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ASM Alternative Energy Contributes to Significant Fine Line, High Aspect Ratio Conductor Printing Result on PERC Solar Cells

August 8, 2016

Working alongside long-time partner, Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH), ASM Alternative Energy (AE) has recently contributed to some of the industry’s most impressive solar cell printing results. Utilizing an ASM AE Eclipse metallization platform, VectorGuard™ Fine-Line Stencils, and precision metal squeegees in combination with ISFH’s proven PERC solar cell production... Read More

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NREL/DOE launch energy profiles for every U.S. city.

August 8, 2016

U.S. DOE and NREL have launched 2 new tools as part of Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning project. City Energy Profile tool uses data science methodologies to derive city-specific data for 23,400 cities across U.S. In addition to estimates of electricity and natural gas use and costs by sector, tool generates energy market profiles that provide data on fuel types. Communities can... Read More

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API Files Suit Against EPA for not adhering to CAA limitations.

August 5, 2016

API-filed lawsuit challenges Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final oil and natural gas sector rule calling for emission standards for new, reconstructed, and modified sources. Specifically, API challenges EPA's failure to adhere to specific limitations provided by Clean Air Act (CAA) on how the agency can develop regulations. Additionally, several industry groups... Read More

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NASA names new chair for Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.

August 4, 2016

Patricia Sanders has been named chair of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, a committee that reports to NASA and Congress on matters concerning agency's safety performance. Sanders served for 34 years in the federal government, retiring in 2008 as executive director of the Missile Defense Agency. As executive director, she was the senior civilian responsible for MDA's management and... Read More

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ANSI Accredited Committee stabilizes glow lamp standard.

August 4, 2016

NEMA announced that ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C78 stabilized ANSI C78.385-1961 (S2016) Methods of Measurement of Glow Lamps. Standard outlines the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be observed in testing glow lamps. ANSI C78.385-1961 (S2016) can be purchased in hard copy or as electronic download on the NEMA website. Read More

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JSC Giprogazoochistka Chooses Intergraph® SmartPlant® Solutions for Complex Refinery Projects

August 4, 2016

Foremost Russian engineering service provider improves plant design integrity with Intergraph Process, Power Marine HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - JSC Giprogazoochistka, a leading Russian engineering company specializing in oil and gas processing and petrochemical industries, has chosen Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine solutions to improve in-house engineering design processes. The main reason the... Read More

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CAS strengthens its commitment to science and innovation.

August 3, 2016

CAS, a division of American Chemical Society, announced 2016 SciFinder® Future Leaders program, which will be held Aug 15-20, providing selected international PhD students and postdoctoral researchers opportunities to collaborate with CAS scientists, innovators, and business leaders. Individuals will expand their professional network and build connections; strengthen SciFinder proficiency and... Read More

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NREL Technique improves perovskite solar cell conversion efficacy.

August 3, 2016

In collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, scientists at NREL devised method to increase perovskite solar cells efficiency (19%), reliability, and reproducibility. Research involving hybrid halide perovskite solar cells shows treating them with methyl ammonium bromide solution repairs defects and thereby improves efficiency. Scientists converted low-quality... Read More

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AAMA releases updated sealants document.

August 3, 2016

AAMA recently released updated document describing test procedures and specifications required for sealants. AAMA 800 document, "Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants," contains group of documents utilized in the construction and installation of fenestration products. Beginning with the 2016 publication, these documents remain connected, but have been separated as... Read More

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SPE announces Best Paper Award winners.

August 3, 2016

Organizing committee for SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition announced Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award winners. Authors who received highest average ratings by peer reviewers include: Sebastian Goris, a doctoral student at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Ying Fan, a research engineer in Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Western University; and... Read More

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Automated Manufacturing Service produces reagent blisters.

