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NAM Economist Says Fiscal Cliff is taking toll on manufacturers.

December 6, 2012

NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray called November manufacturing report from Institute for Supply Management (ISM) "a clear indication of the negative impact that the looming fiscal cliff is already having on our economy." Moutray continued, commenting how survey's employment index, which contracted for the first time in 3 years, shows that manufacturers are reducing their workforce. "Without a resolution to the fiscal cliff," said Moutray, "the economy will remain weak and stagnant." Read More

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AIA, Industry Leaders push for solution to fiscal cliff.

December 6, 2012

At National Press Club, 4 industry leaders participated in panel discussion on impacts of sequestration budget cuts on America's economy and national security. Panel also drew attention to letter from aerospace and defense industry CEOs voicing support for current talks and urging President Obama to continue negotiations with Congress on action to avert upcoming "fiscal cliff." In comment, AIA's David P. Hess said long-term impacts could prove devastating if sequestration goes into effect. Read More

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ANSI Panel releases workshop report on CBRNE standards.

December 6, 2012

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel released workshop report on status of efforts to implement national strategy on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives equipment standards. One-day workshop included representatives of small businesses, standards developing organizations, government agencies, and program developers. Participants discussed current challenges impeding execution of CBRNE national strategies, as well as roles expected to be played by government and industry. Read More

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NextGen Technology improves safety, efficiency in western CO.

December 6, 2012

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced activation of NextGen technology – Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) – that will help pilots address inclement weather around Montrose Regional Airport in western Colorado (CO). Specifically, WAM improves safety and efficiency by allowing air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that are outside radar coverage.
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Registration for 2013 Annual Meeting is now open.

December 5, 2012

From February 7-12, HI and Pump Systems Matter will host 2013 Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, FL. Hydraulic Institute technical committees will meet to address industry standards, guidelines, and DOE pump efficiency standards. In addition to variety of guest speakers, meeting will also include bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Market Intelligence Committee, and Standards Leadership Workshop. PSM meetings will include Board of Directors, Educational Affairs Steering Committee, and PSM Marketing Committee. Read More

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AEM announces winners of Pillar of the Industry awards.

December 5, 2012

Annual Pillar of the Industry awards recognize companies’ dedication and outstanding contributions to people and communities of equipment manufacturing industry through extensive I Make America campaign activities in support of pro-manufacturing policies to improve the economy. For 2012, total of 19 companies received Pillar of the Industry Awards – 16 for achieving Gold Status this year, and 3 honored as Gold Year 2 winners, for maintaining their Gold-level status earned last year. Read More

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ASTM Infant Swings Specification has been adopted in CPSC rule.

December 5, 2012

Provisions from ASTM International F2088-12a, Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Swings, have been incorporated in U.S. federal mandatory safety standard that was passed unanimously by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in order to improve safety of infant swings and prevent child injuries and deaths. This adoption of ASTM F2088 means all infant swings introduced into commerce must comply with standard, which defines "infant swing." Read More

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NREL, BESC Researchers solve puzzle of plant architecture.

December 5, 2012

NREL and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) scientists combined microscopic imaging methods to gain greater understanding of relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility. According to principal investigator Dr. Shi-You Ding of NREL, imaging technologies allowed interdisciplinary team to view plant architecture at scales from millimeter to nanometer. This breakthrough could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering costs of biofuel production. Read More

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Solar Radiation Database updated to cover 20 years of data.

December 5, 2012

NREL and collaborators released 20-year updated version of U.S. National Solar Radiation Database. Web-based technical report provides information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in USA and its territories. Covering years 1991–2010, updated database includes data from 2006–2010 for first time. Cloud algorithms for modeling solar radiation data are also included, along with State University of New York model for gridded data based on satellite observations. Read More

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David Shea to be recognized for communications excellence.

December 4, 2012

With 50+ years of experience as public relations practitioner, David J. Shea has been selected to receive 2012 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. This prize goes to journalists or public relations professionals in aviation who exhibit its namesake's standard of excellence. In addition to positions in U.S. Air Force, Shea has worked in private sector and co-authored highly praised guidebook for media relations professionals. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2012.

