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North American EBCIs indicate conducive economic environment.

June 29, 2012

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions dropped to 52.4 in June and has retreated 20+ points since reaching post-recession high in February. However, index continues to indicate economic environment conducive to industry growth as it has for each of last 9 months. EBCI for future North American conditions also lowered in June, falling nearly 14 points to 57.1. One-third of panelists expected conditions to improve over next 6 months. Read More

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ASTM Cavanaugh Award honors Dr. Anthony E. Fiorato.

June 29, 2012

Anthony E. Fiorato, Ph.D., P.E., consultant and executive director of Slag Cement Association, Barrington, IL, has been honored with 2012 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award for outstanding leadership and contributions in promoting and strengthening national and international voluntary standards system. An ASTM fellow and Award of Merit recipient, Fiorato has been a member of ASTM since 1980 and is currently chairman of Executive Committee of Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory. Read More

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ASTM International presents Award of Merit to Stephen J. Boros.

June 29, 2012

Stephen J. Boros, technical director at Plastics Pipe Institute in Irving, TX, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems. A member of ASTM since 1990, Boros works on several F17 subcommittees and task groups and is chairman of Subcommittee F17.38, the Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 138 on Plastics Pipes, Fittings and Valves for the Transport of Fluids. He has more than 20 years of experience in plastic piping industry. Read More

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Art and Optics converge to preserve frescos.

June 29, 2012

When restoring damaged and faded works of art, artists often employ lasers and other sophisticated imaging techniques to study intricate details, analyze pigments, and search for subtle defects. Italian researchers have developed Thermal Quasi-Reflectography tool, which can capture features not otherwise detectable with naked eye or current imaging techniques. Researchers have detailed their work in paper published in Optical Society's open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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Industry, HBCU Communities Partner to benefit space exploration.

June 29, 2012

As agency-wide effort, NASA Science and Technology Institute for Minority Institutions (NSTI-MI) is 3-year competitive program aimed at enhancing STEM capabilities of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students. There are 10 students and 3 professors from 2 HBCU institutions at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, which involves partnership with 2 private commercial companies: Mentor Graphics (Wilsonville, OR) and Triad Semiconductor (Winston-Salem, NC). Read More

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AAMA Announces Winners of annual scholarship award.

June 28, 2012

During 2012 AAMA Summer Conference, AAMA awarded 7 scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. "AAMA is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding students who have dedicated themselves to their academic and extracurricular endeavors in order to pursue a career in architecture, engineering, and related fields," said AAMA president and CEO Rich Walker. Winners included Jonathan Dorsch, Mathew Blom, Megan Conley, Rachel Hlatky, Griffin Lay, Zachary Lee, Hannah Wascomb. Read More

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New Data Visualization Technology will facilitate field work.

June 28, 2012

EPRI is developing data visualization technology for utility engineering and operations professionals. As first step in bringing said technology to reality in utility environments, EPRI is developing field force data visualization tool on iOS-based device that utilizes Common Information Model (CIM) for messaging. Distinct advantages include reduced cost; facilitated, in-field upgrades; seamless communications switching capabilities; and secure data transfer. Read More

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TITANIUM 2012 to feature industrial/automotive speaker panel.

June 28, 2012

TITANIUM 2012 will feature two papers by Slovenian car exhaust system suppler, Akrapovic d.d. One will cover effects of chemical milling on Ti6Al4V and Commercially Pure Ti Grade 2 titanium alloys, while other will discuss how vibration impacts titanium exhaust systems. Presentations by Eric M. Pettersen of GreenGold Lubricants, LLC., and Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd., will also be featured. To be held on October 7-10, 2012, event is 28th annual conference and exhibition. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices dip 0.5% in May.

June 28, 2012

Reflecting softness in demand, prices for construction materials dipped 0.5% in May, according to June 13 U.S. Labor Department's Producer Price Index report. However, construction materials prices are 1% higher from 1 year ago. Similarly, nonresidential construction materials prices fell 0.6% last month, but are up 0.6% compared to May 2011. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, materials prices are likely to remain stable over months ahead. Read More

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EPA Framework helps localities comply with Clean Water Act.

June 28, 2012

Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework helps EPA regional offices, states, and local governments develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans. Allowing offices and agencies to meet Clean Water Act obligations, framework outlines ways to pursue innovative, cost-saving solutions, such as green infrastructure. It also highlights importance of controlling and managing releases of storm and wastewater into nation's waters. Read More

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ASABE to develop standard for Smart Irrigation Controllers.

