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GE's Largest Onshore Wind Turbine Prototype Installed and Operating in the Netherlands

News Machinery - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:39

- - • Prototype is GE's largest onshore wind turbine in operation to date - • New turbine in company's Cypress platform is producing power at rated level of 5.3 MW - • Company on track to deliver first Cypress platform turbine by the end of 2019 - • More powerful wind turbines part of trend to lower costs and drive growth of renewable energy - - - GE Renewable Energy announced that the prototype for its Cypress platform, the largest onshore wind turbine for GE in the field, has been successf...

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Manufacturers Depend on AMA's Quality Assurance Testing Resources to Ensure High Standards and Optimal Products

News Machinery - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 16:45

Ensuring high standards for internal quality assurance (QA) efforts can be daunting. So too can relying solely upon data from suppliers. In fact, the situation can quickly turn problematic in many circumstances if there are no internal and external checks undertaken by a qualified independent contract laboratory. - - While there are often excellent internal metrics in place for well understood products, when an unexpected issue appears it may not be an issue that the existing QA department...

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Kalmar Heavy-Duty Forklifts to Boost Steel-Handling Operations at SLP's Port of Bilbao Facility

News Machinery - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 16:09

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement to supply Servicios Logisticos Portuarios SLP, a leading cargo-handling operator at the Port of Bilbao, Spain with a total of five heavy-duty forklift trucks. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q1 order intake, with delivery scheduled to be completed early in Q3 of 2019.  The customer already operates a number of older Kalmar forklifts at Bilbao and appreciates their reliable performance. The five new units will primarily be used t...

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The future of thermotechnology comes from Bosch

News Machinery - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 14:41

- - • Record revenues of 3.5 billion euros in 2018 - • Products for digitisation, decentralisation and electrification put the company in an excellent position for the energy transition - • Uwe Glock, Chairman of the Bosch Thermotechnology Division: “In the increasingly complex world of heating technology, we are the ideal partner for professional customers and believe that this complexity opens up new, shared opportunities.” - - - Bosch Thermotechnology generated record revenues of 3.5 bil...

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Komatsu America Corp. Introduces the New GD655-7 Motor Grader

News Machinery - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 22:31

Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today announced the introduction of the GD655-7. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified emissions regulations-compliant engine, this latest addition to the motor grader lineup will be sold concurrently with the current GD655-6 model to offer customers additional choices to meet their needs.  “The GD655-7 provides operators with an all new, ergonomic working environment and the new spacious cab allows more room for...

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Radioactive waste: Japan learns from Switzerland’s mistakes

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:44
How and where should countries build safe permanent storage sites for highly radioactive nuclear waste? As Japan remembers the victims of the  Fukushima power plant disaster, it is looking at the Swiss approach to the problem to figure out how to involve locals in the discussion. Eight years have passed since that terrible March Friday when an earthquake and tsunami struck the east coast of Japan. The huge tidal wave crashed down on the atomic power station of Fukushima, knocking out its cooling system. The result was a three-reactor meltdown, which amounted to the most serious nuclear disaster in history along with Chernobyl. The disaster of March 11, 2011 once again reminded the world of the risks associated with atomic energy. While study of the effects of Fukushima on people and the environment continues, another much older problem is as yet to be resolved. Where can the thousands of tons of radioactive waste produced every year around the world be stored? For Pascale Jana ...
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Women bankers criticise UBS over maternity leave cuts to bonuses

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:39
Top women bankers at UBS have criticised Switzerland’s biggest lender over its practice of using their maternity leave as a reason for imposing long-term cuts to their bonuses, raising questions over its commitment to gender equality. Some have resigned in frustration — forgoing promotions in at least two cases — while others having begrudgingly continued working for less pay than before they became mothers, according to several current and former UBS employees. One woman had her bonus reduced and re-based four times after having had four children. Another was informed that being a working mother was a “lifestyle choice” by means of explanation for her lower bonus, while someone else was told to “focus on her baby” when she challenged the policy. “Basically once pregnant, one will never catch-up again with male colleagues in the career one has built up prior to going on maternity,” said one of the women, who still works for the bank. Despite multiple complaints, “the practice ...
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Political (in)correctness lights up Basel carnival

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:07
“To the end” is the motto of this year’s Basel carnival, which began on Monday at 4am. As the lights went out in the city centre, colourful satirical lanterns illuminated the 10,000 revellers and musicians. (Keystone SDA, swissinfo.ch) “Morgestraich, vorwärts marsch!” (morning parade, forward march!). The cry rang out and the groups started shuffling along the streets of Basel’s Old Town behind their massive lanterns. The sky was clear, the wind was calm, and drummers and pipers ensured everyone was wide awake.  The range of targets for the lanterns was as wide as in previous years. In addition to racism, environmental pollution and assisted suicide, the satirists took aim at global news events (US President Donald Trump as a pedlar of fake news) as well as more local ones (a blaze in a Basel timber yard).  As expected, gender roles, sexism and political (in)correctness played a significant role.  ​​​​​​​ The motto, “Bis zletscht” (to the end), alludes to the end of the ...
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A day in the life of an avalanche dog

