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Engineering Newswire 27: Hovering Hummingbirds Lead To New UAVs

March 7, 2013 9:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC, we’re building robotic hands that feel, studying shark suckers to make adhesives, developing flexible electronics that read your brain, and looking at the aerodynamic forces required to power and control flight, as seen in hummingbirds.

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Spacesaver: Storage at Work

March 5, 2013 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Director of Multimedia Development | Videos

Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.

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Zebra’s Latest Barcode Labeling Solutions Help You See More And Do More

February 28, 2013 2:35 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Director of Multimedia Development | Videos

Boost productivity with Zebra’s all-new thermal barcode labeling solutions—the QLn420™ rugged mobile printer and the 105SLPlus™ high-performance industrial printer—for fast, reliable and cost-effective printing in your manufacturing and warehousing environment.

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The Hatchet-Based OREO Separator Machine

February 28, 2013 10:30 am | Videos

OREO has teamed up with Portland, Oregon-based David Neevel, supposedly a physicist, to create a machine that is capable of separating an OREO into two. David employs some rudiamentary robotics, plus a hatchet, to get the job done. On top of that, David is not a fan of the creme center, so he's got some other wizardry to take care of that problem.

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Manufacturing Revival Radio: Robert Atkinson Of ITIF

February 22, 2013 3:20 pm | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

Today we welcomed Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), to discuss the President’s manufacturing initiatives stated during the State of the Union. The ITIF is a non-partisan research and educational institute. Robert explained it as a “think tank” that is working to influence public policies to help drive innovation and technologies around the country.

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Engineering Newswire 26: Super Sober Pills

February 21, 2013 10:58 am | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re curing alcoholism with nanocapsules, building squishy robots that jump, and building brain machines for rat cyborgs.

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Manufacturing Revival Radio: Butch Rich Of Rame-Hart

February 20, 2013 1:46 pm | Podcasts

If you have ever had a flu shot, then there is a good chance that in a small way you are connected to our next guest. We welcomed to the show Butch Rich, Director of Operations with Rame-Hart. Rame-Hart began as a design and build machine shop and today has evolved into a leading manufacturer of Egg Harvesters and Inoculators

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Manufacturing Revival Radio: Brian Reelitz And Hank Norem Of Ramco Innovations

February 19, 2013 10:06 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

We had a great time speaking with Brian Reelitz and Hank Norem, President and CFO of Ramco Innovations, respectively. Ramco Innovations is a leading distributor of factory automation products and solutions with a focus on great customer service and innovative product offerings.

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School Helps To Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back To The U.S.

February 19, 2013 9:57 am | by AFTHQ | Videos

Austin Polytechnical Academy was founded as a partnership between labor and business to train students for high-end manufacturing jobs that often remain unfilled for lack of trained talent. The goal of this school it to educate students in all areas of manufacturing.

Engineering Newswire 25:Drilling Holes in Mars

February 14, 2013 1:35 pm | Videos

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the successful completion of this "mini drill" test last week and if the drill cuttings from the fresh hole pass the visual evaluation, the rover team will move forward with the first full drilling.

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Engineering Update #4: Robots Driven By Moths, Recycling Nike

February 14, 2013 11:51 am | Videos

In the latest episode of ECN 's Engineering Update: Scientists at the University of Tokyo have found inspiration for their autonomous sensory-driven robots by examining male silkmoths ... lookin' for love.

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Manufacturing Revival Radio: Alan Beaulieu, President Of ITR Economics

February 14, 2013 11:43 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

With over 60 years of continuous operating economic research ITR Economics stands as one of the most experienced consulting firms in the United States. Alan was kind enough to share a glance into his well proven crystal ball as to what the future may hold for US Manufacturing.

A Behind The Scenes Look At Manufacturing A Viper

February 14, 2013 10:23 am | by The New York Times | Videos

Inside a newly reopened Chrysler plant in Detroit, a car revs to life. Despite its status as the Motor City, Detroit has only two automobile plants entirely within the city limits. One is Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which reopened in December after being closed for more than two years during the automaker’s bankruptcy.

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How 3D Metal Printing May Change Manufacturing

February 12, 2013 9:43 am | by Penn State | Videos

At a recent additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, showcase at Penn State, engineers demoed some of the latest technology in the field. Hear from experts about how 3D metal printing may change manufacturing in the United States, and what challenges it faces.

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Engineering Newswire 24: New Armchair Transforms into Rowing Machine

February 7, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re 3D printing our own Pez dispensers, transforming sitting chairs into rowing machines, and sending messages that will self-destruct.

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Manufacturing Revival Radio: Dan Meckstroth Of MAPI

February 5, 2013 11:46 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

We were glad to have the opportunity to speak with Dan Meckstroth, Vice President and Chief Economist with MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. On today’s show Dan discusses with us the most recent quarterly report (the Q4 2012) which was released this past December.

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Engineering Newswire 23: I Am Iron Woman

February 5, 2013 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re crafting magic arms, building Tony Stark’s cyber-weapon, and 3D printing for the BioCurious. 2-year-old Emma Lavelle was born with a congenital disorder called arthrogryposis. Emma’s parents turned to researchers at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children who had been hard at work on the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton, or WREX.

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Manufacturing Revival Radio: Nigel Southway Of The Society Of Manufacturing Engineers

February 1, 2013 10:41 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

Lately we have been hearing a lot about Reshoring and the optimism that surrounds it for American Manufacturing. As Nigel informed us, our neighbors to the North are sharing the same optimism for Canadian Manufacturing. Today’s conversation was focused specifically on the gap that currently exist in the skilled workforce necessary to fully bring Manufacturing back.

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Engineering Update #2: Revolutionary Self-Healing Wires

January 31, 2013 11:49 am | by Electronic Component News | Videos

In this episode of Engineering Update, we're discussing new research into larger, safer lithium ion batteries, revolutionary self-healing and self-assembling wires using liquid metal, the bay bridge becomes the world's largest light sculpture, and printing your own animatronic robot!

Can Blackberry 10 Breathe New Life Into RIM?

January 31, 2013 9:29 am | by CBS News | Videos

Since 2006 the smartphone landscape has undergone seismic changes. Now, a former industry leader is looking to regain customers. Sumi Das reports RIM is making a gamble with their new Blackberry 10 operating system in a move to stay relevant.

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