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Beamer Bracketology

First mass-produced metal part manufactured by 3D printing We covered in this newsletter last week how 3D printing, with all its enormous potential, has reached a crucial juncture of safety, rights, and ethics now that it has become possible to make weaponry using the technology. This week, it’s back to the bright side of the […]

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Leaders of the Pack

Looking for a new trade show? PACK could whet your thirst for novelty Looking for a unique trade show to attend? The two-for-one combo provided by PACK EXPO International (Oct. 14-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago) could be a great place for both a change of scenery and flip of the idea light bulb. PACK, […]

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Drone Zone

The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected. A new report from Navigant Research expects it to reach at least $13 billion by 2026. The report examines the use of drones and robotics for electric transmission and distribution (DRTD) operations, with global market […]

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From Shop to Show

IMTS discusses Internet of Things connections IMTS is a trade show that prides itself on connections. The most prominent of these that comes to mind is contained in its title—that of manufacturing and technology. This year’s show will emphasize connecting machines to a network for monitoring and performance analysis. “Many of the machine tools on […]

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Eatons of Changes

Deja vu? Brickhouse promotion from two weeks ago followed by two this week Just two weeks after a separate announcement of executive transition, power management company Eaton today announced leadership changes to its electrical sector’s sales and marketing organization. Molly Murphy has been named senior vice president of North American sales, and Jeff Krakowiak has […]

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Cobots Emerge

Fear not…for they come in peace Since the debut of its Emerging Technology Center in 2004, IMTS has built a reputation as a show that aims to bring people and automation closer together. The 2018 edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (September 10-15 in Chicago) will attempt to do this in a more literal […]

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He’s a Brickhouse

Eaton names new Electrical Systems president Power management company Eaton today announced that Brian Brickhouse has been named president, Electrical Systems and Services Group, effective July 1. Brickhouse will succeed Bill VanLandingham, who is retiring after 33 years of exceptional service. Brickhouse will lead Eaton’s teams that provide industry-leading global solutions, deep application expertise and […]

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Century Mark

Fraba Group turns 100, celebrates growth with earnings The Fraba Group, pioneers of electric control systems and encoders, turns 100 this year. The Holland-based company with U.S. headquarters in Hamilton, N.J., gets to celebrate with strong recent financial growth. In 2017, turnover increased by 21 percent over the previous year, with total sales revenues of […]

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Tractor Trailblazers

Precision agriculture at the University of Nebraska You heard it straight from the Husker’s mouth: tractors are getting an upgrade. A new six-figure research initiative at the University of Nebraska will focus on improved testing the cornerstone of agricultural machinery; primarily on the efficiency of its power sources. “Tractors play an important role in precision […]

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Hannover Messe 2018

Bionic fish, 3D-printed shoes…the world’s biggest trade show never fails to impress The world’s largest trade show is in full swing this week, and the 2018 edition shows yet again how much technology and manufacturing have come together. At Hannover Messe in Germany,  which is running all week, integration of the two fields often viewed […]

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