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Green Button Tool helps consumers save electricity.

October 16, 2012

Thanks to NREL and White House, 31 million American homes will be getting computer-friendly data about their electricity use from their utility companies. Green Button, based on exacting standards, helps consumers make informed purchase decisions and adjust electricity use to save both energy and money. Once logged into utility's website, customers can click Green Button icon to download their personal energy use data in common format defined by Energy Service Provider Interface standard. Read More

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SPE Forum will focus on nano-scale carbonaceous materials.

October 16, 2012

Scheduled for December 6-7, 2012, SPE ANTEC® Mumbai will include New Technology Forum focusing on nano-scale carbonaceous materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphenes. Some papers that will be presented include: Are Nano Composites a 21st Century Material?; Graphene-Based Composite Materials; Graphene-Based Soluble Nanocomposites; and Surface Modification Carbon Nanotubes and Nanographene Platelets for Improved Performance in Polymer Composites. Read More

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Green Laser Pointer identifies dangerous chemical traces.

October 16, 2012

At Laser Science XXVIII, collocated with OSA's Annual Meeting – Frontier in Optics (FiO), an Israeli research team will present findings concerning development of portable Raman spectrometer capable of detecting minute traces of hazardous chemicals in real-time.  Able to first scan entire sample optically to locate individual particles of interest, spectrometer in question uses low-power, commercial green laser pointer that helps improve detection of inherently weak Raman signal. Read More

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Manufacturing Institute Coalition to train military veterans.

October 16, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute joined GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, and other business, digital, academic, and not-for-profit partners to launch Get Skills to Work coalition, which aims to train military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing and to enhance American competitiveness. Initial investments will help 15,000 veterans translate military experience to corresponding advanced manufacturing opportunities and gain technical skills needed to qualify for careers in this growing sector. Read More

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RIA Convention will take place in Las Vegas, NV in 2013.

October 16, 2012

Restoration Industry Association's (RIA) 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo will be held April 23–25, 2013. Dwyer International CEO Dina Dwyer will deliver keynote address on April 24, and education sessions will cover such topics as emerging technologies, legal issues in current work environment, and creating successful sales teams. Event will also include second annual Martin L. King Golf Tournament, networking sessions, and the RIA Dinner and Awards Banquet. Read More

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Free MCA Webinar addresses multi-axis motion control systems.

October 16, 2012

With the latest advances in network and processor technologies, it is now possible to provide solutions to many of the most demanding multi-axis motion control applications with a distributed architecture, reducing cost and increasing scalability and flexibility. On October 24 at 11:00 am EDT, MCA will hold free 1-hour webinar titled "Innovative Technologies for Multi-axis Motion Control Systems in Next Generation Testing Inspection Equipment." Read More

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World EMS Market Study shows recovery, forecasts growth in 2012.

October 16, 2012

Released by IPC, 2011–2012 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry shows that, following economic setbacks in 2009, world market for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) continued to recover in 2011 and 2012 and is projected to grow this year 9.4% globally and 8.9% in North America. Annual study, using data from 130 EMS participating operations, includes forecasts through 2016, covers business metrics by region, and examines trends in diverse categories. Read More

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FOUNDATION(TM) Fieldbus Engineering Guidelines have been revised.

October 15, 2012

FOUNDATION fieldbus System Engineering Guidelines (AG-181) features best practices and recommendations for complete FOUNDATION fieldbus installation, includes recommendations on topics from selecting cable to wiring installation, grounding, implementing plant asset management systems, and project management. New edition has been reformatted and reorganized to facilitate reading and information access. Also, some content was rewritten to include up-to-date information. Read More

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PMMI Exposition Director brings perspective to PACK EXPO.

October 15, 2012

In August, AJ Janosko joined PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, as director of expositions and as such is responsible for handling day-to-day show management. PMMI trade shows VP Jim Pittas called Janosko "critical to the effort" of February 2013 debut of EXPO PACK Guadalajara and said his knowledge of both the organizer and supplier experience was "a valuable asset." According to Janosko, "Exhibitors can expect this from me: Commitment, respect and trust." Read More

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IPC Conference addresses July 2014 deadline for RoHS compliance.

October 15, 2012

Taking place in Andover, MA from November 7–9, IPC Medical Industries Technical Conference: Lead-Free Reliability Readiness will provide working knowledge for successful lead (Pb)-free process implementation. Event will include full-day workshop as well as day-and-a-half technical conference. According to EPTAC Corporation VP Leo Lambert, "This conference will provide medical device manufacturers with a beneficial checklist for the leaded-to-lead-free conversion process." Read More

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EPA DfE Program recognizes CSPA Product Ingredient Dictionary.

