TC Utility First To Get Greener Circuit Switcher From Siemens

TRAVERSE CITY—The municipal utility Traverse City Light & Power has installed the first circuit switcher in the United States that uses air in place of traditional sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) insulating gas. Built at the Richland, Miss.-plant of Raleigh, N.C. Siemens Energy, the North American energy subsidiary of the German industrial giant, the Blue Clean Air

By |2020-11-28T13:11:27-05:00November 28th, 2020|ESD|

With a COVID Vaccine on the Horizon, Should Your Organization Require Employees to Get Vaccinated?

LANSING - Last week, Pfizer announced it has a Coronavirus vaccine with a reported 90% efficacy. Shortly following, Moderna announced their vaccine has similar efficacy at 95%. Though they estimate March or April 2021 before it’s widely available, it is clear that the government will be encouraging everyone to vaccinate. Due to being in certain

By |2020-11-23T16:33:39-05:00November 22nd, 2020|ESD, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gale Rolls Out New Version Of Online Learning Tool For Kids Ages 3-6

FARMINGTON HILLS—The online information services provider Gale announced the rollout of enhancements to its interactive online learning system for children ages 3 to 6, called “Miss Humblebee’s Academy.” New features include the following interface enhancements: Guided Learning Path: An updated classroom setting gives children a visual queue of a starting point, interval achievements, and a

By |2020-11-28T13:39:01-05:00November 20th, 2020|ESD, New Products / Contracts|

SME Names New Board, Leadership

SOUTHFIELD—SME, the engineering advocacy and education group formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, announced its 2020 election results for incoming officers, directors and council representatives. The officers and international directors of the SME Board of Directors act as the governing body of SME with budget authority and oversight responsibility. The SME Member Council,

By |2020-11-12T19:40:03-05:00November 12th, 2020|ESD|

Esperion Loss Grows As Company Starts Selling Cholesterol-Fighting Drugs

ANN ARBOR—Esperion Therapeutics Inc. reported a loss of $85.4 million or $3.07 a share in the third quarter of 2020, vs. a loss of $68.4 million or $2.52 a share in the same quarter of 2019. Revenue was $3.8 million, including $3.3 million in product sales and $500,000 in partner reimbursement. Revenue a year earlier

By |2020-11-09T18:27:04-05:00November 7th, 2020|ESD, Life Sciences|

Advanced Manufacturing Certification Program Offered to Detroit Small Businesses Recovering from Pandemic 

DETROIT – LIFT opened its Operation Next advanced manufacturing certification program to employees of Detroit-area small and medium-sized manufacturers to help them recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Available to industry for the first time, the new Operation Next civilian program, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

By |2020-11-01T17:23:58-05:00November 1st, 2020|ESD, Featured, News|

LIFT Tapped To Study Modernizing Critical Army Gear No Longer In Production

DETROIT—Officials at LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, announced a new contract with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (CCDC GVSC) at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren to conduct a re-engineering analysis of critical parts, assemblies or subassemblies which are no longer in production. The pieces

By |2020-10-31T08:42:12-04:00October 31st, 2020|ESD|

Two Michigan Winners In $1 million Harbor Freight Tools For Schools Competiton

PONTIAC—An engineering, robotics, and mechatronics teacher from Pontiac and an industrial arts teacher from Hancock have been named winners of the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, receiving $50,000 as part of $1 million awarded to 18 trades teachers nationwide. Demetrius Wilson, who teaches engineering, robotics, and mechatronics at Oakland Schools

By |2020-10-15T17:43:28-04:00October 15th, 2020|ESD|

LTU Professor Gets Grant To Train Small Construction Companies On COVID Safety

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University is offering free COVID-19 safety training to construction firms with fewer than 100 employees under a grant from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The training will be offered on the east side of the state by Ahmed Al-Bayati, assistant professor of civil and architectural engineering at LTU. Construction firms interested

By |2020-10-15T18:00:17-04:00October 15th, 2020|Coronavirus, ESD, Science|

Study: 1.3 Million Jobs, $82 Billion In Wages Tied Directly To Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR—The Great Lakes support more than 1.3 million jobs that generate $82 billion in wages annually, according to a new analysis of 2018 economic data by Michigan Sea Grant. The coastal counties of the eight Great Lakes states produce 21% of the gross domestic product in the region and 5.8% of the U.S. GDP,

By |2020-10-15T16:00:01-04:00October 15th, 2020|Clean Update, ESD|