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EPA releases EJ 2020 Action Agenda.

Oct 31, 2016

U.S. EPA released the Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020), the Agency’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016–2020. EJ 2020 has three overarching goals: to deepen environmental justice practice within EPA programs to improve health and environment of overburdened communities; to work with partners to expand positive impact within overburdened communities; and to... Read More

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Nominations Sought for SPE's Thermoformer of the Year Award.

Oct 31, 2016

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division seeks nominations for its annual Thermoformer of the Year Award, which recognizes significant contribution to thermoforming industry in technical, educational, or managerial capacity. Nominations are due by December 16, 2016. Nominees will be evaluated by SPE Thermoforming Division Board of Directors, and 2017 Thermoformer of the Year... Read More

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PTDA welcomes seven new members.

Oct 31, 2016

PTDA, the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control distribution channel, recently welcomed 7 new member companies. Distributors include: Central Chain & Transmission, Co., Dowco Power Transmission Products Inc., Mechanical Rubber & Transmission, Inc., Sunset Industrial Parts, and Whisler Bearings & Drives, Inc. Manufacturer and Associate Members include:... Read More

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SPE's Advanced Manufacturing Media seeks 30 Under 30 nominations.

Oct 31, 2016

For its annual 30 Under 30 issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, Advanced Manufacturing Media seeks nominations of outstanding young manufacturing and engineering students, professionals, and educators. Nomination deadline is February 15, 2017 for year's potential honorees. According to Jim Sawyer, editor-in-chief of Manufacturing Engineering credited young people with "exploring,... Read More

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SME hosts 3D scan of Pittsburgh Bridge.

Oct 31, 2016

SME worked with FARO Technologies Inc., Direct Dimensions Inc., and the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to take the first-ever 3D scan of the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Scan will be used to create 3D-printed miniature replicas of the bridge, to be used as puzzle pieces at the RAPID + TCT event, May 9–11 in Pittsburgh. RAPID + TCT 2017 showcases the latest growth and... Read More

FDT Group to Hold Press Conference at SPS IPC Drives exhibition.

Oct 31, 2016

FDT Group press conference will take place November 23, 2016 at 11:30 Central European Time (CET) at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, Germany. Said organization plans to address its launch of fully integrated FDT/Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) architecture bridging process, hybrid, and factory automation markets. This will be highlighted by announcements related to FDT Device Type Manager™... Read More

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NEMA's EBCI for October indicates positive growth trend.

Oct 28, 2016

With its score of 55.6, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for October returned to expansionary territory. Those reporting unchanged conditions totaled 78%, compared to 47% in September, and reports of worse conditions dropped to 6% from 29%. Respondents citing better conditions fell 7 points from 24% to 17%. Also, mean rating for intensity of change measurement... Read More

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NASA awards contract for sustainable land imaging spacecraft.

Oct 28, 2016

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation, know publicly as Orbital ATK, for the Landsat 9 spacecraft. Contract is a 5-year, firm fixed-price delivery order for purchase of spacecraft in amount of $129.9 million. Orbital will design and fabricate the spacecraft, integrate mission's two government-furnished... Read More

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ASHRAE/IES Publish Standard on building energy efficiency.

Oct 28, 2016

Newly published, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, serves as commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. This 2016 version, which contains 125 addenda published since original 2013 standard, seeks to "create a consensus standard that saves energy and is technically feasible and cost... Read More

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Optical Society's Centennial FiO Meeting gathered 2,300 attendees.

Oct 28, 2016

Co-located with Laser Science event, Optical Society's annual Frontiers in Optics (FiO) meeting gathers optical science community to discuss advances in optics and photonics. This year's event, held October 17–20, 2016, attracted 2,300 attendees. In addition to research, centennial programming included overview on hot topics by technical division chairs,7 special symposia on specific... Read More

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Paper in OSA's Optics Letters describes underwater viewing means.

Oct 27, 2016

"Object Extraction from Underwater Image through Logical Stochastic Resonance," published in Optics Letters, describes novel methodology for improving underwater viewing. Researchers from Ocean University of China (Qingdao) applied logical stochastic resonance (LSR) algorithms to poor-quality underwater images and consequently improved ability to visually detect objects. Study extends and... Read More

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NEMA Standard tests emergency call system audio quality.

Oct 27, 2016

Available in hard copy or for download, NEMA SB 10-2016, Audio Standard for Nurse Call Systems, contains requirements and test procedures that evaluate audio quality of loud speakers and microphones for such emergency call systems as nurse control stations, patient stations, and pillow speakers. This standard, intended for use in hospitals, nursing homes, and acute care facilities, specifically... Read More

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ACGIH Webinar addresses hood design and flow characteristics.

Oct 27, 2016

On Dec 8, 2016, ACGIH® will present Hood Design and Flow Characteristics webinar, which will explore types and characteristics of different styles of hoods employed in industry. Presentation will include definitions of terms applied to hoods, application of different styles of hoods, and limitations and advantages of their use. It will provide instruction on how to calculate hood pressure... Read More

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SPE Auto Hall of Fame inducts first PC instrument panel.

Oct 26, 2016

Automotive Division of SPE® named first use of polycarbonate (PC) to injection mold hard (painted) instrument panel, featured on 1977 Econoline® van from Ford Motor Co, as 2016 Hall of Fame winner for 46th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition and Gala. Automotive plastic or composite components considered for said award must have been in continuous service in some form for... Read More

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SPE® Automotive Division names competition finalists.

Oct 26, 2016

Automotive Division of SPE® announced finalists for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Nominations were first subjected to pre-qualification review and then were presented before a panel of industry experts, which sent forward the most innovative nominations to the Blue Ribbon judging round. Category and Grand Award winners selected during Blue Ribbon judging round... Read More

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ASTM takes leadership role during World Standards Week.

Oct 26, 2016

ASTM International is serving as the 2016 Administering Organization for the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on Oct. 27. Event recognizes the critical role of stakeholders throughout the standards community, including business leaders, industry, academia, government, and consumers. ASTM president James A. Thomas will receive the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, which recognizes... Read More

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NREL Consortium to develop materials for hydrogen production.

Oct 26, 2016

HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN), formed by NREL with 5 other national labs, intends to accelerate development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. By establishing this consortium, Energy Department will enhance accessibility of national lab resources to external stakeholders and establish online portals to... Read More

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NEMA White Paper helps save energy in commerical buildings.

Oct 25, 2016

NEMA published white paper that discusses new requirements that help reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. NEMA WD ARCP 1-2016 Automatic Receptacle Control to Meet ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and California (CA) Title 24 explains controlled receptacle requirement now appearing within non-residential energy codes, as well as a summary of typical application settings. NEMA's paper pertains to... Read More

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ASHRAE User Manual comes with thermal comfort compliance tool.

Oct 25, 2016

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55 User’s Manual provides overview of ASHRAE's thermal comfort standard for new users and also includes detailed information for those who are more familiar with its requirements. Based on ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, manual includes tables, illustrations, and examples. Online thermal comfort tool,... Read More

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Pharma EXPO shoots to solve top industry challenges.

Oct 25, 2016

Scheduled for November 6-9, Pharma EXPO will provide 2 educational platforms to address key trends and issues along the pharmaceutical supply chain. Show will feature dedicated Innovation Stage as well as Pharma EXPO Conference Program organized by the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering. Each will address the latest technologies and practices in combating counterfeit drugs,... Read More