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Boeing Green

Hybrid planes for commuter flights said to be cleaner, cheaper Hybrid vehicles appear to be sincerely on their way from novelty to norm. Electric motors on aircraft are not entirely new, but the concept has yet to make real headway into the commercial market until this latest projection. Boeing’s mega-plant in Everett, Washington (the largest […]

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Underwater Drones

Submarine robotics company expands geographic reach Aquabotix, an emerging underwater robotics company based in Fall River, Massachusetts, announced the addition of four new distributors to its global network September 25. The partnerships aim to help support the company’s global expansion and sale of its underwater robotics products, which include some science fiction-level stuff. The company ‘bots […]

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Schooled in the Trade

New internship and apprenticeship programs continue to blossom Though they may fly under the radar, apprenticeship programs are invaluable to the American workforce, and they continue to flourish. A new training program in Iowa or Kentucky doesn’t always bring the saucy appeal of a big-time tech company headline, but that young engineer featured in it […]

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The Other UPS

Eaton, Fortum team up for Uninterruptible Power Supply solutions Eaton, the power management company with operational headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio, is releasing a reserve power supply innovation in conjunction with European energy provider Fortum. UPS—Uninterruptible Power Supply, not United Parcel Service—is centered around electrical apparatus that provides alternate, emergency power to a load upon input, […]

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Siemens Activity

German giant has an especially active week Last week saw major maneuvering from companies such as ABB and General Electric, two giants who serve manufacturers and tech industries alike. Perhaps that has made others inclined to follow suit. Siemens has had an especially active week. The German engineering conglomerate most recently turned heads early Thursday […]

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You Know The Drill

SDI and Parsable complete transition to ‘Industry 4.0’  Scientific Drilling International (SDI) announced September 12 it completed a transition to paperless operations for its four domestic repair facilities. SDI has been working on a five-year overhaul on customer service, tool reliability, strategic cost reduction, and optimization of processes for directional drilling equipment and services providers […]

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Import to Injury

ITC rules on solar panels; decision goes to Mr. Trump The International Trade Commission determined imported solar panels to be a threat to U.S. solar manufacturers in a 4-0 vote September 22. The ruling found that imports of cheap solar panels have “caused injury to domestic solar manufacturers”, and sets up a looming decision on […]

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Right in the Midst

IPS opens new Des Moines location Integrated Power Services (IPS), the North American contributor to the service and repair of electric motors, generators, and mechanical power transmission components, has expanded its operations with a new warehouse and field service office in Des Moines, Ia. The facility addition brings the IPS service network to 28 locations […]

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Hard Hat, Lunch Bucket

Alaskan veteran awarded for electromechanical experience Joel Spano, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and an Eagle River (AK) resident, was given the Hard Hat of the Year Award for 2017. Spano was awarded the prestigious accolade in the construction field for “his dedication to public service and eagerness to accomplish more to support […]

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Robotics Record

First half of 2017 is benchmark year for automation A ‘Robopocalypse’ is happening by the numbers…even if it may be an overblown theory in real life. The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced the results of its research on robotics and automation trends, sales, and growth Thursday, showing record tallies in the areas of robotics, […]

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