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Fluke Process Instruments Enhances Endurance Series High-temperature Ratio Pyrometers with Fiber-Optic Models

News Machinery - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:09

Fluke® Process Instruments announced the expansion of the Endurance® Series high-temperature ratio infrared pyrometers to include a new, rugged noncontact fiber-optic (FO) measurement system with single and two-color models. These best-in-class pyrometers meet the demands of harsh industrial environments, including primary and secondary metals manufacturing, primary glass manufacturing and laser welding. With an expanded temperature range of 250˚C (122˚F) to 3200˚C (5792&...

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GreenWood, Inc. Earns Gold Safety Award from North Carolina Department of Labor

News Machinery - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:38

GreenWood, Inc., an integrated operations, maintenance and construction solutions provider, has earned the North Carolina Department of Labor's (NCDOL) Gold Safety Award for one of its operations in Durham, North Carolina.  The prestigious Gold Award is based on the DART (“days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer”) rate. The NCDOL Safety Awards Program recognizes companies and organizations that achieve and maintain excellent safety programs.  It is designed to promote acc...

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Swiss engineer takes on killer landmines

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:00
Swiss engineer, Frédéric Guerne, has dedicated half his life to making machines that clear land mines. He has now developed what he believes is the best minesweeper in existence. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) Guerne is the director of the non-profit Digger Foundation in Tavannes in the Jura region, which has produced an armoured 12-ton, remote-controlled precision machine for clearing mines, the fourth-generation model. The D-250 is otherwise known as the “Excavator”, and it does the job of 300 people in the field. The D-250 digs up mines from the ground, removes them from trees and detonates them. Even mines with up to 10 kilograms of explosives cannot harm the device. It is used in around 15 countries worldwide. Guerne started his work in 1998 in his farmhouse. For many years he worked voluntarily on new prototypes. He says,"When I think of the children who are still living thanks to our machines, it gives me the energy to keep going.” Land mines are weapons of mass destruction, ...
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Bridging linguistic barriers in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:00
In a small country with four official languages and an unofficial fifth, what is work like for Switzerland’s professional translators? Does any country have a greater need for translators than Switzerland? Our little country of 8.3 million people has four official languages – German, French, Italian, Romansh – and a tolerated unofficial fifth: English. Immigrants comprise 25% of the population. We are home to the United Nations, NGOs, governmental bodies, businesses, and arts organisations that need to produce documents in various languages.  So yes, Switzerland is a country rich with opportunities for professional translators and interpreters (“translators” work on written materials, “interpreters” on spoken communication).  Who are these people, and what are the challenges and rewards of their profession in Switzerland? Meet four whose home base is Geneva.  The sworn translator Patrick Lehner, French by birth, began studying English and German in school south of Paris.
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Swiss baby hatches rest on a minefield of politics, religion and social justice

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:05
In the last four years, three new mothers have made the long winding walk from Olten railway station or bus stand to the local hospital – the Kantonsspital Olten. A small, slightly-hidden alcove at the centre of the hospital’s sprawling garden grounds is their eventual destination, where they will give up their newborn children and place them into a window hatch. Once done, the women have three minutes to make a quick exit before an alarm blares, alerting the hospital authorities to the baby’s presence. The Olten baby hatch, or baby box, is one among two hundred such across Europe (eight in Switzerland alone) in countries including Italy, Germany, Belgium and Austria. These boxes are modelled after an artefact of medieval times – the foundling wheel. In 1198, Pope Innocent III decreed that wheels should be set up outside churches so that mothers could leave their children in secret instead of killing them, a practice that was apparently common at the time. The modern version ...
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Thor Precision, Inc. Awarded Prestigious AS9100D Certification

News Machinery - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -   - Thor Precision, Inc. Awarded Prestigious AS9100D Certification -   Thor Precision, Inc. ( www.ThorPrecision.com ), an industry leader in producing high temp alloy parts and assemblies for the power generation industry, is proud to announce it has been awarded AS9100D certification, the highest-level Quality Management System designation for the aerospace industry.  This standard is recognized in the United States and globally—selectively awarded following len...

