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FABTECH 2016 explores manufacturing's future.

Oct 21, 2016

FABTECH 2016 will examine the future of manufacturing with three forward-looking panel sessions at this year's show, taking place Nov. 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The sessions — State of the Industry: Post-Election Analysis; Development Trends in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing; and Advanced Manufacturing: Creating Competitive Advantages for Product Development — will... Read More

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IPC Report estimates world PCB pproduction at $58.6 billion.

Oct 21, 2016

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... Read More

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NREL Report examines city-level carbon abatement energy policies.

Oct 21, 2016

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... Read More

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ASTM International updates toy safety standard.

Oct 21, 2016

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... Read More

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EPA calls for Green Chemistry Challenge Award nominations.

Oct 20, 2016

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... Read More

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Industry Growth powers largest PACK EXPO and PHARMA EXPO.

Oct 20, 2016

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... Read More

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NREL, Colleagues propose strategy for perovskite solar cells.

Oct 20, 2016

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... Read More

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NEMA Standard promotes uniformity for occupancy sensors.

Oct 20, 2016

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... Read More

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Paper in OSA Journal describes 360° viewable holographic display.

Oct 20, 2016

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... Read More

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Light Shaping Technique can potentially solve bandwidth issues.

Oct 20, 2016

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... Read More

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ASHRAE commends Montreal Protocol amendment.

Oct 20, 2016

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... Read More

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Husky's HyperSync Integrated Specialty Closure System feature accurate and controlled closing of flip-top closures.

Oct 19, 2016

Designed to work together with mold, machine, hot runner and auxiliaries, HyperSync™ is a synchronized system that combines intelligent features and networking capabilities that highlight Industry 4.0-level connectivity, which delivers faster cycle times at a lower total part cost, with no impact to product quality. Useful in medical and specialty packaging fields, system comes with eIMC™... Read More

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A PEAK in Award Recognition for Western States

Oct 19, 2016

Western States Envelope Label already has an 8-year streak of PEAK Award recognition, but this year was particularly special. For the first time in PEAK history, Western States’ entries were judged against all others and determined to be some of the best overall. Efforts to help Mer-Sea Co. create product labels earned Western States a 2016 Gold PEAK Award, as well as a 2016 Silver PEAK Award... Read More

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The Optical Society celebrates 100 years of innovation.

Oct 19, 2016

For 100 years, The Optical Society (OSA) and its 19,275+ global members have been at the forefront of innovation. OSA's hometown celebration of its 100th anniversary coincided with OSA's 100th annual meeting at Frontiers in Optics Conference and Exhibition. To celebrate OSA's 100th anniversary, OSA President Alan Willner remarked, "The Optical Society is to provide... Read More

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Microseismic Analysis Service optimizes oil and gas recovery.

Oct 19, 2016

Using statistical approach to understanding seismicity and reservoir processes, Flow Dynamics Suite™ helps optimize hydraulic fracture efficiencies. Selection of dynamic parameters helps identify processes that play important roles in dynamic expansion of fracture network during hydraulic fracture stimulations while evaluating reservoir deformation efficiency. Information helps optimize... Read More

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ASC Launches 2015-2019 Report regarding water-based adhesives.

Oct 19, 2016

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) started pre-sales of 2015–2019 Water Based Adhesives in North America Market Report. Dan Murad (ChemQuest Group, Inc.) will present overview of said report during ASC Fall Convention in Indianapolis on October 19, 2016. Report focuses on primary interviews among key industry stakeholders, including end users and influencers in such sub-segments, entities, and... Read More

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GBMP holds Annual Northeast Lean Conference.

Oct 18, 2016

GBMP held its 12th Annual Northeast Lean Conference in Worcester, MA, attracting more than 600 professionals in the manufacturing, healthcare, and service industries, and providing networking and education on the subject of Lean and Continuous Improvement. Conference featured 5 keynote presentations, plus 35 practitioner presentations emphasizing tacit nature of implementing Lean, importance of... Read More

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SPE announces SPE Foundation scholarship recipients.

Oct 18, 2016

SPE has announced the winners of the 2016 scholarship program administered by SPE Foundation, including 42 scholarships totaling over $110,000. Awards are made to students who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry. SPE Foundation supports the development of plastics professionals by funding and supporting quality educational programs, scholarships, and student... Read More

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IPC announces ESD Control certification courses.

Oct 18, 2016

Together with EOS/ESD Association, Inc., IPC has developed standardized ESD training and certification courses for the electronics industry, addressing ESD controls and best practices. Online ESD Certification Program allows users to validate their knowledge and skills by passing an exam on ESD principles. Delivered on IPC learning management system, IPC EDGE, courses will provide professional... Read More

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EPA acts on new chemical law to fast-track 5 chemicals.

Oct 17, 2016

EPA is taking swift steps to carry out requirements in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act and to reduce exposure to certain persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. Five chemicals to receive expedited action are: Decabromodiphenyl ethers (DecaBDE), Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), Pentachlorothio-phenol (PCTP), Tris... Read More