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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