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When is an engineer not an engineer?

When he works for himself? A customer was annoyed when electrical engineer Greg Mills raised the estimate he’d quoted for a job, after the customer mentioned that certain additional features would be necessary. The customer complained to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration, and from there, things got worse for Mills — much worse. The […]

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Right to repair

Back to the legislature, or, if needed, the ballot, in Massachusetts (video from March 2019) For more than a year, the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has been organizing to fight what it calls a “loophole” in the state’s Right To Repair Law.  And the coalition  is fighting back. In 2012,  Massachusetts voters chose overwhelmingly […]

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Million mile battery

The battery Elon Musk has been talking about may be on the horizon … In April Elon Musk announced that Teslas would soon be powered by a battery with a lifespan of more than 1 million miles. In September, the Journal of the Electrochemical Society published a paper from a team of researchers at Dalhousie […]

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Feel good about the future

The future of manufacturing is life-saving, creative, daring, exciting, resourceful, sustainable, efficient, and kind, with genius leadership Forbes magazine’s December issue features 30 Under 30 2020 Manufacturing and Industry- or, as Forbes also describes them, “young entrepreneurs building the future.” From new types of 3-D printing to “pantyhose that won’t rip,” the array of products, […]

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Regal closes Durst

Layoffs of 59 employees begin now Regal Beloit Corporation has notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development of its plans to permanently close its Durst Division facility in Clinton, WI by June 12th.  Fifty nine workers will be affected, with layoffs beginning immediately.  Per the schedule provided to the state The final day for sixteen […]

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Electricians wanted

Are Utah’s licensing tests too difficult? Matt Gephardt and Michelle Poe, two reporters from Utah’s KUTV, have been looking into why there aren’t more licensed electricians in Utah – a situation which is said to be a problem. “When you need an electrical repair, you are waiting longer and you are paying more.” Some members […]

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Gearbox grounds gondola

What a difference a part makes What a difference a part makes. When vibration caused a main gearbox to fail in a resort’s new gondola, tech experts from three countries worked day and night to get the equipment back on track. The lift is made by Austria’s Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, an international manufacturer of ropeways […]

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Workforce development programs gear up

Community colleges are leading the way According to the National Association of Manufacturers, over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. “Simply put, the manufacturing industry is creating more open jobs than there are skilled workers to fill them,” the association’s research says.”This so-called skills gap challenge is […]

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Better than a waterproof Roomba

Torqeedo’s  all-electric boat cleans up pollution in inland waterways and harbors. Torqeedo, a German manufacturer of electrically powered boats, has developed a new vehicle that can clean up pollution in inland waterways and harbors, The product, named Waste Cleaner 66, will meet the public at the International Nautic Boat Show in Paris-Porte de Versailles , […]

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Ben Franklin and a wild turkey disaster

An experiment I desire never to repeat   From Jennifer Ouelette of Ars Technica comes the story of The Time Benjamin Franklin Tried (and Failed) to Electrocute a Turkey Per Ouelette’s research, the Founding Father was quite a practical jokester: Guests at Franklin’s home were frequently recruited for his experiments and practical jokes. For instance, […]

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