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Linear Fluorescent Lamp Shipments surge during first quarter.

June 5, 2013

NEMA’s T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamp indexes surged upward 6.3 and 15.7% on year-over-year basis, respectively, during 2013Q1. T8 index value of 120.2 was the second highest in the history of the series, while index reading of 173.9 for T5 lamps was the highest since 2011. Index for T12 lamp shipments continued to diminish, posting decrease of 38.9% year-over-year, and settling at 36.5 for the quarter. T8 lamps increased in market share by 2.2 percentage points, reaching 75%.
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Tesoro to pay $1.1 million to resolve CAA violations.

June 5, 2013

U.S. EPA announced that Tesoro Corporation, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company LLC, and Tesoro Alaska Company have agreed to pay a $1.1 million penalty to resolve claims that Tesoro failed to comply with requirements under the Clean Air Act at 4 of its refining facilities that produce conventional gasoline. In its complaint, EPA alleged that Tesoro failed to comply with recordkeeping, reporting, sampling, and testing requirements at its facilities in UT, ND, WA, and AK. Read More

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White Paper details how MTConnect benefits shop floor monitoring.

June 5, 2013

As announced by MTConnect® Institute, "Getting Started with MTConnect – Shop Floor Monitoring, What’s in it for You?" demonstrates tangible benefits of monitoring manufacturing plant using MTConnect as way to collect data and information from shop floor. This white paper discusses ways companies can use data obtained via MTConnect to improve operations, track production, and justify decisions that affect plant operations. Read More

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SITN Webinar to focus on US solar market trends, installations.

June 4, 2013

U.S. Solar Market and Installation Trends 2013 webinar, taking place June 4th, 2013 at 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST, will feature information about PV installations in 2012, including growth trends by sector and state rankings for installations. As presenter, IREC vice president and COO Larry Sherwood will provide information about rapidly changing solar market in USA. Content will be of use to those involved in solar industry as well as those who wish to become involved. Read More

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Micro-Bunny Sculpture shows promise of material for 3D shaping.

June 4, 2013

Published in Optical Materials Express, "Formation of three-dimensional carbon microstructures via two-photon microfabrication and microtransfer molding," presents results from Japanese scientists who used micro-sculpting techniques and new resin to create bacterium-sized sculptures. Material can be molded into complex, conductive 3D structures with features that are a few micrometers across, enabling creation of conductive materials in complex shapes at microscopic or cellular level. Read More

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Plenary Speakers to discuss automotive/aerospace applications.

June 4, 2013

Plenary speakers at the second SPE EUROTEC® conference in July will focus on new developments in automotive and aerospace applications and on the influence of global markets on the European plastics and rubber machinery industry. Scheduled for July 4–5 at the Cité Congress Exhibition Centre in Lyon, France, conference will include 147 original, peer-reviewed technical presentations as well as 2 plenary addresses on each day. Read More

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MESA White Paper addresses Manufacturing Operations Management.

June 4, 2013

MESA White Paper #43 explores 4 main perceptions and obstacles that "best in class" progressive companies had to overcome to gain enterprise-wide acceptance of their MOM systems architecture as a corporate strategy. These include: Why MOM and Not MES?; Why SOA in Manufacturing?; Why MDM for Manufacturing?; and Is EMI Best Positioned Against or With Business Intelligence? Paper evaluates integration approaches used over the years and compares them to proposed "best practice" and Mfg 2.0 vision. Read More

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Bruce Kaskel receives ASTM International Award of Merit.

June 4, 2013

ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings has presented the Award of Merit to Bruce Kaskel, principal and unit manager at Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc., in Chicago, IL.  A member of ASTM since 1988, Kaskel was recognized for his dedicated service to Committee E06 and his respected technical expertise in development of standards that support design, construction, evaluation, and repair of exterior wall systems and fully integrated building enclosure performance. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for April 2013.

June 3, 2013

According to April findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, Total North American PCB shipments were down 7.0% from April 2012, but bookings increased 7.2% year over year. Respective year to date declines for PCB industry shipments and bookings were 5.1% and 2.3%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments decreased 9.9%, and bookings declined 14.3%. PCB book-to-bill ratio reached 1.10, its highest level since July 2010. Read More

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EMS Market Research Report indicates continued growth.

June 3, 2013

May 2013 edition of IPC North American EMS Market Report is available, and aggregate findings are being made publicly available via subscription. Estimates of total size, business performance, and one-year sales forecasts for North American EMS market are detailed in this 27-page report, which also includes EMS industry book-to-bill ratio. Furthermore, trends in sales of PCB assembly, box build, and other production are tracked monthly. Read More

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Fluid Power Systems Event examines current, future technology.

