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Healthcare Packaging Magazine to promote PACK EXPO pavillion.

June 13, 2012

Summit Media Group's Healthcare Packaging magazine was selected as leading media partner to grow attendance of Pharmaceutical Pavilion at PACK EXPO International 2012, which will take place in Chicago from October 28-31. Promotional campaign, running from April until October 31, will feature magazine print ads and advertorials, website display ads, and custom newsletter, "Rx Update, Innovations at PACK EXPO for Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biologics Packaging." Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders up 10.2% in April.

June 13, 2012

April U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $410.42 million, down 17.0% from March but up 2.9% when compared with total of $398.73 million reported for April 2011. With year-to-date total of $1,763.77 million, 2012 is up 10.2% compared with 2011. Manufacturing firms continue to hire, with year-over-year unemployment down from nearly 10% in 2011 to a little under 7% this year. In first quarter, U.S. manufacturing technology exports rose consistently and factory productivity increased 5%. Read More

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Pump Acceptance Testing Webinar to focus on rotodynamic types.

June 13, 2012

Pump Systems Matter announced that Pump Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar, to be led by Jim Swetye of Pentair Water, will take place June 26, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT. This session will cover scope of Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests (ANSI/HI 14.6 - 2011) Standard, various aspects of which include terms and definitions, guarantee and duty points for pump acceptance tests, and permissible amplitude of fluctuation of measurement uncertainty. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Opening Keynote Speaker to be determined by vote.

June 13, 2012

IPC is asking electronics manufacturing industry to decide opening keynote speaker for IPC APEX EXPO 2013, which will take place February 19-21 in San Diego. Candidates include astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Academy Award®-winning producer Jon Landau, physicist and author Dr. Michio Kaku, and deep-sea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. Voting will be open until June 22, 2012, and winner will be announced in late August. Read More

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Welding Fume Litigation Outlook favors manufacturers.

June 13, 2012

Welding fume litigation has plagued the welding industry for nearly a decade, but rumors suggest that it could come to an end. GAWDA's Joint Defense Fund Coordinating Counsel for Welding Fume Litigation, Michael Degan, provides latest outlook in "Welding Fume Litigation Out With A Whimper?" which appears in Welding and Gases Today. According to Degan, rumors suggest that the steering committee for plaintiffs has been negotiating proposal to terminate all currently pending welding fume cases. Read More

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ANSI Issues Reminder of awards nomination deadline.

June 13, 2012

Nominations for 2012 ANSI Leadership and Service Awards are due by 5:00 pm EST on June 29. Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, these awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have demonstrated consistent commitment to their industry, nation, and enhancement of global standards system. ANSI will honor recipients at October 10 banquet and ceremony in Washington, DC. Read More

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USNC names 2012 IEC Young Professionals Workshop participants.

June 13, 2012

U.S. National Committee of IEC announced winners of IEC Young Professionals Workshop competition. Aisha Bajwa, Kevin S. Duncan, and Manyphay Souvannarath will attend dedicated workshop alongside recipients from other nations where they will learn more about IEC, standardization strategies, and conformity assessment. They will also be able to attend technical meetings where standards are developed, and observe meeting of IEC Standardization Management Board and IEC Conformity Assessment Board. Read More

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PT Distributor Performance Report offers financial benchmarking.

June 13, 2012

Results from PT Distributor Performance Report show high-profit power transmission (PT) distribution firms had sales of $35.8 million in 2011 and pre-tax profit of 6.8% as compared with pre-tax profit of 3.4% for typical PT distribution firms. Published PTDA, report offers key operational, financial, and productivity ratios for use in benchmarking company performance to that of typical and high-profit firms within power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. Read More

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BIO International Convention to include Leadership Summit.

June 13, 2012

Scheduled for June 18, Leadership Summit: Harvesting the Commercial Potential of Emerging Agricultural and Industrial Biotechnologies, will engage high-level leaders to examine needs, risks, and strategies for financing development and commercialization of innovative agricultural and industrial biotechnology products. USDA Under Secretary Dr. Catherine Woteki will keynote summit's opening panel addressing array of agriculture, energy, and sustainability issues. Read More

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Northeast States Earn Awards for transportation projects.

June 13, 2012

America's Transportation Awards competition recognized transportation projects that improved safety for drivers and pedestrians, eliminated major traffic snarls, and helped communities rebuild/recover from natural disasters. While 3 states - Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont - earned awards in the Ahead of Schedule category, Maryland earned Under Budget award. States honored in Best Use of Innovation category include Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Read More

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EPA honors top energy-efficient building designs.

