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Renewable Energy Projects Are Getting Bigger: Will This Impact Manufacturing?

A solar thermal power plant is on its way to South Australia and the Australian government claims it will be the largest of its kind. With a capacity of 150MW, Aurora Solar Energy project will use mirrors that track the sun to focus and harness thermal energy. Expected to create around 700 jobs and working […]

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How Industrial Computing Can Change the Parent Perception of Manufacturing

‘Manufacturing’, a dirty word for most parents. However, as hard as it may be to believe, Mum and Dad have more influence than they know when it comes to children making a career choice. With that in mind, here’s how industrial computing can change the parent perception of the manufacturing floor… … But first, we […]

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Foxconn Incentive Package Takes Another Step Forward

An Assembly Committee approved a package of incentives on Monday that are tailored to help convince the Taiwanese electronics Manufacturer, Foxconn, to build its first U.S. factory in Wisconsin. The Republican controlled Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy voted 8 to 5 along party lines to proceed with Gov. Scott Walker’s bill that will […]

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Another Step Forward For NAFTA Renegotiations

The United States will begin the daunting task of rewriting the incredibly complex North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this week. Branded as a “disaster” for the U.S. economy, negotiations are focused on finding a way to address workers concerns while at the same time avoiding any damage to the industries and communities that have […]

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Lockheed Martin Using Mixed Reality To Improve Manufacturing

Lockheed Martin continues to push boundaries and innovate the manufacturing process. Now tasked with prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA they will utilize revolutionary technologies to ensure its success. The goal is to create a habitat that will keep astronauts safe while onboard and at the same time able to operate the spacecraft autonomously […]

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Weekly Wrap Up for August 11th, 2017

It is not the process that causes projects to fail. Change tends to fail because people fail to buy in to the change itself. Given that change is inevitable, and coming along more rapidly every year, tune in to hear Barbara Trautlein of Change Catalysts explain how to approach change projects for successful outcomes, including the all […]

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New Graphene Metamaterial Developed by Purdue University

A new metamaterial developed by Purdue University researchers is lightweight, flame resistant and super elastic. The material manages to combine high strength, electrical conductivity and thermal insulation. This could have huge implications for the manufacturing industry with potential applications ranging from sensors to heat shields. The new composite combines two brittle materials, nanolayers of aluminum […]

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Top U.S. Manufacturing Workforce Challenges And How To Address Them

The manufacturing industry has made impressive progress over the past few years. Public awareness about the modern industry is improving, more jobs are returning to the country and new technologies are driving the industry forward. However, there are still some challenges the industry faces today that must be addressed. Recruiting the skilled workforce that is […]

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Manufacturing Technology: From Concept to Reality

As the manufacturing industry moves into the 4th industrial revolution it has become clear that embracing new technologies is imperative to success. Many of the innovations seen today were merely concepts only a few years ago but with the current trend of rapid technological advancement, they are becoming widely adopted throughout the industry. Some of […]

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ExxonMobil Takes On The Manufacturing Skills Gap

The skills gap has had an impact on nearly every industrial sector as this work falls out of fashion with students and educators. Relying on a 4-year degree in a field outside of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, students often have a hard time finding a career in their field after graduation. However, manufacturers are […]

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Elon Musk Reassures Investors After Model 3 Production Concerns

Electric car manufacturer, Tesla, is facing some challenges introducing its first consumer level vehicle to the market. However Tesla CEO Elon Musk, reassured investors on Wednesday that his company was able to meet the increasing demand for the groundbreaking car. Musk started by saying that the company may experience some fluctuations in the rate of […]

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Weekly Wrap Up for August 4th, 2017

Tim Fiore, Committee Chair of the ISM’s Manufacturing Report on Business, and Chris Kuehl, FMA Economist, join co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to share insights into the Purchasing Managers Index from ISM and the Credit Manager’s Index from the National Association of Credit Managers. It appears that the reports will reflect mostly sunny skies […]

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4 Fun Ideas for Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is almost here and manufacturers from all around the country are getting ready to show what the industry has to offer. For so long, the stigma surrounding the manufacturing industry has affected the workforce but this is all changing. Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day set out to prove these misconceptions wrong […]

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Researchers Discover Unsinkable Aluminum Foam

A new form of aluminum has been developed by scientists at the Petersburg Polytechnic University of Russia. This buoyant porous aluminum foam has the potential to make any ship that uses the material virtually unsinkable as long as the water that leaks does not exceed the buoyancy of the foam. The team of scientists created […]

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The Best States for Finding a Job with a Civil Engineering Degree

By Maggie Hammond, Contributing Writer When picking an ideal degree program to enroll in, a big factor for many students has to do with the future job outlook. Picking a field that is going through a surge and reporting growth is a good way to set yourself up for future success. One field that is […]

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