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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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Technicalities

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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