June 13, 2012

During American Institute of Architects National Convention, EPA recognized nearly 100 commercial building design projects submitted by 43 architecture firms that achieved Designed to Earn the Energy Star certification in past year. Projects are nearly 40% more energy efficient than typical buildings, and in total, are estimated to prevent nearly 175,000 metric tons of GHG emissions annually and save more than $23 million in annual energy costs across 10 million ft² of commercial space. Read More

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EPA and Department of VA to connect veterans, water sector jobs.

June 13, 2012

Under memorandum of understanding (MOU), EPA and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program will connect veterans with disabilities to career opportunities in water and wastewater sectors. EPA and VA will work with water utilities, states, and local VA counselors to promote water sector careers and resources for finding water jobs for veterans as well as educational programs to help veterans transition into careers in water industries. Read More

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SAE announces dates for 2013 World Congress and beyond.

June 13, 2012

Scheduled for April 16-18, SAE 2013 World Congress will be hosted by Chrysler with ZF as Tier One Strategic Supplier. Mircea Gradu, Vice President Powertrain Transmission and Driveline Engineering, Head of Virtual Analysis at Chrysler Group LLC, will serve as Chair for the event. Future dates include: April 8-10 in 2014, April 21-23 in 2015, and April 12-14 in 2016. Read More

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AEM commends Congress, President on Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization.

June 13, 2012

AEM congratulates Members of Congress and President Obama for passing Export-Import Bank Reauthorization of 2012 and signing it into law. Ex-Im Bank, which supports hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs by providing export credit and insurance to more than 3,000 mainly smaller American companies, plays vital role in helping American workers and businesses compete overseas. Funding from Ex-Im Bank has also generated more than $3.4 billion for the American taxpayer since 2005. Read More

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IREC issues statement on net metering ruling.

June 13, 2012

According to IREC, unanimous vote by California Public Utilities Commission clarifying methodology for calculating State's 5% net metering cap will dramatically expand opportunities for California ratepayers to go solar. Vote brings to an end a discussion initiated by IREC in November 2009 concerning how to calculate cap. Under methodology adopted by Commission, more than 2,000 additional megawatts of solar can be installed under state's net metering program. Read More

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Standard offers test method for stormwater treatment products.

June 12, 2012

ASTM WK36628, Test Method for Measuring Effectiveness of Filtration Products for Stormwater Treatment, is being developed by Subcommittee C27.70 on Precast Concrete Products for Stormwater Management, part of ASTM International Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products. Standard will specifically consider how to determine hydraulic characteristics of filtration system by experimentally determining hydraulic conductivity of filter within the unit. Read More

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HI enlists participants to review Rotodynamic Pump draft.

June 12, 2012

Under ANSI approval, Hydraulic Institute is seeking qualified individuals to participate in review process of newly completed standard for Rotodynamic Vertical Pumps. Standard provides design/application information, including principle features of pump type and necessary precautions for proper use. Document includes information applicable to vertical diffuser and submersible motor deep well and short-set pumps that are driven by vertical electric motors or horizontal engines with right angle gears. Read More

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Fluid Power Workforce Summit combines with CCEFP Annual Meeting.

June 12, 2012

Registration is open for National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Workforce Summit and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) Annual Meeting. Collaboratively connecting students and industry, NFPA and CCEFP will present one event dedicated to education, research, and connections. Speed meetings, resume exchange, customized presentations, industry networking kiosks, poster sessions, and elevator pitches will take place September 24-26, 2012 in Urbana-Champaign, IL. Read More

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Martha C. Anderson to discuss Mapping Water Use from Space.

June 12, 2012

On Thursday, June 14, public is invited to free lecture titled "Mapping Water Use from Space," which will be presented at the Library of Congress. Martha C. Anderson, a research physical scientist at USDA's Agricultural Research Service, will discuss mapping techniques and uses for satellite-derived evapotranspiration, providing examples in western U.S. water management, drought monitoring, and international applications in food and water security. Read More

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Stencil Design Guidelines have been updated with new materials.

June 12, 2012

To help designers and board assemblers address challenges of working with new materials and smaller, finer-pitch components, IPC-7525B provides guidelines for design and fabrication of stencils for solder paste and SMT adhesive with discussion on through-hole and mixed technology. This updated standard includes differences for tin-lead and lead-free solder paste, overprint, 2-print, and step stencil designs. Example order form and inspection checklist are also included. Read More