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EPA and NIH announce air pollution sensor challenge finalists.

November 29, 2012

Four individuals and teams have been selected for final phase of the My Air, My Health Challenge, which was created to encourage development of portable devices that gather and integrate health and air quality data to help protect people's health and make environmental information more accessible. Individuals and teams submitted designs for sensors that can be worn or carried and take into account link between airborne pollutants and health measurements, such as heart rate and breathing. Read More

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PTDA Business Index for 3Q 2012 shows slower continued growth.

November 29, 2012

Reading of 50.3 produced by 3Q12 PTDA Business Index represents deceleration from 2Q12 reading of 54.2, indicating power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry expanded for tenth consecutive quarter at slower pace compared with 2Q12. Distributors and manufacturers reported decelerated sales growth compared to last quarter. On average, sales rose 5% in 3Q12, down from 7% growth in 2Q12. With average forecast of 6%, PTDA members expect 2013 to be another year of growth. Read More

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CSA Group acquires Orb Optronix.

November 29, 2012

CSA Group has acquired Orb Optronix, a privately held company located in Kirkland, Washington, that specializes in the characterization, measurement, and testing of discrete LEDs, LED arrays, LED light engines, LED replacement lamps, and LED luminaires. Acquisition of Orb Optronix provides CSA Group with state-of-the-art LED and lighting metrology testing capabilities, accelerating and enhancing its Solid State Lighting testing capabilities globally. Read More

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EPA launches septic system maintenance awareness program.

November 29, 2012

EPA launched SepticSmart program encouraging homeowners to take steps to maintain their home septic systems, preventing expensive repairs and pollution to local waterways. National program aims to educate homeowners about proper daily system use and need for periodic maintenance. Suggesting inspections every 3 yr and other tips, it also provides industry practitioners, local governments, and community organizations with tools and materials to educate clients and residents. Read More

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EPA keeps renewable fuels levels in place.

November 29, 2012

EPA announced that it has not found evidence to support a finding of severe "economic harm" that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard. Economic analyses of impacts in the agricultural sector, conducted with USDA, showed that on average waiving the mandate would only reduce corn prices by approximately 1%. Economic analyses of impacts in the energy sector, conducted with DOE, showed that waiving the mandate would not impact household energy costs. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report forecasts steady conditions.

November 29, 2012

According to November 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect steady business conditions during next 3 months; 45% of 125 sampled metalforming companies anticipate economic activity will remain unchanged. Companies also expect slight uptick in incoming orders over same time period, while average daily shipping levels remained steady. Percentage of companies with workforce on short time or layoff increased to 17%, up from 1% from October and same as 1 year ago. Read More

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EPA raises food waste awareness on America Recycles Day.

November 29, 2012

For 15th annual America Recycles Day, held on November 15, EPA renewed its commitment to helping Americans reduce wasted food with Sustainable Materials Management Food Recovery Challenge. Initiative helps participants make purchasing decisions, find uses for surplus food, and recycle rather than send waste to landfills. Agency says each year, over 33 million tons of food are combusted or end up in landfills, where it produces methane that contributes to climate change. Read More

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NEMA publishes Flashing Yellow Arrow amendment.

November 28, 2012

NEMA published Amendment 4 to NEMA TS 2-2002 (R2008) Traffic Controller Assemblies with NTCIP Requirements, supporting Flashing Yellow Arrow features. Amendment 4 standardizes control and monitoring features for FYA, a traffic signal head indication, adding these features to widely used NEMA TS 2. In government-sponsored field trials, FYA improved driver performance when yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before making a turn. Read More

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Consumer Electronics Show to feature major technology trends.

November 28, 2012

From wireless wallets to cloud-based services, app integration, digital health and fitness devices, and beyond, 2013 International CES® will feature array of top consumer technology products and trends, including inspiring innovations across range of hot products and categories. Taking place January 8-11 in Las Vegas, show will draw 150,000 industry professionals. More than 3,000 exhibitors will debut 20,000 new products across 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space. Read More

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NCEDAR Conference aims to boost India's electronics industry.

November 28, 2012

Scheduled for December 4-6, 2012, IPC's National Conference on Electronics Design, Assembly and Reliability will take place at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. Technical conference sessions will focus on 6 areas of advanced electronics: design, simulation, and modeling; electronic components, RF, and optoelectronics; PCB assembly and manufacturing technology; materials and processing; reliability and quality control; and advanced packaging including interconnections. Read More

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MLFI-25 Economic Activity Survey shows rises in new business.

