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Month: July 2011

Why Not?

Why Not?

Canada has instituted integrated technical committees where relevant technical issues surrounding a specific product can be discussed and vetted by the various stakeholders (national, regional, international) represented, thereby reducing (in theory) considerable time in the review period normally experienced in the development cycle of a standard by multiple reviews. An example of one such activity has been designated as TCIP (Technical Committee on Industrial Products) by CSA and consists of representatives Read more [...]
Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

In a world of highways, accidents, and traffic jams, praise for a highway maintenance event is rare. Carmageddon is the ‘code name’ for the first phase of a CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) project to add a single carpool lane to a 10-mile stretch of I-405. For LA, this project required the unthinkable—scheduled closing of a freeway from Friday to Sunday.  Carmageddon 1, as this non-event is dubbed, was completed 17 hours ahead of schedule. Some credit for Read more [...]
China reduces quotas for rare earth exports (again)

China reduces quotas for rare earth exports (again)

China's Ministry of Commerce announced second-half export quotas for rare earth materials this week.   The annual quota for all of 2011 that will be available for export, when expressed in terms of tonnage, appears to be the same as 2010.  But in reality, it is not.  Just two months ago, on May 16, 2011, China announced that ferroalloys containing 10% or more rare earth minerals by weight would be added to the quota computation for the first time.  This means Read more [...]
Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Many anticipated it would come and it has, the IPO of Silver Spring Networks is here. On July 7, the company filed to go public to raise $150 million. The Redwood City Calif.-based company, which provides meters, mesh radio network and software for end-to-end smart grid projects, has been a popular choice for utilities in the U.S. such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Florida Power & Light Company. Silver Spring notes that it has won contracts for more than 17 Read more [...]
Proposed New TC 118 for Printed Electronics cause for concern

Proposed New TC 118 for Printed Electronics cause for concern

National Committees to the IEC should give very careful thought on whether or not to support the formation of a new separate TC 118 for printed electronics, now that the question has been presented for a 4-month National Committee vote. With limited technical expert resources available around the world, the IEC should also consider the development of standards for printed electronics within existing relevant IEC technical committees (such as IEC TC’s 91 and 113).  Liaisons with Read more [...]