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ATA seeks nominations for Russell Award.

August 26, 2013

American Trucking Associations announced it is seeking nominations for seventh annual Mike Russell "Good stuff" Trucking Image Award, which honors trucking companies, state associations, and allied companies who creatively generate positive awareness of the trucking industry. Submissions will be evaluated by impartial panel of judges based on creativity, execution, and reach/impact. All submissions must be submitted to image campaign by Sept 23. Read More

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Metal Powder World Congress is seeking technical papers.

August 26, 2013

Program committee for 2014 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials (PM2014) has issued "Call for Papers and Posters" covering latest developments in powder metallurgy (PM) materials, processes, and applications. Abstracts of 100–150 words can cover any aspect of PM and particulate materials technology. Key topics identified for in-depth discussion within special interest programs include NDT/failure analysis, machinability, fatigue, and PM growth technologies. Read More

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AAMA Publishes Requirements for solar reflective finishes.

August 26, 2013

AAMA 643-13, "Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Solar Reflective Finishes," describes test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset, or wood profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, and similar products. Also, AAMA 643 will let end users specify and obtain factory-applied finishes that will provide higher than standard Total Solar Reflectance. Read More

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NEMA commends Hurricane Sandy Task Force.

August 26, 2013

NEMA commended the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force for setting the goal of reconstructing in a way that makes the region more resilient and better able to withstand future storms. NEMA member companies published Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart, which describes key technologies for smart rebuilding including Smart Grid solutions; microgrids, energy storage, and decentralized generation; backup generation; and components that can stand up to storm and water surge. Read More

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EPA Energy Star Building Competition has 3,000+ entrants.

August 23, 2013

U.S. EPA launched 2013 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from 3,200+ buildings across USA will compete to see who can most reduce their buildings' energy use. Over 25 different types of commercial buildings are entered into this year's competition and represent all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Midpoint results will be posted in December, and winner will be announced in April 2014. Read More

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NREL receives third consecutive IEEE Cherry Award.

August 23, 2013

Keith Emery, an NREL engineer who built a world-class testing facility for characterizing and measuring efficiency of solar cells and modules, was given the annual William R. Cherry Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers—one of the most coveted awards in the world of solar photovoltaic energy. Award recognizes individual engineer or scientist who has devoted part of his or her professional life to the advancement of the science and technology of PV energy conversion. Read More

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EPRI Announces Dates for conference, tour, and seminar.

August 23, 2013

Taking place September 16–17 in New Orleans, LA, 17th Annual Power Switching Safety and Reliability Conference will feature "Reporting and Tracking Near Misses: How to Prevent Predictable Surprises" theme and foster exchange of information about switching policies and procedures. Tour of Gretna Transmission Operations Center will be offered on September 15 at 9 am, and "Human Performance" seminar will be given on same day from 2:00 to 6:30 pm by Dr. James Merlo. Read More

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FAA Policy helps improve safety of aircraft cabin crewmembers.

August 23, 2013

FAA, working with OSHA, issued final policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers. While FAA's aviation safety regulations take precedence, OSHA will be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards not covered by FAA oversight. Safety issues that fall under OSHA standards include information on hazardous chemicals, exposure to blood-borne pathogens, hearing conservation programs, rules on record-keeping, and access to employee exposure/medical records. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute opens registration for 2013 Fall Meeting.

August 22, 2013

Scheduled for Oct 23–25, HI 2013 Fall Meeting will focus on pump systems optimization, pump efficiency rule-making on commercial and industrial pumps, pump test lab certification and pump labeling, and standards development. Over 30 HI Technical Committees will meet to review and advance specific areas of knowledge and work that ultimately will result in development of new or updated ANSI/HI Pump Standards. Meeting will also provide opportunities to network with top pump industry professionals. Read More

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Equipment Finance Market Confidence rises for fourth month.

August 22, 2013

According to August 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), confidence in equipment finance market is 61.0. This marks increase from July's 59.4 and fourth consecutive MCI-EFI increase. When asked about business conditions over next 4 months, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, and access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions over the next 4 months, all believe business conditions will improve. Read More

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Gene Haas Foundation donates $1 million to SME Foundation.

