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EPA and Department of Commerce announce effort to boost jobs.

May 24, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Department of Commerce Secretary John E. Bryson announced efforts to launch environmental technology initiative to help create American jobs in environmental industry. Environmental Technologies Export Initiative builds on President Obama's National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by end of 2014 and support millions of American jobs. Web-based tool is scheduled to be launched in fall of this year and hosted on export.gov. Read More

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NREL simulates shade conditions in test for solar arrays.

May 24, 2012

NREL's "Photovoltaic Shading Testbed for Module-level Power Electronics" report details repeatable test procedure for simulating shaded operation of PV system and analysis model for converting these measurements into annual performance forecasts. According to test protocol, under heavy shading conditions, use of microinverters instead of typical string inverters can help mitigate impacts of shade by improving system performance by more than 12%. Read More

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ELFA's MLFI-25 for April 2012 shows overall new business growth.

May 24, 2012

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for April shows overall new business volume of $6.1 billion, which is up 20% from same period in 2011 and down 10% from previous month. Year-to-date cumulative new business volume is up 17%, while receivables over 30 days, charge-offs, and credit approvals respectively decreased to 2.7%, 0.6%, and 76%. Also, total headcount for equipment finance companies in April increased 0.7% from the previous month (down 4.1% year over year). Read More

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EPA promotes safer alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates.

May 23, 2012

EPA has released final report on alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates through Design for the Environment Alternatives Assessment Program. When released into environment, NPE can be persistent and highly toxic to aquatic organisms. In addition to information on availability of 8 safer alternatives to NPE that meet EPA's criteria for safer surfactants, report addresses DfE's hazard evaluation method for surfactants and progress being made in adopting safer surfactants. Read More

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HI Expands Membership to all who sell to North American market.

May 23, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI) members have voted to approved bylaw change that broadens membership eligibility to include pump and supplier companies that manufacture wholly outside of North America but sell into North American market. According to Executive Director Robert Asdal, "active involvement of global companies will strengthen and add vitality to HI and the volunteer committees that drive the standards, guidelines, education programs, and other initiatives." Read More

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ASTM Committee honors F. Robert Setlak with Award of Merit.

May 23, 2012

F. Robert Setlak, a metallurgical engineering consultant, has received Award of Merit from ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys. A member of ASTM International since 1988, Setlak currently serves as user vice chairman on Committee A01 and as chairman of Subcommittees A01.20 on Tin Mill Products and A01.98 on Long-Range Planning. He has nearly 50 years of experience as a metallurgical engineer in the can manufacturing and packaging industry. Read More

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ISO releases Digital Object Identifier standard.

May 23, 2012

ISO 26324:2012 provides system for assigning unique international identification code to objects for use on digital networks. Standard offers means of identifying entity over Internet, used primarily for sharing with interested user community or managing as intellectual property. In addition, ISO 26324:2012 gives syntax, description, and resolution functional components of digital object identifier system, as well as general principles for creation, registration, and administration of DOI names. Read More

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ASTM UAS Committee appoints Ted Wierzbanowski as Chairman.

May 23, 2012

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems has elected Ted Wierzbanowski, director of UAS airspace integration at AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia, CA, as its new chairman. Wierzbanowski will lead committee as it focuses on development and approval of small UAS standards in the National Airspace System. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel and experimental test pilot, Wierzbanowski has been involved in advanced aircraft development since the early 1980s. Read More

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U.S. Shows Strong Leadership at COPANT's General Assembly.

May 23, 2012

Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) held its annual General Assembly (GA) on May 6-11, 2012 in Fortaleza, Brazil. ANSI president and CEO and COPANT VP S. Joe Bhatia led U.S. presence, including 13-member delegation. Representatives of U.S. public- and private-sector standardization organizations offered significant contributions alongside other COPANT member delegations in meeting hosted by ABNT, Brazil's national standards body. Events included review of 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. Read More

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NFPA 2012 Conference offers industry and economic outlook.

May 23, 2012

Registration is open for Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC), which will be held August 20-22, 2012 in Oak Brook, IL. Offering hard data and expert analysis for those involved with fluid power industry, conference will provide insight and opportunities in 3 major areas: economics, industry, and networking. Also featured, Macro-Economic Speakers Forum will host IEOC economists Alan Beaulieu and John Walker along with political analyst Jim VandeHei for interactive session. Read More

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Florida Leaders warn against cuts to aerospace and defense.