June 28, 2012

ASABE has initiated project to develop S627, Standardized Testing Protocol for Weather-based or Soil Moisture-based Landscape Irrigation Control Devices. As demand on water resources and importance of water use efficiency grow, water agencies, regulators, land owners, and landscape managers are relying more heavily on irrigation controllers that use real-time weather or soil-moisture data to determine irrigation needs and scheduling. Document will standardize methods for testing such controllers. Read More

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ASQ Issues 6,500+ Certifications for training skilled workers.

June 28, 2012

ASQ issued 6,500+ certifications in USA in 2011 as part of Manufacturing Institute partnership designed to help fill advanced manufacturing positions. In comment, ASQ CEO Paul Borawski said that "By issuing these certifications, ASQ is helping workers gain the knowledge that will help them find work and fill jobs." ASQ offers 17 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Calibration Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Quality Inspector. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report details future expectations.

June 28, 2012

June 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report shows metalforming companies expect business conditions to decline during next 3 months. Of 114 participating companies, 11% anticipate improvement, 57% predict stagnation, and 32% predict decline. Companies also forecast downward trend in incoming orders, with 15% for increase, 52% for no change, and 33% for decrease. Also, average daily shipping levels declined: 31% cited rise, 39% said levels were same, and 30% noted decrease. Read More

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Study quantifies economic contribution of non-profit inventions.

June 27, 2012

BIO released report on significant economic impact of university and non-profit institution patent licensing on U.S. economy. Study documents sizeable return that U.S. taxpayers receive on their investment through Bayh-Dole Act, which enables patenting and commercialization of federally funded university and non-profit institution research. Between 1996 and 2010, impact on U.S. gross industry output is as much as $836 billion and impact on U.S. GDP is as much as $388 billion. Read More

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SME Bestows Highest Honor to pioneer of general design theory.

June 27, 2012

SME's highest recognition, Honorary Membership, has been bestowed upon Hiroyuki Yoshikawa for his 50+ years of vision and commitment to manufacturing. Specifically, Yoshikawa was honored for his contributions in international academic, industrial, and government manufacturing engineering communities. Most notable was Yoshikawa's pioneering role in general design theory; many international experts in design engineering have since been using his theory to develop new applications. Read More

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AAMA Speaker notes positive trends for fenestration industry.

June 27, 2012

At AAMA 2012 Summer Conference in Oak Brook, IL, Keynote Speaker Michael Collins said bankruptcies and business closures dropped from 2008-2010, but inched up in 2011. Collins considers it positive sign that many companies are being purchased out of bankruptcy. Rises in household income and increases in power and energy construction are also positive trends, however, future homeowners still have trouble getting mortgages and commercial construction is often delayed due to lack of financing. Read More

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AEM Applauds Senate on clean Russia PNTR legislation.

June 27, 2012

AEM President Dennis Slater commended Senators Max Baucus, John Kerry, John Thune, and John McCain on their cooperation to advance efforts to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status for Russia. Slater called it "vital that U.S. workers and manufacturers have the same opportunities as other countries to benefit from normal trade relations with the world's 11th largest economy." He continued, saying "Swift and bipartisan action" will benefit U.S. manufacturers. Read More

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Four AEM-Run Expositions named to Top U.S. Trade Shows list.

June 27, 2012

Compiled by Trade Show News Network (TSNN), Top U.S. Trade Shows list features all 4 AEM-run events that were held in North America during 2011 ranking period. CONEXPO-CON/AGG for construction industries took number one spot, and AG CONNECT Expo and Summit for agribusiness professionals made list in its second year. ICUEE-The Demo Expo for construction/utility ranked number four, and IFPE, focused on the fluid power/motion control/power transmission industry sectors, also made list. Read More

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IREC announces search for innovative renewable energy projects.

June 27, 2012

Each year, IREC recognizes individuals and organizations that have implemented innovative projects during past year that promote and accelerate adoption of renewable energy technologies. This year IREC will present awards for Clean Energy Workforce Development, K-12 Education and Training, Community Renewable Energy Projects, and State and Local Government Initiatives. Award recipients will be recognized during IREC's annual meeting and will receive commemorative plaque recognizing achievement. Read More

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2012 Biotech Humanitarian Award honors Dr. Margaret Foti.

June 26, 2012

Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research, has been selected as Honoree for 2012 Biotech Humanitarian Award for leadership in cancer research and advocacy. Specifically, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood cited Foti's "tireless efforts to improve cancer research and build an enhanced network of cancer researchers through the American Association for Cancer Research." During Foti's tenure as AACR CEO, membership grew to 34,000+ members. Read More