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Tom Ewing’s Environmental Report

* I’ll be attending the Lake Erie “Project Icebreaker” meeting this week in Lakewood, OH. This is a unique project, for a number of reasons. It’s a pilot wind energy project backed by US DOE, now seeking funding for design, permits, construction and decommissioning. PI is the result of at least five years of work by the Lake Erie Energy Development Company, which includes the City of Cleveland, business groups and public sector partners in Pennsylvania. The meeting gives the public a chance to comment on the the scope of a required Environmental Assessment. The Corp of Engineers and the Coast Guard are DOE partners. (Send a text if you want to meet afterwards and track down Cleveland’s finest: a Great Lakes Brewing Co. Burning River Pale Ale. First round’s on me…)

* Ever heard of NACEPT? The National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology? It was established by EPA in 1988 “to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues.” The Council has scheduled an October 17 teleconference to discuss a draft report regarding actions that EPA should take in response to technological and sociological developments in the area of citizen science. WHAT? Citizen science… I’m trying to find out… Unfortunately the citizen science draft for 10/17 is not yet ready for review. Advise if you want an update.

* EPA opened a new initiative last week called “The National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports.” This is an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions from diesel-powered ships, trucks and other port equipment at all port types and sizes through a variety of strategies and cleaner technologies. EPA writes that “this is great news for the roughly 39 million Americans who live and breathe near these centers of commerce.” (Hopefully it’s just as great for the peeps who still have jobs there *:)) laughing!) I’m not sure if this is linked to the citizen scientists mentioned above but in an older document (Nov., 2015, not that old) titled “Environmental Justice Research Roadmap” citizen science is repeatedly referenced as a tool helpful for regulators seeking to address air quality problems at ports. Citizen science…hmmmm… gotta think about that…

 

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Caterpillar Enters Home and Outdoor Power Market

unknownCaterpillar is entering the home and outdoor power market with the introduction of portable generators — the Cat® RP Series.

The new generators are designed to provide reliable backup or recreational power to residential users and portable power to professional contractors who need to power tools and lights on the job. The initial models of portable generators in the Cat RP Series range in size and power from 3.6 kW to 7.5 kW in North America and 2.5 kW to 4.4 kW in Europe.

This product is available to purchase through a new multi-channel distribution approach — including Cat Dealers, local retailers, and eventually national retailers and wholesalers — which will serve as Cat Home & Outdoor Power Authorized Sales and Service Centers.

cat-rp3600-generator-stand-alone-garage“This is about providing a new customer base with the right solutions for their home and outdoor power needs that reflect the reliability, rugged capabilities and quality with which Cat products are known,” said George Taylor, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for the Marketing & Digital Division and the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“We want to connect these customers to Caterpillar’s decades of experience in the electric power business, and this new distribution approach means we can do just that,” Taylor explained.

The new products will be introduced to distribution networks in the U.S. and Canada over the remainder of 2016 with a move into European networks late in the year.

cat-rp3600-generator-stand-alone-grass cat-rp5500e-generator-in-landscape-application cat-rp6500e-generator-in-construction-applicationAn expanded home and outdoor power portfolio is under development with more product launches anticipated in 2017. For more information on the new generator line, visit: http://www.cat.com/homeandoutdoorpower.

 

CASE Names Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District Winner of the Dire States Equipment Grant

 

Case LogoTioga County will use $25,000 in free equipment rental from CASE to enact real change by training local public works and highway departments in proper stream and water management to mitigate damages from future flood events on area communities and infrastructure.

CASE Construction Equipment has awarded the $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant to the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Tioga County, New York. The SWCD will use the equipment as part of its Environmentally Sensitive Stream Maintenance Program that works with municipal officials and highway department staff to ensure scientifically sound maintenance practices in streams and waterways to mitigate damages from future flooding events. Local flooding events have had considerable impact on local infrastructure and communities in recent years.

tioga_county_swcd“Tioga County historically has been impacted by a number of both flash flood and flooding events,” says Wendy Walsh, director, Tioga County SWCD. “These have had a significant impact on our infrastructure including culverts, bridges and roadways. Benefits of this program will include improved coordination and cooperation between municipal staff and the SWCD, as well as expediting the permitting process with regulating agencies as municipal departments show their growing knowledge of stream function and processes.”

SWCD will use the grant to procure construction equipment from CASE dealer Monroe Tractor to support the program. New training programs will begin this fall and extend into 2017.

“The Tioga County SWCD project stood out to us because of its impact on multiple phases of infrastructure, from inland waterways to roads and bridges,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “That’s our goal with Dire States: impacting real infrastructure change at the local level to show how each community can affect change across numerous modes of infrastructure. This program embodies that for us.”