May 23, 2012

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll addressed 400+ workers at Kaman Aerostructures facility in Jacksonville, FL to warn of threats to U.S. economic and military strength posed by $500 billion in sequestration budget cuts scheduled for January 2013. AIA-commissioned study found Florida could lose 39,000+ jobs if Congress does not stop these cuts. Speakers said Congress needs to act this summer to stop sequestration and enact alternative means of deficit reduction. Read More

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GAWDA Magazine outlines hardfacing selection.

May 23, 2012

In order to recommend proper choice of hardfacing material for welding and joining applications, it is crucial to understand environment to which piece is exposed during operation. Dave Kiilunen, metallurgist and vice president at Cor-Met Inc., offers guidance on selecting hardfacing materials for shielded metal arc welding and flux-cored arc welding processes in his article "Determining The Correct Hardfacing Product," which appears in Spring 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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Former Secretaries of the Treasury to deliver convention keynote.

May 23, 2012

Keynote Luncheon panel, "State of the Global Economy: A Conversation with Former Secretaries of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin and Henry M. Paulson, Jr.," will take place June 19 at 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston, MA. Moderated by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, panel will discuss global economic challenges, need to balance austerity and growth, as well as how such challenges and public policy reactions will affect future biotech innovation/investment. Read More

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2012 Market Outlook Workshop is open for registration.

May 22, 2012

Organized by Valve Manufacturers Association, 2012 Market Outlook Workshop will take place August 9-10 and will provide attendees with current and specific market insights on valve and pump industries. Expert presenters will focus on specific market sectors, including Water/Wastewater, Power, Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Petrochemical, Shale Gas, and Hydrocarbon Processing. Other highlights include Wall Street Perspective, International Economic Outlook, and session on Managing Millennials. Read More

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SPE announces call for entries in annual Parts Competition.

May 22, 2012

SPE Thermoforming Division has announced call for entries for its annual Parts Competition, showcasing latest advances in thermoforming design and application. Parts entered in Competition will be on display during 21st SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will be held September 23-25. Competition entrants may submit parts from roll-fed systems to Industrial, Medical, or Food categories. For parts from heavy-gauge systems, categories include Vacuum Form, Pressure Form, or Heavy Sheet. Read More

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Powder Metallurgy Design Competition judging is completed.

May 22, 2012

Judging of all entries submitted by part producers that are members of MPIF for 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition was held April 19 at MPIF headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey. Grand Prizes and Awards of Distinction selected in judging will be announced and presented at the Industry Recognition Luncheon, June 11, during PowderMet2012 conference and exhibition to be held at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Read More

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ASABE announces ISO approval of sustainability standard project.

May 22, 2012

ISO 17989-1, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry - Sustainability - Principles, will provide guidelines for integrating environmental sustainability principles, practices, and considerations into design of agricultural and forestry machinery. It will also establish basis for development of machine-specific standards related to sustainability. Initial draft has been accepted, and project volunteers will meet to enhance, update, clarify, and resolve comments and suggestions. Read More

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ATA adds Health-eScreen(TM) services to Featured Products.

May 22, 2012

Health-eScreen(TM), a suite of medical services that provides nationwide driver health services and physical exam administration through paperless process, helps fleets meet DOT regulations. From pre-exam electronic patient-history questionnaire to medical examiner selection, exam protocol, and medical surveillance, Health-eScreen is completely digital. DOT-regulated employers and safety professionals can access thousands of eScreen service-provider network locations to manage where exams occur. Read More

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EPA adds 3 hazardous waste sites to National Priorities List.

May 22, 2012

U.S. EPA is adding 3 new hazardous waste sites that pose risk to people's health and environment to National Priorities List of Superfund sites: Jervis B. Webb Co. in South Gate, CA; Southern Avenue Industrial Area in South Gate, CA; and Bremerton Gasworks in Bremerton, WA. EPA's Superfund program investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. Contaminants found at sites include benzene, heavy metals, PAHs, VOCs, and TCE. Read More

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Chrysler to host SAE 2013 World Congress.

May 22, 2012

SAE International announces that Chrysler will serve as Host Company for SAE 2013 World Congress and ZF will serve as Tier One Strategic Supplier for the event. Theme for 3-day event will be "Achieving Efficiency." SAE 2013 World Congress will be held April 16-18, 2013 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Read More