Revolutionary Innovations to Impact Global Machine and Manufacturing Sectors
Jun11

Revolutionary Innovations to Impact Global Machine and Manufacturing Sectors

Machining is, and has been for years, one of the most important industries across both the United States and the entire world. Without quality machining operations, so many of the world’s most important industries would struggle to not only sustain throughout the fast paced, changing times, but wouldn’t even be functional in some instances. For a machine shop in Wapakoneta, Ohio, a new machining innovation will likely significantly improve their own product line, as well as other machine shops across the country. According to News Thomas Net, Midwest Specialties just announced that they are breaking ground on a brand-new manufacturing facility for their computer numerical control (CNC) equipment lines. This new facility will improve equipment like high-precision tapping machines, die grinders, custom lifting solutions, and torque reaction arms. Load cell and torque sensor units are designed to operate in a wide temperature range of negative 452 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Since these temperatures are so extreme, CNC machine shops need to be extremely careful throughout the manufacturing and machining process. The new $4 million facility upgrade will include 40,000 square feet of space for innovative machining work, as well as double its workforce by hiring 35 new machinists, CNC technicians, programmers, assembly techs, and more. Another innovation has already begun impacting machine-related industries across the country. According to Engineering.com, industrial automation utilizing robotic movements are improving load cell and sensor technology output. “There are many applications where they have always wanted to use force and torque sensors, but the cost was prohibitive,” added Catherine Morris, director of automotive sales at ATI Industrial Automation. “By packaging such a small, accessible product that still delivers the same accuracy and repeatability, it opens up a lot of market opportunities.” CNC manufacturers and machinists across the country are excited about welcoming some of these new technologies and it seems as though the machining sector will continue to grow on a global...

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Hypertensive Patients Spend Much More On Healthcare Expenses, Study Finds
Jun11

Hypertensive Patients Spend Much More On Healthcare Expenses, Study Finds

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.5% of men 20 years and older are obese and 32.6% either have high blood pressure or are taking prescriptions for hypertension. Unfortunately, though the health issues pertaining to hypertension are concerning, so too are the financial costs. According CardioVascular Business, hypertensive patients are spending around $2,000 or more each year in annual healthcare expenditures. Patients with high blood pressure, compared to non-hypertensive individuals, have 2.5 times more in inpatient expenses, double the outpatient expenses, and nearly triple the amount of prescription medication costs. “Hypertension is recognized as a tremendous threat to medical and financial health,” said, Elizabeth B. Kirkland, MD, MSCR, assistant professor of internal medicine at Medical University of South Carolina. “National medical costs associated with hypertension account for about $131 billion, or over 3 percent of the $3 trillion U.S. national healthcare expenditure. While the incremental cost associated with hypertension for U.S. adults has remained steady around $2,000 per year, it is promising that expenditures seem to be shifting from inpatient to outpatient settings.” However, according to Healio, the new lower definition of high blood pressure will actually increase the number of adults with hypertension, but could actually decrease the average cost of hypertension for individual patients while increasing the overall societal costs of hypertension. Researchers took a look at 224,920 patients from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Household Components (2003 to 2014), which included self-reported estimates of expenditures, health care use, insurance coverage, and source of coverage. Of all the patients who participated in the study, 36.9% had hypertension. During that 12-year period, the mean annual medical expenditure for hypertension patients was $9,089. “This may reflect the expansion of preventative care services for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act,” added Kirkland. “As overall U.S. health care costs continue to rise, it is imperative that we identify effective strategies to improve control of chronic diseases that are associated with high annual...

