Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 12/4/2015

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RIT Lands $400K NSF Grant For Students In Photonics, Optics

“Researchers at RIT will study workplace trends in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The three-year study, called the Photonics and Optics Workforce Education Research project, will identify math, physics and communication skills used on the job at more than 60 small- to mid-sized photonics companies in Rochester.”
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New 3D Printing Material Primed To Spur Increase In Wearable Electronics

“A 3D printing company that already specializes in printable electronics announced today the release of an entirely new material called Graphene Flex Foam. When used in conjunction with most commercially available 3D printers, the flexible, conductive material could lead to a new wave of fashionable electronic devices.”
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Drones Will Take Innovation Center Stage In 2016

“Increasing numbers of Fortune 500 leaders are now exploring how drones can help grow their businesses. At the vanguard of this movement sit four industries that have already turned to drones to drive safety and efficiency.”
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‘The 12 Days Of Christmas’ For The Supply Chain

“The countdown to the holidays is well underway, and as we inch closer by the minute, supply chain operations are gearing up in the hopes of creating lots of happy customers and little, if any dissatisfied ones. The good news is that it’s not too late for 2015.”
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Manufacturing Contracted In November For First Time In 3 Years

“Manufacturing in the United States contracted in November for the first time in three years as the sector buckled under the weight of a strong dollar and deep spending cuts by energy companies. Other data on Tuesday showed a sturdy increase in construction spending in October, which should help to offset the drag from manufacturing on fourth-quarter growth.”

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How Cloud Computing Platforms Are Becoming A Catalyst of Global Manufacturing Growth

“Manufacturers succeed these days by competing on speed and agility rather than size. That shift has influenced the way they track and share data with their suppliers and customers, and plays directly into the strengths of doing business in the cloud. Cloud-based platforms and applications provide a greater degree of precision and speed than the old systems often built by the manufacturers themselves.”
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