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Why manufacturing companies should use inbound marketing

One of the major characteristics in B2B marketing over recent years has been an inexorable shift from outbound to inbound techniques – and this has been just as pronounced in the manufacturing sector. The last 12 months, in particular, have seen a significant rise in the number of manufacturing marketers ‘doing’ content marketing – 82% now say they use content, ...

US scientists create ‘friction-free’ material

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use diamonds and graphene to create a new material combination that demonstrates so-called superlubricity. Led by nanoscientist Ani Sumant of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) and Argonne Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir of Argonne’s Energy Systems Division, the Argonne team combined ...

The Mystery of the Brand-New Bay Bridge’s Corroded Steel

Plink goes the pendulum arm as it smashes into a 3-inch section of steel. The sound is high-pitched, which tells any metallurgist with a good ear that the piece is brittle. The arm is the business end of a Charpy impact tester—it swings into a thing and, on impact, measures how much energy it took to break that thing. In this case, the thing is steel from a new bridge connecting two cities in ...

The New Wild West

FEATURE Competition for the Smart Home: Will Consumers Decide? The current smart home market—largely enabled by the Internet of Everything (IoE)—evokes the spirit of the "Wild West." That's largely due to the multitude of companies promoting different automation standards and aggressively competing for marketshare. Do you think the smart home will become a reality ...

Selling Manufacturing to a New Generation

Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line. "People still have the idea that manufacturing is a dirty dungeon place," said Andy Bushmaker of KI Furniture, a maker of school desks and cafeteria tables in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The goal, Bushmaker said, is to get people ...

Applying Lean Six Sigma Methodology

As the name implies, a lean Six Sigma methodology combines the principles of lean manufacturing (lean) with those of Six Sigma. But why would anyone want to do this? What are the advantages and disadvantages of combining lean and Six Sigma methodologies? What Does Lean Contribute? Lean is a process of continual improvement based on increasing value for the customer. The objective is to ...

Florida Solar Project Backed by Tesla Batteries

Tesla's highly-touted power storage system is being put to use by a new solar panel system in Florida. Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus last week announced the project, which placed a 100-kilowatt solar system atop a campus parking garage with help from a $1 million Duke grant. The energy captured by the panels is used to power the garage's ...

GKN Aerospace Wins contract for Pratt & Whitney F-100 series engines

GKN Aerospace Chem-tronics Inc. has been selected by the United States Tinker Air Force Base to supply 147 turbine nozzle support structures for the Pratt & Whitney F-100 series engines which power USAF F-15 and F-16 aircraft. This contract is valued at approaching USD$10 million. These are critical spares items for the United States Air Force, as well as other allied nations’ operatio...

Electric Plane completes test flight with ten engines | Nasa

Imagine a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. That is a concept being developed by NASA researchers called Greased Lightning or GL-10. The team, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, is looking at the idea initially as a potential unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). "We have a couple of options that ...

Energy: Unlocking the USA Wind Potential

Wind is an important source of clean, affordable American energy. Wind power supplies nearly 5 percent of our nation’s electricity demand across 39 states, and it’s getting cheaper every year thanks to new strides in wind technology and policy. Since the 1980s, the cost of deploying wind energy has dropped by 90 percent. Meanwhile, further improvements are poised to make wind economical in ...