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11:07 pm
February 18, 2015
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Keeping Your 2015 Motor Resolution

By Walker Larsen, Program Manager, Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Every January 1, many of us pledge to turn over a new leaf by making New Year’s resolutions. A good one for those in industry to have made this year would be to boost their bottom lines by resolving to better manage their electric motor-driven systems and save energy […]

6:17 pm
February 17, 2015
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Proper Risk Assessment Will Keep You in Compliance

The RIA R15.06 machine-guarding standard that took effect last month has important implications for manufacturers.  Assessing risk has always been an important safety consideration when developing and implementing industrial machinery. Thanks to the passage of the Robotic Industry Association (RIA) R15.06 standard in 2013, risk assessments just became even more important: They are now mandatory. […]

10:14 pm
February 16, 2015
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Smart Pumping Solutions Showcase

Efficient, Vertical In-Line Pumps Patterson’s Vertical In-Line HVAC Pumps are available with energy-saving Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) power and with the company’s CloudStat Real-Time, Web-Based HVAC Pump Monitoring. Schneider Electric Altivar 212 VFDs, mounted directly to Patterson’s VIL HVAC pumps, eliminate the need for pressure reducing or throttling valves or inlet guide vanes. The VFDs […]

3:07 pm
January 13, 2015
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Mechanical and Hydraulic Showcase

Global Hydraulics Service for Power Generation Bosch Rexroth’s global hydraulics service portfolio includes spare parts, repairs and preventive maintenance, safety systems, hydraulic motors and pumps, steam and gas valve actuators and more for the power-generation and other industries. The service department is involved in the installation, start-up and fine-tuning of the complete control system. Rexroth […]

3:06 pm
January 13, 2015
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Powerful Automation Technologies Propel a Michigan OEM Into New HVAC Markets

Faster, better, more cost-effective processes are expanding business opportunities for this company around the globe. Burr OAK Tool, Inc., Sturgis, MI, is a leader in the design and manufacture of custom production machinery for heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning OEMs. Plumbing, appliance, automotive and tube-component producers also depend on machinery and tooling from Burr OAK. Over […]

2:59 pm
January 13, 2015
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Viewpoint: A House Divided — Reliability or Cost Control?

By Jeff Dudley, Solomon Associates “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”—Abraham Lincoln “As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.” —Leonardo da Vinci Who could have guessed that the words of these two historical giants might one day apply to the world of reliability? Incongruous as […]

2:45 pm
January 13, 2015
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Workforce Development Issues: Has Technology Changed the Game?

By Michael I. Callanan, Former Executive Director, Electrical Training ALLIANCE In past installments of this column, we have focused on the changing nature of apprenticeship and the economic forces that redefine our apprenticeship model. There is another important factor contributing to and reshaping every aspect of training and talent development: technology. We have already discussed […]

11:27 pm
January 1, 2015
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By Brien O’Brien Marketers in the B2B space know that generating leads for the sales department is one of the most critical jobs they do.  Leads equal sales.  Sales equal revenue.  Revenue traced back to marketing dollars equals a positive ROI.  But in the maze of generating quality leads, what are the best sources for […]