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Survival of the Fitbits

New startup joins the fray of expanding IoT market Since the inception of the Internet of Things, industrial companies rushed en masse to produce products that can connect workplace machinery in the era of the cloud and smartphone. The resulting subsection—the Industrial Internet of Things (iIOT)—is already home to products from familiar companies: Ludeca, Dynamatic, Flowserve, Regal […]

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Underwater Drones

Submarine robotics company expands geographic reach Aquabotix, an emerging underwater robotics company based in Fall River, Massachusetts, announced the addition of four new distributors to its global network September 25. The partnerships aim to help support the company’s global expansion and sale of its underwater robotics products, which include some science fiction-level stuff. The company ‘bots […]

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Elon to the Rescue?

Tesla CEO says he wants to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid from scratch Elon Musk continues to evoke pondering over whether he is human or an aspiring superhero. In his latest installment, Musk publicly stated interest in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s demolished electrical grid from the ground up—using solar energy—in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The […]

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Siemens Activity

German giant has an especially active week Last week saw major maneuvering from companies such as ABB and General Electric, two giants who serve manufacturers and tech industries alike. Perhaps that has made others inclined to follow suit. Siemens has had an especially active week. The German engineering conglomerate most recently turned heads early Thursday […]

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You Know The Drill

SDI and Parsable complete transition to ‘Industry 4.0’  Scientific Drilling International (SDI) announced September 12 it completed a transition to paperless operations for its four domestic repair facilities. SDI has been working on a five-year overhaul on customer service, tool reliability, strategic cost reduction, and optimization of processes for directional drilling equipment and services providers […]

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Power Move

ABB buys GE’s industrial solutions unit for $2.6 billion Swiss power firm ABB said it will buy General Electric’s industrial solutions unit for $2.6 billion, the companies announced Monday. For ABB, the acquisition targets a number one spot in the electrification market, where it currently competes with Schneider in utilities equipment services and power grid […]

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Come to the Zoo

Reliability, Process, and Maintenance Symposium in Kalamazoo The Reliability, Process, and Maintenance (RPM) Symposium will take place September 27th and 28th in Kalamazoo, Mich., this year. Familiar names from the pages of EA will be present, including Howard Penrose, who will speak during the kick-off presentation Wednesday 9/27. The event is sponsored by Siemens and HECO, with […]

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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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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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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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