President Robert Miller and Future Electronics Host Free DevCon Seminars

Pointe Claire, Quebec- –- Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, and its President, Robert Miller, are hosting several free informational DevCon seminars. The seminars will present the building blocks of the new Renesas Synergy platform, with experts providing educational insight on the following topics: - Deep dive into the Renesas Synergy Software...

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NREL Method monitors materials during manufacturing.

NREL has issued patent for method that rapidly characterizes specialized materials during manufacturing without interrupting workflow. Characterization of materials is accomplished via wide-angular illumination on conveyor belt or roll-to-roll processing platform. Spectral imaging and reciprocal optics are then utilized to assess features such as thickness, surface conditions, and uniformity....

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NREL puts claims for solar cell efficiency to the test.

To test how effective a photovoltaic device is, NREL uses solar simulators that can produce from 1-sun—which equals 1,000 W/m-²—to about 2,000 suns. Solar Cell Efficiency Tables list records set by 23 different technologies. NREL validated 6 records, including one for mechanically stacked solar cell made of gallium indium phosphide and crystalline silicon that was developed jointly by NREL...

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HR Strategies promote employee health and safety.

While tasked with helping to ensure employee health and safety, human resource (HR) departments do not solely facilitate all components of employee wellbeing. Managers should, therefore, further encourage and sustain employee health and safety in the workplace. To accomplish this,- 4 practices are recommended: establishing open communication, implementation of strict safety policies,...

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ASC Launches University Tour Program to garner industry interest.

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announced its first university tour program. With- 5 stops planned in 2016, program will showcase industry to prospective employees at universities and colleges- that- provide- adhesives and sealants focus within their curriculum.- Each ASC University Tour, featuring presentation, Q&A session, and informal networking opportunity,- will share market...

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American National Standards Institute

ANSI seeks comments on new ISO field of activity.

International Organization for Standardization has circulated proposal for new field of activity on location requirements of urban pedestrian bridge assemblies in cities. A pedestrian bridge or footbridge is an elevated structure designed to facilitate safe access for pedestrians as they cross from one side of a traffic-heavy road or highway to the other. As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI...

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NIST announces new round of SBIR program grants.

NIST Small Business Innovation Research program is announcing that its FY 2016 Federal Funding Opportunity is open. SBIR is a competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federally funded- research and development- opportunities that have potential for commercialization. Phase I is used to determine the technical feasibility of the research and will close on April...

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Study helps assess biosimilarity of protein drugs.

Interlaboratory study of 4 versions of a therapeutic protein drug—all manufactured from living cells—reports that an established analytical tool akin to magnetic resonance imaging reliably assessed atomic structures of biologically similar products, yielding equivalent of a fingerprint for each. Described in Nature Biotechnology, findings demonstrate that 2D nuclear magnetic resonance...

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American National Standards Institute

US DOT Report addresses dedicated short-range communications.

U.S. DOT released report to Congress assessing status of dedicated short-range communications technology and applications for short-range communications between vehicles and infrastructures. While report found that DSRC is ready for deployment and emphasized that DSRC-based technologies offer a path to a safer and more efficient surface transportation system, it also revealed that DOT is aiming...

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ASHRAE Calls for Papers for 2017 Winter Conference.

ASHRAE issued call for papers for 2017 Winter Conference in Las Vegas, NV (January 28 to February 1, 2017). Specifically, papers are being sought on conference's new tracks- as well as- other prevailing industry issues. These include rate of technology advancement, climate change, mission-critical design and operation advances, and more.- Abstracts for conference papers are due March 14, 2016,...

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