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Steely Resolve

U.S. Steel to idle three blast furnace sites in Indiana, Michigan, Europe We left you with a very optimistic scope on U.S. Steel Corporation in the June 6 edition of EA‘s Direct & Current newsletter. The original American steel king had just announced the completed conversion (and subsequent operations) of its state-of-the-art endless casting and […]

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Rockwell Headlines Plant Strife

Company shuts down Illinois plant; Nutella strike dubbed “war” Plant shutdowns are coming in waves again, and the bad news is having ripple effects stateside and worldwide. EA readers should first take note of a Rockwell Automation plant closure in Illinois. The company is shutting down its Champaign, Ill., production facility, a phase-out process that […]

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OSHA Collects: Bet Your Bottom Dollar

Popular discount chain penalized for over $300,000 at Omaha location OSHA really shows no mercy when it comes to penalties. The latest example of this is their proposed violation fees against a string of Family Dollar stores in the Omaha, Nebraska region. OSHA’s 15-page report on the chain denoted that the discount retailer will need […]

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Race to Alaska

These contestants can’t have motors, but sponsor EP Carry certainly does PropEle Electric Boat Motors, the North Bend, Washington manufacturer of portable electric propulsion products, announced in May its electric motor brand, EP Carry, is a sponsor of the R2AK – Race to Alaska regatta. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s […]

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Going Once, Going Twice

Bid now, visit later for a timely auction in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula For Midwesterners, late May into early June is always a good time to visit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Catch-and-keep season has just started for most fishermen, temperatures finally begin to rise, and the rivers and waterfalls usher in kayak and canoe enthusiasts. If you’re […]

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Three ways to automate a system by Kevin Jones

There are essentially three approaches to automating a system, according to Jason Markesino of Applied Manufacturing Technologies, depending on the extent to which you want to engage professional help with attendant expense: 1. Do it yourself. This is cheaper than going to a professional, but it can disrupt workflow. Also, you may not know as […]

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The Typical Life of a Robotic System

Automation 101 explained at Automate 2019 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 […]

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Foxconn Drama

Foxconn lacking clarity, sowing doubt in Wisconsin two years in. Foxconn’s bold plans for the state of Wisconsin are under scrutiny amidst public relations confusion, scarcity of details, and lack of progress. The tech manufacturer was highly touted by everyone from Pumps & Systems to President Trump when it pledged to create at least 3,000 […]

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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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