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Apparently, Cryptocurrency Addiction Is a Thing — And There’s a Scottish Hospital That Treats It
Jun08

Apparently, Cryptocurrency Addiction Is a Thing — And There’s a Scottish Hospital That Treats It

Over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction. Although there’s a lot of emphasis placed on opioid addiction in the wake of our nation’s epidemic, there are certainly other kinds of addictions that don’t involve substance abuse at all. Yet, these addictions still involve compulsive behaviors that release dopamine in the brain and allow for an escape from reality. Gambling addictions are a great example — and now, there’s a new type for the modern age: cryptocurrency addictions. Although up to 65% of medical situations handled in the emergency room could be treated at urgent care locations, there are certain conditions that require specialized attention. That’s the thought process behind Craig Castle Hospital’s newest treatment option. The Scottish medical clinic has started treating patients for cryptocurrency trading addictions. According to healthcare experts, this practice can eventually turn into a behavioral addiction, causing individuals to compulsively monitor the near-constant fluctuations in the values of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The hospital is offering residential treatment courses to address underlying causes of cryptocurrency addictions, which are similar to the techniques used to treat those with gambling problems. As hospital therapist Chris Burn explained to the Evening Standard, ” The high risk, fluctuating cryptocurrency market appeals to the problem gambler. It provides excitement and an escape from reality. Bitcoin, for example, has been heavily traded and huge gains and losses were made. It’s a classic bubble situation.” Some of the treatment sessions will be lead by Tony Marini, who is described as a former gambling addict and cocaine addict. Marini told local news media, “I see cryptocurrency trading as a way for people to escape from themselves, into another world, because they don’t like the world they’re in. The first stage of treatment is to join other addicts in group therapy and share their life stories. This helps them identify with each other and realize that they’re not alone.” Addiction.com reports that 3% to 5% of gamblers struggle with addictions to other activities, which could give credence to the idea of cryptocurrency trading as a potentially addictive behavior. And as Marini told the media, trading cryptocurrency could appeal to those with addictive personalities looking for an escape from reality. Because cryptocurrency itself is a relatively new development, no current statistics exist on the number of cryptocurrency addicts throughout the world. But there’s certainly anecdotal evidence that shows how easy it can be to lose it all in the name of Bitcoin. There’s even an article published by Steemit that might help traders identify whether they could be addicted to crypto. Considering that 13 million people worldwide are currently involved in...

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New Study Shows Vehicles With Most and Fewest Recalls for the Past 5 Years
Jun05

New Study Shows Vehicles With Most and Fewest Recalls for the Past 5 Years

A new study was published by iSeeCars.com that reveals which model cars have had the most and the fewest recalls. The study looked at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) covering five model years from 2013 to 2017. They calculated a recall rated based on the number of recalls for each calendar year per 100,000 units sold as a new car. In the data iSeeCars.com looked at, only vehicles with at least 50,000 units sold each year between 2013 and 2017 were included. The company used the NHTSA data from May 1 to put the report together. It appears that six out of 10 vehicles recalled in the report were from United States-based automakers. Other recalls with specific issues seem to come from Japanese automakers. The top four out of 10 vehicles with the most recalls also appeared in the recall released last week, where 5.3 million vehicles by Fiat Chrysler were at risk of a malfunctioning cruise control. The others included the Dodge Durango SUV, the Ram pickup, and the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans. The model at the very top of the list with the most recalls is the Mercedes-Benz Class-C. This vehicle has a recall rate that is seven times higher than the average model. Some of the recalls have been for very serious issues, like problems with the airbags and steering column. Some of the vehicles with the fewest recalls are made overseas. Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota all have lower rates of vehicle recall than the average model. What exactly do these recalls mean for car owners? Well, they are meant to keep them safe, but sometimes they are seen as a hassle. There have been more than 390 million vehicles recalled in America since 1996, including cars, motorcycles, mopeds, RVs, trucks, and buses. Some people don’t even bother taking their car in if it gets recalled. “A recall means hours of lost time on top of potential safety issues,” iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly said in the study. “At the very least, it involves an appointment, a trip to the dealership, and waiting around while the repairs are being made or dealing with a loaner car if the dealership is even prepared to make the fix. Owners of cars with repeated recalls are faced with this hassle many times...

