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Rooftop Solar Lease Option increases appeal.

January 24, 2012

Rooftop solar panels are attracting new demographic of customers who are choosing to lease rather than buy, and enjoying low upfront costs and immediate savings. According to NREL study, "The Transformation of Southern California's Residential Photovoltaics Market through Third-Party Ownership," solar lease models are surging in southern California and they are being adopted in less affluent neighborhoods that had few customer-owned systems. Read More

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NREL earns accolades for sustainability efforts.

January 24, 2012

NREL was winner of White House GreenGov Presidential Award for the design and sustainable nature of its net-zero energy data center. NREL also received Environmental Sustainability awards from DOE for its "Sustainable Campus of the Future" and "Cradle to Cradle - Near-Zero Materials Waste and Beyond." EStar awards highlight environmental sustainability projects and programs that reduce environmental impacts, enhance site operations, reduce costs, and prevent pollution. Read More

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ASHRAE Recognizes HVAC/R Achievements of 36 individuals.

January 24, 2012

ASHRAE is recognizing 36 people for their contributions to the Society and the building industry at 2012 Winter Conference, which is being held January 21-25. Honors to be bestowed concern Hall of Fame, ASHRAE Technology Awards, ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition, John F. James International Award, and E.K. Campbell Award. Winners include students, those hard at work in their respective fields, as well as those who made HVAC/R technology milestones in their lifetime. Read More

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AIA honors John Stack with 2012 AIA Achievement Award.

January 24, 2012

John Stack, President of the Optical Systems Division of Zygo Corporation, was presented with 2012 AIA Achievement Award. He is being honored for his industry leadership and outstanding contributions to the vision and imaging industry for more than two decades. Before joining Zygo, Stack served as President and COO of Edmund Optics, Inc. Stack also served as member of AIA Board of Directors from 2001-2004 and was elected Chairperson for 2003-2004 term. Read More

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Greg Hollows is named to be AIA Board of Directors Chairman.

January 24, 2012

Greg Hollows, Director, Machine Vision Solutions, Edmund Optics, was named Chairman of AIA Board of Directors for 2012-2013 during AIA Business Conference. During his tenure, Hollows hopes "to grow AIA's presence in existing and emerging market areas through education, understanding, and cooperation." He also hopes to make AIA's "Vision for the Future" a reality by working with staff and other Board members. Hollows succeeds Rusty Ponce de Leon, who remains as Past Chairman. Read More

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Early Registration for BEST3 Conference ends January 31.

January 24, 2012

Scheduled for April 2-4, 2012, BEST3 Conference: High Performance Buildings will cover building systems that deliver high energy efficiency, good indoor climate, and long-term performance. Presentations by building envelope experts will offer latest research and practice on net-zero buildings, commissioning, foam insulations, and quality management as well as vacuum insulated panels, whole systems design, interior/exterior insulation applications, methodologies, and models/modeling. Read More

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Malcolm Doughtery sees transportation funding uncertainty.

January 24, 2012

In Two-Minute State DOT Update video produced by AASHTO, Malcolm Dougherty, acting director of California DOT, says department is building for the future with about 770 projects worth approximately $10 billion under contract. Currently, the recovery act and Proposition 1B are providing valuable funding. However, like many states, California is facing challenges in caring for its aging infrastructure and securing reliable source of funding for the future. Read More

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PCB Engineering Poll shows troublesome PCB engineering aspects.

January 24, 2012

Polled on their biggest challenges with PCBs, PCB components, and PCB assembly process failures, 350+ engineers who attended IPC's Soldering and Assembly Defects webinar identified solder finish (39%), BGA components (29%), and reflow soldering (27%). Runners-up included electrical shorts/opens (27%), QFN/LGA components (27%), and credit paste printing (20%). Webinar instructor Bob Willis said this survey shows areas requiring concentrated efforts. Read More

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RIA Blog Site helps people find careers in robotics.

January 24, 2012

Located at www.rhobotaphi.com, Rho Bota Phi is a collaboration between RIA, academia, business, and government for creation of programs and curriculum that enhance workforce preparation for jobs in robotics and advanced manufacturing. Among the goals of Rho Bota Phi is to enable exchange of ideas between robotics instructors, and to help disseminate information on qualifications needed for various positions in robotics. Read More

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Peer-Reviewed Papers detail monitoring of in-service oils.

