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Vax Facts in the Workplace

OSHA vaccination rule confusing some employers, workers OSHA released some vaccine guidance back on May 3 that is causing employers some concern and confusion. Essentially, it says OSHA considers a vaccine reaction to be recordable and work-related IF the employer has mandated vaccines. This has caused adverse reaction among certain businesses and workplaces, even some […]

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EPA Moves On HFCs

Department calls proposed rule on hydroflourocarbons “among the most significant environmental laws in recent years” In an announcement that could have a major impact on the HVAC/R industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is officially proposing its first rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 to phase down the production […]

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Republic Steel Revitalization

Massive industrial project breaks ground on Chicago’s Southeast Side Jobs. Manufacturing. Revitalization. Historic. These are all wonderful keywords said to embody the upcoming Commerce Park Chicago development project….if all goes according to plan. As of last week? Things are looking promising, and groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting on the initial buildings has already begun. Marking the largest […]

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Canadian Expansion

ABB, IPS team up to tackle markets in three provinces ABB and IPS have entered into a partnership for the sale and service of motors and drives to customers in Western Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. IPS is now fully trained on selling, engineering and servicing ABB motors, drives, switchgear and related products, per a September 22 press release […]

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Weld Inspection: Is Automated Better?

Yaskawa webinar touts robotic assist techniques, but we have questions A webinar on Tuesday hosted by Yaskawa prompted our consideration of a persistent question: is a new, highly-advertised automated process more effective than its predecessor? In this case, Yaskawa was touting its automated welding inspection applications. Hosted by Jeff Noruk of Servo-Robot, the manufacturer of […]

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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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Jay Industrial Flexes Muscle

The Birmingham-based service and manufacturing business has acquired a service center in North Alabama. Jay Industrial Repair, the Birmingham, Ala., service center and manufacturing outfit, has acquired Flanders Electric Motor Service, Inc.’s Muscle Shoals Regional Service Center, the company announced in an August 31 news release on its website. The purchase reportedly further increases Jay […]

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Purdue’s Pilot Plant

Looking forward to our food and beverage issue As we look forward to our upcoming food and beverage issue, a number of innovations in those industries have caught our eye. This week, we learned of Purdue University’s Department of Food Science’s pilot plant. For some background: Purdue expanded its food science facilities beginning in 1998 […]

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Job Market, Manufacturing Show Signs of Growth

As a colleague said: “a bit of good news at a time when we can all probably use it.” Those looking for a light at the end of the tunnel have been starved for it most of the summer, but may have found respite in recent U.S. workforce statistics. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 1.37 million […]

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