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WEFTEC Incoming

Your monthly virtual conference alert features excellent diversity WEFTEC, like so many of its trade show contemporaries, is fully virtual this year. The conference airs October 5-9 and is available to non-members for a $60 registration fee, with free options for students as well as free viewing available for the opening, awards, and closing sessions. […]

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The “Quiet” Rise of the VFD

Noise reduction by combining variable frequency drives with hydraulics By combining Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) technology with electric motors in hydraulic power units, Green Hydraulic Power, Inc (GHP), a renewable energy company based in Huntington Beach, Calif., says it can lower customer energy usage by up to 80% while simultaneously reducing noise in the workplace […]

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Progress Pod

Esteemed organization demonstrates fluid transition to new media The Association of Facilities Engineering has a new podcast. The AFE Factor, a solid exhibition of how historically rooted workforce organizations can transition to new media, premiered July 31. Hosted by Amir Clayton Powell aka “AC”, the organization’s executive director and CEO, the podcast is already rolling […]

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A ‘Water-Purifying’ Solar Panel?

Sometimes the craziest-sounding inventions can have the biggest impact. Researchers at the University of Rochester are collaborating with the armed forces on something that falls in that “so crazy it just might work” category—combining solar power and water purification to combat water shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Bear in mind, to them, this technology is […]

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AWWA Virtual Summit

September 23-24 at home office booth near you! The American Water Works Association announced it is backing a full-on virtual blitz to substitute for its an annual convention come September. The AWWA Virtual Summit will take place September 23-24 and sure seems to be planning to pack a ton into those two days. Major themes […]

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Explosive Engineering

Enerpac unveils new line of tools for combustible atmospheres Enerpac announced a complete suite of ATEX-Certified Tools for engineers working in potentially explosive atmospheres on May 9. Suitable for zones 1 and 2 gaseous atmospheres and zones 21 and 22 dust atmospheres, the range includes hydraulic torque wrenches, air pumps, flange spreading tools, hydraulic sealed […]

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Grundfos Training Manager Appointed to H.I. Board

Jim Swetye named Hydraulic Institute’s VP of Education Grundfos, the Danish pump and water technology manufacturer with American headquarters in Houston, has appointed Jim Swetye, Grundfos Technical Training Manager, to serve on the Board of the Hydraulic Institute (HI) for 2020-2021 as Vice President of Education, the company announced in a May 7 press release […]

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Droplet Like It’s Hot

Precipitation power hits its stride in the hydro generation world This one isn’t for the cynics out there. Scientists from the City University of Hong Kong say their water droplet-based electricity generator allows a very high energy conversion efficiency with a thousand times more power density than other electric generators. No, it probably won’t have […]

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Better than a waterproof Roomba

Torqeedo’s  all-electric boat cleans up pollution in inland waterways and harbors. Torqeedo, a German manufacturer of electrically powered boats, has developed a new vehicle that can clean up pollution in inland waterways and harbors, The product, named Waste Cleaner 66, will meet the public at the International Nautic Boat Show in Paris-Porte de Versailles , […]

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And the winner is…

16 year old Louisa Wood takes Rockwell’s prize for her smart sump pump invention Talk about blessings in disguise — Her family’s overflowing sump pump turned out to be a passport to success. As high schooler Louisa Wood describes it, A Rockwell Automation mentor for my robotics team, Nicolet FEAR, FRC team 4786, encouraged all […]

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