A recent study from Frost & Sullivan finds that regulatory pressures from government authorities such as the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are stimulating the adoption of fuel cell technologies. The goal of that pressure is to ensure reduced emissions and encourage the conversion to alternative fuels. The research also finds that initiatives such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership are also likely to usher in the use of fuel cells in commercial vehicles much earlier than expected.
Fuel cells help reduce the dependence on fossil fuel by using hydrogen. These energy-efficient devices have the ability to reduce noxious emissions considerably. Frost & Sullivan analysts believe government pressure will speed the development of fuel cell technology, thus making this alternative more practical for the auto industry sooner than auto industry experts expect.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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