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Does Gesture-Recognition Technology Have a Role in Today’s Factories?

August 6, 2013

Gesture-recognition technology was introduced to mass consciousness more than a decade ago via the Tom Cruise film Minority Report. Now no longer science fiction, it allows a computer to recognize and respond to commands from a user’s face or hands without touching anything. But does gesture-recognition technology fit in an actual, live manufacturing operation today? Read More

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Two Young Scientists Harness Bacteria to Break Down Plastic Waste

August 6, 2013

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Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao present an inspirational new method to break down plastic waste. Their targeted contaminants are phthalates, classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a top priority pollutant. Every year at least 470 million pounds of phthalates contaminate our air, soil, and water. Phthalates are used in plastic because they increase flexibility, durability, and transparency. When acting as a hormone disruptor phthalates can cause cancer and birth defects. Phthalates are part of the plastic but not covalently bonded to the plastic’s chemical backbone and can escape into the environment. Baby toys, beverage containers, cosmetics and food wraps all contain phthalates. The contamination can be absorbed by skin contact, ingested and inhaled. Read More

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EPA Amends Solvent Wipe Rule to Reduce Burden for Industrial Facilities

August 6, 2013

In keeping with a promise from President Barack Obama to reduce the burden of federal regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) modified its hazardous waste management rule to exclude solvent-contaminated wipes from hazardous waste regulations provided that businesses clean or dispose of them properly. The rule is based on EPA’s final risk analysis, which was peer reviewed in 2008 and published for public comment in 2009, and which concluded that wipes contaminated with certain hazardous solvents do not pose significant risk to human health and the environment when managed properly. Read More

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Survey Reveals Top Industries Hiring Manufacturing Workers

August 6, 2013

Almost half of manufacturing workers claim they are unhappy with their jobs, but most admit that they believe finding a new position is more of a challenge than it was a year ago, according to a new Monster Worldwide Inc. survey. Read More

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Wearable Technology Creates Efficiencies for Manufacturing

August 6, 2013

To date, many wearable technology applications have focused on everyday, recreational activities. Golfsense’s glove-based sensor works to improve a player’s swing. Frog Design’s subway navigation bracelet alerts travelers to subway train times. Instabeat’s goggle-mounted sensor allows swimmers to monitor heartbeat and calorie burn in the pool. Read More

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Affordable Care Act Is Shaping Manufacturers' Workforce Strategies

August 6, 2013

Many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have already gone into effect, while others continue to roll out. Congress continues to struggle in vain to repeal some or all of the ACA. As the federal health care reform moves ahead with implementation, businesses are showing increasing concerns about the costs and administrative burdens of the new requirements. Read More

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The New Digital Age

August 6, 2013

In The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs offer their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected -- a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness. Read More