Rachelle Blair-Frasier
Managing Editor

Rachelle Blair-Frasier is the Managing Editor of IMPO. Rachelle joined ABM after working through the ranks of the weekly newspaper industry from reporter, to editor, to managing editor at the Lodi Enterprise and Poynette Press in southern Wisconsin. Rachelle received a Bachelor of Science journalism degree from Central Michigan University before relocating to Wisconsin to pursue a career. Rachelle’s interests lie in the outdoors, cooking and self-sufficiency. When she’s not researching the latest manufacturing news, she’s tending to her 1,200-square-foot vegetable garden, trying out a new recipe or training her and her husband’s two versatile hunting dogs — Rupert, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and Kate, a Spinone Italiano.

Using a newly developed artificial neural network and a depth-mapping camera, a two-fingered picking robot was able to determine the best grasp for picking up...
7.5.2018
10:37am
In an iconic scene in Terminator 2, the T-1000 is peppered with holes from shotgun blasts only to quickly heal himself, much to the dismay of our heroes.
5.29.2018
3:01pm
It’s no secret that scientists are constantly on the hunt for new ways to reduce carbon emissions.
5.10.2018
10:11am
Manufacturing an explosive material such as rocket fuel can be dangerous business. To lower the risk, engineers are taking a cue from nature with the design of...
4.11.2018
10:27am
A worker was killed last week in an accident at a South Carolina BMW vehicle plant.
4.4.2018
4:20pm
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Snow on the runway can cause chaos and long, expensive, flight delays. But that could be a thing of the past after autonomous snowplows were tested for the...
3.28.2018
9:37am
Over the years, scientists have created soft robots that can handle delicate objects, crawl and swim, however these robots have always had a limited ability to...
3.14.2018
9:45am
This isn’t the first snake-inspired robot to be featured on Manufacturing Minute, and it probably won’t be the last. However, it could be the first to utilize...
2.28.2018
9:23am
Graphene — the extremely strong and thin wonder material — may have another new use this time as edible RFID tags.
2.21.2018
9:44am
Researchers from Binghamton University and Rutgers University may have found a way to put an end to crumbling roads with a self-healing concrete.
2.7.2018
11:07am
An Indiana woman was killed over the weekend after getting stuck in a machine at a Fort Wayne plastics factory.
1.12.2018
10:43am
Samsung plans to begin operations at its South Carolina washing machine factory this month.
1.8.2018
2:13pm
IMPO recently spoke with Noodle.ai CEO Stephen Pratt on how predictive AI systems can help manufacturers.
1.4.2018
11:09am
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Through 2018 and beyond, the industry will continue to see an increase of automation in factories.
1.3.2018
11:02am
The last revision of safety requirements for industrial robots was released in 2011, and it didn’t address collaborative robots in detail.
12.22.2017
11:53am
A team of scientists are developing a bio-friendly power source, similar to the way electric eels generate power.
12.20.2017
10:50am
A new training facility in Kentucky hopes to give former coal miners the skills they need for a career in advanced manufacturing.
11.30.2017
11:04am
Autoneum North America, Inc. has been fined $224,000 for five alleged safety violations following an October investigation.
11.29.2017
10:27am
Research out of the University of Washington could make it easier for facilities to locate water leaks in pipes.
11.22.2017
10:06am
Investigators said Arkema Inc. offered little direction on containing flood waters even though its facility is located in a flood plain.
11.20.2017
2:46pm
OSHA is investigating an Indiana manufacturing plant after a worker was killed Saturday.
10.25.2017
10:45am
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A new soft gripper can decipher the shape of unknown objects just by touching it.
10.25.2017
10:34am
Authorities are investigating an accident that led to the death of a factory worker at a Wisconsin facility.
10.19.2017
1:57pm
The Madison facility was home to Oscar Mayer since 1919 and in the 1970s employed up to 4,000 people.
10.12.2017
10:54am
This would just be the latest stage in a multi-stage project.
9.27.2017
10:46am
In this episode, a single-lens 4D camera and a new surface to control biofouling.
8.29.2017
10:24am
In this episode, propelling satellites with teaspoons of water and a spit-activated battery.
8.15.2017
10:19am
In this episode, creating cheaper, greener biofuels from recycled aluminum foil and a look at smart underwear.
8.8.2017
10:28am
In this episode, building artificial floating islands and a chairless chair.
7.18.2017
10:19am
In this episode, a morality algorithm for autonomous cars and a robot with a sense of touch.
7.13.2017
11:36am
In this episode, a new cool battery and virtual reality that’s easy on the eyes.
6.29.2017
10:33am
In this episode, another flying car prototype and a continuous 3D printer.
6.15.2017
10:41am
In this episode, NASA’s new technology to safely land drones in an emergency and instant IoT.
5.25.2017
10:26am
In this episode, Boeing considers 3D printed titanium parts for its Dreamliner and a hydrophobic material.
4.18.2017
3:07pm
In this episode, a super clean way to produce hydrogen and edible robots.
3.21.2017
10:02am
In this episode, a robot that learns by reading thoughts and a greener alternative for 3D printing.
3.16.2017
10:27am
In this episode, a look at Ford’s autonomous delivery drones concept and a robot that phenotypes crops.
3.7.2017
10:42am