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AAMA Encourages Education during National Window Safety Week.

April 16, 2013

National Window Safety Week, April 7–13, reminds households that open windows can be dangerous for young children. To help protect them from window falls, Window Safety Task Force offers such tips as avoiding placement of furniture near windows to prevent children from climbing, not relying on insect screens to prevent window fall, and installing building code-compliant devices that limit how far window will open or guards with release mechanisms to help prevent falls. Read More

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Construction Industry Unemployment drops to 14.7% in March 2013.

April 16, 2013

According to April 5 employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction industry unemployment fell from 15.7% in February to 14.7% in March. USA added 18,000 new construction jobs in that month, and year-over-year workforce expansion has been measured at 2.9%. Commenting, Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu said this report "implies that interest rates will remain low, which...is good for real estate valuations and for nonresidential construction." Read More

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Renewable Fuel Standard motivates industry to solve blend wall.

April 16, 2013

During Advanced Biofuel Leadership Conference, Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, told attendees that the Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to reduce reliance on foreign oil in transportation; the so-called blend wall is not a reason to abandon it. According to Erickson, the United States still needs alternatives to oil to ease consumers’ pain at the pump, and development of advanced biofuels is key to energy security in the future. Read More

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February Manufacturing Technology Orders rise 5.7% from January.

April 16, 2013

As reported by USMTO program participants, February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $385.89 million – up 5.7% from January but down 10.6% from February 2012. Year-to-date total of $750.94 million makes 2013 down 11.9% when compared with 2012. In addition to calling month-to-month gain "certainly good to see," AMT President Douglas K. Woods said year-to-date decline in orders "is in line with expectations we had for a slight slowdown in the first two quarters of 2013." Read More

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Chemical Network Online Discussion is scheduled for April 18.

April 16, 2013

ANSI Chemical Network Online Discussion will be held at 10:30 am EDT on April 18, 2013. This informal exchange, co-moderated by Michael Kirschner and Dr. Richard J. Forselius, will feature guest speaker Dr. Lauren Heine, who will discuss GreenScreen Program. During discussion, various chemical-related subjects are expected to be raised. These include, among others, conflict minerals and supply chain, rare earth metals and related source-of-supply issues, and chemicals policy in India. Read More

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ANSI renames Homeland Security Standards Panel.

April 16, 2013

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel Steering Committee announced that HSSP has been renamed Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative. New name reflects revision of group's charter intended to expand its scope to include issues related to homeland defense and to include input from wider range of government agencies and private groups. HSSP was originally established in 2003 to bolster development of voluntary standards related to homeland security and emergency preparedness. Read More

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AASHTO Website details state transportation funding proposals.

April 16, 2013

Compiled by AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance, Examination of Recent State Transportation Funding Proposals consists of one list that details state transportation funding proposals that have been or are being considered. This collation of data is posted on Center's website and includes various funding mechanisms. Where available, data also includes information on state transportation funding needs and gives estimates of how much revenue may be generated. Read More

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Sunbelt Rentals Contributes to Restoration Industry Legal Fund.

April 16, 2013

Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., member of Restoration Industry Association (RIA), has contributed $50,000 in matching funds to Restoration Industry Legal Fund (RLIF) and is challenging other vendors at upcoming RIA Industry Summit and Exhibition to contribute. Ken Rothmel of Sunbelt Rentals said "Sunbelt Rentals cannot sit idly by and not help to defend RIA members" and asked other RIA exhibitors "to commit what they can to help fund this important cause." Read More

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Linda Dempsey issues statement regarding Japan and TPP.

April 16, 2013

Linda Dempsey, NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs, issued statement after the United States and Japan announced an agreement to allow Japan to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. According to Dempsey, the commitments that Japan has made to address longstanding challenges are encouraging, and we will continue to work vigorously with the U.S. government to ensure a level playing field for all manufacturers in the United States. Read More

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SME Announces Conference Session Line-Up for PMDS in Montreal.

April 16, 2013

Plant Management and Design Engineering Show (PMDS) – April 23 and 24 at Place Bonaventure, Montreal – will feature 4 SME conference sessions, which will be conducted in French only. Topics include opportunities and growth challenges for manufacturers; Centre de recherche industrielle Québec (CRIQ) Friction Stir Welding and component insertion technologies; REAI's 8 recommendations to MFE to grow automation; and effectively meeting needs of prime contractors. Read More

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Camera System creates 3-D images from up to 1 km away.

