Hot Links

Take the Coating Value Survey








1st Robot Into Fukushima Reactor Stalls, But Gets Some Data

1st Robot Into Fukushima Reactor Stalls, But Gets Some Data

By Mari Yamaguchi

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said April 13 that the first robot sent inside one of the melted reactors stalled before finishing its work but collected data that indicates a path exists to send robots deeper into the reactor.

 

That’s good news for experts designing a robot for a future mission aimed at locating and investigating the residue of the nuclear fuel that melted in the 2011 disaster.

 

Tokyo Electric Power Co. …

May 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

Tunnel Vision: Engineering Marvel Faces High-Speed Traffic

Tunnel Vision: Engineering Marvel Faces High-Speed Traffic

By Nick Malawskey

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — To begin with, the road was unlike anything most drivers had ever encountered in the United States: Four lanes of superhighway cutting from just west of Harrisburg to just east of Pittsburgh — straight, level and true. A road that for the first time in Pennsylvania history would bend the earth to its needs rather than the other way around, cutting travel time between the two cities by more than six hours.

 

Less …

May 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

McDowell Coal Company Store Being Resurrected as Museum

McDowell Coal Company Store Being Resurrected as Museum

By Rick Steelhammer

KIMBALL, W. Va. (AP) — A $1.5 million restoration project underway in Kimball could keep the Houston Coal Company Store — perhaps the best preserved of more than 100 company stores that once operated in the coal camps of McDowell County during the first half of the 20th century — intact and operating into the 22nd century.

In its re-purposed incarnation, the 1923-vintage building will become a museum, giving visitors a chance to learn the key …

May 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

J.W. Winco, Inc. Adjustable Hinges Allow For Perfect Positioning

J.W. Winco, Inc. Adjustable Hinges Allow For Perfect Positioning

NEW BERLIN, WI – J.W. Winco, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, has announced the availability of its EN 236 Plastic Adjustable Alignment Hinges, suitable for inch or metric applications.

 

The RoHS-compliant adjustable alignment hinges allow for technically and visually perfect positioning and alignment of a door in its frame. The serrations at the wings of the hinge (cross serration) and at the adjusting bushings create a form lock that prevents the …

May 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

Multi-Family, Seaside Efficiency

Multi-Family, Seaside Efficiency

By Bill Hick

Canada’s Maritime Provinces saw a considerable surge in condominium construction between 2010 and 2012. New luxury units were going up in every town that boasted a view of the water.

 

While residential growth in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island has since slowed to a degree, the condo boom brought some changes to the small provinces. Heating professionals noticed a trend.

 

High-end, multi-family structures — whether vacation rentals or primary residences — are a …

May 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

York Prestige Rooftop Units Fit Existing Footprints

York Prestige Rooftop Units Fit Existing Footprints


York Prestige rooftop units from Johnson Controls match the footprints of other manufacturers’ units. This exact-fit replacement design reduces installation complexities and saves contractors time by eliminating the need for a curb adapter, which is typically required when a new unit does not identically match the existing unit footprint.

The 3- to 12.5-ton units include the following features:

• Advanced microprocessor control technology with an LCD display
• Programmable USB interface and digital diagnostic readouts
• Single or dual scroll …

April 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

Creating a Cool Space with Fujitsu General America

Creating a Cool Space with Fujitsu General America

Not long ago, the producers of the popular home remodeling show Operation Build, which airs on History, had a problem.  The project on which they were working — an overcrowded garage remodel for a home in South Florida — had no cooling or heating. After researching their options, they chose a 15,000 BTU/h wall-mounted Fujitsu Halcyon™ RLS3 Series mini-split system that Fujitsu donated and installed into the newly remodeled garage, enabling the project to be completed appropriately, …

May 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

TechBits: Analyzing Medical Data, Breaking Smartphones

TechBits: Analyzing Medical Data, Breaking Smartphones

By Brandon Bailey

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Your smartphone could be a valuable tool for medical research — and for treating a variety of ailments.

 

IBM wants to use the power of its Watson computing system — which famously won TV’s “Jeopardy” a few years back — to analyze mountains of data collected from individuals who use health-related smartphone apps, fitness bands and other gadgets. A new IBM business will provide Internet computing services for health-care companies and …

May 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

Comfortable, Affordable Healthcare

Comfortable, Affordable Healthcare

Taco cooling systems play an integral role in providing comfort and care for cancer patients in Missoula, Mont.

Cancer is a cruel opportunist, always taking away. Though lately, modern health care has won more battles against the disease than it’s lost. And in Missoula, Mont., one facility is a fine example of how patients with the disease receive comfort with treatment. It’s smart, deep-down comfort and energy savings from Mother Nature herself.

 

The new Community Cancer Care facility at the …

May 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

HDPE Cooling Towers Get Noise Out of Symphony Hall

HDPE Cooling Towers Get Noise Out of Symphony Hall

By Carlo Chatman

Imagine attending a symphonic concert, and right in the middle of a violin solo you hear a rushing sound penetrating the ceiling above the orchestra and overwhelming the concert hall’s painstaking acoustic design.

Or, perhaps you are performing surgery in a medical center suite — or giving a business presentation in the penthouse conference room of an office building — and that same rushing noise, generated by the facility’s HVAC cooling tower, infiltrates the environment, …

April 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

By Brian Wallheimer

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Grace Hoening sold 800 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies last year, but that will look like a drop in the bucket if the Rockford 12-year-old has her way.

“My goal is 2,500,” Hoening said.

That’s because any scout who hits that magic number wins a free trip to Disney World. And while more than tripling her best year of cookie sales might seem overly optimistic, Hoening thinks she has a new …

February 1, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92

Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at his home, the Goodwin Funeral Home in Manchester confirmed.

(Continued)

Born in Germany, Baer escaped the Holocaust with his family.

He started thinking about what later became the home video game console while …

January 2, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering

Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering


David E. Goldberg, President of Big Beacon and emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, – are two men on a daring mission. Their goal is to transform the entire world of engineering. Their objective is simple – they aim at humanizing the engineering profession.

Their new book, A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education, …

December 1, 2014 | Comments Off | Read More »

Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

By Dave Gong
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Stepping into the rare books room at the Allen County Public Library is like stepping back in time.

Antique furniture complements the character of a room devoted to the library’s ever-expanding collection of rare and antique – even ancient – books and artifacts.

Display cases containing replicas of important Lincoln documents line the walls in front of the hall windows, while a rocking chair – a replica of the one Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated – sits in the …

November 1, 2014 | Comments Off | Read More »