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Motorola CEO: IT Departments Turning To Tablets

June 24, 2011 11:42 am | Videos | Comments

Motorola introduced the Xoom tablet in January to very good reviews, but the tech giant isn't stopping there. According to Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, the company thinks addressing their enterprise audience is a way to differentiate itself from Apple, the current market leader in the tablet realm.

Six Common Questions Related To ERP Software

June 24, 2011 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

The good folks over at Eval-Source, a provider of  professional services and products for enterprise software evaluation, system benchmarking, software investment evaluation and procurement automation outsourcing, have offered their thoughts on six common questions related to enterprise software.

The Myth Of The Gold Standard: Making The Leap From SLA

June 24, 2011 11:01 am | by Dan Mishek, Managing Director, VistaTekFriday | Articles | Comments

Needless fear has caused rapid prototyping service bureaus to rely on stereolithography (SLA) machines even as newer technologies have come along with advanced features at a lower equipment cost. Photo by knitsteel From 1900 to 1971, U.S. currency was based on the gold standard, meaning the U.

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FTC To Issue Subpoenas In Google Antitrust Probe

June 24, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A published report says federal regulators are preparing to issue subpoenas to Google and other companies as authorities gather information for a broad antitrust probe into the Internet search leader's business practices. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission will issue subpoenas "within days.

U.S. House Approves Major Overhaul Of Patent System

June 24, 2011 4:55 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday voted to rewrite 60-year-old patent law to give inventors a better shot of obtaining patents in a timely manner and bringing the U.S. patent system in line with those of other industrialized nations. The legislation also takes steps to help the underfunded U.

Obama Announces New High-Tech Manufacturing Effort

June 24, 2011 4:54 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Imagining advances from lighter cars to smarter robots, President Barack Obama is announcing a $500 million project to spur high-technology manufacturing, a sector of U.S. industry that presidential advisers say has lost ground to such competitors as Germany and Japan. On Friday in Pittsburgh, Obama is to call for a joint effort by industry, universities and the federal government to help reposition the United States as a leader in cutting-edge manufacturing, including biotechnology, robotics and nanotechnology — the development of new materials at the molecular level.

Apple Sues Samsung In South Korea In Patent Fight

June 24, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Apple Inc. is bringing its patent fight with Samsung Electronics Co. over smartphones and tablet computers to South Korea. Apple spokesman Steve Park said Friday that the company filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Seoul Central District Court. Apple sued Samsung in the United States in April.

Samsung Looks Into Cancer Concerns At South Korea Plants

June 24, 2011 4:50 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung plans to soon release the results of an independent probe into health and safety conditions at its South Korean semiconductor factories after employee illnesses and deaths raised fears of cancer risks. The release would take place "in coming weeks," the company said in a statement Thursday.

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U.S. Economy Grew More Than Most Expected In 1Q

June 24, 2011 4:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded a little faster at the beginning of the year than previously estimated. But the pace was still anemic and economists don't see that changing until later this year. The Commerce Department on Friday said the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.

The Tech-Dependent Future Of Automotives

June 23, 2011 10:01 am | Videos | Comments

The automotive industry is a little more than 100 years old, and one can't help but wonder how advancements in technology will allow automotive leaders to address the negative effects and leverage the positive effects that cars and trucks have on our world. Bill Ford is a car guy -- his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co.

Thinking Outside The Box By Training Employees In The Cube

June 23, 2011 9:07 am | by Patrick Michel, Vice President, DELMIA Industry Solutions & Marketing, DassaultSystèmes | Articles | Comments

By leveraging the 3D content they already have from CAD or digital manufacturing solutions, and extending its value to the shop floor, manufacturers can train workers, deliver a superior product, and capitalize on the strengthening economy by quickly meeting demand. While there’s a general public perception that the manufacturing sector is struggling, most people within the industry know that it’s simply not true.

Making The Case For Regenerative AC Drives

June 23, 2011 8:49 am | by William Gilbert, Industry Business Development Manager, Converting and Cranes, Motion Control Solutions | Articles | Comments

Here is a practical alternative to mechanical braking and non-regen drive systems in the converting, packaging, wireforming, and printing industries. During the operation of any converting machine, whether for film, foil, wire, paper or board, plus most large printing presses, rolls of materials are handled by unwinds, often still driven by pneumatically operated braking systems.

IQMS Wins Best New Manufacturing Product Of The Year

June 23, 2011 8:17 am | News | Comments

PASO ROBLES, CA -- IQMS, a leader in the design and development of manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, recently  announced it has won the 2011 American Business Award in the New Manufacturing Product of the Year category for the latest version of its manufacturing ERP software solution.

Shaft Sealing Solution

June 23, 2011 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

SKF USA (Lansdale, PA) offers a new generation of the SKF Speedi-Sleeve. According to the company, it isdesigned to provide a cost-effective sealing solution for worn or damaged shafts on rotating equipment. It is also designed to provide a sealing surface without requiring shaft disassembly or specifying a new size of replacement seal.

Be Cool

June 22, 2011 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) recently announced the release of a new water-cooled, ceiling-mount air conditioner. The CMW30 is designed for server rooms and other applications with dense heat loads. According to the company, the unit’s large cooling capacity is rated at 29,400 Btu/h total and 22,000 Btu/h, sensible for computer rooms.

Expedite Large-Scale Programming

June 22, 2011 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wago (Germantown, WI) offers the 750-880 “Ethernet 2.0” programmable fieldbus controller. According to the company, it packs IMB data memory and SD port for up to 8GB of extra memory. It also increases intelligence and high-frequency processing — up to 1000 instructions within 235μ — for industrial Ethernet applications.

Blowtorch Your Hand Without Repercussions

June 22, 2011 9:08 am | Videos | Comments

GelTech Solutions, based in Jupiter, Fla., has been marketing FireIce for years now, and seems to be on the precipice of a breakthrough. Their product is a fire suppressant gel that can protect skin from a 2,000-degree blowtorch, or say, a house from an approaching wildfire. In addition, it washes away quickly, and has no impact on the environment.

An iPhone 'Magic Trick'

June 22, 2011 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

Using three iPhones and a custom iPhone app, "premier technoillusionist" Marco Tempest conducts this rather interesting "magic trick." The application he used to put together his performance is called Multivid. Tempest will be performing at a TED conference in Edinburgh in July. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

'Car Guy' Takes On 'Bean Counters'

June 22, 2011 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Once upon a time, Bob Lutz was the vice chairman of General Motors. He considers himself a “car guy.” In a new book, Lutz criticizes the automaker’s movement toward people he calls “bean counters,” which generally were incredibly business savvy, but cared little about the actual product they were creating.

Hobbyists Make, Test Homemade Drones

June 22, 2011 9:00 am | Videos | Comments

What if I told you autonomous drones of near-military caliber were being designed and sold by hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers? Sounds a little far-fetched, right? Well, it's happening. Groups of amateurs are hard at work trying to invent and shape the future of robotics. Here are some of their creations in action.

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