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DOE Appliance Standards promise energy savings, choice diversity.

May 31, 2012

On May 16, Department of Energy (DOE) announced energy efficiency standards - informed by feedback from manufacturers, consumer groups, and environmental advocates - for residential clothes washers and dishwashers. Front- and top-loading clothes washers, respectively will be required to reduce energy consumption by 15% and 33% and water use by 35% and 19% by 2015. Dishwashers will be required to use 15% less energy and 20% less water by 2013. Read More

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SME to Explain Advantages of 3D imaging technologies.

May 31, 2012

SME will present 3D imaging technologies lineup of briefings, workshops, presentations, and displays at RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, which will take place May 23-24 in Atlanta, GA. Addressing demands of manufacturing engineers looking for solutions that accelerate product design and production, offerings will include reverse engineering and 3D data capture workshop, 1 hr 3D imaging technology overview, and 3D Imaging Conference Sessions on various topics. Read More

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EPA launches design competition for college students.

May 31, 2012

EPA is launching design competition called Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses to develop innovative approaches to managing stormwater, which is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. Competition will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches, and train next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Read More

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May 2012 Business Conditions Report has been released by PMA.

May 31, 2012

According to May 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect softening in business conditions during next 3 months; only 24% of participants anticipated improvement in economic activity. Metalforming companies also forecast downward trend in incoming orders, with only 34% anticipating increase. Average daily shipping levels declined in May, with 44% reporting same shipping levels as 3 months ago and 19% reporting decrease. Read More

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National BIM Standard-United States(TM) is released.

May 30, 2012

NIBS buildingSMART alliance(TM) has released consensus-based standard governing building information modeling for use in the U.S. NBIMS-US(TM) V2 covers full life cycle of buildings - from planning, design, and construction to operations and sustainment. Part of international effort, standard will serve as kick-off point for other countries around the world to adopt as their own BIM standard. NBIMS-US(TM) V2 follows open consensus process set by rules of governance established by Institute. Read More

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ANSI issues report from April 25 exploratory meeting.

May 30, 2012

During exploratory meeting for ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel, more than 240 in-person and webinar participants discussed how standards coordinating body could best help to advance nation's clean energy agenda. Participants voiced their perspectives on what ANSI should consider with regard to mission, deliverables, and scope of energy efficiency standards panel. Meeting report provides distillation of event's presentations and discussions, drawn conclusions, and overview of next steps. Read More

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ISO Technical Report guides nanomaterials characterization.

May 30, 2012

ISO TR 13014:2012, Nanotechnologies - Guidance on physicochemical characterization of engineered nanoscale materials for toxicologic assessment will help health scientists and experts understand, plan, identify, and address physicochemical characteristics of nano-objects before conducting toxicological tests on them. According to Dr. Richard Pleus, report tells scientists what material being tested looks like and is made of as well as how it interacts with surrounding environment. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for April 2012.

May 30, 2012

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 3.6% in April 2012 from April 2011, and bookings decreased 8.6% year over year. Book-to-bill ratio for rigid PCB industry remained above parity at 1.03. Flexible circuit shipments in April 2012 were down 13.8%, and bookings were down 5.2% compared to April 2011. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio remained high at 1.16. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, shipments decreased 4.5% from April 2011. Read More

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BIO Applauds EPA Rejection of retroactive waiver for 2011 RFS.

May 30, 2012

BIO expressed support for EPA's denial of January 2012 petition by petroleum industry representatives to retroactively waive 2011 cellulosic biofuel Renewable Volume Obligation under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In his statement, BIO's Brent Erickson noted how lobbyists for oil refining industry "continue to try to throw regulatory obstacles in the way of the advanced biofuel industry" and applauded EPA for its firm stance against such efforts. Read More

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John DeLisi is named as new Director of Office of Aviation Safety. .

May 30, 2012

As announced by NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman, John DeLisi will start serving as Director of Office of Aviation Safety (OAS) on June 2, 2012. "With more than two decades of outstanding accident investigation experience," said Hersman, "John has made significant contributions to safety and to the NTSB." DeLisi has served as Deputy Director of OAS since 2007. During his 20 years with NTSB, he has overseen numerous major investigations. Read More

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Motors Shipments Index shows stability during 1Q 2012.

