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Can Super Motors Solve Energy Problems?

Can Super Motors Solve Energy Problems? Industrial electric motors account for 64% of U.S. energy consumption. Taking a closer look, one-third of the country's energy consumption goes to electrical motors rated at 1,000 horsepower and above. For the past decade, technologists have shown that using superconducting materials with cryogenic coolers can cut energy consumption by these monster motors by 50% or more. The problem is, you still can't buy a commercial high-temperature superconducting motor. That could all change as political forces, rising commodity costs, and other factors help to align traditional motor companies with cutting-edge superconducting technology.

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Get Machine Status via Cellphone
Euchner-U.S.A., Inc.

Get Machine Status via Cellphone WERMA's GSM transmitter element opens up completely new possibilities. Free yourself from your machinery and use monitoring time more effectively — even within your own plant. As long as your cell phone is on, you will always be kept informed of the current operating status of your machinery.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Flexible Machining Keeps Shop Competitive

Flexible Machining Keeps Shop Competitive DuPage Machine Products translates their equipment edge into a competitive edge. By moving to the latest CNC machining systems, the machine shop is able to stay competitive by producing parts for the mobile hydraulics, automotive, and medical markets. They keep productivity high, even when running smaller volume orders.

Cut Out Counterfeits Cheaply

Cut Out Counterfeits Cheaply Counterfeit products bite into most manufacturers' bottom line. But if your product has an on/off switch and a microchip, you may not have to take it anymore. This column explains how licensing software digital signature security is cheap enough to use on high-tech gadgets that can be disabled if not verified by the OEM's server.

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Podcast Explains Lean Automation

Podcast Explains Lean Automation In manufacturing, going lean means having a tightly integrated supply chain and production line. Automation complements lean manufacturing, but it can't do everything. This podcast describes market-driven production, laying out what's possible, and what isn't when it comes to automation for lean manufacturing.

LEED Expands to Industrial Facility Design

LEED Expands to Industrial Facility Design JohnsonDiversey found that designing a new 550,000 sq ft distribution center to Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) criteria was easier to do for the front office than the back. This article in IMPO magazine describes how they expanded the LEED standard to better respond to the needs of industrial facilities.

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Managing Process Control Wirelessly
Electrochem

Managing Process Control Wirelessly Take control of your operations wirelessly with Electrochem's solutions, an all-in-one system for measurement data in plant environments. Wireless pressure, temperature, and flow sensors are compact, self-contained, and battery-powered — they collect, process, and transmit data to the Gateway where you can view data and remote control operations externally.

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Six Steps to CMMS Success

Six Steps to CMMS Success If you want to improve asset reliability by adding a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), you'll have plenty of choices. The choices are so varied that starting the selection process can be difficult. Learn the six steps that experts suggest any potential CMMS buyer should follow before s/he signs the check.

Blame Poor ERP Practices for Bankruptcy

Blame Poor ERP Practices for Bankruptcy One company claimed bankruptcy due to a failed productivity enhancement program. The enterprise resource planning (ERP) program installation costs grew from $10 to $36 million, and a one-year deployment schedule nearly tripled. Manufacturers have also blamed software for financial failure. Poor communication often is the cause.

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Get Control of Your Ultrasonic Welder

Get Control of Your Ultrasonic Welder As the number of plastic components and products grows, so does the use of ultrasonic welding machines. But are you getting the most out of your welder? This Assembly magazine article details the effect and control of frequency, amplitude, force, time, and control for products from digital cameras to medical devices.

Optical Sensor Feeds Food Processing

Optical Sensor Feeds Food Processing Food processing equipment is built to last for years, but sometimes that longevity makes it difficult to employ the latest sensing technology. This photoelectric sensor is built with food processing and retrofits in mind. It is protected from the process environment by a stainless steel housing in a miniature package for small spaces.

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High-temp Boiler Conductivity Sensor
Mettler-Toledo Thornton Inc.

High-temp Boiler Conductivity Sensor Mettler-Toledo Thornton announces a new on-line Boiler Blowdown Conductivity Sensor for industrial boilers. The sensor can measure at saturated steam conditions up to 210 psig (14.5 bar) without cooling the sample. It enables continuous automatic blowdown control which can minimize corrosion and scaling, while saving energy and costly treatment chemicals.

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Villanova University Online

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