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GM EVerything

Major ad campaign indicates automakers are all-in on EVs By now, you’ve probably seen General Motors’ new ad campaign for its electric vehicle battery platform. On February 3, General Motors released its big game ad during the Super Bowl starring Will Ferrell, who discovers Norway far outpaces the United States in electric vehicle adoption. In […]

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Phase One

Single Phase, Yaskawa partner up on VFD converters Single Phase Power Solutions has partnered with Yaskawa America to incorporate the latter’s VFD (variable frequency drive) and digital single-phase converters within Single Phase’s engineered power systems. The move was announced in a February 16 press release e-mailed to Electrical Apparatus. “Application of these proven products enhances SPPS’ […]

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Drone Warfare

There’s a war going on. Can we control it? The undefined morality of drone warfare warrants attention The recent use of drones in a heated conflict raises questions about military application of technology. In the United States, despite current instability often characterized as “unprecedented”, we sometimes have a myopic view of our problems. A larger […]

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AR100 Revisions 2020

Update includes notes, additions, numbered tables AR100 is a document considered “essential” by many EASA members. Since its first issuance in 1998, the booklet has been revised a number of times (it is required by ANSI to be revised at least every 5 years), all of which are worth analyzing. EASA’s “Recommended Practice for the […]

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A Humdinger from Kundinger

Midwest co. launches electromechanical product line with Parker Hannifin Kundinger, the Wisconsin and Michigan-based fluid power, automation, and process control servicer, recently announced the launch of a new product line featuring products from Parker Hannifin’s electromechanical and drives division. The partnership “expands Kundinger’s industrial automation offerings to complement its hydraulic and pneumatic mechanical products,” per […]

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Linear Function

Add a capital ‘H’ and you’re anything but ‘unstable’. Brad Hunstable and his budding company, Linear Labs, just keep on racking up accolades. If you look at the press coverage, both the man and the motor he pioneered are anything but the world contained in his last name—”unstable”—in fact, that capital ‘H’ rings of reliability. […]

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The Latest Blow to Restaurants? A Heater Shortage

Patio dining remains the main source of customers as weather turns cold As the restaurant industry continues to grapple with COVID-19 regulations, lukewarm attendance, and a rattled market, the approaching winter already poses a new threat it can ill afford: a shortage of affordable outdoor heating units. While this appears to be a crippling blow […]

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Third Dimension, Three Awards

3D printing items and ideas take three spots in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards The technology of 3D printing, AKA additive manufacturing, continues to show versatility and promise…and receive plenty of recognition in the process. For Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards, at least three of the chosen accolades were of the […]

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Machine Tool Days

Siemens event offers further insight on the hotly debated “remote diagnostics” trend Two weeks ago, we discussed the integration of “remote” applications permeating the plant and field maintenance industries. Centered around the release of Schneider Electric’s new platform, this item led to valuable discourse, both in our comments and e-mail inboxes, about the concerns and […]

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Remotely Troubling

New services for power distribution, augmented reality from Schneider A new service from a global industrial-electric powerhouse may be exciting technology, but it also sheds light on where the industry could be headed in terms of demand for field technicians. Schneider Electric has launched Remote Expertiseä, a new package of services for electrical and power […]

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