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Perseverance Leads to Touchdowns

NASA rover reached Mars last Thursday; successfully sending back live streams Nope, that’s not a Vince Lombardi quote. The latest Mars touchdown occurred last Thursday, just after our previous newsletter. We wanted to give NASA and its Perseverance crew their due in this week’s edition. The mission has been a major success thus far; not only did […]

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Digital Breakdown

Comprehensive IBM/Manufacturer document can help your company’s transition As the “digital revolution” continues, manufacturing and technology continue to merge. The two realms also look to act together in order to make digital transition go smoothly. One example of this came out this week in the form of “The Digital Transformation Assessment 2021,” from IBM and […]

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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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Virtually Everything

More screen-to-screen trade shows and events dot the calendar We tire of hearing it, but screen-to-screen is the new face-to-face. That includes trade shows—often relished as the heart and soul of the industries covered in EA—as we’ve all learned the hard way in 2020. Fear not! EASA, ever the pillar of the electromechanical world, is […]

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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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EGLE-Eye

America’s animal rep didn’t take kindly to a government drone in its airspace From the “too perfect” category this week: A Michigan bald eagle outfoxed a government drone and made clear who’s airspace the natural habitat belonged to. And, as The Verge’s Kim Lyons pointed out, the story is not short on irony in a […]

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Why Your Plant or Shop Should Consider Robotics

More companies are turning to automated processes—which could mean opportunity for your service shop or plant. Partially due to the disastrous economic, socially-distanced, cautious climate that is 2020—and partially due to the steady advancement of technology—robotics are permeating industry at a higher rate than ever. And since many of these processes involve servomotors, robotic arms […]

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GM Supplier of the Year Awards

SKF, Nidec, Bosch, FANUC, Schaeffler among 116 recipients General Motors recognized the “most innovative partners” of its supply chain during a virtual ceremony to celebrate the automotive giant’s annual Supplier of the Year awards on June 24. Recipients of the GM Supplier of the Year award included 116 suppliers from 15 countries, with 13 first-time […]

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Giant Steps

Volta EV charging stations set for grocery stores in the Mid-Atlantic Giant Food, the greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, has begun to install electric vehicle charging stations that are free to use for EV drivers at select locations across Washington, D.C, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Working with Volta, a manufacturer of electric vehicle charging […]

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