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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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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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M&A: Metal & Automotive

AZZ, Bosch, and Terzo round out an M&A update AZZ wins bid for Lectrus assets, including facility in Chattanooga. Fort Worth-based AZZ Inc., the metal coatings services company with over 70 years of industry experience, announced March 23 that it has completed the purchase of certain assets of Lectrus Corporation, according to a joint press release. The Chattanooga, […]

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Storage Wars: ‘A’ List

ABB and Amazon are all over the grid ABB just keeps making waves. The Swiss-based company, which officially absorbed Baldor in name to begin the month, has now released a new energy storage solution for residential “prosumers” that offers modular capacity increases, a high-voltage battery for greater efficiency, and flexibility in how the system is installed. […]

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