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EnerSys Buys Purcell Systems For $115M

September 18, 2013 9:22 am | News | Comments

EnerSys said Wednesday that it reached a deal to buy Purcell Systems Inc. for $115 million. Spokane, Wash.-based Purcell designs, manufactures and markets thermally-managed electronic equipment and battery cabinet enclosures for telecommunication, broadband, utility, rail and military uses.

Koch Industries Buying Molex For About $6.86B

September 9, 2013 8:32 am | News | Comments

Koch — run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David — said Monday that it will pay $38.50 per Molex Inc. share. That's a 31 percent percent premium to the company's $29.34 Friday closing price. The companies put the deal's total value at about $7.2 billion.

Jason Grahek: Let Innovation Set You Apart

August 28, 2013 3:19 pm | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

Today's guest is Jason Grahek, Strategic Account Manager for the Lakeland Companies — the most complete provider of high-quality electrical component and systems solutions for growing industrial companies throughout the Midwest.

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First U.S.-Made Smartphone Just As Cheap To Produce

August 28, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made. But IHS said the Moto X is about 5 percent cheaper to make than Samsung Electronic Co.'s flagship Galaxy S4 phone.

Piracy, Printing And A New Era Of Manufacturing

August 27, 2013 9:47 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

A topic that doesn’t seem to come up, at least via outlets that are 3D-printer friendly (which are in a powerful majority at this point), is the proliferation of piracy thanks to the quickly emerging 3D-printer market. Much like Napster brought a slapped major record labels across the face, 3D printing is poised to make major manufacturers shake in their boots… maybe.

Rockwell Collins Buys ARINC For $1.39B

August 12, 2013 7:36 am | News | Comments

Aviation and military electronics maker Rockwell Collins said Sunday it is buying Annapolis, Md.-based ARINC Inc. from the investment firm The Carlyle Group for $1.39 billion.Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins, which currently does more than half its business with the government, was seeking to add commercial customers.

Ericsson And STMicroelectronics Split Up ST-Ericsson

August 5, 2013 11:37 am | News | Comments

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics today announced they have closed the transaction for the split-up of ST-Ericsson, with the formal transfer of relevant parts of the joint venture to each parent company. The plan, effective August 2, 2013, means some existing activities are being shut down with equal funding from both companies.

Rockwell Collins Ortberg Takes On CEO Position

August 1, 2013 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The aviation and military electronics maker announced last month that Ortberg, who will hold is previous position as company president, would succeed Clay Jones. The 64-year-old Jones has spent nearly 34 years at Rockwell Collins. He will continue as non-executive chairman.

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DAS Announces Point-Of-Use Gas Abatement In Wet Bench Semiconductor Processes

July 25, 2013 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

 DAS Environmental Expert DmbH has developed and installed what it calls the SALIX system, the world’s first point-of-use system for removing waste gas pollutants in semiconductor wafer manufacturing wet bench applications. 

Lawsuit Alleges Ground Pollution In Myrtle Beach

July 23, 2013 10:54 am | News | Comments

A jury has been seated to hear one of three lawsuits alleging groundwater pollution by an electronics manufacturer in Myrtle Beach. The suit alleges that groundwater contaminated with a chemical known as TCE damaged property values in a 10-block area near the company's former plant.

Q&A: Ways To Profit From Your Server Room

July 15, 2013 9:26 am | Articles | Comments

With servers responsible for storing and distributing data among employees and customers, alike, they are the backbone of just about every modern business. First, cooling is extremely important to the overall energy costs of your server room.

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Motor Disconnect Switch

July 12, 2013 1:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Dust, water, corrosive chemicals and airborne particles are severe hazards to many manufacturing and production facilities. Any environment where critical electrical equipment is exposed to these elements is at risk, including your motor disconnects and switched receptacles.

Sharp To Sell 'Talking' Home Appliances In Japan

July 9, 2013 7:53 am | News | Comments

Among the "talking" white goods, a refrigerator will remind users to check for expired food items, while an air conditioner will notify them when it turns on automatically after detecting room temperature, according to the Osaka-based company.   

