What’s Holding up the Smart Grid?

With oil prices on the rise and green energy on the US presidential agenda, smart grid implementation should be moving fast. But according to the Microsoft Worldwide Utility Industry Survey 2011, it's not. While 70 percent of respondents believe the smart grid will address tomorrow's energy challenges, utilities are still seeking clear implementation guidelines. The…

How to Get Ahead in China Logistics

Freight companies such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL have been expanding their service offerings along the Pacific Rim and, in particular, in China. Both FedEx and UPS have recently increased the frequency of flights in and out of Beijing and Shenzhen, and UPS and DHL have supplemented their ocean freight services to meet growing demand.…

Catalogues’ Eco-Dilemma

Catalogue distributors have faced an interesting dilemma as the electronics industry moves toward environmental awareness. Millions of engineers, buyers, and even hobbyists still want paper catalogues for flipping through and dog-earing pages for future reference. So catalogue distributors are trying to be as environmentally responsible as possible by using eco-friendly paper and inks and reducing…

UPS Green Fleet Travels Far

Atlanta, Ga. — UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced its fleet of alternative fuel and technology delivery vehicles has driven 200 million miles since 2000. The alternative fuel fleet (AFV) now numbers more than 1,900 and another 62 vehicles have just been ordered. The total mileage accumulated by UPS's “green fleet” is the equivalent of nearly…

RS Upgrades Green Catalogue

OXFORD, U.K. — Electrocomponents PLC (LSE:ECM), the world’s largest high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, operating under the trading brand of RS Components (RS), has announced significant savings from the adoption of UPM EcoLite paper to produce its eco-friendly RS catalogue. RS prints over 760,000 copies of its catalogue every year for customers…

EC Adds to Restrictions on Chemicals in Electronics

Last week, the European Commission issued a press release announcing the inclusion of six substances of very high concern (SVHCs) into Annex XIV of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. This action kicks off the authorization process, setting February 17 as the “Date of Inclusion” for these substances. Authorization is the…

Lighting: Primed for Transition

It is hard to imagine that a technology that has successfully existed for 130 years would be the catalyst for arguably the most en vogue market opportunity in our industry today: solid-state lighting (SSL). While SSL currently represents approximately 5 percent of the overall general lighting market, its market penetration is predicted to accelerate to…

Pulse Adds Power Line App

San Diego, Calif. — Pulse Electronics Corporation (NYSE: PULS), a leading provider of electronic components, provides engineers with an application-based sales (ABS) tool for designing power line communication (PLC) applications. The PLC application diagram aligns key Pulse Electronics technology and product lines within the home automation and home networking market segments. Power line communication offers…