Archive for January 18th, 2013

Colleges and manufacturers nationwide are making strides to help fill the skills gap on manufacturing shop floors. Here are the latest incentives that are geared to help students get the best out of their education and help factories keep their competitive edge when it’s time to recruit the top talent. Read more


Credit: Hannover Messe.

R&D efforts in the power transmission and control technology sectors are focused sharply on boosting energy efficiency, sustainability, and resource conservation. This will be reflected in the latest products and solutions on show at the MDA (Motion, Drive & Automation) fair at Hannover Messe.

From April 8 to 12, 2013, the MDA fair will showcase all the latest products and innovations from the world’s top suppliers of electric and mechanical power transmission systems and pneumatic and hydraulic technologies.  MDA is staged every two years as part of Hannover Messe, the world’s biggest industrial technology show.  With more than 1,100 exhibitors, MDA is regarded as one of the heavyweights of industrial trade shows and an absolute must for all leading manufacturers in the sector. Read more

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Nebraska wind farm. Credit: Jerry W. Lewis.

Nebraska wind farm. Credit: Jerry W. Lewis.

Recently the Seattle Times ran an article with a seemingly paradoxical headline: “Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels.”

Wasn’t renewable energy supposed to take the place of fossil fuels? Isn’t that the whole point?

Let’s be clear: We love the idea of renewable energy. Why, if we had a magic wand, all the earth’s energy needs would be met through renewable sources. The No. 1 Saudi export would be pistachios. Unfortunately, we do not have such a wand. We do have a choice: We can either ratchet down our energy consumption to match the levels that can be provided by renewable energy sources, or we can continue to use fossil fuels to maintain the lifestyles we demand. We don’t get both. Read more

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