Archive for October 22nd, 2013

Women at the forefront of industry, from business executives to budding talent, will be the focus of the third annual Women in Manufacturing Summit which begins today in Dearborn, Mich.
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In his latest Expert’s Corner, Michael Keating outlines social media resources that manufacturers can rely on after a disaster. This is Keating’s third installment of a series on disaster planning and recovery. Keating discussed preserving the supply chain here. Future installments in his disaster series will cover helpful manufacturing consortiums and document recovery.  Read more

Electronic three dimensional plastic printer during work in school laboratory

The emerging field of direct digital manufacturing (DDM) is showing promise as a solution for contract manufacturers. Often equated with 3D printing (but in reality a broader field), DDM could be an attractive option for manufacturers that are often called upon to produce small batches of parts or products at a fast turnaround.  Read more

CCD sensor on a card

Advances in the ability to move, manipulate, and display information have lately outstripped those in most other areas. In doing so, sensor technologies have not only created tremendous value for product manufacturers, but have truly changed the world. Read more


ID-100109068Global wind capacity reached 296.25 GW by the end of June, despite adding only 13.98 GW worldwide in the first six months of the year, according to a new report from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA). The increase is well below what was added in the first half of 2012 and 2011, when 16.5 GW and 18.4 GW were added, respectively, the group said.

The growth would have been much more if not for severe cutbacks in wind installations in the U.S., the report states.

WWEA estimates global wind capacity grew by 5 percent in the first half (after 7 percent in the same period in 2012 and 9 percent in 2011), and 16.6 percent on an annual basis from mid-2012 to mid-2013. The annual growth rate in 2012 was significantly higher, at 19 percent. Read more


Indium-doped tin telluride could capture heat from a car’s tailpipe and convert it to power the car’s electronics. Credit: Ron A. Parker.

A new substance could boost vehicle mileage by 5 percent and power plant and industrial processing performance as much as 10 percent, according to an announcement from the University of Houston and the Texas Center for Superconductivity. The material is non-toxic, and it works by better recovering waste heat from combustion processes.

The breakthrough uses tin telluride doped with the chemical element indium. Telluride has been studied for years, said Zhifeng Ren, M.D. Anderson Chair professor of physics at UH and lead author of a paper describing the work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But telluride contains lead, which prohibits the material from being used commercially, despite its strong thermoelectric properties.  Read more


In Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation, economist Tyler Cowen presents solutions to the challenges outlined in his New York Times bestseller The Great Stagnation. Read more

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