Filling the motor capability gap

SPONSORED CONTENT from LAFERT NA by Matthew Temple, P. Eng — Outside Sales, Lafert NA   PM Motors for Motion Applications Permanent magnet motors are ideal for automated equipment applications where induction motor performance falls short of the mark, or servo motor cost and complexity is impractical. We at Lafert have developed a series of […]

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Most Common Causes for Preventable Premature Commutator Failure

SPONSORED CONTENT Most Common Causes for Preventable Premature Commutator Failure by Mike Akard AKARD COMMUTATOR OF TENNESSEE Overheating Kills Commutators Prematurely Premature commutator failure due to being severely overheated during the winding process is entirely too common yet completely avoidable given proper care taken during the winding process to prevent heat build-up. One often overlooked […]

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What Does Efficiency Really Mean for Your Power Consumption?

SPONSORED CONTENT What Does Efficiency Really Mean for Your Power Consumption? by Blake Bailey designmotors Efficiency is an incredibly important topic in our age for end users, manufacturers, and others involved in the electric motor industry. From lifecycle cost implications to debates over human impact on climate change, conversations about energy efficiency are everywhere. Industry […]

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Veterans awareness week

Stories that deserve more than one day Monday was Veterans Day and with it came slews of stories about good programs and impressive individuals. Here are some of our favorites; In-Vets, featuring Horner Industrial;  AWEA‘a efforts to place vets in windpower work; VEEP from the IBEW; and business-owner electrician Matt Schneider. In Indiana – InVets is filling unfilled […]

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Birkel Electric cultivates new business

  A 52-year old St. Louis electrical contracting firm finds fertile new territory From the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Legal marijuana is an $8.5 billion industry in which Missouri will soon participate, thanks to an initiative approved by voters. Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus discuss what that means from a business perspective. Legal medical marijuana […]

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The end of one-stop solar?

Sunpower spins off its solar panel manufacturing business In a move some say indicates the “maturing” of the industry, the well known solar energy provider SunPower has created a new company, Maxeon Solar Technologies to take over its solar manufacturing business.  The new company will be headquartered in Singapore. SunPower will keep its energy storage […]

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Disorder in the courts

A random range of recent lawsuits  IBEW Local 494 prevails in its payroll records suit against Veterans Electric (but the company isn’t giving up) …KEMET Capacitors settles a California anti-trust case for $62 million right before the company is acquired by Yageo Corp (but that case, too, continues)… and Pasquale Parente., the boy who was late to […]

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FABTECH2019

This year’s expo pedals to the metal What a show! From innovative exhibits to intense education sessions, FABTECH2019 opened minds and turned heads at McCormick Place this week. Now in its 38th year, the show is well recognized as “North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.” The main mission is to bring […]

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A new age for electric motors?

Many think EV’s could transform electric motor manufacturing (and it’s not all about batteries) Equipmake thinks EV’s are guaranteed to be transformative for motor manufacturers – and it’s not because of batteries. Quoted in a BBC story cheerfully titled Wheels of Fortune, Ian Foley, managing director of the British motor manufacturer, sees exactly where the opportunities lie: […]

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Okay, Boomer

Talking about those generations … (Updated 11/8 with some additional links*) What the latest reports reveal about workplace populations and preconceptions — Judging from their ubiquitous presence on social media feeds, videos like the one above seem to have captured the attention of viewers young and old. Virginia Van Natta of Bloomberg News analyzes the […]

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These people say coal is “too valuable to burn”

A complex search for an emissions-free process to transform biomass and fossil resources into useful products –  featuring TerraPower, Ramaco, and Bill Gates  Terrapower and Ramaco Carbon have received more than a million dollars in federal funds to use coal to produce carbon fiber. TerraPower was started by Bill Gates, “to craft a sustainable, clean […]

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Growing Plans

Lots of acquisitions happened recently – here are a few:  Bigger together in KC/St. Louis – Kansas City area engineering design firm Custom Engineering has acquired Timberlake Engineering, a full-service mechanical/HVAC, electrical, lighting, plumbing, and LEED operation in Columbia, MO, Partnership capacitates more & larger projects. CE will absorb all nine of Timberlake’s employees, and […]

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RandD is busting out all over

Inventions are popping up all over the place — Here’s a bit of what’s new   Industrial Automation Asia Pacific 2019 is known for cutting edge surprises, cacophony and lots of color – and as the video above demonstrates,  this year was no exception.  Among many new products debuting at the show was ABB‘s new […]

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