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Pandemic Hits Workforce

How the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting China’s factory output Competition between the United States and China is a long-explored topic; one that has escalated of late. Most of this boils down to subtopics like trade disagreements, workforce, manufacturing, and factory schematics. Until 2020, when a wild card thrown into the mix is taking the conversation […]

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IBEW Endorses Biden

Key union support includes almost a million electrical workers It’s still early, but Joe Biden could be feeling the pressure. Near-complete results of the Iowa caucuses—traditionally the Opening Day of general election polls—had Biden at under 16% Thursday, trailing Pete Buttigeig, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic nomination. It comes as less of […]

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Manufacturing Headers

Milwaukee Tool, Rockwell Automation, Mack Trucks make splashes For a few iconic brand names, locations, and operations in the manufacturing universe, it was a good week. That P.R. comes at a price; as many citizens worry about the industry being a flashpoint for spreading of the deadly coronavirus from China to the United States. Until […]

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Offshore, Online

Orsted’s 1,200 MW wind farm off Yorkshire is fully operational Ørsted has officially commissioned the 1,218MW Hornsea One wind farm off Yorkshire, UK, and it is currently the world’s largest offshore wind farm in terms of installed capacity. Containing 174 wind turbines, made by Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) and each capable of generating 7 MW of […]

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Juice jacking

Watch out for sneaky USB ports! The Los Angeles District Attorney is warning citizens that scammers have been loading malware onto public USB chargers, putting travelers using airport, hotel and other power charging stations at risk for stolen passwords, illegal access to personal banking and other loaded apps, or simply malicious phone shutdowns.  According to […]

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Battery Life

It takes more than 100 times the energy to make an alkaline battery than it’s able to produce during its lifespan… … and that’s not the half of it. Do you know where your AA battery’s been? Writing for Medium’s One Zero, journalist Sarah Emerson takes a very deep dive into a “fiercely secretive” saga  […]

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OEM’s on the move

Regal Beloit is among manufacturers closing Midwestern plants Cleveland Vibrator expands in Ohio, Sterigenics and Chicago Powdered Metal Products Co. have closed their Chicago area plants, Oregon’s Boardman Coal Plant will close next year,  food packager Constantia Colmar is closing its Pennsylvania plant in Colmar after 29 years of operations, and union workers at the […]

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Happenings at the FERC

A new nominee,  new rulings  James Danly, current General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as a Republican Commissioner through 2023. Danly, a Republican who is known for espousing a philosophy of operating as a “humble regulator,” would fill the seat previously held by Chairman Kevin […]

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New lab from ABB India

Learning center to facilitate “Make In India” design and manufacturing ABB India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India’s National Institute Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR) designed to enhance the country’s skill development for critical electromechanical equipment design and manufacturing. “In a bid to partner India’s vision of becoming a manufacturing hub, the […]

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WEFTEC opens – and doesn’t disappoint!

Finally, the water event we’ve been waiting for! WEFTEC 2019 is flooding Chicago’s McCormick Place with eager attendees, product-packed exhibitors, contests, events, and the experts you’ve been reading about, but haven’t yet seen in person. Today’s first day in the exhibit hall offered a full range of products, services, information, and, especially, ideas. Keynoter Lera […]

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