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America's Next Manufacturing Boom In One Word: Plastics

America's Next Manufacturing Boom In One Word: Plastics | Manufacturing In the USA Today | Scoop.it
Rev up your MakerBots: Plastic is getting cheaper.The price for domestically manufactured plastics has plummeted because of the natural gas boom, according to MIT Technology Review.
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Great line from movie THE GRADUATE!  Got my attention.  So does a threefold cut in basic material cost!

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Machine Whisperers: GE’s Industrial Internet Software Saves Power Plants Millions in Higher Output and Efficiency | GE Reports

Machine Whisperers: GE’s Industrial Internet Software Saves Power Plants Millions in Higher Output and Efficiency | GE Reports | Manufacturing In the USA Today | Scoop.it

Machine Whisperers: GE’s Industrial Internet Software Saves Power Plants Millions in Higher Output and Efficiency

 

Natural gas is quickly becoming the key resource for power generation. As a result, many U.S. and global utilities are looking for ways to boost output and efficiency of their gas-fired power plants, but without spending dear capital on brand new turbines. Now there’s an “intelligent” way to do it.

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Can You Knit a Wind Turbine?: GE Wind Turbine Blades Made From Fabric Aim To Revolutionize Renewable Energy | GE Reports

Can You Knit a Wind Turbine?: GE Wind Turbine Blades Made From Fabric Aim To Revolutionize Renewable Energy | GE Reports | Manufacturing In the USA Today | Scoop.it

Contary to popular belief, taking a piano to a fourth-story walk up apartment in New York City may not be the toughest moving job. Consider the wind turbine. The stiff fiberglass blades of the largest turbines span half the length of a football field. Moving them from the factory to the wind farm requires custom cranes, oversize rigs, hours of careful route and traffic planning, and expert drivers to execute precarious turns. What if you could do away with all that and also eliminate the million-dollar molds used to make them for good measure?.......

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