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FedEx CEO: I'm Dismayed By Washington

December 6, 2012 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Fred Smith says fiscal cliff talks should focus on the corporate tax policies first. Smith says that it's not small businesses that are creating jobs in the U.S., but rather it's capital investments in equipment and software done by big business. 

Lisa Harouni: A Primer On 3D Printing

December 5, 2012 4:35 pm | by Ted | Videos

2012 may become known as the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology became accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni, co-founder of Digital Forming, gives a useful primer on this fascinating way of making things - including intricate objects once impossible to create.

Spinning Fibers At The Nanoscale At MIT

December 5, 2012 4:29 pm | by MITNewsOffice | Videos

A team of MIT researchers has developed a new way to generate nanofibers, using hardware built through standard chip-manufacturing processes. In their prototype, the researchers cram 25 emitters into a square centimeter, boosting nano fiber-production rates while reducing power consumption.

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Supply Chain Management: The Beer Game

December 5, 2012 4:18 pm | by Kettering University | Videos

Prof. Larry Navarre (Business) presents "Supply Chain Management: The Beer Game" during the Provost's Distinguished Faculty Speaker Series. Prof. Navarre touches on the important functions of fulfilling a customer request including product development, marketing, operations, distribution, finance and customer service.

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The Big Shift From Software To Cloud Services

December 5, 2012 4:09 pm | by WindowsEmbedded | Videos

During the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit 2012, Windows Azure Marketing General Manager Eron Kelly discusses Microsoft Corp.'s focus on delivering software through the cloud and the opportunity it creates for devices and intelligent systems.

Intelligent Systems In Manufacturing

December 5, 2012 4:01 pm | by WindowsEmbedded | Videos

Embedded devices bring new efficiencies to the manufacturing line. Watch the "intelligent screwdriver" in action in this simulation of a working intelligent system that links factory-floor devices to decision makers thousands of miles away. Jeff Wettlaufer, technical program manager for Windows Embedded's Marketing Team, shows how it works.

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Driving Efficiency With Intelligent Systems

December 5, 2012 3:53 pm | by WindowsEmbedded | Videos

In its Toledo, Ohio plant, Kuka Systems manages an incredibly complex data flow—and builds entire the body of a Jeep Wrangler in 82 seconds--using an intelligent system powered by Windows Embedded. The highly automated plant produces more than 700 Wrangler bodies each day, in eight different body configurations. 

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The Air You Breathe

December 5, 2012 3:43 pm | by Camfill Farr | Videos

Got dust or fumes in your workplace? Hold on because you're about to take a virtual ride and fly through a Gold Series industrial dust collector from Camfill Farr. See how it works and how it can help you clean up your factory by watching this dust collector video.

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Why Amazon Is Every Company’s Biggest Competitor

December 5, 2012 3:33 pm | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International | Videos

Jim Tompkins discusses the Amazon Effect in a new video that demonstrates how the online retailer is changing the face of global business. Between now and holiday season of 2013, both in-store and online companies have major decisions to make that will result in either success or bankruptcy.

Sustainable Supply Chains

December 5, 2012 3:27 pm | by Avnet | Videos

Check out this video to hear Avnet's Douglas Kent discuss the Sustainable Supply Chain by explaining what it is. He will also discuss why it is important for distributors to implement, how it should be used, how to develop it and where to start.

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Production

December 5, 2012 3:22 pm | by EuropeanMotorNews | Videos

Volvo Car Corporation is now ramping up production of the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid ahead of first customer deliveries in early 2013. After the initial batch of 1,000 model year 2013 cars, production will increase to 4,000-6,000 cars from model year 2014.

Robotic B.A.R.Tender

December 5, 2012 3:14 pm | by MAKE Magazine, Blue Atom Robotics | Videos

Jason Gouw’s prototype of the Robotic B.A.R.Tender is intended to aid a human bartender in the mixing of standard drinks. This robot holds bottles of liquor upside down and pours the proper amounts based on which drink is inputted by the user.

Another View Of Patents

December 5, 2012 3:05 pm | by The New York Times | Videos

James Dyson, inventor and founder of the Dyson company, discusses patent infringements with New York Times reporter Steve Lohr. The Dyson company works diligently to not only innovate, but protect that innovation patent infringement. It's an issue that is as prevalent as its ever been.

An Exclusive Look Inside Israel's Drones

December 5, 2012 10:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos

CNNMoney visits Israel's biggest defense manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, and gets special access to the drones of today and the future. Owned by the Israeli government, the company does over $3.5 billion in annual sales. Of that, about a quarter goes to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which makes one of Israel's most valuable tools.

How Airbus Makes The A380

December 3, 2012 4:40 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Just a glimpse of the 1,500 engineers working are enough to give you an idea of the size and scale of the super jumbo A380. Each part requires precision and patience - 4,000 rivets alone are used to attach the wings to the body. CNN's Ayesha Durgahee looks at how Airbus assembles and tests the largest passenger jet in the world.

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Corning Sales Shatter Expectations

December 3, 2012 8:54 am | by CNN Money | Videos

If you saw any of the highlights of Black Friday sales, you probably witnessed a lot of people buying flatscreen TVs - and that is great news for Corning, which owns the Gorilla Glass unit making glass for LCD screens. While the glass manufacturer has been struggling this year, Corning said that LCD shipments should be better than forecasts.

How Private Are Text Messages, Emails?

November 30, 2012 9:17 am | by CBS News | Videos

It doesn't take much for forensic experts to find all of your digital information on a computer or electronic device. Just how private are your text messages, phone calls and emails? KEYE-TV's Karen Kiley reports on a bill in the U.S. Senate that would add some uniformity to the issue of your digital privacy.

Autodesk Ushers In New Era Of Cloud Based Design

November 29, 2012 9:55 am | by Autodesk, Inc. | Videos

Autodesk Fusion 360 will give designers and engineers the first powerful, easy-to-use and complete cloud-based design solution. Autodesk Fusion 360 will also be available on a term basis making it cost-effective for businesses of all sizes. 

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Why Austin's Tech CEOs Are Optimistic

November 29, 2012 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Austin, Texas, is a growing hub for technology startups, and these companies' leaders see a bright future. Mobile software, cloud computing, 3D printing and greentech businesses are just some of the areas that these CEOs feel will continue to move forward in the coming year. 

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Rattunde Tube Making Machinery

November 29, 2012 9:25 am | by Rattunde Corporation | Videos

A walking tour of Rattunde Corporation's unique tubemaking machinery at IMTS 2012, provided by company president for North America, Rick Stadler. Included is a full demonstration of the ACS CFM Curve's capabilities that delivers ready to install products to the assembly line for Rattunde customers.

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