Archive for August 9th, 2013

Strategies to connect veterans to advanced manufacturing jobs are moving beyond job postings and meet-and-greet hiring events. The newest emerging efforts include specialized technology training to help solve two key challenges at a fast pace: reintegrating thousands of ex-servicemen and women into civilian life and filling the shortage of high-skilled jobs across the industry.
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The 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency) standards are forcing auto designers to upgrade existing technology. The internal combustion engine can become a lot more efficient, but it will take a lot of intensely collaborative design work. In this episode of Product Design Show, Vince Penman and Allison Toepperwein cover some of these opportunities. Read more

Carrier's CO2-based air cooling system is ideal for use in shipping containers.

Carrier’s CO2-based air cooling system is ideal for use in shipping containers.

It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s actually true. Carrier Corp., the heating and air conditioning giant, has figured out a way to use carbon dioxide to reduce its carbon footprint.

How is that possible?

They have enlisted the troublesome gas for use as a refrigerant, one that is well-suited for a variety of commercial applications involving low-temperature cooling. It turns out that carbon dioxide, when used under high pressure, can function as a very effective refrigerant, producing cooling with significantly less energy than conventional CFC-based refrigerants. Read more

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