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Editor's Note: Bipartisanship or Bust?

After Republicans took control of Congress in the midterm elections, the operative words that came from both sides of the aisle in the week since were "bipartisan cooperation" and "finding common ground." In his post-election remarks, President Barack Obama quickly identified manufacturing and boosting exports as two areas where Democrats and Republicans have mutual pro-growth interests. On...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Job Market Continues to Roll in October

Plus: Demand for Robots Is Pacing at a New High This Year; and Quarterly Manufacturing Index Slows with Anemic Capex U.S. employment continued to make solid gains in October by adding 214,000 jobs, and the national unemployment rate ticked down once again to a fresh post-recession low of 5.8 percent. Last month's payroll additions fell short of economists' forecasts of 230,000 new jobs,...

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The Light Side: Electric Spoon Delivers Tastes All On Its Own

Plus: Dexmo: Exoskeleton for VR Control and Remote Manipulation; and Validating Complex Electronic Design? Just Follow the Ants Diabetics, rejoice. We have some potentially sweet news for you.  Scientists may have indirectly come up with an answer for people who suffer from diabetes and can't take in sugar: a tasty spoon that allows them to experience sweetness through electrical pulses. This...

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5 Ways to Incorporate Millennials Into the Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing continues to grow in the United States. Whether it is the result of increased demand from the "Buy Local" movement or the shift to investing in a more "homegrown" manufacturing base and workforce, manufacturing has increased steadily over the past 18 months and generated opportunities for high-quality, skilled employment. Yet these opportunities require a different skill set...

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Reshoring Picks Up Steam as Manufacturers Weigh Options

Many would point out that the United States is in a renaissance in manufacturing, as the movement to drive offshore production back to America continues. Reshoring, the effort by domestic companies to move manufacturing stateside from overseas, is xxxxxx to contain production costs and related expenses and gain better control over quality, delivery, and time-to-market. Reshoring has...

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Configurability Matters in Manufacturing Software

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them? According to a Businessweek article, The Case for Making Small U.S. Manufacturers a Priority, more than 250,000 manufacturers in the United States have 500 or fewer employees, and while supply chain,...

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Editor's Note: The Home Stretch

Economic data for the third quarter have come in, showing a mixed bag of results, and it appears manufacturing began the fourth quarter with a similar hodgepodge. But one thing is certain: Manufacturing will be looked to as a beacon for the U.S. economy in this last stanza of 2014. The expectation is that fourth-quarter GDP will slow by around half a percentage point from the 3.5 percent...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Obama Makes More Manufacturing Moves

Plus: Consumer Spending Is Stagnant Going Into Fourth Quarter; and Economy Expands at a Steady 3.5% Clip in the Third Quarter President Barack Obama last week announced his latest round of pro-manufacturing initiatives that will pump more than $530 million into bolstering advanced technology innovation, job creation, and aid for small manufacturers. Part of the efforts is an anticipated...

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The Light Side: Senators Erase Party Lines in the Sand on Deserted Island

Plus: DARPA Circuit Breaks World Speed Record; and Chronic Fatigue: It Really Is All in the Head With just a few days left to Election Day, bipartisanship might be fleeting across the nation, but on an isolated tract of land in the Pacific Ocean recently, it was the most precious commodity for two purposely stranded U.S. senators. In Discovery Channel's new survival reality program, "Rival...

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