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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

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Specifications address chromaticity of solid state lighting.

May 30, 2012

NEMA has published ANSI ANSLG C38.377 Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting Products. Publication specifies range of chromaticities recommended for general lighting with SSL products and advises customers of white light chromaticities. Information applies to chromaticity standards and definitions and specifications of color rendering index. It covers LED-based SSL products with control electronics and heat sinks with AC main power or DC voltage power. Read More

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ANSI issues report from April 25 exploratory meeting.

May 30, 2012

During exploratory meeting for ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel, more than 240 in-person and webinar participants discussed how standards coordinating body could best help to advance nation's clean energy agenda. Participants voiced their perspectives on what ANSI should consider with regard to mission, deliverables, and scope of energy efficiency standards panel. Meeting report provides distillation of event's presentations and discussions, drawn conclusions, and overview of next steps. Read More

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ISO Technical Report guides nanomaterials characterization.

May 30, 2012

ISO TR 13014:2012, Nanotechnologies - Guidance on physicochemical characterization of engineered nanoscale materials for toxicologic assessment will help health scientists and experts understand, plan, identify, and address physicochemical characteristics of nano-objects before conducting toxicological tests on them. According to Dr. Richard Pleus, report tells scientists what material being tested looks like and is made of as well as how it interacts with surrounding environment. Read More

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BSA Announces 3 Meeting Dates for 2012-2013.

May 30, 2012

Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) announced three upcoming events. Co-located with ABMA's Fall Meeting, 2012 Fall Meeting in Chicago, IL is scheduled for September 24-25 at Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile. Individual event schedules have been timed to avoid overlap. Looking ahead, the BSA 2013 Winter Meeting will take place in Atlanta, GA from January 27-29, and BSA 2013 Annual Convention will convene May 5-7 on Hilton Head Island, SC. Read More

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BIO Applauds EPA Rejection of retroactive waiver for 2011 RFS.

May 30, 2012

BIO expressed support for EPA's denial of January 2012 petition by petroleum industry representatives to retroactively waive 2011 cellulosic biofuel Renewable Volume Obligation under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In his statement, BIO's Brent Erickson noted how lobbyists for oil refining industry "continue to try to throw regulatory obstacles in the way of the advanced biofuel industry" and applauded EPA for its firm stance against such efforts. Read More

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John DeLisi is named as new Director of Office of Aviation Safety. .

May 30, 2012

As announced by NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman, John DeLisi will start serving as Director of Office of Aviation Safety (OAS) on June 2, 2012. "With more than two decades of outstanding accident investigation experience," said Hersman, "John has made significant contributions to safety and to the NTSB." DeLisi has served as Deputy Director of OAS since 2007. During his 20 years with NTSB, he has overseen numerous major investigations. Read More