Business & Industry

Big Data

In, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, the authors explore one of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large. Which paint color is most likely to tell you that a used car is in good shape? How can officials identify the most dangerous New York City manholes before they explode? And how...

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Should Manufacturers Use Big Data to Prevent Cyber Attacks?

Manufacturers have become highly attractive targets for cyber attackers, which can steal and sell the huge amounts of data they produce. But manufacturers can fight back by using Big Data, tying together supply chain systems, functionality, and network information to gain meaningful insight into security flaws and events. A report released Monday estimates cybercrime's impact on the economy to be...

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The Top States for Manufacturing Job Gains

New state employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal the top states where manufacturing employment had the greatest gains last month, with Indiana leading the country, adding 4,300 new net workers in June. Although Indiana's unemployment rate rose from 8.3 in May to 8.4 percent in June, officials said that the manufacturing job growth last month reflected the largest one month...

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Integrated Supply Chains Maximize Efficiencies and Savings

An integrated supply chain allows manufacturers to look into business processes across multiple suppliers and across disparate platforms to follow materials and components wherever they are -- expanding traditional supply chain management beyond tracking materials, information, and finances as they move from supplier to manufacturer. As ERP solutions provider Eresource notes, integration...

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Plugging the Manufacturing Skills Gap with Mobile Training

Smartphones and tablet computers have drastically changed the way business professionals consume and use information, and the mobile devices offer significant opportunities for manufacturers in on-the-job learning and training for their workforce. More than a third of Americans now own a tablet computing device, according to survey findings published last month. Looking ahead, analysis by...

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Industrial Processes Call for Customized Approaches to Wastewater

Water is a mission-critical resource for industrial firms, and wastewater treatment makes up an important component of many company's water-management strategy. Increasing water scarcity and stress, along with ever-stricter government regulation, compel industrial firms to seek out ever-more-efficient systems for treating their wastewater. How do manufacturing and industrial firms treat their...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Leading Economic Indicators Flat in June

Plus: Fed Reports 'Moderate' Economic Growth Housing Starts Fall 10 Percent Economic Confidence Wanes U.S. Industrial Production Surged in June Jobless Claims Fall Suddenly The Conference Board's index of leading U.S. indicators showed no change in June, a sign of uneven progress across economic sectors. The data has economists predicting that the rest of 2013 will be shaky. Data released...

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From Engineering.com: Are Simulating Concepts Viable or Absurd?

In this episode of Tech4PD, dueling analysts Jim Brown and Chad Jackson disagree about the practicality of simulation in concept design. Vote for the debate winner, and watch the loser of the last debate become a moving paintball target. Jackson believes a new wave of simulation technologies offer a simple upgrade over the tools, graph paper, and spreadsheets, that engineers use to assess the...

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Are Renewables Ready for Prime Time? It Depends Where You Live

When President Barack Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, he gave broad executive powers to the EPA to establish carbon emission standards for both new and existing power plants. He also increased funding for clean energy, while setting a goal to double our level of renewable energy generation by the year 2020. There will also be new vehicle fuel economy standards developed to take effect...

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Friday Focus: Tips to Help Middle Manufacturers Find Talent for Advanced Techniques

As more middle-market manufacturers adopt advanced techniques, they find better profitability and business growth. The major challenge with incorporating these specialized manufacturing techniques, ranging from automation to information technology, is a lack of workers with adequate skills, a detriment to business growth, according to new research by the National Center for the Middle Market...

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