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 03/10/2019 - 15:00
Vali Meier, responsible for rescue and safety in the Davos-Klosters mountain region, skis off down the slope with canine colleague Woopy on his shoulders. Today, Woopy is looking for a buried dummy.  It’s impossible to say when dogs started being used to rescue avalanche victims. The Swiss Alpine Rescue service says it is not certain that the renowned St Bernard, Barry, was the first. Barry is thought to have kept watch over the St Bernard pass in the 1800s and saved around 40 people.  In 1937 a group of 18 schoolboys was hit by an avalanche in the Bernese Oberland. While rescuers managed to find 17 of them, one was still missing. The search was on the point of being called off when a local mixed-breed dog known as Moritzli drew the rescuers' attention to a particular location in the snow. After prodding the ground with sticks, they found the 18th member of the group who was resuscitated.  A dog specialist, Ferdinand Smutz, heard the story and in 1940 presented the idea of ...
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Swiss workplace inequality, by the numbers

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 03/10/2019 - 12:00
Work, politics, wages: the differences between women and men in Switzerland are significant. We look at five areas in which women are still underrepresented, and how the Swiss compare internationally. Equality between women and men has long been enshrined in the Swiss constitution - since 1981. But differences remain when it comes to working life. 1. Employment What percentage of the population over the age of 15 has paid jobs? In most countries, the proportion is higher among men, even in Switzerland. According to World Bank data, the difference between women and men is greatest in Turkey. In Switzerland, around 60% of women aged 15 and over are employed, while the figure for men is 70%, which is the average among member countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The differences between women and men are smallest in Scandinavia. 2. Working time There is a significant gender gap when it comes to full- and part-time work. In all OECD- ...
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Big money, big vehicles

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 03/09/2019 - 18:00
Almost every article published by swissinfo.ch contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories. 1/3 The share of Switzerland’s landscapes that are undeveloped. Most of 2,400 “near-natural” areas identified by Swiss scientists are in the mountains while very few undeveloped areas exist at lower altitudes. 1,000 On Tuesday, the Swiss bank unveiled a new 1,000-franc note with a purple hue and motif celebrating the country’s multilingualism. The new note goes into circulation starting in Bern and Zurich on March 13. 3 The number of elements discovered by Swiss scientists in the periodic table that celebrates its 150th anniversary. Can you guess which ones? 49 The percentage of four-wheel drive vehicles sold in Switzerland last year – a Swiss record and double the share of a decade ago. Switzerland’s growing love affair with big vehicles will likely make ...
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Corruption: Is Trudeau like Blair?

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:18
The political scandal currently gripping Canada and the British Aerospace case under Tony Blair both show money’s corrupting influence, writes Swiss anti-bribery expert Mark Pieth. On February 27, the former Canadian Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, took the courageous step of explaining to the media how she had been pushed out of office. Even though she is independent according to the Canadian Constitution, she had for months been cajoled by high-ranking officials close to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to strike a deal with the Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin, rather than go to court over whether the company paid bribes to the family of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The reasons for the political pressure are obvious. SNC-Lavalin has its head office in Québec, Trudeau’s main power base. His fear was – as he admits – a dramatic loss of jobs, as a corruption conviction would possibly lead to the barring of SNC-Lavalin from future business. The case ...
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The golden age of winter tourism in Grindelwald

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:00
Grindelwald was the first thermal spa town in the Bernese Oberland region to open up to winter tourism at the end of the 19th century. Photos from private collections provide a glimpse into this bygone era. It must have been an exciting time for the small village near Interlaken: with the construction of a road and, a few years later, a cogwheel railway, a connection to the wider world was suddenly established. In 1888, the village experienced a tourist boom thanks to the development of winter sports. Visitors from all over the world came to enjoy sleigh rides, curling, skating and, increasingly, skiing. This boom also encouraged investment - hotels installed central heating and electric lighting. Optimism at the turn of the century was boundless: there were plans to build a casino and make all the mountains accessible by train. However, the outbreak of the war in 1914 led to a collapse of foreign tourism and these ambitious plans had to be buried. Blast from the past The ...
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Voith at the Hannover Messe 2019: Showcasing IIoT Platform Solution and Robotics

News Machinery - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:52

Under the motto “Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence” the Hannover Messe opens its doors this year to focus on digital networking between humans and machines in the age of artificial intelligence. By providing insights into the IIoT platform OnCumulus, Voith experts demonstrate how the combination of deep domain knowledge with state-of-the-art technology creates real added-value for customers. In the area of robotics, Voith provides solutions for the interaction between humans a...

