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Christina O'Handley

Christina is a Digital Content Marketing Associate at THOMASNET.com. You can find her writing about manufacturing, supply chain and technology on Tom's Blog or trying to score tickets to Hamilton.

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Video: The U.S. Army Looks To SIG Sauer For Modular Weaponry

As the U.S. Army looks for more customizable weaponry, they have turned to firearms manufacturer SIG Sauer for modular guns. These P320/M17 guns will be tailor-made for each soldier, with only the trigger as the uniform part of the gun. All other parts can be customized, allowing soldiers to choose different pistol grip sizes, longer or shorter barrels, type of ammunition and location of the safety. 

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JAXA's Space Junk Cleanup Takes A Turn For The Worse


We reported on the efforts that space agencies around the world make to put an end to the growing space junk in our atmosphere. Most recently, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) designed an electrodynamic tether (EDT) to clean up the mess. We now have an update on the project, and it didn't go according to plan.  

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What Can You Do To Create More Supply Chain Transparency?

Supply chain transparency is a high priority for many organizations. However, because of the fragmented nature of supply chains, creating efficient, end-to-end monitoring systems can be a challenge. 

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Introducing The Bat Bot

Bruce Wayne would be proud. A team of scientists just built a flying, autonomous robot designed to look like a bat.

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The American Inventions That Revolutionized Manufacturing

February 11 is National Inventors’ Day, which celebrates the tremendous impact that American inventors have had on the United States and people around the world.

The manufacturing industry has also felt the impact of these innovators who were willing to push the possibilities of their times and technologies.

In honor of National Inventors’ Day, we wanted to take a look back at a few of the awesome American inventions that have shaped the industry.

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Video: The Latest Engineering Innovations From January 2017

New products are being created every day, so what’s new in the marketplace? Our friends at Industrial Equipment News created a roundup of their favorite product developments so far in 2017.

Here are some of the products that topped the list: 

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Making Smart Factories A Reality For Manufacturers

Smart factories are predicted to change the manufacturing industry in profound ways by leveraging technology and the ability to receive and react to data in real time. However, not all factories are equipped to take advantage of these smart capabilities, and adoption can be a tremendous challenge for some companies. 

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Can Worker Training Programs Solve The Skills Gap In Manufacturing?

The skills gap is a major roadblock to the growth of the manufacturing industry. While training programs could be the solution, they raise the question of who should be leading the training initiatives and who should be paying for them.

The U.S. government has the money to put into manufacturing training programs but doesn’t have the expertise to train workers. On the other hand, manufacturing companies have the expertise to teach new students but don't have the funding necessary to launch these programs.

A new approach, introduced by the Aspen Institute, might be able to bridge the gap.

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How Boeing Transports Their 100-Foot Wings Through Washington

A lot of work goes into building large products. But it takes quite a lot of work to transport those projects as well.

Take, for example, Boeing’s massive, 100-foot wings, which much be transported from Frederickson to Everett, Washington, which is 70 miles away.  

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