October 15, 2012

CSPA announced availability of Second Edition, First Update of CSPA Consumer Product Ingredient Dictionary. This updated and expanded Second Edition features 40 new ingredient monographs, 126 new trade names, 90 other technical names defined, and new standardized system for identifying hydrocarbon mixtures. CSPA has been recognized by U.S. EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Standard for Safer Products as key resource in ingredient communication effort. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2013 looks at Mars Curiosity mission via keynote.

October 12, 2012

B. Gentry Lee, chief engineer for Solar System Exploration Directorate at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will offer inside look at Mars Curiosity rover mission during his keynote address at IPC APEX EXPO®, which will take place February 20, 2013 in San Diego, CA. Keynote will explore mission aspects and engineering behind Curiosity. Alicia Balonek, senior director of trade shows and events, said "We are really excited to...share this exciting milestone with the industry." Read More

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PACK EXPO International 2012 to focus on sustainability.

October 12, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from October 23–31, PACK EXPO International 2012 aims to provide comprehensive resource for innovation and insights manufactures need to drive sustainability initiatives. Exhibitors will feature sustainability-enhancing solutions, and Conference at PACK EXPO will offer sustainability track focusing on initiatives, challenges, and solutions across supply chain. Also, PACK EXPO Lecture Series will host Dennis Miller and James Carville. Read More

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BIO Strongly Opposes RFS waiver requests in comments to EPA.

October 12, 2012

In comments made to EPA on requests by governors of several states for waiver of America's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), BIO said that any waiver of RFS would have little to no effect on corn prices and would harm USA biofuel producers and biotech companies. "Stability and growth of biofuels industry," said BIO, "depends on continued and predictable implementation of the RFS to meet the policy's overall goals of expanded production and use of renewable fuels in the transportation sector." Read More

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Three Associations collaborate for classification manual.

October 12, 2012

ASC, Federation of European Adhesives Manufacturers, and China Adhesives and Tape Industry Association have collaborated to harmonize 2012 ASC-CATIA-FEICA Adhesives and Sealants Classification Manual, which provides common set of market definitions and product categories that can be used to represent adhesive and sealant industry worldwide. Manual will ease compilation and comparison of market report data and improve overall understanding of this complex and fragmented industry. Read More

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Reusable Packaging Pavilion returns to PACK EXPO.

October 12, 2012

Sponsored by Reusable Packaging Association, Reusable Packaging Pavilion plays an important role at PACK EXPO by connecting attendees with reusable transport packaging solutions that ensure products make the journey to store shelf safely and efficiently. RPA will also provide educational programming at The Conference at PACK EXPO, which runs concurrently with the show, from Oct. 29-31. Sessions will focus on sustainability, benefits of intelligent shipping, and container selection criteria. Read More

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Construction Unemployment rises to 11.9% in September 2012.

October 12, 2012

According to Labor Department's Oct 5 employment report, construction unemployment rose to 11.9% in September from 11.3% in August. Compared to same time last year, rate is down from 13.3%. While nonresidential building construction sector added 1,100 jobs for month, it lost 12,400 jobs during past year. September employment in nonresidential sector stood at 654,900. Residential building construction sector employment increased by 1,100 jobs for month and 3,200 jobs since September 2011. Read More

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EPA honors 2012 WaterSense Partners of the Year.

October 12, 2012

U.S. EPA recently honored 5 leading organizations as 2012 WaterSense Partners of the Year: American Standard Brands, Kohler Co., Lowe's Companies, Inc., Colorado Springs Utilities, and KB Home. WaterSense-labeled products manufactured by these organizations and more than 2,600 WaterSense partners nationwide have helped American businesses and households save 287 billion gallons of water and $4.7 billion in water and energy bills. Read More

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Manufacturing Institute, PMPA Partner to expand Right Skills Now.

October 12, 2012

Manufacturing Institute has partnered with PMPA to expand Right Skills Now, fast-track machining training program aligned to NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. PMPA Executive Director Mike Duffin said industry's greatest challenge lies in developing skilled workforce and that PMPA, The Manufacturing Institute, and partners of Right Skills Now will make positive difference in developing skilled workforce needed to keep manufacturing competitive in North America. Read More

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Automate 2013 Conference Registration now open.

October 11, 2012

Scheduled for Jan 21-24, Automate 2013 will feature sessions geared to small and medium sized companies who are new users or considering robotics, vision, motion control, and other automation technologies. Other key topics will include fundamentals of robotics and fundamentals of vision, new developments in industrial robot safety, new motor and drive technologies, robotics system integration, motion control technology for increasing throughput, and practical applications using vision guided robots. Read More