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Durable Goods Orders Drop 1.8 Percent In May

June 23, 2015 10:05 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in May.

The Weak Dollar, Wage War & Why 'Made In America' Is Still Better

June 22, 2015 3:00 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Take a look at the impressive movement of companies looking to reshore their facilities.

Watch Robots 3D Print A Bridge

June 18, 2015 2:45 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A company called MX3D plans to use robots to 'draw' a bridge into midair over an Amsterdam canal...

Bearing Down On Counterfeit Motion Control Components

June 12, 2015 10:09 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Counterfeiting is a major issue that affects many manufacturers across the globe.

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Reducing Touches: Managing Lifecycles In Material Handling

June 11, 2015 3:35 pm | by Larry Korak | News | Comments

Here are seven ideas on how to to improve long-term viability.

How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 19, 2015 2:46 pm | by Tom Grace | News | Comments

Counterfeited brands, including consumer safety, manufacturing and electrical products, can have threatening implications for industry workers and facilities alike.                                                                 

Science Of Superheroes: Swedish Scientists Modified E.coli Bacteria To Manufacture Amazing Spider Silk

March 12, 2015 2:04 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Scientists have proven that harvesting spider silk proteins from goat’s milk works. But a new crop of companies working to commercialize synthetic spider silk, such as Sweden’s Spiber Technologies AB, are moving beyond “spider goats.”                                                                                                             

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 6, 2015 3:25 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week’ focuses on a woman who has achieved a great feat in the manufacturing industry and a company  . . .              

This Amazing New Material Could Revolutionize Jet Travel

February 9, 2015 2:08 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

In the century following the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, planes have gone through three materials revolutions: wood and fabric fuselages gave way to aluminum and, eventually, to light and strong carbon composites used to make the bodies of the latest planes like Boeing’s Dreamliner and the Airbus A350. But a new and...

EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads. Under the voluntary agreement between the EPA, eight auto industry groups and the Environmental Council of the States, copper content in brake pads would be reduced to 5 percent by weight in 2021, then cut again to 0.5 percent by 2025.

MeadWestvaco to Sell European Tobacco Carton Business

January 22, 2015 1:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Packaging company MeadWestvaco Corp. is selling its European-based tobacco folding carton business. The Richmond, Virginia-based company said Thursday it has signed a definitive agreement with Swedish company AR Packaging Group AB. Earlier this month, MeadWestvaco announced plans to spin off its specialty chemicals business into a separate, publicly traded company.

Copper Slide Triggers Mine Closure, Layoffs

January 22, 2015 1:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A recent decline in the price of copper — and worrisome projections about the metals market going forward — has led to the closure of one mine in Montana and concern throughout the industry. Spokane Valley, Washington-based Revett Mining Co. this week announced it would suspend operations at the end of the month at Troy Mine, which mines copper and silver northwestern Montana.

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Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

Quartz Glassware: A Scientific Secret Ingredient

January 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Quartz glassware is the secret ingredient to many scientific experiments. It handles heat and cold without cracking, remains inert to most chemicals and does not interact with light, a quality that makes it perfectly transparent. It doesn’t change shape and remains hard when cold, but becomes flexible when...

2015 Design For Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition Seeks Submissions

December 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by SME | News | Comments

SME’s annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is calling for high school and college student designers to submit custom designs featuring additive manufacturing. The competition is sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part...

3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 30, 2014 12:13 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Like many NASA experiments, the science that precipitates from manufacturing in space will not only help our civilization get to mars, but it will also add to the quickly growing launching pad of additive manufacturing and its uses ...     

3D Scanning Technology Used For Historical Artifacts

October 28, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Artec Group, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional 3D scanners, and Threeding.com, a fast-growing 3D printing marketplace and file-sharing website, have announced a cooperation agreement for the 3D scanning of historical artifacts. Under the agreement, Threeding will use...

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Throwing Star, Brass Knuckle Beer Glass Holder, Among Finalists

October 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Earlier this summer, PD&D started a 3D-printing competition when we asked “What Would You Print?” Now, we have our finalists and we took the opportunity to flesh out their designs on our Uprint from Stratasys. Stay tuned as we announce the grand prize winner, who will win an Afinia H480 3D printer, on...

Summit Materials Acquires Concrete And Aggregate Companies

October 9, 2014 5:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Summit Materials is pleased to announce the acquisitions of Southwest Ready-Mix, a ready-mix concrete company in southwest Houston, Texas; Colorado County Sand & Gravel, an aggregates company in Colorado County, Texas; and Concrete... 

Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant

October 2, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Indiana where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. Aircraft manufacturers are increasingly turning to ...

Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles

October 1, 2014 9:28 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialization of electric cars, which use carbon-free energy sources and...

What’s Next In 3D Printing

September 30, 2014 10:48 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from ...

CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 9:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil - Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways. Senate Bill 270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline ...

Plastic Made From Thin Air

September 26, 2014 11:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Newlight Technologies is turning carbon into plastic and taking on a $373 billion dollar-a-year industry.                                          

4 Ways To Increase Manufacturing

September 22, 2014 10:00 am | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Every dollar earned pushes us higher toward meeting new profitability heights, and there are many steps that can help us grow. Four of my favorite areas to look at for improvements to output are...

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

Brazil Materials Receives Environmental Permit For Mine

September 11, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazil Minerals, Inc., a U.S. holding company with revenues from gold and diamonds, announced today that its subsidiary, Mineração Duas Barras Ltda., had obtained the formal environmental permit to remove and commercialize sand, which is...  

Bulk Metallic Glasses: A Tough New Material For Manufacturing

September 4, 2014 4:25 pm | by YaleCampus | Videos | Comments

Yale Professor Jan Schroers and his graduate students have developed some unique uses for metallic glasses, a particularly tough metallic alloy that can be molded into useful products (like cell phone cases) at...       

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