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New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by Dave Collins, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic breaking, and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon.        

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Obama Announces $200M Investment In Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute

October 3, 2014 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Crucial breakthroughs in the fields of optics and photonics, the science and application of light, have led to technologies that help form the infrastructure of many U.S. industries and provide essential technologies for national defense and security.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops To $40.1B In August

October 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.                 

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Shrinking The Skills Gap – Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 2, 2014 4:53 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford | News | Comments

There are almost half a million skilled positions unfilled in manufacturing, a situation that will only worsen as baby boomers exit the industry, while fewer numbers of young people elect to enter it.         

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Inside The Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan

October 2, 2014 4:39 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes discusses the new Phantom Metropolitan, sales for the company and trends in the luxury car market with Hans Nichols at the Paris Motor Show.                    

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Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter Flies For 5 Years Without Stopping

October 2, 2014 4:32 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at raising cage-free robots, flying SkyOrbiters in Siberia, and swimming with the Octobot.                                   

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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence To Unlock The Power Of Smart Pull

October 2, 2014 4:28 pm | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

Smart devices create smart production lines, enabling a significant level of manufacturing agility that makes it possible to connect customer needs with a company’s ability to deliver a product — on demand.             

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How To Select The Right Safety System For Manufacturing Applications

October 2, 2014 4:09 pm | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety | Articles | Comments

The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies.   

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Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant

October 2, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Indiana where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry.                 

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Advanced Robotics To Revolutionize The Manufacturing Industry

October 2, 2014 1:31 pm | by PwC US and The Manufacturing Institute | News | Comments

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory and trainability, industrial manufacturers across industries are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage.

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Paris Gets A Sneak Peek At The Car Of The Future

October 2, 2014 1:26 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, carmakers are rolling out their latest designs and offering a vision for the cars of the future. Tom Gibson takes a peek at one of the new vehicles under the spotlight in Paris.           

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Pepsi's True Move To e-Commerce

October 2, 2014 1:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Pepsi is launching a new line of naturally sweetened soda, exclusively through Amazon — a big move in an industry that has lagged in e-commerce.                               

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How McLaren’s Racing Data Works In Other Industries

October 2, 2014 1:15 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Drake Bennett reports on automaker McLaren’s big data move beyond racing.                                                   

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Google Chairman: Tim Cook Is Wrong About Us

October 2, 2014 1:10 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google's Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg tell Christine Romans why Google is the safest place on the web, and why they hired Sheryl Sandberg without having a job for her.                     

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ISM: Manufacturing Set For A Strong Q4

October 2, 2014 1:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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The New Threat That’s Worse Than Heartbleed

October 2, 2014 1:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Just because you have the right services in place with smart people watching over and securing your data, don’t ever think the job is done. A new threat has arrived, and it is much worse than Heartbleed.             

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Samsung Supplier Sues U.S. Labor Watchdog

October 2, 2014 9:34 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Chinese supplier of Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit accusing a New York City-based labor watchdog of spreading false rumors of child labor, but the labor group says it has evidence to back up its report.           

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U.S. Companies Added 213K Jobs In Sept., 35K In Manufacturing

October 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.                                   

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Fire At Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

October 2, 2014 9:24 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.                   

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eBook: Mastering Field Service In Manufacturing

October 1, 2014 4:09 pm | by ServiceMax | Articles | Comments

Did you know that 61 percent of the best performing field service organizations incentivize their technicians based on team profitability? In this eBook you will learn modern field service best practices based on how the most innovative organizations operate their businesses today.

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