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Major Growth in 3D Printing Prompts Launch of Joint Industry Project

December 5, 2014 11:21 am | by Lloyd's Register Energy | Comments

Today, Lloyd’s Register Energy launched a joint industry project (JIP) inviting companies from across the world to tackle the current and future issues faced by manufacturers supplying the energy industry—the latest JIP focuses on additive manufacturing.  

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Inside an Abandoned Soviet Base in Hungary

December 5, 2014 10:50 am | by WTVY, Dothan, AL | Comments

Welcome to Little Moscow. This is the local name for a former Soviet military base in central Hungary. Missing windows, smashed panes, rust and decay... Hardly surprising since the site has been derelict for nearly quarter of a century.

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The World's Top Carbon Emitters: Where Does the U.S. Rank?

December 5, 2014 10:42 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

Six countries produce nearly 60 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. China and the United States combine for more than two-fifths. The planet's future will be shaped by what these top carbon polluters do about the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Here's how they rank, what they're doing.

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Top 5 Trends For Plastic Manufacturers In 2015

December 4, 2014 11:28 am | by David Nelson | Comments

It’s been a solid year for U.S. manufacturing. Where will the trends take us in 2015? In the coming year, expect manufacturing to continue to be a bright spot—and potential lifesaver—for the U.S. economy. Here are my five predictions for 2015 and beyond.

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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 3, 2014 11:18 am | by By Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Market Currents: How The Energy Boom Helps Americans

December 3, 2014 10:46 am | by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Comments

Americans should welcome global crude-oil prices plunging below $65 a barrel and hope the combination of demand blunted by economic slowdowns in Europe and China and abundant supply driven by soaring U.S. production and OPEC not cutting output will continue.

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3D Printing Materials Market Will Increase Ten-Fold by 2025

December 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by IDTechEx | Comments

A massive increase in the use and applications of 3D printers is encouraging huge growth in the market for 3D printing materials. The total consumable market in in 2013 was $800m and is expected to reach $8bn by 2025, according to IDTechEx's new report "3D Printing Materials 2015-2025, Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts."

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Nearly One-Third of Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Into the Northeast Could be Bidirectional by 2017

December 2, 2014 1:28 pm | by Tu Tran, Today in Energy | Comments

Spurred by growing natural gas production in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, the natural gas pipeline industry is planning to modify its systems to allow bidirectional flow to move up to 8.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) out of the Northeast.

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Turkey, Russia Look to Shake up Gas Market

December 2, 2014 11:06 am | by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press, PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | Comments

Spiraling tensions between Europe and Russia were behind Moscow's decision to scrap the South Stream pipeline, which would have traveled through many Balkan states. Countries in the region on Tuesday were counting the political and financial cost of the shift.  

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Plant Waste Provides Weapons Against Pests

December 1, 2014 12:07 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Biological pest control and biogas-powered engines fed from the farm’s agricultural waste is transforming agriculture, energy reliability and industry in Kenya.                               

MAPI: Production To Outpace GDP Growth

November 25, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments

Manufacturing production is expected to outpace GDP, with anticipated growth of 3.5 percent in 2015 and 3.9 percent in 2016. A five-year horizon shows that GDP is expected to average 2.8 percent growth and manufacturing production 3.26 percent growth.

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Drones For Inspecting, Auditing Dangerous Sites

November 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Val Pavlovic, Omentum Media Australia; admin@omentum.com.au | Comments

Two Australian companies are providing what they feel is a faster and safer way to inspect or audit dangerous and inaccessible areas - remote control flying equipment, commonly known as drones.                    

If Milk Can Be Made In A Petri Dish, Do We Need Cows?

November 21, 2014 10:52 am | by TakePart | Comments

Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further.

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 20, 2014 11:20 am | by Katie Hilyar | Comments

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?          

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What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | by Tom Comstock | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits.                             

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