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Remembering Che in Switzerland, 50 years after his death

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:00
An exhibition of never-before-seen images of Ernesto Che Guevara has visited some dozen Swiss towns, as part of a celebration organised by the Swiss-Cuba Association to mark a half-century since the revolutionary’s death. The “¡Che vive!” (“Che lives!”) exhibition features photos dating from the period following the Cuban revolution in 1959. The images have been selected from a collection of thousands that were for years conserved in the archives of the Granma newspaper, before being recently published in the work “Che: the early years. Unseen photographs 1959-1964”, by René Lechleiter and Richard Frick. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, born in 1928 in Argentina, is an emblematic figure of 20th-century history. Having developed revolutionary ideas as a medical student, he travelled to Mexico to meet the Castro brothers before taking part in the successful Cuban revolution of 1959. Following this he occupied diverse public roles in the new Cuban state, as well as travelling to Africa and ...
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‘I fall in love with a person and not a gender’

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:00
Loving a person rather than a man or a woman: this is Runa Wehrli's philosophy. At 18, she defines herself as bisexual and speaks about it openly. Her friends and family have accepted her orientation, but it is not always taken seriously by society. An old pair of metallic aviator glasses sits atop her black hat, lending a style that gives a glimpse into her creative universe. At 18, Runa Wehrli is passionate about theatre, live-action role-playing, and drawing. On social media, she presents herself dressed as an elf, wearing differently-shaped hats, or with her hair dyed blue. Although Runa likes to take on the guise of fantastic and imaginary characters, she has also learned to know herself. Proof of this is the confidence and maturity with which she describes her feelings. She believes that love should not be confined by the barriers put up by society. “I fall in love with a person and not a gender,” she says. This principle has always been clear to her, and she has never ...
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Translators, entrepreneurs, and caregivers

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you the week of October 9. Monday Eighteen-year-old aspiring actress Runa Wehrli identifies as bisexual and has found acceptance from her family and artistic community. But as she explains as part of our series on living in Switzerland as part of the LGBTQ community, not everyone in Swiss society understands her orientation. Tuesday What’s it like to be a translator or interpreter in a country with four official languages, plus an unofficial fifth? We speak to four such professionals based in Geneva to find out more about this in-demand line of work. Wednesday When it comes to palliative care for terminally ill children, Switzerland suffers from a lack of counselling professionals in the field. We talk to a specialist about what can be done to improve psychological support for affected families. Thursday On Thursday, a pair of sibling entrepreneurs from Britain living in Bern sits down with ...
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From Switzerland to a hut in New Zealand

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 11:00
Having left his native Broye in canton Fribourg 15 years ago, Raphael Knopf, 38, has since found happiness in the antipodes. Knopf has built his home in the wilds of New Zealand’s North Island, where he cultivates organic honey in harmony with the savage nature of his adopted country. swissinfo.ch: Why did you leave Switzerland? Raphael Knopf:  It was in September 2002. I had completed two certificates of professional competence and my military service, and I had planned to go to Nepal to help build a dam. But as the civil war in Nepal was raging at that time, it was not possible. My second choice was to go to Australia, then New Zealand. I really wanted space, adventure, and to discover new things. swissinfo.ch: How did the first months go? R.K.: I felt disoriented. I didn’t speak English. During my years at school, I was never interested in learning English because I thought, and I still think, that we should learn the national languages first. At first, communication ...
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Testing knowledge of democracy in Geneva

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 17:00
It was a highlight for many participants of Geneva’s Democracy Week, for which a series of events were held last month: A special treasure hunt through the streets of the western Swiss city in search of places and institutions that have made local history. ‘Democracy between reason and emotions’ was the theme of this year’s event, which was organised by the Geneva cantonal authorities in cooperation with numerous institutions, including the United Nations. Confronted with growing populism, the motto was an obvious choice, according to Geneva cantonal Chancellor Anja Wyden Guelpa. The idea of the treasure hunt was to let competitors have fun and use their grey cells at the same time, while they were trying to find solutions and fill their score cards on their way to the finish line. About 130 people – including women and men of all ages, children, whole families, and Swiss and foreign nationals – participated in the game. The goal was not so much to outrun the other competitors ...
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Zurich's controversial district

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:00
A new development is springing up in the heart of Zurich city. Directly behind the tracks of the main station, the "Europaallee" stretches right up to district 4 of the old town. A mix of work space, apartments, hotels, restaurants, shops, leisure and educational facilities are being built. Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) not only owns of the 78,000 square metre site, but also the buildings. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in 2009 and the last construction phase is scheduled for completion in 2020. Rarely has such a project, which features a dense mixture of buildings, polarised opinion to this extent. Everyone is talking about it: from conservationists to building planners, urban developers and everyday citizens. In 2006, 65% of the city's population voted in favour of the project. Some believe that Europaallee will act as a catalyst for gentrification: expensive buildings are being constructed for commercial usage, which leave no room for the "ordinary Zurich citizen".
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Putting projects at the forefront

News Machinery - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 16:14

Rose Wang loves to work on projects — especially ones that exceed the bounds of her declared majors, economics and computer science. She thrives on do-it-yourself design solutions. Her latest involves making an aerodynamic drone. “We'll see how that goes,” she says. So when Wang spotted a campus poster about a new project-centric program, the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET), she went all in. She is among MIT's 45 second-year students engaged in a pilot educational initiat...