April 15, 2013

A research team, led by Gerald Buller, a professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, describes a time-of-flight imaging system that can gather high-resolution, 3-D information about objects from up to 1 km away. System works by sweeping low-power IR laser beam rapidly over object. It then records round-trip flight time of photons in beam as they bounce off object and arrive back at source. Research paper can be found in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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NREL Wind Center previews changes in wind industry.

April 15, 2013

Researchers at NREL, along with industry partners, are advancing a more sustainable energy future at the National Wind Technology Center by testing the most advanced wind turbine technologies and preparing them for future deployment. NREL entered into partnership with Alstom in early 2011 when its ECO 100 wind turbine was installed at NWTC for certification testing. Turbine was recently updated to ECO 110 with 110 m rotor diameter, making it the largest, most powerful wind turbine on NWTC site. Read More

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HI announces 2013 Board of Directors and Officers.

April 15, 2013

During its Annual Meeting, HI announced the 2013 Board of Directors and Officers. Dean Douglas will remain as Chairman of the Board, while Dennis Wierzbicki will remain as HI President. Michael S. Cropper, Director, Product Development, Sulzer Pumps Inc. was elected to serve as VP, Technical Affairs; John Miersma, President & CEO, Iwaki America Inc., will remain as VP, Member Services; and Andrew Warrington, President, Peerless Pump Company, will remain as VP, Knowledge & Education. Read More

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Food Safety Summit Resource Center returns for PACK EXPO.

April 15, 2013

PMMI will team with BNP Media to bring latest iteration of the Food Safety Summit Resource Center to PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013. Resource center brings together Subject Matter Experts who can address regulations and implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act as well as other important food safety issues including Food Packaging, HACCP, Economic Fraud, Safety and Regulations for Allergens, Labeling, Pest Control, Sanitation, and Traceability. Read More

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ISPE Guidance helps standardize clinical trial booklet labels.

April 15, 2013

ISPE has issued first-ever guidance to help companies conducting clinical trials in multiple countries standardize their use of booklet labels. Templates, guidelines, and tools make it easier for companies to use booklet labels consistently and effectively and justify their booklet label methods to international regulatory authorities. By following recommendations, companies can feel confident that their booklet label strategy is supported by scientific, risk-based methodology. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for sensor technologies symposium.

April 15, 2013

Papers are invited for 4th Symposium on the Evaluation of Existing and New Sensor Technologies for Fatigue, Fracture and Mechanical Testing to be held May 7-8, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. Papers are solicited in areas such as advanced noncontact strain, displacement, and velocity measuring techniques; deformation and strain measurement in extreme environments; advanced techniques for crack length and initiation determination; and progress in standard development. Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Shipments suffer sharp decline.

April 12, 2013

NEMA's incandescent lamp shipments index showed precipitous decline of 40.1% compared to same period last year. On annual basis, incandescent lamp shipments during 2012 were down 18.3% – erasing 16.4% gain for 2011. Compact fluorescent lamp shipments dipped slightly during 2012 to index value of 176, a change of 0.3% versus 2011. Meanwhile, halogen A-line lamps continued to make inroads as a viable alternative lamp source increasing by 88.3% over last year. Read More

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EPA voids certificates for import of recreational vehicles.

April 12, 2013

U.S. EPA announced it is withdrawing approval of the import and sale of up to 74,000 gas-powered on- and off-road motorcycles and ATVs from China. EPA issued vehicle certificates from 2006-2012 to two companies which operate as Snyder Technology, Inc. and Snyder Computer Systems, Inc. (dba Wildfire Motors Corporation). EPA believes that it received incomplete or falsified certification information, and that manufacturers failed to accurately test emissions from their own products.
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AAMA and WDMA release 2012/2013 Industry Review and Forecast.

April 12, 2013

Delivering timely information on window, door, and skylight market trends and product relationships, AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast includes historic data for 2006–2012 and forecast data for 2013–2015. In 2012, new residential construction activity closed with 26.5% improvement compared to 2011, and study forecasts similar improvement for 2013. Demand for prime windows increased overall by 6% and demand is expected to increase 15% in 2013. Read More

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Voluntary Standards aid spring cleaning.

April 12, 2013

IEC 60335-2-2 Amd.1 Ed. 6.0 b:2012, Amendment 1 sets down guidelines for vacuums and cleaning apparatuses that use water-suction to clean surfaces, while ISO 19954:2003 offers test methods for evaluating washability of shoes in standard home washing machine. Another standard, ASTM F2367-04a(2010), provides uniform labeling criteria and package requirements for upright brooms, including inch pound unit values, while ANSI B71.1-2012 provides safety specifications for grass-cutting devices. Read More