Current opens doors to outdoor SSL product development and manufacturing practices (MAGAZINE)

MAURY WRIGHT visited the Hendersonville, NC facility of Current for two days of presentations on outdoor lighting and smart cities, and reports on insight gained in the company’s approach to product development, manufacturing, and logistics. Current, powered by GE held a two-day, outdoor-lighting-focused event at its manufacturing facility in Hendersonville, NC back in June with a program focused on product development, manufacturing, and advanced outdoor applications in the connected smart lighting era. The event was mostly focused at customers from organizations including municipalities and utilities, but a few editors were also able to attend the presentations and take a factory tour. The visit provided unusually candid access to executives and a chance to grasp the challenges that solid-state lighting (SSL) manufacturers face given the conflicting market expectations of lower pricing for constantly-improving LED-based outdoor luminaires.  After RJ Darling, general manager for roadway and intelligent cities at Current, welcomed the crowd and made introductions, the program immediately launched into the obstacles faced by an outdoor lighting manufacturer — especially one focus...

Now, after watching their son’s toy car burst into flames, a Queensland family has a warning

Now, after watching their son’s toy car burst into flames, a Queensland family has a warning for others. Noah Mascilli was riding the car on a footpath of a reserve in Helensvale on the Gold Coast last Friday evening. Carton Toy Car, Children Car, Children Motorcycle, Kids Car, Toy Motorcar – Haizhibao,https://www.chinatoycar.com/

Why Phillipe Starck’s Ghost Chair Is Here For Eternity

There’s nothing more frightening than having to sit in a chair that looks stylish but feels uncomfortable. It’s certainly a trick. But Phillipe Starck’s Ghost Chair, has an understated elegance that’s a timeless treat. These chairs can easily blend into any space, from a kitchen or dining area to a living room, study or office. They can be the focal point or subtly blended in, or even camouflage themselves, depending on the way they’re styled. According to chair expert, Julie Muniz, Ghost chairs derive their name from the transparent material they’re made from. “Made with clear plastic or glass, they virtually disappear in a room leaving behind a ghostly silhouette. Designers love them because they work with just about any décor and are especially good for small spaces.” While most people associate the Ghost chair with designer Philippe Starck, according to Muniz, the first chair to use that name was designed fifteen years earlier by Cini Boeri and Tomu Katayanagi. “In 1987 Boeri and Katayanagi created a monolithic lounge chair using a thick sheet of 12mm glass. The chair is as much a study in material as it is a bold statement. Boeri was bored designing chairs so she deci...

Vacuum Blood Collection Tube Market Key Mergers, 2019 Share, Growth Potential, Size Analysis, Competitive Overview and Regional Forecast To 2023

Various factors are propelling the vacuum blood collection tube market growth. Some of these factors, according to the Market Research Future report, include rising investments in vacuum blood collection devices, rising use of blood collection devices, increasing blood transfusion, burgeoning demand for reliable and safe equipment for blood collection, use of aseptic methods during patient care, and increasing awareness regarding the significance of health both in developing and developed countries. Additional factors pushing market growth include technological advancements in vacuum blood collection tubes, increasing use of combination therapy, increasing prevalence of chronic respiratory disease, and use of these tubes for diagnosis of different diseases including cardiovascular diseases, anemia, HIV, and diabetes. Get Exclusive Sample Copy of “Vacuum Blood Collection Tube Market” Report @ https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/sample_request/1371 On the contrary, risk related to blood transfusion, scarcity of skilled personnel, and low popularity of these tubes in undeveloped countries are factors that may restrict the vacuum blood collection tube market growth over the forecas...