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Move Over Messi, Here Come The Robots

July 1, 2013 8:51 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the score tied 1-1, it's gone to a penalty shootout in a tense soccer match between teams from Israel and Australia. As the Australian goalkeeper in his red jersey braces for the shot, the Israeli striker pauses. Then he breaks into a dance instead of kicking the ball. Perhaps he can be forgiven: He's a robot, after all.

NASA Launches Rocket To Study Space Weather

June 28, 2013 9:19 am | News | Comments

NASA launched a satellite late Thursday on a mission to explore a little-studied region of the sun and to better forecast space weather that can disrupt communications systems on Earth. Mission controllers clapped after receiving word that Iris separated from the rocket as planned and unfurled its solar panels, ready to begin its two-year mission.

Samsung Puts Pricey Curve In OLED Televisions

June 27, 2013 11:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After delays, Samsung Electronics Co. rolled out Thursday a curved TV that uses an advanced display called OLED. The 55-inch TV will sell for 15 million won ($13,000) in South Korea, more than five times the cost of LCD televisions of the same size.

Chinese Supercomputer Named World's Fastest

June 17, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

The semiannual TOP500 official listing of the world's fastest supercomputers released Monday says the Tianhe-2 developed by the National University of Defense Technology in central China's Changsha city is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second. That's the equivalent of 33,860 trillion calculations per second.

U.S. Vs. European Hurricane Model: Which Is Better?

May 29, 2013 1:37 pm | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Meteorologists agree that the two American supercomputers that provide storm models are underpowered — which is why the National Weather Service plans on upgrading those computers in the next two years. The two main forecasting computers — one in Orlando, Florida and the other in Virginia — will receive $25 million in upgrades as part of the Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill.

The Ten Commandments Of Industrial Ethernet

May 17, 2013 8:02 am | by Mike Fahrion, Director of Product Management, B&B Electronics | Articles | Comments

A Wi-Fi-enabled computer can connect to multiple networks at the same time.  Your employees can give a hacker a pathway into your internal network simply by powering up a laptop.  Imagine the mess an eco-terrorist could make if he didn’t like the look of your smokestack.

Robots To Help Brazil Provide World Cup Security

May 16, 2013 12:33 pm | by Tales Azzoni, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The Brazilian government has bought 30 security robots to improve public safety during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. The government paid nearly $3.5 million for the small unmanned ground vehicles which can provide surveillance, bomb removal and other law-enforcement missions.

Tiny Camera Offers Bug's Eye View

May 16, 2013 8:18 am | News | Comments

The camera created by a research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is about the size of a penny and mimics insects' bulging eyes. It features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths.

Preventing Discharge Damage: Conductive Rolling Bearing Greases

May 8, 2013 2:23 pm | by Heiko Stache, Manager Business Unit – Bearing Technology & Sabine Petri, Product Manager, Klüber Lubrication | Articles | Comments

Whether in the plastics, textile or motion control industries, damage caused by electric discharge is a well-known issue, and today it is more prevalent than ever. It primarily affects rolling bearings in machines susceptible to static charging.

NI Strengthens FIRST Partnership For Better STEM Education

April 30, 2013 10:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

NI believes work with organizations like FIRST has already made inroads in improving STEM education and desire to pursue science- or engineering-based careers. NI itself is already starting to hire FIRST alumni, and Hsu says they’re better prepared for the engineering world than those who didn’t participate in the program.

National Instruments Partnership With FIRST Puts Real-World Engineering In Student Hands

April 29, 2013 9:38 am | News | Comments

FIRST and National Instruments announced they are extending their partnership through 2019 with the shared goal of creating more scientists and engineers. This phase of the technology partnership centers around a next-generation embedded robotics control platform code-named “Athena.”

Who Will Support And Refurbish Your UPS?

April 15, 2013 10:32 am | by Jeff Boudreau, Acumentrics | Articles | Comments

Many uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) are built to be rugged, reliable and to withstand years of tough use. But let’s face it — even products built for punishing military and industrial environments are not going to last forever. When things go wrong, you’ll have a decision to make.

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