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Former BP Employee Settles Charges

April 18, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced ...

Crews Find Suspected Area of Radiation Leak

April 18, 2014 9:30 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste...

China Factories Face New Challenge as Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing,...

Photos of the Day: Monster Locomotive Returns

April 15, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Locomotive in Schenectady, N.Y., built 25 of the monsters to...

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Change Conveyor Configurations Without Starting Over

April 4, 2014 4:57 pm | News | Comments

Sometimes starting over is good, but not when designing your conveyor system. Dorner has improved the functionality of its Dorner Tools (DTools) conveyor productivity applications to ...          

Mobile Robots Support Airplane Manufacturers

April 4, 2014 1:26 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

In production facilities, robots, and people will soon be working side-by-side. A new mobile assistant is intended to support technicians in the airplane manufacturing industry when applying sealant, measuring, and testing – without ...

Big Data Keeps Complex Production Running Smoothly

March 27, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Industrial plants must function effectively. Remedying production downtimes and breakdowns is an expensive and time consuming business. That is why companies collect data to evaluate how ...          

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Engineering Newswire 83: Half Drone, Half Satellite, StratoBus Prototype

March 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating nanoscale fingerprints, building a fully-functional desktop human, and building a fleet of half drone, half satellite StratoBuses ...            

Spray Nozzle Company First to Obtain ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Certifications

March 26, 2014 12:04 pm | by PD&D Staff | Bete Fog Nozzle Inc. | News | Comments

BETE Fog Nozzle has received ASME Certifications for the design and manufacture of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII Division 1 pressure vessels and for Power Piping in accordance with ASME B31.1.  BETE is the first ...

Extending PLM to Encompass Quality Management

March 24, 2014 9:11 am | by LORD Corporation | Lord Corp. | Articles | Comments

LORD MicroStrain has been using the Empower PLM system to manage their parts, bill of materials and engineering change/ECO information since 2007. The company realized positive business benefits managing their design processes with ...  

A Box-Shaped Pressure Vessel for LNG

March 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

Korean researchers have successfully showcased the installation and operation of a box-shaped, high-pressure tank for the storage of liquefied natural gas in Pohang, Republic of Korea. The development was the first ...     

Smart System Supervises Fermentation 400 Tanks

March 21, 2014 11:31 am | by PcVue | News | Comments

World-renowned top-quality champagne house Veuve Clicquot uses instrumented and automated facilities. Thanks to PcVue, it now has a smart system that supervises fermentation in its 400 fermentation tanks ...      

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Jesse Jackson Takes On Tech's Lack of Diversity

March 19, 2014 9:27 am | by Jesse Washington & Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup ...

Manufacturing & the Decline of the Middle Class

March 18, 2014 3:09 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

Since year 2000 American manufacturing has lost 5.8 million manufacturing jobs. Since January 2010 the industry has hired back 526,000 employees. But, manufacturing doesn’t want low skilled workers- they want multi-skilled workers ...  

Easy-to-Use Robots Are Future Colleagues in Small Businesses

March 13, 2014 1:03 pm | by Aalborg University | News | Comments

Small, mobile robots will learn to take over the tasks in the automotive industry that have not yet been possible to automate. This challenge is part of a 47 million kroner EU funded research project aimed at making robots available to small and medium-sized companies without the need of ...

Workers Get Ready to Enter Nuke Dump

March 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy and the operators of the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said Monday they are making plans to allow specially trained workers to enter the site for the first time in weeks after ...     

Security Requirements for Embedded Devices – What Is Really Needed?

March 11, 2014 11:20 am | by Icon Labs | White Papers

Icon Labs, a provider of embedded networking and security technology, has announced that  a new white paper is available for those in the industry concerned about cyber-attacks upon industrial networks, smart home systems, automobiles, office systems, utility plants, etc. This new white paper ...

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Weather Blamed for Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 10, 2014 9:16 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

A lot has been written about this bitter winter’s impact on the U.S. economy and job growth. Factory output dropped, ending five straight months of increased production. And many of the largest companies in America, including ...   

The Third Industrial Revolution Will Turn Customers into Designers

March 7, 2014 11:58 am | by GE | News | Comments

The first Industrial Revolution was about machines, the second about technology, and the third will take place inside the “Brilliant Factory,” says Christine Furstoss, global technology director at GE Global Research. Based in part in the cloud, the Brilliant Factory will be ...

5 Simple Rules to Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

March 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Dan Labell | Articles | Comments

One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced. Given this fact, the decision to implement an ...    

Chrysler to Keep Plants without Gov't Help

March 5, 2014 9:24 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler said Tuesday it will take steps to build new cars and minivans in Ontario without incentives from the provincial and federal governments and is withdrawing requests for financial aid for plants in Windsor and Brampton because the ...

'Designing' a Better Lead Time

March 4, 2014 4:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Of all the various datapoints and statistics that manufacturers tally and use to monitor their operations, lead time has always remained one of the most important. No matter what the end product — a large order of CNC-cut gears or a jet engine ...

The Problem-Solving Method for Lost Control

March 4, 2014 9:16 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Control charts are useful tools for warning us when we are losing, or have lost, control of a particular process.That tool is built upon a problem-solving method that we can use even if we don’t have the data a control chart demands ...

Self-Correcting Production Becomes Reality

February 28, 2014 12:15 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Unlike conventional interferometers, the laser beam of the Absolute Multiline Technology can be interrupted at any time without causing precision loss. In every measurement, the molecular absorption spectrum of a gas cell that stays ...  

GE Engineers Are Testing Pipelines with Medical Imaging in the Ocean

February 28, 2014 11:22 am | by GE | News | Comments

What’s the future of checking up on a pipeline miles below the surface of the sea? Turns out, it might be simply calling a doctor. Just as radiologists use X-rays to look for broken bones inside the body, engineers are exploring ...    

Japanese Plan Keeps Nuclear as Key Energy Source

February 26, 2014 11:25 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan unveiled its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima meltdowns three years ago, saying nuclear power remains an important source of electricity for the country. The draft presented Tuesday to the Cabinet for ...     

Companies Advance Large-Part Additive Manufacturing

February 25, 2014 5:14 pm | by Cincinnati Incorporated | News | Comments

Cincinnati Incorporated and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed a partnership agreement to develop a new large-scale additive manufacturing system capable of printing polymer components up to ...

Sensor-Based Irrigation to Increase Greenhouse Profits

February 25, 2014 11:44 am | by Michael W. Neff, American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Wireless sensor-based irrigation systems can offer significant benefits to greenhouse operators. Advances in sensor technology and increased understanding of plant physiology have made it possible for greenhouse growers to use water content sensors to ...

Man Dies from Injuries in Plant Explosion

February 25, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Tennessee sheriff says an employee who was severely injured in a manufacturing plant explosion has died. A response team of chemists, engineers and bomb technicians assembled by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms began ... 

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