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NEMA Publishes ANSI Standard for power system voltage ratings.

January 31, 2012

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI C84.1 Electric Power Systems and Equipment - Voltage Ratings (60 Hertz), which establishes nominal voltage ratings and operating tolerances for 60 Hz electric power systems above 100 V. Available in hard or electronic copy, this publication includes preferred voltage ratings up to and including 1,200 kV max system voltage as defined in the standard. Read More

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EPMA Launches Powder Metallurgy thesis competition.

January 31, 2012

With aim of developing interest in and promoting powder metallurgy among young scientists at European academic establishments, EPMA announced launch of 2012 PM Thesis Competition at both Diploma and Doctorate levels. Entry is open to applicants who have graduated from any European university and who have had their theses approved during 2009/2010, 2010/2011, and 2011/2012 academic years. Subject must be classified under Powder Metallurgy topic, and entry deadline is May 4, 2012. Read More

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EBCI for North American Conditions continues to increase.

January 30, 2012

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rose in January to 54.2 from December's reading of 52, and more panelists than not reported improved business environment. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions rebounded to +0.1 in January from 0.0 in previous month; January's EBCI for future North American conditions climbed to 79.2, highest since May 2011; and index jumped 9+ points in latest month. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Exhibitors to feature over 250 new products.

January 30, 2012

During IPC APEX EXPO® - Information that Inspires Innovation - new products will be introduced by over a quarter of more than 400 exhibitors. New Product Zone will give exhibitors opportunity to highlight leading-edge equipment, materials, and services that are breaking new ground. Show floor will include equipment and materials for electronics assembly, manufacturing, and test; chemicals, materials, and equipment for PCB manufacturing; design software; and printed electronics. Read More

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DHS Webinar to highlight 3 risk and resiliency tools.

January 30, 2012

Scheduled for Feb 1, DHS Webinar will discuss latest tools to improve security and resilience of nation's buildings and infrastructure. Integrated Rapid Visual Screening Tool, Owners Performance Requirements Tool, and Urban Blast Tool provide risk and resilience assessments of facilities. They can also analyze and compile high-performance requirements, including safety, security, environmental footprint/energy conservation, sustainability, durability, and continuity of operations. Read More

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U.S. DOE to name America's Next Top Energy Innovator.

January 30, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy will name America's Next Top Energy Innovator in February and wants Americans to vote online for their favorites among 14 technologies. Technologies from DOE's NREL are being used by 3 of the nominees, including an air-conditioning system that uses 40-85% less energy, windows that dynamically change color or reflectivity based on changes in sun's intensity or temperature, and coating that changes color to signal hydrogen or hazardous gas leak. Read More

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NREL and Gamesa to collaborate on R/D project.

January 30, 2012

NREL and Gamesa Technology Corp, Inc. will study and test variety of components and systems that will guide development of the next generation of wind turbines specifically for U.S. marketplace. NREL and Gamesa will collaborate on work in 3 key areas: developing new wind turbine components and rotors; researching and testing performance of new control strategies; and devising models that will help advance development of offshore wind in U.S. coastal waters. Read More

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Joyce Foundation teams with Manufacturing Institute.

January 30, 2012

Manufacturing Institute received $200,000 grant from Joyce Foundation to enhance use of industry-based credentials in manufacturers' HR practices. Funds will help educate employers about benefits of using certifications to verify skills of new hires and advance those of current employees. Work will focus on creating employer-engagement and demand strategies in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that can be replicated nationwide to support competitiveness and growth of manufacturing. Read More

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February Forums help manufacturers build next generation railroads.

January 30, 2012

Next Generation Rail Supply Chain Connectivity Forums - February 8 in Sacramento, CA and February 14 in Chicago, IL - will help U.S. manufacturers prepare for upcoming opportunities to become suppliers for next generation of railcars and locomotives. By bringing together large railcar builders and OEMs with smaller, capable, and interested U.S. manufacturers, forms will help latter learn what products are needed and what investments should be considered when entering rail industry. Read More

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ISPE Facility of the Year Award Winners announced for 2012.

January 30, 2012

For 2012 Facility of the Year Awards program, Judging Panel named 5 Category Award Winners and selected one project for Special Recognition. Winning companies and respective categories are Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. (Sustainability); Eisai Pharmatechnology and Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. (Project Execution); Merck and Co., Inc. (Facility Integration), Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH (Equipment Innovation), Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Operational Excellence), and NIBRT (Novel Collaboration). Read More

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Biotechnology can provide foundation for lasting US economy.