December 4, 2012

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 1.1% in Oct 2012 from Oct 2011, and bookings decreased 9.2% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were down 12.4% and rigid bookings fell 14.3%. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2012 were up 15.6%, and bookings were down 18.9% compared to October 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments decreased 10.3% and flex bookings were down 0.5%. Read More

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NREL's Research Support Facility earns second LEED® Platinum.

December 4, 2012

Research Support Facility on campus of NREL in Golden, CO has earned its second LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from U.S. Green Building Council. LEED designation was awarded to 138,000 sq-ft RSF Expansion project, which added third wing to main office building. Between finish of initial RSF and start of expansion wing, NREL's Advanced Commercial Buildings Research team worked with design-build team and identified strategies to reduce energy use in RSF expansion by additional 17%. Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Shipments Index shows resilient third quarter.

December 4, 2012

NEMA's index for A-line incandescent lamps increased 20.2% during Q3 2012, while compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) index registered 3.3% decline compared to previous quarter. Halogen A-line lamp shipments increased 83.3% on quarterly basis, and their share increased 1.5 percentage points to 4% of combined market. CFLs posted 20.6% share (4.1 point decline from previous quarter), while share of incandescent lamps increased to 75.4%. Read More

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Louisiana Generating ordered to resolve Clean Air Act violations.

December 4, 2012

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced Louisiana Generating agreed to settlement at its Big Cajun II coal-fired power plant in New Roads, LA that will eliminate 27,300+ tons of harmful emissions per year. Settlement will require Louisiana Generating to spend ~$250 million to reduce air pollution as well as pay $3.5 million civil fine and spend $10.5 million on environmental mitigation. Reductions will be achieved via pollution controls, natural gas conversion, and emission caps. Read More

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Plastics Technical Conference will take place in Lyon, France.

December 4, 2012

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has selected Lyon, France for future site of EUROTEC® 2013, which will take place July 4–5 at Lyon’s Cité Congress Exhibition Centre. Conference will feature 200+ original, peer-reviewed presentations on such topics as automotive, composites, extrusion, injection molding, and thermoforming. Additionally, exhibition will feature displays by companies representing entire plastics industry supply chain. Read More

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EPA recommends new recreational water quality criteria.

December 4, 2012

Pursuant to U.S. District Court order and as required by Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000, EPA recommended new recreational water quality criteria that will help protect people during visits to beaches and waters. Science-based criteria helps states improve public health protection by addressing broader range of illness symptoms, providing more protective recommendations for coastal waters, encouraging early alerts to beachgoers, and promoting rapid water testing. Read More

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IPC supports explicit listing of printed boards in USML.

December 3, 2012

According to IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, the explicit listing of printed boards in U.S. Department's proposed revisions to Category XI (electronics) U.S. Munitions List published in the Federal Register is an important step in the right direction. For more than a year, IPC has strongly urged the government to clarify International Traffic in Arms Regulations controls on printed boards through explicit enumeration on USML. Read More

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FAA Proposes Policy to improve flight attendant workplace safety.

December 3, 2012

FAA, working with OSHA, proposed policy for addressing flight attendant workplace safety. With precedence given to FAA aviation safety regulations, it has been proposed that OSHA should be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards not covered by FAA. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said proposal would, for first time, enable flight attendants to report workplace injury and illness complaints to OSHA for response and investigation. Read More

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BIO Thanks Senators for stance on military biofuel producers.

December 3, 2012

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood thanked Senators Kay Hagan, Tim Johnson and co-sponsors for amending language in National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 that blocked Department of Defense's (DoD) participation in public-private partnerships to produce advanced biofuels. Greenwood said military leaders, recognizing that building domestic advanced biofuels industry to produce cost-competitive fuels is national security priority, responded by proposing public-private partnerships. Read More

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EPA appoints heads of Science Advisory Committees.

December 3, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has appointed 2 engineers to serve as Chairs of 2 independent Federal Advisory Committees, EPA Science Advisory Board and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. David Allen, an internationally recognized engineer specializing in air quality, will serve as SAB Chair, while Dr. H. Christopher Frey, an environmental engineer expert in quantitative methods for dealing with variability and uncertainty, will serve as CASAC Chair. Each will serve 2-year term. Read More