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A lot of the manufacturing conversation has centered lately on Industry 4.0, aka Industrial Internet, aka digital manufacturing, aka advanced manufacturing. Semantics aside, these terms all mean one thing: fully automated, intelligent, and self-regulating factories powered by autonomous robots and orchestrations of production control data and digital information.

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The North American packaging market has steadily rebounded from the Great Recession slowdown, with Mexico showing promise as a growth region. There is a shift to retail-made packaging, and macroeconomic trends will affect the direction of the industrial and transport packaging markets.

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Despite its great potential, additive manufacturing has the current drawback of requiring secondary operations to complete a part. A methodology dubbed “AIMS” is attempting to overcome this challenge via an integrated and hybrid, i.e., additive plus subtractive (read: machining), approach.

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The Bullitt Center, a commercial and office building in downtown Seattle, was borne as a showcase for state-of-the-art methodologies in green construction and operations of built environments. While there was more upfront cost to create the structure, it will be more than offset by the long-term payback.

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If you’re a regular reader of ThomasNet News, you’re likely a registered user of ThomasNet.com. What you might not be aware of is that my colleagues recently relaunched the supplier discovery and product sourcing platform to make it more efficient for engineers, buyers, and supply professionals to use.

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