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Aerospace Consortium to develop fly-by-wireless capabilities.

July 17, 2012

Following NASA partnership, CANEUS and key aerospace stakeholders are teaming up to develop less-wire and fly-by-wireless capabilities. Partnership projects to reduce aggregate wire weight by 10%-30% overall and 70%-90% for critical components, contributing to improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and potential failure points, and improved operational performance. Vision is to create world-class FBW research, testing, and certification for Integrated Vehicle Health Management applications. Read More

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Access to Rare Earth Minerals is called vital to jobs.

July 17, 2012

NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg urged Congress to support Natural Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R. 4402). In his statement, Eisenberg says essential rare earth minerals, which are currently in demand but of shrinking supply, can be found in USA, but domestic approval process is "overly burdensome and prohibitive." This legislation, according to Eisenberg, will cut through red tape that has slowed domestic production to a halt. Read More

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French Students Win 2012 International Rocketry Challenge.

July 17, 2012

Lycee Louis Bleriot of France claimed first prize in International Rocketry Challenge at Farnborough International Air Show, beating out teams from USA and UK. In comment, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said "Lycee Louis Bleriot took home the trophy, but it's our industry that's the true winner." She noted skills, teamwork, and ingenuity of all three teams and called the collaborative efforts "a great sign for the future workforce of the global aerospace and defense industry." Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard deals with retroreflected luminance.

July 17, 2012

ASTM E2832, Test Method for Measuring the Coefficient of Retroreflected Luminance of Pavement Markings in a Standard Condition of Continuous Wetting (RL-2), has been developed by Subcommittee E12.10 on Retroreflection. Paul Carlson, research engineer, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, said that this test method provides agencies with standardized way of assessing performance of pavement marking materials/optics under nighttime and rainy conditions. Read More

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Fluorescent Lamp Shipments decrease during Q1 2012.

July 17, 2012

NEMA's shipment indexes for linear fluorescent T5, T8, and T12 lamps decreased during first quarter of 2012 compared to same period last year. While, T5 lamps declined 7.9%, T8s and T12s respectively went down 5.5% and 5.0%. Shipments of T5 and T12 lamps grew by 6.8% and 4.9, respectively, on quarterly basis, and shipments of T8 lamps decreased 4.9% likewise. Marginal changes in market shares included T5 lamp decrease to 9.7% and respective rise for T8 and T12 lamps to 65.5% and 24.8%. Read More

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Standard distinguishes harmful/non-harmful fines in concrete.

July 17, 2012

ASTM WK36804, Test Method for Rapid Determination of the Methylene Blue Value for Fine Aggregate and Mineral Filler, will be used to qualify new material sources and for production quality control by personnel at aggregate producers, ready mix concrete producers, and asphalt concrete producers. Methylene blue test method contained in proposed standard does not involve titration and visual assessments typically associated with such testing and can be performed in field in about 10 min. Read More

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Consortium aims to improve process for making soft materials.

July 17, 2012

NIST is launching consortium that will take measure of growing and increasingly important class of materials. "Soft materials" range from products as commonplace as detergents, paints, and chocolate bars to some as sophisticated as flexible electronic displays and solar cells, therapeutic drugs, and plastics with tailor-made properties. Two key objectives of effort are optimizing properties of selected soft materials and maximizing production yields. Read More

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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