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AAMA releases updated methods for exterior wall test.

August 4, 2015

AAMA has updated and released a document specifying test methods, specifications, and field checks used to evaluate structural adequacy of wall systems and their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage. AAMA 501-15 is intended to be referenced in current laboratory and field testing methods for exterior wall systems comprised of curtain walls, storefronts, and sloped glazing. Document updates also take into consideration new technologies for equipment used for testing. Read More

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Webinar addresses 2015 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity.

August 4, 2015

On August 5, 2015, ELFA is hosting 1-hour webinar to present findings of its 2015 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity, the largest and most important source of statistical information available on the $903 billion equipment finance industry. Special event is being held in honor of the report's 40th anniversary. Webinar will cover key findings regarding new business volume, yield/cost of funds, financial statements, portfolio performance, business processes, and tips for using data effectively. Read More

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AASHTO Urges Congress to work on multi-year highway bill.

August 4, 2015

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) was grateful that Congress approved 3-month extension of funding for Highway Trust Fund and urged House to follow Senate’s lead in approving multi-year authorization. Due to expire October 29, short-term patch provides $8 billion from general fund to prevent immediate shutdown of Highway Trust Fund. This marks third time in 10 months Congress kept Highway Trust Fund solvent via passage of short-term extension. Read More

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August 4, 2015

North American PCB Business Rebounded in June Read More

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EPA Reaches Agreement to stop use of TCE in spray fixative.

August 4, 2015

U.S. EPA reached an agreement with PLZ Aeroscience Corporation (Addison, IL) to voluntarily phase-out use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in aerosol arts and crafts spray fixative product, used to provide water repellant and protective finish, by September 1, 2015.  Also, EPA is issuing proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under TSCA requiring anyone intending to initiate manufacture (including import) or processing of TCE for said uses to notify EPA at least 90 days before doing so. Read More

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Task Group Seeks Input regarding transition to new tire standard.

August 3, 2015

Expected discontinuation in manufacturing of standard-reference test tire will lead to changes to ASTM International standard E1136, Specification for P195/75R14 Radial Standard Reference Test Tire. Task group will explore best ways to transition from E1136 tire to alternate reference tire. One possibility is F2493, Specification for P225/60R16 97S Radial Standard Reference Test Tire. All E1136 users are encouraged to join in efforts to determine steps and timeline for said transition. Read More

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Fluid Power Conference Registration and Housing now open.

August 3, 2015

Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference, co-sponsored by NFPA and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, will take place Oct 14-16, 2015 at the Radisson Blu in Chicago. Attendees can engage with members of industry during corporate kiosk reception and participate in program of over 40 fluid power technical posters and presentations, including keynote talks on critical integration of industry and academia in technology and workforce. Read More

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NEMA Lauds Congressional Actions to advance energy legislation.

August 3, 2015

NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff praised passage, by 18-4 vote, of Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as "a welcome and positive step." This legislation incorporates NEMA-supported provisions within portions of S 720, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2015. Also, NEMA welcomed Senate Finance Committee's July 21 action advancing legislation to renew and extend 52 tax incentives that expired at end of 2014. Read More

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BIO Submits Comments regarding EPA's proposed rules for RFS.

August 3, 2015

BIO submitted comments on EPA's proposed rules for 2014, 2015, and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). In said comments, BIO makes clear that uncorrected course will cause program to continue to undermine goals and requirements of statute, undercut investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, and raise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in transportation fuel sector. BIO also issued several recommendations to EPA. Read More

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NEMA's EBCI shows improving business conditions, expectations.

August 3, 2015

Following 3 consecutive months of decline, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America rose to 67.5. While 10% of panelists reported worse conditions, equal share (45%) reported better or unchanged conditions. EBCI for future North American conditions also rose to 55.0 in July. While 50% of panelists expect unchanged business conditions over 6 month period, 30% expect better conditions, and 20% foresee worsening business environment. Read More

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Donald H. Ferguson joins AIM Board of Directors.

July 31, 2015

Donald H. Ferguson has been President of Lyngsoe Systems Ltd., based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, since it was established in 2001 by its parent company headquartered in Denmark. In Canada, Lyngsoe Systems Ltd. operates a radio frequency identification test center and R&D facility, which is considered one of the leading RFID innovators in the world. In his current role, Mr. Ferguson is responsible for all aspects of strategic, operational, and business development. Read More

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HI and BSB Edge enter into joint standard reseller agreement.

