IEEE Arrowhead Roving Social @ Bent Paddle

Your Arrowhead section would like to invite members and accompanying co-workers to an exciting social meet and greet at Bent Paddle in Duluth’s Lincoln Park.  There is no agenda and no meeting, just get together and enjoy a few beverages from the good folks at Bent Paddle and network with fellow engineers and IEEE members.  This events is going to be 5:30PM on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at Bent Paddle, 1912 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN.  These social events will be hosted monthly on the third week of the month,  the day and the location will vary, so check your email or the web site (http://ewh.ieee.org/r4/arrowhead/ or just ask Google for “ieee arrowhead”) for the next opportunity.

IEEE members get two (2) complimentary beers and non-member engineers and technical folks get one (1).  Members please bring your IEEE membership card.  Please RSVP to wschwalb@ieee.org so I know how many to expect although RSVP is not required.

Thanks and hope to see you all there!

Bill

Calendar File

Presentation on Raspberry Pi on Wednesday, May 15th 2013

The Raspberry Pi is an ultra-inexpensive ($25-$35) credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK with the intention of promoting computer science fundamentals in schools. Linux-based operating systems are the most popular way to run software by using a SD card to boot the system, run programs plus provide local data storage. Our presenter, Clay Helberg, will show a few applications that can run on the Raspberry Pi including office software and video playback plus introduce some interesting projects completed using this computer.
The meeting will be at the Hammond Steak House (at the base of the Blatnik Bridge) 1402 N. 5th Street, Superior, WI. There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by dinner from 6:00-7:00PM and presentations and meeting discussion after dinner. Please RSVP by Noon Tue., May 14th to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Presentation on ECM Motors on Thursday, February 21st 2013

Perhaps you’ve noticed an ECMotor rebate offer included in your electric bill? Electronically Commutated Motors, or ECMotors, are based on a brushless DC permanent magnet design that is more efficient than the shaded-pole or split-phase motors found in older home heating and cooling system fans. The rotating magnetic fields in ECMotors are controlled by a microprocessor which provides the ability to maintain higher efficiencies across a wide range of speeds. Home fractional horsepower air-handling applications in long-running appliances such as furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners yield up to 67% in power savings.
The meeting will be at the Hammond Steak House (at the base of the Blatnik Bridge) 1402 N. 5th Street, Superior, WI. There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by dinner from 6:00-7:00PM and presentations and meeting discussion after dinner. Please RSVP by Noon Wed., February 19th to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Presentation: Denfeld H.S. FIRST Robotics on Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in six-weeks starting with a standard “kit of parts” and set of rules. Duluth’s Denfeld Hunters, team #4009, competed in their initial FIRST tournament this past spring. Even though the Denfeld Hunters did not progress into the finals, they’ve made the experience a learning opportunity for next year’s competition. The Hunters 2012 robot was assembled in the school’s auto mechanics shop and also at Arrowhead Machinists across the street from the school. Denfeld also needs engineering mentors to help with their 2013 design.

The dinner and presentation will be from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. FREE catered Dinner will follow the presentation in the Denfeld cafeteria. Denfeld High School is located at 4405 West 4th Street, Duluth, MN. Please RSVP by Noon, Wed., November 7th. To RSVP, please contact Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Chevy Volt Presentationi from Kolar on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

General Motors’ plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt can be driven 35 EPA-estimated miles on battery power alone before the on-board gasoline engine starts. Each Volt has 100 electronic controllers, roughly 10 million lines of software code and its very own IP address. The electric motor provides 273 lb.-ft. of torque and test track speeds of 100 mph, making the whisper-quite propulsion more capable than other hybrids. Liquid cooled batteries and electronics help insure long battery life and system reliability. The EPA gas mode rating of 35 mpg city / 40 mpg hwy. only tells part of the story; Drivers with a daily round-trip commute of less than 35 miles may not have to fill up their gas tanks for weeks.

The presentation will be from 6:30PM to 7:30PM. Dinner will follow the tour at Azteca Mexican Grill, 2324 Mountain Shadow Dr., Duluth MN. The Kolar dealership is located at 4770 W Arrowhead, Hermantown, MN. Please RSVP by Noon, Wed., September 25th. To RSVP, please contact Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Tour: Silicon Energy MN, LLC on Friday, July 13th, 2012

Silicon Energy manufactures durable glass-on-glass frameless solar panel modules at their 25,000 square-foot facility in Mountain Iron, MN. Their ‘Cascade’ PV modules are designed to increase performance by shedding rain, dirt, snow and ice found in harsh climates. Silicon Energy invested years of effort into making their ‘Cascade’ PV panels UL 1703 certified and thereby eligible for programs like the “Made-in-Minnesota” solar incentive. Silicon Energy opened their first facility outside Seattle, WA followed by this plant on the Iron Range in response to government and utility renewable energy initiatives.

The Tour will be from 10:30AM to 12:00PM. Lunch will follow the tour at Grandma’s Restaurant, 1302 S 12th Avenue, Virginia, MN. The facility is located at 8787 Silicon Way, Mt. Iron MN 55768. Please RSVP by Noon, Wed., July 11th. To RSVP, please contact Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

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