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Commercial Energy Usage And Optimizing Efficiency
May31

Commercial Energy Usage And Optimizing Efficiency

The combined yearly energy costs of all the industrial and commercial buildings across the United States is approximately $400 billion. In order for a commercial business to remain successful, not only does it have to offer high-quality products and services as well as focus on keeping both the customers and employees happy, but there must be an effort to maintain efficient energy usage. Overusing any aspect of commercial energy can result in spending far too much money, potentially causing even more financial issues down the line. Lighting is the largest single use of electricity in commercial buildings. In fact, 18% of total energy use inside commercial buildings comes from lighting. Since lighting represents so much energy use inside a building and is so essential to running a successful company (no lighting equals no business), many business owners target lighting for energy savings through energy-efficient light sources and advanced lighting technologies. Even large warehouses with open areas need adequate lighting to ensure the safety of everyone inside the building. It’s not just lighting that ends up costing business owners money, however. Here are some of the other various energy expenses found in commercial businesses: Heating and Cooling Ventilation Equipment and Computing Water Heating Cooking Refrigeration Other The Internet of Things (IoT) is now being utilized across the business sector to not only improve company efficiencies but to save money on all of these energy expenses. According to Power Engineering International, an Austrian electrical wholesaler has partnered with Siemens to deliver a cloud-based energy monitoring system that will have the ability to reduce annual energy consumption by as much as 15%. The IoT could soon impact not only small businesses, but industrial plants and commercial buildings like data and logistic centers and office complexes, which are among the largest consumers of any kind of energy system. Since these operators are faced with the challenge of using power as efficiently and effectively as possible, they are constantly looking for innovative new approaches to do so. “The EU Energy Efficiency Directive provided the necessary impetus for a proper development,” said Michael Hauser, head of the Industry Business Unit at Rexel, the Austrian company that recently deployed its cloud-based energy monitoring system inside its logistics in Weisskirchen. “A 15% reduction in energy consumption is a respectable amount for a high-bay warehouse. We’re pioneers in energy management and have also discovered a new business model.” Through the Rexel and Siemens partnership, this new technology could soon offer all kinds of energy saving solutions to small to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) across all industries. “SMEs don’t have the large IT departments and computing centers that exist in...

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The DNA Testing Trend Is Everywhere, But Do You Really Know What You’re Signing Up For?
May22

The DNA Testing Trend Is Everywhere, But Do You Really Know What You’re Signing Up For?

Over the last few years, personal genetic testing platforms have really taken off. The allure of sending off saliva in a tube to gain information on your ancestry has proven to be incredibly powerful. In fact, more people took personal genetic ancestry tests in 2017 than they did in all previous years combined, doubling the number of test-takers from 2016 and exceeding 12 million in total. Evidence suggests that approximately one in every 25 American adults now has access to personal genetic data, cementing that companies providing these services probably aren’t going anywhere for a while. But even if it’s tempting to find out your genetic makeup with just a simple swab, the question is: should you? DNA testing sites like Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and others have made a lot of headlines lately — and not just because more people are taking advantage of their services than ever. Ancestry was recently sued by 23andMe over alleged patent infringement and false advertising. While Ancestry claims to have double the number of DNA testing customers compared to 23andMe, the latter claimed that Ancestry infringed on U.S. patent No. 8,463,554, “Finding relatives in a database,” which outlines a method of analyzing certain genome regions to determine how closely related two individuals are. In 2016, the USPTO issued 303,051 patents. But 23andMe says that Ancestry’s infringement dates back to at least 2013. The particular method in question uses an “identical by descent” tool to compare longer genome sections to determine how closely two people are related, rather than relying on mitochondrial DNA or Y-chromosome DNA. 23andMe claims that their method is a more specific, more accurate technique that is protected by their patent; the fact that Ancestry uses this same method to identify genetic relationships, they’re infringing on that protection. That’s not the only issue 23andMe has with Ancestry. The former has also accused the latter of misleading advertising. AncestryDNA “boldly proclaimed” in an online advertisement that their platform has tested five times more regions than other DNA tests and provides five times more detail than other genetic testing available on the market. In the fine print of the advertising, Ancestry revealed that it has tested two times more regions than 23andMe — but no such disclaimers are provided in other ads. The facts being used are misleading, attests 23andMe, and spreads false information to the general public. 23andMe has demanded an injunction that would force Ancestry to stop infringing on their patent; they’ve also requested that Ancestry release a statement correcting those supposed misrepresentations and technological comparisons. 23andMe also has a problem with Ancestry’s name trademark, as they feel the word “ancestry” is...

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