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David F. Melcher named President and CEO of AIA.

June 8, 2015

Well known in Washington and to AIA member companies, David F. Melcher was most recently CEO and President of Exelis Inc., a leading global aerospace, defense, and information solutions company. Following 32-year career in U.S. Army, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Melcher joined ITT Corporation first as VP, Strategy and Business Development and then as President, ITT Defense and Information Solutions. Melcher has extensive program management, strategy development, and finance experience. Read More

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NEMA publishes American National Standard for electric lamps.

June 8, 2015

NEMA published ANSI C78.376-2014 American National Standard for Electric Lamps—Specifications for the Chromaticity of Fluorescent Lamps. Last published in 2001, revision modifies specifications, and updates and partially harmonizes this ANSI standard with IEC chromaticity color point objectives and chromaticity tolerance in IEC 60081 Annex D. Standard covers objectives and tolerances for chromaticity of fluorescent lamps at their normal 100 hour rating point. Read More

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Assessment addresses hydraulic fracturing and drinking water.

June 8, 2015

Done at request of Congress, assessment shows that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water. Some include: water withdrawals in areas with low water availability; inadequately cased or cemented wells resulting in below ground migration of gases and liquids; and spills of hydraulic fluids. Read More

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IREC is looking for nominees for its 3iAwards.

June 8, 2015

IREC is looking for Nominees for its 3iAwards — a prestigious annual national search for innovative people, projects, and programs that promote and accelerate the sustainable growth of clean energy. IREC 3iAwards honor innovation, ingenuity, and inspiration from the nation's best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency. For second year, selection of IREC's award winners in several categories will be in the hands of the public, with open voting dates to be announced. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for April 2015.

June 5, 2015

According to April findings from IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, sales and orders were both down slightly, compared to last year. Book-to-bill ratio remained positive but decreased to 1.02. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 1.0% in April 2015 from April 2014, and year-to-date shipment growth remained at -1.3%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were down 12.1%. PCB bookings decreased by 6.3% compared to April 2014, reducing year-to-date order growth rate to -0.7%. Read More

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AAMA Webinar will cover FenestrationMasters program benefits.

June 5, 2015

Registration for AAMA's next webinar, How to Succeed with FenestrationMasters, is open. On June 16 from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm EDT, AAMA Educational and Technical Information Manager Dean Lewis will completely explain benefits, procedures, costs, and study materials available to fully utilize FenestrationMasters™ professional education and certification program.  Participation may be accessed from office or residence and is open to anyone in industry. Read More

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U.S. finalizes settlement with Millard Refrigerated Services.

June 5, 2015

U.S. EPA and DOJ announced final settlement with Millard Refrigerated Services that resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for an airborne release of ammonia from Millard’s Theodore, Alabama, facility in 2010. Millard will pay $3 million penalty for the violations that sickened 152 people responding to the BP oil spill. Read More

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MPIF announces Outstanding Technical Paper Award winner.

June 4, 2015

Howard I. Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award was given to Edmond Ilia, PMT, chief metallurgist, Metaldyne Performance Group, Sintered Products Division, Plymouth, MI, for his paper "The Effect of Copper Precipitation on Mechanical Properties at Operating Temperature of the Materials Used to Manufacture Powder Forged Connecting Rods." He was officially recognized during Industry Luncheon held during POWDERMET2015 in San Diego. Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Murray Aircraft Manufacturing.

June 4, 2015

U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed $75,000 civil penalty against Murray Aircraft Manufacturing, LLC of Ypsilanti, MI for alleged operation of one aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. From December 12, 2012 to February 18, 2014, said company allegedly operated British Aerospace Jetstream 3101 on at least 300 flights when 11 required maintenance checks had not been performed. Read More

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CDA Guildelines outline motor management best practices.

June 4, 2015

Third installment of The CDA Motor Management Program, Repair Specifications, and Preventive and Predictive Maintenance, provides outline for creating motor repair specifications and effective maintenance plan. CDA's Richard deFay cited successful motor management plans as containing well-documented repair specifications, preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance. "These fundamentals," said deFay, "can reduce overall maintenance costs…by eliminating breakdowns and saving energy." Read More

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NEMA publishes guidelines for metal and non-metallic conduit.

