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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

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Solvent Rub Standard has been approved by ASTM committee.

August 20, 2013

ASTM D7835, Test Method for Determining the Solvent Resistance of an Organic Coating Using a Mechanical Rubbing Machine, was developed by Subcommittee D01.53 on Coil Coated Metal. It describes solvent rub technique that can be used in laboratory, field, or fabrication shop for assessing solvent resistance of organic coating that chemically/physically changes during curing process. D01 member Ted Best said use of this standard would not be limited to coil coating industry. Read More

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Shell Lubricants joins Manufacturing Day as Gold Sponsor.

August 19, 2013

Shell Lubricants has joined Manufacturing Day 2013 as a Gold Sponsor, supplying the national initiative with resources to support manufacturers participating in the program. Manufacturing Day is a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating awareness-raising activities at a variety of locations across the country on October 4, 2013. Read More

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NEMA establishes two programs to improve electrical grid.

August 19, 2013

In decade since the 2003 blackout that crippled much of northeastern U.S. and Canada, NEMA has established two programs focused on improving the electrical grid. Emerging Technology Panel meets twice per year to discuss major challenges faced by utility and commercial customers to identify future directions that will be beneficial to the industry and consumers. In coordination with ETP, NEMA’s Strategic Initiatives program tackles technical and policy hurdles necessary to implement ETP’s vision. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders down in June.

August 16, 2013

According to AMT, June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $426.83 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 5.8% from May and down 5.7% when compared with total of $452.75 million reported for June 2012. With year-to-date total of $2,538.55 million, 2013 is down 5.7% compared with 2012. Read More

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NREL Scientists find asymmetry in topological insulators.

August 16, 2013

National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientists contributed first-principles calculations and co-authored "Mapping the Orbital Wavefunction of the Surface States in 3-D Topological Insulators" paper. Research shows class of materials being looked at for next gen computers behaves asymmetrically at sub-atomic level. This promotes understanding of topological insulators that may have potential to be building blocks of quantum computers that could run on almost no electricity. Read More

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Silke Pflueger to Address Direct Diodes at LME 2013 event.

August 16, 2013

In her keynote presentation at LIA's third annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), laser industry expert Silke Pflueger will address impact of and applications for ultra-high brightness direct diodes. Pflueger has expressed confidence that these devices will rapidly become industry workhorses. Her address will be one of four 30 min keynotes in Laser Technology Showcase Theater, located in exhibit area of LME 2013. Event takes place September 11–12 in Illinois. Read More

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AEM Hall of Fame to announce this year's inductees.

August 15, 2013

This year’s inductees will be announced at the 2013 AEM Hall of Fame celebration presented at the Annual Conference of AEM on November 5. AEM Hall of Fame honors those who have made a difference in quality of life and whose innovations, ideas, and leadership have contributed significantly to growth and strength of the off-road equipment industry. Nominees are judged on innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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TRFA Announces Winners of thermoset polymer research award.

August 15, 2013

TRFA announced Qi An as winner of 4th Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award for "Epoxy-Based Carbon Nanotube/Fiber Hybrid Composites: Nanoscale Hybridization via Electrophoresis." This paper will be presented at TRFA 2013 Annual Meeting, which will take place September 29 through October 1 in Newport, RI. Second place prize was given to Zhan H. Yang for "Enhancing Mechanical Performance by Heterogeneity-Promoting Staged Fabrications," which will also be presented. Read More