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Addressing Market Disruptions: B2B Game Plan Forum

July 26, 2013 9:28 am | Comments

Game Plan is the only e-commerce Forum for the B2B market of Brands, Manufacturers, and Distributors. Brian Walker, Senior Vice President of Strategy at hybris, shares his thoughts on the importance of a B2B forum such as Game Plan. This is a place where B2B thought leaders can come together and discuss what is happening in the current market.

The Making Of A Steinway

July 22, 2013 2:38 pm | Comments

Renouned piano-maker Steinway & Sons has released this fascinating video that details the manufacturing process behind a Steinway piano. Based on the amount of personal care and work that goes into every finished piece, there's certainly a sense of artistry that goes into each.

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Universal Robots Brings Manufacturing Back To U.S.

July 2, 2013 4:04 pm | by Universal Robots | Comments

To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.

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M.Net Newswire 2 — The Gray Area Of 3D-Printed Guns

May 21, 2013 10:24 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

In this episode of M.net’s Manufacturing Newswire, remaking American security, Amazon eyes the smartphone market, and a blow to the nation’s labor unions. We’ll also updated you on Window’s Blue, take a brief look at the uncertainty in U.S. manufacturing, and the liability surrounding 3-D printed guns.

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How Virtualization Could Save You Big

May 16, 2013 11:54 am | Comments

While the benefits of server virtualization at the corporate data center are receiving a great deal of attention, its ability to address lifecycle management issues may make virtualization even more compelling at the manufacturing plant, since implementing virtualization in manufacturing environments moves the technology into the business- and mission-critical realm. But do manufacturers fully grasp the risk versus reward?

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Kickstarter of the Week: 128 Miles Per Gallon

May 14, 2013 11:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on PD&D's Kickstarter of the Week, we're exploring the northern reaches of Wisconsin on a gas-powered, DC Lowrider bicycle from Sunny Hill Cycles. The bike features a custom-machined manifold that helps it fit into the frame of the bike, 120-spoke wheels, and pedals that let anyone with a driver's license putter it around on the street.

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Engineering Newswire 37: Boeing Makes Hypersonic History

May 9, 2013 2:45 pm | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Pivot Point, the leading designer and manufacturer of non-threaded fastener solutions, we’re improving Artificial Intelligence with sensors, flying robotic bees, making hypersonic history, and getting ready to launch GOES-R.

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Manufacturing Newswire — Training The Next Generation

May 7, 2013 2:31 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

In this episode of M.net’s Manufacturing Newswire, a lab to train the next generation of manufacturing engineers and designers, the answer to those flickering florescent tube lights, and delayed food safety reforms. We’ll also look at a brief look at the future of localized manufacturing, the latest manufacturing numbers, Microsoft’s plans for the future of Windows and unveil the airplane of the future.

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Engineering Newswire 36: Electric Car Charge Time Cut in Half

May 2, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re bending cellphones, electrifying motorcycles, cutting electric vehicle charge time in half, and riding a screw-propelled snowboard.

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Engineering Newswire 34: Designing A Demonic Child

April 23, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re writing with fire, practicing with the Webb telescope, looking back fondly at the Shake n Bake, and writing emails with a guitar.

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A 90-Year-Old Grandmother Takes VR For A Spin

April 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by Paul Rivot | Comments

A video game developer by the name of Paul Rivot has uploaded a video of his 90-year-old grandmother using the Oculus Rift, an in-development virtual reality (VR) headset, for a spin. While the system has proven to be a trip even for video game and technology enthusiasts, the charm of Rivot's grandmother shows just how compelling this product could be.

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Engineering Newswire 33: Boston Dynamics Tests Mustard Gas & Sarin on PETMAN

April 11, 2013 11:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, PD&D | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. Plus, at mere 50cm tall, this bike-pedaling biped is packed with high performance electronic components including ultrasonic, shock and gyro sensors, Bluetooth modules, and DC-DC converters.

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Secrets From The Potato Chip Factory

April 10, 2013 12:31 pm | Comments

NPR has recently released this pretty compelling video from the plant floor of Herr's, which makes potato chips on a massive scale today. While the plant, based in Nottingham, Pa., used to process just a few potatoes per hour, and most of the labor was manual. Today, they churn through a few tons of spuds an hour.

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Manufacturing Makes America Strong

April 9, 2013 1:23 pm | by National Association of Manfuacturers | Comments

Manufacturing makes America strong. It makes families and communities strong. It provides national security. It gives us energy security. And for the 12 million men and women who work in manufacturing, it gives us pride. Caterpillar, Inc. CEO & NAM Board Chairman Doug Oberhelman tells the story of manufacturing in America and the history of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Engineering Newswire 32: iWorm Straps To Your Back

April 4, 2013 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building an internal suspension system for your brain, designing an endoscope as thin as a hair, and using a worm to go hands-free. This week we welcome Ben Heck to the Engineering Newswire.

Engineering Newswire 31: Superdome Fiasco, Relay to Blame

April 2, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re talking to virtual heads, firing sexists in Silicon Valley, investigating a super-sized power outage, and fishing far flung space garbage from the bottom of the ocean. This episode features, among others, forking repo’s and big dongles brought big problems at the PyCon 2013 conference held in Santa Clara last week.

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Mystery Of Prince Rupert's Drop At 130,000 FPS

March 28, 2013 10:26 am | by Smarter Every Day | Comments

Destin, the proprietor of YouTube channel Smarter Every Day, recently uploaded a fascinating video about the Prince Rupert Drop, a phenomenon involving molten glass that is dripped into water and allowed to cool. The rapid cooling forms a tear-drop base with a long tail, and creates some interesting internal stresses.

Engineering Newswire 30: Augmented Reality Recognizes Your Friends

March 26, 2013 12:15 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, we’re testing experimental grasshopper rockets, making smooth jazz on the seaboard, and making the Sphero do everything. Plus, Duke University is developing a new system, InSight, which will allow users to spot their friends in a crowd based purely on what they're wearing.

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Engineering Newswire 29: 3D Printers in Vending Machines

March 19, 2013 10:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we're kick starting low-cost robotics, using a 3D printing vending machine, and having a cup of coffee in the sky.

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Engineering Newswire 28: Titanic II Will Sink, If You Put a Hole in It

March 12, 2013 12:14 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building trikes with BMW engines, separating Oreos with scrap parts, and designing Titanic II, because, you know, that’s necessary.

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