June 3, 2015

NEMA has published NEMA RV 3 Application and Installation Guidelines for Flexible Metal and Liquidtight Flexible Metal and Nonmetallic Conduit. Developed by NEMA 7WC-1 Section, standard provides installers and inspectors with industry perspective of best practices in the use and installation of conduits that NEMA members manufacture. Focus is placed on important fundamentals and recent changes to codes, product standards, and installation practices. Read More

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Summer Conference Early Bird Registration closes June 4.

June 2, 2015

Scheduled for June 28–July 1, AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference will include wide range of speakers. For example, Mic Patterson of Advanced Technology Studio will present  "Divergent Trajectories: Framing the Future of Glass and the Building Skin." James Connelly of the International Living Future Institute will speak on the future of building products. Colin Craven from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center will speak about certifying windows for areas like Alaska, with harsher climates. Read More

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Upcoming RIA Events focus on safety, collaborative robots.

June 2, 2015

RIA will host 27th National Robot Safety Conference (October 12–14, 2015) and International Collaborative Robots Workshop (October 15) in Pittsburgh, PA. National Robot Safety Conference provides in-depth coverage of ANSI/RIA R15.06 -2012 Robot Safety Standard as well as various issues and features industrial robot safety tabletop exhibit. Workshop will explore field advancements with global view on collaborative robot technology, applications, safety implications, and human impacts. Read More

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Linear Fluorescent Lamp Indexes continue to decline.

June 2, 2015

NEMA's linear fluorescent lamp shipment indexes for 2015Q1 continued downward trend exhibited during calendar year 2014. As expected due to energy efficiency regulations, index for T12 lamps declined for fifth consecutive quarter on year-over-year basis, dropping by 39.5%. T8 shipments also posted double digit decline, decreasing by 21.7%. Shipments of T5 lamps fell more modestly, registering year-over-year decrease of 14.8%. Read More

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NEMA publishes guidelines for solvent-cementing joints.

June 2, 2015

Developed by the Polymer Raceway Products Technical Committee, NEMA PRP 2-2014 presents industry guidelines for solvent-cementing joints for PVC rigid, nonmetallic conduit, duct, and fittings. Document provides industry recommendations on the proper cutting and cleaning of conduit and the application of solvent cement, taking into account the environmental conditions when solvent cement is applied. Guidlelines are useful in construction, utilities, and electrical contracting industries. Read More

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TRIB Will Participate in WasteExpo 2015 as exhibitor, educator.

June 1, 2015

Continuing its efforts to educate fleets about environmental and economic benefits of using retreaded tires, TRIB will be exhibiting at WasteExpo 2015 in Las Vegas, NV from June 2–4. TRIB will be showing videos highlighting environmental benefits of retreading and true causes of rubber on the roads. In addition, materials distribution will include copies of 16-page, color "Understanding Retreading" brochure as well as materials from TRIB members that cater to Waste Industry segment. Read More

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ASTM Works to Revise/Reinstate biodegradable plastics standard.

June 1, 2015

ASTM is working to revise and reinstate standard D7081-05, Standard Specification for Non-Floating Biodegradable Plastics in the Marine Environment. Said revision, which will include name change, will cover products (including packaging and coatings) made from plastics that are designed to be biodegradable in natural seawater. This specification was withdrawn in April 2014 in accordance with ASTM Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees (section 10.6.3). Read More

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EPA announces $54.3 million in Brownfields grants.

June 1, 2015

EPA announced the selection of 243 new grant investments totaling $54.3 million to 147 communities across the U.S. Investment will provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean up, and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. Recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 to $600,000 in funding toward EPA cooperative agreements. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalties for hazmat violations.

June 1, 2015

Federal Aviation Administration proposes civil penalties against 3 companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. In each case, FAA alleges shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate hazardous nature of their contents and were not marked, labeled, or packaged in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Proposed penalties against DGI Menard Inc., Aqua-Chem, Inc., and Rust-Oleum Corp range from $54,000 to $81,669. Read More

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NEMA Reaffirms ANSI C81 Standards for lamp bases and holders.

June 1, 2015

NEMA Lighting System-published standards include ANSI C81.61-2009 (R2014) American National Standard for Electrical Lamp Bases—Specifications for Bases for Electric Lamps; ANSI C81.62-2009 (R2014) American National Standard for Electric Lampholders; ANSI C81.63-2007 (R2014) American National Standard for Gauges for Electric Lamp Bases and Lampholders; and ANSI C81.64-2005 (R2014) American National Standard for Guidelines and General Information for Electric Lamp Bases, Lampholders, and Gauges. Read More