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Brighten Your Monday

Innovation Day USA offers an array of productive distractions Spring has sprung, and that means a few things. The weather may not get any more rational, but it should at least get warmer, overall. A number of conventions are upon us. And the season of renewal acts as a symbol for the release of innovations. […]

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Mergers & Awards

Shermco, AWEA, Allied Reliability, T.F. Hudgins… Shermco wins AWEA award. At the AWEA Operations, Maintenance and Safety Conference, held February 27 through March 2 in San Diego, Shermco Industries was among the recipients AWEA’s Gold Safety and Health Achievement Award. Included was ‘Silver Recognition’ which is based on 3 years of exemplary OSHA reported safety statistics.  Shermco’s […]

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What’s Inside That Building?

U.K. defense and science researchers developing sensory gadget Here’s a useful bit of spyware for defense departments: University College of London researchers have developed a portable gadget that can detect electric motors, combustion engines, turbines, air conditioning units, fans (including those inside computers), and any other rotating machinery that yields an electromagnetic field—all from behind a […]

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Lithium-Ion Guru

Canadian battery researcher wins $1M award, Tesla backing  A leading researcher of lithium-ion batteries has won the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. 2017 winner Jeff Dahn is considered Canada’s leader in lithium-ion battery research and one of the world’s leading innovators in battery technology. He’s worked with things for over 40 years that […]

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‘Ivy’ League of its Own

Once again, community colleges tackle the skills gap Certain outfits are addressing training in the “old fashioned way”, yet applying it to new technologies. The Ivy Tech Community Colleges of Indiana are offering mechanical classes aimed to fill the skills gap. The Indiana-based technical college is focusing on automation maintenance, mechatronics, and that of other new […]

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Jersey, Sure

The Garden State: Junctions, hard work, and…ospreys?  PATCO trouble. Recent transit delays at a critical junction on the East Coast involved the damage and subsequent replacement of over 20 motors—along with a unique, unforeseen issue for maintenance professionals to troubleshoot. The PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation) Speedline, which links Philadelphia’s SEPTA system to South Jersey via […]

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Tech Support

Electrical malfunction causes campus scare A weekly test of an automated motor-generator system at Tennessee Tech University malfunctioned on January 3rd, causing overheating and heavy smoke that nearly caught fire. Campus buildings were evacuated as multiple fire alarms were triggered. The incident also led to further inspection of equipment that yielded deficiencies, prompting a call […]

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Da Vinci, Coded

A look at the famed artist’s drawings of early “robots” The legend responsible for the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper—and who has books, movies, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle named after him—did much more than just paint. Leonardo da Vinci was also thinking ahead in the disciplines of architecture and engineering (among many others). […]

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Be Kind, Rewind

Winding expert wins Sailor of the Week award A U.S. Navy cadet won Sailor of the Week at Naval Station Mayport (Jacksonville, Fla.) last week. Jason Sieh, Electricians Mate 3rd Class (EM3), is a 23 year old who has motor rewind expertise. Ask anyone—this has become something of a rarity in engineering circles. Thank goodness for […]

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Washington Monument

Obelisk will undergo at least 2 more years of repairs to elevators, motors During the Civil War, the construction of the Capitol building was a parallel that became looked at as a paradigm to quantify a nation’s turbulent search for unity. Originally constructed in the same era—the Washington Monument’s outlook could serve as a parallel […]

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