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AEM Presents marketing webinar series.

June 11, 2009

Online AEM Marketing Webinar Series will provide tools and resources to help companies survive the current business climate. Offered from 10:30-11:30 AM CST, topics are Customer Message Management (June 30), Inspiring Innovation and Creating Change (July 23), and Crisis Management and Communication (August 27). Speakers include customer message management trainer and CMM Group CEO Tim Riesterer, author and futurist Tom Koulopoulos of Delphi Group, and crisis communication expert Gerard Braud. Read More

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AFSS to host transportation emissions conference.

June 11, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 6-8, 2009, 4th Bi-Annual Emissions Solutions in Transportation Conference will have 2 separate tracks with Short Courses covering Basics of Air and Liquid filtration as well as 4 additional courses. Designed for engineers and managers with vested interest in new technologies and future needs in emission solutions, program covers idea creation and innovative concepts, final testing procedures, and updated status of governing and future regulations from CARB and EPA. Read More

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SARL supports AG CONNECT Expo 2010.

June 11, 2009

Endorsed by State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, 2010 AG CONNECT Expo is scheduled for Jan 13-15 and will showcase latest innovations, products, services, and technology in all agriculture sectors and offer access to leading worldwide industry experts. SARL's co-located annual summit, scheduled for Jan 15-17, will gather together leaders from state and provincial legislative agriculture committees to discuss key policy issues facing rural communities. Read More

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SME Education Foundation awards $90,000 in scholarships.

June 11, 2009

Recipients of SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Award include Ben R. Brown, who was awarded $50,000 4-yr scholarship, and Alexandra M. Moulton and Michelle T. Barber who each won $10,000 1-year scholarships. Jonathan T. Reding and Hillary M. Shoop both received $5,000 1-yr awards for SME Education Foundation Directors Scholarship. Khalil S. Taraman said corporations and foundations support endowments because they know future of manufacturing, with advanced technologies, demands it. Read More

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NAM supports production of oil shale resources.

June 11, 2009

According to NAM VP for Energy and Resource Policy, Keith McCoy, PIONEER Act is critical step forward in creating comprehensive energy policy that will promote development of country's oil shale resources. Legislation makes certain regulatory guidelines published by Department of Interior permanent, and will direct Department of Interior to move forward with Research, Development, and Demonstration projects, which will expedite delivery of fuel to manufacturing sector and broader marketplace. Read More

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EBCI suggests electroindustry is nearing cyclical trough.

June 11, 2009

According to NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index, current North American conditions advanced for 3rd straight month, and 4th in last 5, in May. Since Dec 2008, index has rebounded from near record low of 8 to 47.9, within sight of 50-point threshold indicative of absolute improvement in industry conditions. Survey results support view that electroindustry is approaching cyclical trough as steep declines abate and expectations in second half of year improve. Read More

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NEMA jointly publishes naming convention specification.

June 11, 2009

NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE have published National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) 1104 v01 Center-to-Center Naming Convention Specification. Under development since 1996, set of communication protocols for traffic management devices defines naming service for common object request broker architecture (CORBA) for use in center-to-center communications in transportation industry. It can be referenced by non-CORBA standards to define how certain items should be named. Read More

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NFPA Video documents middle school engineering competition.

June 11, 2009

Posted on organization's website, video shows 8th graders solving engineering problems at December 2008 NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, which engaged students and introduced them to fluid power technology and career opportunities. Of students that participated in 2008 event, 73% expressed interest in related careers on post-test/evaluation. Competition will take place in 2009 at Marquette University, University of Minnesota, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Harper College. Read More

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NEMA jointly releases transportation management protocol.

June 11, 2009

NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE have released NTCIP 8004 v01 Protocol Structure and Identification of Management Information. Rules and protocols are specified for organizing, describing, and defining transportation management information to be exchanged between applications and/or transportation equipment to encourage interoperability. It defines how NTCIP 1200-series data dictionaries organize and identify objects and define object specifications/meta-attributes/management information bases. Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses ampacities of cable tray cables.

June 11, 2009

Produced by ICEA Energy Division Working Group 440, ANSI/NEMA WC 51-2009/ICEA P-54-440 Standard provides ampacity ratings for 600-15,000 V solid dielectric cables installed in cable trays, tabulated for single conductor cables, triplexed assemblies of single conductor cables, and 3-conductor cables incorporating overall jacket. Correction factors are provided to adjust tabulated values for ambient and operating temperatures, cable construction, tray covers, and diversification of cable loading. Read More

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NEMA publishes standard for portable primary cells and batteries.

