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OPC Day Europe 2014 focused on link between automation and IT.

June 19, 2014

With motto of "IT meets Automation", OPC Day Europe 2014 focused on consistent communication from sensor to IT cloud level, all with integrated security. Total of 190 participants from 16 countries were able to catch up on OPC UA technology as well as its distribution and application. During pre-conference, experts gave presentations on interoperability in data and information exchange that is independent from the manufacturer, operating system, and language. Read More

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ASC challenges DTSC Priority Product profile.

June 18, 2014

Questioning both inaccurate and incomplete information referenced in the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s Priority Product profile for spray polyurethane foam systems, ASC urged Department officials to remove the document from their website until all corrections were made. ASC also urged DTSC to consider developing an external advisory committee—comprised of experts familiar with the products under review—to evaluate documents for accuracy before they are made public. Read More

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AEM applauds Obama for signing water infrastructure bill.

June 18, 2014

AEM President Dennis Slater welcomed news that President Obama signed into law a $12.3 billion bipartisan water resources bill that will improve U.S. infrastructure, contribute to economic growth, and bolster international trade. Water Resources Reform and Development Act reforms how federal government funds and selects critical water infrastructure projects and streamlines environmental review and permitting process to greatly diminish wait times when undertaking construction projects. Read More

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A4A applauds House Homeland Security Committee action.

June 18, 2014

A4A applauded action that would require US Customs and Border Protection to assess impact any future preclearance facilities will have on security, passengers, economy, and customs staffing at US gateway airports. Bill creates notifications and certifications CBP must make to Congress before establishing preclearance facilities. Notably, any new location must be served by US carriers and CBP would be required to consult with stakeholders prior to entering into agreement with foreign government. Read More

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HI Webinar addresses dual gas seals.

June 18, 2014

Hydraulic Institute, in collaboration with Henri Azibert, Technical Director of the Fluid Sealing Association, has developed webinar session focused on how dual gas seals improve pump system reliability and performance. Engineers from a diverse array of industries will learn about the in-depth influences. Scheduled for June 24th, webinar will begin at 1:00 pm EDT and will be led by Jason Ferris, Manager of Product Development, Flowserve Corporation. Read More

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NREL Campus showcases high-performance, sustainable buildings.

June 18, 2014

At NREL's Golden, CO campus, research teams developed office and lab spaces that also serve as demonstrations for how high-performance, sustainable buildings and campuses should be designed, constructed, and operated. Construction involved integrated project teams from various disciplines – construction managers, sustainability professionals, building research engineers – focusing on design and construction of facilities that meet needs of growing labs and energy performance requirements. Read More

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NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE release NTCIP 1209 v02.

June 18, 2014

NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE have published National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol 1209 v02, Object Definitions for Transportation Sensor Systems. NTCIP 1209 v02 includes requirements for communicating between TSS field devices and host or central systems that control and monitor TSS. TSS data describes certain traffic parameters including accurate, near real-time information on traffic flow. It may be acquired using field devices that rely on various technologies to detect vehicles. Read More

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IREC Opens Application Period for expanded 3iAwards.

June 17, 2014

IREC's 3iAwards recognize innovative people, projects, and programs that promote and accelerate sustainable growth of renewable energy. This year, annual awards honor best in renewable energy and energy efficiency via Closing the Divide Award category. Selection of awardees will be determined by public via online open voting (July 14 to August 11) to raise greater awareness and acknowledgement of applicants and winners. Applications will be accepted through July 7, 2014 in 5 categories. Read More

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FIIC Construction-Chambers Federation aids CONEXPO Latin America.

June 17, 2014

Construction chambers and top construction contractors across Latin America will gather at CONEXPO Latin America (October 21–24, 2015) in Santiago, Chile as Inter-American Federation of the Construction Industry (FIIC) lends supports with co-location of FIIC Board of Directors meeting. AEM president Dennis Slater called this co-location "a wonderful opportunity to bring these industry leaders closer together with our members, and to strengthen our working relationship with FIIC." Read More

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NREL Finds Up to 6-cent Per Kilowatt-Hour Extra Value via CSP.

June 17, 2014

"Estimating the Value of Utility-Scale Solar Technologies in California Under a 40% Renewable Portfolio Standard" finds that Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), which can store energy for several hours or more, helps maintain firm capacity when sun is below horizon. According to this report by NREL, CSP can thusly add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour to utility-scale solar energy in California. This means that at peak demands, CSP can help lower electricity bills. Read More

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FAA approves first commercial UAS flights over land.

