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Hannover Messe 2018

Bionic fish, 3D-printed shoes…the world’s biggest trade show never fails to impress The world’s largest trade show is in full swing this week, and the 2018 edition shows yet again how much technology and manufacturing have come together. At Hannover Messe in Germany,  which is running all week, integration of the two fields often viewed […]

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Planes to Pedals

Aircraft mechanic-turned-electric bike salesman While the electric vehicle industry continues its ascent, one subsection gaining a decent amount of traction in recent years is the electric bike arena. It seems as if every variety of vehicle is being electrified nowadays, generally in the interest of greater efficiency. With electric bikes, there comes an intriguing upside […]

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SmartPort 2018

Industries collide to discuss ‘Manufacturing 4.0’ A panel of leaders from manufacturing companies including Honeywell, Mars Wrigley Confectionary U.S., Kawasaki Motors and Magna International discussed the future of manufacturing April 4 at the KC SmartPort’s 2018 Annual Industry Briefing. The panel addressed a crowd of more than 550 logistics, real estate and economic development professionals […]

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Innovation Station

New companies, innovative ideas, product releases When words like ‘efficiency’ and ‘solutions’ get oversaturated to the point of no meaning, and others like ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘innovative’ do the same, it’s easy to write off the thousands of press releases regarding new products that are distributed every day. However, if these aren’t given consideration, where would […]

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Storage Wars

Let the games begin in emerging branch of energy sector With a year of drama behind it, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made its most important concrete decision of 2018 last week with unanimous approval of an order that facilitates energy storage’s role in wholesale power markets. FERC’s final rule on the order, issued February […]

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Bristol Clear Compression

BCI to partner with DHX Electric for HVAC/R applications Bristol Compressors International, the Virginia-based manufacturer, and DHX Electric Machines, Inc. today announced an exclusive global strategic partnership to develop new HVAC/R compressor technology leveraged by “ultra-high torque density” electric motors with patented micro-feature enhanced “Direct Winding Heat Exchanger” DwHX cooling system. Through this partnership, Bristol […]

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Holding Down The Fort

Former GE plant site being converted into innovation hub Fort Wayne, Indiana—like other Rust Belt cities during the past decade-plus— appears to be undergoing a renaissance of sorts. In April 2017, EA reported on a major expansion to the existing Alconex magnet wire plant located there. The decision was noteworthy not only because a crucial manufacturing […]

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AHR 2018

McCormick Place was alive this week with fresh indoor air The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), which started 86 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, has grown into the annual main event for the HVAC/R industry.  The 2018 show was held this week in Chicago, hosting more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracting […]

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One For the Kids

Bearings company releases spinning top item NSK Ltd., the Tokyo-based bearings manufacturer, has developed a unique spinning top that incorporates several industrial-level precision bearings. The top can stay upright and spin for about 8 minutes even on rough surfaces with its weighted ring model, the company says. The item went on sale January 15, NSK […]

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