June 11, 2009

NEMA has published ANSI C18.1M, Part 1-2009 Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte - General and Specifications. Produced by ANSI C18 committee on Portable Cells and Batteries, it provides requirements/information related to consumer batteries, with specifications for nomenclature, dimensions, polarity, terminals, marking, test conditions, and procedures. Chemical system, tests for popular consumer batteries, and reformatted battery specification sheets have been added. Read More

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NEMA Research shows need for lighting systems awareness.

June 11, 2009

According to NEMA market research, conducted in conjunction with Today's Facility Manager magazine, information on energy/cost savings through modern lighting systems is needed. Findings show 41% of building owners plan to upgrade lighting within 1 yr, while 82% did not know commercial building tax deduction was extended. According to Ron Runkles, lighting industry director for NEMA, "We're providing a service by letting people know there is a quick payback by investing in lighting renovation." Read More

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NIH Grants Lauded for being given to small R/D companies.

June 11, 2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced 2 grants programs, supported by funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, for the small business research community. In a statement, BIO Executive VP for Emerging Companies and Business Development Alan Eisenberg said that "These new programs will help to provide needed resources to biotech companies...at the cusp of many new medical breakthroughs and advancements for many of our most dread diseases." Read More

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ASTM Standards in Building Codes is now available.

June 11, 2009

Available in print, DVD, and online, 46th Edition of ASTM Standards in Building Codes contain more than 1,300 ASTM construction standards to give users tools needed to design and construct buildings that satisfy international code requirements established by ICC®. Other references include National Research Council Canada, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, MASTERSPEC®, BSD SpecLink®, NFPA5000(TM), and SPECTEXT® Master Guide Specifications. Read More

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ASHRAE encourages building industry to reach out to Congress.

June 11, 2009

High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) is hosting 1st annual Virtual Congressional Visits Days from June 15-19. Members of participating organizations are urged to contact their member of Congress and encourage them to join High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and focus on high-performance building issues. Cochairs of caucus, Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), introduced H.Res.492 supporting goals and ideals of week-long event. Read More

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ASHRAE Handbook includes guidance on sustainability.

June 11, 2009

Featuring 1,000 pages and 39 chapters, 2009 ASHRAE Handbook - Fundamentals covers basic principles and provides essential data for HVAC&R design. Sustainability chapter defines concept along with its principles, design considerations, and detailed evaluations needed in designing sustainable HVAC&R systems. Published in 2 editions, book includes CD with climate data for 5,564 stations, with subset of data for selected stations in printed chapter: Climatic Design Information. Read More

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Fifty Projects vie for America's top Transportation Awards.

June 11, 2009

Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Transportation Awards go to transportation projects which have been delivered on time, on budget, or with innovative management. Judging is underway in first of 4 regional competitions to determine which projects will compete for National Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. Example projects include Sept 11 Memorial Bridge Project in Brielle, NJ and Legacy Parkway Project in Davis Co. Utah. Read More

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Small Business Reauthorization drives aerospace innovation.

June 11, 2009

SBIR and SSTR programs allow engineers who are self-employed or employed by small firms to develop next-generation technologies. Recommendations by Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, concerning SBIR and SSTR reauthorization include allowing limited venture capital participation; development of programs to bridge promising technologies, potential commercialization, and use in the agency acquisition process; and increased contract award sizes and overall funding allocation percentage. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is off 70.7% in 2009.

June 11, 2009

According to the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), April US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $97.04 million. This total, reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 41.5% from March and down 77.7% from the total of $435.34 million reported for April 2008. With a year-to-date total of $497.40 million, 2009 is down 70.7% compared with 2008. Read More

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Congressional Briefing addresses hydrogen and fuel cells.

June 10, 2009

Taking place from 1-3 pm on June 12, 2009 in room 128 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, association members as well as members of Congress will be making remarking on the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in transportation. Replacing oil and taking the auto out of the environmental equation is a complex and lengthy undertaking, and a balanced portfolio is critical if government's leadership role in research, development, and demonstration is to achieve real value. Read More