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Nordex Receives Orders From Luxembourg and Italy

News Machinery - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:38

The Nordex Group has received its first order from Luxembourg, for a 23 MW project. The manufacturer will be supplying seven N131/3300 turbines for the "Wincrange" wind farm. The customer is PW34 S.a.r.l., a project development company based in Derenbach. In addition, the Nordex Group has concluded a Premium Service Agreement covering 20 years. Moderate IEC Class IIIa winds prevail at the site in the municipality of Wincrange, in the north of Luxembourg. The N131/3300 turbine is specifica...

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Oldest Swiss Abroad dies at age 110

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:13
Rodolphe Buxcel, who was born in 1908, passed away last month in Michigan, United States. He was born in a Swiss settlement in tsarist Russia and lived a frugal life in the US in his last years. With roots in the town of Romainmôtier in the French-speaking Swiss canton of Vaud, Buxcel was born in the Swiss settlement of Chabag, under the regime of Russia’s last Tsar, Nicolas II. One of his ancestors, Jacques-François Buxcel, had emigrated there with his six children and wife. The Swiss enclave was created in 1822 by Swiss botanist Louis-Vincent Tardent. Like all Chabag families, the Buxcels kept a Swiss passport during the 120 years of the colony's existence. The youngest of ten children, Buxcel lived a comfortable life in what is now Ukraine. His father owned 50 hectares of vineyards and 130 hectares of arable land. The family prospered until June 28, 1940, when the Soviets arrived. They lost their land and all their belongings. The family then spent five years in camps in ...
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Mothers face double-edged sword in Swiss workplace culture

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:25
Switzerland’s part-time work options can be both a blessing and a curse for working mothers. More women are now calling for an end to a stigma on mothers in the workplace that is holding their careers and the country back. Ingrid Bringas’ career was on the upswing at a big multinational company in Switzerland until she told her employer she was pregnant. “I was managing a global project for Ceva Logistics with 13 to 14 smaller projects running in parallel. I told them I was pregnant, and another manager was put on the project and I was shoved aside.” The real kicker came when she was told not to return the day after her maternity leave ended and given three months’ salary as severance. In a response to swissinfo.ch, Ceva Logistics said they don’t comment on individual cases but that it is a priority to treat all employees equally. A Zurich-area woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, had a similar experience at a big tech multinational in Zurich where she says she was left out ...
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Andritz Group: Solid Business Development With Record Order Intake

News Machinery - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 22:39

The results of the business year in detail: - - - • Due to the Group's strong organic growth, the order intake of 6,646.2 MEUR reached a new record level and was thus significantly higher than the figure for the previous year's reference period (+19.1% compared to 2017: 5,579.5 MEUR). All business areas were able to increase their order intake compared to the previous year's reference period. - • The order backlog as of the end of 2018 was 7,084.3 MEUR, which is also significantly high...

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Taxing airline tickets is an ‘absurd’ idea

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 15:38
Switzerland, like many other nations, is wrestling with how to curb greenhouse gas emissions caused by air traffic. A Swiss aviation expert outlines how the sector is combatting emissions.  The Swiss love to fly, much more than other Europeans. On average, each Swiss citizen flies 9,000 kilometres a year, according to 2015 figures.  Recently, there have been growing calls for stricter rules to curb CO2 emissions in the aviation sector, particularly from young people and environmental groups. Such emissions represent 2.5% of global CO2 emissions, or 10% in Switzerland (2016 figure).  In Bern, leftwing parliamentarians have suggested imposing a climate tax on plane tickets, like those adopted in Italy, France, Germany and Britain. Parliamentarians in the lower House of Representatives rejected such a proposal last December, but it is currently being examined in the Senate as part of the revision of the Swiss CO2 law.  swissinfo.ch talked to Hansjörg Bürgi, editor-in-chief of the ...
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The dark Swiss fertility tradition with hunters and ‘victims’

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:09
Masked men pin down young women and force them to wear blackface. The “Pschuuri” Ash Wednesday festival in eastern Switzerland is possibly the least politically correct custom in the world.  That said, as with other Swiss traditions that might raise eyebrows abroad – for example the cattle show where six-year-olds are allowed to smoke – everyone has a good time and there’s a happy ending involving a big meal.  “Pschuure” means “to blacken” in the local dialect and is an important part of carnival in Splügen, a village near the Italian border in canton Graubünden where all these images were taken on Wednesday. The day begins with young children getting dressed up and harmlessly going from house with a basket around their neck begging for sweets.  In the afternoon, however, things get darker. Literally. Unmarried young men, “Pschuurirolli”, put on furs, masks and bells. Armed with a sackful of a greasy coal mixture, they hit the streets looking for children and, in particular, ...
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