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EASTEC Programs focus on workforce development.

April 25, 2013

Scheduled for May 14-16, 2013, EASTEC will focus on engaging students, educators, manufacturers, and policymakers to address lack of skilled workers to fill manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing exposition and conference will include keynote panel discussion titled "Challenges and Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipeline"; EASTEC Dream It. Do It.™ Manufacturing Student Challenge; and conference tracks solely devoted to workforce development issues. Read More

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DOE and NREL Announce Collegiate Wind Competition teams.

April 25, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NREL announced teams selected to take part in inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind Competition. Selected through competitive process, student teams include Boise State University, California Maritime Academy, Colorado School of Mines, James Madison University (VA), Kansas State University, Northern Arizona University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Alaska - Fairbanks, University of Kansas, and University of Massachusetts - Lowell. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Chao Lin with Haas Award.

April 25, 2013

Chao H. Lin, a naval architect at the U.S. Maritime Administration, has received John Haas Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology. Lin was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the committee, and particularly to Subcommittee F25.01 on Structures, where he has served as chairman since 2009. A member of ASTM since 2008, Lin has contributed to development of F25 standards that ensure vessel integrity and cost-effective ship production. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for March.

April 24, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for March was $6.8 billion, flat compared to volume in March 2012. Month-over-month, new business volume was up 45% from February, and year to date, cumulative new business volume was up 3% compared to 2012. Receivables over 30 days were unchanged in March from previous month at 2.0%, and were down from 2.8% in same period in 2012. In addition, credit approvals totaled 78.4% in March, up 1% from February. Read More

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Registration Opens for conformity assessment forum in Russia.

April 24, 2013

Under auspices of U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce is organizing U.S.–Russia Standards and Conformity Assessment Forum that will take place in Moscow on May 30, 2013. Event is supported by ANSI and U.S.–Russia Business Council and will focus on World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement as well as standards and conformance issues that impact trade. Interested organizations in U.S. and Russia are encouraged to attend. Read More

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PackML Webinar will focus on design and implementation.

April 24, 2013

Featuring Doug Meyer of Yaskawa America, Inc.'s Drives and Motion Division as presenter, Designing Your First PackML Implementation for Machine Control will take place May 8, 2013 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT. Presentation aims to help controls engineers in any industry better understand PackML design and implementation process. Read More

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ISO Workshop to address multiple resource productivity.

April 24, 2013

Currently, no international standard exists to address multiple resource evaluation, despite pressing international need for guidance on considering interconnections in relation to resource sustainability and conservation. To more fully examine possible approaches to address this need, ISO will hold workshop aimed at helping to develop ISO-published International Workshop Agreement on guidelines for multiple resource evaluation. Workshop will be hosted in Haifa, Israel by SII. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard focuses on vapor intrusion measurement.

April 24, 2013

ASTM WK40037, Guide for Determining Concentration Values from Groundwater, Air and Soil Gas Using Adsorbent-Based, Passive Samplers, will link easy to use, cost-effective, and nonintrusive passive sampling with concentration data to measure vapor intrusion. Demonstrating that compound concentration in air, soil gas, or water can be measured accurately and provide defensible quantitative data, this standard will help promote avoidance of health problems associated with vapor intrusion. Read More

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BIO Asks Florida Governor to preserve state's RFS.

April 24, 2013

BIO urged Florida Gov Rick Scott (R) to veto HB 4001/SB 320, which is anticipated to be passed by the Florida legislature next week and repeal state's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). BIO's letter said adopting this legislation could chill investment in state's biofuel industry and larger biotechnology industry. "Undermining the state's market for biofuels will discourage further research and development of technologies and crops within the state, potentially exporting investment and jobs." Read More

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RIA is accepting applications for Joseph F. Engelberger award.

April 24, 2013

As world's most prestigious honor in field of robotics, Joseph F. Engelberger awards are presented to individuals for excellence in robotics technology development, application, education, and leadership. Named after the worldwide "father of robotics," awards are sponsored annually by RIA and will be presented in conjunction with International Symposium on Robotics, October 24-26, 2013. The 2013 awards will be based on categories of Leadership and Application. Read More

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MESA launches Executive Point-of-View program.

