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Promoting Industrial Evolution

Fortnightly Magazine - August 1995

offers companies a variety of other services. Clean Air Act seminars held within a 100-mile radius of ETAC explain how the lab can help PP&L customers improve productivity, energy efficiency, and environmental impact. Factory process assessments enable ETAC staff and PP&L field engineers to identify areas for improvement.

Once lab investigations substantiate the value of a new electrotechnology, ETAC engineers help incorporate it into a customer's full-scale manufacturing process. These same engineers also train plant personnel on how to operate the new equipment.

"Our goal this year," says Sames, "is to bring additional electrotechnologies into the lab that will help industrial customers become more competitive. We're looking at radio frequency technology for drying fabrics and curing furniture adhesives, for instance. We're also looking at microwave and electron-beam heating. If someone out there has an idea we haven't thought of, we want to look at that as well." t

William M. Smith is executive project manager for industrial competitiveness at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA. ETAC director Tom Shaughnessy oversees the Center's day-to-day operations.

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