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CSA Group opens EMC testing chamber in Strasskirchen, Germany.

June 15, 2015

CSA Group continues its growth in Europe by opening a new EMC testing chamber in Strasskirchen, Bayern, Germany. The 560-square meter lab building allows for testing of large objects including passenger cars of all sizes. It will enable CSA Group to address the growing market demand resulting from increased connectivity of products and solutions. Chamber extends current EMC testing capabilities to 7,260 square meters in 17 shielded rooms and 7 anechoic chambers. Read More

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NEMA publishes application guideline for terminal blocks.

June 12, 2015

Last published in 2010, NEMA ICS 4-2015 Application Guideline for Terminal Blocks updates technical references to IEC 60947-7 series and ANSI/UL standards. It applies to 1-piece (modular) or 2-piece terminal blocks with screw-type, screwless-type, or insulation-displacement clamping units intended for industrial use and that are fixed to a support or a printed circuit board to provide electrical and mechanical connection for round, solid, or stranded conductors. Read More

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SME names Yoram Koren its 2015 Honorary Member.

June 12, 2015

SME recognized Yoram Koren, DSc, HSME, professor emeritus of engineering at the University of Michigan, as its 2015 Honorary Member. Award is reserved for individuals whose overall contributions to manufacturing align with SME’s efforts to promote importance of manufacturing and attract future generations to the industry. Koren was chosen for his leadership, innovation, and implementation of manufacturing technologies, particularly related to automation and reconfigurable manufacturing systems. Read More

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EPA releases environmental justice screening and mapping tool.

June 12, 2015

U.S. EPA has released EJSCREEN, which uses high-resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. Color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience. Read More

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Annual SPE Survey shows rising salaries and job satisfaction.

June 12, 2015

According to Plastics Salary and Trends Survey, optimism prevails among plastics industry employees. Average base salaries in USA grew 0.7% from 2013 to $104,722 in calendar year 2014, and job confidence and growth expectations remained high for both managers and non-managers. Survey of 1,250 plastics professionals, tracking earnings during full calendar year 2014, shows continuation of 5-year trend of confidence in both plastics industry and individuals' personal job security. Read More

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SME Recognizes influential manufacturing leaders, researchers.

June 11, 2015

With its 2015 International Honor Awards, SME recognized 6 individuals from industry and academia. Awards highlight and acknowledge impact made in several areas, including work and research that impacted automation, lasers, machining, welding, microscale process modeling, and other manufacturing areas. SME also recognized one longstanding member for his leadership, volunteer services, and dedication to the organization. Read More

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NTSB Recommendation addresses Washington's Metro hazards.

June 10, 2015

In its ongoing investigation of Metro train accident at L’Enfant Plaza on January 12, 2015, NTSB investigators found electrical connections in Washington's Metro system require immediate action. Construction and installation of certain electrical connections and assemblies associated with power supply to third rail were identified as missing sealing sleeves designed to keep out moisture and contaminants. NTSB asked WMATA to develop and implement program to rectify these hazards. Read More

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NTSB urges immediate action on collision avoidance systems.

June 10, 2015

In Special Investigation Report, The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes, NTSB stresses that collision avoidance systems can prevent or lessen the severity of rear-end crashes, saving lives and reducing injuries. NTSB recommended that the technology become standard on all passenger and commercial vehicles. Report notes that lack of incentives and limited public awareness has stunted wide adoption of collision avoidance technology. Read More

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CSA Group expands European hazardous locations testing.

June 10, 2015

CSA Group has opened an office in Hannover, Germany which will be focusing on hazardous locations testing and certification as well as on functional safety. New team includes Herbert Peters and Gordon Neuroth, both of whom are well-established experts in hazardous locations testing and certification in the German market. They will work closely with CSA Group's global hazardous locations team to provide certification and associated services to German clients. Read More

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ASC Board Elects New Chair and Treasurer and adds Board member.

June 10, 2015

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announced Traci Jensen will replace current Chair Andy Johnston effective June 22, 2015 and serve remainder of his term (through December 31, 2016). Charles Williams will serve as ASC's Treasurer to fill remainder of Jensen's current term in that position through December 31, 2016. Board also approved adding Tom Stewart, as Director to serve remainder of Andy Johnston's Board seat through December 31, 2017. Read More

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First Transportation Award Winners announced.

June 10, 2015

Two New Jersey DOT projects are the first regional winners in the 2015 America's Transportation Awards competition. NJ DOT's $3.4 million Route 46 over Musconetcong River project won for Best Use of Innovation. Project replaced 90-year-old bridge using accelerated bridge construction method with pre-fabricated pieces. Replacing dam and bridge damaged by Hurricane Irene, NJ DOT's $8.1 million US 322 Bridge/Mullica Hill Pond Dam project won for Quality of Life/Community Development. Read More

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ASTM Standard provides corrosion protection for steel bars.

June 9, 2015

A1094/A1094M, Specification for Continuous Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement, supports corrosion protection for steel reinforcing bars galvanized by zinc or zinc-alloy coatings. Standard will be useful to state and federal specifying bodies for bridge and road infrastructure; engineering and contracting firms; producers of precast concrete products; manufacturers for confirming that product parameters meet specification; and laboratories for product testing. Read More

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Kansas City passes energy benchmarking and transparency bill.

June 9, 2015

On June 4, City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, passed a building energy benchmarking and transparency ordinance that would require large municipal, multifamily, and commercial buildings to measure and disclose their energy use. Such policies make it possible to compare energy performance of different buildings, allowing prospective buyers and renters to understand the full cost of operating the building. They can also help building owners address energy inefficiencies in their facilities. Read More

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ASTM Standard will test aspiration potential of aerosols.

June 9, 2015

ASTM D7952 tests potential of pressurized aerosol products to be accidentally inhaled and aspirated by determining spray pattern and aerosol deposition rates. Paints, varnishes, stains, and lubricants are among products dispensed from pressurized aerosol containers. Standard could help manufacturers, regulatory bodies, and laboratories determine whether or not products are appropriately labeled and whether childproof caps are needed. Read More

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BIO World Congress will host key NRC leaders, breakout sessions.

June 9, 2015

As announced by BIO, National Research Council of Canada (NRC) will participate in breakout sessions highlighting environmental and economic sustainability of Canadian biomass during the 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. NRC members will lead/participate in "Generating More Value from Canadian Biomass and Waste Streams," "Clustered Research and Development of Ag-Based BioProducts," and "Advances in Oil Producing Crops and Algae Based Feedstocks." Read More

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ASC Pushes for TSCA Reform during 2015 Manufacturing Summit.

June 9, 2015

During National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 2015 Manufacturing Summit, 12 individuals from 8 Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) member companies and staff joined with >400 other U.S. manufacturers to urge Congress to pass Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform. ASC President Matthew E. Croson praised opportunity for members to meet with elected representatives and talk about issues of importance as well as see action taken on important legislation regarding chemical industry. Read More

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CU-Boulder Study puts NREL economic impact at over $872 million.

June 8, 2015

According to one study by University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business, economic impact of Energy Department's NREL was $872.3 million in fiscal year 2014. As noted by NREL's Dan Arvizu, "This report shows how important NREL has become in taking our ongoing research into clean energy and making it available for the marketplace so that everyone can benefit." Arvizu also noted how completion of NREL campus build-out plan enhances work on new energy technologies. Read More

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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