July 31, 2015

Joint business agreement entered into by Hydraulic Institute (HI) and BSB Edge on July 13, 2015 grants BSB Edge license to market and sell ANSI/HI pump standards, guidelines, and guidebooks globally. Calling said licensing agreement, "a key component in HI’s strategic plan for continued global growth," HI's Michael Michaud noted BSB's "solid reputation" for servicing industrial and municipal end-users and expressed anticipation for working with BSB in existing and new markets. Read More

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AIA Praises Senate Passage of Ex-Im Bank amendment.

July 31, 2015

Citing support and global marketplace advantages of Export-Import Bank of United States, Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher said AIA is "very pleased" regarding Senate passage of Transportation Bill with Ex-Im Bank Amendment. Melcher also urged House to include Senate Ex-Im language and "put an end to the acrimonious and unnecessary debate over reauthorization of an institution that House Republicans voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize only two years ago." Read More

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North American PCB Business saw rebound in June 2015.

July 31, 2015

According to June findings from North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program, IPC announced increases in sales and orders as well as strengthened book-to-bill ratio (1.06). Total North American (NA) PCB shipments increased 4.0% from June 2014, improving year-to-date (YTD) shipment growth to -0.8%. PCB bookings grew 13.7% compared to June 2014, increasing YTD order growth to 3.6%. NA PCB sales, in first for 2015, exceeded 2014's, and order growth was strongest in 8 months. Read More

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Sourcing Solutions Event is set for Cleveland in Fall.

July 31, 2015

PMA will host the third annual Sourcing Solutions™ on Sept 30 to Oct 1, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, in Cleveland, OH. Event brings together manufacturing buyers and engineers with pre-screened suppliers to source the competitive resources needed for their projects. PMA’s partners for the 2015 Sourcing Solutions event include ISM Cleveland, the Ohio Minority Suppliers Development Council, Fabricating.com, and Advanced Purchasing Dynamics. Read More

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Jerry Carrier honored with Award of Merit.

July 30, 2015

ASTM International Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units has honored Jerry Carrier, director of R&D at Glen-Gery Corp. in Wyomissing, PA, with the Award of Merit. Committee C15 noted Carrier’s outstanding efforts in the development of ASTM standards related to manufactured masonry units of fired clay and shale, concrete, and sand-lime units. A member since 1987, Carrier has led several task groups that have resulted in development of important industry specifications. Read More

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Presentations invited for ASTM's air quality workshop.

July 30, 2015

Presentations are invited for the ASTM International Workshop on Assessment of Air Quality Related to Hydraulic Fracturing Activities, which will take place Jan. 27, 2016. Workshop will focus on air quality issues potentially affecting the general public, as well as potential impact to workers at those sites, including respirable silica, benzene and other organics, and nitrogen oxides. Each presentation will be limited to 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. Read More

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SBANE presents Senior Executive Circle.

July 30, 2015

SBANE has opened enrollment for Senior Executive Circle, formerly known as CEO Dialogue Program. Senior Executive Circle is a peer advisory group for executives within the C-suite to come together and gain perspectives on business challenges. With each monthly meeting, participants will be able to share their business questions, issues, or concerns in non-competitive and confidential space, to receive honest feedback and advice, and to gain insight on current and future business goals. Read More

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NEMA publishes white paper on low frequency audible signals.

July 30, 2015

NEMA published NEMA SBP 4-2015 Low Frequency Audible Signals, which addresses need for and development of low-frequency audible signal used in fire alarms, CO alarms, and fire or CO alarm systems. Developed by the Fire, Life Safety, Security, and Emergency Communication Section, document addresses why low-frequency signal is needed, difference between low-frequency signal and standard audible fire alarm signal, and when and where low frequency signal is required. Read More

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NEMA welcomes USTR announcement on ITA expansion.

July 29, 2015

NEMA welcomed announcement by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that agreement had been reached among leading countries to expand scope of World Trade Organization’s Information Technology Agreement. According to announcement, product list including MRI and CT units as well as other specific products of interest to NEMA manufacturers has been provisionally agreed by participating governments. Under ITA, willing WTO member countries agree to eliminate their own tariffs on list of products. Read More