Supplier Profile Gefran: Pushing Beyond Technology
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Supplier Profile Gefran: Pushing Beyond Technology

With over 50 years of success, Gefran strives to push beyond technology boundaries to thrive not only in the area of product advancement but also in customer satisfaction, human development, and sustainability. From the beginning, Gefran has differentiated itself from the competition by understanding and producing exactly what customers are looking for to solve their…
Student Spotlight: OSU Students Save Dying Fish
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Student Spotlight: OSU Students Save Dying Fish

A team of engineering students from Oklahoma State emailed Automation Direct last year with a disturbing problem: Fish were dying! These engineering students had been contacted, in turn, by students in the nearby Culinary Arts program who run an aquaponics farm.  Aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish and other marine life in tanks) with hydroponics (growing…
Supplier Profile: R. Stahl
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Supplier Profile: R. Stahl

Companies and industries around the globe use R. Stahl’s superior explosion protection equipment and systems to protect against deadly explosions in hazardous locations that can occur if flammable gases, vapors, mists, or dusts combine with oxygen and an ignition source. R. Stahl is the global leader in explosion protection, and its innovative designs have made…
Supplier Profile: FATH
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Supplier Profile: FATH

FATH GmbH was started as a family operation in 1989 by Werner Fath and sons Mirko Jan and Wido. Now, still managed by Mirko Jan and Wido, FATH has evolved into an international group with worldwide production and 350 employees. FATH is the global innovation driver of intelligent system solutions in the production environment and…
EMMA wins Design Competition at Georgia Tech
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EMMA wins Design Competition at Georgia Tech

By Michael Probst, BSEE ’22 The Georgia Institute of Technology Engineering Department requires two semesters of design experience, with a course known as “senior design”. Students divide themselves into teams of 4-6 students, often comprised of members from within a single department, or students can form interdisciplinary teams. The projects themselves come from three sources:…
Supplier Profile: WON ST
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Supplier Profile: WON ST

Have you ever seen a 3D printer move back and forth seemingly like magic to bring to life whatever it has been programmed to create? If so, chances are high that you scarcely thought about the linear bearings and rails that ensure the printer’s smooth, precise movements. Linear bearings and rails are used in industrial…
Supplier Profile: Schmalz
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Supplier Profile: Schmalz

In 1910, Johannes Schmalz opened a razor blade factory in Glatten, Germany. Soon afterward, customers around the world clamored to shave with the company’s “Glattis” blades. Fast forward more than 100 years and, today, Schmalz is the global market leader in vacuum automation and customized ergonomic handling solutions as measured by revenue and breadth of…
Supplier Profile: Quadritalia
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Supplier Profile: Quadritalia

In 1988, the four Sanson cousins, Flavio, Rodolfo, Mauro, and Stefano, decided to use the entrepreneurial spirit that runs in the family and start creating products for the electro-technical business. And Quadritalia was born, with the mission to provide high quality products, serve customers well, and continue to innovate in the industry. More than 30…
Student Brings Joy to Kids During COVID-19 with Automated Halloween Display
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Student Brings Joy to Kids During COVID-19 with Automated Halloween Display

In a typical year, children excitedly count down the days in October to Halloween. However, Halloween 2020 was different due to COVID-19, and many kids felt it was going to be a disappointing nightmare. That wasn’t the case in one town in Utah, thanks to the efforts of Shaun Oaks, father of two young children…