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Innovation Station

New companies, innovative ideas, product releases When words like ‘efficiency’ and ‘solutions’ get oversaturated to the point of no meaning, and others like ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘innovative’ do the same, it’s easy to write off the thousands of press releases regarding new products that are distributed every day. However, if these aren’t given consideration, where would […]

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Energy Grid on Alert

Technical Alert issued by DHS and FBI along with Russian sanctions As part of a major salvo of sanctions announced Thursday, the White House warned the public that Russian malware is targeting the U.S. energy grid in an attempt to sabotage its systems, according to multiple reports. Political implications aside, the attempted sabotage is a […]

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Alabama pickup

Flanders acquires Alabama Electric Motor Services Pursuing its seemingly insatiable drive for expansion, the privately owned FLANDERS company has added another jewel to its crown of acquired motor businesses. The recently announced acquisition of Alabama Electric Motor Services increases the number of Flanders’ Regional Service Centers and field offices to 18, including outposts in Australia, Africa, […]

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Downturn updates

Many more plant closings than we like to see February closed with reports of factory shut downs across the country. In Lacey Township, New Jersey, the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant is closing its doors more than one year ahead of schedule, in October. Oyster Creek Generating Station has been active since December 1969, and […]

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Carrier’s cozy deal

No bid $2.5B gov’t contract awarded to UTC The most recent news from world of Carrier appears to only muddy the waters further. Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, recently received a $2.5 billion injection of federal funding, according to multiple reports, by way of one of its subsidiaries. UTC Aerospace Systems—Carrier’s cousin, if you will—was […]

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Baldor no more

Call it ABB from now on Say goodbye to familiarity. Well, not entirely, since ABB is one of the more recognizable names in the industry…but don’t expect to hear the name ‘Baldor’ as much anymore. The familiar motor maker’s parent company, ABB, will take over the namesake beginning in March. ABB announced it will integrate […]

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Breaking — Trump tariffs announced

Controversial move roils markets U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross’ recommended steel tariffs, last mentioned on this blog a week ago, became an even bigger than expected reality today. At a meeting of aluminum and steel industry executives, President Donald Trump announced that steep tariffs will be imposed on steel and aluminium imports next week […]

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Feeling the heat in Europe

Top manufacturers work to quash unregulated products It’s a formidable group with a focused mission: ABB, DEHN, ETI, Eaton Electric, Legrand, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and other electrical manufacturers are expanding their joint efforts to combat “non-regulation” electrical products in the European market, with Poland as their next targeted area. The initiative, termed the Market Surveillance […]

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WEFTEC and CWIEME Chicago 2017 preview

Electrical Apparatus magazine editors and staff had a great time covering and exploring both the WEFTEC and CWIEME Chicago expos. Our full coverage will be in the upcoming November issue, but as a special treat we thought we would share some of our favorite photos from the shows. Look for more photos and coverage in […]

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Real Rehabilitation

Indian inmates repair motors, fans, coolers at rapid rate An Indian training center run by inmates of the country’s largest prison puts faith in the word “rehabilitation” as it relates to correctional systems. There, at Tihar Jail, part of the Tihar Prisons complex in Delhi, fans and coolers are fixed in a matter of hours, motors […]

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