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Trade Show Preview: Gathering Schools Together at IMTS

This year at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, the Smartforce Student Summit will once again get students, young adults, and educators engaged in manufacturing with keynote speakers, interactive exhibits, meetings, and face time with industry members. It has been well documented that manufacturing faces a severe shortage of skilled workers. The latest Bureau of Labor...

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Trade Show Preview: Integrating the Industry at Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe, a major annual industrial fair in Germany, predicts that this year will see pivotal developments in plant integration technologies representing the stepping stones to tomorrow's intelligent, fully automated factories. As the ripples of change spread the pace of innovation and development in the industrial sector, it is expected to move into overdrive. A great shift towards...

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Survey: Small, Midsize Manufacturers Conservatively Optimistic

With 2014 in full swing, many are looking to the manufacturing sector for an indication of how the economy will perform this year. Sage North America recently conducted a survey of small and midsize manufacturers to find out their business outlooks and trends they expect, as well as investment priorities. The economic uncertainty of the past few years clearly had a stifling affect on some...

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Editor's Note: Desperately Seeking Science

What do advanced polymer composites and mantis shrimp appendages have in common? They're both looking for research money, as President Barack Obama ceremoniously hands his fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress. The president's budget plan will be examined and dissected in the days to come, as a matter of course. He is seeking an extra $56 billion not in the two-year budget pact negotiated by...

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Passive vs. Semi-Passive vs. Active Tags in RFID

There are many types of tags used in radio-frequency identification, but they can all be found in one of three general classes: passive, semi-passive, and active. The choice of tag may be driven by performance, cost, and other use parameters. It's up to the engineer to determine the best tag for the job. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems are relatively simple: There are readers and...

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AMT Viewpoint: Creating a Warming Trend for Manufacturing

Since the recession, there has been more recognition of manufacturing by political leaders as one of the forces leading the country into growth. But AMT says that while President Obama and Congress know U.S. manufacturing is good for the economy, they must not overlook fixes. At AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, we can't wait for spring to arrive after a tough winter, but we're...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Obama Adds Manufacturing Research Hubs

Equipment Finance Firms Exhibit Slight Caution Asian Solar Panel Demand Simmers, Not Sizzles Report Shows Disparate CO2 Emissions Among States President Barack Obama last week unveiled two more manufacturing innovation institutes in his National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) intended to push forward advanced manufacturing technologies and sustain long-term growth of high-tech jobs...

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Companies Want to Get Social in their Enterprise Collaboration

Collaboration technologies are allowing employees to communicate in real time and work together more easily across enterprises of all sizes. But research suggests that many companies are lagging behind in taking advantage of such tools and the potential they promise for organizational effectiveness. Workers respond well to user experiences that replicate what they are used to in their personal...

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The Light Side: UMass Researchers Defend Oddball Science

Artifical Muscles from Household Materials This Isn't Your Father's Power Suit As a Team, You Can Move the Earth Think you have it tough justifying your department budget at work? Try being a biologist working in basic science research as government spending pressures threaten to slash funding. Writing in the February issue of the journal BioScience, on behalf of the American Institute for...

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Minding Your Business: The Paradoxical Thinking that Prevents Success

Two electrical contractors work in the same fairly large community. Their skill sets, market focus, demographics, pricing, and customer service philosophies are essentially identical. At one time, the contractors were actually friends, but one business continued growing, expanding, and enjoying great success, while the other never grew past the initial start-up phase.   Both businessmen started...

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