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GE Invests $5M to Strengthen Testing Capabilities

July 21, 2014 1:24 pm | by GE | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C., operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience. The investment builds on the company’s local footprint that ...

Sitara AM437x Processors for Industrial Connectivity

July 17, 2014 4:10 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments has announced the new Sitara AM437x processor family that integrates support...

Orbit Electronics Group Announces Resource for VME & VPX Solutions

June 17, 2014 2:51 pm | by Orbit Electronics Group | News | Comments

Orbit Electronics Group has launched a single online resource that enables fast, comprehensive...

Income Gap Widens as Factories Shut Down

June 16, 2014 9:28 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig both treated themselves to new cars....

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Chrysler Plant Operating Again After Accident

June 12, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The assembly line at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere is up and running again after being shut down when an industrial accident at an area parts supplier halted deliveries. The Rockford Register-Star reports that operations ceased for ... 

3D Printing Makes Headway into Heart of U.S. Manufacturing

June 11, 2014 5:26 pm | by PwC US | News | Comments

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is showing signs of triggering transformations in U.S. industrial manufacturing, from product design and production to restructured supply chains, according to a report released by ... 

Where Have All the Missing Workers Gone?

June 9, 2014 9:54 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The unemployment rate has been on a slow downward trajectory since the recession ended nearly five years ago. While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of the working-age people with jobs is barely over ...

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Intelligent Machines for Tomorrow’s Factory

June 5, 2014 11:15 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Mass production of industrial goods, such as furniture, clothing or ball pens, is inexpensive. In the future, even small series of individualized products might be manufactured rapidly and efficiently by means of intelligent machines that ...

Brilliant Machines Will Have the Industrial Internet Written All Over Themselves

June 3, 2014 9:37 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

If you feel that the world has become a buzzing beehive of connectivity, wait a few years. A recent report from CISCO estimates that only a small fraction of the devices that could be talking to each other - 10 billion out of 1.5 trillion, or just ...

Photos of the Day: '3D Inking' Sensors Directly onto Parts

June 3, 2014 9:36 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Introducing another additive technology GE researchers are working with..."3D Inking" or Direct Write. This technology could allow us to print sensors directly onto parts, so that we can get them into parts of our products where ...  

The Internet of Things

June 2, 2014 4:31 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Events

"The Internet of Things" (IoT) is one of the most significant market transitions that manufacturing companies have faced in recent memory. According to the Internet of Everything Value Index, over $14 trillion dollars of economic impact will ...

SWE Provides Free Tools to Retain Engineers

May 29, 2014 4:44 pm | by SWE | News | Comments

In an environment where 50 percent of engineers report leaving or declining jobs because of work and life integration issues, the Society of Women Engineers is proud to unveil the “Work & Life Integration Playbook.” SWE’s survey in 2012 of ...

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How IoT Continues to Transform the Industrial Sector

May 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The use of data, big data if you prefer, can take on many forms. My preferred application is its ability to paint a clearer picture of what is important and provide clarity from what can be a haphazard collection of ledger lines, surveys, reports and ...

Software Reads the Minds of Giant Subsea Machines

May 8, 2014 12:13 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Blowout preventers, or BOPs, are incredibly complex machines that sit deep on the sea floor and serve as the last line of defense if something in the oil well goes wrong. These 250,000-pound, 60-foot steel behemoths have to be ...    

Engineering Newswire 89: Desktop CNC Mills Faster than Larger Counterparts

May 8, 2014 10:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re etching comics on human hairs, building wings with snakes, and cutting the PD&D Logo on a desktop CNC ...                 

Photos of the Day: CNC Mill Explodes on Kickstarter

May 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

Carbide 3D has spent 10 months developing the Nomad CNC Mill, and it has taken Kickstarter by storm with successful funding of $30,000 in less than 15 hours of launch. The Nomad is designed with a rigid aluminum frame to provide professional, accurate parts from ...

Nitrogen Generators in Power Plants

May 1, 2014 3:48 pm | by Jon Newton, Account Manager, Valin Corporation | Articles | Comments

Proper treatment of boiler systems when they are off line is a constant concern for those managing and overseeing the operations of a power plant. Many power plants are known in the industry as peaker plants, meaning they are not ...  

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DC, Another Option to Improve Electrical Power Transmission

April 30, 2014 2:31 pm | by Universidad del Pais Vasco | News | Comments

Even though today most of the electricity transmission lines are alternating current ones, in some cases direct current lines are also used.And researchers are becoming aware that in some cases direct current lines are more suitable than alternating current ones. Electricity is ...

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

April 30, 2014 2:19 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry. PD&D recently asked engineers ...

IPSO Alliance Announces Semi-Finalists in IoT Competition

April 30, 2014 10:10 am | by IPSO Alliance | News | Comments

The IPSO (Internet Protocol for Smart Objects) Alliance announced their ten semi-finalists for IPSO CHALLENGE 2014. Dr. Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, remarked, "We are sponsoring the IPSO CHALLENGE because ..."

Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed to the U.S. Next?

April 29, 2014 3:29 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans | News | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group titled “Where in the World?” posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling behind. It’s a far cry from ...

Time Is Running Short to Save Rosie's Plant

April 29, 2014 2:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Loraine Osborne is a Rosie. She isn't THE Rosie, but she worked as a riveter at the Willow Run bomber plant in Michigan alongside Rose Will Monroe, the inspiration for a character that came to symbolize ...        

The Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things

April 28, 2014 1:13 pm | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

We are just beginning to glimpse the bare outlines of an emerging new economic system, the collaborative commons. This is the first new economic paradigm to emerge on the world scene since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century. Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains ...

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 9:37 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the fruits of technological splendor, engineers are ...

A New Method to Monitor Nuclear Reactors

April 24, 2014 1:22 pm | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. In addition to neutrons, the fission reaction of nuclear fuels ...

Why Data Center Efficiency in the 2000s Is Like Paper Recycling in 1970s

April 21, 2014 1:21 pm | by General Electric Company | News | Comments

On the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970,the World Wide Web existed only in research labs, “texting” was something you wrote in a notebook and the closest thing to a data center was the public library. On that day, millions of people gathered at events around the country to learn, share, and ...

We Are in the Post Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

In doing the research for this article I found that there are as many articles saying that American Manufacturing is not in decline as saying it is. I wondered if this is simply a matter of economic perspectives or if there is a real basis for this ...

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 dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being ...

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