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Large Scale Graphene Production

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Videos | Comments

Draw a line with a pencil and it's likely that somewhere along that black smudge is a material that earned two scientists the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.                  

Lumber Company Announces Philadelphia Expansion

July 22, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood...

Multi-Passage Soft-Seal Rotating Unions

July 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Deublin | News | Comments

A new product line of multi-passage soft-seal rotating unions is now available from Deublin...

Old Tires Find New Lives In Myanmar

July 9, 2014 10:47 am | by Aye Aye Win, Associated Press | News | Comments

Old truck tires are transformed into rubber washers and bushings for cars and rice mills....

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Mining Firm Is Optimistic About Rare Mineral Deposit

June 27, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

A Canadian firm hoping to build a mine to collect a valuable and rare heat-resistant element from beneath southeast Nebraska says the first samples collected this year are encouraging.            

Shining More Light

June 16, 2014 2:45 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects.               

Progress Made On 'Bionic Pancreas' For Diabetics

June 16, 2014 7:51 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said.                

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Auto Industry Gets Serious About Trying To Lighten Up

June 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher fuel efficiency standards.            

Choosing The Right Material For The Job

May 5, 2014 3:33 pm | by Anderson Development | Articles | Comments

The trick is to figure out what material properties are the most important, while at the same time keeping price and processability in mind.                   

Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 8:01 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy.   

U.S. Claims Victory In Trade Dispute With China

March 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is claiming victory in what it calls a major trade dispute with China over its curbs on exports of rare earths, the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.        

Meyer Tool Expanding S.C. Operations With $5 Million Investment

March 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Meyer Tool Inc. (MTI), a high-tech supplier to the gas turbine industry, will more than triple its manufacturing operations near Greenville, S.C., with an initial $5 million investment that will add at least 50 new jobs to the production.

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Visibility, Structure Allow For Quicker Reaction, Improved Customer Service

February 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by Microsoft Dynamics | Videos | Comments

When Boa-Franc, a leading North American manufacturer of pre-finished hardwood floors, was looking to enhance its ERP and CRM software, it partnered with Edgewater Fullscope for help with Microsoft Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM.

Mining Companies Seek Graphite For Tech Needs

February 27, 2014 11:03 am | by Dan Joling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. imports all of its natural graphite, but mining companies are searching locations from Alaska to Alabama, optimistic about future demand.                  

Rolls-Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

February 26, 2014 11:28 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company claims that without a bridge and crew support systems, ships would be 5 percent lighter before loading cargo and would burn 12 percent to 15 percent less fuel during their trips.                 

High-Tech Mich. Hub Could Create 10,000 Manufacturing Jobs

February 24, 2014 9:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The White House announced Sunday the The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), set to open this spring in metro Detroit. It’s the latest hub in the Obama administration’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and it’s expected to bring 10,000 jobs to the region within the next five years.

Toray To Invest $1 Billion, Hire 500 In S.C.

February 18, 2014 1:52 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Toray Industries, Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of fibers and textiles, plastic resins, films and carbon fiber compositematerials, has selected Spartanburg County, S.C. for its next global facility. The $1 billion investment over the next decade is expected to create 500 new jobs and represents one of the largest initial capital investments in South Carolina's history.

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Apple's Big Bet On Sapphires

February 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Apple is betting on sapphires to be the next big thing for its products. It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.

Entegris To Buy ATMI For About $1.15B

February 4, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Entegris Inc. has reached a deal to buy fellow semiconductor materials maker ATMI in a deal worth about $1.15 billion. The deal announced Tuesday brings together two key suppliers in the semiconductor industry to create a leader in advanced process materials, contamination control and wafer handling, Entegris said.

How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

February 3, 2014 3:16 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession.        

Bringing Big Steel’s ‘Mini-Mill’ To Solar

January 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Silicor Materials, in many ways, is turning inward to implement the necessary practices rather than simply trying to respond to volatile markets. In order to make that possible, the company is implementing some philosophies most often seen in another industry altogether: the foundries of Big Steel, which has a long history of adopting new technology and ways of thinking to improve margins and stay in business.

U.S. Challenges China Over High-Tech Steel Imports

January 14, 2014 7:51 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is accusing China of failing to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling against China's imposition of duties on high-tech American steel. Washington says the duties caused a $250 million annual drop in exports. The ruling concerns grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel that is used primarily by the power generating industry.

Company Making Progress On Ind. Iron Pellet Plant

December 30, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

Magnetation Inc. of Grand Rapids, Minn., announced in late 2012 it would build the new factory at the site of an abandoned ethanol plant in the White County town of Reynolds. Several large buildings for the factory are under construction at the site.

Top 13 In 2013, #9: Textiles Tragedy In Bangladesh

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

On April 24, the Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building in Savar collapsed, leaving hundreds dead and many more trapped within the rubble. Survivors said the building had cracked severely the day before, and that police had ordered an evacuation, but there was no action on the factory’s management.

Top 13 In 2013, #10: Boeing’s Dreamliner Takes Flight, Kind Of

December 10, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After years of development, supplier searches and assembly, Boeing began to ship out its long-awaited, high-tech 787 “Dreamliner” jet to airlines globally throughout 2012 and well into 2013. Again and again, things just didn't go to plan.

Ten Business Technology Trends You'll Read About in 2014

December 6, 2013 9:53 am | by Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Immersed in today’s dynamic business technology environment and excited about what’s to come, we at LNS Research offer our early list of main focus areas you can expect experts to be discussing over the next few months.

Tracking The Future Of Conflict Minerals

December 3, 2013 12:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

These conflict minerals — cassiterite, wolframite, coltan and gold — are mined in the DRC by various rebel groups and those who, generally speaking, do not bind themselves to any threshold of human rights. Because minerals mined in these countries go through a complex network of middlemen in the region and in East Asian processing plant, the exact source of a particular batch of gold can be difficult, if not impossible, to find.

Glitches Keep SpaceX From Launching Rocket

November 29, 2013 9:13 am | News | Comments

The privately owned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has experienced several technical issues this year and two attempts to launch on Thanksgiving were aborted. SpaceX says it will try again in a few days to launch the 7,000-pound satellite into geostationary orbit.

How To Build A Fab Lab

November 12, 2013 12:18 pm | by Massimo Menichinelli | Articles | Comments

A FabLab can be understood as a physical space with tools and machines for digital fabrication; a community of people that collaborate and share some values and capabilities; and a node in a global network that seeks a balance between being completely independent and local and being completely coordinated and global. Each of these three different natures is important and cannot be taken alone.

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