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Montgomery County, MD enacts energy benchmarking ordinance.

May 12, 2014

On May 1, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett signed a building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance, originally introduced by Council member Roger Berliner. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis congratulated Montgomery County for being the first county to pass such an ordinance, leading the way toward a cleaner, more efficient energy future. Ordinance will give building owners and occupants valuable insights about energy consumption as well as tools to manage energy use effectively. Read More

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LIA Joins NAOSH Week to promote work safety.

May 12, 2014

Laser Institute of America (LIA) will join other participants in raising awareness of importance of being safe at work during annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, which takes place May 4–10, 2014), and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day (May 7). NAOSH Week raises awareness about occupational safety, health, and environment. In years past, NAOSH themes included mining safety, transportation safety, youth workplace safety, and more. Read More

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AMP 2.0 Meeting will take place during SME's THE BIG M event.

May 12, 2014

Aligning with SME's THE BIG M advanced manufacturing event, Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) 2.0 National Meeting will take place 1–5 pm on June 9 in Detroit, MI. AMP 2.0, co-hosted by SME, University of Michigan, and Northrop Grumman, provides opportunities for manufacturers to be heard by policymakers and team up on industry initiatives. Attendees will assess national and regional strengths and challenges, and discussions will help develop policy recommendations for President Obama. Read More

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AAMA predicts fenestration industry trends in market studies.

May 12, 2014

AAMA has released AAMA 2013/2014 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. According to study, total conventional housing starts in 2013 experienced considerable increase and are forecasted to grow 20% in 2014. Conventional residential window applications increased by 15.8% to 43.9 million units, compared to 37.9 million units in 2011. Nonresidential market increased 9% in 2013 and is expected to continue to increase in 2014 throughout 2017.
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NEMA Communications Department wins 6 Hermes Creative Awards.

May 12, 2014

During 2014 Hermes Creative Awards competition, NEMA won platinum and gold awards for ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, international competition is for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. Winners range from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. Read More

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Weather Safety Campaign seeks to keep GA pilots informed.

May 9, 2014

FAA and general aviation (GA) groups will launch 8-month national safety campaign, "Got Weather? #GotWx," to help GA pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season. Starting May 4, campaign will run through December and refresh each month to feature new weather topic. Website provides facts about that month's topic as well as links to partner videos, safety seminars, quizzes, proficiency programs, online training, and case studies. Read More

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MTConnect Conference educates and inspires attendees.

May 7, 2014

Third iteration of [MC2 - MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference, which was organized by MTConnect Institute, saw 150 attendees who learned about advancements in data-driven manufacturing. According to MTConnect Institute Board's Courtney Hill, "attendees were eager to discover how to use MTConnect to align themselves with technology initiatives such as Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things." On closing day, 3 top winners of MTConnect Challenge 2 were announced. Read More

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SME presents 2 Composites Manufacturing Awards.

May 7, 2014

In an effort to recognize valuable contributions made within composites manufacturing industry, SME‘s Composites Manufacturing Tech Group annually presents Composites Manufacturing Awards. This year's J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award went to Mamidala Ramulu PhD, Boeing-Pennell professor of engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington. ATK Aerospace Structures received 2014 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award. Read More

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EPA awards $860,000 to expand use of green infrastructure.

May 7, 2014

EPA announced $860,000 to help 14 communities expand their use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to impacts of climate change. Green infrastructure decreases pollution to local waterways by treating rain where it falls and keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems. Green infrastructure tools and techniques include green roofs, permeable materials, alternative designs for streets and buildings, trees, rain gardens, and rain harvesting systems. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Webinar focuses on NPSH.

May 7, 2014

HI has collaborated with Arnie Sdano, Chief Engineer at Pentair Flow Technologies and associated HI committee members in developing a new technical webinar that focuses on NPSH and its relationship to cavitation and other pump operation. Scheduled for June 2, 2014, Rotodynamic Pumps: Guidelines for NPSH Margin webinar instructs participants on how to calculate available NPSH, understand how insufficient NPSHA will affect pump operation, and what NPSH margin is needed to ensure longevity. Read More

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NEMA praises committee approval of energy efficiency bill.

