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North American PCB Sales and Order Growth are strengthening.

December 6, 2013

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, total North American PCB shipments increased 3.6% in October 2013 from October 2012. Year-to-date shipment growth is still negative compared to same period in 2012, but is improving and reached -2.9 in October. PCB bookings increased 7.0% year over year, an improvement that brought year-to-date growth into positive territory at 0.1%. Compared to September 2013, PCB shipments in October were down 6.6% and bookings were down 4.0%. Read More

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MTConnect Institute announces Call for Speakers.

December 6, 2013

MTConnect Institute announces Call for Speakers for third [MC² 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference - Advancing Data-Driven Manufacturing, to be held April 8-10 in Orlando, FL. Institute is looking for dynamic presentations that celebrate successes, challenge thinking, and push digital manufacturing field forward, all with MTConnect as underlying fabric. Call for Speakers will run through January 15, 2014. Read More

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NEMA anticipates favorable DOE ruling for electric motors.

December 6, 2013

Department of Energy proposed new rule to increase energy efficiency for electric motors. According to DOE, rule could save consumers up to $23 billion and cut emissions of carbon dioxide from electric motors by 400 million metric tons over 30-year span. Efficiency standards proposed in notice of proposed rulemaking balance tradeoff of maximum feasible efficiency requirements against challenges of manufacturing high-performance motors across numerous product classes and hundreds of design types. Read More

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NREL Test helps improve moisture barriers.

December 6, 2013

Developed by Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Electric Calcium Test (e-Ca) uses unique design elements to measure corrosion from water. Resulting ability to detect infinitesimally small amounts of moisture promotes assurance that barrier films will last. Optimized for sensitivity, e-Ca method specifically uses test cards with calcium metal traces for detection of down to 10-7 g of water per square meter per day. Read More

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EPA Appoints Dr. Grifo as new scientific integrity official.

December 6, 2013

As EPA's scientific integrity official, Dr. Francesca Grifo will be responsible for coordinating and carrying out EPA's scientific integrity policy and chairing standing EPA scientific integrity committee. EPA's Gina McCarthy praised Grifo's breath of experience and knowledge as complementary to implementing EPA's scientific integrity policy. Devoted to strengthening scientific integrity in government, Grifo has many years of experience in scientific research, academia, and science policy. Read More

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NEMA publishes dimming ballast energy performance standard.

December 6, 2013

NEMA has published NEMA BL 3-2013 Dimming Ballast Energy Performance. This standard provides methodology for applying existing test methods for program start ballasts to fluorescent dimming ballasts. It also provides method to calculate ballast luminous efficiency for fluorescent dimming ballasts. In addition, BL 3 combines new 2014 DOE standard for programmed start ballasts with lamp compatibility aspects of NEMA LL 9-2011 Dimming of T8 Fluorescent Lighting Systems document. Read More

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Metal Powder Group elects officers.

December 6, 2013

Richard Pfingstler, CEO of Atlas Pressed Metals in DuBois, PA, was elected president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation, succeeding Matthew Bulger of NetShape Technologies. Three of the federation’s 6 associations also installed new presidents during the annual meeting. They include John F. Sweet of Powder Metallurgy Parts Association, Patrick J. McGeehan of Metal Powder Producers Association, and David V. Bowles of Isostatic Pressing Association. Read More

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Cork Floor Tile Requirements Standard is available from ASTM.

December 5, 2013

ASTM F3008, Specification for Cork Floor Tile, specifies requirements for cork floor coverings that are made from agglomerated composition cork supplied in tile form and designed to for use with factory finish, in-situ finish, or both. Developed by Subcommittee F06.80 on Specifications, standard establishes minimum requirements and characteristics that said material has to meet. This new standard will be used by manufacturers as well as architects, end users, and testing laboratories. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for international roofing symposium.

December 5, 2013

Papers are invited for Eighth Symposium on Research Roofing and Standards Development, which will be held Dec 6, 2015. Symposium is intended to address topics describing research and standards development for low-sloped and steep roofing systems, including polymer-modified and conventional built-up bituminous roofing; liquid-applied membrane roofing; and spray polyurethane foam roofing systems. It will also cover roof edge systems, wind/fire resistance, roof coatings, and energy-efficient roofing. Read More

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CEA announces new awards and events for 2014 International CES.

December 5, 2013

Scheduled for Jan 7–10 in Las Vegas, 2014 International CES® will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling latest consumer technology products and services across 15 product categories. Event will offer more than 20 specialty awards programs and events, such as the CEA MoDev Hackathon, Mobile Apps Showdown, and Last Gadget Standing. New highlights will include Variety’s 2014 Breakthrough of the Year Awards, Engadget Best of CES Awards, and UP Global LIVE Stage. Read More

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Greener Cleanup Standard has been approved by ASTM committee.

