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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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Goodenough for a Lifetime

Nobel prize winning inventor of lithium-ion battery, 97, still looking forward How about this for a resume? See below: Dr. John B. Goodenough, Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT-Austin -Invented lithium-ion battery -Served as military meteorologist, U.S. Army, WWII -Oldest Nobel Prize winner -Still working at age 97 Education -Undergraduate degree, Yale University -PhD, Physics, […]

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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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Train Your Mind (and Your Skills Will Follow)

Funky learning circumstances haven’t stifled workforce development programs Remote learning requirements in a number of states haven’t prevented many American community colleges from developing ad hoc, technician-type training programs for their students. In fact, workforce development programs are on the rise, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The NCES’ Integrated […]

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NCCER: Volume 10

Catch up! Construction training center releases tenth edition of electrical curriculum NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) recently revised and released the 10th edition of its electrical curriculum. Written in conjunction with a national subject matter expert committee, all four levels have been updated to meet the 2020 NFPA 70: National Electric Code […]

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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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Fanuc Adds 5-Axis

Company’s CNC workforce platform now includes training option for skills gap FANUC’s CNC machining workforce development solution now includes a new training option addresses the manufacturing skills gap and the need for more advanced machine tool operators. To “further develop the next-gen manufacturing workforce,” FANUC America, the Rochester Hills, Mich., based branch of the Japanese […]

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Finding Yourself in the Trades

IBEW’s 2019 apprentice of the year shows benefits of an often-unconsidered industry “Four years ago, my whole game plan was I was gonna become a pharmacist. I worked in pharmacy….it didn’t fit my soul. None of it fit my soul, none of it felt rewarding. I didn’t know what I was going to do, and […]

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Organizational Healing

CWIEME, IMTS, others provide options, analysis for tough times In a time of division and uncertainty, it’s easy enough to invoke phrases like “we’re all in this together” or “we stand united”…but let’s take a look at which organizational bodies are actually taking action with regards to the industries employing Electrical Apparatus readers, such as […]

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