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SME to Explain Advantages of 3D imaging technologies.

May 31, 2012

SME will present 3D imaging technologies lineup of briefings, workshops, presentations, and displays at RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, which will take place May 23-24 in Atlanta, GA. Addressing demands of manufacturing engineers looking for solutions that accelerate product design and production, offerings will include reverse engineering and 3D data capture workshop, 1 hr 3D imaging technology overview, and 3D Imaging Conference Sessions on various topics. Read More

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Nuclear Energy Standards Collaborative to convene on July 17.

May 31, 2012

Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative, a joint initiative of ANSI and NIST, will holds its next meeting on July 17. The meeting will focus on identifying and responding to current needs of nuclear industry and standards that can facilitate its growth and development. Meeting is open to all interested U.S. and international stakeholders, including government legislative and regulatory bodies, industry, standards developing organizations, and certification organizations. Read More

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DOE Appliance Standards promise energy savings, choice diversity.

May 31, 2012

On May 16, Department of Energy (DOE) announced energy efficiency standards - informed by feedback from manufacturers, consumer groups, and environmental advocates - for residential clothes washers and dishwashers. Front- and top-loading clothes washers, respectively will be required to reduce energy consumption by 15% and 33% and water use by 35% and 19% by 2015. Dishwashers will be required to use 15% less energy and 20% less water by 2013. Read More

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QEP Field Services agrees to pay $4 million for EPA violations.

May 30, 2012

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with QEP Field Services Co. to resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act at 5 natural gas compressor stations on Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. Under proposed settlement, QEPFS will pay $3.65 million civil penalty and $350,000 into Clean Air Trust Fund. Settlement also requires QEPFS to reduce emissions by removing certain equipment, installing additional pollution controls, and replacing natural gas powered instrument controls. Read More

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NAS to review IRIS assessment development process.

May 30, 2012

EPA announced that the National Academy of Sciences will conduct comprehensive review of agency's Integrated Risk Information System program's assessment development process, and changes that are currently being made or planned by EPA in response to NAS' April 2011 recommendations. IRIS program helps EPA protect Americans' health and the environment by conducting health assessments of over 550 chemicals that may be present in the environment. Read More

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National BIM Standard-United States(TM) is released.

May 30, 2012

NIBS buildingSMART alliance(TM) has released consensus-based standard governing building information modeling for use in the U.S. NBIMS-US(TM) V2 covers full life cycle of buildings - from planning, design, and construction to operations and sustainment. Part of international effort, standard will serve as kick-off point for other countries around the world to adopt as their own BIM standard. NBIMS-US(TM) V2 follows open consensus process set by rules of governance established by Institute. Read More

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BSA Distributor Survey shows solid gains in 2011.

May 30, 2012

BSA Annual Distributor Survey revealed aggregate sales volume increased 14.7% in 2011 over 2010 volume. According to Motion Industries President and CEO Bill Stevens, who reported for BSA, firms responding to BSA Distributor Survey represented 90% of value of bearings sold through BSA members. Additional results revealed aggregate number of employees increased 3.5% in 2011. Stevens presented survey findings at 2012 BSA Annual Convention, which was held April 29 to May 1 in Bonita Springs, FL. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for April 2012.

May 30, 2012

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 3.6% in April 2012 from April 2011, and bookings decreased 8.6% year over year. Book-to-bill ratio for rigid PCB industry remained above parity at 1.03. Flexible circuit shipments in April 2012 were down 13.8%, and bookings were down 5.2% compared to April 2011. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio remained high at 1.16. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, shipments decreased 4.5% from April 2011. Read More