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Weld Inspection: Is Automated Better?

Yaskawa webinar touts robotic assist techniques, but we have questions A webinar on Tuesday hosted by Yaskawa prompted our consideration of a persistent question: is a new, highly-advertised automated process more effective than its predecessor? In this case, Yaskawa was touting its automated welding inspection applications. Hosted by Jeff Noruk of Servo-Robot, the manufacturer of […]

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Machine Tool Days

Siemens event offers further insight on the hotly debated “remote diagnostics” trend Two weeks ago, we discussed the integration of “remote” applications permeating the plant and field maintenance industries. Centered around the release of Schneider Electric’s new platform, this item led to valuable discourse, both in our comments and e-mail inboxes, about the concerns and […]

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Daniel Jones, 84, Design Pioneer

Motion control giant also contributed to Mars mission later in life Daniel B. Jones, president and owner of Incremotion Associates/Motion Media Group, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., died on September 1, at 84 years of age, Control Engineering’s Mark T. Hoske first reported September 16. Dan Jones was an electric motor and generator design engineer and […]

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Henson Named Division Head

Executive began his career at Baldor in ’97 as part of drives/motion control team ABB’s Motors and Generators division has named Jesse Henson president of their U.S. business. Henson, who has been with the company for 23 years, leads the team responsible for marketing, designing and manufacturing ABB and Baldor-Reliance industrial electric motors in the […]

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Remotely Troubling

New services for power distribution, augmented reality from Schneider A new service from a global industrial-electric powerhouse may be exciting technology, but it also sheds light on where the industry could be headed in terms of demand for field technicians. Schneider Electric has launched Remote Expertiseä, a new package of services for electrical and power […]

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Job Market, Manufacturing Show Signs of Growth

As a colleague said: “a bit of good news at a time when we can all probably use it.” Those looking for a light at the end of the tunnel have been starved for it most of the summer, but may have found respite in recent U.S. workforce statistics. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 1.37 million […]

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EGLE-Eye

America’s animal rep didn’t take kindly to a government drone in its airspace From the “too perfect” category this week: A Michigan bald eagle outfoxed a government drone and made clear who’s airspace the natural habitat belonged to. And, as The Verge’s Kim Lyons pointed out, the story is not short on irony in a […]

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Sharp Departs

Emerson executive joined company in 1996 Emerson announced August 13 that Robert T. Sharp, executive president of its Commercial & Residential Solutions business, is leaving the organization as he pursues new opportunities. Changes at Emerson Electric – Robert Sharp, executive vice president of the Commercial & Residential Solutions Division, is leaving to pursue other opportunities. […]

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Why Your Plant or Shop Should Consider Robotics

More companies are turning to automated processes—which could mean opportunity for your service shop or plant. Partially due to the disastrous economic, socially-distanced, cautious climate that is 2020—and partially due to the steady advancement of technology—robotics are permeating industry at a higher rate than ever. And since many of these processes involve servomotors, robotic arms […]

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Relayr (IoT) Partners w/ Grupo Marro

Self-proclaimed “IoT powerhouse” from Chicago makes long-term deal with Mexican company Relayr, another company joining the all-lower-case name squad, calls Chicago, Illinois its worldwide corporate headquarters but retains offices throughout Europe (two in Germany, one in Poland, Italy, and England apiece). The company is primarily an IoT (Internet of Things) outfitter, but like many digital-manufacturing […]

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