Software Toolbox Takes Wraps Off TOP Server Version 5.15
July 29, 2014
Software Toolbox said it has released TOP Server Version 5.15, with new features that are especially relevant for users in the manufacturing, building automation, and energy management sectors. Powered by Kepware, TOP Server is Software Toolbox's OPC and native HMI device connectivity software application, offering more than 130 different device drivers and plug-04006006, the Company noted in its release. TOP Server Version 5.15 expands the Omron Suite with the new Omron NJ Ethernet driver. The Omron NJ Ethernet driver utilizes the EtherNet/IP protocol for communications with Omron's new Sysmac NJ series of controllers.

Knowles Updates on MEMS Microphone Shipments
July 29, 2014
Knowles Corp. reported the shipping of its two millionth MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) microphone for hearing instruments.

Agriculture; Farmland will revert to the wild;
July 28, 2014
Dateline: CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio Nestled among acres of rolling Pickaway County farmland, the newly christened Bartley Preserve stands out. The property, formerly owned by the List family, contains slopes and ridges created by glaciers, allowing rare and endangered plants to thrive in seasonal wetlands. It's in the flyway zone of many bird species as they migrate south for winter. And an unexcavated Adena burial mound has been there for thousands of years, quietly reminding those who pass by of the area's varied history. Rows of soybean plants currently cover the soil, but by fall 2015, the Appalachia Ohio Alliance hopes to begin replacing the cash crop with plants that might have been there when the Adena people roamed the plains.

Flow Control Magazine Wins 2014 APEX Award for Blog Series.
July 28, 2014
  Birmingham, Ala. (PRWEB) July 28, 2014       Flow Control magazine, a leading trade journal for industrial fluid handling professionals, was honored for "Best Blog Series," for its collection of blog posts from its 2013 Pump Guy Seminars in Decatur, Ala., and Chicago, written by Flow Control Director of Content, Matt Migliore. This is the eighth APEX "Award of Excellence" Flow Control has received since 2006.           "We are proud to be among this year's APEX 'Award of Excellence' winners," said Migliore. "Our FlowStream Blog serves as a great companion to our website and monthly magazine, providing pertinent and timely industry information to our online readers. We are thrilled our Pump Guy Seminar blog series was recognized and look forward to continuing to offer practical information for engineers, maintenance professionals and operators who work not only with pumps, but also with valves, flowmeters and other industrial fluid handling equipment and instrumentation."             In the winning blog series, "5 Interesting Things I Heard Today at the Pump Guy Seminar," Migliore recounts the daily highlights of Flow Control's popular training program presented by renowned pump specialist and long-time Flow Control contributor Larry Bachus, aka "The Pump Guy," during the January 2013 seminar in Decatur, Ala.

Quote-worthy this week
July 27, 2014
"We made this purchase in order to expand the Brookdale Place of Wooster campus ... The expansion will almost double the number of residents we can care for at the campus and will allow us to meet the growing need for Alzheimer's and dementia care in the area."

North County Plumbing in Atascadero Reminds Residents to Check for Leaks and Conserve Water over the Summer Months.
July 26, 2014
  Atascadero, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2014         To help celebrate summer 2014, the friendly professionals at North County Plumbing, an Atascadero plumber, are offering timely tips to help their existing and new customers throughout San Luis Obispo County conserve water, avoid costly water damage, and find help in a hurry when emergencies arise.           With water shortages topping the headlines throughout most of California, the urgency to conserve this precious resource has given rise to a new way of thinking for home and business owners when it comes to maintaining their property.       "Water is a vital resource and, with rainfall levels remaining low, we have all become more aware of how even a small leak can lead to waste, loss and damage over time," says North County Plumbing Owner Paul Garcia. Local, family-owned and operated, the business has provided service throughout San Luis Obispo County since 1997. "During the summer months, we tend to see an increased number of broken water pipes throughout the county."           The reason for this increase, according to Garcia, is the sometimes-drastic changes in temperature that often occur – it's not unusual for a homeowner in Atascadero or Paso Robles to experience 40-degree weather in the early morning hours and then feel the outside temperature rise to 98 by mid-afternoon.

Streamwood overpays for drinking water, is credited $80,000 by supplier
July 26, 2014
An agency that supplies drinking water to Streamwood overcharged the village roughly $80,000 in May, a gaffe officials traced to a valve left open in a Schaumburg Road pumping station.

Search is on for the lost ships of Ribault; Team aims to find remains of French expedition that helped shape First Coast's heritage
July 11, 2014
ST. AUGUSTINE | A team of archaeologists unveiled plans Thursday for an oceangoing expedition to find the lost French fleet of Jean Ribault, which sank 449 years ago in a history-changing hurricane off Florida's Atlantic coast. They have a pretty good idea where to look.

DFT Studies of Biphenyl Derivatives, Potential Application as Chiral Dopants for Liquid Crystals
June 30, 2014
Summary: High polarization power may be achieved by designing dopants with chiral cores having polar functional groups that are conformationally more restricted when confined to the zigzag binding site of the (smectic) SmC host. Axially chiral biphenyls having conformationally restricted and unresticted cores were investigated for dipole moment at B3LYP/6-31G(d) method of DFT(density functional theory). It was reflected from the computed data that the dipole moment of conformationally restricted biphenyl cores containing dioxolane and dithiolane bridge was more compared to the conformationally unrestricted biphenyl core. Overall we have investigated the dipole moment of nineteen biphenyl derivatives having substituents at different positions. Key words: Liquid crystal, Biphenyl, Dipole moment Introduction

Fabrication and Characterization of Potassium and Sodium Titanate via a Hydrothermal Method
June 30, 2014
Summary: Various sized titanate nanofibers were prepared by hydrothermal reaction of aqueous solutions containing the respective alkali (KOH and NaOH) and anatase in stoichiometric amounts at170-200 C for 96 h. Their morphological and structural properties were characterized by manymethods, including the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), the scanning electron microscopy (SEM),the fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and the UV/Vis spectrophotometer. Theirmorphologies depend on the experimental temperature and the solution conditions, in which the alkali metal plays an important role during the experimental process. When the size of titanatesamples decrease, the UV-Vis spectra are blue-shift. This work provided an effective hydrothermal method to synthesize titanate nanofibers, which may be applicable to fabrication of othernanomaterials. Keywords: Titanate, Nanofibers, Hydrothermal, X-Ray Diffraction, Temperature. Introduction


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