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Feel the Byrne

EMR B-More taps new Ops Mgr Electric Motor Repair Company, a provider of service, repair, installation and sales to the commercial kitchen and industrial motor sectors, announced that Joseph Byrne has been named operations manager of its Baltimore branch. In his new role, Byrne will be responsible for operations out of EMR’s headquarters, including leading more than […]

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Robotics Record

First half of 2017 is benchmark year for automation A ‘Robopocalypse’ is happening by the numbers…even if it may be an overblown theory in real life. The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced the results of its research on robotics and automation trends, sales, and growth Thursday, showing record tallies in the areas of robotics, […]

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Coalescence at FERC?

Commission’s new chair endorses compensation for coal plants The recently appointed chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made an immediate push for coal plants to be compensated upon shutdown Tuesday, citing their history of contributions to the electric grid. Neil Chatterjee (right), who was appointed to be the federal agency’s chairman August 10 after […]

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Toll on the Bells

Big Ben will undergo four-year repair process The most famous clock in the world will not make a sound for almost four years, starting next Monday. Big Ben, which sits above the Houses of Parliament in London, is set to undergo vital structural repairs next week as part of a major restoration to Queen Elizabeth […]

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MAC Exodus

Manufacturing Advisory Council disbanded, plants continue to close The Manufacturing Advisory Council was one of two such business advisory assemblies disbanded Wednesday afternoon following the departure of multiple CEOs over the previous two days. These departures included Inge Thulin, CEO of St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M, and Rich Kyle of The Timken Company (headquartered in North Canton, […]

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Deep Cuts

Two national labs downsize in anticipation of DOE squeeze Two national labs are eliminating more than 500 staff positions as the government pushes for deep budget cuts at the Department of Energy. Staff cuts announced yesterday at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island marked the first anticipatory moves—and […]

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Wind Power Week

AWEA’s first annual event of its kind debuts across the country AWEA debuted its first-ever American Wind Week this week, continuing through Saturday. The celebration of wind power and energy is designed to bring together industry professionals and promote new initiatives. Partially organized in celebration of wind power emerging this year as America’s top source […]

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Electric Food

Could renewable energy help solve world hunger? Finnish researchers have created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a system powered by renewable energy. The entire process requires only electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes. The synthetic food was created as part of the Food From Electricity project, which is […]

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Night in Day

Electrical engineer in Oregon builds eclipse-catered house August 21st is a big day…with a little bit of night. The most complete solar eclipse in recent memory will glaze its way right across the United States like an award-winner’s ribbon, carving an almost perfect diagonal pathway from Oregon to South Carolina. One electrical engineer in that […]

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Positions Available

Latest jobs report shows positive signs for manufacturing The latest BLS jobs report: Highs, lows, with a side of salt. Job openings have hit an all-time high. That sounds good, but many experts are heeding caution. Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector is performing at an unexpectedly robust level, continuing a pattern that has now powered through […]

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