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Content posted in August 2013
Average Vehicle Age Hits 11 Years
News 
8/30/2013  65 comments
If you’re driving a 10-year-old car, don’t feel bad. It turns out that your 10-year-old vehicle is actually younger than more than half the cars on the road today.
Zuken Expands America's Operation
Product News 
8/30/2013  3 comments
Zuken, a global leader in electronic-design automation software, has announced that it will invest $30 to $50 million in its US-based operation over three years.
Design & Manufacturing Show Features Multiple Assembly Technologies
News 
8/20/2013  4 comments
A wide variety of assembly technologies will be on display at the Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show in Chicago, September 10-12. These include fastening and joining systems, adhesives, and enclosures, as well as related components and systems.
Video: 3D-Printed Liquid Metal Structures at Room Temperature
News 
8/19/2013  16 comments
A research team at North Carolina State University has figured out how to 3D print small structures made from liquid metal -- at room temperatures. The freestanding 3D-printed structures retain their liquid state, yet are stable.
'Variable Swirl' Sparks Diesel's American Return
News 
8/15/2013  17 comments
General Motors is bringing diesel technology back to an American-made compact car by using an air intake technique called “variable swirl.”
Salary Survey: 2013 Delivers Bigger Paychecks
News 
8/13/2013  22 comments
This year's annual salary survey shows salaries have increased for the third year in a row. We also break down the current views of job security, workforce fluctuations, and job satisfaction.
Tech Kits Feature Hydraulics & Mechatronics
Product News 
8/12/2013  1 comment
Bosch Rexroth kits feature extensive tech information on hydraulics and mechatronics.
Rockwell Introduces Security Initiative for Industrial Systems
Product News 
8/9/2013  6 comments
Rockwell Automation said it will follow a three-pronged strategy to help industrial systems designers build security into their processes and networks.
A Unique Way to Maintain Wind Generators
Product News 
8/9/2013  28 comments
Maintaining wind generators with an exterior basket/elevator system allows for more freedom of movement and increases safety.
Toshiba Bolsters Memory of MCU Line
Product News 
8/7/2013  7 comments
Toshiba has expanded its TMPM36x line of microcontrollers with a new memory-rich product designed for real-time applications that need to process and store large amounts of data.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Gets Metal, Ceramic Processes
News 
8/2/2013  10 comments
Phenix Systems, which makes proprietary equipment for direct laser sintering of production end products with metal and ceramic materials for the aerospace, military, and healthcare industries, has sold itself to 3D Systems.




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