November 28, 2012

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for October showed overall new business volume at $7.6 billion, up 27% from same period in 2011 and down 7% from previous month. Year-to-date (YTD) cumulative new business volume increased 17%. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 1.7%, and charge-offs were down 0.4% from previous month and 43% from previous year. While credit approvals were unchanged, 66% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during October. Read More

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EPA awards more than $5.3 million for research fellowships.

November 28, 2012

EPA announced more than $5.3 million in research fellowships to 127 students pursuing degrees in environmental studies. The 39 Greater Research Opportunities fellows and 87 Science to Achieve Results fellows exemplify agency's efforts to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education. These fellowships encourage leadership in the nation’s environmental science, research, restoration, pollution prevention, and sustainability efforts. Read More

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EPA fines 16 firms for violations of lead-based RRP Rule.

November 28, 2012

EPA announced 16 enforcement actions for violations of lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which requires that contractors that work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be trained and certified to use lead-safe work practices. This ensures that renovation/repair activities like sanding, cutting, and replacing windows are done in ways that minimize dangerous lead dust. Enforcement actions include 13 administrative settlements and 3 filed administrative complaints. Read More

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ANSI remembers Bill Rockwell.

November 28, 2012

William Hearne Rockwell, former general counsel for ANSI, passed away on September 13, 2012, at the age of 92. Mr. Rockwell was an expert in voluntary standardization, both nationally and internationally. His work helped to strengthen industrial competiveness and improve public safety. He began his career as an associate with William “Wild Bill” Donovan's Wall Street law firm in New York, and later served as ANSI general counsel and senior VP, until his retirement in 1992. Read More

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AIA calls for balanced solution to fiscal cliff.

November 28, 2012

Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of AIA, made a statement in support of the on-going negotiations between the White House and Congressional leadership to avoid the fiscal cliff. According to Blakey, "It is imperative that we set aside the looming disaster that sequestration would bring, both to our national security and our economy, and at the same time provide our country with a path to fundamental fiscal reform that provides stability and addresses the drivers of our deficit and our debt." Read More

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Voluntary Standards apply to humidifiers and power plants.

November 27, 2012

To help manufacturers, specifiers, installers, and users of central system residential humidifiers determine capacity of residential humidifiers, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE 64.2-2012, Method of Test for Residential Self-Contained Humidifiers. Also, ISA recently released ANSI/ISA 7.20.01-2012, Fossil Fuel Power Plant Simulators - Functional Requirements, which establishes functional requirements for several types of plant-specific, fossil fuel power plant control room simulators. Read More

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Centerville High School named as model for STEM education.

November 27, 2012

As one of 9 exemplary schools in 8 states, Centerville High School (Centerville, OH) has been selected by SME Education Foundation for its PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) program. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin noted this school's exceptional advanced manufacturing curriculum, dedicated instructors, and involvement with local industry, which combine to provide "right mix of academic and real-world experience." Read More

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Webinar to Cover acceptance testing for rotodynamic pumps.

November 27, 2012

Pump Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar, last of 2012 season, will take place December 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EST. To be led by Pentair's Jim Swetye, webinar will cover scope of Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests (ANSI/HI 14.6) Standard. Various aspects of said standard include terms and definitions, guarantee point and duty points for pump acceptance tests, specific usage, and performance test acceptance grades and tolerances. Read More

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ANSI-CEA Workshop to examine standards, national priorities.

November 27, 2012

ANSI and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will co-host Addressing National Priorities through Standards workshop, which will take place December 11, 2012 in Arlington, VA and address issues surrounding use of private-sector standards by government agencies. Industry and government leaders, via interactive panel discussions, will explore opportunities and challenges associated with identifying and referencing private-sector standards in federal regulations. Read More

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PMA announces 2012 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming.

November 26, 2012

Presented annually, Awards of Excellence in Metalforming recognize high standards of achievement set by metalforming industry in areas of design, safety, training and education, process control, quality, productivity, and product development. Winners for 2012 include: Honeywell Aerospace; Ramcel Engineering Company; Unirac, Inc.; Pridgeon and Clay, Inc.; Eclipse Manufacturing Company; The Diemasters; and Orleans/Niagara Occupational and Technical Education Center. Read More