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Demand for Industrial Control Equipment is increasing.

June 1, 2012

Standing 12% above last year's level and 52% above that of mid-2009, NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 11.3% on quarter-to-quarter basis during first 3 months of 2012. Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, during 1Q 2012, rose 9.9% from Q4 2011 level and 9.5% year-over-year. Also, manufacturing sector experienced surge of activity in 1Q 2012, marked by 10.4% annualized increase in industrial production for manufactured goods. Read More

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STEM Measurement Workshop features keynote by Richard Freeman.

June 1, 2012

Labor economist Dr. Richard Freeman will liken new way of measuring innovation to GDP during his keynote address at STEM measurement workshop in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 2012. Measurement is designed to determine impact and effectiveness of all public, private, and academic money spent on research and development in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) area. Workshop sessions will focus on funding, workforce, output measures/indicators, and policy implications. Read More

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SAE Book on Engine Failure delves into causes and prevention.

June 1, 2012

Published by SAE International, "Engine Failure Analysis: Internal Combustion Engine Failures and Their Causes" examines physical and technical properties of engine components, how they are designed, and how they function. Authors Ernst Greuter and Stefan Zima present selected engine failures, investigate and evaluate why they failed, and provide guidance on prevention. Free of manufacturer bias, book covers variety of engines considered as technical precursors to automotive engines. Read More

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ISO launches database of standardization education materials.

June 1, 2012

In effort to raise profile and value of standards to students worldwide, ISO has launched repository of teaching resources on standardization as part of its online educational resources. Current version of database provides case studies on economic benefits of standardization, papers on standardization as strategic business tool, lectures and presentations on standardization system and its importance, and textbook resources on standards development and electrotechnical standardization. Read More

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Open Application Integration Group recognizes NIST as outstanding contributor.

June 1, 2012

Open Application Integration Group, a U.S.-based non-profit consortium, has recognized NIST's Systems Integration Division as an "outstanding contributor" organization. Award acknowledges division's role in accelerating development and adoption of OAGi standards for communicating among industrial suppliers and service providers and their customers. OAGi's standards, called business object documents, enable hassle-free exchange of information and applications across global supply chains. Read More

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NIST Highlights Programs to celebrate World Metrology Day.

June 1, 2012

On May 20, 1875, Treaty of the Meter was signed by representatives from 17 nations, including USA, to recognize importance of worldwide uniformity of measurements and established collaborative global framework for advancement of measurement science. NIST will be celebrating on May 21, 2012 with colloquium highlighting NIST programs dedicated to creating safer world, reflecting this year's "Metrology for Safety" theme. Read More

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May 2012 Business Conditions Report has been released by PMA.

May 31, 2012

According to May 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect softening in business conditions during next 3 months; only 24% of participants anticipated improvement in economic activity. Metalforming companies also forecast downward trend in incoming orders, with only 34% anticipating increase. Average daily shipping levels declined in May, with 44% reporting same shipping levels as 3 months ago and 19% reporting decrease. Read More

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EPA launches design competition for college students.

May 31, 2012

EPA is launching design competition called Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses to develop innovative approaches to managing stormwater, which is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. Competition will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches, and train next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Read More