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Speakers sought for Automate 2013 conference.

July 17, 2012

Speakers are now being sought for Automate 2013 conference in Chicago, Jan 21-24, 2013, according to Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the primary sponsor of event. A3 is looking for experts in robotics, vision, motion control, assembly automation, sensors, test and measurement, and systems integration to help educate audience with practical information that addresses their specific challenges. As many as 30,000 automation users, suppliers, and integrators are expected to attend. Read More

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NEMA House Testimony supports energy efficiency legislation.

July 17, 2012

Representing NEMA and Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition, Jeff Drees of Schneider Electric testified on need for federal legislation that promotes energy efficiency within federal government and in industrial facilities. Through use of energy-savings performance contracts, government can reduce energy use and energy expenditures at no cost to taxpayer. Smart Energy Act places federal government in leadership role in use of ESPCs, advanced metering infrastructure, and demand response programs. Read More

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Cleaning and Restoration Magazine wins two Apex awards.

July 17, 2012

"Bringing Back the Music: The Schermerhorn Symphony Center Restoration," a feature story in March 2011 issue recounting efforts of Royal Plus DKI to clean and restore the center following floods in 2010, won feature writing award. November/December 2011 issue, featuring special tribute to RIA's technical director and founder of the Certified Restorer® program, Martin L. King, CR, ASA, won 2012 Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the Special Purpose Writing category. Read More

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RIA Fall Conference to focus on contents restoration.

July 17, 2012

To be held in East Rutherford, NJ from October 18-19, RIA annual fall conference will focus on 6 pillars that companies need to have successful contents restoration business/division: personal leadership, people, profits, products, promotion, and pricing. This 400-level learning experience combines perceptive lectures, technology demonstrations, restoration project tours; couture restorer Madame Paulette; and opportunity to exchange knowledge with contents restoration peers. Read More

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SME works with US Army to help solve manufacturing skills gap.

July 16, 2012

Through partnership with SME, US Army will expand certification opportunities for service members in specialized and technical engineering fields. Army's Engineer school will conduct 1-year pilot program to assess potential for Engineer Officers and Warrant Officers to meet SME's Certified Manufacturing Technologist or Lean Bronze Certification credentials. These credentials will help service members qualify/pursue jobs as manufacturing technicians, technologists, and engineers in private sector. Read More

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Construction Industry Unemployment Rate drops to 12.8%.

July 16, 2012

With addition of 2,000 jobs last month, nation's construction industry unemployment rate fell to 12.8% in June, down from 14.2% in May, according to July 6 employment report by U.S. Labor Department. One year ago, construction unemployment rate was 15.6%. However, much of this improvement is attributable to decline in size of construction workforce, which now totals 8.12 million people, down from more than 8.44 million people 1 year ago. Read More

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AEC announces tools for designers and engineers.

July 16, 2012

In June, AEC unveiled redesigned website and 2012 edition of AEC Buyers' Guide. Council's website at www.AEC.org includes information from previous site, with significant enhancements related to applications, sustainability, and fabrication. Offering comprehensive directory of AEC Extruder Members, Buyers' Guide includes such information as company headquarters, plant locations, contact names, press sizes, maximum circle size, forms produced, and types of services offered. Read More

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EEMBC Benchmarks see growing popularity and expanded mission.

July 16, 2012

As it celebrates its 15th anniversary, EEMBC is enjoying gains in popularity among embedded system designers, as well as expansion in breadth of industry-standard benchmarks it is developing for diverse world of embedded processors and systems. EEMBC has broadened scope of its mission to include benchmarking of highly integrated SoCs capable of tackling specific and general-purpose tasks, as well as performance of smartphones and tablet PCs and next-generation firewall appliances performing DPI. Read More

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Manufacturing Day aims to raise awareness of career options.

July 16, 2012

Sponsored in part by FMA, Manufacturing Day (October 5, 2012) will highlight importance of manufacturing to USA economy and draw attention to available high-skill jobs. Open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events held at participating facilities aim to introduce as many people as possible to crucial role manufacturing plays in local communities and USA. Also, grassroots events will introduce manufacturers to business improvement resources and services. Read More

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NEMA Commends Senate on energy-efficiency tax legislation.

