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EBCI Indicates Slowing Improvement in North American business conditions.

May 2, 2012

Although it continues to point to economic environment conducive to industry growth, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions dropped nearly 13 points in April to 59.1. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions also suggested slowdown in improvement, dropping to +0.2. EBCI for future North American conditions was strongly positive in April, although index declined just over 4 points to 81.8. Read More

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PACK EXPO Int'l 2012 already exceeds 2010 Edition.

May 2, 2012

With 6 months left until PACK EXPO International 2012, over 1,500 exhibitors have reserved booth space. PMMI projects visitor attendance at 46,000 and exhibit hall space at 1.1 million net square feet. Adding to the many reasons to attend, PMMI announces 2012 PACK EXPO Lecture will feature comedian/commentator Dennis Miller and political strategist James Carville, presenting their views of the upcoming election, and debating questions raised by the audience. Read More

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PM Sintering Short Course met with great success.

May 2, 2012

Returning after hiatus of nearly 13 years, EPMA's Short Course took place March 18-20, 2012 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Sintering - Fundamentals and Mass Production saw 65 engineers and scientists from throughout Europe joined by 12 speakers from industry and academia. Together, they examined practical capabilities and applications of sintering technology as applied to powder metallurgy process. Participants had opportunity to discuss and explore problems and case studies. Read More

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Obama Administration names Green Ribbon educational institutions.

May 2, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, joined by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, announced U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. List includes 78 schools spanning 29 states and D.C. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, these institutions "demonstrate...ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments." Read More

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PTDA Welcomes New Members from Northern USA and Caribbean.

May 2, 2012

PTDA welcomed two new distributor members in first quarter of 2012. Importadora Gutierrez, S.R.L., founded in 1979 to serve expanding agricultural industry, covers Dominican Republic, Haiti, Central America, and Caribbean. Founded in 1948, Werner Electric Supply Co. has 11 branches throughout WI and MI that serve electrical control needs of OEMS, maintenance and automation needs of industrial plants and commercial buildings, and electrical needs of construction contractors. Read More

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EPA announces available funding for clean diesel projects.

May 2, 2012

U.S. EPA is announcing availability of up to $20 million in FY 2012 grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing harmful pollution from nation's existing fleet of diesel engines and improving air quality and Americans' health. In addition to these grants, approximately $9 million will be available through direct state allocations. EPA estimates that for every $1 spent on clean diesel funding up to $13 of public health benefit is realized. Read More

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ANSI Submits Input on Federal Register notice from OMB.

May 2, 2012

In response to March 30 Federal Register notice by Office of Management and Budget (OMB), ANSI submitted input document on whether and how to supplement Circular A-119, "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities." OMB stated issues in standards and conformity assessment areas may have emerged or evolved since Circular was last updated in 1998. Notice also announced May 15 workshop on OMB Circular A-119. Read More

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ANSI Exploratory Meeting focuses on Energy Efficiency Standards Panel.

May 2, 2012

On April 25, more than 120 stakeholders and another 100 webinar attendees gathered to examine the need for a potential ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel. Following open and interactive discussion period, one common theme that emerged was a call for greater coordination, participation, and harmonization of standardization efforts in the energy efficiency space. Participants suggested that the panel should seek to produce a roadmap to help advance energy efficiency in the U.S. Read More