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Bowling for Green

Could famously divided Ohio actually agree on renewable energy? Despite its recent resemblance to some sort of bitter sports rivalry, politics doesn’t have an offseason. It doesn’t even have an off-day—government shutdowns notwithstanding—and the recent turn of the calendar ushers it into more heated, contentious territory. With that comes jockeying, partisanship, and grandstanding, but that’s […]

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Dynamatic Hires New CEO

Gary Steinhart to lead DSI/Dynamic In a significant move in the drives and controls sector, Gary Steinhart will take his resume down Interstate 94 in Wisconsin. Drive Source International (DSI)/Dynamatic has named Steinhart its new CEO and President, the company announced recently. An “accomplished and high-energy senior executive who has worked in diverse markets,” Steinhart […]

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Tragedy in Illinois

Terminated worker at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora open fires in warehouse A terrifying incident at an Illinois valve manufacturing facility last week may cause manufacturers to rethink their managerial and security practices. Five victims were killed and six others wounded—including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex February 16, […]

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A New Normal

A progressive EV startup manufactures from a small Midwest town While Tesla seems to have somewhat hit its apex, countless electric vehicle manufacturers vie for the throne. One of them is doing while simultaneously helping to revitalize the town of Normal, Illinois. That company is Rivian Automotive. Rivian’s brain trust resides mostly in California—Battery, Electric […]

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Motor Performance Measurement Without a Dyno: A Portable Dynamometer

SPONSORED CONTENT Motor Performance Measurement Without a Dyno: A Portable Dynamometer by R. Gene Smiley, PE Motor Diagnostic Systems Note: Sources for figure and citations listed at bottom of post as well as in the extended version of the article. ABSTRACT There are many scenarios where a quick, accurate validation of motor performance is valuable […]

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Electrical Fire at Brooklyn Jail

The jailhouse is rocking, but not with music. An electrical fire at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn began a series of frigid events for inmates, staff, and the community. On January 27, an electrical panel that broke down caught fire and then the generator switch melted. The facility was unable to use generator power […]

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Mythbusters Jr. Magnet Magic

The original Mythbusters television show premiered in 2003 on the Discovery Channel with 296 episodes through its 2016 finale. Always a popular and beloved show by viewers, a spin-off, Mythbusters Jr., with original host Adam Savage aired its first episode in early January 2019. This time, Mr. Savage and a group of bright, curious children […]

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VOTW: Be Mine, Valentine NECCO Candy Save

Never fear! Ferrara Candy has come to the rescue and will have candy hearts ready for Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a look back at the “B-LOVE”d treats’ original manufacturer (the now bankrupt Necco) and another of its well-known products, the often-mocked Necco wafers.

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EV Does It

Motorcar Parts acquires EV powertrain, energy storage company Motorcar Parts of America, Inc., of Torrance, Ca., announced Wednesday it has acquired Binghamton, New York-based E&M Power. The acquisition reflects another company’s venture into the electric vehicle market, which seems to grow in scope every day—and in this case, also involves the growing energy storage sector. […]

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Emerson Marine Unit

Division will cater to port authorities, marine spares industry Emerson Bearing, the Boston-based bearings manufacturer for OEMs and maintenance, announced the formation of a new branch for marine applications. The company is not to be confused with the Emerson Electric Co. of St. Louis, a separate company known for its motors and generators. Both ‘Emersons’ […]

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