Tag Archives: innovation

IMTS 2018: Full House

IMTS will occupy all of McCormick Place Sept. 10-15 Now that we’ve gotten through a summer of anticipation, IMTS is finally almost here. The powerhouse convention comes back to Chicago’s McCormick Place for another year, with everything from cobots to IoT connectivity solutions for the shop floor. Also, it looks like the organizers saved some […]

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Mother of nVention

Pentair Electrical is now nVent Pentair Electrical has completed its spin-off into a singular company, and subsequently changed its name to nVent. Following its separation from the parent company of Pentair, nVent will become a $2.1 billion global company that provides enclosures, electric heat tracing solutions, complete heat management systems and electrical and fastening solutions. […]

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The Urban Alchemist

A preview of this month’s Reader Profile Rick McMullen, founder of The Urban Alchemist, a small business based in Evington, Va., has taken the basics of direct current and done with them what some would consider true innovation—integrated electricity into the world around him, by using the objects it has to offer. His homemade lamps […]

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Holding Down The Fort

Former GE plant site being converted into innovation hub Fort Wayne, Indiana—like other Rust Belt cities during the past decade-plus— appears to be undergoing a renaissance of sorts. In April 2017, EA reported on a major expansion to the existing Alconex magnet wire plant located there. The decision was noteworthy not only because a crucial manufacturing […]

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Come to the Zoo

Reliability, Process, and Maintenance Symposium in Kalamazoo The Reliability, Process, and Maintenance (RPM) Symposium will take place September 27th and 28th in Kalamazoo, Mich., this year. Familiar names from the pages of EA will be present, including Howard Penrose, who will speak during the kick-off presentation Wednesday 9/27. The event is sponsored by Siemens and HECO, with […]

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Handy Delivery

GrubHub founder’s next project: home repair service The same people who commoditized online food delivery are back with a similar idea in an altogether different realm. Mike Evans, one of the founders of the mega-popular online food delivery platform GrubHub, has jumped back into the game with Fixer, a parallel idea for the home repairs market. […]

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HVACR’s Cutting Edge

AHR Expo invites Innovation Awards entries For a 14th year, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) is calling for entries for its annual Innovation Awards Competition. The competition recognizes “advanced solutions to ever-changing need” in the HVACR industry in ten product categories: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; […]

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Brighten Your Monday

Innovation Day USA offers an array of productive distractions Spring has sprung, and that means a few things. The weather may not get any more rational, but it should at least get warmer, overall. A number of conventions are upon us. And the season of renewal acts as a symbol for the release of innovations. […]

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A “Business Incubator”

Fostering startups at a Virginia innovation center Startups, including an emerging electric motor company, have used a unique Virginia site over the past seven years to nurture their businesses. It’s known as a “Business Incubator”. Its mission: “Produce financially viable and freestanding ventures in the community by providing start-ups with work space, mentoring, guidance, resources and business support […]

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“Wearables” for Electric Motors

Sensors will allow remote capability Remotes have never done anything except make everything easier. Today, research includes exploring how they can be applicable to industrial electric motors. “Wearables” are sensors that can be placed on motors and remotely linked to, and controlled by, smartphones or other portable electronic devices. These emerging technologies have attracted a number of beta users […]

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