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NEMA Reiterates Call to Act on Fiscal Cliff concerns.

July 26, 2012

Following call for Congress to act on pending "fiscal cliff," NEMA underscored fact that USA faces risks by not acting expeditiously. Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected fiscal cliff will cause economy to dip into recession in 2013 but also that U.S. economy would add two million new jobs and GDP would grow 4.4% in 2013 alone if all issues were resolved. "It is time for our government to come together for America," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. Read More

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Capstan California wins award for porous bronze filter.

July 26, 2012

During 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, Capstan California and its customer Sperry Product Innovation Inc. of Woburn, MA, won award of distinction in industrial motors/controls and hydraulics category for a porous bronze filter used in a solvent pumping purification system. Filter is gravity sintered to density of 5.1-5.2 g/cm³. Special mold design eliminates most secondary operations on the part, except for deburring the edge. Read More

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Return of WESTEC showcases that manufacturing is back.

July 26, 2012

From Oct 15-17, 2013, WESTEC returns to Los Angeles Convention Center with a renewed sense of direction. It will now become a biennial fall event focused on industries and companies that make manufacturing thrive in the Western region and beyond. Produced by SME, WESTEC is focused on addressing the evolving manufacturing industry, helping attendees network, build partnerships, highlight new products and processes, and put new solutions front-and-center. Read More

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Powder Metallurgy Parts were acknowledged for excellence.

July 26, 2012

Winners of 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, sponsored by Metal Powder Industries Federation, were announced at PowderMet2012. Grand prize in electrical /electronic components category was won by Capstan California Inc., and its customer Reliable Security Group Inc., for soft magnetic PM alloy coil housing used in magnetic door closer for emergency/fire protection applications. Winning parts show how customers worldwide are utilizing PM's design advantages. Read More

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SAE announces debut of Innovation Start-up Marketplace.

July 25, 2012

Part of SAE Convergence® Conference and Exhibition, slated for Oct 16-17, Innovation Start-up Marketplace offers opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups to show their wares and technology to automotive industry professionals from around the world. Companies will enjoy table-top exhibit and have access to OEM's, Tier 1 suppliers, top-level executives, and media. Companies scheduled to participate include AutoHarvest and Automation Alley. Read More

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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope finds sub-Earth sized exoplanet.

July 25, 2012

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found evidence of planet two-thirds size of Earth, which leads experts to believe telescope can be used to help discover potentially habitable, terrestrial-sized worlds. Object is called UCF-1.01 and is 33 light years away. Finding is published in paper, "Identifying nearby small planets such as UCF-1.01 may one day lead to their characterization using future instruments," accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal. Read More

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Asabe Adopts 5 ISO Documents on agricultural equipment safety.

July 25, 2012

ASABE has nationally adopted 5 international standards - ASABE/ISO 3776-1:2006 MAY2012, ANSI/ASABE AD3776-3:2009 MAY2012, ASABE/ISO 4252:2007 MAY2012, ANSI/ASABE AD26322-1:2008 JUN2012, and ANSI/ASABE AD26322-2:2010 JUN2012 - pertaining to agricultural equipment safety. This increases visibility and use of standards; benefits international trade while further harmonizing national and international standards; and facilitates manufacturing, safety advancements, and product marketing. Read More

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Defense Industrial Base Task Force met with Secretary Panetta.

July 25, 2012

Leaders of defense industrial base task force, organized by AIA, NDIA, and PSC, met with Secretary Panetta and senior members of his acquisition and budget team to discuss negative consequences of sequestration on industrial base and national security. Panetta said his continued focus is on preventing sequestration by urging Congress to achieve responsible deficit reduction, and industry leaders were encouraged by his priority of maintaining strong, innovative defense industrial base. Read More

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Standard for Silicon Content in Gasoline has been approved.

July 25, 2012

ASTM D7757, Test Method for Silicon in Gasoline and Related Products by Monochromatic Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, has been approved by ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. This standard covers determination of total silicon by monochromatic, wavelength-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry in naphthas, gasoline, RFG, ethanol and ethanol fuel blends, and toluene at concentrations of 3-100 mg/kg. Read More

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Capstan Atlantic wins grand prize for power take-off clutch hub.

July 25, 2012

During 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, Capstan Atlantic of Wrentham, MA, won grand prize in industrial motors/controls and hydraulics category for PM steel alloy power take-off clutch hub. Formed to density of 7.05 g/cm³, complex multi-level part replaced a machined design. Typical properties include ultimate tensile strength of 80,000 psi, yield strength 90,000 psi, and 92 HRB apparent hardness. Read More

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Capstan Atlantic wins award for 7-level rack.

