Archive for October, 2011

A123 Delivers Energy Solutions Across Multiple Industries

October 29th, 2011 No comments

By Bob Weed, CDA Vice President OEM


As anyone who picks up an engineering trade publication, financial journal, or even the daily newspaper is likely to see, A123 Systems is growing.  A123 is a manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems for transportation and commercial applications, as well as the electric grid.  The company has been a headliner in recent months, in large part because of its substantial success in the second quarter of 2011.  David Vieau, company CEO, said in a press release, “Overall shipments almost tripled from the first quarter, and this scale contributed to an improvement in gross margin.” Read more…

Categories: Automotive Tags:

The Copper Connection Podcast with Brett Smith

October 8th, 2011 No comments

Welcome to the “Copper Connection” podcast.  Bob Weed, Vice President of Original Equipment Manufacturing talks with Brett Smith, Co-Director of the Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Group and Assistant Research Director for the Center for Automotive Research (CAR).  In this interview, Brett talks with Bob about the upcoming “Business of Plugging In” Conference held Tuesday, October 11th – Thursday, October 13th in Dearborn, Michigan.

Read more…

Categories: Automotive, Podcasts Tags:

MRSA Alert Issued at Long Island, NY High School

October 7th, 2011 No comments

By Wilton Moran, CDA Project Engineer

Headlines announcing new cases of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are always unsettling for the public, as MRSA can be a deadly infection.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 85% of the most serious MRSA infections are associated with a healthcare exposure, nearly 14% of the infections are community-associated.  While frightening, each case announced presents an opportunity to further educate Americans about this important public health issue. A new case of the staph bacteria that does not respond to some antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections was recently confirmed at a New York area high school, causing the school district to distribute an alert to parents and students. As stated by the CDC, MRSA Infections are usually spread by having contact with someone’s skin infection or personal items they have used, like towels, bandages, or razors that touched their infected skin. MRSA can also be transferred from person to person through public touch surfaces such railings and door handles. Read more…

Categories: antimicrobial, Health & Science Tags:

Automakers Use Green Technologies to Power Electric Vehicles

October 3rd, 2011 No comments

By Bob Weed

The Copper Development Association is always following developments in the greening of automotive technology.  Why?  Because copper is still the most practical and efficient material for conducting electricity, and this is important when using renewable sources. One very exciting development is the combination of EV charging technology with solar systems.  So at a time when many people are just getting their minds around the idea of installing an EV charger in the garage, automotive companies are teaming with the solar energy industry to remove the entire process from the grid. Read more…

Categories: Automotive Tags: