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  • DICOM Turns 25 (Or, is it 15?)

    Of course, if you don’t know what DICOM is, you probably don’t care whether it turned 25 or 15 – unless you’ve had or might need a CT scan, an electrocardiogram, an MRI, some radiation therapy, an X-ray, or an ultrasound exam. DICOM, which stands for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, is...
  • Happy “World Trade Week”…

    I must admit to not having known that the U.S. Government officially salutes such a thing, ironically first proclaimed by FDR in 1933 during the depths of Depression-era mangled international commerce. For more on the May 19-23 festivities see: http://trade.gov/press/publications/newsletters/ita_0408...
  • Hurricane Season!

    Hurricane season in the Atlantic starts this coming Sunday -- a span of year that often proves as busy for electric utilities (and electrical equipment) as it does for weathermen. Government forecasters are predicting a more active-than-usual hurricane season, with as many as 9 hurricanes, half of which...
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  • What Could They Be Thinking?

    How long before we won’t be able to afford to “fill 'er up” and get to work? How long before the Federal Gov mandates companies begin utilizing telecommuting schemes as a way to limit gasoline consumption and extend oil supplies? Even van pools and buses will be severely impacted if a forecast $12...
  • Copper theft on the raise.

    A falling economy and a surge in the price of metals have fueled a wave of copper thefts. Farmers are loosing wiring to irrigation pumps , churches have been stripped of their roofs and downspouts, and building sites have ransacked for spools of wire. The foolhardy even target transformer substations...
  • Smart Grid on its way!

    Xcel Energy announced the development of the first Smart Grid City in Boulder Colorado. According to Xcel Energy's press release , Xcel Will be spending $100 million to develop the Smart Grid City. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends Xcel for investing in the future...
  • Standards work critical in National Nanotechnology Initiative reauthorization

    As Fiscal Year 2009 funding for the National Nanotechnology Initiative is proposed, those in charge of writing the reauthorization for FY 2009 need to be aware of the importance of funding necessary for active U.S. participation in international nanotechnology metrology and standards development work...
  • Energy Tricks for Kids

    OK, so I won't sing anything about the children being our future. (You, dear reader, are very fortunate that this is not an audio-blog.) Still, we are all aware that kids tend to be early adopters of new technologies, ideas and ways of doing things. So I was pleased to see that the U.S. federal government's...
  • So, What About NAFTA?

    Amidst all the campaign posturing, this will neither be a definitive answer nor a NEMA position, but just some points and ponders: Since the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect in 1994, Mexico has surged to become the U.S. electrical equipment industry’s #1 export market and trading...
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  • Half-Empty or Half-Full?

    Following a week chocked full of stories about soaring food prices , $120 oil , sliding housing prices and a blowback against ethanol , we need to step back, take a deep breath and canvas the economic landscape for any signs of improvement. The economy is certainly not at peak performance right now....
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