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Advanced Materials for Lightweighting Cars: What's New in Steel?

When talking about reducing our collective carbon footprint, the conversation quickly turns to transportation. Transportation is responsible for 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in this country, second only to electricity generation. With utilities switching from coal to cleaner sources, transportation could conceivably advance to the number one spot if the Obama administration hadn't...

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From Engineering.com: The Future of Factory Automation

Since the 1970s factories have become ever more automated. In this episode of Product Design Show, Allison Toepperwein and Vince Penman look at current trends in factory automation and show how networked facilities are changing the landscape of manufacturing.  text text [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZkZb9I-g3s[/embed] Check out more Engineering.com videos on IMT below: Materials...

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Friday Focus: Getting Ready for Manufacturing Day

With just under a month until National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), companies across the country are preparing to open their doors to the next generation of workers, business connections, and politicians to raise awareness about the industry through hands-on demonstrations and facility tours. Here's a glimpse of what some are planning for the Oct. 4 event. National Manufacturing Day launched in...

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Light Friday: Why Do We Clap?

Plus: A Frog That Hears with Its Mouth How Employment Affects Depression See-Through Speakers Hold Potential for Medical Devices A Dose of Pun  Clapping is a nearly universal expression of gratitude, pleasure, and overall happiness. But how did this behavior originate? Many believe that clapping was originally a response to excess emotion that could not be adequately expressed vocally. But...

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Enterprise Asset Management Software Can Maximize Capital Equipment Value

The capital-intensive nature of manufacturing makes enterprise asset management (EAM) a critical competency for industrial businesses. Fortunately there are tools that can help manufacturers maximize the return on investment they receive from their physical assets, real estate and related infrastructure.  Physical assets represent a significant portion of a manufacturing business's estimated...

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New Report Finds Benefits in Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

Bold innovation in the name of sustainability "can improve competitiveness, grow revenues, and better address changing customer needs," according to a new study produced by the triumvirate of Accenture, Business In The Community, and noted British retailer Marks & Spencer. "UK businesses have the opportunity to unlock around £100 billion ($156 billion) a year in value from new...

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Build Networks to Grow Your Manufacturing Business

Developing and growing a viable manufacturing business hinges on a range of variables, from investment capital to market logistics. However, one element that is sometimes overlooked is networking, and there are assorted agencies and organizations that offer advice and support for your specific manufacturing enterprise. Typical entrepreneurial resources include industry publications, seminars, and...

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As U.S. Manufacturing Activity Rises, Employment Slips

New orders and factory activity bolstered the nation's manufacturing sector, which expanded for the third consecutive month in August, according to a new report from the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM Manufacturing Report on Business, released Tuesday, reveals that the August PMI reading registered at 55.7 percent, a slight increase from July's 55.4 percent reading. A reading above 50...

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Selective Laser Sintering Patent Expiration Will Not Be a Game Changer

Core patents for selective laser sintering (SLS) technology will expire next year. The expiration was announced several weeks ago and immediately sparked speculation about the near future of the technology, including the notion that Chinese manufacturers would flood the market with dirt-cheap systems, leading to the development of desktop SLS devices. Experts, however, take a very different...

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EPA to Cut Loophole on SSM Rule for Factories

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created more than 40 years ago, it established  many rules whose full consequences couldn't possibly be known at the time. There have been so many advancements in technology that affect the environment that the agency has been forced to become an ever-changing entity, constantly adapting its rules and guidelines, as well as keeping on top...

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