December 4, 2013

On September 15, ASTM International Subcommittee E50.04 on Corrective Action approved new standard on applying greener best management practices to site assessment and cleanup projects: ASTM E2893, Guide for Greener Cleanups. This standard, according to E50 member John Simon, will "enable environmental professionals to assess greener best management practices in a systematic fashion and then prioritize and select the BMPs to apply during a project." Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard addresses explanted hip implants.

December 4, 2013

To addresses collection and analysis of explanted hip implants, Subcommittee F04.22 on Arthroplasty has developed ASTM WK43442, Guide for the Characterization of Material Loss from Conical Taper Junction Between Femoral Head and Stem in Retrieved Modular Hip Prostheses. Once approved, proposed standard will give user series of options and increase awareness of information and approaches to researchers and companies that need to measure material loss from taper joints in orthopedic devices. Read More

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ISO Technical Report from NFPA benefits users and manufacturers.

December 4, 2013

ISO/TR 17209:2013, Hydraulic fluid power – Two-, three- and four-port screw-in cartridge valves – Cavities with ISO 725 (UN and UNF) threads, is available from National Fluid Power Association (NFPA). This ISO Technical Report specifies dimensions and provides other data relating to cavities with ISO 725 UN and UNF threads in which 2-, 3-, and 4-port screw-in cartridge valves are mounted to ensure dimensional interchangeability. Read More

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MTConnect and OPC announce UA companion specification.

December 4, 2013

MTConnect Institute and OPC Foundation announce availability of MTConnect-OPC UA (Unified Architecture) Companion specification release candidate.  It has been developed to ensure a uniform information model that can be utilized via MTConnect standard and OPC UA standard. In the interest of wide and rapid adoption by vendors of equipment and software, specification is designed with the following goals in mind: incremental adoption, evolution, customizability, and non-proprietary in nature. Read More

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Webinar Series explains how to improve pump systems reliability.

December 4, 2013

Opening session for Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) 4-part webinar series will be held January 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST. Series will explain how VSDs may be used to accommodate duty cycles with variable flow and head as well as applications to avoid. Sessions include Intro 101 (January 9), Application and Installation Considerations (January 16), Protection for VFD and Proper Output (January 23), and Troubleshooting Problems with VFDs (January 30). Read More

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Turning Experience Into Practice is theme of annual meeting.

December 4, 2013

"Turning Experience Into Practice" is the theme of ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council's 2014 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, to be held March 10-13 in Nashville, TN. Event is expected to include more than 300 exhibitors featuring latest technology to help fleets improve safety and efficiency. Complete technology trade show will include latest models of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, specialty and alternative-fueled vehicles, components, safety, and IT and services. Read More

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NSF International acquires Brazil's Bioensaios.

December 4, 2013

NSF International has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory Ltd., based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Founded in 1990, Bioensaios provides Good Laboratory Practices studies and highly specialized testing services, including ecotoxicity, for range of domestic and international companies as well as government agencies serving the water, food, and agribusiness industries. NSF International clients now have access to NSF Bioensaios' full set of services. Read More

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Registration is Open for HI/PSM 2014 Annual Meeting.

December 4, 2013

To be held in Litchfield Park, AZ from February 6–11, 2014 Annual Meeting will serve as resource for executives, engineers, and marketing professionals associated with pump and supplier companies throughout North America and Europe seeking educational/networking opportunities. Along with 30+ HI technical committees, events will feature several guest speakers, bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Market Intelligence Committee, and Standards Leadership Workshop. Read More

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White Paper looks at polyurethane foam application near lighting.

December 4, 2013

NEMA LSD 57-2013 Polyurethane Foam Application: Lighting Equipment provides information regarding application of polyurethane spray foam insulation that may come into contact with luminaires in various building applications. Published by NEMA, this white paper offers recommendations, including acceptable installation practices, based on results from analysis carried out with Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) while testing various types of luminaires with polyurethane spray foam. Read More

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NEMA publishes cable tray installation guidelines.

December 4, 2013

Intended for engineers, contractors, and maintenance personnel, NEMA VE 2-2013 Cable Tray Installation Guidelines address shipping, handling, storing, and installing cable tray systems as well as maintenance and system modification. Guidelines have been revised to reference the 2011 version of the National Electrical Code® and provide clarification for grounding and bonding cable trays, as well as recent cable tray product developments. Read More