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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: CES, A Solar Hybrid & Smart Socks

January 10, 2014 2:12 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we’ll discuss some big business problems, as well as some innovative technology from Ford and GM. We'll also talk to inbound marketing agency Guavabox about what manufacturers can do improve their online presence and take a look at a surprising use for RFID.

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ISM: November Numbers Recap

January 10, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Brad Holcomb, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee, talks to Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, and Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, about November's PMI and explains what's behind the numbers. 

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Busting Slime For More Sustainable Ships

December 23, 2013 11:37 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

AkzoNobel has released this rather fascinating video about how it has worked with Newcastle University to improve the sustainability and fuel economy of the world’s largest ships. Professor Mehmet Atlar, Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics at Newcastle University, says that he “hates the slime” that builds up on the hulls of these cargo shifts, because it increases the frictional drag as they move from one port to the next.

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Inside Hammond's Candy-Cane Factory

December 23, 2013 10:29 am | by CNNMoney | Comments

Watch how Hammond's Candies has been handmaking candy canes for the last 93 years. They started as a small confectioner in Denver, and over the years, they've grown into a global candy-making company. It starts with 70 pounds of sugar cane and water in an open kettle, and goes through a pretty interesting process that isn't like many others you would see in manufacturing.

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Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Today, we’re bringing you details on some of the newest and most advanced technologies that are making automotive production more exciting than ever. Each of the Big 3 automakers have invested heavily in their plants over the last few years, bringing more automation on to the plant floor.

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: 3D Printed Guns, Automotive Bankruptcies & Employing Vets

December 13, 2013 10:03 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, sponsored by Exact, we’ll discuss 3D printed guns and other disruptive technologies, as well as the Saab brand’s resurrection. We’ll also talk to Brad Holcomb of ISM on the latest strong manufacturing numbers, and see Honda’s fun new take on the airbag.

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Automotive Insights 2: Re-Shoring And The Southeast

December 9, 2013 10:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

In the second part of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we’re talking how re-shoring and the Southeast’s rise is changing American automaking. Over the last few years, the automotive industry has seen more foreign manufacturers, like Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen, establishing manufacturing operations here in the U.S. What has been game-changing for many is their decision of where in the U.S. to manufacture.

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The Future Of Manufacturing: Turning Your Paper Labeled Boxes Into Smart Containers With ProVIEW

December 3, 2013 10:53 am | Comments

Eliminate paper labels and cards on cycling containers, providing automated tracking and dynamic visual interaction with operators. You can turn your paper labeled racks and totes into smart containers with Omni-ID's ProVIEW system. "Visual Tagging" promises to be the first step change in cyclic process efficiency in decades. 

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Automotive Insights 1: The Poster-Child Of American Manufacturing

December 2, 2013 11:21 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

In this inaugural episode of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we're talking about the growing complexity within the American automotive landscape, from changes within the Big 3, to the revolution of battery-powered cars like the Tesla Model S, and the fact that an increasing amount of American-made cars are now emerging from the Southeastern states, like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

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3D Printed Car Could Be On The Road Soon

November 22, 2013 10:18 am | by NBC News | Comments

Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer. They tried to make the vehicle as small as possible, and as low to the ground as they could, for an aerodynamic advantage. Its electric powertrain can be recharged in about six hours from a regular wall socket.

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Buy Street-legal Cars From Sci-fi Flicks

September 11, 2013 10:02 am | by CNNMoney | Comments

Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker took their love for sci-fi and comic books and started Parker Brothers Concepts, where they manufacture outrageous, street-legal vehicles for Hollywood and TV shows. Once they started to get famous for their strange-but-functional vehicles, they went from a one-car garage to a 15,000 square-foot production facility in the span of two years.

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Gary, Ind. Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 28, 2013 9:56 am | by NBC News | Comments

The mayor of a rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing Gary, Ind. Once a major steel center, the city's population has dropped by half, and some of its neighborhoods are riddle with crime. Karen Freeman-Wilson, the city's current mayor, has a positive outlook on the future of her city.

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The Million American Jobs Project

August 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Million American Jobs Project | Comments

Economics isn't all that complicated. We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys US-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave.

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Body Glove: Perfecting The Wetsuit

August 14, 2013 10:02 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell created the first practical wetsuit out of neoprene. But finding the perfect material meant a lot of trial and error — including with old Pontiac parts. And building the business itself, while staying aware of all the broader trends in fashion and materials technology, is almost another matter altogether.

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A Look Inside Ford's Simulated Factory

August 7, 2013 10:57 am | by Ford Motor Co. | Comments

In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the United States and hire 1,400 new employees.

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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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