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CEA Smart Grid Products Added to Catalog of Standards
Arlington, VA — According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Recommended Practice for the Installation of Smart Grid Devices, CEA/CEDIA-CEB29, has been added to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's Catalog of Standards. Today's homes include many products that connect to each other over a ...
Juki Expands into New Silicon Valley Site
By Jacob Fattal
Fremont, CA — It was bound to happen. After all, the bulk of Juki's business has been in California's Silicon Valley for years and, in fact, West Coast customers had been serviced from a stocking distribution site in Fremont. Now that role has been vastly expanded with the official opening ...
Huawei Biggest Gainer in Global PV Inverter Market
El Segundo, CA — Despite SMA and ABB maintaining their first and second market-share rankings, both companies' market share for the first three quarters of the year has declined. According to the latest "PV Inverter Market Tracker" report from the Power and Energy service of IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS), SMA ...
NIST Issues New Revision of Guide to Assessing Security Safeguards
Gaithersburg, MD — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final version of the 2014 update to its core guide to assessing the security and privacy safeguards for federal information systems and organizations. The revised guide was issued in draft for public comment last August ...
Using Innovation to Improve Manufacturing
By Gary Walker, Vice President, JAVAD EMS
Founding a new company during an economic downturn may seem counterproductive, but that's how JAVAD EMS started out four years ago — during an economic downturn — with the belief that both equipment and process investments had to be made to keep pace with the company's technology ...
Michael Carano Appointed IPC Ambassador Council Chair
Bannockburn, IL — Michael Carano, director of new products and business development with OM Group Electronic Chemicals, LLC, has been appointed as the new chairman of the IPC Ambassador Council. Carano, who currently serves on IPC's Board of Directors, succeeds the late Dieter Bergman.
Linde, Sandia Partner to Expand Hydrogen Fueling Network
Livermore, CA — Sandia National Laboratories and industrial gas giant Linde LLC have signed an umbrella Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) that is expected to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy and industrial technologies, beginning with hydrogen and fuel cells.
Streamlining Solar Thin-Film CIGS Plant
By Jim McMahon
Despite photovoltaics (PV) being one the fastest-growing energy technologies, the sharp decline of price levels in the worldwide solar module market has forced manufacturers to re-engineer production processes and streamline their operations to stay competitive.
Fuel Cell Infrastructure Getting Better
By Walter Salm
Sacramento, CA — Fuel cell powered automobiles are very hungry for hydrogen and a badly needed infrastructure is being put in place in fits and starts. With nine operational hydrogen filling stations, California has more such installations than any other state in the U.S. And it ...
IPC Study Forecasts Moderate PCB Growth Through 2017
Bannockburn, IL — The North American printed circuit board (PCB) market saw a moderate decline in 2013, but moderate growth is forecast through 2017, according to IPC's 2013-2014 Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America.
Onshoring Rules at Syncron EMS
By Megan Jurgens, Syncron
Onshoring has many faces, and the most important one is to simply keep the business at home, providing jobs that had flown overseas for many years. There are several aspects to this, most importantly to provide customer OEMs with exactly the product they want without delays, language ...
Sensors Everywhere, Privacy Nowhere Says Purdue Prof
By Steve Tally, email@example.com
West Lafayette, IN — Just as we are coming to grips with having less privacy in our lives thanks to the Internet, a new use of the technology is poised to present new questions about security and privacy, and create a new threat to society.
NIST Megacities Carbon Project Named "Project to Watch" by UN
Gaithersburg, MD — A greenhouse gas field measurement research program developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several collaborating institutions has been named a "Project to Watch" by a United Nations organization that focuses on harnessing big data for worldwide ...
IPC World PCB Production Report: $59.4 Billion for 2013
Bannockburn, IL — The world market for PCBs declined an estimated 2.2 percent in real terms in 2013, although real growth in North America was positive at 0.8 percent, according to IPC's World PCB Production Report for the Year 2013. Developed by a team of the world's leading PCB industry analysts, the annual ...
IPC Electronics Assembly Standards Updated
Bannockburn, IL — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries — has released the "F" revisions of two of the industry's most widely used standards, IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. The documents ...
Siemens Hosts DEK & SIPLACE Press Event for Merger Announcement
By Jacob Fattal
Amberg, Germany — It's been the worst-kept secret in the industry, in fact it was "announced" prematurely at productronica last November, but now it's really official: ASM has acquired DEK in a move to provide an integrated production line solution for its customers. The "official ...
Semiconductor Equipment Posts Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.07
San Jose, CA — North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.07 means that $107 worth ...
Tesla and Panasonic to Build Giga Battery Factory in the U.S.
Osaka, Japan and Palo Alto, CA — Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors, Inc. have signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States, known as the Gigafactory. According to the agreement, Tesla will prepare, provide and ...
NIST Issues Global City Teams Challenge to Create Smart Cities
Gaithersburg, MD — Can the world's cities cooperate to improve the global quality of life? We'll find out soon enough. The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners have kicked off the year-long Global City Teams Challenge, to help communities around ...
New IPC Report Highlights On-Shoring in North America
Bannockburn, IL — A new report in IPC's series of on-shoring studies, "On-Shoring in the North American Electronics Industry: Update on Trends and the Impact on Companies," has been published by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries
. Presenting data collected by IPC over the past two years ...
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