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Techies, unite! Briefs from the world of clouds, servers, and the IoT.  Microsoft investing big in IoT. Microsoft announced April 4 that it will invest an additional $5 billion towards the Internet of Things. The money is expected to be spread evenly over the next four years into the IoT sector. As part of company restructuring, the […]

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Motors From Another Dimension

First 3D-printed electric motor? Expect this at Hannover-Messe 2018: a 3D-printed electric motor. German researchers broke through recently after a two-and-a-half year effort to duplicate every component of a functional motor. What sets this apart from other 3D-printed motors is said to be its heat resistance capabilities. Prototypes include three different material versions, released simultaneously: […]

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Southwest Searching for Answers

Inspections, metal durability, structural flaws all concerns after accident Metal fatigue and inspection oversight are coming into focus as the causal identities for a harrowing accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday that left one passenger dead and traumatized 148 others in a required emergency landing. Preliminary concerns are focusing on the aircraft’s engine, specifically […]

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Recharge, Rethink

ABB news of both varieties: power grids, EV stations When you have 136,000 employees across 100 countries, I guess you grow to expect the good and the bad. Weathering the unexpected—and filtering negative outcomes—are probably woven into the company mantra. Heck, it’s sometimes even calculated to release one as a counterweight to the other. So […]

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Oilgear Solid

Texas Hydraulics acquires Traverse City pump manufacturer  Texas Hydraulics, the Temple, Texas manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders, swivels, and related components, announced the acquisition of Oilgear on April 3rd. Traverse City, Michigan-based Oilgear is a provider of hydraulic pumps, valves, systems and aftermarket services for heavy-duty applications. The company operates out of twelve primary facilities globally, […]

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Festovus

Automation company Festo expands Automation company Festo announced a major expansion to its Mason, Ohio facility Wednesday. Factory and process automation solutions provider Festo US announced plans Monday to invest some $90 million to expand its regional service and manufacturing center in Mason—a Cincinnati suburb and industrial hub—by 350,000 square feet, tripling the capacity of production, […]

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Planes to Pedals

Aircraft mechanic-turned-electric bike salesman While the electric vehicle industry continues its ascent, one subsection gaining a decent amount of traction in recent years is the electric bike arena. It seems as if every variety of vehicle is being electrified nowadays, generally in the interest of greater efficiency. With electric bikes, there comes an intriguing upside […]

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Mize on the Prize

What exactly is a connected customer experience platform? Mize, a leading provider of “Connected Customer Experience platform and service management software,” announced April 12 that Edax Inc., a business unit of Ametek, plans to optimize its field service management with Mize software. Edax will use the Mize connected customer experience platform and ‘Smart Blox’ for […]

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Nikola Is Truckin’

You’re always hearing about Tesla. Here’s Nikola getting some recognition. Nikola Motors, the electric truck startup, announced it has hired Jesse Schneider as vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Considered an expert in the field of fuel cells, Schneider is an automotive industry veteran who spent most of his career working for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. […]

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SmartPort 2018

Industries collide to discuss ‘Manufacturing 4.0’ A panel of leaders from manufacturing companies including Honeywell, Mars Wrigley Confectionary U.S., Kawasaki Motors and Magna International discussed the future of manufacturing April 4 at the KC SmartPort’s 2018 Annual Industry Briefing. The panel addressed a crowd of more than 550 logistics, real estate and economic development professionals […]

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