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NICU Awareness Month: What We Learned

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September was Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, an observance that honors families who have experienced a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the health professionals who take care of them. To help raise NICU awareness and celebrate the month, Phononic encouraged nurses and parents to “share their stories”: their thoughts about and… Read More

Three Lessons Breweries Can Learn from Hospitals

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We all have that friend who won’t drink his beer straight out of the fridge or cooler because it’s not at the ideal tasting temperature. And as annoying as that can be, he’s technically right. Most beers aren’t meant to be enjoyed ice cold (despite the commercials that zoom in on frosted beers). In fact,… Read More

TEC Design Considerations for Cost and Performance

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The optical transceiver market has experienced significant growth in recent years, and all signs point to that trend continuing for the near future. Globally, industry revenue is expected to reach $10.7B by 2024, a CAGR of 10.1%. Markets Insider reports that much of this growth is driven by data centers shifting to 100G/200G/400G capabilities. Market… Read More

Three Reasons Why Grocery Shoppers Prefer Distributed Refrigeration

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For a long time, grocery stores were the only game in town. Consumers of all ages came together week after week at local supermarkets to purchase all of the food items on their shopping list at a good value, in a convenient manner. As retail models have shifted drastically over the past few decades, traditional… Read More

Minimizing the Refrigerator Alarms that Disrupt Patient Care

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Temperature stability matters in any refrigerator but is an absolute necessity in laboratory and medical grade refrigerators. Unfortunately, many healthcare facilities are still using traditional compressor-based refrigerators, which often experience temperature fluctuations that can damage products, trigger alarms and work orders, and disrupt patient care. Even purpose-built laboratory refrigerators that are based on conventional compressor-based… Read More

Selling at the C-Store: 4 Reasons Why Compact, Solid-State Cooling is Best

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The average small convenience store (c-store) stocks 2,800 to 3,200 items in as many as 400 categories. For consumers, this means they are never at loss for options when it comes to choosing a beverage or snack. For brand and category managers, it means they are constantly faced with two key challenges: how to get… Read More

4 Design Considerations for 5G Cooled Optics

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Today, talk about 5G is unavoidable. The tech and telecom industries are focusing heavily on it, with thought leaders and industry publications trying to quantify what the rollout of 5G applications will mean for the marketplace. So, what does this mean for optical component manufacturers? Increasing data rates and longer reaches of fiber both need… Read More

Flu Vaccine Refrigeration: Improve Patients’ Safety and Reduce Your Risk

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It’s that time of year again. Summer is unofficially over, the kids are back to school, and flu season is just around the corner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults and children older than six months receive a flu vaccine by the end of October 2018. Getting vaccinated before… Read More

Frozen Foods Making a Comeback, Thanks to…Millennials???

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When you picture millennials at the grocery store, you probably imagine a cart full of fresh organic produce, kefir and free-range meats. However, a 2018 study concluded that there is room reserved in their carts for another food type: frozen. The study by CPG Marketing Firm Acosta found that 26% of total U.S. grocery shoppers… Read More

The New NICU: Caring for the Entire Family

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During the past few decades, neonatal intensive care has shifted dramatically – from a system that primarily separated parents and their infants to one that facilitates early bonding and parental involvement. This concept of Family-Centered Care (FCC) takes various forms in different neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), but the end goal is always the same:… Read More