May 30, 2012

NEMA Motors Shipments Index increased 0.8% from previous quarter, which follows 4.1% gain posted in 4Q 2011. Since bottoming out in 2Q 2009, index has climbed cumulative 47% and topped pre-recession high for 4 straight quarters. Beyond short-term production surge in late 2011/early 2012, manufacturing activity is decelerating from post-recession pace to more sustainable level in line with long-run industry output trends; output growth is seen tapering to average of 3.4% in 2012 and 2013. Read More

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BSA Announces 3 Meeting Dates for 2012-2013.

May 30, 2012

Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) announced three upcoming events. Co-located with ABMA's Fall Meeting, 2012 Fall Meeting in Chicago, IL is scheduled for September 24-25 at Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile. Individual event schedules have been timed to avoid overlap. Looking ahead, the BSA 2013 Winter Meeting will take place in Atlanta, GA from January 27-29, and BSA 2013 Annual Convention will convene May 5-7 on Hilton Head Island, SC. Read More

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BSA Distributor Survey shows solid gains in 2011.

May 30, 2012

BSA Annual Distributor Survey revealed aggregate sales volume increased 14.7% in 2011 over 2010 volume. According to Motion Industries President and CEO Bill Stevens, who reported for BSA, firms responding to BSA Distributor Survey represented 90% of value of bearings sold through BSA members. Additional results revealed aggregate number of employees increased 3.5% in 2011. Stevens presented survey findings at 2012 BSA Annual Convention, which was held April 29 to May 1 in Bonita Springs, FL. Read More

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IREC Report identifies strategies for permitting solar rooftops.

May 30, 2012

IREC's report, Sharing Success - Emerging Approaches to Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting, outlines innovative strategies being implemented across U.S. to help increase efficiency of permitting procedures for rooftop solar systems. Focus of report is on steps of permitting process at local level. It examines pre-application stage and importance of providing clear and accessible information to installers so that system design and applications can be done accurately from the start. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today provides strategic planning roadmap.

May 30, 2012

Written by Bart A. Basi and Marcus S. Renwick of the Center for Financial, Legal and Tax Planning, Inc., "Strategic Planning: More Than a Mindset" appears in Spring 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today. According to article, a well-written strategic plan is essential to company's capital-raising process. Businesses must show that there is a market for their product; that they understand potential customer's needs and that product meets that need; and that they can sell product at a profit. Read More

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NAS to review IRIS assessment development process.

May 30, 2012

EPA announced that the National Academy of Sciences will conduct comprehensive review of agency's Integrated Risk Information System program's assessment development process, and changes that are currently being made or planned by EPA in response to NAS' April 2011 recommendations. IRIS program helps EPA protect Americans' health and the environment by conducting health assessments of over 550 chemicals that may be present in the environment. Read More

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QEP Field Services agrees to pay $4 million for EPA violations.

May 30, 2012

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with QEP Field Services Co. to resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act at 5 natural gas compressor stations on Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. Under proposed settlement, QEPFS will pay $3.65 million civil penalty and $350,000 into Clean Air Trust Fund. Settlement also requires QEPFS to reduce emissions by removing certain equipment, installing additional pollution controls, and replacing natural gas powered instrument controls. Read More

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Specifications address chromaticity of solid state lighting.

May 30, 2012

NEMA has published ANSI ANSLG C38.377 Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting Products. Publication specifies range of chromaticities recommended for general lighting with SSL products and advises customers of white light chromaticities. Information applies to chromaticity standards and definitions and specifications of color rendering index. It covers LED-based SSL products with control electronics and heat sinks with AC main power or DC voltage power. Read More

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BIO Makes Statement on bill to extend Therapeutic Discovery Project tax credit.

May 29, 2012

Statement by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood applauds Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for introducing "The Extension of the Therapeutic Discovery Project Tax Credit" (S. 3232). According to Greenwood, this legislation "would support continued American innovation and accelerate the development of life-saving cures for numerous prominent diseases." Greenwood cited Therapeutic Discovery Project's (TDP) past success in advancing breakthrough medicines, economic stability, and job growth. Read More

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BSA Distributor Survey shows solid gains.

May 29, 2012

According to BSA Annual Distributor Survey, aggregate sales volume increased 14.7% in 2011 over 2010 volume. Firms responding to survey represented 90% of the value of bearings sold through BSA members. Additional survey results revealed that in 2011, aggregate number of employees increased 3.5%, and in 2010, number of employees rose 1.8%. In another industry update, ABMA reported that Fredonia Group estimated world bearing market to be $50.5 billion in 2011 and $60 billion in 2011. Read More