Down and Dirty

Bacteria’s electric motors It turns out, electric motors are even more common than we previously thought. They’re everywhere…even in bacteria. As Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki explained in last week’s edition of his “Great Moments in Science” simulcast, bacteria don’t just spread the way they do without means of locomotion. In their case, that involves microscopic propellers and “self-assembling” electric […]

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Blacklist of Grievances

The DOL’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order is finally here, for better or for worse Wednesday was a dreaded one for a lot of manufacturers. It marked the finalization of the DOL’s Executive Order No. 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, originally signed back in July 2014. Under this “Blacklisting Rule”, federal contractors are required to […]

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Line ‘Em Up

Shaft alignment vital aboard Navy ships Maintenance priorities aren’t limited to a single dimension of the industry. When it comes to the U.S. Navy, sailors deal with some of the very same obstacles as shop employees, and must be on alert for similar red flags. Aboard any Navy vessel, pumps are clearly of great importance, and thus, […]

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Open Valve for Pentair

Emerson buys valves & controls business for $3.15 billion Emerson Electric appears to be restructuring its image, one move at a time. In its third transaction this month, the St. Louis-based factory equipment maker said last week it would purchase the valves & controls business of Pentair for $3.15 billion. It demonstrates a continued departure […]

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On-the-Go Training

Moley, Bartlett, Koyo collaborate using mobile training vehicle How do you take product “mobility” to the next level? Most would think speed, efficiency, and diversification—all good answers—but how about training? Moley Magnetics, Inc. can vouch, as it got to participate in mobile training firsthand on Wednesday, when Koyo USA, in conjunction with Bartlett Bearing, brought its training program to Moley’s Lockport, […]

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Keeping It Local

PA energy center utilizing 150 local union workers for construction Construction is underway for a new power plant in northeast Pennsylvania that will utilize area workers and provide 150 jobs. The Lackawanna Energy Center, now being built in Jessup, Penn., will be a 1,480-megawatt natural gas power plant once finished. It is currently employing about […]

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Digitalized Heavy Machinery

Honeywell’s latest bid demonstrates prevailing trend On August 15, Honeywell International, the Morris Plains, N.J.-based manufacturing conglomerate, put $3 billion on the table in an offer to acquire JDA Software Group, Inc. The acquisition is still in limbo (challenged by an alternative offer by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP) but demonstrates an important prevailing trend […]

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Salvaging Aliso Canyon

Storage projects are the sheepish hope of the largest natural gas leak in U.S. history The catastrophic leak that occurred at one of the Los Angeles area’s major natural gas plants last year could finally have some positive repercussions. Despite its initial consequences—forced evacuations, displacement of over 15,000 residents, dire power shortages, blackouts caused, and the loss of […]

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Coal and Solar Call a Truce

New program in Colorado offers solar jobs to unemployed miners It’s no secret that those employed by the coal or oil and gas industries look at their counterparts in the renewable energy sector as their rivals. Now, a Colorado-based program extends an olive branch that could assuage the animosity. The idea might be hard for […]

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Drives on Ice

Danfoss sponsors Champions Hockey League Danfoss, the Danish manufacturer, already has a solid pre-existing relationship with the sport of ice hockey. The company’s cooling technologies are used in ice rinks in various countries. It just recently bulked up the bond with hockey on a marketing level when it secured a sponsorship package for the Pan-European Champions […]

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