June 17, 2014

FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska. Hand-launched UAS is about 4 ½ ft long with wingspan of 9 ft. Using information generated by Puma’s sensors, BP hopes to target maintenance activities on specific roads and infrastructure, which will save time and support safety and operational reliability goals, while helping to protect the sensitive North Slope environment. Read More

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Electronics Industry Leaders endorse pro-manufacturing bill.

June 17, 2014

Top executives from leading electronics companies across the U.S. were in Washington, D.C. for IPC IMPACT 2014, educating Congress and other policymakers on key policy issues that are critical to the electronics industry and their communities. Among the issues on their agenda, members of IPC called on Congress to pass the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 2996 and S. 1468), which would establish a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Read More

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AEM calls on Congress to restore Section 179.

June 17, 2014

AEM has called on Congress to restore the small business expensing level, also known as Section 179 expensing, to its previous $500,000 level as well as make it permanent and indexed to inflation. Section 179 expensing gives small business owners more purchasing flexibility by allowing them to immediately deduct the cost of a qualified investment in the year of purchase rather than through multi-year depreciation. Change in tax rule would spur economic growth and job creation. Read More

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Conflict Minerals Conference keeps manufacturers current.

June 16, 2014

Conflict Minerals: Staying Current in a Changing Landscape will take place on July 10, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA to provide manufacturers with up-to-the-minute information on changing landscape of conflict minerals. Offered by IPC, this one-day conference will feature speakers who will explain strategic overview of conflict minerals compliance, impacts on businesses by first reporting round, and lessons learned. Several other topics will be covered as well. Read More

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USNC Names Participants for 2014 IEC Young Professionals Workshop.

June 16, 2014

U.S. National Committee (USNC) of IEC announced U.S. participants in 2014 IEC Young Professionals Workshop competition: Ryan Franks of NEMA, Kevin Mangold of NIST, and Carin Stuart of Energizer Holdings Inc. To be held in conjunction with 78th IEC General Meeting in Tokyo on November 10–14, 2014, Young Professionals Workshop aims to cultivate long-term national involvement in international arena, strengthen technology transfer, and encourage participation of emerging professionals. Read More

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NEMA publishes test requirements for metering devices.

June 16, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA C12.30TR-2013 Test Requirements for: Metering Devices Equipped with Service Switches. Most tests included in technical report are tailored to fit service switch type meters and originate from ANSI C12.1-2008 standard. Sections within ANSI standard have been referenced within these tests where applicable, and other tests that are specific to the service switch have been added for completeness. Read More

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Polyolefins Conference Leaders announce 2014 keynote speakers.

June 16, 2014

Scheduled for Oct 5–8, 2014, sixteenth annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference will showcase talks by 5 keynote speakers from WardsAuto, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Dow Chemical Co., LyondellBasell, and General Motors Co. Interspersed throughout conference, keynotes will highlight important trends facing automotive-plastics market, including access to new feedstocks, approaching vehicle-efficiency mandates, and key pressures driving innovation. Read More

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AAMA Conference addresses Product Transparency Declarations.

June 16, 2014

William Freeman, technical consultant to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, discussed institute’s alternative to Health Product Declarations, during the AAMA Summer Conference held June 1–4. Product Transparency Declarations provide transparency based on exposure and risk rather than hazard, while also providing labeling and warning requirements. While HPDs focus on raw materials in a product, PTDs focus on finished product delivered to job site. Read More

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Webinar Series looks at solar permitting and inspection.

June 16, 2014

Targeting municipal permit review staff and inspectors, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA and IREC will present 3 webinars on rooftop solar permitting and inspection to review components, best practices, and tools for improving them. On June 26, second webinar will address inspection component of the process. Final webinar (August 27th) will examine how communities can change their permitting processes, focusing specifically on voluntary regional and statewide collaborations. Read More

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Biometric Watch Papers look at non-invasive vital sign monitoring.

June 16, 2014

In 2 papers published in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, researchers from Netherlands and Israel describe 2 wearable devices that use changing patterns of scattered light to monitor biometrics. While one device tracks glucose concentration and dehydration levels, other monitors pulse. Glucose concentration is measured directly but noninvasively, and pulse monitoring is less sensitive to errors when while wearer is in motion. Read More