The new Terminator game has more sex and Frogger than we expected

Terminator: Dark Fate bombed in theaters last month, leading at least one critic to wonder out loud if the franchise is even worth saving. Meanwhile, developer Teyon quietly released a first-person shooter called Terminator: Resistance, only to have it rocket up the sales charts and score “very positive” user reviews on Steam. I spent some time with the PC game earlier this week, and after a few hours in I didn’t really understand what all the hype was about. The game is a throwback, and I don’t mean that in a good way. While technically competent, Terminator: Resistance looks and plays something like a PlayStation 3 game with higher resolution textures and better lighting. The storyline is a nest of time-traveling cliches and entirely lacking in tension. Then I stumbled into the first of its bizarre point-of-view sex scenes. Resistance began by putting me in the role of a male resistance fighter on the West coast. Judgment Day has come and gone, and I’m part of the ragtag group of guerrillas trying to keep humanity alive in the face of overwhelming opposition. Unfortunately, Skynet’s minions just aren’t all that threatening. They have trouble with simple pathfinding, and the ga...

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Market Rising Trends, Huge Demand, Business Strategies, High Growth Rate by 2025

Photovoltaics is one of the most promising arenas among renewable energy technologies. Ensuring there are no concerns related to environmental hazards and energy shortage, photovoltaics (PV) is an ideal way of directly converting sunlight into electricity.  In building integrated photovoltaics, the photovoltaic elements have become an integral part of the building. A number of photovoltaics designers and experts in the U.S., Japan, and Europe are exploring newer ways of incorporating solar energy in buildings. In a building integrated photovoltaics systems, a photovoltaic system is built by assembling several individual collectors, known as ‘modules’, mechanically and electrically into an array. A building integrated photovoltaics system integrates these modules onto the surface of the building, such as the façade or the roof. Apart from adding architectural appeal to the building, the building integrated photovoltaics system saves considerable amount of material and electricity, simultaneously bringing down the use of fossil fuels and the consequent harmful emissions. Building integrated photvoltaics could be used in off-grid, stand-alone systems as well as with utility grids. ...

Standards & Properties: Mechanical Properties of Copper and Copper Alloys at Low Temperatures

Copper alloys become stronger and more ductile as temperature goes down. They also retain excellent impact resistance to 20 K. These general characteristics have been revealed in tests on 15 copper alloys, including brasses, bronzes and commercially pure coppers. They were tested by the Cryogenics Div., National Bureau of Standards, for the copper and brass industry to check tensile strength, notch tensile strength, Youngs modulus, and impact properties at temperatures down to 4 K (-454 F). The information presented here is based on a report by R. P. Reed and R. P. Mikesell “Low Temperature Mechanical Properties Of Copper and Selected Copper Alloys,” NBS Monograph 101, Institute for Materials Research, National Bureau of Standards, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Tests — The compositions and condition of these alloys — that is, for standard, commercially available mill stock — are listed in Table 1. Tensile specimens with 1.5 inch gauge lengths provided the data on elastic modulus. Notch tension (also 1.5 inch gauge lengths) and tension tests were conducted using the cryostat and related equipment. Tests were conducted at 295 (ambient), 195, 76, 20, and 4 K. An Instron test...

Baking Gift Ideas for the Baker (or Wannabe Baker) in Your Life

I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to most things (if “minimalist” means wearing jeans I bought in college and using my Danskos as winter boots)—but not when it comes to baking tools. I am powerless in the face of a tiny spatula. I neeeeed another Bundt pan—can’t you see that one has a swirl design while the other is a series of peaks?! And you can bet that one of the first things on my…I mean “our”…wedding registry was a kitchen torch. So when the holidays come around, I’m not dreaming of scented candles or scarves I’ll never wear: I want a baking tool (or five!) that’s going to make my experience more precise or more fun or more beautiful. (If it also makes my cabinets just a little more cluttered, so be it.) Since “baking tools” is a huuuuge category, we’ve divided it into three: the stuff you need (for bakers just getting started), the stuff that can take you to the next level (for baking 2.0), and the stuff that’s a little extra (for the person who already has everything else). Get yourself what you want or put together a lil’ package for the sugar fiend in your life. All products featured on Basically are independently selected by our editors. However...

