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Who Understands the IoT? According to New Research, 43% of Manufacturing Professionals Don't

According to Cisco, there will be 13.5 billion connected devices in manufacturing by 2022. And JP Morgan's Global Equity Research team has already pegged manufacturing with having the greatest Internet of Things (IoT) market potential. Although it's difficult to accurately gauge the impact these technologies will have, it's clear that experts are projecting it to be massive. But what do...

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New York City Takes Steps to Incubate Wearable Fashion and Technology Epicenter

Wearable tech often brings to mind clunky, super-hero gadgetry: Dick Tracy's wrist radio, for example, or Maxwell Smart's shoe phone. The earliest incarnations of commercial wearable technology are, indeed, a bit hard to miss: Samsung's Galaxy Gear watch could possibly be called "clunky." As wearable technology gets smaller, however, it's also likely to become more discreet and even fashionable....

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The Role of Scorecards and Dashboards in Performance Management

Success in performance management requires measures, standards, and outcomes that support the organization's vision, mission, objectives, and competitiveness.  Communicating, aligning, managing, and connecting all of the pieces are a challenge for any organization. All departmental and staff goals need to be following the same compass and moving in the same direction as the decision-makers....

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Editor's Note: Manufacturing Can Shrug Off A Weak Black Friday

Only a dedicated naysayer could focus on the negative side of the Institute for Supply Management's announcement yesterday of its manufacturing index for November. Yes, the index fell to 58.7. But that's from October's three-and-a-half-year high of 59, making it the second highest index in forty months, and a number that still beat industry projections. Some point to weak Black Friday sales as a...

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New Challenges for Stationary Emissions and Stack Testing Regulations

When the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed new carbon dioxide emission regulations in June, the news grabbed headlines and U.S. industries' attention. States and their politicians immediately denounced the Clean Power Plan proposal, saying its costly rules will hurt consumers and businesses and drag economic growth down. The EPA has primarily focused on mobile...

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'Subtractive' Industries Are Coming to Terms with Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is on a roll. Also known as 3D printing, AM has been around for three decades, but it has finally begun an entrenched march into mainstream manufacturing. The advent of part-making platforms that combine "subtractive" machining capabilities with printing technology is the latest and most promising step to date for additive manufacturing, serving as efficient,...

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Editor's Note: The Kick's No Good

U.S. energy policy can be described currently as muddled and, at best, in flux. Last week saw the double-event of a Senate rejection on the Keystone XL pipeline and the EPA's announcement that it has delayed its ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard. One indecision and another that just narrowly missed set up a pair of huge energy battles in the next Congress. There is little doubt the Keystone...

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Industry Crib Sheet: China's Manufacturing Slump Deepens

Plus:  Small Businesses See Profits Shrink but Remain Upbeat; and Year-End Rush Leaves Equipment Finance Industry Energetic China's manufacturing sector remained flat in November while production output contracted for the first time in six months, in the newest sign that the Chinese economy is weakening further and adding pressure on the Chinese central government to enact...

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The Light Side: Telepresence Robot Ends Days of Hooky-Playing

Plus: Visualizing a Day in U.K. Air Travel; and Mousr: The Intelligent Robotic Cat Toy If you were to have had a fairly serious surgery, you probably would accept being sidelined and out of action for a little while. Maybe it wasn't his idea at first, but for Long Island student Jeffrey Kaji, missing school turned out not to be an option. After having emergency appendix surgery, Kaji, a...

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