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Corner Wrap Label Printer/Applicator

December 8, 2011 3:29 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Tharo Systems (Brunswick, OH) offers a multi-function PA1200cw Corner Wrap Label Printer/Applicator. According to the company, the product can print and apply o 2 adjacent product surfaces - front and side, or front and top. After a label is printed, it is stripped from the liner and held by suction on the tamp applicator pad.

AVEVA, FARO Sign Interoperability Agreement

December 8, 2011 3:15 am | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE, UK – AVEVA, a leader in engineering design and information management solutions for the plant, power and marine industries, and FARO, a leader in high precision laser scanning and 3D Documentation Technology, announced today that they have signed an Interoperability Agreement. Under the terms of this agreement AVEVA and FARO will co-operate closely to provide an efficient integration between FARO’s laser scan hardware technology and AVEVA’s portfolio of laser engineering and design software solutions.

Data Translation Announces Free LV-Link 3.0

December 8, 2011 2:49 am | News | Comments

MARLBORO, MA -- Data Translation, Inc. today announced the release of LV-Link 3.0 . LV-Link 3.0 is a library of VI’s (Virtual Instruments) that enable National Instruments LabVIEW programmers to access the data acquisition features of DT-Open Layers-compliant USB and PCI devices.  LV-Link 3.

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Could Solar Plane Change Future Flight?

December 7, 2011 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

It has the same wingspan as a jumbo jet, but the Solar Impulse is no ordinary plane. It weighs as much as an automobile and it has as much power as a typical scooter. That's because it is completely powered by solar energy. It's quite the sight to see. Here it is in action... If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

HTC, Facebook Team Up On 'Social Smartphone'

December 7, 2011 9:26 am | Videos | Comments

Recognizing the potential for major profits in the area of mobility, Facebook and HTC are teaming up to create a "social" smartphone. It seems like Facebook wants to run with the Apples, Googles, and Microsofts of the world. How will they fare? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

What A Frog's Leap Means For The Future Of Robotics

December 7, 2011 7:31 am | Videos | Comments

The extraordinary ability of some frog species to leap vast distances relative to their size has perplexed scientists for decades. Researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island now believe they have some answers. Henry Astley and Thomas Roberts say their findings could lead to the development of elastic propulsion systems in robots.

Need A Job? China Is Hiring

December 7, 2011 7:16 am | Videos | Comments

A lot of Americans are struggling to find quality jobs, or in some cases, any jobs at all. However, a rising number of job-seeking individuals are thinking outside the box a bit and investigating employment opportunities in China. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Ford Invests $128M To Shift Mexican Jobs To Ohio

December 7, 2011 3:34 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday its $128 million investment at a northeast Ohio plant will protect its nearly 2,000 jobs while shifting medium-duty truck production from Mexico. The automaker will retool the Ohio Assembly Plant, located west of Cleveland, after ending production of Econoline vans in 2013, said Jim Tetreault, Ford's vice president of North American manufacturing.

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Saab: Our Salvage Process Is In Jeopardy

December 7, 2011 3:33 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The owner of Saab Automobile says its court-appointed administrator doesn't think the cash-strapped car company has a future and has applied to end the salvage process. Saab, owned by the Netherlands-based Swedish Automobile N.V., said Wednesday the court has given it less than a week to come up with a plan or be declared bankrupt.

Chevrolet Discovers Likely Cause Of Volt Fires

December 7, 2011 3:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The liquid solution that cools the Chevrolet Volt's batteries is the likely cause of fires that broke out inside the electric car after government crash tests, a person briefed on the matter said. Engineers at General Motors Co., which makes the much-celebrated car, are working on structural changes to strengthen the car's T-shaped battery pack, the person said.

Olympus Vows To Go After Executives Involved In Coverup

December 7, 2011 3:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Olympus Corp. vowed Wednesday to go after erring executives involved in an elaborate scheme to hide $1.5 billion of investment losses. The Japanese camera and medical equipment maker said it will investigate some 70 people including former and current board members, auditors and other officials for their possible involvement in the deception that has become one of Japan's biggest corporate scandals.

EU Opens Antitrust Probe On Apple E-Book Costs

December 7, 2011 3:28 am | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust watchdog is probing whether Apple helped five major publishing houses illegally raise prices for e-books when it launched its iPad tablet and iBookstore in 2010. The probe, announced Tuesday by the European Commission, offers a glimpse into the fierce fight for shares of the growing e-book market, especially as Apple has tried to take on Amazon and its Kindle e-book reader.

Humbled Netflix CEO Tries To Rally After Rough 2011

December 7, 2011 3:27 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director. Shaking off the stigma of a massive flop won't be easy, a challenge Hastings acknowledged late Tuesday when he spoke at a UBS investor conference in New York.

Sensors Expo

December 6, 2011 12:21 pm | Events

 June 6-7—Chicago

Embedded Systems

December 6, 2011 12:18 pm | Events

March 26-29—San Jose

MODEX

December 6, 2011 12:17 pm | Events

Feb 6-9—Atlanta

ARC World Forum

December 6, 2011 11:58 am | Events

Feb 6-9—Orlando

10 Questions To Ask Before Implementing Cloud ERP Software

December 6, 2011 10:45 am | by Douglas Johnson, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Acumatica | Articles | Comments

With these benefits that come from cloud ERP software, several critical questions need to be answered regarding security, data ownership, vendor lock-in, customization, integration, and performance. Cloud computing is the most important software technology advancement in many years.

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Dealing With 2012's Uncertainty

December 6, 2011 10:28 am | Articles | Comments

Jeff Owens is the President of Advanced Technology Services, a Peoria, Illinois-based company that provides outsourced production equipment maintenance, information technology assistance, and spare parts repair. The company utilizes extensive training programs to give engineers the knowledge necessary to troubleshoot and fix the high-tech manufacturing machinery of the 21st Century manufacturer, allowing these companies to focus on their production.

Entrepreneur Helps Jobless Get Their Swagger Back

December 6, 2011 6:29 am | Videos | Comments

A style update, social media skills, and a little boost in self confidence are among the ways Christine Driscoll O'Neill helps boost the careers of people who have lost their jobs as a result of the Great Recession. O'Neill started a Massachusetts company centered on the idea that unemployed people not only lose a job and a paycheck, but they also lose their image.

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