NREL's Energy Storage group, working with Energy Department, automotive battery developers, and car manufacturers, aim to enhance performance and durability of advanced lithium-ion batteries via crystalline nanotubes and nanorods to enable clean, secure transportation future. Scientists at NREL are able to create useful objects as well as guide their formations into particular shapes. Nanotubes and nanorods can be combined to aid battery charging while reducing swelling and shrinking. Read More
Available through AEM's Market Access Pathway training platform, REACH training will educate members about compliance with REACH regulations that could otherwise cut off global access to highly regulated markets. Training modules will teach companies and the vendors in their supply chain how to document substances used in manufacturing, their origin, and concentrations in each product. REACH lists 151 substances on its Substances of Very High Concern list and is expected to cover 440 by 2020. Read More
BIO invites biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industry leaders to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and poster presentations for 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, which will take place December 7–9, 2014 in San Diego, CA. Participants may submit proposals for panels in any of 5 program tracks, and individuals may also submit one proposal for 15 min presentation in any of program tracks. Read More
AIM Summit 2014, scheduled for September 8, 2014 in Washington, D.C., will bring together world leaders in automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry. This year's event will highlight latest technologies and industry trends as well as case studies, standards, and advances impacting organizations worldwide. Optional sessions, will let attendees participate in meetings of AIT Alliance and RAIN RFID Alliance. Registration is open to both members and non-members. Read More
U.S. EPA announced safer alternatives, as identified through Design for the Environment (DfE) Alternatives Assessment Program, to flame retardants hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE) used in such products as building insulation and products with flexible polyurethane foam. Respectively, report on alternatives to HBCD and updated draft report on alternatives to pentaBDE name butadiene styrene brominated copolymer and oligomeric phosphonate polyol. Read More
To correct errors found in internal audit, Ford Motor Company is revising fuel economy estimates for 6 of its vehicle models. Fuel economy labels on affected vehicles must be corrected within 15 days. Ford will re-label 4 versions of Ford Fiesta, Hybrid and Energi versions of Ford Fusion, C-Max Hybrid and Energi, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Most labels will change between 1 and 5 mpg. Also, Ford has agreed to implement enhanced validation tests for future vehicles under EPA oversight.
AAMA has published AAMA 1607, Voluntary Installation Guidelines for Unit Skylights." This document provides guideline for installing pre-assembled unit skylights onto roof. Intent of standard is to educate by providing clear illustrations and concise commentary on the principles involved to facilitate effective installation practice, when unit manufacturer has not provided such detail in their instructions. Proper preparations and roof safety also are addressed within standard. Read More
SME and 3D Systems announced collaborative M.Lab21 initiative, which aims to enhance high school industrial arts and vocational education classes by offering starter kits intended to transform shop classes and incorporate additive manufacturing into curriculums. While 3DS will provide starter kits with 3D design and printing technology, SME will work with industry experts to identify knowledge and skills necessary for next generation workforce and develop curriculum based on those needs. Read More