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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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Trade Show Preview: Pavilion Format Simplifies IMTS Planning

Held every two years at McCormick Place in Chicago, the International Manufacturing Technology Show is one of the world's biggest industrial trade shows. The breadth and depth of technology shown at IMTS deserve a full walk-around, but the trade fair's pavilion format enables targeted visits. The International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago is one of the world's biggest industrial trade...

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Editor's Note: The Skills Gap Prospectus

Affinity and peer groups, local and regional cooperative networks, public-private partnerships, and school-industry alliances now proliferate in the talent development battle. There are even specialized initiatives aimed at Millennials, girls, and young women. Take 100 and divide by two, take that and divide by two again, and you have roughly the percentage of women in manufacturing today. The...

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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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4 Key Drivers and Trends Moving Corrugated Packaging

The corrugated packaging market is expected to see strong growth in the next few years due to several key trends. These movements are reinvigorating a mature segment of the packaging industry, as they direct new lightweighing as well as "heavyweighting" products. The corrugated segment of the packaging industry is growing rapidly. Demand for corrugated packaging material is expected to increase...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Healthy Job Growth Again in May

April Factory Orders Grow at Slower Pace Record Imports Split Open U.S. Trade Gap U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, beating economist forecasts and fueling the best four-month stretch of job gains since the turn of the millennium. In another milestone, U.S. employment, at 138.5 million, has gotten over a level last seen before the recession, in January 2008. About 8.7 million jobs were...

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The Light Side: Speaking Two Languages Is Golden

World Cup Warm-Up: What You Need to Know Supply Chain Professional Totally Owns Jeopardy! Acoustic Tractor Beam Draws Sci-Fi Nearer to Sci-Fact Time to grab Rosetta Stone if you only know one language but wish to better keep your mental faculties in your golden years. New research shows that people who are bilingual have better cognitive abilities in old age and slower onset of dementia, even if...

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Engaging Millennials in Manufacturing Takes Early T.E.A.M. Effort

At the annual Technology Educators and Manufacturers Summit hosted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, both manufacturers and school administrators said they need to work closer together on curriculum development and apprenticeships in preparing students for jobs. But engagement of students at the high-school level is not even enough anymore. A majority of the U.S. workforce is about...

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