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EPRI Announces Dates for conference, tour, and seminar.

August 23, 2013

Taking place September 16–17 in New Orleans, LA, 17th Annual Power Switching Safety and Reliability Conference will feature "Reporting and Tracking Near Misses: How to Prevent Predictable Surprises" theme and foster exchange of information about switching policies and procedures. Tour of Gretna Transmission Operations Center will be offered on September 15 at 9 am, and "Human Performance" seminar will be given on same day from 2:00 to 6:30 pm by Dr. James Merlo. Read More

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FAA Policy helps improve safety of aircraft cabin crewmembers.

August 23, 2013

FAA, working with OSHA, issued final policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers. While FAA's aviation safety regulations take precedence, OSHA will be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards not covered by FAA oversight. Safety issues that fall under OSHA standards include information on hazardous chemicals, exposure to blood-borne pathogens, hearing conservation programs, rules on record-keeping, and access to employee exposure/medical records. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute opens registration for 2013 Fall Meeting.

August 22, 2013

Scheduled for Oct 23–25, HI 2013 Fall Meeting will focus on pump systems optimization, pump efficiency rule-making on commercial and industrial pumps, pump test lab certification and pump labeling, and standards development. Over 30 HI Technical Committees will meet to review and advance specific areas of knowledge and work that ultimately will result in development of new or updated ANSI/HI Pump Standards. Meeting will also provide opportunities to network with top pump industry professionals. Read More

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Equipment Finance Market Confidence rises for fourth month.

August 22, 2013

According to August 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), confidence in equipment finance market is 61.0. This marks increase from July's 59.4 and fourth consecutive MCI-EFI increase. When asked about business conditions over next 4 months, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, and access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions over the next 4 months, all believe business conditions will improve. Read More

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Gene Haas Foundation donates $1 million to SME Foundation.

August 22, 2013

Gene Haas Foundation continued its commitment to education and training by making a gift of $1 million for scholarships in manufacturing and machining training and education to benefit as many as 1,000 students in North America, Europe, and South Africa. In a ceremony next to the Haas Technical Education Center, Gene Haas Foundation Board Chair Bob Murray presented check to Kathy Burnham of the SME Education Foundation, which will administer the scholarship fund. Read More

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SOUTH-TEC returns to Greenville, SC.

August 22, 2013

SOUTH-TEC, SME’s premier manufacturing industry showcase in the Southeast, returns Oct 29-31 to Greenville, SC, a hotbed for advanced manufacturing by companies like Michelin, BMW, and Lockheed Martin. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees from business, education, and government will gather at this major Southeastern center of manufacturing in search of knowledge about advanced techniques, productivity, new technologies, and skilled workforce. Read More

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EPA revises fuel economy label estimates for 2013 Ford C-Max.

August 21, 2013

As part of U.S. EPA's commitment to ensuring consumers are given accurate fuel economy values, agency is revising estimates for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. EPA tested the C-Max after receiving consumer complaints that the vehicle did not achieve label values of 47 mpg for highway, city, and combined driving. New fuel economy estimates for Ford 2013 C-Max are 43 mpg combined, 45 mpg city, and 40 mpg highway. Ford is voluntarily re-labeling the vehicles with these new values. Read More

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NEMA publishes guide for carbon monoxide alarms.

August 21, 2013

NEMA has published NEMA SB 7-2013 Applications Guide for Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Detectors. This standard has been updated to reflect changes in 2012 edition of NFPA 720 Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detection and Warning Equipment. SB 7 is relevant to those involved in the life safety industry as it provides information on the application of CO alarms and detectors. Read More