Brown County district cancels water pipeline
December 18, 2014
Board members of the Brown County Water Improvement District voted Tuesday to scrap a $12 million pipeline that would have transported effluent water from a county treatment facility to Lake Brownwood.

Global Semiconductor Alliance Reports Award Recipients
December 17, 2014
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) revealed the recipients honored at the 2014 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration that took place in Santa Clara, California. The association reported that the awards program recognizes the achievements of semiconductor companies in several categories ranging from outstanding leadership to financial accomplishments, as well as overall respect within the industry.

Water service shut off Wednesday
December 16, 2014
The Mandan Public Works Department will shut off water service beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, for all residents in Woodlands Mobile Home Park and in Wildwood Mobile Home Park living south of Third Street Southeast. Water will be shut down from 9 a.m. until a new master water meter vault is installed. Work is expected to be completed by late Wednesday afternoon. For more information, call 701-667-3240.

Top Audio Trends To Watch For At CES
December 15, 2014
Dealers that want to roll a seven in Las Vegas might well want to watch out for these seven audio trends at CES: 1High-resolution audio. The selection of high-resolution music downloads and high-res playback devices is growing slowly but steadily. At CES, dealers will find a slew of new high-res component DACs for the home at priced of more than $3,000, more components such as integrated amplifiers with USB audio inputs and high-res decoding, and plenty of new portable USB headphone-amp/DACs with high-resolution capabilities priced from $69 to $2,500 or more. At least one company will show a portable headphone DAC that connects to an iPhone's Lightning connector to reproduce high-res files. Another will connect to select Android smartphones that support USB audio. And at least one portable high-res headphone-amp/ DAC will accept a 1TB mSATA drive to turn it into a portable media player.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
December 10, 2014
Not content with novel design alone, Lenovo's taking things a few steps further with its latest Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Equipped with a supersized 13-inch, Quad HD display and built-in projector, Lenovo is positioning the $469.99 (32GB) tabletas an all-in-one media powerhouse. Some lingering complaints remain-like the heavy-handed Android skin and performance hiccups-but the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is easily Lenovo's most compelling Android tablet yet. Design, Features, and Projector Lenovo's unique multi-mode design remains largely unchanged for this year's Yoga tablets. You get the signature cylindrical edge with a built-in kickstand and a nice tapered profile. It's made from a combination of aluminum and gray plastics that give the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro a premium look and sturdy feel. At 13.11 by 8.81 by 0.14-0.5 (thinnest and thickest points) inches and 2.09 pounds, the Yoga Tablet 2 is big and heavy, but the weight feels reasonably comfortablein the hand thanks to the unique design.There are a few new additions to the Yoga design, including a JBL-branded subwoofer around back and a pico projector built into one end of the cylinder.

Mamiya Leaf Credo 50
December 08, 2014
The Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 ($26,995) is another in a recent spate of medium format cameras to eschew traditional CCD sensors in favor of a more modern Sony-made 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. It has a lot in common with a higher-end model, marketed by Mamiya Leaf's parent company Phase One, the IQ250, but omits a few features and shaves close to $8,000 off of the sticker price. The Credo 50 has a few of the same issues that we encountered with the IQ250, notably an out-of-date autofocus system when paired with the standard 645 DF+ body. But its modular design allows you to purchase one for the camera system of your choice, and a sharp rear display makes image review in the field very easy. The Credo 50 doesn't have quite as many features as the IQ250, but its image quality is just as good and it comes in at a much lower asking price. It's our pick as Editors' Choice for medium format cameras.

Pressure-Independent Control Valves
December 01, 2014
FULL TEXT PICV technology has its benefits, but is it worth it? On several recent projects, we have had control contractors who have promoted the use of pressureindependent control valves (PICV). This has led to some interesting discussions about the costs and benefits of these valves.

How Time Flies
November 17, 2014
100 years ago Nov. 17, 1914: Police are looking for Joseph Keller, formerly of Bloomington and now a Champaign clothing merchant. He’s also an alleged sports bookie who left several students holding the bag as he absconded with their bets. He has apparently “blown” town. 75 years ago Nov. 17, 1939: Members of Maplewood Country Club elected officers. But the club is on hard times and is going into receivership. It may not reopen next year, depending on what arrangements can be made with the foreclosing parties. 50 years ago Nov. 17, 1964: A pre-dawn fire at 201½ E. Washington St. caused up to $40,000 loss to the two insurance agencies that occupied the building. Off-duty firemen were called in and Normal sent an aerial truck to help. Cause of the fire is not known. 25 years ago Nov. 17, 1989: A faulty toilet is apparently to blame for Alderwoman Judy Markowitz having the highest home water bill of anyone on the city council. The water meter was checked, and it’s fine. The suspected culprit toilet has since been replaced.

What's New
October 27, 2014
Adjustable Link V-Belt The Accu-Link® Adjustable Link V-Belt has been redesigned to reduce elonga- tion, resulting in up to 10 percent longer life. Available in 3L, 4L/A, 5L/B, C, and D sec- tions, Accu-Link can be used as a temporary or permanent replacement for any application where conventional rubber V-Belts are used. Ideal for extreme operating environments, Accu- Link offers superior resistance to solvents, oil, water, and chemicals. Matched for drives with multiple belts, individual links allow the belt to be sized to any length, which reduces inventory. Accu-Link features a snap-and-twist method that requires no special tools to assemble. And, unlike conventional belts, Accu-Link can be rolled onto pulleys without risk of cord break. For peak per- formance and efficiency, all belts must be prop- erly tensioned after installation. Jason Industrial Inc.

Safety Sensors and Functions for a Packaging Machine
October 01, 2014
Abstract - This paper presents the documenting stage for a functional safety investigation for a packaging machine. The ELPACK machine was bought "as it is" four years ago, with a complete description about how to operate it, but no parts list or documentation. Because of it's good behavior in use since - very few faults - it is a good subject to inspect the functional safety characteristics. Depending of the quantity and completeness of the information, the entire machine or just parts will be evaluated. This documentation will be the base for investigation stage two, building data acquisition programs to acquire signals from electrical elements like photoelectric sensors, non electrical equipment like compressor unit, etc., calculate the values of safety integrated level and confront them with values in corresponding standards. Keywords: packaging machine, functional safety; safety sensors; functional safety standards.


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