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NEMA Report shows business conditions slid to neutral in April.

April 29, 2016

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) dropped to 50 points in April after March's 64.7. While 19% of panelists reported conditions improved and worsened in April, respectively representing 41% decline and 12% increase from March, majority claimed conditions were unchanged (up from 47% in March). Measure of change intensity in electroindustry business conditions dropped to 0.0 from +0.5 in March. Also, EBCI for future NA conditions declined to 53.1 from 61.8 in March. Read More

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NEMA Reaffirms Standard for continuity of conductor coating testing.

April 29, 2016

NEMA reaffirmed NEMA WC 72-1999 (R2004, R2015) Continuity of Coating Testing for Electrical Conductors. Available in hard copy or electronic download, this standard reviews problems that occur when polysulfide testing is improperly imposed on tin-, silver-, and nickel-coated copper and copper-alloy stranded conductors or on tin-, silver-, or nickel-coated copper and copper-alloy single or stranded conductors after insulating. Read More

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PACK EXPO East 2017 already has 200+ committed exhibitors.

April 29, 2016

PACK EXPO East 2017 will return to Pennsylvania Convention Center on February 27, 2017 and run through March 1. Upcoming event already attracted commitment of 220 leading packaging industry companies. This marketplace lets exhibitors showcase packaging equipment, machinery, and innovations to range of industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical/medical device, chemical, and personal care. Exhibit hall space is >70% full, and applications are being accepted. Read More

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NREL Theory establishes path to 2D semiconductor devices.

April 28, 2016

Researchers at NREL have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using 2D semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices. NREL team discovered that the height of the Schottky barrier can be adjusted by using certain 2D metals as electrodes. By selecting appropriate 2D metal/2D semiconductor pair, one can reduce barrier to almost zero. Increasing flow of electrons or holes through semiconductor reduces power losses and improves device performance. Read More

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Study highlights effects of different lighting conditions.

April 28, 2016

Published in OSA's journal Optics Express, research conducted by Kyungah Choi and Hyeon-Jeong Suk highlights effects of lighting conditions on stimulation of physiological alertness and cognitive performance in school children. Results showed that CCT of 6,500 K led to stimulation of higher alertness states and greatest enhancement of academic performance. However, there is a limit to how intense classroom lighting can be before academic performance stops improving, and eventually declines. Read More

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NEMA Communications Department wins 9 Hermes Creative Awards.

April 28, 2016

In the 2016 Hermes Creative Awards, NEMA Communications Department won 9 platinum and gold awards and 5 honorable mentions for ei, the magazine of the electroindustry and eiXtra, a twice-monthly e-newsletter. International competition is for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional materials and emerging technologies. Winners range from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. Read More

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HI to present technical session at NJWEA conference.

April 28, 2016

Hydraulic Institute will be presenting on Pumping Efficiency at the NJWEA John J. Lagrosa 101st Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlantic City, NJ. Course will be presented by Mr. Benjamin Stevens of A.W. Chesterton Company and will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. as part of the "Resiliency: Planning, Design and Economics" session. Read More

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NREL finds nanotube semiconductors well-suited for PV systems.

April 28, 2016

Researchers at NREL discovered single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems because they can potentially convert sunlight to electricity or fuels without losing much energy. Research builds on the Nobel Prize-winning work of Rudolph Marcus, who developed a fundamental tenet of physical chemistry that explains the rate at which an electron can move from one chemical to another. Paper appears in the new issue of the journal Nature Chemistry. Read More

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Compunetics earns certification as Qualified Manufacturer.

April 28, 2016

IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC-6012/IPC-A-600 Qualified Manufacturers Listing to Compunetics, a manufacturer of printed circuit boards based in Monroeville, PA. Compunetics is the first to receive IPC's Validation Services QML for these standards. Company met or exceeded testing requirements for board coupons and passed 3-day, on-site audit. Maintenance of QML requires testing of board coupons every quarter and passing of periodic factory audits. Read More

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SPE® announces dates for Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

April 28, 2016

SPE's Automotive Division will hold 46th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on Nov 9, 2016 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI, where winning part nominations and teams that developed them will be honored. During competition phase, dozens of teams made up of OEMs and suppliers work to hone submission forms and presentations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle module to support claims that it is the year’s "Most Innovative Use of Plastics." Deadline for nominations is Sept 15. Read More

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Research Team builds first quantum cascade laser on silicon.

