Simplifying Shipping Safety for Lithium Batteries

Lithium batteries power a wide range of consumer products and deliver superior performance and reliability in numerous applications. However, the same technology that makes them so useful also presents unique hazards for shippers, carriers, and receivers if not safely packed and handled when transported. While the transport of lithium cells and batteries is fundamentally safe…

North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Strengthens

Bannockburn, IL — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the February findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Although sales remained sluggish, bookings increased over last year, strengthening the book-to-bill ratio. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 1.1 percent in February 2015 from February 2014, bringing year-to-date shipment growth…

Leading Battery Companies Select Call2Recycle to Manage Nation’s First Single-Use Battery Recycling Program in Vermont

Atlanta–Call2Recycle, Inc. , North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, has been selected by 11 initial companies to develop, implement and promote a mandated single-use battery recycling program in Vermont. Vermont is the first state to require single-use manufacturers to develop a program for collecting and recycling spent primary batteries (including AA, C,…

Mornsun America Announces World Micro as New Authorized Distributor for North America

ATLANTA, GA— Mornsun, a leading manufacturer of power converters, will be working closely with World Micro to provide quality products and local services to the customers in North America. Mornsun product lines include DC/DC converters, AC/DC converters, isolation amplifiers, communication interface modules, IGBT/LED drivers and EMC filters. Mornsun will continue to expand its power converter…

BMW Funds Battery-less Solar Storage

LAKE WALES, Fla.–Solar storage has for too long been focused on converting photons to electricity, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) project funded by BMW. For instance, if your purpose is to use the solar-to-electricity-battery process to later defrost your windshield, wouldn't it be much more efficient to cut out the middle-man and…

Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?

This past week, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy the Duracell brand battery products division from Procter & Gamble. Though primarily known for its alkaline batteries, Duracell also makes NiMH and lithium rechargeable products. Some analysts speculate that the deal could have broader implications for the power technology industry. Some analysts say the acquisition…

The Role of QA

The quality assurance team is there to test the system and generate a list of bugs. Developers then fix those, and, after passing QA's tests, the product ships. Not. First, in manufacturing, QA is not quality control. QA is about defining the processes used, raw material fitness, and the like. Instead, quality control ensures that…

Infineon Buys International Rectifier for $3B

PARIS — Infineon Technologies will buy California-based International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash, in a move described as the German company’s biggest acquisition ever. Through the transaction, the German chip company, best known for its automotive chips, is repositioning itself as a comprehensive provider in the market for silicon-, silicon-carbide-, and gallium-nitride-based power…