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Politics as Usual

Cleanpower keynote lineup emphasizes green energy’s need for federal support Update 6/3/21: Sticking with the political power lineup card, ACP announced today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) have joined the list of speakers. The American Clean Power Association (formerly AWEA) is gearing up for its next trade show in […]

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Colonial Pipeline Hack

Pipeline hack exposes infrastructure security weak points Friday news is bad for this newsletter, because we can’t include it until six days later. It’s especially unwelcome when that news is negative. It’s decidedly morale-crushing when it has a direct effect on our readers, such as the May 7 hack on the Colonial Pipeline that occurred […]

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R2R: Ringing Endorsement

FTC report “shows they took our testimony very seriously” says TRA On May 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a long-awaited report on how manufacturers limit product repairs. Back in 2019, The Repair Association (TRA) participated alongside the folks at U.S. PIRG, iFixit, etc. in a “Nixing the Fix” workshop hosted by the FTC. […]

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Perseverance Leads to Touchdowns

NASA rover reached Mars last Thursday; successfully sending back live streams Nope, that’s not a Vince Lombardi quote. The latest Mars touchdown occurred last Thursday, just after our previous newsletter. We wanted to give NASA and its Perseverance crew their due in this week’s edition. The mission has been a major success thus far; not only did […]

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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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Drone Warfare

There’s a war going on. Can we control it? The undefined morality of drone warfare warrants attention The recent use of drones in a heated conflict raises questions about military application of technology. In the United States, despite current instability often characterized as “unprecedented”, we sometimes have a myopic view of our problems. A larger […]

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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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Menlo Macro

Microsystems outfit receives big-time funding round Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro) the company announced today the closing of its $44 million Series B funding round October 14, per a press release from the Irvine, Calif.-based company. Menlo considers itself the company “responsible for re-inventing the electronic switch with its Ideal Switch technology.” That innovation has, it claims, “created an […]

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Anniversary Gift

Schneider makes $750K donation to its 20-year partner We may have questioned Schneider Electric a bit when discussing their new remote maintenance platform two weeks ago, but the latest news from the company is nearly infallible. Schneider renewed its partnership with Habitat for Humanity this year, marking the 20th year of their commitment to making affordable […]

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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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