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Robotics Companies post strongest opening quarter.

May 8, 2013

According to statistics released from RIA, North American robotics companies shattered previous opening quarter records for robots ordered and shipped in first quarter of 2013. Total of 5,833 robots valued at $341.2 million were ordered from North American robotics companies through March, an increase of 14.5% in units over same period in 2012. First quarter shipments totaled 5,736 robots valued at $369.5, breaking previous records for opening quarter by 24.6% in units and 23.3% in dollars. Read More

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NEMA welcomes House approval of helium bill.

May 8, 2013

NEMA welcomed passage of HR 527, Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, by vote of 394–1 in House of Representatives. Legislation will reauthorize and improve operations of Federal Helium Reserve in Texas. Under current law, Reserve, holding approximately 30% of global helium supply, would cease operations as early as fall; U.S. users of helium acquire much of it from refining companies associated with Reserve. Senate hearing on bill is scheduled for May 7. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers of updates to ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2.

May 8, 2013

Under approval of ANSI, Hydraulic Institute is seeking participants to review updated Standard ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2 Rotodynamic (Vertical) Pumps of Radial, Mixed, and Axial Flow Types for Nomenclature and Definitions.  Standard covers vertical turbine, mixed flow, axial flow vertical diffuser, submersible motor deepwell, and short-set pumps. Vertically suspended and overhung impeller types are also included. Institute is assembling canvass list of interested parties, to be submitted to ANSI. Read More

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EPA releases revised Bristol Bay Assessment.

May 8, 2013

Available for peer review follow-up and public comment, revised version of Bristol Bay Assessment includes updates following initial peer review and public comment period of draft released May, 2012. Some key changes to assessment include: refinement and better explanation of mine scenarios assessed; appendix describing methods to compensate for impacts to wetlands, streams, and fish; and information on potential transportation corridor, including analysis of potential diesel pipeline spills. Read More

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ASTM announces approval of conductor tensile strength test method.

May 8, 2013

ASTM B986, Test Method for Determination of Tensile Strength for Stranded Conductors by Mass Method, has been approved. It is designed for use in electronics and aerospace industries to validate tensile strength specification requirements for electrical conductors. Developed by subcommittee B01.02 on Methods of Test and Sampling Procedure, standard provides accurate way to determine tensile strength, according to Stephen Childers of IWG High Performance Conductors, Inc. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers for pump standards updates.

May 8, 2013

Hydraulic Institute, under ANSI approval, is seeking qualified individuals in North America to review drafts of updated pump standards. These include drafts of Standard ANSI/HI 1.4 Rotodynamic (Centrifugal) Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance and ANSI/HI 2.4 Rotodynamic (Vertical) Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance. Pump users, specifiers, producers, standards developers, government agencies, and others may apply. Read More

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Joint IPC/FED Event to address embedded component technology.

May 8, 2013

Embedded component technology is rapidly gaining ground as a vehicle for miniaturization and cost containment. To help the electronics industry keep pace with growing interest in embedded components, IPC announces an ambitious technical agenda for the IPC/FED Conference on Embedded Components. Developed in collaboration with Fachverband Elektronik-Design e.V., event will feature 14 presentations highlighting reliability, test, assembly issues, and new manufacturing methods. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members.

May 8, 2013

In April 2013, ANSI welcomed 24 new members. Organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. Under Institute’s umbrella, diverse constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace and to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More