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The Light Side: Technology Is the Right Call in Sports

'Blood' Runs Cold on Antarctic Waterfall Your Personalized Information Ticker Has Arrived 4 Awesome NASA Inventions You Use Every Day The football, er, soccer World Cup is well entrenched in Brazil, with the field of countries vying for the right to be called the world's best at "the beautiful game" soon to be whittled in half to 16. After suffering a heartbreaking 2-2 draw with Portugal...

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Trickle-Down from Nanosats Will Ignite Commercial, Civilian Technologies

Like space-related technological progressions that came before them, nanosatellites could bring a sea change to communications, navigation, etc. Chances are, they will also drive new materials and power sources that will create unprecedented civilian and commercial products. When the United States was thrust into the Space Race with the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, the sudden focus on space...

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In Scaling Up, Focus on 3Ps: Pricing, Partnership, and Pipeline

For manufacturers, a surefire method of securing opportunities for scaling up business is becoming a preferred supplier to a larger manufacturing organization. Here are the steps needed to ensure a smooth approach that sets the table for high growth. Positioning your small business to scale up is often highly dependent on being a valuable partner to a larger manufacturer's supply chain. If your...

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Editor's Note: Section 179 Death Means Taxes

This critical portion of the tax code that had allowed businesses, especially small manufacturers, to fully write off their equipment purchases in the first year reverted back to pre-recession rules at the beginning of 2014, stifling small business investment. The expensing limit for businesses' equipment purchases - aka Section 179 of the tax code - reverted back to the pre-recession level of...

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Quality/Regulatory Document Management: What You Need to Know

The all-too-common scenario of businesses using homegrown and paper-based systems to manage quality and regulatory documents and documentation requirements creates inefficiencies and unnecessary costs. However, it presents even greater risks for organizations in life sciences, aerospace and defense, and automotive, where stringent quality management and sustained regulatory compliance aren't just...

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MRO Management: What Truly Needs to Be on the Shelf

Businesses waste a ton of money with stale maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) items on their storeroom shelves. Cutting down on overstocks of these supplies starts with how storerooms are run. Smart MRO inventory management lies in rhyme and reason. How, in this world of data, can we not know more about the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) items we have in inventory -- the items...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Industrial Production Bounces Back in May

Metalworking Machinery Demand Falls Back Small Businesses Remain Highly Positive of Outlook Tech Mergers and Deals Explode in First Quarter U.S. industrial production rebounded in May with a 0.6 percent expansion, the latest encouraging signal that manufacturing and the American economy are moving toward a stronger second quarter after the nation's GDP shrunk 0.1 percent for the first three...

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The Light Side: Secret of Lithium-Ion Batteries Revealed

3D Printing 'Suits' RoboCop's Special Effects Wizards It's the Stuff of Nightmares, Says Dream Study There are plenty of things in the universe where we know they just work without fully understanding how it happens, but Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers might have crossed lithium-ion batteries off that list. Using in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM), MIT professor Ju...

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Jigs and Fixtures Are 3D Printing's Hidden Value

A manufacturing workforce's productivity is dependent on its access to tools that speed up routines. One less-talked-about area is the 3D printing of jigs and fixtures. Additive manufacturing can put a new jig or fixture into the hands of shop floor workers in a day, and the process is quickly repeatable to  eliminate upkeep. Current headlines about 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM)...

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Successful Software Selection: Do Your Due Diligence

A survey by consulting firm Software Advice, based in Austin, Texas, has found that the small and medium-sized (SMB) businesses most satisfied with their software-selection projects used basic due diligence during the selection process, rather than the kinds of complex analyses often employed by IT departments. The two most effective tactics cited by respondents turned out to be checking vendors'...

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