During 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge, more than 5,500 buildings nationwide are going head-to-head to reduce their energy use. In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for businesses to cut in half the amount of energy they waste over the next 20 years, competition specifically targets wasted energy in commercial buildings, and will motivate businesses to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money. Read More
ANSI/ASABE AD24347:2005, Agricultural vehicles — Mechanical connections between towed and towing vehicles — Dimensions of ball-type coupling device, 80 mm, replaces the previous adoption, which was without deviations, with a document that is similar but has specific technical deviations in the reference section of the ISO document. Users of ANSI/ASABE AD24347:2005 are to deviate from ISO 24347 by replacing referenced ISO standards with equivalent ASABE national adoptions as referenced. Read More
NEMA submitted 14 recommendations for consideration as part of Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) to improve grid reliability, efficiency, and security to meet America’s current and future energy needs. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis called these suggestions "the product of deliberations by some of the nation’s leading electrical manufacturers and innovators" and noted that solutions and technologies are available "today to achieve a reliable, efficient, and secure electric grid."
Advancing harmonization of national and international standards, ASABE initiated 2 projects to nationally adopt 2 recently revised international standards: ISO 500-1:2014, Agricultural tractors -- Rear-mounted PTO types 1, 2, 3 and 4 -- Part 1: General specifications, safety requirements, dimensions for master shield and clearance zone, and ISO 500-3:2014, Agricultural tractors -- Rear-mounted PTO types 1, 2, 3 and 4 -- Part 3: Main PTO dimensions and spline dimensions, location of PTO. Read More
Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico (ONS), national operator of Brazilian electric system, uses EPRI's Operator Training Simulator (OTS) to ensure operators are prepared to respond to situations that might disrupt power to World Cup venues as well as broader Brazilian population. ONS has deployed the Operator Training Simulator at its national control center and 4 regional control centers. Several transmission control centers across country also have accessed OTS remotely. Read More
SME’s Manufacturing Engineering Media has announced its second annual "30 Under 30" listing of the brightest young stars in manufacturing and the critical STEM fields that support the industry. Summary of honorees is included in July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which is dedicated to workforce development challenges facing advanced manufacturing industry. Special 30 Under 30 issue is supported by a sponsorship from Sandvik Coromant based in Fair Lawn, NJ. Read More
FAA received 10 replacement fuel proposals from producers Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell, and Swift Fuels as well as consortium of BP, TOTAL, and Hjelmco for further evaluation in Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), which aims to help general aviation industry transition to unleaded aviation gasoline. FAA will assess viability of candidate fuels to determine for participation in first phase of laboratory testing at William J. Hughes Technical Center. Read More
Produced via partnership between SME's Manufacturing Engineering Media and Italian Trade Agency (ITA), Machines Italia: Volume IX features articles on how advanced manufacturing's effects on future industry as well as how Italian manufacturers are improving industrial processes in making items once imported but now locally manufactured. Also, articles highlight how Italian machinery firms enable North American businesses to be more cost effective. Read More