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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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ABB Wins Iraq Order

Substation to connect new power plant near Basra to national grid ABB announced Wednesday it has won an order to supply and install a substation at the 3,000 megawatt Rumaila power plant, located in the Basra region of southern Iraq. The completed power plant will be operated by Shamara Holding Group (SHG), one of Iraq’s […]

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Motors Take Flight

CR Flight: a new company enters the drone zone UAV stands for unmanned aerial vehicle. There’s no need to familiarize yourself with the term, because these are widely identified by their shorter, easier name: drones. From the military to the backyard, drones have become an American constant over the past decade. A new company, CR […]

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Motion Scoops Numatic

Acquisition adds more automation experience Motion Industries, Inc., of Birmingham, Ala., announced today the acquisition of Numatic Engineering, the Los Angeles-based robotics company. Execution of the transaction will occur on August 1st, according to a Motion press release sent to EA Thursday. Founded in 1955, Numatic Engineering has sixty years of experience selling and supporting […]

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Robotics Team Missing

Six members of Burundi team may have voluntarily fled to Canada A team of six high-school age students was reported missing following a national robotics competition that took place in Washington, D.C., this week. The FIRST Global Challenge 2017, held Sunday through Tuesday of this past week, included six members of the Burundi robotics team […]

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Sie Change

Siemens begins two major ventures for the future Siemens’ CEO Joe Kaeser announced in the fall of 2016 that the company would harbor a cautious approach in the coming year. So much for that. While Kaeser was mainly referring to mergers and acquisitions, its now clear he was playing a strategic hand of sorts. A […]

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Smart Meters, Risky Bets?

Energy grid maven warns: cyber threats may begin at home As the UK pursues a goal of installing smart meters in every home by the end of 2020, British businessman and former National Energy Grid CEO Steve Holliday tells The Guardian’s Adam Vaughan that concerns about cyber attacks are “off the scale.” Holliday has been focused […]

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Barely Budging

Cuts looking more like slashes in latest budget proposal A new budget proposal for 2018 drafted by the White House was formally announced Tuesday, including significant cuts to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (predictably), as well as the advanced manufacturing industry. The proposal includes a 70% cut to the Office of Energy […]

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Back-of-House Bots

Automated prep work on the horizon?  After a long day at the workplace—plant, shop, office, you name it—who doesn’t have a favorite restaurant they enjoy as their favorite place to unwind? Anything from mom-and-pop spots to acclaimed steakhouses requires a lot of hard work and manpower behind the scenes. While ambiance and hospitality from your […]

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In Another “Ethisphere”

Schneider, Rockwell, and others make unique list A number of big name companies were given the distinct honor of being deemed “ethical” businesses in this year’s edition of the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies awards. The 124 recipients this year—the Insitute’s tenth—spanned 19 countries and a spectrum of categories including energy and utilities, engineering and […]

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