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Toshiba International Named To Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institute

January 30, 2014 3:11 pm | by Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) | News | Comments

Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) has announced a five-year commitment to the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a research and development consortium backed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). TIC joins the institute as a partner in both financial support and active research in pursuit of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor-based power electronics.

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Tang Rolls Out New Flavor To Boost Sluggish Sales

January 30, 2014 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods says it's rolling out the first new nationally distributed flavor of Tang in powdered form since the orange-flavored drink mix was introduced in 1959.                         

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Harvard-NAM Study: Software Piracy Hampering U.S. Manufacturing

January 30, 2014 3:00 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has unveiled a study by Bill Kerr, associate professor at Harvard Business School, and Chad Moutray, chief economist for the NAM, finding that unfair competition fueled by stolen software is a significant drain on manufacturing in the U.S. Estimated losses between 2002 and 2012 totaled nearly $240 billion in manufacturing revenue, $70 billion in GDP and 42,220 U.S. manufacturing jobs.

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Costimator Cost Estimating Software Integrates Calculated Costing For JobBOSS

January 30, 2014 2:55 pm | by MTI Systems | Product Releases | Comments

MTI Systems, Inc. has announced that its flagship cost estimating software product Costimator®, after a recent upgrade to version 12, now integrates with the latest version of JobBOSS, version 11.7, also recently upgraded, by Exact Software. JobBOSS software is a leading shop management tool for manufacturing suppliers, such as job shops, contract manufacturers, machining and fabricating shops, as well as OEMs.

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Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 10:41 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.           

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How Hand-Crafted Ukuleles Are Made

January 30, 2014 10:11 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Mike DaSilva left his job in the tech industry a decade ago and followed his passion, making beautifully hand-crafted ukuleles that sell for thousands of dollars.                         

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Dave Lee Talks Snowboard Manufacturing In The U.S.

January 30, 2014 10:04 am | by SignalSnowboard | Videos | Comments

Dave Lee talks snowboard manufacturing, their hit web series Every Third Thursday and their attempt at doing more to leave the snowboard industry in a better place than they found it.                   

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Why Google Wants Robots

January 30, 2014 9:59 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The search giant has been on a robotics buying spree — most likely because they have the data robots need to function.                                     

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U.S. Economy Grows At 3.2 Percent Rate In 4Q

January 30, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter on the strength of the strongest consumer spending in three years, an encouraging sign for 2014.                     

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Crystal CEO: Rail Shutdown Could Cost Millions

January 30, 2014 9:41 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

A slowdown in rail service is forcing American Crystal Sugar to cut back on production, something company officials said Wednesday could cost millions if the situation doesn't improve.                   

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Man Injured In Omaha Industrial Accident Sues

January 30, 2014 9:37 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man injured in an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers earlier this month is suing the company and its owner, primarily in an effort to find out what happened, his lawyer said Wednesday.           

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Google's Motorola Misstep Could Be Lenovo's Boon

January 30, 2014 9:34 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is selling Motorola's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, a price that makes Google's biggest acquisition look like its most expensive mistake.                         

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Seat Fabric May Force Toyota Recall in U.S., Canada

January 30, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is in discussions with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about a possible recall in the U.S. and Canada covering several car models, including the popular Camry, for a problem with seat fabric.      

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W.Va. Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill

January 29, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal patches a regulatory framework that let Freedom Industries spill chemicals into the public water supply on Jan. 9 without immediate detection, state lawmakers said. The leak into the Elk River kept 300,000 people without clean, drinkable water for days.

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Sony To Buy Semiconductor Plant From Renesas

January 29, 2014 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. signed an agreement Wednesday to purchase a plant in northern Japan from major semiconductor maker Renesas Electronic Corp. for 7.51 billion yen on March 31, the two companies said.                 

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IBM, Texas A&M Will Collaborate On Research

January 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM and Texas A&M University System will be collaborating on wide-ranging research.                                               

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Beretta To Build New Firearms Plant In Tenn.

January 29, 2014 2:39 pm | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee. The $45 million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs. Several states began wooing Beretta from Maryland after the company raised objections to a wide-ranging gun control measure enacted there last year.

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Chobani Loses 'Greek Yogurt' Legal Battle In UK

January 29, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A British court has ruled that Chobani, a U.S. brand of yogurt, cannot label its products "Greek" in the U.K. because they are made in America.                               

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Wind Turbine Maker To Close Pa. Plant

January 29, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States.                   

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Engineering Services Market Heading Abroad

January 29, 2014 11:23 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The reshoring and nearshoring trends that are bringing jobs back to the U.S. and bordering countries are hot topics these days. These trends are prevalent in the manufacturing production sector, as companies are finding the increasing costs of doing business abroad a deterrent to outsourcing. But according to the Information Services Group (ISG), this trend is not the same for engineering services.

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