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2013 Technologies of the Year [SLIDESHOW]

Since the earliest days of the industrial revolution, technology has been at the very heart of manufacturing. And along every step of its evolution since – with every new efficiency gain or process improvement, with every new demand for speed and precision, for every step from the Model T to the Tesla Roadster – technology has remained at the core, driving innovation and enabling progress.

As IndustryWeek celebrates the 2013 Technology Leader of the Year award, we must also highlight some of the technologies and trends that have allowed this leader to achieve so much. The following make up the 2013 class of Technologies of the Year: the tools, gadgets and innovations pushing manufacturing forward today.

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