Hydraulic Institute named Randy Bennett, VP of Technology & Operations, Leistritz Advanced Technologies Corporation, as its 2013 "Member of the Year." A member of HI for 7 years, Mr. Bennett was selected by the Board of Directors for his superior commitment to the Hydraulic Institute in both leading and actively participating in different HI committees in the advancement of the Institute’s technical work and guiding young engineers within the organization. Read More
In northwestern Indiana, educators at Purdue University Calumet fostering corporate-collegiate connections and implementing $2.74 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant. Latter supports training for displaced workers by requiring participants to earn nationally recognized credential. Purdue University Calumet has chosen PMMI's Mechatronics Certificates for similar credentials. Read More
Enforcement actions, which led to more than $274,000 in civil penalties, will require 35 home renovation contractors and training providers to take additional steps to minimize harmful lead dust from home renovation activities as required by EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Standards. Issued between May 2013 and Jan 2014, settlements cover failure to obtain certification, failure to follow lead-safe work practices, and failure to ensure subcontractors follow RRP standards. Read More
Team of Belgian researchers reports progress in developing first optical circuit that uses interconnections that are not only bendable, but also stretchable. Made of rubbery transparent material called PDMS, interconnections guide light along their path even when stretched up to 30% and when bent around an object the diameter of a human finger. Team describes its work in a paper published in The Optical Society’s open-access journal Optics Express. Read More
AAMA recognized contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at 77th Annual Conference Awards Banquet. Steve Fronek of Apogee Enterprises was named Outstanding Member, Technoform's Mark Silverberg received Architectural Products Group Distinguished Service Award, Dean Ruark of PGT Industries received Residential Products Group Distinguished Service Award, and Scott Condreay took home Marketing Distinguished Service Award. Read More
Now in its nineteenth year of publication, NEMA's ei (electroindustry magazine) has grown from newsletter format to full-color, 32-page monthly magazine. Along with the magazine, the communications department also publishes a bi-weekly newsletter, eiXtra; hosts a podcast series, NEMAcast; produces various types of informative marketing materials; and manages the association’s blog (NEMAcurrents), Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. Read More
NEMA congratulates the leadership of Montgomery County, MD, to make commercial and municipal building energy use transparent by introducing benchmarking and disclosure bill. Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner introduced the legislation, along with majority of his colleagues, which would require large buildings to benchmark their energy use and disclose their ENERGY STAR® score, a 1-100 percentile ranking of building's energy performance as rated against similar building types. Read More
Released by U.S. EPA, annual enforcement and compliance results demonstrate focus on, according to EPA's Cynthia Giles, "the biggest violators and the cases that make the most difference in protecting American communities from pollution." Giles cites such cases as the Deepwater Horizon disaster as well as Walmart's illegal handling of pesticides and hazardous waste. She also mentions nationwide reforms, reduced deadly air toxics, cleaned up toxic pollution, and generated funds.