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Trade Show Preview: Advanced Technologies Promise to Pique Imaginations at IMTS

The Emerging Technology Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, and Today's Technology Center promise to be manufacturing imagination stations for attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show by displaying novel applications and the future of manufacturing. At the International Manufacturing Technology Show, IMTS, manufacturers will see new machinery and equipment, as always....

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Shape Memory Alloys Could Bend the Rules for Construction Industry

Shape memory alloys hold promise in the building and construction industry, but first they must meet engineering requirements. Researchers in Switzerland have developed new iron-based alloys that could potentially be produced on a mass scale. Shape memory alloys, or SMAs, possess the ability to return to their original shapes after being severely deformed, either spontaneously or following the...

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Editor's Note: The Waiting Game

2014 was predicted to be the best year for the economy since 2005, with a strong rebound by the housing sector and accelerating manufacturing growth. After six months, none have yet to materialize. A pivotal third quarter will be the difference between hope and stagnation. Manufacturers need a gangbusters second half if 2014 is going to be a year of meaningful growth. The third quarter, now...

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Faster Fulfillment through Automated Goods-to-Person Picking and Storage

Goods-to-person picking and storage systems, when combined with smarter workflows and inventory management sytems, benefit both plants and warehouses with significantly better picking times and accuracy, speeding fulfillment and shipping. This type of automation also improves worker ergonomics and productivity. Throughout the retail, distribution and manufacturing sectors, competitive pressures...

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Manufacturers Use Product Traceability to Ward Off Quality Issues

Just this year, General Motors has made 54 separate recalls, affecting nearly 29 million vehicles worldwide. GM estimates that those recalls, most of which are related to ignition switches, will cost the company $2.5 billion. To minimize the cost and disruption of potential recalls, manufacturers are undertaking extensive efforts in product traceability. Doing a better job with production-line...

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Government Market Midyear Report: A Brighter Outlook

The two-year federal budget pact has stabilized government budgets and given some predictability for both buyers and sellers. Contractors should continue seeing spending growth on products and services by federal and particularly state and local agencies. Government officials are optimistic about their fiscal situations as the second half of 2014 starts, and U.S. manufacturers share that...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Hiring Continues Robust Streak in June

Factory Orders Stumble in May, but Backlogs Aplenty Manufacturing Remains Steady in June, Says ISM Record Exports Tighten Nation's Trade Deficit The U.S. economy produced a strong 288,000 jobs in June while the unemployment rate fell 0.2 points to 6.1 percent, its lowest level since September 2008. The growth paced well ahead of the 215,000 new positions that economists expected for the month,...

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The Light Side: Fourth of July 2014 By the Numbers

App Tells You Best Potty Break Chances During Movies For Sale: Doctor's Notes for Sudden Case of World Cup Fever Mentos Vest Plus Diet Coke Tank Equals Epic Reaction Tomorrow, America celebrates its 238th birthday. As everyone is preparing to enjoy a long weekend of fireworks, parades, backyard barbecues, and general relaxation, the Census Bureau has released its yearly Profile America Facts for...

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Minding Your Business: Contingent Engineers and IP Protection

It's not uncommon for contingent engineers and contractors to play key roles in the invention and development of new products or processes, and that fact is heightened in today's lean staffs and outsourcing environment. Here are ways to ensure your sensitive IP is safe. Engineering managers are sometimes reluctant to bring in contingent engineers or contractors, due to concerns about intellectual...

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AMT Viewpoint: Make Your Voice Heard for American Manufacturing

Now is a good time for manufacturers to get the attention of their congressional representatives, says AMT's Amber Thomas, as Congress' summer recess approaches. Now is the time for manufacturers to educate themselves on the latest pro-manufacturing issues and have effective communications with lawmakers. Manufacturers should pay attention to what's going on in Washington. Just in the last few...

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