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Editor's Note: Protect This House

Intellectual property theft is a greater risk for manufacturing businesses today, with the growing deployment of digital management tools. Network hacks are on the rise, according to a new cyber-security study, and malware presents dangers to IT systems, too. The thieves could come from not just China, but anywhere. In the digital manufacturing era, it's time for manufacturers to step up on...

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Industry Crib Sheet: China Manufacturing Loses Growth Grip

Equipment Finance Industry Downgrades Its Outlook Study Says MRO Operations Are Far from Effective China's manufacturing sector expanded in August but at a significantly slower pace, as production rates and new orders softened. The Flash China Manufacturing PMI, published by HSBC in conjunction with Markit Economics, fell 1.4 points to 50.3, a three-month low. The PMI's production sub-index...

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The Light Side: 1,024 'Kilobot' Swarm Forms Shapes On its Own

Pop-Up Ad Inventor Apologizes for the Intrusion Making Choices: The Brain's Internal Duel with Itself NASA's Stardust Craft May Have Found Stardust Taking a page from a colony of ants, a mini-army of simple blinking robots bunch up together and then take cues from each other to autonomously form a shape as commanded, with just a microcontroller and infrared sensors and transmitters aboard each...

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'Miracle' Graphene Could Potently Combine with 3D Printing

A company claims it is nearing the commercialization of graphene filaments that are compatible with 3D printing. The tandem of these technologies could lead to fast production of ultra-strong yet ultra-light parts with unprecedented performance properties. The nanomaterial graphene could prove to be the most important synthetic material since plastic, but a cost-effective mass-production...

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Barrier Films and Packaging: Drivers and Challenges

High-barrier packaging has established itself in the food and beverage sector, despite being costlier, because it can prevent oxygenation and thus degradation of contents. Consumer trends around the world will continue to propel such packaging forward, but recycling of multilayer structures remains problematic. As plastics continue to grow in packaging, concerns have arisen about their...

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The Main Barrier to Developing a Common Management System

Manufacturing management systems like those represented in the ISO standards and others have a major impact on what happens in the industrial setting. Whether discussing a system aimed at quality, environment, health, and safety (EHS), risk, social responsibility, or energy management, each is designed to provide structure around resources processes, procedures, and personnel while enabling...

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Staying Up to Date with OSHA Compliance, Regulations

Employers are responsible for keeping up to date with the standards relevant to them and making sure all employees are likewise up to date with procedures as well as trained on proper safety equipment relevant to their duties. Here are a number of sources that can help you find the latest regulatory information. Staying up to date with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and...

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Editor's Note: Making Marketing 'Pop'

Through the years, information marketing became content marketing. The use of educational material to inform and entertain is not new, but the buzzword and social media have transformed how it's done. The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta is a great example. For a building, the World of Coca-Cola could be one of the greatest promotional vehicles ever created. There aren't many places where people pay...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturing Drives July Industrial Production

Metalworking Equipment Demand Gains in June July Retail Spending Falls Flat on Weaker Auto Sales Small Business Confidence Ticks Up Slightly in July U.S. industrial production expanded 0.4 percent in July, the same pace as in June, as strong gains in the manufacturing sector overcame a 3.4 percent drop in utilities production and a mild 0.3 percent expansion in mining output. The...

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The Light Side: '123456' Is an Awesome Password, It's Confirmed

'Invisible' Plane Suspends You Up in the Sky Keep It Weird and Take Our Money, SkyMall Tattoo Biobatteries Produce Power from Sweat In Mel Brooks' 1987 Star Wars parody film Spaceballs, a character under duress reveals the combination to unlock a precious device as "12345," to which a Darth Vader-like villain proclaims, "That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life!...

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