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U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Dropped In February

April 14, 2015 11:18 am | by Jacob Meister, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“U.S. manufacturing is facing some pressure in terms of a stronger dollar and lower capital expenditures from the energy industry, but in taking the long view, we’re still in a good position overall,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods.

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3D Printing 'Will Bring Mass Customization'

April 14, 2015 10:48 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

3D printing pioneers say their technology can return us to our pre-industrial roots, where customized designs trump mass production.

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A Beer That Is Literally Out Of This World

April 14, 2015 10:45 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company just released 'Ground Control,' a beer made with yeast that's been sent to space and back.

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Manufactured Wood Made Without Trees

April 14, 2015 10:42 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

After disrupting the packaging industry with a line of fully biodegradable mushroom packaging, Ecovative Design is now setting their sights on replacing manufactured wood products.

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How Product Lifecycle Management Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

April 14, 2015 10:31 am | by John Kelley & Kerrie Jordan | Articles | Comments

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail – product lifecycle management.  

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Nokia In Advanced Talks To Buy Alcatel-Lucent

April 14, 2015 10:05 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia said Tuesday it's in advanced talks to buy the ailing French telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent, but that there was no certainty about the outcome of the discussions.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 84

April 14, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 84 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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German Automaker BMW Has Best March Sales Ever

April 14, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Munich-based maker of the 3-Series sedan and X5 sport-utility said Tuesday it sold 195,593 vehicles worldwide under the BMW brand.

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Amazon Announces Analytics Service

April 14, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The predictive technology Amazon.com uses to pitch products to online shoppers will soon be available to almost everyone else, the e-commerce giant said last week.

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Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. visa program for skilled foreign workers again saw applications exceed its annual quota in less than a week as debate over the H-1B program swirls in Washington.

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Study: College Educations Drive U.S. Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report said technological innovation and increased educational attainment fueled a dramatic increase in manufacturing productivity in recent decades.

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FDA: ‘Medically Important’ Antibiotics Increase in Food Animals

April 14, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators said the use of important antibiotics in poultry, livestock and other farm animals increased sharply in recent years amid rising concerns about drug-resistant bacteria.

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Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 14, 2015 9:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest drone companies signaled a shift in messaging when they announced new models in recent days.

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The Vehicles Americans Don’t Want To Buy

April 13, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Recent reports talked about the top-selling brands in the U.S., but what about the cars that no one seems to want? Here’s a look at the worst selling cars in the U.S.

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Could These Robots Reinvent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 12:05 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

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Can Cybercriminals Exploit IoT?

April 13, 2015 11:42 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Cybercriminals will exploit vulnerabilities in new technology as they figure out how to make money from such activities, say a group of security experts.

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Choosing Network Technology

April 13, 2015 11:32 am | by Industrial IP Advantage | News | Comments

There are many things to consider choosing an EtherNet/IP network technology, and many options may be deceptive. Before you start an installation, there are certain things you should know about ‘standard’ and ‘standards-based.’

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Who Owns The Asset And The Data In APM And Servitization?

April 13, 2015 11:15 am | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

Asset Performance Management (APM), like so many other evolving enterprise applications is beginning to move to the cloud. The advanced analytics and the big data aspects of asset reliability are well-suited to amalgamation in the cloud. The level of confidence in a prediction is often dependent on the quantity of the data used to make the prediction.

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GM Says It Has Fixed 70 Pct. Of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling cars with faulty ignition switches, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of the vehicles.

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Apple Watch Options: 54 Combinations Of Case, Band, Size

April 13, 2015 9:42 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple Watch comes with a choice of watch case, band and size — there are 54 possible configurations in all.

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