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NAM hails court's rejection of ambush elections.

May 25, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after U.S. District Court invalidated National Labor Relations Board's "ambush elections" rule, which would have expedited unionization election process. According to Timmons, overturning the ambush elections rule is a key victory for job creators and the 12 million men and women working in manufacturing. NAM will continue to lead the way in opposing rules and regulations that stand in the way of job creation and economic growth. Read More

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RIA announces first Certified Robot Integrators.

May 25, 2012

JR Automation, Motion Controls Robotics, Tennessee Rand, and Wolf Robotics are the first 4 robotic integrators to receive Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. In order to become certified, integrators go through rigorous process which includes on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel. Based on feedback from industry, achieving certification will be valuable to integrators looking to showcase capabilities and experience to users and suppliers. Read More

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Student Winners Announced in NREL's alternative energy car races.

May 25, 2012

NREL's Junior Solar Sprint, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions saw 104 participating teams from 23 Colorado schools. Student teams raced solar, lithium ion, or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves, and trophies were given out for speed as well as technology, craftsmanship, and innovation for each technology. Read More

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IPC/JEDEC-9704A Guideline facilitates strain gage testing.

May 25, 2012

IPC/JEDEC-9704A, Printed Circuit Assembly Strain Gage Test Guideline, makes it easier for engineers to run strain gage tests during manufacturing process. While first-generation document provided target pass/fail points, Revision A changes focus to methodology. Guideline includes formulas for calculating strain and describes techniques for analyzing data derived from these tests. In addition to BGAs, IPC/JEDEC-9704A provides recommendations for sockets and ceramic capacitors. Read More

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ASTM Wood Committee approves fire resistance test standard.

May 25, 2012

ASTM International Committee D07 on Wood has approved ASTM D7746, Practice for Calculating the Superimposed Load on Wood-Frame Floor-Ceiling Assemblies for Standard Fire Resistance Tests. Developed by Subcommittee D07.05 on Wood Assemblies, standard will be used in conjunction with other fire test standards, and will be used primarily by manufacturers who are seeking fire resistance tests and agencies that conduct such tests. Read More

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TRFA Webinar explores how additives perform in epoxy systems.

May 25, 2012

TRFA invites industry professionals to participate in 1 hr webinar on June 28, 2012 at 11:00 am EDT pertaining to principles and science behind design and selection of additives. Presenter Dan Breidenbach, Laboratory Manager at BYK USA, will help attendees learn major reasons and objectives for using air release additives, differentiation between air release additives and defoamers, principles of wetting and dispersive additives, as well as surface defects and solutions. Read More

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Energy Tech Emissions Estimates are narrowed by NREL.

May 24, 2012

Meta-analysis of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies, performed by NREL, weighed emissions estimates per kW-hr from raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, operation, and decommissioning to get optimal comparisons. It found that, from cradle to grave, coal-fired energy releases ~20X as much GHG into atmosphere per kW-hr as solar energy. According to NREL Senior Scientist Garvin Heath, methodology used for study provided better precision of study results. Read More

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EPA and Department of Commerce announce effort to boost jobs.

May 24, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Department of Commerce Secretary John E. Bryson announced efforts to launch environmental technology initiative to help create American jobs in environmental industry. Environmental Technologies Export Initiative builds on President Obama's National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by end of 2014 and support millions of American jobs. Web-based tool is scheduled to be launched in fall of this year and hosted on export.gov. Read More