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The typical Life of a Robotic System

During a presentation at Automate 2019 called “Automation 101,” Jason Markesino of Applied Manufacturing Technologies described the nine phases in a robot’s life: 1. Specification. This is when the user determines what sort of robot is needed for a particular task. 2. Design. The choice of the type and design of a robot. This step […]

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More Than Maintenance

Hotel maintenance employee saves drowning toddler In an unnerving story turned heroic, a maintenance employee at a Daytona Beach hotel helped avert tragedy this week when he saved a three-year old boy from drowning in a hot tub. The man performed CPR on the spot after the toddler had been underwater for around two minutes, […]

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Was that really an electrical fire?

Determining the cause of a fire has never been an exact science According to the National Fire Protection Association’s 118-page 2018 report Electrical Fires, an annual average of 45,210 home fires and 16,076 non-home fires during the period 2010-14 involved “electrical failure or malfunction,” resulting in combined property damage of $2 billion and more than 400 deaths. Some form of arcing was blamed for almost half […]

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T and D Drone Options

High flying repair in the utility sector A new resource is available for utilities, offering a chance to integrate a downtime crusher (albeit using a controversial technology). As interest in drone technology increases, companies are swooping in to capture the market. ABJ Drones, an FAA, CAA, and ISO approved organization that provides consulting services, cites drones […]

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EMCW lines up classes

The schedule is in The Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo has announced its lineup of classes, to be held conjointly with the EMCW Expo and the Electric Wire Processing Expo, all taking place at Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center, May 8th – 9th, 2019 Four courses are planned over the two day period. Please note, schedules are […]

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The Brain is the Aquifer

2019 AWWA annual conference schedule released One of the premier water conferences in the world is set to go again, as AWWA prepares for its 2019 iteration, ACE19, approaching this June in Denver. All events will be held at the Colorado Convention Center. Registration opens Sunday June 9, when workshops and the first session of […]

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VOTW: First Recycled Electric Vehicle

The Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management organization at KU Leuven is taking the saying “waste not, want not” to the next level with the introduction of Project Demeter’s electric vehicle made from recycled materials. Check out their video here:

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Motion Industries’ latest move

Distributor to acquire Axis automation and robotics   It’s a deal! Motion Industries, Inc., has agreed to acquire Axis New England/Axis New York (“Axis”) in a move that will expand Motion’s Automation Solutions Group. In the announcement press release, Motion president Randy Breaux described the move as part of his company’s strategy to increase automation products […]

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Maryland jump starts EV options

Utilities team up to deploy charging stations Get ready to charge — The Maryland Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead to a significant investment in EV charging infrastructure. A modified version of a pilot program proposed by four of the state’s largest electric utilities, the five year program calls for deployment of more than […]

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Electrical Fire at Brooklyn Jail

The jailhouse is rocking, but not with music. An electrical fire at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn began a series of frigid events for inmates, staff, and the community. On January 27, an electrical panel that broke down caught fire and then the generator switch melted. The facility was unable to use generator power […]

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