Solar Records Set

Piccard’s flight, California’s grid augment promise of renewable energy source Late July: a great time for beaches, seasonal flowers, and solar energy production. When temperatures hit the 90s and stay there for days, the heat can be intrusive for many, but it’s a time when these areas flourish. The state of California exhibited the potential of solar energy […]

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Technically Skilled

Utah Valley University’s ‘dynasty’ at skills comp The annual SkillsUSA competition wrapped up at the end of June in Louisville. Reflecting its organizational mission, this competition is split into three umbrella categories: ‘Leadership Development’, ‘Occupationally Related’, and ‘Skills and Technical Sciences’. Subcategories include industrial motor control, fabrication, winding, additive manufacturing, automation technologies, electrical construction wiring, engineering, […]

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$12 Million and 170 New Jobs

Promise for Tennessee manufacturing Eurotranciatura, one of the largest producers of steel laminations for electrical equipment in Europe, is shoring up its American front. The company is investing $12.6 million in an expansion and improvements to its Paris, Tenn., facility expected to create more than 170 new jobs in the area. Eurotranciatura USA, the company […]

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Osmotic Generator In Development

Mini-generator uses salt water for power Start small, aim big—that’s the ideology behind many a project. For nanoscientists, the scale for this approach is exponentially more minuscule. This does not mean, however, that they aren’t cognizant of keeping the endgame in mind for their tiny discoveries to transition into bigger practicalities. Witness the atom-sized micro-generator […]

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Retire and Unwind

Winder/mechanic retires after 60-year run William “Bill” Austin has been in the motor repair business since 1957. His last employer, MN-Iowa Electric Motors & Equipment, said that “he will be greatly missed…for his knowledge of motors and ability to fix anything” upon his departure July 22. Praise like this underscores an illustrious career in the […]

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Run Forrest’s Circuits

New life for Forrest Mims’ classic “Engineer’s Notebook” The signature work of Forrest Mims, one of the most recognizable names in recent science, is now being brought to life in model form. Star Simpson, an MIT alum who was inspired into science by Mims’ work at a young 14, has used startup funding and social media word […]

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Support For SolarCity

Musk’s “Part Deux” unveiled to reassure investors The ever-visible Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, wants to ensure potential shareholders that his unfinalized purchase of SolarCity is a worthwhile investment, not the bad deal some have labeled it in the past few weeks. So he yesterday enfolded it into an announcement about his overall business/energy integration plan, […]

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Directly Connected

Don’t Call it a comeback… DC has been here for years, but it’s currently approaching a revival. The variety of electrical current is often viewed as secondary to the longtime dominance of AC (alternating current) in most mainstream applications. But it’s been here, under the radar. Besides being a useful source of wordplay for some journalists’ […]

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Smart Sensors

ABB among companies to roll out new line of solutions Like it or not, maintenance is maturing. There are just as many solutions being unveiled now that use cloud technology and remote capability as there is everything else. In what some are calling a “new era”, spearheaded by remote condition monitoring for low voltage motors, […]

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Motors vs. Mining Lawsuit

Huntington, WV repair & sales business suing energy company Generally, mining companies and electric motor companies are on the same side. It’s rare that they don’t share a common goal or are forced to butt heads, unless there is money involved. A West Virginia electric motor company is suing Revelation Energy LLC, a mining company, citing an alleged unpaid […]

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