July 25, 2012

During 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, Capstan Atlantic of Wrentham, MA, won appliance category award of distinction for 7-level rack used in an industrial washing machine. Made to density of 6.8 g/cm³, part has sectional density that is kept equal within 0.08 g/cm³. Part has minimum yield strength of 43,000 psi and typical 55,000 psi tensile strength. PM replaced a die-cast part that needed extensive machining. Read More

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PACK EXPO International sells out.

July 24, 2012

PACK EXPO International 2012 will be largest edition of the show since 2002, with record 1,800 plus exhibitors showing off latest in packaging and processing innovation across more than 1.1 million net sq ft of exhibit space. In addition to lounges dedicated to beverage, baking and snack, confectionery, and pharmaceutical industries, show will feature expertise from NCA, AICC, ISBT, and ISPE. Event will also see return of PACK EXPO Lecture Series with Dennis Miller and James Carville. Read More

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LIA provides laser safety training and resources.

July 24, 2012

Laser Institute of America offers complete line of online and classroom-based laser safety training courses based on ANSI Z136 standards for personnel in research, industrial, and medical laser facilities. Classroom-based courses include: Industrial Laser Safety Officer, Medical Laser Safety Officer, Laser Safety Officer, and Laser Safety with Hazard Analysis. To complement online training courses, Evaluator system provides reliable way to double-check laser safety calculations. Read More

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Mark Granger.

July 24, 2012

Mark S. Granger, senior partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston, MA, has received Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities. Granger, who joined ASTM in 1994, has served as chairman of Subcommittee F08.15 on Ice Hockey since 2005. He has been a large contributor to standards for helmets and eye and face protective equipment for hockey players, and has organized mock trials highlighting issues related to use of ASTM standards in litigation. Read More

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BIO praises Rep. Fitzpatrick on Fostering Innovation Act.

July 24, 2012

Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced H.R. 6161, the Fostering Innovation Act, to update SEC filing status classifications for public companies, which will help to ease regulatory burdens on emerging biotechnology companies and reduce bureaucratic hurdles that lengthen time to bring cures from discovery to patient. Raising minimum public float for accelerated filers will allow biotech companies to expand and change without fear of impeding growth with costly regulations. Read More

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July 2012 MCI-EFI shows improving industry confidence.

July 24, 2012

July 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) shows overall market confidence at 51.5, up from June's 48.5. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 6.5% of executives expected improvement, 71% saw no change, and 22.6% predicted decline. Positive responses were up for questions concerning same time period for demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and employee hiring. Read More

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Air Quality Committee presents Moyer D. Thomas Award.

July 24, 2012

ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality presented Moyer D. Thomas Award to Kevin Ashley, Ph.D., for his contributions to standardization of sampling and analysis of atmospheres. ASTM International member since 1991, Ashley works on multiple D22 subcommittees and is chairman of D22.04 on Workplace Air Quality. ASTM fellow is also member of multiple committees, has authored 110+ scientific publications, and holds three U.S. patents. Read More

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Author Paul Gipe to discuss renewable energy at TITANIUM 2012.

July 24, 2012

Author, advocate, and renewable energy industry analyst Paul Gipe will address TITANIUM 2012 and deliver "Renewable Revolution: How Renewable Energy is Remaking Electricity Generation." This presentation will profile countries that have established energy policies with goals to have large segment of electrical power generation come from renewable sources. Annual exhibition and conference helps delegates gain market intelligence and meet potential partners, customers, and vendors. Read More

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US EPA Announces Clean Water Act agreement with Chattanooga, TN.

July 24, 2012

U.S. EPA, Department of Justice, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Office of the Tennessee Attorney General announced settlement with city of Chattanooga, TN. Civil penalty of $476,400 will be paid by Chattanooga, which will also make improvements to its sewer systems, estimated at $250 million, to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage. Chattanooga also agreed to implement green infrastructure plan and perform $800,000 stream restoration project. Read More

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NREL helps cut building energy use in half.

July 24, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy's Commercial Buildings Program and DOE's NREL are working with ASHRAE and the buildings industry to find ways to reduce energy intensity of large hospitals, schools, and retail buildings by 50%. Written for owners, design teams, and contractors, Advanced Energy Design Guidelines represent best practices in industry for energy efficiency in buildings. NREL created modeling and optimization software used to determine that what is going into guides achieves 50% savings goal. Read More