Archive for May 22nd, 2013

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has released Knowledge Edge, a new online resource featuring in-depth educational manufacturing content. The subscription service has information available in multimedia formats, including e-books, technical papers, videos, and thousands of entries in an industry-validated manufacturing knowledge database.
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Although the significant increase in domestic natural gas production has considerably lowered energy prices in the U.S. and boosted the manufacturing sector, the long-expected jobs boom that could result from energy abundance has yet to materialize. Read more



Among the many issues that electric vehicles face in their quest to be adopted by millions of Americans is how long their batteries will be useful. The lithium-ion batteries being used in most EVs (electric vehicles) are recommended to be used only for 20 percent of their total capacity, because these lithium-ion batteries lose capacity with time and use.

After about three or four years, most EV batteries are worn down to about 80 percent strength, and their driving radius shrinks, requiring the battery to be replaced. These old batteries still have use, and scientists are now trying to figure out the best way to take the old batteries and use them for industrial or commercial purposes. Read more

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