January 30, 2012

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union speech. BIO commends Obama's call for creating an economy that is "built to last" and strongly believes that biotechnology can meet this challenge. Biotech industry sustains and creates high-wage U.S. jobs, fuels manufacturing, and helps drive leadership in competitiveness and innovation. Most importantly, biotechnology aids development of cures and treatments for debilitating diseases. Read More

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BIO International Convention will offer over 125 sessions.

January 30, 2012

Spotlighting the most pressing issues in biotech industry, 2012 BIO International Convention will have program with 125+ sessions among 13 educational tracks and speakers addressing state of global industry, emerging trends, and best practices for biotech companies. Event will take place in Boston, MA from June 18-21 and have 2 keynote speakers. BIO Exhibition will be open on Monday, June 18th, one day earlier than in years past, and feature multiple events. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides, Devices Compilation comes in print version.

January 30, 2012

Available in print version, ASTM Standard on Amusement Rides and Devices provides all 16 ASTM standards that play crucial role in all aspects of amusement ride industry by ensuring safety and quality assurance. Standards cover design and manufacture, testing, operation and maintenance, inspection, QA, and terminology. In addition to online and print versions in English, online versions are available in Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish. Read More

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ASTM seeks papers for Concussion in Sports symposium.

January 30, 2012

Scheduled for Nov 13, 2012, Mechanism of Concussion in Sports symposium will review current state-of-the-art and science of mechanism of concussion in sports, with possibility of developing methods for prevention and decreasing risk of concussions. Papers are invited on topics such as: studies on specific mechanical forces that cause concussions; coaching and training techniques; and effects of hydration before, during, and after sports on decreasing effect of concussive forces. Read More

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Monthly Leasing and Finance Index shows new business increase.

January 27, 2012

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for December was $10.8 billion, up 20% from $9.0 billion in same period in 2010. Volume was up 74% from previous month, and cumulative new business volume for 2011 rose 25% over 2010. Receivables over 30 days rose slightly to 2.1% in December from 2.0% in November, and credit standards eased as number of lease applications approved increased dramatically to 79.3% from 76.2% the previous month. Read More

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AASHTO Makes Statement on State of the Union Address.

January 27, 2012

AASHTO commends President Barack Obama for using his State of the Union address to reiterate his support for investment in highways, bridges, mass transit, and rail systems. AASHTO executive director John Horsley cited "The president's words and recent actions by congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle" as reasons for optimism towards agreement on multiyear surface transportation reauthorization bill "in the near future." Read More

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ASHRAE and IAPMO to advance built environment codes/standards.

January 27, 2012

During ASHRAE's 2012 Winter Conference, ASHRAE and International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials entered into Memorandum of Understanding. Several areas in which ASHRAE and IAPMO agree to work together include collaborating on common public affairs goals, such as joint promotion of codes and standards at local, state, and federal levels; exploring opportunities to co-develop new courses or training programs; promoting research; and disseminating research results quickly. Read More

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Manufacturers Call for Action after State of the Union address.

January 27, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, in his statement following President Obama's State of the Union address, called the existing cost gap - the fact it is 20% more expensive to manufacture in U.S. as compared to largest trading partners - "self-inflicted by Washington." Demanding action as opposed to rhetoric, Timmons cited NAM roadmap and said that this current administration must actively address overregulation and overreach as well as tax reform. Read More

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Shell Scotford Upgrader named 2011 HART Plant of the Year.

January 27, 2012

Shell Scotford Upgrader, located in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, received 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award, which showcases end users who have demonstrated creativity in application of HART Communication. Shell engineers utilized HART Communication to facilitate device configuration, loop testing, startup checks, safety device SIL ratings, and real-time centralized device status/diagnostics in 100,000 bpd expansion to existing 155,000 bpd capacity Scotford facility. Read More

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ASABE revises agricultural baling twine standard.

January 27, 2012

ANSI/ASAE S315.4, Agricultural Baling Twine for Automatic Balers, reflects current increased twine strength for small and large square bales and also includes twine for round bales. Data for newly incorporated values were provided and evaluated by diverse committee of industry experts. Electronic download of standard will be available at elibrary.asabe.org. Read More