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Q&A: The Changing Engineering And R&D Landscape

January 30, 2015 2:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad. Banerjee explains the in’s-and-outs of the factors driving demand, to changes in the industry and...

GE Jet Engines Will Power The Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Future U.S. presidents will get a big new plane with the big new job. The U.S. Air Force has...

Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: 3D Printing

January 29, 2015 2:25 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

3D printing is a huge trend in manufacturing, because it essentially is manufacturing....

Ships Ahoy: GE’s New Marine Business Leaves Port

January 29, 2015 9:45 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last fall, the British Royal Navy commissioned a powerful new high-tech frigate so silent that...

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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Robots

January 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The annual World Economic Forum for 2015 was held this month Davos, Switzerland, and robots were an unexpected hot topic. UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg discussed robotics at Davos with Bloomberg News. He touched on the rather new concept of cloud robotics, or the idea that robots are able to...

Ford’s Focus On Driving Innovation

January 28, 2015 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

When it comes to the auto industry, you’ve got to innovate or risk being left behind. Ford isn’t about to get lost in the shuffle as it continues to move forward on modernizing its vehicles. From aluminum-body F-150 trucks and carbon-fiber supercars, to researching future technology like...

Can A 3D Printed Car Change The Industry?

January 28, 2015 10:27 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Local Motors showed off its Strati 3D printed car in Detroit this year with plans to begin selling it later this year. If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream...

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Has Beretta Manufactured The Army's Next Gun?

January 27, 2015 4:46 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Army is in the market for a new standard issue handgun. The standard issue handgun has been the Beretta M9 since 1985 and the Army is opening the door to competitors to present their concepts. That does not mean Beretta is out of the running though. They have manufactured a...

Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Wearable Devices

January 27, 2015 3:01 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Smart watches, Google glasses, and exercise-tracking wearables were all the rage in 2014. So what is next for wearable technology in 2015? The International CES gadget show at the beginning of the month featured wearable applications that are broadening the wearable landscape. Writing from...

Where GE Ventures Sees The Next Big Ideas

January 26, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Like many inventors, Thomas Edison started out as a teenage tinkerer with empty pockets. But his work on improving the telegraph led him to a better stock market ticker and a valuable patent, which he sold for $10,000 to Western Union. He used the money to build a lab in Menlo Park, N.J., and amp up his work with...

NASA Spacecraft Almost To Pluto

January 23, 2015 11:25 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

It's showtime for Pluto. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is nearing the end of its nine-year voyage to Pluto, with just over 100 million miles to go before reaching there this July. In the meantime — starting Sunday — it will begin photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a...

Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Bloomberg News reports on how Robotics and AI have been taking some interest. Here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year...    

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Do You Know Where Your Power Comes From?

January 23, 2015 9:36 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

A new report released this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos estimates that members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will need to invest more than $7.6 trillion over the next 25 years to meet their energy policy goals, further reduce emissions and create...

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 And 'HoloLens'

January 21, 2015 3:18 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens. The HoloLens is worn over the eyes like virtual reality headsets. While it's unclear when it might be available for sale, a Microsoft engineer showed how it could be used to view...

Toyota's Lowest-Priced Car Gets Spruced Up

January 21, 2015 3:11 pm | by ANN M. JOB, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota's lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features — all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000. The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the country.

The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Adam Shreck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a larger version of a single-seat prototype...

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All Systems Ready For Navy's Communications Satellite Launch

January 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Product Design & Development | News | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tonight. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

Russia Rocket Maker: Deal With Orbital Sciences Worth $1 B

January 16, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian rocket manufacturer says its contract with U.S. Orbital Sciences is worth about $1 billion. Russia's state-controlled Energiya said in Friday's statement that the deal with its subsidiary, Energomash, envisages the delivery of 60 RD-181 engines, the first pair of which is to be shipped in...

Highlights From The North American International Auto Show

January 16, 2015 12:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The first week of the North American International Auto Show comes to a close today at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan, and it has been a whirlwind week of new models with incredible technology. Here is a wrap-up of the biggest news of the week...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Dragon Arrives At The I.S.S.

January 14, 2015 12:44 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week's Manufacturing Snapshot is an image of the SpaceX rocket Dragon arriving at the Interational Space Station orbiting lab on Monday morning, a mere two days after its Florida liftoff.  The robotic arm is controlled by Station Commander Butch Wilmore, who is especially...

Hyundai Reveals New Take On Trucks At Auto Show

January 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

One of the more shocking and unexpected concept car revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is undoubtedly the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The car isn’t quite a pickup, but isn’t just an SUV, it is what Hyundai describes as an extension to the utility of a crossover designed for millennials who want...

Tesla Chief Expects Electric Car Company Profit In 2020

January 13, 2015 8:42 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The head of electric car maker Tesla Motors says the company should turn a profit in five years after it brings a lower-cost car to market. CEO Elon Musk, speaking Tuesday at an automotive conference, said Tesla needs to show a profit, and will when it's selling 500,000 cars per year. He...

Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing

January 13, 2015 10:23 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When the Czech writer Karel Capek started working on his science fiction play R.U.R., he asked his brother Josef what he should call the human-like machines at the center of the play. Josef, who was a poet, thought of robota, the Czech word for forced labor, and told Karel to call them...

The Next Housing Solution: 3-D Print Your Home

January 12, 2015 2:52 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

One day, could gathering supplies to build a home be as simple as hitting "Print" on your computer? Alastair Parvin and his colleagues at WikiHouse Foundation hope so. The team has launched their website to create a space where home seekers and designers can share construction...

Meet Chevrolet's Battery-Powered Car

January 12, 2015 2:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The affordable, long-range electric vehicle we have all been expecting from Tesla may have just arrived...from Chevrolet. The Chevy Bolt is battery powered, and it will travel about 200 miles between charges, double the range of other popular electric cars. After a federal tax...

Weekend Marked By Good News, Bad News For SpaceX

January 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

SpaceX had an eventful weekend, with a disappointing crash landing of a supply ship on Saturday and a successful delivery of groceries and Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Monday morning. Saturday’s flight of the Falcon rocket started well, but ended...

The Future Of Big Data: Beyond The Internet Of Things

January 9, 2015 11:03 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The big unifying theme of this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been the Internet of Things (IoT). From BMW’s self-driving car to Quirky’s and GE’s connected light bulbs, smart door locks and bells, and Wi-Fi tea pots, there were hundreds of exhibitors who presented their IoT-ready...

The Best And Worst Of CES 2015

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is all the talk this week as companies showcase their new products, inventions and ideas. This year, the Internet of Things (IoT) is making a big push as the connected home appears to be a big trend, as well as more technology coming to our vehicles. CNNMoney presents...

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