May 7, 2014

NEMA praised House Energy and Commerce Committee for reporting out the Energy Savings through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2013 (HR 2689). According to NEMA President/CEO Evan R. Gaddis, there is no better example of a public-private partnership than energy savings performance contracts, which this bill encourages. Contracts use private financing to renovate government buildings at no cost to taxpayer in a way that reduces energy consumption, creates jobs, and offers return on investment. Read More

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NEMA publishes transformer standard.

May 7, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA TR 1-2013 Transformers, Regulators and Reactors, which applies to single-phase and polyphase power and distribution transformers. Step-voltage regulators have been added to the scope in this edition and there is now more alignment with IEEE transformer standards. NEMA TR 1 is one of the few standards on the market that lists audible sound levels for these particular transformers. Read More

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Automakers on track in meeting greenhouse gas standards.

May 7, 2014

U.S. EPA released a Manufacturers Performance Report that assesses the automobile industry's progress toward meeting greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks in 2012 model year — the first year of this 14 year program. Report reveals that consumers bought cleaner vehicles in the first year of the program than the 2012 GHG standard required, and that automakers are off to a good start in meeting program requirements. Read More

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AEM Seminar helps attendees stay in front of "What's Next".

May 7, 2014

With the theme "Next!?", AEM's June marketing seminar will give attendees tools they need to manage constant flux in marketing today, from evolving digital strategies to more traditional offline tactics. Producer and contractor panel will look at equipment customer buying behaviors, while another customer-focused panel will examine manufacturer-dealer relationships. Other topics will include: B2B-focused social media, how-to’s of exhibits that excite, and voice-of-the-customer research trends. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Two Standards in outlet box series.

May 6, 2014

ANSI/NEMA OS 1-2013 Sheet-Steel Outlet Boxes, Device Boxes, Covers and Box Supports and ANSI/NEMA OS 2-2013 Nonmetallic Outlet Boxes, Device Boxes, Covers and Box Supports we both published by NEMA. Regarding their respective types of outlet boxes (100 in.³ or less), both standards cover configurations as well as manufacturer specifications for materials, dimensions of openings, supports, cover screws, markings, and grounding provisions. OS 1 also covers corrosion protection. Read More

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BIO announces a special pre-conference workshop.

May 6, 2014

Scheduled for May 12–15, 2014, BIO's World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will include pre-conference workshop titled "U.S. Policy Outlook: From the RFS to Tax Reform to Farm Bill Implementation - What Lies Ahead for Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals?" Moderated by BIO president and CEO James Greenwood, workshop will discuss these issues and assess the threats and opportunities on the U.S. federal policy landscape for 2014. Read More

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PRIME School Initiative is recognized with 2 industry awards.

May 6, 2014

PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education), SME Education Foundation's flagship educational program, earned award nominations from 2 industry associations in recognition of its impact among future generations of manufacturers. Specifically, PRIME was recognized by Great Lakes Manufacturing Council’s Talented Workforce Initiative and also selected as 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award winner. Read More

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ISPE to develop Drug Shortages Prevention Plan. .

May 6, 2014

ISPE announced that it will work with stakeholders to produce Drug Shortages Prevention Plan to guide the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry in establishing reliable and resilient supply chains that provide quality medicines to patients without interruption. Plan will address optimal organizational strategies, such as aligned governance and communication practices, effective manufacturing and quality systems, and appropriate measures of supply chain robustness and quality. Read More

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NEMA Publishes ANSI C18.2M for secondary cells and batteries.

May 6, 2014

Published by NEMA, ANSI C18.2M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications, applies to secondary cells and batteries based on NiCad, NiMH, and Li-ion electrochemical systems. Changes in this edition include alignment of definitions between all ANSI C18 standards, harmonization with IEC standards, inclusion of Li-ion polymer batteries, storage adjusted capacity, and application charge performance test. Read More

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Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions becomes HI training partner.

May 6, 2014

Hydraulic Institute has announced that Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions is its first non-member to become an HI and Pump Systems Matter Training Partner to further advance energy savings within the Arkansas manufacturing sector. Training agreement with HI/PSM allows the company to further expand its resources in pump system assessment and optimization and help identify energy savings for different manufacturing facilities across Arkansas. Read More