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IPC Report estimates world PCB pproduction at $58.6 billion.

According to IPC’s- World PCB Production Report for the Year 2015, world market for printed circuit boards (PCBs) reached estimated $58.6 billion in value. This number, while down 2.7% from 2014, represents 2.0% increase in PCB output growth when factoring out effects of exchange rate fluctuations. Report also shows real growth in PCB production value up in most regions worldwide. World PCB...

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NREL Report examines city-level carbon abatement energy policies.

In Estimating the National Carbon Abatement Potential of City Policies: A Data-Driven Approach," NREL examines carbon abatement potential of city actions in- 6 policy areas: building energy codes, public transit, building energy incentives, rooftop photovoltaics, smart growth, and municipal actions. Results indicate that these policy approaches could reduce nationwide carbon emissions by...

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ASTM International updates toy safety standard.

After collaboration over 5 years, leading experts in and advocates for toy safety have completed major revision to one of world's most widely used toy safety standards, which will be published as F963-16: Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Some updates include: new battery safety requirements; soaking and compression tests for magnets; changes to requirements for toys...

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NREL, Colleagues propose strategy for perovskite solar cells.

Strategy for producing stable, commercially available perovskite solar cells has been proposed by Kai Zhu and Keith Emery at NREL, in collaboration with Nam-Gyu Park (Korea), Michael Grätzel (Switzerland), and Tsutomu Miyasaka (Japan). Study highlights possible approaches to overcoming challenges preventing perovskite solar cells from being competitive. Details are found in the paper, Towards...

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NEMA Standard promotes uniformity for occupancy sensors.

NEMA published NEMA WD 7-2011 (R2016) Occupancy Motion Sensors Standard, which promotes uniformity in the use and application of occupancy motion sensors used in lighting control systems, HVAC, and other devices. Standard explains field of view and coverage characteristics relevant to vacancy and occupancy sensors using passive infrared, ultrasonic, or microwave technology. NEMA re-released...

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Paper in OSA Journal describes 360

As published in The Optical Society's (OSA) Optics Express by South Korean research team, 360-degree tabletop electronic holographic display"- describes tabletop display system that lets multiple viewers simultaneously view one hologram showing full 3D image as they walk around for complete 360° access. Resulting from novel viewing window design, multiple viewers can observe 3.2 in....

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Light Shaping Technique can potentially solve bandwidth issues.

In their paper presented at OSA Laser Congress, researchers, as led by Andrew Forbes,- demonstrate optical communication with >100 spatial modes. This is made possible by combining spatial multiplexing with wavelength division multiplexing (WDM). Researchers demonstrated that their technique can transmit data with 98% efficiency in laboratory free-space optical network and said this...

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ASHRAE commends Montreal Protocol amendment.

ASHRAE commends the governments involved in the adoption of the HFC amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which will result in a global phase down of production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Move comes as ASHRAE and leading U.S. government agencies, built environment associations and companies launch a multi-million dollar research program that will establish a more robust fact base...

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EPA calls for Green Chemistry Challenge Award nominations.

U.S. EPA announced its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product helping to protect public health and the environment. Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce the generation and use of hazardous chemicals. Nominations for innovative technologies are...

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Industry Growth powers largest PACK EXPO and PHARMA EXPO.

Scheduled for Nov 6-9, PACK EXPO and co-located Pharma EXPO 2016 projects as a record breaker with combined 50,000 attendees seeking new technologies and insights from 2,500-plus exhibitors over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. Shows offer several guide post destinations, such as The Materials & Containers Pavilion, The Processing Zone, The Reusable Packaging Pavilion, The Food...

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