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Pat McGibbon, Association For Manufacturing Technology’s vice president of intelligence, says the environment of aging machinery at manufacturers, high corporate profitability and cash sitting on the sidelines, and foreign direct investment will result in machinery purchases in the second half.

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The International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago is one of the world’s biggest industrial trade shows. Companies can get the most out of IMTS by sending teams in which each member has a specific role, whether to attend educational sessions, gather intelligence, or meet with potential business partners.

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As mobile devices get ever more sophisticated in their functionality, they are packing greater amounts of internal electronics — heat-producing electronics. It’s up to mobile device designers to find ways to dissipate heat efficiently. While there are several passive-cooling methods, active cooling might be essential in the future.

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Once guardians of large- and heavy-part handling, robots are now involved in moving the smallest and most delicate of parts with dexterity. Vision technology advances have led to robots being able to pick and place randomly located parts. From three-dimensional bin picking to food-grade applications, robotics are moving into new manufacturing frontiers.

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Daimler, the German auto giant behind the Mercedes-Benz marque and numerous commercial-vehicle brands, delivered a big blow to France’s Dassault Systemes when it decided to exit the longtime, popular CATIA system. The move could have significant ramifications.

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