April 27, 2016

Team of researchers from across the country, led by Alexander Spott, University of California, Santa Barbara, have built the first quantum cascade laser on silicon. Advance may have applications that span from chemical bond spectroscopy and gas sensing, to astronomy and free-space communications. Next step for team is to improve heat dissipation to optimize performance of these QCLs and to allow them to make continuous-wave QCLs on silicon. Read More

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Aerospace and Defense Industry is vital for U.S. economy.

April 27, 2016

According to study commissioned by AIA from business information firm IHS Inc., aerospace and defense industry is a vital component of U.S. economy, not solely for the role it plays in national security, transportation, and technological innovation, but also because its influence spans many sectors and every state. Study estimates that industry supported 1.7 million jobs within businesses producing end-user goods and services and within supply chain, and generated $300 billion in economic value. Read More

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PMMI recognizes gains in packaging sustainability.

April 27, 2016

Consumer awareness of the environment and their ensuing demand for sustainable products has prompted the processing and packaging industry to respond with sustainable initiatives in operations and packaging. Breaking Down Sustainable Packaging infographic, produced by PMMI, shows how the industry, particularly food and beverage, household and personal care, and healthcare packaging segments are adopting sustainable practices to meet increased demand of consumers. Read More

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NREL demonstrates process for enzymatic ammonia production.

April 27, 2016

New process using light to reduce dinitrogen into ammonia, the main ingredient in chemical fertilizers, could inspire development of more sustainable processes that eliminate energy-intensive, lengthier processes now commonly in use. According to researchers at NREL, photochemical (photon) energy can serve as a substitute for the adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP)-dependent electron transfer mechanism typically used in biology to drive nitrogenase to reduce dinitrogen (N2) to ammonia (NH3). Read More

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AASHTO Bolsters Earth Day with DOT video and green initiatives.

April 27, 2016

On this year's Earth Day, AASHTO will release its video highlighting efforts underway by Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) to make its transportation system more sustainable. "Transportation Sustainability: Hawaii" is said to illustrate holistic approach taken to meet current and future mobility and accessibility needs while protecting environmental resources. AASHTO is also highlighting initiatives underway by MI, IL, WA, CA, Washington D.C., CO, VT, and ID. Read More

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ASABE Revises Standard regarding slow-moving vehicle ID emblem.

April 27, 2016

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised ANSI/ASAE S276.8 APR2016, which identifies requirements and applications for slow-moving vehicle (SMV) identification emblem. Specifically, revisions clarify requirement for use of SMV emblem on towed agricultural implements and equipment as well as clarify center triangle color as nonreflective red-orange fluorescent throughout said document. Read More

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ASTM Standard Test Method will aid stormwater treatment.

April 27, 2016

ASTM International test method C1814/C1814M-16 will help determine hydraulic capacity of treatment devices that filter stormwater runoff. Primary users will be labs, manufacturers, and engineers. According to ASTM member Dr. Peter Weiss, this standard, by helping ensure treatment devices have capacity needed to treat expected stormwater runoff flow rates, helps ensure design flow rate can be adequately treated and enables accurate comparisons among all units being considered. Read More

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FDT Group names new executives to board of directors.

April 26, 2016

Andre Uhl, director, device lifecycle platform for Schneider Electric Automation GmbH and Shinji Oda, general manager, technology marketing, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, have been named to FDT Group's board of directors. Mr. Uhl has many years of experience in the industrial market managing R&D centers for industrial and motion control applications. Mr. Oda joined Yokogawa in 1986 and has played a key role in development of successive CENTUM Distributed Control System offerings. Read More

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EPA celebrates affiliates that support cleaner freight.

April 26, 2016

As part of 2016 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge, EPA is honoring: American Trucking Associations, Environmental Defense Fund, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Penske Truck Leasing, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Specialty Graphic Industry Association, and Wisconsin Clean Cities. Affiliates have done outstanding work reaching out to inform and educate businesses, communities, truck drivers, and other stakeholders about steps they can take to reduce freight emissions. Read More

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ASTM Plastics Committee names Mark Lavach as new chairman.

April 26, 2016

Mark L. Lavach, analytical and systems research manager at Arkema, Inc. (King of Prussia, PA), will serve as chairman of ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics. ASTM member since 1994, Lavach has been with Arkema, Inc. since its creation in 2006 and previously served as manager at Atofina and scientist with Elf Atochem. Lavach has been honored with multiple awards and actively participates in multiple associations. Read More