3D Printing Speed

Rapid growth in efficiency and market The burgeoning 3D printing industry seems at times saturated with excitable chatter about its potential for rapid growth. Many, including our commander-in-chief, have touted it as one of the cornerstone technologies of the future. Often still, a number of professionals have mentioned its potential for the future of the manufacturing industry. […]

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Hannover Messe 2016

World’s biggest manufacturing conference continues this week It’s the World Cup of manufacturing. Hannover Messe is underway this week; still in progress as we speak through April 29. For a plethora of industries, this is a grand occasion every year. 2016 also happens to be the convention’s 70th annual event. And there is no shortage of headlines: this year’s conference […]

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Little Giant

Anniversary of a pump innovation milestone A pump known as the Little Giant originated in 1941, when a plumber named R.M. “Doc” Wolfe found a solution to the quality challenges he faced with evaporative cooling pumps. The “Little Giant Vaporizer”, considered the first electric motor-driven submersible pump of its kind on the market, was born. 2016 […]

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It’s An Offshore Thing

Major motor manufacturers among OTC exhibitors showcasing new products The 47th annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will take place May 2-5, 2016 in NRG Park in Houston, Texas. More than 90,000 professionals from over 120 countries are expected to attend, to exchange ideas and opinions for advancements in scientific and technical knowledge primarily related to offshore resources and environmental matters. Experts in the […]

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“Wearables” for Electric Motors

Sensors will allow remote capability Remotes have never done anything except make everything easier. Today, research includes exploring how they can be applicable to industrial electric motors. “Wearables” are sensors that can be placed on motors and remotely linked to, and controlled by, smartphones or other portable electronic devices. These emerging technologies have attracted a number of beta users […]

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Old King Coal

Massey CEO’s jail sentence punctuates industry’s decline The coal industry continues to take hits as the country transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Most recently, a number of utilities plant closings in the Midwest mark the decline. Last week, Indianapolis Power & Light retired four units at its Eagle Valley Generating Station, with plans to […]

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Neighborly Advice

Canadian shops weigh in on state of the industry In connection with a feature that will highlight aspects of the Canadian electromechanical industry, Electrical Apparatus editors surveyed shops throughout that country. We learned that falling oil prices and cross-border arrangements are some of the salient challenges facing Canadian shops. Some comments are copied below — look for […]

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A Good Fit For Houghton

Former fitter named new head of sales and marketing Houghton International, the electromechanical services provider based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, has appointed a new sales and marketing director. Chris Robson began his career with the company as a fitter in its electromechanical services division. From there, he ascended to the rank of manager in that same department […]

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Exhibition Games

Star Wars creator’s proposed museum jeopardizes trade shows like IMTS The home of some of the world’s most important trade shows could be facing a partial demolition that would affect future contracts, including the manufacturing industry. Chicago’s McCormick Place has been home to trade shows and conventions since it opened in 1960. Currently, the International Manufacturing […]

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Supplies on the Road

AWI’s rolling warehouse premiers next week American Wire and Insulation Supplies, of San Marcos, Tex., is bringing repair supplies to the road. The company will be featuring a specialized mobile van at the EASA Southwest Chapter meeting this coming month. The “rolling warehouse” is equipped with inventory that includes bearings, magnet wire, sleeving, insulation materials, hand tools, and more. “Nobody […]

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