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When is an engineer not an engineer?

When he works for himself? A customer was annoyed when electrical engineer Greg Mills raised the estimate he’d quoted for a job, after the customer mentioned that certain additional features would be necessary. The customer complained to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration, and from there, things got worse for Mills — much worse. The […]

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Right to repair

Back to the legislature, or, if needed, the ballot, in Massachusetts (video from March 2019) For more than a year, the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has been organizing to fight what it calls a “loophole” in the state’s Right To Repair Law.  And the coalition  is fighting back. In 2012,  Massachusetts voters chose overwhelmingly […]

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Gearbox grounds gondola

What a difference a part makes What a difference a part makes. When vibration caused a main gearbox to fail in a resort’s new gondola, tech experts from three countries worked day and night to get the equipment back on track. The lift is made by Austria’s Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, an international manufacturer of ropeways […]

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Battery Life

It takes more than 100 times the energy to make an alkaline battery than it’s able to produce during its lifespan… … and that’s not the half of it. Do you know where your AA battery’s been? Writing for Medium’s One Zero, journalist Sarah Emerson takes a very deep dive into a “fiercely secretive” saga  […]

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Out of this world electrical repair

First all-female NASA spacewalk team aces a repair job in orbit — and makes history Space fans around the globe were cheering Christina Koch’s and Jessica Meir’s first all-woman spacewalk — but we at Electrical Apparatus were even more excited by the work they were doing out there – and yes, we’re talking electrical repair. Specifically, […]

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