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Back-of-House Bots

Automated prep work on the horizon?  After a long day at the workplace—plant, shop, office, you name it—who doesn’t have a favorite restaurant they enjoy as their favorite place to unwind? Anything from mom-and-pop spots to acclaimed steakhouses requires a lot of hard work and manpower behind the scenes. While ambiance and hospitality from your […]

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Utility Goes Green With VFDs

Canadian power provider Alectra teams up with chemical plant for big savings A chemical production plant in Ontario says it has saved proportionate amounts of money by switching to VFDs for its pump applications and teaming up with utilities on energy-saving projects. Galata Chemicals, in Bradford, Ontario, primarily makes additives for PVC piping material and plastics. […]

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In Another “Ethisphere”

Schneider, Rockwell, and others make unique list A number of big name companies were given the distinct honor of being deemed “ethical” businesses in this year’s edition of the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies awards. The 124 recipients this year—the Insitute’s tenth—spanned 19 countries and a spectrum of categories including energy and utilities, engineering and […]

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PEARL Makeover

Name, logo, leadership changes highlight 20th anniversary As it reaches its twentieth year, The Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL) is undergoing a bit of a ‘reconditioning’ process itself. For one, its name has changed, albeit a small tweak that still fits snugly into one of the better acronyms out there. The ‘R’ in ‘reconditioning’ […]

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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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Fear the Engineer

We’re talkin’ about PRACTICE. What do a Swedish-American engineering whiz and a former professional basketball player have in common? Nothing, until now. NBA Hall of Famer and career dissenter Allen Iverson would have taken issue with this one. So would any devoted engineer, making this likely the first time ever that a controversial, retired point guard and […]

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Oh, Thank Heaven

Texas 7-Elevens will go as green as their logos in 2018 There’s an old saying: If 7-Eleven provides it, it has become the norm. Well…no, there’s not. But let’s hope that becomes the case with wind power. The Dallas-based convenience store giant has signed an agreement with utility TXU Energy to power 425 of its stores in Texas […]

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Rise of the Rest

On fourth tour, startup CEOs promote “flyover states” Revolution’s “Rise of the Rest” road trip is finishing off its fourth year in 2017, with former AOL CEO Steve Case spearheading the bus tours as a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. The biannual tours champion the idea that “high-growth companies can now […]

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Competitive Edge

BattleBots competition highlights engineering skills For the second consecutive year, students from Illinois State’s Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) attended the BattleBots competition February 5 and 6 at Rolling Meadows High School to act as volunteers in helping run the successful event. Illinois State University students were able to interact with student teams from the […]

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The Last Repairman

Art Skill, Vancouver’s 84 year old typewriter technician Suffice to say…its part skill, part art. There could be no better name for an esteemed typewriter repairman, especially when there are so little of those left. Art Skill, 84, of Vancouver, B.C., has no shortage of work. Being the only master of his trade left in […]

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