January 23, 2012

ASTM International compilation STP 1536, In-Service Lubricant and Machine Analysis, Diagnostics and Prognostics, includes 11 peer-reviewed papers that provide information on monitoring in-service oils. In addition to guidelines for alarm limits and trend analysis, topics cover such issues as optimizing wind turbine oil condition monitoring program, linear sweep voltammetry in condition monitoring of diesel engine oil, and FTIR lubricant condition monitoring methodology. Read More

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Hands-On ASTM Class to cover property condition assessments.

January 23, 2012

Two-day class gives overview of ASTM Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process, and explains why standard was developed. Course also guides attendees on how to use standard to conduct baseline property condition assessment and how to prepare Property Condition Report. Participants will learn procedures for conducting walk-through survey; which key areas should be included in PCR; and how to identify property's physical deficiencies. Read More

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AFS seeks Board of Directors and 2nd Vice Chair nominations.

January 23, 2012

Every year, AFS Society elects 2nd Vice Chair and 6 members of Board of Directors. Elected 2nd Vice Chair will become AFS 2nd Vice Chair for 2013, 1st Vice Chair for 2014, and AFS Chair in 2015. For elected members of Board of Directors, term of service will begin at Fall 2012 Board of Directors Meeting or November 30, 2012, whichever is sooner, for term of 2 years. Only requirement is that nominees must be current 2012 members of AFS. Read More

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NADCA-Hosted Webinars have met with success.

January 23, 2012

Since mid 2011, approximately 1,400 people have participated in a NADCA webinar. NADCA encourages purchasing one webinar login and gathering employees to view presentation via projector. According to surveyed participants of various NADCA webinars, an average of 4 additional people joined them to view webinar. In addition, 97% of participants would recommend NACDA webinars to colleagues. Read More

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AIA Defines Its Vision via new names, activities, initiatives.

January 23, 2012

After 18 months of development, AIA unveiled its Vision for the Future. This brand identity is intended to emphasize commitment to advancing vision and imaging technology worldwide. In comment, AIA president Jeff Burnstein mentioned refocused priorities, investments in new activities and staff resources, as well as name changes for Association and its website. Burnstein stressed new names and tagline are not just cosmetic and aim to include more diverse, relevant audience. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices decrease in December.

January 23, 2012

According to Jan 18 Producer Price Index report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction materials prices fell 0.2% in December. Construction materials prices were down 0.9% in fourth quarter, but were 5.3% higher than 1 year ago. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu says increase in value of the dollar against many currencies helped produce decline in construction input prices. Also, slow down in various world economies contributes to less demand for construction inputs and softening input prices. Read More

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PMI welcomes first supplier under new affiliate category.

January 23, 2012

PMI Board President, Stewart Yang announced that Chase Brass and Copper Company of Montpelier, OH is the first company to accept PMI's invitation to join the organization through new membership category, Allied Membership. Members under this heading receive number of benefits of PMI membership, such as access to PMI publications and attendance at PMI's semi-annual conferences at special membership fee. Read More

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Robotics Industry Umbrella Group changes name to A3.

January 23, 2012

Umbrella trade association for RIA, AIA, and the Motion Control Association has changed its name from Automation Technologies Council to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). A3 will focus primarily on "why" automating is good, and will continue to focus on "how" companies and organizations specifically can apply robots, vision, and motion control. A3 currently represents more than 650 companies involved in automation from more than 30 nations. Read More

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Catherine Morris becomes first woman Chair of RIA.

January 23, 2012

Catherine Morris, Senior Account Manager of ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, was first elected to RIA Board in 2003 and most recently served as Board's First Vice Chair. She is a Past Chair, current member of RIA Membership Committee, and also chairs show committee for Automate 2013, RIA's flagship event. Morris has been an account manager with ATI for 16 years, with a primary focus on key OEMs and automotive customers. Read More

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NEMA Standards Publications cover panelboards, switchboards.

January 23, 2012

PB 1 Panelboards discusses single panelboards or groups of panel units suitable for assembly in form of single panelboards. These units are used in distribution of electricity for light, heat, and power at 600 V and less with 1,600 A mains and less or 1,200 A branch circuits and less. NEMA PB 2 Deadfront Distribution Switchboards formalizes floor-mounted deadfront switchboards, rated 6,000 A or less and 600 V or less, used in distribution of electricity for light, heat, and power. Read More

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Literacy-Based Program promotes primary school STEM education.

January 23, 2012

SAE International A World In MotionĀ® (AWIM) program offers literacy-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education activities for primary school students (K-3). Activities have students apply scientific concepts via experiments with toy cars; optimize designs by conceptualizing and building pinball game; use nature-inspired designs to develop and perform variable testing on paper helicopters and parachutes; as well as build and perform variable testing on straw rockets. Read More