The grant was awarded after soliciting submissions nationwide from local communities to use heavy equipment to improve a critical piece of infrastructure. The winner was chosen by a committee of representatives from CASE. For more information on Dire States, and to see how the grant is being put to use, visit DireStates.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

DT Research Delivers Rugged Tablets Purpose-built for Industry with Lower TCO than Consumer Devices

dt395cr_win10_frontleft_8851Cost-effective IP65 Rated Tablets Beat Consumer Devices in Durability, Reliability, Productivity and Security

DT Research, a designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, recently announced the DT395CR and DT395GS Rugged Tablets designed for the unique needs of vertical industries, but cost less than consumer-grade tablets over the lifetime of the product. The DT395 tablets are highly durable built to withstand extreme environments, designed with fully integrated options to eliminate easily broken attachments in mission critical scenarios and include security, privacy and productivity settings.

“Many businesses have adopted mobile tablets with the goal of increasing productivity by leveraging the versatile tablet form-factor,” said Daw Tsai Sc.D., president of DT Research. “But companies in construction, field service, logistics, manufacturing and warehousing have found that consumer-grade tablets are too fragile for their environment often requiring costly repairs and replacements that introduces expensive downtime. Our new DT395 rugged tablets give vertical industries exactly what they need with high reliability and lower TCO over the lifetime of the product.”

According to a VDC Research study, the average annual TCO (total cost of ownership) of a ruggedized tablet is 22% lower than the average annual TCO of a non-rugged tablet. The study found average failure rates for non-rugged tablets is 15.2% compared to 6.9% for rugged tablets. Lost productivity, as a result of mobile device failure, was a leading contributor to higher TCO for non-rugged tablets. Mobile workers lost an average of 52-80 minutes of productivity when their mobile device failed. (Source: VDC Research, Total Cost of Ownership Models for Mobile Computing and Wireless Platforms, Third Edition.)

Reliability

Unlike consumer-grade tablets, the DT395CR and DT395GS ruggedized tablets are designed to be used in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments with full HD anti-reflection outdoor viewable displays. The tablets are IP65 and MIL-STD-810G rated to withstand 4-foot drops, broad temperatures (-4°F to 140°F) and resist water, dust and humidity.

“We tried iPads, but they were not suited for our environment,” said Marty Phillips, Director of Engineering at Murray Equipment, Inc. “Our customers do millions of dollars of fertilizer loading within an 8-week window in a broad range of weather conditions. If a remote control tablet is down for even an hour, it’s a significant revenue loss. We have used DT Research rugged tablets in our automated liquid handling facilities across the U.S. for more than three years with no downtime or repair/replacement costs. The reliability of DT Research’s rugged tablets is unmatched.”

The DT395CR and DT395GS have an 8.9 inch display with 1920×1200 resolution and capacitive touch, weighing only 2.87 pounds. The tablets run on an Intel® Atom Quad Coreä CPU with 4GB RAM running Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise OS.

The DT395GS tablet is designed for field applications with a high-accuracy GNSS module that is compatible with existing GIS software for mapping applications and brings together the advanced workflow for GIS data capture, accurate positioning, and data transmission. The u-blox M8 GNSS module is capable of concurrent reception of GPS and GLONASS for up to 2 meter accuracy.

Security, Privacy & Productivity Settings

The DT395 tablets leverage advanced Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS security including Device Guard, combining hardware and software security to lock down a device so that it can only run trusted applications. The DT395 also includes Lock Down features to protect against malicious users while providing a custom defined user experience.

Bluetooth, WiFi, and RFID can pose a security issue when using consumer-grade tablets within a business environment. DT Research DT395 rugged tablets can be purpose-built with a camera privacy mode and/or preconfigured with Bluetooth, RFID and WiFi disable functions. The DT395 rugged tablets can also eliminate access to internet or social media applications to address productivity challenges.

Fully Integrated Options

DT Research offers customizable options for the DT395CR and DT395GS including an optimized OS and BIOS. Customers can choose to have the options below fully-integrated.

  • 3G WWAN or 4G LTE
  • 2D Barcode Scanner
  • Class 1 Bluetooth (1000 feet)
  • Camera (5 Megapixel back camera)
  • GNSS Module (u-blox M8)
  • HF/RFID 13.56MHz reader
  • HDMI-in and Ethernet port
  • 6-pin push/pull connector for EIA/RS-232/485/422, USB port and Ethernet port

Pricing and Availability

For more information, go to www.dtresearch.com/Industry/products/Rugged-Tablets/DT395CR/index.html and www.dtresearch.com/Industry/products/Rugged-GNSS-Tablet/DT395GS/index.html.

About DT Research

For more information, visit www.dtresearch.com or follow @dtresearch, #MobileTablets and #RuggedTablets.

 

 

 

 

Making the Grade: The Benefits of 2-D Machine Guidance and Control Systems

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