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Universal Robots Brings Manufacturing Back To U.S.

June 28, 2013 10:44 am | by Universal Robots | Videos

To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.

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Badminton Robot A Study In Energy Efficiency

June 27, 2013 11:34 am | by Reuters | Videos

Belgian scientists are developing a badminton-playing robot to demonstrate how new software can optimize energy efficiency in production machines. Scientists say if they can reduce the energy consumption of these machines, they will be able to significantly reduce the energy consumption of mankind. Reuters' Tara Cleary reports.

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Businessman Held Captive In Factory Freed

June 27, 2013 11:28 am | by ABC News | Videos

Chip Starnes, who said he was "saddened" by the experience, indicated a deal was reached overnight to pay the scores of workers who had demanded severance packages similar to ones given to laid-off co-workers in a phased-out division, even though the company said the remaining workers weren't being laid off.

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Leap Motion's 'Touchless' Tech Future

June 27, 2013 11:23 am | by NBC News | Videos

Michael Buckwald, Leap Motion CEO, explains how the next big tech advance is likely to include a device that allows users to communicate with their computers without using a mouse, keyboard  or touch pad.            

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Small Businesses Are Still Scared To Hire

June 26, 2013 4:21 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The job situation is still a very hot topic in the United States. ADP has access to jobs data from 600,000 employers and ADP CFO Jan Siegmund explains what the data is telling us now. He says that the slowing of employment growth over the last few months is due to tax rate changes and the anticipation of health reform.

Tesla Gets Supercharged

June 26, 2013 10:45 am | by TeslaMotors | Videos

Supercharging enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In addition to the expansion of the Supercharger network itself, Tesla has improved the technology behind the Superchargers to significantly speed up the amount of time it takes to charge the Model S, in some cases cutting charging time in half.

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BYOD Is Dead, Long Live SYOD!

June 25, 2013 10:25 am | by Cloud Powered Work | Videos

Analyst Aaron Goldberg says that if five years ago you told corporate management of IT that we’d allow end users to bring in any device they owned and that we’d give them access to all of their corporate applications and information on those personally owned devices, you’d have thought it was crazy.  Well it has come to pass, and for security and data control issues, it can’t continue. 

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Meals Per Hour

June 24, 2013 10:21 am | by HENRYand REL Supermarche | Videos

A look at how a non-profit implemented Toyota's legendary production system (TPS) to increase the number of meals distributed to people who are still affected by Superstorm Sandy. Implementing this Kaizen event has made meal delivery in the still recovering area more efficient. 

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Inside A $350,000+ Porsche

June 21, 2013 10:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos

CNN Money's Sue Callaway goes inside Singer Vehicle Design, an exclusive Porsche shop in Southern California that takes old Porsches and modernizes them – for a price. Singer Vehicle Design says it is “dedicated to the passionate study, preservation, and optimization of the world’s most respected high performance vehicles through modern techniques and unique and fresh perspectives.”

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CMR Demos Its Printed Polarity Magnets

June 20, 2013 10:27 am | by TechCrunch | Videos

While at Capital Factory in Austin, TechCrunch got a demo from Correlated Magnetics Research VP Stephen Straus. Currently operating under various grants and military contracts, they are looking to reach out to third parties to license their technology for use across the globe.

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GE CEO: China Will Drive Energy Tech

June 20, 2013 10:18 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Fossil fuels are still the number one energy source. Andy Serwer, managing editor for Fortune asks GE what that means for the company today, as well as five years from now. At the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt says that future energy development will be focused in China.

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Boeing CEO Announces New, Bigger 787

June 20, 2013 10:14 am | by CNN Money | Videos

CEO Jim McNerney says the 787 is a mature technology as Boeing launches a stretched version of the airliner, the 787-10. The 787-10 holds more passengers, but is designed for shorter distances — ideal for regional carriers.     

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Top Mobile Devices

June 20, 2013 9:46 am | by CBS News | Videos

Paul Reynolds, electronics editor for Consumer Reports, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the best smartphones, tablets and cameras on the market. Reynolds showcases the devices and indicates why the products made it to the top of the list. 

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Form 1 3D Printer Hands On Demo

June 19, 2013 10:21 am | by TechCrunch | Videos

John Biggs invites TechCrunch into his workshop to give a nice rundown and demo of the Form 1 3D Printer. Differing from the MakerBot which uses an additive process, Form 1 has a resin and laser process. The result is more precise sculptures.

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Boeing's 787 Nightmare Is Over

June 18, 2013 10:06 am | by CNN Money | Videos

It wasn't that long ago that the Boeing 787 was having some problems with its battery, leading to many airlines grounding their 787s. Now, the Dreamliner maker's stock is the 2nd best performer in the Dow this year as worries about Boeing's 787 battery problems fade.

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Whatever Happened To L.A. Gear?

June 17, 2013 10:25 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The sneakers with the flashing lights were everywhere in the 90s. With celebrity endorsements and rocketing sales, L.A. Gear became the No. 3 sneaker company behind Nike and Reebok. And even though the company fell on hard times, the brand is still with us today.

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Apparel Brands Look To New Asian Frontiers

June 14, 2013 9:50 am | by Reuters TV | Videos

Attention shoppers: Southeast Asia is the emerging hotspot for apparel manufacturing, with cost and safety concerns driving global brands to shift sourcing from stalwarts China and Bangladesh. Today, countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia are making clothing for some big brands.

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Taking Green To Manufacturing

June 13, 2013 10:29 am | by Ford | Videos

When it comes to reducing the impact of climate change, Ford has taken steps to improve their efficiency on the road by creating a lineup of alternative fuel vehicles. But they've also taken steps to improve their efficiency at home, by making their manufacturing facilities greener than ever.

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U.S.-China Summit Shows Two Powers 'In The Same Boat'

June 13, 2013 10:23 am | by ReutersTV | Videos

A successful weekend summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping points to the countries boosting cooperation on issues from North Korea to China's alleged cyber theft, says one Chinese academic. U.S. officials now say that China is ready to begin working more closely with the U.S. on these big issues.

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Flexible Transportation Design

June 13, 2013 10:16 am | by EPFL | Videos

EPFL scientists have imagined a new modular transportation system. Modules are either loaded on a train or clipped under a flying wing, allowing more flexibility for people or freight transportation. Called "Clip-Air", this concept opens the door to a wide range of new research opportunities in the context of flexible transportation.

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