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Best Paper Award Winners have been announced for 2013 SPE ACCE.

August 27, 2013

Organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) announced Best Paper Award winners for thirteenth-annual show, which will take place September 11–13, 2013. Honorees Thierry Malo, David Sheridan, and Dr. Ivor Huan-Chang Tseng (or their representatives) will receive commemorative plaque for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies. All 3 winners received highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of 90 contenders. Read More

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MTConnect Institute releases introductory white paper.

August 27, 2013

Written for those interested in writing MTConnect®-enabled applications, "Getting Started with MTConnect – Writing Client Applications" aims to expand number of MTConnect software developers and applications. Topics include MTConnect basics, devices and discovery, as well as standard overview in addition to fault tolerance and persistence of data, testing MTConnect clients, and understanding MTConnect’s XML Schema. Paper also addresses requests/responses, hands-on labs, and help advice. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for July.

August 27, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for July was $7.2 billion, up 9% compared to volume in July 2012. Month-over-month, new business volume was down 16% from June, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume increased 10% compared to 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.5% in July, up slightly from historic low of 1.4% in June. Delinquencies declined from 2.2% in same period in 2012, and charge-offs were unchanged for past 5 months. Read More

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Simulation Software Portal has been unveiled by PolymerOhio.

August 27, 2013

As unveiled by PolymerOhio, Manufacturing and Polymer Portal delivers access to advanced simulation software that increases productivity of SMEs nationwide. Simulation software and digital tools let companies effectively predict manufacturing outcomes, displacing such methods as trial and error. Functionalities of this Web-based platform will be demonstrated via webinar open to all manufacturers on July 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT. Read More

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NACD Honors Linden Bulk Transportation with distribution award.

August 26, 2013

As announced by NACD Treasurer Doug Brown, Linden Bulk Transportation received NACD's 2013 Responsible Distribution Excellence Award. Linden Bulk Transportation is eighth recipient of this award and first Chemical Handler Affiliate to ever achieve it. While announcing this award, brown said "Linden Bulk Transportation embodies excellent performance in EHS&S in the chemical distribution industry and...dedication to a high level of customer satisfaction." Read More

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Deadline for NREL Director's Fellowships is approaching.

August 26, 2013

Deadline for scientists and engineers interested in participating in NREL's Director's Fellowships program is September 30. NREL Director's Fellowships are designed to attract next generation of exceptionally qualified scientists and engineers with outstanding talent and credentials in renewable energy research and related disciplines. Candidates must be recent Ph.D. graduates (within 2 years of completion), and demonstrate promising career of leadership and research. Read More

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Record Participation Levels are projected for ChemEdge 2013.

August 26, 2013

ChemEdge 2013 started off with record setting numbers for attendee and exhibitor numbers at National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) flagship event, which is scheduled for August 21–23 in Dallas, TX. In last 3 years, exhibitor numbers have grown 18%. This includes the presence of many new exhibitors. Regarding registration, ChemEdge has seen yearly increases. This year alone saw 130+ first time attendees. Read More

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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