U.S. EPA announced that Tesoro Corporation, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company LLC, and Tesoro Alaska Company have agreed to pay a $1.1 million penalty to resolve claims that Tesoro failed to comply with requirements under the Clean Air Act at 4 of its refining facilities that produce conventional gasoline. In its complaint, EPA alleged that Tesoro failed to comply with recordkeeping, reporting, sampling, and testing requirements at its facilities in UT, ND, WA, and AK. Read More
As announced by MTConnect® Institute, "Getting Started with MTConnect – Shop Floor Monitoring, What’s in it for You?" demonstrates tangible benefits of monitoring manufacturing plant using MTConnect as way to collect data and information from shop floor. This white paper discusses ways companies can use data obtained via MTConnect to improve operations, track production, and justify decisions that affect plant operations. Read More
NEMA’s T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamp indexes surged upward 6.3 and 15.7% on year-over-year basis, respectively, during 2013Q1. T8 index value of 120.2 was the second highest in the history of the series, while index reading of 173.9 for T5 lamps was the highest since 2011. Index for T12 lamp shipments continued to diminish, posting decrease of 38.9% year-over-year, and settling at 36.5 for the quarter. T8 lamps increased in market share by 2.2 percentage points, reaching 75%.
U.S. Solar Market and Installation Trends 2013 webinar, taking place June 4th, 2013 at 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST, will feature information about PV installations in 2012, including growth trends by sector and state rankings for installations. As presenter, IREC vice president and COO Larry Sherwood will provide information about rapidly changing solar market in USA. Content will be of use to those involved in solar industry as well as those who wish to become involved. Read More
Plenary speakers at the second SPE EUROTEC® conference in July will focus on new developments in automotive and aerospace applications and on the influence of global markets on the European plastics and rubber machinery industry. Scheduled for July 4–5 at the Cité Congress Exhibition Centre in Lyon, France, conference will include 147 original, peer-reviewed technical presentations as well as 2 plenary addresses on each day. Read More
MESA White Paper #43 explores 4 main perceptions and obstacles that "best in class" progressive companies had to overcome to gain enterprise-wide acceptance of their MOM systems architecture as a corporate strategy. These include: Why MOM and Not MES?; Why SOA in Manufacturing?; Why MDM for Manufacturing?; and Is EMI Best Positioned Against or With Business Intelligence? Paper evaluates integration approaches used over the years and compares them to proposed "best practice" and Mfg 2.0 vision. Read More
ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings has presented the Award of Merit to Bruce Kaskel, principal and unit manager at Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc., in Chicago, IL. A member of ASTM since 1988, Kaskel was recognized for his dedicated service to Committee E06 and his respected technical expertise in development of standards that support design, construction, evaluation, and repair of exterior wall systems and fully integrated building enclosure performance. Read More
Published in Optical Materials Express, "Formation of three-dimensional carbon microstructures via two-photon microfabrication and microtransfer molding," presents results from Japanese scientists who used micro-sculpting techniques and new resin to create bacterium-sized sculptures. Material can be molded into complex, conductive 3D structures with features that are a few micrometers across, enabling creation of conductive materials in complex shapes at microscopic or cellular level. Read More