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IPC APEX EXPO 2013 space selection process to begin in May.

April 30, 2012

Number of exhibitor contracts for IPC APEX EXPO® 2013 is nearing double-digit growth over same time last year. According to IPC Sales Director Mary Mac Kinnon, 111,300 ft² has been contracted to date. Event will take place February 19-21 at San Diego Convention Center, and IPC will begin space selection process on May 22. Mac Kinnon stated, "Our number one priority is to ensure that our exhibitors and attendees have the best and most comfortable environment to conduct and grow business." Read More

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BIO President comments on National Bioeconomy Blueprint.

April 30, 2012

According to statement made by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO applauds President Obama's leadership in creating National Bioeconomy Blueprint and identifying bioeconomy as priority for his Administration. Biotech sector directly employs 1.42 million workers and supports an additional 6.6 million jobs nationwide. With Administration's support, and by reducing red tape, paperwork, and unnecessary delays, biotech sector can expand its role as an economic engine for growth. Read More

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EPRI's Distribution System Simulator supports GIC simulation.

April 30, 2012

OpenDSS software is a comprehensive electrical power system simulation tool for electric utility industry, and supports nearly all frequency domain analyses commonly performed on electric utility power distribution systems. In joint effort with North American Electric Reliability Corporation and other utility participants, EPRI has improved capability of OpenDSS program to include simulation of geomagnetically induced currents in network transmission systems. Read More

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BIO Asks House Committee to extend critical tax provisions.

April 30, 2012

BIO submitted statement to House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures for hearing on "Certain Expiring Tax Provisions." As written in his testimony, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood noted the "tremendous potential" of emerging technologies in advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products that are ready for commercial deployment, address U.S.-based challenges, but cannot secure needed capital for "first-of-a-kind biorefinery construction" without support. Read More

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PTDA offers 2012 PTDA Membership Directory.

April 30, 2012

The 2012 PTDA Membership Directory includes power transmission/motion control distributors with complete company contact information of top executives; number and location of branches; and manufacturers' lines represented by firm. Resource also highlights PT/MC manufacturers with company contact information of top-level management, plus product categories manufactured. In addition, directory covers associate members and phone/e-mail information for PTDA volunteer leaders. Read More

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CLEO 2012 to address luminescent LED-type solar cells.

April 30, 2012

To produce maximum amount of energy, solar cells are designed to absorb as much light from the sun as possible. Now researchers from University of California, Berkeley, have suggested - and demonstrated - a counterintuitive concept: solar cells should be designed to be more like LEDs, able to emit light as well as absorb it. Berkeley team will present its findings at the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics, to be held May 6-11 in San Jose, CA. Read More

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PMA releases April 2012 Business Conditions Report.

April 27, 2012

According to April 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 37% of participants expect economic activity to improve during next 3 months, down from 46% in March. Companies also anticipate downward trend in incoming orders, with 43% forecasting increase in orders, compared to 47% in March. Only 46% of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, down from 53% in March. Read More

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Inhibited Turbine Oils Standard is being developed by ASTM.

April 27, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK36093, Test Method for Determination of Oxidation Stability and Insoluble Formation of Inhibited Turbine Oils at 120°C Without the Inclusion of Water (Dry TOST Method), will aid in assessing varnish generation potential of turbine oils on industrial lubricated equipment parts. Standard could be applicable to any industrial lubricant as indication of varnish potential, and primary users will include lubricant and additive suppliers and testing laboratories. Read More