August 22, 2013

Gene Haas Foundation continued its commitment to education and training by making a gift of $1 million for scholarships in manufacturing and machining training and education to benefit as many as 1,000 students in North America, Europe, and South Africa. In a ceremony next to the Haas Technical Education Center, Gene Haas Foundation Board Chair Bob Murray presented check to Kathy Burnham of the SME Education Foundation, which will administer the scholarship fund. Read More

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SOUTH-TEC returns to Greenville, SC.

August 22, 2013

SOUTH-TEC, SME’s premier manufacturing industry showcase in the Southeast, returns Oct 29-31 to Greenville, SC, a hotbed for advanced manufacturing by companies like Michelin, BMW, and Lockheed Martin. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees from business, education, and government will gather at this major Southeastern center of manufacturing in search of knowledge about advanced techniques, productivity, new technologies, and skilled workforce. Read More

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EPA revises fuel economy label estimates for 2013 Ford C-Max.

August 21, 2013

As part of U.S. EPA's commitment to ensuring consumers are given accurate fuel economy values, agency is revising estimates for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. EPA tested the C-Max after receiving consumer complaints that the vehicle did not achieve label values of 47 mpg for highway, city, and combined driving. New fuel economy estimates for Ford 2013 C-Max are 43 mpg combined, 45 mpg city, and 40 mpg highway. Ford is voluntarily re-labeling the vehicles with these new values. Read More

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NEMA publishes guide for carbon monoxide alarms.

August 21, 2013

NEMA has published NEMA SB 7-2013 Applications Guide for Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Detectors. This standard has been updated to reflect changes in 2012 edition of NFPA 720 Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detection and Warning Equipment. SB 7 is relevant to those involved in the life safety industry as it provides information on the application of CO alarms and detectors. Read More

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U.S. Construction Machinery Exports down 21% at midyear.

August 21, 2013

According to AEM, U.S. construction machinery exports dropped 21% during first half of 2013, with $10.8 billion shipped to global markets compared to $13.7 billion at midyear 2012. Exports to Europe declined 20% for total of $1.4 billion, and dropped 15% to Canada for total of $3.7 billion. Exports to Asia decreased 24% to $1.2 billion. While exports to Central America gained 15% to $1.2 billion, exports to South America dropped 13% to $1.9 billion. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices remain flat in July 2013.

August 20, 2013

According to Producer Price Index, construction materials prices were unchanged in July but up 2% year over year. Nonresidential construction materials prices were down 0.1% for month and 1.8% higher than one year ago. In comment, ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu noted how price declines in certain categories "help explain the flat overall PPI number for the month, but do not change the fact that materials prices remain more volatile than they might appear at first glance." Read More

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Pesticide Labels will protect bees and other pollinators.

August 20, 2013

In effort to protect bees and other pollinators, EPA has developed pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. New labels will have bee advisory box and icon with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions. Announcement affects products containing the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam. EPA will work with pesticide manufacturers to change labels so that they meet FIFRA standard. Read More

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NADCA, The Franklin Partnership to represent die casting industry.

August 20, 2013

North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) secured 2-year contract with The Franklin Partnership (TFP) to represent die casting industry in its Government Affair activities. According to NADCA president Daniel Twarog, this partnership will provide "in-depth support to make our voices heard before Congress and key federal lawmakers." Twarog also stressed the importance of reminding lawmakers of the critical importance of manufacturers to U.S. economic growth. Read More

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AMT and USCTI to release U.S. cutting tool market report.

August 20, 2013

AMT has partnered with United States Cutting Tool Institute to produce monthly summary of the market for cutting tools, a key consumable used with machine tools to turn raw materials into intermediate and finished goods. The two organizations each collect monthly statistics on cutting tool manufacturers’ shipments and have combined their overall sales figures into the Cutting Tool Market Report, which debuted August 14 and will be released on second Wednesday of each month. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves 2 low energy air (airsoft) gun standards.

August 20, 2013

Subcommittee F08.27 developed ASTM F2940, Practice for Airsoft Field Operation, and ASTM F2941, Practice for Airsoft Play Safety Briefing. While F2940 provides best practices for field layout, player equipment requirements, minimum engagement distances, chronograph procedures, and other key elements of field operation, F2941 includes guidelines for pre-activity safety briefing necessary for educating players on proper conduct, safe engagement distances, and other considerations. Read More