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Published on June 17th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on June 17th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Major new OSHA rule setting off a fierce debate in manufacturing

There’s a major change coming for an OSHA accident reporting rule, and not everyone is happy about it. The new regulation will apply to a long-standing injury and illness reporting requirement that mandates manufacturers and other business to log incidents and keep them on hand. In the past, companies held onto those records and only handed them over to OSHA if they were being investigated.


Aerospace firm is unveiling solar-powered aircraft

A solar-powered aircraft that can be flown with or without a human on board is being unveiled at a New York site that once made fighter jets for the military. Luminati Aerospace is bringing out its prototype Friday at the former Calverton defense plant on Long Island. A person will be inside the high-tech aircraft during the demonstration.


General Electric to open Rhode Island high-tech office

Drawn by nearby universities, General Electric is opening a high-tech office in Rhode Island that could employ hundreds of people in the coming years. The company’s GE Digital division and Gov. Gina Raimondo jointly announced plans and said the jobs will be in engineering, user-interface design and other high-paying careers in building software and making apps.


Plibrico adds refractory services on east coast

Plibrico Company LLC announced the addition of Fitch Contracting Services LLC as the preferred exclusive PliPartner for Plibrico material sales in Maryland and Delaware. Fitch Contracting Services will operate from their headquarters in Nottingham, Maryland, near Baltimore. Plibrico Company LLC is a manufacturer and installer of superior aluminosilicate and high alumina monolithic refractories used in a variety of demanding thermal applications.


Apple is making so much clean energy, it formed a new company to sell it

Apple has created a subsidiary to sell the excess electricity generated by its hundreds of megawatts of solar projects. The company, called Apple Energy LLC, filed a request with the FERC to sell power on wholesale markets across the U.S. The company has announced plans for 521 megawatts of solar projects globally. In all, Apple says it generates enough electricity to cover 93% of its energy usage worldwide


DOE invests more than $10M in efficient lighting research and development

The Energy Department is announcing funding for nine research and development projects that will support solid-state lighting core technology research, product development, and manufacturing research and development. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality LED and OLED lighting products that can significantly reduce energy costs.


Nightsea announces 1000th installation of its stereomicroscope adapter

In three short years, a simple fluorescence microscope adapter by Nightsea has dramatically shifted the paradigm for stereomicroscopy.  The adapter system is easily added with no modification to the microscope, making it a logical complement to the purchase of a new system as well as an easy retrofit to the hundreds of thousands of existing, lab-level stereo microscopes currently sitting on shelves gathering dust.


3M’s new FTTH pathway leaves virtually invisible footprint for fiber optics

Customers can enjoy fast fiber connectivity in their homes with a new FTTH pathway solution that is virtually invisible. The new Clear Track product family from 3M can seamlessly and inconspicuously route fiber from outside to inside residential and commercial settings, providing new resources for more aesthetic network expansions.


DOE invests $82M to advanced nuclear technology

The U.S. Department of Energy announced over $82 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states. In total, 93 projects were selected to receive funding that will help push innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization and into the market.


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