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Why Your Plant or Shop Should Consider Robotics

More companies are turning to automated processes—which could mean opportunity for your service shop or plant. Partially due to the disastrous economic, socially-distanced, cautious climate that is 2020—and partially due to the steady advancement of technology—robotics are permeating industry at a higher rate than ever. And since many of these processes involve servomotors, robotic arms […]

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A ‘Water-Purifying’ Solar Panel?

Sometimes the craziest-sounding inventions can have the biggest impact. Researchers at the University of Rochester are collaborating with the armed forces on something that falls in that “so crazy it just might work” category—combining solar power and water purification to combat water shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Bear in mind, to them, this technology is […]

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AWWA Virtual Summit

September 23-24 at home office booth near you! The American Water Works Association announced it is backing a full-on virtual blitz to substitute for its an annual convention come September. The AWWA Virtual Summit will take place September 23-24 and sure seems to be planning to pack a ton into those two days. Major themes […]

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Negative Is Positive

Major “carbon-negative” project advances in California Long Beach, Calif.-based Ways2H Inc., a global producer of renewable hydrogen from the world’s worst waste streams, and Ford, Bacon & Davis, a Baton Rouge-based energy facility engineering, procurement and construction firm, announced June 30 a joint collaboration to design and build waste-to-hydrogen facilities in California and other locations […]

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Recall: Dakota Access Pipeline

Court victory for environmentalists as shutdown ordered by 8/5; Energy Transfer to appeal You might remember us discussing pipeline protests in this newsletter—if you have, thanks for being with us for three-plus years. A North Dakota judge Monday ordered the shutdown of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline due to environmental issues violated by the […]

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Fanuc Adds 5-Axis

Company’s CNC workforce platform now includes training option for skills gap FANUC’s CNC machining workforce development solution now includes a new training option addresses the manufacturing skills gap and the need for more advanced machine tool operators. To “further develop the next-gen manufacturing workforce,” FANUC America, the Rochester Hills, Mich., based branch of the Japanese […]

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Finding Yourself in the Trades

IBEW’s 2019 apprentice of the year shows benefits of an often-unconsidered industry “Four years ago, my whole game plan was I was gonna become a pharmacist. I worked in pharmacy….it didn’t fit my soul. None of it fit my soul, none of it felt rewarding. I didn’t know what I was going to do, and […]

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Organizational Healing

CWIEME, IMTS, others provide options, analysis for tough times In a time of division and uncertainty, it’s easy enough to invoke phrases like “we’re all in this together” or “we stand united”…but let’s take a look at which organizational bodies are actually taking action with regards to the industries employing Electrical Apparatus readers, such as […]

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Students of the Screen

With students at home, K-12 “blended learning” platforms are needed This month, we’ve discussed some of the larger organizations’ shift to virtual learning platforms in the wake of stay-at-home orders and the like (be sure to watch out for a sidebar on this topic in our June issue!). Here, an advance look at an organization […]

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Explosive Engineering

Enerpac unveils new line of tools for combustible atmospheres Enerpac announced a complete suite of ATEX-Certified Tools for engineers working in potentially explosive atmospheres on May 9. Suitable for zones 1 and 2 gaseous atmospheres and zones 21 and 22 dust atmospheres, the range includes hydraulic torque wrenches, air pumps, flange spreading tools, hydraulic sealed […]

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