August 3, 2016

Designed for customers experiencing rapid growth in commercialization of microfluidic-based diagnostics, J-Pac's high-volume automated manufacturing capabilities can provide tens of millions of on-chip reagent blisters. Capabilities include precision reagent filling for single and multiple-well formats with in-line quality control; self-diagnostics with automated detection of non-conforming... Read More

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Ten Manufacturing Professionals elected to SME College of Fellows.

August 2, 2016

SME elected Joseph Beaman, Sandra Bouckley, Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Brad L. Kinsey, Ashok Kumar, Lonnie Love, ZJ Pei, Tony Schmitz, and Hong-Chao Zhang to its 2016 College of Fellows. In addition to contributions to manufacturing, 2016 honorees have, through teaching, leadership and guidance, helped students and young professionals in their own pursuits of advanced... Read More

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IPC North American PCB Stats show sales up, orders down in June.

August 2, 2016

Compared to June 2015, results from IPC's June 2016 North American PCB Statistical Program show strong PCB sales growth and decreased orders; book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.98. Total North American PCB shipments in June 2016 were 9.7% above same month last year, and YTD growth was up 6.1% for first 6 months. Compared to May, June shipments were up 18.9%. PCB bookings decreased 9.7%... Read More

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IPC the First Automotive Stand on Performance Requirements for Rigid Printed Boards

August 1, 2016

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA — In September of 2015, IPC delivered revision D of IPC-6012, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards. Building on this base standard, IPC has developed the first automotive addendum, IPC-6012DA, Automotive Applications Addendum to IPC-6012D Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards. This addendum addresses the... Read More

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U.S. EPA and DOJ announce settlement with Cemex, Inc.

August 1, 2016

To resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, Cemex, Inc. will invest approximately $10 million to cut emissions of harmful air pollution at 5 of its cement manufacturing plants in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. Under consent decree lodged in U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Tennessee, Cemex will also pay $1.69 million civil penalty, conduct energy audits at 5 plants,... Read More

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EPA and NIEHS Award $28 Million to university children's centers.

August 1, 2016

To promote health and well-being in communities with children, U.S. EPA announced near $28 million in joint funding with National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for 5 Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers. Dr. James H. Johnson, Director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research, noted that said funding will lend to... Read More

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SPE Appoints Eve Vitale as Foundation Director.

August 1, 2016

SPE appointed Eve Vitale as its Foundation Director. Along with 6 years of corporate and foundation fundraising experience in automotive and plastics industries, Vitale brings with her 10 years of curriculum development and teaching. SPE managing director Russell C. Broome called her a "well-respected expert in the plastics industry and plastics academia" and cited her "extensive experience in... Read More

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Lighting Systems Index shows mixed results in Q1 2016.

August 1, 2016

Measuring demand for lighting equipment, NEMA's Lighting Systems Shipments Index decreased 0.8% quarter-to-quarter and posted 0.6% increase year-over-year during Q1 2016. Fixtures and emergency lighting, which are components of said index, gained on year-over-year basis, while other components – ballasts, miniature lamps, and large lamps – recorded year-over-year declines. Read More

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NEMA Paper addresses selective coordination.

August 1, 2016

NEMA published NEMA ABP 1-2016 Selective Coordination of Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers. Purpose of paper is to provide guidance to engineers regarding National Electrical Code® requirements for selective coordination. Paper specifically addresses how to comply with these requirements for low-voltage circuit breakers. Originally developed in 2010 by NEMA Molded Case Circuit Breakers Committee,... Read More

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Camtronics, S.A. Purchases Scienscope X-Scope 2000

August 1, 2016

Chino, CA - July 2016 - Scienscope International, a complete inspection solutions provider, is pleased to announce the recent sale of an X-Scope 2000 to Camtronics, S.A., a contract manufacturer for the aerospace, medical, telcom, and industrial sectors. Camtronics recently purchased an X-SCOPE 2000 X-Ray Inspection System from Scienscope: a full featured, high-performance x-ray inspection system... Read More