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2020 Edison Awards call for nominations

The Edison Awards is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Nomination deadline for the 2020 awards is Nov. 22, 2019.

US Department of Energy to hold fifth CyberForce Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy will host its fifth CyberForce Competition on November 16. The event, held at 10 of the DOE’s National Laboratories across the U.S., will challenge 105 college teams to defend a simulated energy infrastructure from cyber-attacks.

NASA, University of Alabama to collaborate on advanced, in-space manufacturing

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is expanding its partnership with the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to collaborate on advanced and in-space manufacturing. The university will enhance its core curriculum in areas of advanced/in-space manufacturing and foster new collaborations to further this emerging technology.

Dow wins four prestigious 2019 R&D 100 Awards from R&D World magazine

Four innovative technologies from Dow were recognized with 2019 R&D 100 awards from R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC. The technologies include first polyethylene-based build material in 3D printing, modifier for high efficiency label manufacturing, moldable optical silicone for LED lighting, and material delivery device.

Applied Materials’ $850M research center now open in Albany

Applied Materials officially opened its new research center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York, roughly one year after it was announced in a press conference. The center is known as the Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator, or META Center, that is designed to help computer chip manufacturers prototype new materials and devices.

Gasbarre partners with Humberto Bastidas to expand footprint in Mexico

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems recently met and partnered with Humberto Bastidas from Thermal Technic Furnace Solutions. Current and future customers can now experience the benefit of having a local Mexico resident that speaks Spanish.

Vidromecanica completes glass manufacturing expansion

Vidromecanica recently completed the expansion of its manufacturing premises. It is the Portuguese company’s third expansion in recent years and provides additional space for the design and manufacture of equipment for the glass container and tableware sectors.

DOE Manufacturing Institute: call for proposals to address challenges in plastics recycling

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $12 million funding opportunity for new projects to support research and development, and education and workforce development that will enable U.S. manufacturers to increase the recovery, recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing of plastics and other materials.

Verallia invests €33 million to modernise its Spanish plant in Burgos

Container glass manufacturer Verallia inaugurated a €33 million furnace modernization at its Burgos, Spain plant. By combining the capacities of its two furnaces, the plant now produces 600 million glass bottles each year, mainly for the wine and spirits markets. The furnace has become one of the largest in Europe following its reconstruction.

XJet AM system installed at leading European university 3D research center

XJet, the additive manufacturing company, installed a Carmel 1400 AM system at the KU Leuven University in Belgium. The installation marks the first system at an academic institution in Europe, and it will be used for university research programs and for development of AM medical opportunities in the region.

Kyocera’s new temp-compensated crystal oscillator offers lowest phase noise for 5G, Wi-Fi

Kyocera Corporation unveiled a compact temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) offering the industry’s lowest phase noise (based on Kyocera research). Samples of Kyocera’s KT1612 Series and KT2016 Series TCXOs are now available worldwide, with mass production planned to start in March 2020.

Siemens expands additive manufacturing portfolio through acquisition of Atlas 3D

Siemens signed an agreement to acquire Atlas 3D, Inc., an Indiana-based developer of software that works with direct metal laser sintering printers. Atlas 3D’s solutions will expand additive manufacturing capabilities in the Xcelerator portfolio of software.

Bidirectional Charging Management research project gets green light

The newly launched Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project brings together companies and institutions from automotive, energy, and scientific sectors to develop technology to interlink vehicles, charging infrastructure, and power grids so as to facilitate widest possible use of renewable energy and increases power supply reliability.

As shift away from asbestos continues, fiber cement producers use alternative materials

Asbestos use is on the decline worldwide, even in developing countries such as India and Russia. The Freedonia Group’s new Global Fiber Cement study analyzes the impact of shifting raw material use and other important trends on global fiber cement markets.

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