be on the road has the potential to save thousands of lives, but could be as long as a decade away from everyday use in cars, federal officials and researchers said Friday.


Ford Posts Biggest Profit In More Than A Decade

January 31, 2011 3:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford earned its biggest profit in more than a decade in 2010 as robust vehicle sales and years of cost cuts paid off. But disappointing fourth-quarter results rattled investors Friday and sent the company's stock price lower. Ford shares fell 12 percent to $16.

U.S. Still Holds Title As World's No. 1 Manufacturer

January 31, 2011 3:32 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories are closing. American manufacturing jobs are reappearing overseas. China's industrial might is growing each year. And it might seem as if the United States doesn't make world-class goods as well as some other nations. "There's no reason Europe or China should have the fastest trains, or the new factories that manufacture clean energy products," President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union policy address last week.

Commerce Dept.: Americans Spent At Fastest Pace In 4 Years

January 31, 2011 3:31 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy gained strength at the end of last year as Americans spent at the fastest pace in four years and U.S. companies sold more overseas. The growth is boosting hopes for a stronger 2011. But it remains too weak to ease high unemployment. The Commerce Department reported Friday that growth rose by an annual rate of 3.

Chrysler Cuts Losses, Continues Rally From Bankruptcy

January 31, 2011 3:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — An optimistic Chrysler narrowed its net loss significantly in the fourth quarter from a year ago and forecast a net profit for 2011 as it continued a comeback from bankruptcy protection. Chrysler, which is controlled by Italy's Fiat Group SpA, predicted it would make $200 million to $500 million this year, setting the stage for an initial public stock offering that could take place in the fourth quarter.

Intel, IBM, HP To Contribute Hundreds Of Millions To Obama Initiative

January 31, 2011 3:27 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Three of the nation's biggest technology companies are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to an initiative backed by President Barack Obama to encourage job creation and economic growth by supporting small businesses. The program, called the Startup America Partnership, is aimed at helping entrepreneurs start businesses and help them grow.

A Greener Supply Chain Starts At The Dock

January 28, 2011 9:05 am | by Michael Brittingham, Manager, Marketing Communications 4Front Engineered Solutions | Articles | Comments

If a company isn’t practicing sustainability yet, chances are good that someone who is part of their supply chain will either ask or demand that they do. More and more companies are becoming aware of the need for a greener supply chain. A recent Material Handling Institute of America survey of material handling and logistics management found that 79 percent of facilities have instituted or are planning to institute sustainability goals for their operations.

Fear And Loathing In Redwood City

January 28, 2011 8:32 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder of PCDworks | Articles | Comments

Most companies wouldn’t know how to innovate if the opportunity wandered up to bite them on the leg — it is simply not within their purview. Last column , I mentioned that our spin-off company, Active Water Sciences (AWS), was a runner up in the Environmental category for the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards.

Trust In Business A Scarce Commodity

January 28, 2011 8:16 am | Videos | Comments

According to a recent survey, trust in businesses is becoming a scarce commodity in the United States these days. The survey, conducted by Edelman, says only 46 percent of people in the United States trust in business. To get a better understanding of why that is, CNN's Richard Quest picked the brain of Edelman CEO Richard Edelman.

Full-Featured Soft Starters

January 28, 2011 4:37 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) recently announced that its line of Stellar soft starters now includes the SR44 series of solid-state soft starters to control three-phase AC induction motors. The fully-digital SR44 soft starters use thyristors in all three motor phases.

The Automation Federation And IMS To Develop International Automation Competency Model Network

January 27, 2011 10:54 am | News | Comments

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Automation Federation (AF) recently announced that the Automation Federation Board of Directors has approved the participation of AF as project leader for a new manufacturing technology project within the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program. The purpose of this project is to develop an international network through which the Automation Competency Model (ACM), developed by AF and the United States Department of Labor in 2009, can be disseminated, promulgated, and updated.

Opto 22 And Pulse Energy Announce Business Partnership

January 27, 2011 10:44 am | News | Comments

TEMECULA, CA -- Regulating and conserving energy are major concerns for businesses large and small, and many are now seeking to reduce costs by altering their operations and establishing new energy-efficient practices and policies. To help facility managers, building occupants, and executives accomplish this, Opto 22 and Vancouver-based Pulse Energy have combined their expertise to offer customers the visibility and data they need to understand their energy usage, pinpoint problems, and reduce costs.

Photo Of The Week: A Look At The LEAF Assembly Line

January 27, 2011 10:03 am | News | Comments

In this photo taken on Jan. 25, 2011, Nissan Motor Co. workers install a battery charger in a Nissan electric vehicle LEAF on the assembly line at the Japanese automaker's Oppama plant in Yokosuka near Tokyo. Japan's export growth accelerated for the second straight month in December, indicating a revival of overseas demand critical to the country's recovery.


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