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Witness the Power of Antimicrobial Copper: You’re Invited to a Live Experiment in a Worldwide Webcast – 9 a.m. EDST, April 4

March 30th, 2011 No comments

By Adam Estelle, CDA Project Engineer

Watch how infection-causing bacteria dies on copper surfaces in a live experiment, 9 a.m. EDST, April 4. You will be able to see through a powerful microscope how MRSA, the bacteria responsible for numerous hospital-acquired infections and one of the world’s deadliest microbes, dies on Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces. The webcast is sponsored by the Copper Development Association, the International Copper Association and the European Copper Institute.

To register for the April 4 webcast and receive an email reminder, go to:

www.antimicrobialtouchsurface.com
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Infection Control Today Virtual Conference

March 29th, 2011 No comments

By Wilton Moran, Project Engineer Copper Development Association

The fourth annual virtual ICT Conference held February 9-10th by Infection Control Today Magazine focused on Professional Development and broke attendance records to date with 5,000 individual participants.  The Copper Development Association hosted a virtual booth.  I was able to connect virtually and directly with healthcare professionals from around the globe who also attended live from their office or home-office computers. Read more…

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CDA Partners Attend SAE Symposium (Part 3 of 3)

March 18th, 2011 No comments

The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Electric Vehicle Symposium (Feb. 9-11, 2011) addressed the latest technical innovation in electric drives, motors, energy storage, and system engineering from the innovators of hybrid and electric vehicle technology. Bob Weed, CDA Vice President, OEM, met with CDA friends at the symposium.

The SAE symposium featured speakers from a number of auto industry stakeholders who presented new ideas and technologies. I shared some information about the auto industry presentations in a previous “Coppertalk” blog. While attending the SAE Symposium, I also came across some other companies that are doing innovative work in the hybrid and electric vehicle industry.

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Auto Industry Heavy Hitters Talk Up Hybrids & EVs at SAE Symposium (Part 2 of 3)

March 16th, 2011 No comments

The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) hosted an international symposium on hybrid and electric vehicle technology Feb 9-11, 2011. Bob Weed, CDA Vice President, OEM, gives his impressions.

Re-charging a Ford Fusion EV, quick and easy.

The recent SAE 2011 Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Symposium in Anaheim, Calif., brought out the leading OEMs in PHEV & EV, who gave their predictions on how electric vehicles technology is evolving and what’s needed to ensure its success. So what does this have to do with copper? Copper plays an important role in all electric vehicle technologies. It’s found in propulsion motors, regenerative braking systems and battery-pack conductors, as well as traditional applications such as electrical and electronic equipment, audio-visual accessories and wiring harnesses. Studies have shown that hybrids and EVs contain between 1 ½ -3 times the weight of copper as found in their internal combustion engine counterparts.  Read more…

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CDA Predicts a Positive Outlook for Electric Powertrains & Copper (Part 1 of 3)

March 14th, 2011 No comments

The Future is Now for Electric Vehicles

By Bob Weed, CDA Vice President OEM, attended the SAE 2011 Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Symposium in Anaheim, Feb. 9-11, 2011. SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries.

I recently attended the SAE 2011 Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Symposium and came away with a renewed enthusiasm for the outlook of copper over the next five years, particularly when it comes to its use in electric vehicles. What will the automotive industry look like by 2020? Industry experts say that 5-10% of all vehicles will be extended-range or pure electric. That makes it vital for EV technologies to become more efficient and capable of producing mass quantities. Read more…

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