April 24, 2013

MESA International announced launch of program aimed at showing business value of MES/MOM solutions to company executives considering such investments. "Executive Point-of-View" program will frame these real-time operations solutions in a business context, helping senior leadership understand value of potential solution and guiding principles required for implementation success. Program will address what MES/MOM is and how it is different from ERP as well as benefits and best practices. Read More

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LAM 2013 presents ground breaking AM applications.

April 24, 2013

LAM 2013, LIA's fifth annual Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop, featured more than 20 presentations covering everything from cladding and repair to projections of growing impact of additive processes. Event showcased new methods, workflows, facilities, and possibilities in sessions spotlighting process chains, digital manufacturing, surface tailoring, and powders. In addition to the NAMII in Youngstown, OH, workshop educated attendees about Penn State's CIMP-3D. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers electromagnetic soil density gauge QC.

April 24, 2013

ASTM D7830, Test Method for In-Place Determination of Density and Water Content of Soil Using an Electromagnetic Soil Density Gauge, will be used by contractors and government agencies for quality control and quality assurance of electromagnetic soil density gauges. Standard covers procedures for determining in-place properties of non-frozen, unbound soil and soil aggregate mixtures by measuring electromagnetic impedance of compacted soil using electrical, non-nuclear devices. Read More

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BIO announces George Washington Carver Award winner.

April 24, 2013

BIO named Dr. Jay Keasling, professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkeley, as recipient of 2013 George Washington Carver Award. Dr. Keasling is being honored for his contributions to field of synthetic biology promoting use of engineering microbes to produce biofuels, medicines, and cosmetic compounds from ingredients such as sugar cane and grasses. Keasling will receive award and deliver keynote during BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. Read More

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NEMA commends President's budget for energy efficiency focus.

April 24, 2013

NEMA commended administration for including FY2014 budget measures aimed at promotion of energy-efficiency efforts in public/private sectors. In particular, budget encourages States to cut energy waste with Race-to-the-Top challenge, enhances preparedness and resilience, and invests in repairing existing infrastructure and building infrastructure of tomorrow, including power grids that are resilient to extreme conditions. Budget also calls for making permanent tax incentives for energy efficiency. Read More

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NEMA says DOE transformer standards improve efficiency.

April 24, 2013

NEMA expressed its overall satisfaction with the Department of Energy’s final rule establishing increased energy conservation standards for distribution transformers. Throughout the fall of 2011, DOE hosted a negotiated rulemaking, where stakeholders gathered to discuss the justification for higher energy efficiency standards for all three classes of regulated distribution transformers: low voltage dry-type, medium voltage dry-type, and medium voltage liquid-immersed. Read More

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ASABE revises rural power distribution standard.

April 24, 2013

ASABE has revised its standard on rural power distribution service for motor and phase converters. Revised document, ASAE EP329.3, Single-Phase Rural Distribution Service for Motors and Phase Converters, includes updated reference information as noted in the most recent periodic review of the document. In addition, a section for Electrical Code requirements was added. Read More

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LIA Helps Revolutionize US Manufacturing with laser technology.

April 23, 2013

LIA representatives advocating laser-driven manufacturing joined 4 other subcommittees discussing growing usage of lasers in health, defense, energy, and communications during National Academies event on February 28 in Washington, DC. While work of all subcommittees was triggered by National Research Council's updated report, Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation, LIA's efforts answer key goals of National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Read More

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Certification Program helps protect intellectual property.

April 23, 2013

To help combat threat of intellectual property theft and counterfeiting, IPC launched certification program that allows PCB manufacturers to demonstrate commitment and ability to protect customers' IP and comply with industry best practices. Based on IPC-1071, Best Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in PCB Manufacturing, program includes facility audit based on assessment examining areas of physical facility security, IT security, and compliance with regulations such as ITAR and EAR. Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence eases in April.

April 23, 2013

According to April 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence in equipment finance market is 54.0, an easing from March index of 58.0, reflecting continuing concerns over economy and impact of federal policies on capital expenditures. When asked to assess their business conditions over next 4 months, 6.3% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, down from 21.9% in March, while 9.4% believe business conditions will worsen, up from 6.3%. Read More