Tag Archives: automation

Back-of-House Bots

Automated prep work on the horizon?  After a long day at the workplace—plant, shop, office, you name it—who doesn’t have a favorite restaurant they enjoy as their favorite place to unwind? Anything from mom-and-pop spots to acclaimed steakhouses requires a lot of hard work and manpower behind the scenes. While ambiance and hospitality from your […]

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Big Name Round-up

News from Toshiba, Siemens, ABB, Schneider, and more… Names familiar to EA readers have caught headlines recently, for a multitude of reasons. Here’s a summation of recent activity that includes some of the more recognizable names in the industry. ABB inks offshore project with Statoil off Norway. The company has signed a “project specific agreement” for the […]

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‘Ivy’ League of its Own

Once again, community colleges tackle the skills gap Certain outfits are addressing training in the “old fashioned way”, yet applying it to new technologies. The Ivy Tech Community Colleges of Indiana are offering mechanical classes aimed to fill the skills gap. The Indiana-based technical college is focusing on automation maintenance, mechatronics, and that of other new […]

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Da Vinci, Coded

A look at the famed artist’s drawings of early “robots” The legend responsible for the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper—and who has books, movies, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle named after him—did much more than just paint. Leonardo da Vinci was also thinking ahead in the disciplines of architecture and engineering (among many others). […]

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Need A Lift?

In the Swiss Alps, ABB powers first chairlift for the disabled In Switzerland, some holiday uplift for even the crankiest scrooge. Beginning this winter season at the Madrisa ski resort in the Swiss Alps, a new, wheelchair-accessible chairlift model is in operation. The handicap and disabled-friendly Madrisa 6-seater lift is the first of its kind, and […]

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TIE Acquires Parker Group

FANUC parts supplier widens network to include repair across new key OEMs TIE, or Tennessee Industrial Electronics, the LaVergne (TN) supplier of refurbished industrial electronic FANUC CNC component parts, has acquired The Parker Group, Inc. (“PGI”), the company announced October 3.   PGI is an integrated depot repair center specializing in electronic and servo-mechanical products headquartered outside of Detroit in Clinton Township, Michigan. […]

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Open Valve for Pentair

Emerson buys valves & controls business for $3.15 billion Emerson Electric appears to be restructuring its image, one move at a time. In its third transaction this month, the St. Louis-based factory equipment maker said last week it would purchase the valves & controls business of Pentair for $3.15 billion. It demonstrates a continued departure […]

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Training Access: Granted

Arkansas receives funding for E-M, automation skills gaps It’s always encouraging to hear of money going to a place that could really use it. With manufacturing skills gap being a widely acknowledged issue these days, manufacturing-related industries as they pertain to college are a fine place to start. A grant for $988,570 from the Arkansas Department of […]

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Reinforcements

ABB brings in ex-Siemens exec to revive struggling automation division Switzerland’s ABB Ltd has hired a former Siemens executive to run a division that makes motors, generators, and robots and whose profit margins have shrunk for five straight quarters amid sluggish demand for its products, the engineering company said in a statement Monday. ABB named Sami Atiya as […]

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Famous Faces

At Hannover Messe, Obama and Merkel tour the floor After recapping Hannover Messe last week, compelling moments from the trade fair continue to trickle in. Two of the most recognizable world leaders standing in front of a model of an electric motor is a great place to start. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (who […]

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