July 16, 2012

NEMA commends introduction of Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act of 2012 by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Legislation includes measures that help business make long term energy and financial saving investments, such as tax credit of $120/horsepower for advanced motor systems. Kyle Pitsor, NEMA VP of Government Relations, believes tax credit provides incentive for businesses to use energy more efficiently. Read More

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Nanostructures Modeled After Moth Eyes may enhance X-rays.

July 16, 2012

Using compound eyes of the moth as their inspiration, international team of physicists has developed nanoscale materials that could reduce radiation received by patients getting X-rayed, while improving resolution of resulting images. Work is led by Yasha Yi-a, professor of the City University of New York, who is also affiliated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University, and was published in Optical Society's journal, Optics Letters. Read More

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Registration is Open for 2013 International CES.

July 16, 2012

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® opened registration, free to consumer technology professionals through August 31, for 2013 International CES®. Taking place in Las Vegas, NV on January 8-11, consumer technology tradeshow attracts executives, retail buyers, content providers, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials, and media. CEA's Karen Chupka said that this event "is sure to feature the standout products and trends of 2013 across all major product categories." Read More

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NREL Staff donates more than 1,000 lb of food for the needy.

July 16, 2012

During recent drive, employees at NREL donated enough food to feed 50 adults and 100 children for a week. Food was donated to the Action Center in Lakewood, which has as its mission "to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless." When food was brought to Action Center and placed on the scale, it totaled 1,198 pounds. Read More

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EPA GHG Permitting Requirements maintain focus on large emitters.

July 16, 2012

U.S. EPA will not revise greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting thresholds under Clean Air Act (CAA). Final rule - part of EPA's common-sense, phased-in approach to GHG permitting under CAA, announced in 2010 and upheld by U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit - maintains focus on nation's largest emitters that account for nearly 70% of total GHG pollution from stationary sources. EPA is also finalizing provision that lets companies set plant-wide emissions limits for GHGs. Read More

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NREL Researcher selected for DOE Early Career Research Program.

July 16, 2012

Kirstin Alberi, researcher at U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) NREL, has been selected by DOE's Office of Basic Energy Sciences as one of 68 scientists to participate in DOE's Early Career Research Program. Based on her work on "Light-Stimulated Epitaxy of Novel Semiconductor Alloys and Heterostructures," Alberi is eligible to receive up to $2.5 million in research grants over 5 years. Her project explores use of energy from light to aid semiconductor film growth. Read More

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SAE offers third edition of Vehicle Brake Design and Safety.

July 16, 2012

"Brake Design and Safety" provides basic theoretical fundamentals and analytical tools necessary to design braking systems for passenger vehicles and trucks. Book's goal is to help develop brakes that comply with safety standards, minimize consumer complaints, and perform safely and efficiently before and while electronic brake controls become active. Expanded chapters cover thermal analysis of automotive brakes, analysis of hydraulic brake systems, and single vehicle braking dynamics. Read More

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Biofuel Trade Organizations petition to intervene in AFPM v. EPA.

July 16, 2012

Six biofuel industry organizations jointly petitioned U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia to intervene in lawsuit filed by American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and Western States Petroleum Association against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Organizations are asking to join AFPM et al. v. EPA suit to support EPA's denial of waiver of 2011 Cellulosic Renewable Volume Obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Read More

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NTSB makes recommendations to FAA on amateur-built aircraft.

July 16, 2012

NTSB recommendations A-12-28 through -39 for FAA include changes to fuel system and flight test procedures for powered experimental, operating amateur-built aircraft. Also requested is means to document aircraft's performance data and operating envelope. Board also recommends changes to Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook, guidance for issuance of Letter of Deviation Authority, and revision of Civil Aircraft Registry database. Read More

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Test Framework focuses on upgrading smart electrical meters.

July 16, 2012

On July 10, 2012, NIST published Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework (NISTIR 7823) to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from remote location. This draft publication offers generic set of testing criteria to help any utility determine whether its method of upgrading meters conforms with security and functionality requirements in NEMA Standard for Smart Grid Upgradeability. Read More

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NTSB issues safety monitoring recommendations to FMCSA.

July 16, 2012

Safety recommendations H-12-13 through -19, issued by NTSB to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), include guidance for motor carriers on using onboard monitoring systems, and determining they reduce accidents or injuries. Board also suggests states retain records from Commercial Driver's License Information System for 10 yr. In addition, it suggests rating scores to determine carrier's fitness and process for identifying causes of safety risks found during compliance reviews. Read More