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12 technologies that will disrupt business in 2018

From artificial intelligence to augmented reality, these dozen disruptive technologies and trends will begin driving how business gets done at forward-thinking organizations this year.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise opens app store for factories

Hewlett Packard Enterprise wants to make it almost as easy for production managers to deploy new software to the factory floor as to their mobile phone.

3D printing is now entrenched at Ford

While 3D printing was little more than a toy for engineers 20 years ago, today Ford Motor Co. could not develop new cars without it. New technologies ensure it's coming to a production line near you.

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3D printing, married to traditional metal casting, could reshape manufacturing

Working with a Michigan foundry, Autodesk used its Netfabb 3D design software to create a 3D printed mold to make a magnesium airline seat frame that could save an airline more than $200 million in fuel costs.

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HP to scale up its 3D printer business for use in mass manufacturing

HP announced that after selling its first Jet Fusion 3D printers for manufacturing, it will now focus on growing a network of resellers and development partners that will help to standardize materials, drive prices down over time and...

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Apple joins 'Made in America' trend with $1 billion fund to promote U.S. manufacturing

Our President wants to bring jobs back to America, and Apple CEO Tim Cook is obliging with a $1 billion fund to promote advanced manufacturing in the United States.

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IBM applies AI to factory QA

IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology has found plenty of white-collar work in places like hospitals and banks, but soon it will be off to get its hands dirty on the factory floor.

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These grippers are giving bots a helping hand

Sake Robotics is creating the "hands" that will help robots pick things up and put them down.

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These grippers are giving bots a helping hand

Sake Robotics is creating the "hands" that will help robots pick things up and put them down.

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These grippers are giving bots a helping hand

Sake Robotics is creating the "hands" that will help robots pick things up and put them down.

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6 vulnerabilities to watch for on the factory floor

Industrial control systems (ICS) that run the valves and switches in factories may suffer from inherent weaknesses that cropped up only after they were installed and the networks they were attached to became more widely connected.

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If I can see it, I can fix it

Leading2Lean has a platform that lets everyone—from workers on the plant floor to executives—spot problems as they occur. That reduces breakdown rates and ups productivity.

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Reports: Apple, Foxconn considering a $7 billion manufacturing plant in the U.S.

Foxconn’s chairman says Apple may decide to build a display factory in the States.

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There's not much to see at the location of Faraday Future's factory

Faraday Future's plans for its factory are as grand as the plans for its car. The 3 million square-foot factory will cost a billion dollars and is scheduled to be up and running in 2018, but a visit to the site of the factory today...

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What's the future of Faraday Future?

On Tuesday night in a cold Las Vegas, the company unveiled the FF 91, its long-promised flagship electric car. But the company has been hit by reports suggesting financial problems and construction of its factory is halted.

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Getting started with blockchain smart contracts

Smart contracts based on blockchain can help you cut costs and waste and offer some much-needed visibility into your supply chain. Here’s how they work.

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How manufacturers make the most of machine data

Digitizing the manufacturing process via ERP systems can greatly improve ROI. However, it doesn’t come without challenges.

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Ricoh USA transforms ediscovery in the public cloud

As part of its digital transformation, Ricoh has migrated its eDiscovery business to Microsoft Azure. The reasons: scalability, security and performance.

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