Etching Large Brass Sheets Is Harder Than You Think

One of my favorite ways to think of engineering is that a glass is not half empty or half full, only twice as large as it needs to be. As useful as that idea is, it also means that I rarely put any effort into the aesthetics of my projects – I learn or accomplish what I need, desolder and recycle the components, then move on. Few of my projects are permanent, and custom cases tend to be non-reusable, so I skip the effort and expense. Once in a while though, I need to make a gift. In that case form and function both become priorities. Thankfully, all that glitters is not gold – and over the last year I’ve been learning to etch the copper alloys commonly classified as ‘brass’. We’ve covered some truly excellent etched brass pieces previously, and I was inspired to try and etch larger pieces of metal (A4 and larger) without sacrificing resolution. I thought this would be just like etching circuits. In fact, I went through several months of failed attempts before I produced anything halfway decent! Although I’m still working on perfecting my techniques, I’ve learned enough in the meantime to give a report. Read on if you’re feeling the need for more fancy brass signs in your life. I...

William Spratling and the Mexican silver renaissance

In 1926 a young associate professor of architecture, William Spratling, arrived in Taxco, a pretty colonial town in the mountains of Guerrero state between Mexico City and Acapulco, to study its baroque architecture. In the wake of a bloody revolution that had raged for a decade between 1910 and 1920, Mexico was ready to embrace renewal: artists and artisans across the newly democratised nation were inspired to re-examine their national identity and cultural traditions. Artists including Juan O’Gorman, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo descended upon Taxco. Spratling — a New Yorker whose literary aspirations had already brought him into contact with writers such as William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson —became friends with Rivera, and moved to Taxco permanently in 1929. William Spratling malachite and silver pendant necklace. Dimensions: 48.5 cm length, 5.5 cm drop. Estimate: $1,000-1,500. Offered in Christie’s Jewels Online, 10-18 April 2019, Online A couple of years later, in 1931, the American ambassador Dwight Morrow remarked to Spratling over breakfast that, while Taxco’s silver mines had yielded thousands of pounds of silver over the centuries, little of it seemed ...

It’s a real shame that many media outlets are now removing the ability for their readers to

It’s a real shame that many media outlets are now removing the ability for their readers to comment. It’s often in the comments where you’ll find some of the more interesting stuff. Our recent article on How Fruit Packing Warehouses Use Technology surfaced a comment from a Canadian cherry grower who had the following to say about robots getting involved in producing fruit: In all the talk about tireless, defect-free, never complaining robots, let’s remember that producing fruit is also about people in fruit-growing communities who need good jobs to pay for their lives and raise healthy kids. Let’s rein in our excitement about relentless automation. Absolutely correct, but what we might visualize as “fruit-growing communities” vary by geography. The one we spent several weeks at in Bingen, Washington staffed Mexican workers because they’re the only ones who won’t quit halfway through the first day because they underestimated just how tough a job picking fruit is. Each worker probably supports multiple families back home with that income. If the Mexicans don’t show up around fruit picking time, good luck finding other people to do the work. For orchard operators, that’s a big risk...

Soap and glory: locally made from all natural ingredients

With so many of us starting to take a genuine interest in what we put on (and into) our bodies, chemical-laced, synthetic handwashes and shower gels have had their day. Instead, we’re looking for natural alternatives, devoid of artificial substances that harm both you and the environment. Which is why we’re advocating the use of these three brands of pure, natural, handmade soap – all crafted locally by ethically responsible individuals. A new local company, FOS is the brainchild of Lambros Pittas and Michail Feneridis, a duo who have put their extensive scientific knowledge to good use in the creation of Cyprus’ first Fairtrade and RSPO certified soaps. Emphasising the benefits of lashings of cocoa butter and oodles of organic ingredients, their boutique range of four soaps (aromatic Sumela, gently exfoliating Poppy Seed, cleansing Detox, and pure Unscented) are all 100% natural and ideal for those with sensitive skin or allergies. Sourcing luxury oils from selected global suppliers – “the finest cocoa butter from Peru, rich coconut oil from the Philippines, luxurious shea butter from Burkina Faso, and intoxicating almond oil from Spain” – the duo emphasise a truly professional...