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Quiet Storm

Way-too-close call in New Zealand exposes one issue with green trains There are three main reasons for the rail industry’s electric movement: environmental cleanliness, affordability, and noise reduction. Few questioned any of the three until recently, but a near miss in Auckland, New Zealand April 7 illustrated the severity of risks involved with low-volume electric […]

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Automate 2017

Robots so advanced, when they dance, they “do the human”  Who are we kidding…machines have already taken over. Any ‘human’ who attended Automate 2017 this week can vouch: the lines have never been more indistinct between virtual and actual, A.I. and H.I., intuition and cognition. The biennial conference, held this year at McCormick Place in […]

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Manufacturing Tales

Granola, yogurt: meet the industrial worker There are places in America where manufacturing is returning. They just don’t assume the nostalgic form that many of us would love to picture. In unexpected basins of manufacturing revival, the trades now incorporate automation, sustainability, and streamlined processes. Much different from your classic assembly line and factory. Here’s the thing, though: many […]

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Brighten Your Monday

Innovation Day USA offers an array of productive distractions Spring has sprung, and that means a few things. The weather may not get any more rational, but it should at least get warmer, overall. A number of conventions are upon us. And the season of renewal acts as a symbol for the release of innovations. […]

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ABB: A Bad Break

ABB uncovers criminal activity in its South Korea subsidiary ABB has uncovered a “sophisticated criminal scheme”, related to a significant embezzlement and misappropriation of funds in its South Korean subsidiary ABB Korea, the company reported February 22. The amount is estimated to be around 100 million dollars. The man responsible for the scheme is reportedly Oh […]

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The Bright Side

Have you heard the good news?! A few words you won’t find in this article: fraud, embezzlement, layoffs, disaster. Cruisin’ with Armstrong. Armstrong Fluid Technology announced the winners from its Cruisin’ with Armstrong promotion from Toronto on March 6th. The winners of brand new Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycles from the promotion were a plumbing contractor and a counter sales […]

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Hold the Door

Handle security for the good of the realm First came the latch, then the padlock, then the chain, then multiple padlocks, then the slide lock…before anything electrical was installed. The first element of electromechanics to appear in door security was the keycode. Now, electromechanics appear to be rapidly permeating the industry. Allegion Electronics, for one, […]

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To the Motor-Copter

Is it a car? Is it a plane? It’s both. At the risk of being brutally honest, it’s difficult to see exactly why society needs flying cars. Or self-driving ones, for that matter. That being said, certain inventions in the age of technology are just too, um, inventive, to ignore. Here’s another prototype that fits that […]

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‘Ivy’ League of its Own

Once again, community colleges tackle the skills gap Certain outfits are addressing training in the “old fashioned way”, yet applying it to new technologies. The Ivy Tech Community Colleges of Indiana are offering mechanical classes aimed to fill the skills gap. The Indiana-based technical college is focusing on automation maintenance, mechatronics, and that of other new […]

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Da Vinci, Coded

A look at the famed artist’s drawings of early “robots” The legend responsible for the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper—and who has books, movies, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle named after him—did much more than just paint. Leonardo da Vinci was also thinking ahead in the disciplines of architecture and engineering (among many others). […]

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