June 3, 2013

Hosted by International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), FPDA Motion and Control Network (FPDA), and National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), 2013 Fluid Power Systems Conference will take place from November 19–21 in Rosemont, IL. Educational conference will feature networking events, including Innovation Showcase Reception, as well as design workshops, hands-on instruction into practical maintenance techniques, and facilitated roundtable discussions. Read More

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ASTM International releases tribo-corrosion compilation.

June 3, 2013

Available from ASTM, "STP1563, Tribo-Corrosion: Research, Testing, and Applications" contains 12 peer-reviewed papers, written by international experts in tribo-corrosion. Topics include: how chemistry of surrounding environment can interact with mechanical contact to cause rapid increase in material loss; role of tribo-corrosion in erosive situations; implant-related tribo-corrosion; tribo-corrosion in machinery; and challenging problem of ensuring reliability of nuclear power plants. Read More

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AIM welcomes new members.

June 3, 2013

As members of AIM, Freedom Technologies and DigitNexus will join other organizations that are committed to growth of automatic ID and mobility solutions through advocacy, standards development, and support of global channel network. Freedom Technologies, based in Brighton, MI, offers expert identification and data management solutions to diverse base of industries. DigitNexus of San Jose, CA, works to integrate different hardware options, including RFID, bar code and sensors, in global market. Read More

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ORPIC announces integrated olefins project at SPE conference.

June 3, 2013

ORPIC, a subsidiary of OMAN Oil Company, has chosen the first SPE conference to be held in the Middle East to announce a USD $3.6 billion investment in an integrated olefins project that will have an annual capacity of 1 million tons of linear low- and high-density polyethylene. Another highlight of the Polyolefin Plastics Arabia Conference was a panel discussion on the growth and challenges for plastics processors in the Gulf region. Read More

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PCS Reduces Hazards from phosphoric acid manufacturing in LA.

May 31, 2013

U.S. EPA and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced that PCS Nitrogen has agreed to reduce air emissions from phosphoric acid production at its facility in Geismar, LA to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations concerning cooling tower operations. Under said settlement, PCS will prevent release of 15 million pounds of hydrogen fluoride annually and pay civil penalty of $198,825.30. PCS has already implemented pollution controls sought in this settlement. Read More

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ASTM to develop snow and ice accretion testing standards.

May 31, 2013

Part of Subcommittee E06.55 on Performance of Building Enclosures, E06.55.13 task group will be responsible for study and assessment of snow and ice accretion—the process by which snow and ice build up on solid objects exposed to freezing precipitation. First topic task group plans to address is procedures for facade testing in an environmental test chamber. Testing will provide format for quality information gathering and help to build knowledge base for various facades. Read More

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Skid Steer Safety Manuals come in e-book versions.

May 31, 2013

AEM has updated its Skid Steer Safety Manual and now offers e-book versions in English and Spanish. Text has been rewritten and graphics have been updated to be more inclusive of all styles of skid steer loaders. Safety information now contains content on Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel fuel hazards and hazards involving masked visibility areas around machine. Manuals are available through online AEM store and e-book versions are also available through Apple iTunes Book Store. Read More

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Project Gemstone to make Fieldbus experience easier.

May 31, 2013

Fieldbus Foundation announced new technology development initiative—Project Gemstone—intended to make digital fieldbus automation experience easier than conventional analog control systems in every way, from device setup to device replacement and daily maintenance. Project Gemstone covers many initiatives Fieldbus Foundation is already working on, including FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management, Field Device Integration Cooperation, and ISA108 intelligent device management. Read More

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ASTM Committee Honors Christopher Sass with Award of Merit.

May 31, 2013

ASTM International Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants honored Christopher J. Sass, associate principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., with Award of Merit for contributions to standards activities. Specifically, Sass was recognized for his "meritorious and dedicated service to Committee C24 with a strong commitment to standards development, especially in the area of building seals and sealants," as well as technical expertise, leadership, and professionalism. Read More

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ASTM Committee develops standard for nitric acid extraction.

May 30, 2013

ASTM WK42045, Practice for Nitric Acid-Extraction of Elements from Ores and Related Metallurgical Materials Using Closed Vessel Microwave Heating, will be used to protect water used for drinking, recreational, and agricultural purposes from environmental impacts. According to one member of subcommittee responsible for its development, proposed standard will be used by laboratories to dissolve samples for metals analysis and comparison with other testing method solutions. Read More