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11 August 2014
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New U.S. Efficiency Standards Set to Start
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New U.S. Efficiency Standards Set to Start
 
HVAC Manufacturers have been noticing a disturbing trend. Next year, new U.S. efficiency standards kick in for both heating pumps and air conditioning units in residential buildings. But as companies like Emerson Climate Technologies gear up with new products to fit those requirements, they are finding that contractors aren't ready to address those changes. In fact, in a recent survey, 74% of contractors said they had no idea new rules were coming at all. What are the changes? And is it too late to get up to speed? Here is a closer look at the new requirements, with suggestions on how to comply.
 
 
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PU Foam That Meets New EPA Regulations
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PU Foam That Meets New EPA Regulations
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Ecomate® is an affordable, non-ODP, non-GWP, VOC-exempt blowing agent and family of polyurethane foams, providing excellent insulation for appliances. We offer U.S. manufacturers solutions for current and recently announced EPA regulations, and help international companies meet Montreal Protocol phaseouts. FSI delivers superior foam systems, advanced equipment and unparalleled service. Compare ecomate® now.
 
 
 
 
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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3D Printer Makes Teddy Bear
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Innovations in 3D printing just keep coming. The latest is one any child will like: a 3D printer that can make a cuddly teddy bear. Developers from Disney Research Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University invented a printer that can make soft interactive objects, like stuffed animals, out of wool and wool blends, as demonstrated in this video. To now, most 3D printed objects have been made of hard materials like plastic, liquid metals, or ceramics.
 
 
 
 
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Aging baby boomers who lose mobility can also lose access to the upper floors of their homes. A chair lift can get the elderly and disabled upstairs, but high costs and the difficulties involved in getting in and out of the chair make this a less-than-ideal option, notes the author of this Hydraulics & Pneumatics article. His preferred alternative: a pneumatic elevator featuring a passenger cabin that's lifted by vacuum. The story explains how the technology works, why it beats conventional elevators, and why vacuum was chosen over compressed air to give the disabled a lift.
 
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Sounder Sleep Without the Sound
 
This report describes a product — designed for patients with positional obstructive sleep apnea — that recently received U.S. Federal Drug Administration 510(k) clearance. Night Shift is worn on the back of the neck and vibrates when the user sleeps on his/her back, prompting repositioning. An interactive monitoring capability improves sleep quality and reduces snoring.
 
 
 
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Digital Sleeve Perfects Jump Shot
 
This wearable sports sleeve is augmented with a triplet of three-access gyroscope/accelerometer/compass sensors to accurately track arm motions. This gives users feedback so they can perfect their basketball shooting technique. Next up, claims CNet.com, is a leg sleeve for kicking optimization, and then a whole body suit to help athletes fine tune their every movement.
 
 
 
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Thermoplastic Extrusions for Construction
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Thermoplastic Extrusions for Construction
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From aesthetic trims to functional gaskets, many industries require thermoplastic profile extrusions that meet stringent specifications from materials that meet or exceed application requirements. Preferred Plastics engineers have the knowledge and experience to expertly manage those project conditions with precision designed tools and the in-house quality assurances that builders demand.
 
 
 
 
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As BYOD continues to expand and wearable devices proliferate, WLANs must be scalable and reliable. To that end, the IdentiFi WLAN access point (3865 802.11ac WLAN) accommodates the mobile device realm by extending Wi-Fi connections to outdoor spaces and crowded venues, such as campuses and stadiums.
 
 
 
 
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Harley-Davidson has come out with an electric motorcycle. You read that right. And while it may not suit the typical Harley rider, the author of this Wired article spent an afternoon riding one and pronounced himself impressed with the machine, which includes a three-phase AC induction motor. The article delves into the details of the design and the experience riders can expect.
 
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Cool Room
 
Wouldn't it be great if your office or work environment could sense when it's getting too hot and cool itself down without the need of an air conditioning unit? Now it can. With a new gypsum board developed by BASF, made with a Micronal PCM material, ambient room temperature can be maintained by the walls themselves.
 
 
 
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'Seeing' the World in 3D
 
Project Tango aims to give mobile devices an "understanding" of space and motion. Harnessing the power of advanced vision sensors, the technology enables devices to "see" their surroundings in 3D (see video), allowing the people using them to interact with their environment in a new way. Time traces Tango's evolution, examines possible use cases, and explains developers' role in shaping the technology's future.
 
 
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Crown Plastics' adhesive-backed DuraSurf™ STS (Silicone Treated Surface) for material handling chutes eliminates package sticking and speeds product flow. Thin-gauge, peel-and-stick DuraSurf STS (UHMW-PE with silicone) is easy-to-install. Anti-static. No fasteners!
 
 
 
 
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and available from IHS, this 38-page document describes safety aspects of electric motor operated hand-held tools. Transportable tools, as well as lawn and garden machinery are included, as are sanders and polishers.

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