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EPA Approves Plan to Control CSOs in Cincinnati, OH area.

June 7, 2013

U.S. EPA announced approval of plan for control of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio. Plan establishes priorities to address communities' most serious water quality problems and promotes cost-effective, innovative solutions to reduce pollution. Specific components include separating sewers to keep rainwater out of combined sewer system and use of green infrastructure to manage rainwater diverted from combined system. Read More

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LIA offers practical online training for all laser users.

June 7, 2013

LIA is set to unveil Laser U — a new way for laser professionals of all levels of experience to access the best presentations from LIA's conferences and workshops, including Lasers for Manufacturing Event®, Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop, International Laser Safety Conference, and annual ICALEO® conference. Modules of Laser U will enable users to listen to audio of each speaker's presentation at their own pace, with option to follow each slide in order or jump forward/backward. Read More

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AAMA Courses focus on fenestration product installation, testing.

June 7, 2013

Education courses on commercial and residential installation, field testing/forensic evaluation, and fenestration anchorage have been released by AAMA as part of its FenestrationMasters® program. According to AAMA's Dean Lewis, this group of courses deals with actual use of products, including flashing and sealants. "While challenging," said Lewis,"many candidates will find this to be the most practical, useful, and interesting portion of the entire course of study." Read More

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SME looks to future of manufacturing with new tagline.

June 7, 2013

SME is integrating its strategic areas — events, publishing, membership, Tooling U-SME online training division, and SME Education Foundation — around evolved mission to inspire, prepare, and support its stakeholders in advancement of manufacturing. SME announced that it will refer to itself by its monogram, rather than its full legal name and is promoting its inclusive, future-focused mindset with the new tagline, Making the future. Together.SM  Read More

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Drinking Water Infrastructure needs $384 billion by 2030.

June 7, 2013

According to results of EPA's Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment, $384 billion in improvements are needed for USA's drinking water infrastructure through 2030 for systems to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans. National total covers needs of 73,400 water systems nationwide as well as American Indian and Alaska Native Village water systems.  Areas most requiring improvements are distribution and transmission, treatment, storage, and source. Read More

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NASA Experiment supports 3-D manufacturing in space.

June 6, 2013

In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mount View, CA, have joined to launch equipment for first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station. The 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment will use extrusion additive manufacturing, which builds objects, layer by layer, out of polymers and other materials. Hardware is scheduled to be certified and ready for launch to space station next year. Read More

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AIM Summit to celebrate 40th anniversary.

June 6, 2013

On September 30, 2013, AIM will bring together international leaders in the AIDC industry to celebrate AIM's 40th anniversary at the annual AIM Summit. Event will highlight latest in technologies and industry trends, as well as standards and advances impacting organizations around the globe. Optional sessions, scheduled before and after Summit, will allow AIM members to participate in committee meetings. Summit will also host special luncheon to announce recipients of 2013 AIM Awards. Read More

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ASME Awards recognize petroleum-related mechanical engineering.

June 6, 2013

During Offshore Technology Conference, ASME recognized technical achievement and distinguished service in field of petroleum-related mechanical engineering. Benton F. Baugh, president of Baugh Consulting Engineers, Inc., received 2013 Geoca Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award, while H. Brian Skeels, Kwok Lun Lee, and Anand Venkatesh of FMC Technologies received 2013 Arthur Lubinski Award for best technical paper. In addition, Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Award went to Aker Solutions. Read More

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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