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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

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ISO Standard Sets Guideline for armed maritime guards.

April 12, 2013

ISO Technical Committee (TC) 8, Ships and marine technology, developed ISO/PAS 28007:2012, Ships and marine technology – Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) providing privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships (and pro forma contract). Document outlines operational requirements for casualty management, incident reporting, and investigations. It also addresses security management system elements and contains sector-specific requirements. Read More

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BIO Comments on EPA 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard rules.

April 12, 2013

In comments submitted to EPA on proposed Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), BIO said it believes limits to market access for biofuels (the blendwall) "represent barriers contrived by obligated parties to prevent biofuels from gaining access to the marketplace." BIO emphasized that continued and stable implementation of RFS provides companies developing advanced and cellulosic biofuels confidence that U.S. fuel market will remain open. Read More

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NEWF selects SME-EF nominee as New Faces of Engineering winner.

April 12, 2013

Bryce Davis, a fourth year manufacturing engineering student at Texas State University-San Marcos, who was previously announced as a nominee, has been named one of the New Faces of Engineering College Edition winners by the National Engineers Week Foundation. Bryce is one of 15 promising engineering students recognized by NEWF's New Faces of Engineering program. He will graduate in 2013 thanks in part to scholarship funding provided by SME Education Foundation. Read More

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Factory Automation Systems becomes Certified Robot Integrator.

April 12, 2013

Factory Automation Systems of Atlanta, GA, has received Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. To become certified, integrators go through rigorous process which includes on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel. Program enables integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices to identify areas in which they can improve. This also helps the industry by strengthening overall integrator channel. Read More

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TRIB Members address passenger tire retreading.

April 12, 2013

TRIB Members around the world were sent short survey asking their thoughts and plans regarding Passenger Tire Retreading. According to their response, the top 3 drivers for passenger tire retreading growth include cost savings compared to new tires, growing export markets, and environmental benefits. Top 3 drivers for tire retreading decline include low-cost/quality new tires, public perception/education, and size proliferation. Read More

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AIA Says Repealing Sequestration will aid USA security, economy.

April 12, 2013

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey called upon Congress and President Obama to use upcoming budget cycle to reverse sequestration budget cuts. Specifically, AIA desires elimination of sequestration caps and enactment of "predictable and stable budgets" for DOD, FAA, NASA, and NOAA. Doing such, according to Blakey, "is essential to provide a sufficient level of investment in infrastructure, R&D and acquisition of assets to support our national security and economy." Read More

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HID Lamp Shipment Indexes remain on decline.

April 11, 2013

During 2012, NEMA's High Intensity Discharge lamp shipment indexes declined for second consecutive year. Mercury vapor lamps declined 9.6% to index value of 44 signifying that shipments during 2012 were 44% of the 2006 base level. Index for sodium vapor lamp shipments fell 6.2%, landing at 75, and metal halide lamps posted index reading of 80, declining by 4.9% for the year. Relative market shares for each HID lamp type were essentially unchanged with respect to previous year. Read More