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The Patent Office: Innovation Eliminator

December 6, 2012 1:13 pm | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Patent lawsuits happen all the time, and it is rare that they blow up to anything huge for either side, other than some bragging rights and some lawyer’s paychecks (see Samsung versus Apple for a counterpoint).This patent issue has the potential to dictate a bright or dismal future for crowdsource funding websites, and, in turn, the potential of small, low capitol start-ups.

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My First Trade Show & The Digital Revolution

December 5, 2012 10:06 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

As a twenty-something raised in a technologically driven society, it bothers me that companies still send me direct mail fliers or print catalogs. It more than bothers me – it really distresses me. I hate to see that printed product that I am never going to read show up in my mailbox each day.

Perfect Experiences Are Ruining Tech Education

November 27, 2012 5:02 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Better, and more polished, interfaces make it easier for more people to sit back and play iOS games or watch something on Netflix, they also create a dangerous abstraction — a distance between the user and the actual technology that functions it.

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America, The Blend Hub

November 26, 2012 8:25 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Comments

I’m beginning to think that a key to more American jobs could be a closer connection between European and American businesses — if we can only understand what it is that makes our nation an attractive place to do business. To get a little context, let me share my recent experiences, and examine the lessons that might be learned from them.

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Kickstart Your Heart

November 15, 2012 8:41 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Comments

While the site is used to fund everything from films and music to new technology, Kickstarter has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the world of engineering start-ups. Since its launch, more than $350 million has been pledged to projects by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 projects.

Business On The Move, And Across The Globe

November 12, 2012 3:19 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

Mobility was in full effect here as employees from IFS, their partner companies, analysts, and press tuned into the live presentations and demos, typing on tablets or recording on their smart phones. For many, the pens and pads of paper on the banquet tables went untouched.

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Thermal Processors Get Schooled

November 8, 2012 2:52 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Thermal processing applications can present great risks if not properly attended to. Not only do well-monitored and uniform cooking times and temperatures mean delivering a consistent product to customers, but a failure to adequately cook products, especially meat, can mean a proliferation of bacteria which can negatively impact public health.

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Crowdfunding Fuels Innovation

October 29, 2012 2:53 pm | by Ryan Sauer | Comments

While it continues to be controversial in more conservative investment circles, crowdfunding is on its way to becoming a major source of venture capital for upstart companies. How much impact crowdfunding will have on business and manufacturing remains to be seen. Like such strategies as total quality management and Six Sigma, crowdfunding has the potential to redefine how people conduct, or at least start, business.

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A New U.S. War: Restoring Our Competitiveness

October 29, 2012 10:42 am | by Gordon Zuckerman | Comments

If the United States economy is to restore itself to earlier levels of full employment, prosperity and financial soundness, the American manufacturing community must engage in a national effort to resurrect its global competitiveness. Today, we are threatened by a new brand of economic imperialism.

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Midwest Manufacturing: Turning Around The 2012 Decline

October 26, 2012 10:40 am | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Comments

Today’s trend of Midwest manufacturing declining is due to a triple hit: a Chinese ordering slowdown, a languishing European economy and the domesticU.S. fiscal direction being up in the air with the presidential election. As a result, it’s no surprise that the ability to sell and grow the movement of manufactured goods is suffering, especially on international markets.

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Space Gets Sponsored

October 24, 2012 3:25 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

With the Red Bull Stratos mission ending in a resounding success, the energy drink maker just might have introduced the world to a new paradigm in how we push our technological limits through research and development. And it makes me wonder — could logo-emblazoned rockets and pressure suits become the new normal for dangerous and high-tech exploration, replacing the likes of that famous NASA patch?

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A New World Record

October 24, 2012 1:24 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

Ed Shadle, the lead driver and project manager, told us about how his vision to bring the landspeed record back to the USA has been centered around an F-104 fighter fuselage. Ed and Keith Zanghi, North American Eagle’s director of operations, explained how the group took this proven design and attempted to convert it into something they could actually use.

A Manufacturing History Lesson

October 23, 2012 11:26 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Today, it is well-known that women work in the manufacturing field, but it is also well-known that women are greatly outnumbered by men on the factory floor. “According to the National Association of Manufacturers, about a third of all manufacturing workers today are women,” CNN Money reports.

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U.S. Manufacturing Needs A Brand Makeover

October 22, 2012 9:44 am | by Eileen Markowitz, Thomas Industrial Network | Comments

When I was growing up, it seemed like everyone believed that United States manufacturers made the greatest products in the world. From our home appliances to our cars, we all chose Made in America products for their quality and their value. Of course, the sentiment has changed since then as the economy has grown more global, and countries like China compete on price.

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Genes And Sneakers

October 18, 2012 8:53 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

Just as it’s illegal for you and me to print money, but perfectly legal for the government to print money, there may come a time when the government deems it necessary to analyze your DNA for reasons of “efficiency” or “cost-effectiveness.”It is truly amazing how rapidly a feat which was once hailed as one of the most difficult achievements in the history of humanity is now something that may cost as little as $1,000 in a few years.

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Leave Innovation To The Private Sector

October 16, 2012 8:27 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

If the dollar wasn’t so dirty and we could start clean – I mean completely bleached of the corruption and the twisted version of ethics that business has been paired with – innovation should be left completely up to the private sector. The problem with privatization is the drive for profit over progress, loopholes, and putting a dollar over the greater good.

Sitting With America

October 12, 2012 1:56 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

If you’re not familiar with the “dollar a day for U.S. manufacturing” statistics, I’m talking about the fact that economists say that if every one of us spend an extra $1 on U.S.-made goods every year, it could create nearly 1.3 million new jobs.

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Moving Up In The World

October 11, 2012 11:49 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Technology has improved over time to ensure that most winches, hoists, and cranes serve their purpose safely. However, advanced equipment technology isn’t the complete solution, and this critical area of material handling still requires some user know-how when it comes to accurate selection and maintenance.

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Beer Bombs

October 9, 2012 8:49 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Comments

Back in 1956, three executives from the Can Manufacturers Institute and the Glass Container Manufacturers Institute wrote a report titled “The Effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages.” Their motivation was simple: In the event of a nuclear explosion, what, if anything could be consumed after the fallout?

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How To Lose Your Job To A Robot

October 2, 2012 1:19 pm | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

As our society progresses, robotics and algorithms are becoming more advanced at an exponential rate. This has been apparent for quite some time. So, are droids really taking our jobs? In a word, yes. Though, this brings about a much more political issue – job creation.

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