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Detour to Machine Builder City

Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo, a One-Day Event, is Now Two Years Old With 90 Exhibiting Companies,1,000 Visitors And Is as Big as Some Tradeshows Covering far Larger Regions

By Jim Montague

I really need to be more careful driving because I can't help seeing interesting stuff. And my smartphone doesn't help because now I can take pictures of everything. Well, at least I stop before snapping—most of the time.

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Go Small, Get Flexible; When Bigger Isn't Always Better For Machine Builders

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10/24/2014

Internet Security Details in the Machine Building World

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10/21/2014

Say Good-Bye to Industrial Networking

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10/20/2014

Industrial Partners Plunge Into 3D Printing

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10/15/2014

Real Machine Safety Applications in the Spooky Garage

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10/15/2014

Put Industrial Printers to the Metal

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09/15/2014

STEM Students Find the Right Path After College

The Remaining Challenge is How to Bring Engineers and Other Technical Professionals into Their Local Schools

09/11/2014

High-End Protection for Low Power

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08/28/2014

Infographic: The Baby Boomers Are all Reaching Retirement Age, What Happens Next?

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08/28/2014

Lightened Loads for Diverse Automation Users

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08/26/2014

Servos Are Fun to Say and Are Useful For Most Automation Applications

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08/15/2014

Step-by-Step to Wireless Benefits in Machine and Production Processes

Performing a Comprehensive Site Survey is Crucial. No Wireless System Should Be Installed Without One

08/13/2014

Happier Together: Process Meets Discrete Networking

Process and Discrete Applications and Their Traditionally Distinct Networks Come Together With the Help of Distributed Intelligence, Ethernet and Related Tools

08/13/2014

Automation's Got Talent: STEM Programs Supply Rookie Engineers to Replace Retiring Veterans

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08/01/2014

Presence Sensors Travel into New Automation Applications

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07/30/2014

Hydroforming For Machine Builders Gets 21st-Century Makeover

Beckwood Press Uses Modern Controls, Hydraulics, Design Software and 3D Printed Tooling to Slash Part Development Time and Costs

07/15/2014

The Kids Are All Right: Producing Rookie Engineers From STEM Programs

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07/14/2014

Hands-On Learning in Engineering Disciplines Makes Senses

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06/16/2014

Wireless Builds Ties That Bind For Automation Industry Networks

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