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The miracle of Picasso in Basel

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:00
The greatest artist of the 20th century, a grassroots hippie movement, super-rich chemical industrialists, direct democracy: all the ingredients of a fairy-tale story in which, 50 years ago, Basel voters said “yes” to the purchase of two Picassos. The story has a magical ending but a dramatic beginning – with an aeroplane crash in torrential rain. In April 1967, a Globe Air plane smashed into the ground while landing in Cyprus. Some 117 passengers and nine crew members were killed, and the catastrophe prompted the small airline to slide into bankruptcy soon after. The main shareholder of the company was forced to take on the bulk of the high liability payments. He was Peter G. Staechelin of Basel, whose family was known for its large collection of artistic treasures, including paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, and Monet. The most important of these works hung in the Basel Kunstmuseum – assets on canvas that Staechelin now had to convert into cash. ‘Of great ...
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How smelly can a cow be?

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:25
How much smell should people living next to farms be expected to endure? In Switzerland, this often contentious point is subject to a raft of guidelines – which are now under review. (SRF, swissinfo.ch) Officials have stuck their nose into the ongoing conflict between farmers and their residential neighbours, following new research from the Agroscope Institute for Food Sciences. The Federal Office for Agriculture must once again decide on the reasonable amount of animal odour that someone working at a stable should tolerate. Or how far a chicken coop should be built from a residential area. The revision of the 22-year-old rule book has been sparked by changing farming methods and the continued encroachment of residential areas on traditional farm land. Research has revealed an increased tendency to build larger and more open stables and agricultural biogas facilities on farms. This leads to a growing potential for conflict with people living nearby. It is hoped that the ...
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Road habits that drive Tama crazy

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. One of the things that gets her all worked up is bad driving: people driving too slowly or too close, and people who forget to indicate. Fasten your seatbelt and come for a ride with Tama, if you dare. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch) 
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thyssenkrupp combining forging activities in its components business area to establish one of the world's biggest forging companies

News Machinery - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:59

thyssenkrupp is integrating its forging activities within its components business area to form one of the world's biggest forging organizations with sites in North and South America, Europe, India and China. The new business unit thyssenkrupp Forged Technologies will start up at the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1 with roughly 7,000 employees at 18 production sites and a broad distribution network in over 70 countries. The business unit has sales of over one billion euros and...

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Regulating firearms in gun-loving Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:30
Switzerland’s gun laws and high rates of gun ownership reflect the country’s deep-seated belief in the right to bear arms and the needs of its militia army. But recent votes and agreements with the European Union have launched debates over who may own which types of guns, and the risks involved.  Until 1999, every Swiss canton had its own gun laws, some more liberal than others. Organising weapons laws under this federalist system led to Switzerland long having among the least strict gun laws in Europe. Centuries ago, laws in some cantons even required that the groom possess a weapon to be able to marry.  In 1999, the country passed its federally regulated Weapons Act which bans certain types of firearms and establishes, nationwide, which ones require permits. Today, Switzerland has among the highest gun ownership rates per capita among its neighbours and other Western countries. However, as University of Lausanne criminology expert Martin Killias recently pointed out in the ...
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How a place few have heard of tops Zurich and Geneva

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:00
Not Switzerland’s financial capital, nor international centre, but a small lakeside community near Zurich has been named the most attractive place to live in the country. It’s raining heavily and the sky is heavy and grey when I arrive in Rüschlikon. But when the rain stops, the people and the sun come out. The streets down to the lake are dotted with timber-framed houses and nice boutiques. The view from shore side is stunning. Despite not living far away from Rüschlikon, it’s my first proper visit there. The village is even unknown to most Swiss but its residents include members of the global business elite like Ivan Glasenberg, the CEO of commodity and mining giant, Glencore. This is in part thanks to its low tax rates – one reason it was recently rated number one in the Die Weltwoche magazine list of the best places to live in Switzerland. The ranking included every Swiss municipality with at least 2,000 residents and also covered factors such as jobs, schools and culture.
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Badger Meter Launches New Dynasonics® Isonic 4000 Open Channel Flow Meter at Weftec 2017

News Machinery - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:08

Badger Meter, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of flow measurement, control and communications solutions, today announced the introduction of the Dynasonics® iSonic 4000 flow meter, an economical solution for a wide range of open channel flow measurement applications. The new flow meter, unveiled at the WEFTEC 2017 Water Quality Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, accurately measures level, flow rate, and total volume of water and other liquids flowing through weirs and flumes....

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