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Robotic Pothole Repair

By Austin Weber
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Potholes are an unavoidable headache that all motorists in the Midwest and the Northeast must endure every Spring. Unfortunately, fixing potholes is labor intensive and expensive. It seems like a great opportunity for some type of automation.
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Free Webcast to Cover Jet-Dispensing of Lubricants

By John Sprovieri
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Engineers can learn how piezoelectric valves can be used to dispense lubricants during a free, hour-long webinar April 7.
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What Time Is It?

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Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have built the world’s most precise clock.
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Residential Fuel Cells: Ready for Prime Time?

By Austin Weber
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Today, a Silicon Valley startup company called Bloom Energy Corp. unveiled a much-anticipated device called the Bloom Energy Server. The company hopes to install its “little power plant in a box” in millions of homes and neighborhoods around the world, replacing the traditional electric power grid. The concept looks promising, but assembly technology will determine the company's ultimate success . . . or failure.
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Finally, an Inexhaustible Energy Source?

By John Sprovieri
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A Maryland company has developed a way to turn discarded paper and cardboard from offices into fuel for vehicles.
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NASA, GM Unveil Robotic Assembler

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Engineers from NASA, GM and Oceaneering Space Systems have introduced a new humanoid robot that could help the automaker build safer cars and plants.
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Leading Lean: Salvage Your Waste

By Jamie Flinchbaugh
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A great lean thinker has a lens for value.
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GM Begins Building Volt Battery Packs

By Austin Weber
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General Motors Co. started assembling lithium-ion battery packs today at its new $43 million plant in Brownstown Township, MI. The 160,000-square-foot facility is the only one of its kind in the United States operated by a major automaker. Assemblers are building battery packs for the much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, which will hit the market later this year.
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Free Webcast to Discuss Mixed-Model Assembly

By John Sprovieri
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Engineers can learn how to launch and manage mixed-model assembly lines during a free, hour-long webinar March 2.
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Let's Hear It for Steel Toys

By Austin Weber
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The hottest toy this year is the Zhu Zhu Pet. But, once upon a time, all-metal building sets were the must-have item. In fact, Erector and Meccano sets inspired many generations of engineers.
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