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Future Trends In Automated Manufacturing

July 25, 2013 3:38 pm | by ARC Advisory Group | Videos

Presentation on Future Trends in Automated Manufacturing, by OMAC's David Odendahl at ARC World Forum 2013.                                         

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We Can Do It! Bringing Women Back To Manufacturing

July 25, 2013 10:43 am | by The Atlantic | Videos

Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota explains that while there are more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. after the economic recovery, a low percentage of woman are taking work in factories.                  

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Take A Ride On A Real Tron bike

July 25, 2013 10:29 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Parker Brothers Concepts in Melbourne, Fla., has developed a futuristic, street-legal motorcycle that reaches speeds of 100 mph and can travel up to 80 miles on its 100 percent electric engine.                  

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The Making Of The 3D Printed Battery

July 25, 2013 10:24 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have developed a way to create tiny batteries using standard 3D-printing technologies.                                   

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Forget Touchscreens: Now Everything Can Be An Interface

July 25, 2013 10:19 am | by NBC News | Videos

What if your doorknob could be a touch interface? What about a fish bowl filled with water? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working to turn the most unusual surfaces into a touch screen.               

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Time Lapse: Building The Goodyear Blimp NT

July 24, 2013 10:10 am | by CBS News & Goodyear | Videos

Remarkable time lapse video shows the beginnings of construction on the Goodyear Blimp NT.                                              

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Flashback: Automated Manufacturing In 1955

July 23, 2013 3:04 pm | Videos

Here's an interesting look at automated manufacturing in 1955. This film from General Electric shows the history of automation in the U.S. and how far it had progressed at the time.                   

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How The Tesla Model S Is Made

July 23, 2013 10:26 am | by WIRED | Videos

If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future. That's where the battery-powered Model S is born.      

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Battery Aims To Take Stress Off Power Grid

July 22, 2013 10:01 am | by CBS News | Videos

Record-high temperatures broiled most of the U.S. last week and pushed power grids to their limits. Eos Energy Corp is building a battery that company President Steve Hellman says will relieve the grid during times of peak demand - and help save consumers money.

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Death By iPhone Not Likely, Say China's Microbloggers

July 18, 2013 3:44 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The alleged electrocution of a Chinese woman who made a call while charging her iPhone has some netizens looking to Apple and others conducting their own tests.

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The Future Of Manufacturing: Kyle Hermenean At TEDxEdmonton

July 18, 2013 11:04 am | by TEDxTalks | Videos

Kyle Hermenean is the co-founder of Machina Corp., a company that manufactures 3D Printers with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing and rapid prototyping to an affordable price. Here he talks about the 2nd industrial revolution found in 3D printing technologies. 

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Scientists Look To The Ocean As Fuel Of The Future

July 18, 2013 11:00 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

If the rising price of oil is hurting your budget, don't worry. Scientists in Australia have found a way to turn seawater into fuel. Lester Ranby has more.                           

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World's First All Stainless Steel Robot

July 18, 2013 10:34 am | by diginfotwo | Videos

Kawasaki Heavy Industries recently showed off what it calls the world's first stainless steel robot arm with seven joints, or "degrees of freedom."                             

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Hershey's Takes A Bite Of China's Huge Candy Market

July 18, 2013 10:29 am | by CBS News | Videos

Hershey's has been making and selling chocolate for more than a century but the company is just getting started in China. CBS News' Seth Doane reports on how the brand is changing to appeal to its new customers.            

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Wrigley's, RFID And Manufacturing - Something To Chew On!

July 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Cisco | Videos

Hear how Wrigley's - the biggest producer of chewing gum in the world - used RFID with their Cisco wireless network to improve visibility to the plant floor, reduce losses and save time.                   

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Robots Replace Human Farm Hands

July 16, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Videos

Robots and computers are already replacing workers in factories and offices. Now engineers are developing intelligent machines to do farm work and help ease a worsening labor shortage on American farms. See the engineers test the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

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Artificial Spider Silk That's Tougher Than Kevlar

July 15, 2013 10:24 am | by Spiber Inc. | Videos

Spider silk is tougher than Kevlar, strong as steel, lighter than carbon fiber, and can be stretched 40 percent beyond its original length without breaking. Now, Japanese startup Spiber says it has found a way to produce it synthetically and, over the next two years, will step up mass production to create anything from surgical materials to auto parts and bulletproof vests.

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Pig Virus Threatens Pork Supply

July 12, 2013 10:45 am | by NBC News | Videos

A rapidly spreading virus that kills nearly all the piglets it infects has reached the U.S. While the disease is no threat to humans and doesn't affect mature pigs, it is quite deadly to young pigs and could mean an increase in pork prices. 

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Nissan Celebrates 30 Years Manufacturing Cars In The U.S.

July 11, 2013 11:10 am | Videos

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its Smyrna, Tenn. Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs to support future production of the Nissan Rogue, marking the first time the Rogue has been produced in the U.S.

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Stealth Barcodes For Manufacturing Tracking

July 11, 2013 11:03 am | by Diginfonews | Videos

Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process. The barcodes are printed with an invisible ink that is virtually undetectable to the naked eye, but under a black light glows. The system allows manufacturers to track individual products and collect data about their processes. 

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