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KFI Repairs the Air

St. Paul company acquires Cincinnati engineering firm, commits to air quality goals KFI Engineers, the St. Paul, Minn., process and facility infrastructure design, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Fosdick & Hilmer Consulting Engineers, a Cincinnati-based mechanical, electrical, controls, and automation systems engineering firm. The parent company recently committed to air quality goals, […]

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AR100 Revisions 2020

Update includes notes, additions, numbered tables AR100 is a document considered “essential” by many EASA members. Since its first issuance in 1998, the booklet has been revised a number of times (it is required by ANSI to be revised at least every 5 years), all of which are worth analyzing. EASA’s “Recommended Practice for the […]

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NOCTI Recognized

DOL praises collaboration with FANUC, Rockwell, APT Due to the skills gap, certification is arguably more important than ever, as it pertains to skilled trade industries. While nominal “certifications” have grown more common with the trajectory of niche organizations, truly measurable competency testing is scarce. That’s where NOCTI comes in. The National Occupancy Competency Testing […]

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Students Design Wastewater Solutions

2020 competition showcases growth in field Students from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and The Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Co.) came up with innovative wastewater solutions in a recent 2020 event, exhibiting promise for those in a field we’ve covered increasingly over the past five years. In the Water Environment category, Guelph was […]

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Weld Inspection: Is Automated Better?

Yaskawa webinar touts robotic assist techniques, but we have questions A webinar on Tuesday hosted by Yaskawa prompted our consideration of a persistent question: is a new, highly-advertised automated process more effective than its predecessor? In this case, Yaskawa was touting its automated welding inspection applications. Hosted by Jeff Noruk of Servo-Robot, the manufacturer of […]

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Machine Tool Days

Siemens event offers further insight on the hotly debated “remote diagnostics” trend Two weeks ago, we discussed the integration of “remote” applications permeating the plant and field maintenance industries. Centered around the release of Schneider Electric’s new platform, this item led to valuable discourse, both in our comments and e-mail inboxes, about the concerns and […]

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Goodenough for a Lifetime

Nobel prize winning inventor of lithium-ion battery, 97, still looking forward How about this for a resume? See below: Dr. John B. Goodenough, Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT-Austin -Invented lithium-ion battery -Served as military meteorologist, U.S. Army, WWII -Oldest Nobel Prize winner -Still working at age 97 Education -Undergraduate degree, Yale University -PhD, Physics, […]

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Purdue’s Pilot Plant

Looking forward to our food and beverage issue As we look forward to our upcoming food and beverage issue, a number of innovations in those industries have caught our eye. This week, we learned of Purdue University’s Department of Food Science’s pilot plant. For some background: Purdue expanded its food science facilities beginning in 1998 […]

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Train Your Mind (and Your Skills Will Follow)

Funky learning circumstances haven’t stifled workforce development programs Remote learning requirements in a number of states haven’t prevented many American community colleges from developing ad hoc, technician-type training programs for their students. In fact, workforce development programs are on the rise, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The NCES’ Integrated […]

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NCCER: Volume 10

Catch up! Construction training center releases tenth edition of electrical curriculum NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) recently revised and released the 10th edition of its electrical curriculum. Written in conjunction with a national subject matter expert committee, all four levels have been updated to meet the 2020 NFPA 70: National Electric Code […]

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