The Castaic Lake Pressure Control Structure, which maintains water delivery along the California Aqueduct, has purchased LED lamps from LEDtronics (www.ledtronics.com) to replace 500 incandescent lamps in its control panels. At any given time one-third of the incandescent lamps were out, leaving operators in the dark about critical processes. Unlike incandescent lights that use fragile metal filaments and glass globes, an LED is made from semiconductor materials encased in a solid epoxy lens, making it reliable for harsh industrial conditions.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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