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Free AIA Webinar to address machine vision software.

May 10, 2013

Scheduled for May 14, 2013, AIA webinar seeks to demystify machine vision software so engineers and project teams can make informed engineering decisions about what tasks may be possible and how to accomplish them. Important take away concepts include: how software represents images, how concepts of color space and frequency domain are made operational, and how image analysis — morphology, edges, kernels, histogram equalization, and pattern matching works. Read More

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Paper in Optics Express describes on-site asbestos detector.

May 10, 2013

Researchers from University of Hertfordshire in UK have developed and tested prototype of portable, real-time airborne asbestos detector as described in "Real-time detection of airborne asbestos by light scattering from magnetically re-aligned fibers" paper, which was published in Optics Express. If commercialized, this tool could help workers in commercial and residential buildings identify if they have inadvertently disturbed asbestos fibers into air. Read More

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AAMA Announces Extension of NAFS Certification.

May 10, 2013

Interim procedural guide by American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) provides documented, optional process to extend current, unexpired AAMA product certification to any edition of AAMA/WDMA(/CSA) 101/I.S.2(/A440), North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS), for 2 years for products that have had no changes. Procedural guide, AAMA 106-13, Interim Procedural Guide for Extension of NAFS Certification, goes into effect May 1. Read More

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EPA Takes Action against violators of RRP rule.

May 10, 2013

EPA announced 17 enforcement actions for violations of Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, which protects homeowners and tenants from dangerous lead dust that can be left behind after renovation, repair, and painting work. Specifically, actions include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000 and 3 administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. Read More

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NREL Engineer is passionate about energy-efficient buildings.

May 10, 2013

Sheila Hayter, senior engineer and group manager for opportunities, evaluation, and implementation in the Deployment and Market Transformation Office at NREL, has worked at NREL for 21 years and currently chairs Planning Committee of ASHRAE. Hayter established and coordinates efforts within federal government to build energy-efficient buildings. She has published 50 documents in her time at NREL and chaired committee that developed original charter for ASHRAE's Advanced Energy Design Guidelines. Read More

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Coalition for Derivatives End-Users applauds bipartisan bill.

May 9, 2013

Coalition for Derivatives End-Users issued statement on the introduction of legislation to exempt non-financial end-user companies from margin requirements applied to their derivative trades. According to Michael Bopp, Counsel to the Coalition, Main Street companies are running out of time for relief from onerous margin requirements that were never intended for them. Bipartisan bill will protect companies that use derivatives to manage day-to-day business risk. Read More

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IPC Conference explores electronics manufacturing innovations.

May 9, 2013

IPC will host Innovations in Electronics in Manufacturing for Medical Devices from June 12–13 in Minneapolis, MN to help address challenges faced by electronic medical device manufacturers. According to IPC's Sanjay Huprikar, "This conference is focused on the innovations taking place in electronics manufacturing at every stage of the medical devices supply chain." Subject matter experts will help attendees with issues concerning every stage of medical devices supply chain. Read More

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TRIB Video to highlight environmental benefits of retreading.

May 9, 2013

TRIB is working with American Commercial Tire Network (ACTN) to develop video highlighting environmental benefits of tire retreading. Once produced, video will be placed on TRIB's website and YouTube channel, displayed and distributed at trade shows, as well as offered to news outlets. Citing tire retreading as "one of the original green industries," TRIB's David Stevens said it conserves raw materials, reduces CO2 output,
keeps tires out of landfills, and helps with recycling. Read More