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Mark Wingate named Small Business Person of the Year.

May 5, 2016

U.S. Small Business Administration named NEMA Board of Governors member Mark Wingate of MVC-Maxivolt the 2016 Small Business Person of the Year for the Lubbock–West Texas District. A third-generation entrepreneur, Wingate has invented and designed dozens of electronic devices and electrical systems, and he has earned patents for medium-voltage applications in both industrial and government sectors. Read More

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EPA Celebrates Programs, Tools to prevent asthma attacks.

May 5, 2016

In observance of Asthma Awareness Month (May), U.S. EPA spotlights ways people can help prevent asthma attacks: identify and avoid environmental asthma triggers, create Asthma Action Plan with doctor's help, and pay attention to local air quality conditions via airnow.gov and Air Quality Index app. Also, National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management, presented on May 12, will recognize 4 winners for their outstanding national model for comprehensive asthma care. Read More

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HI Announces Activities at 2016 Pump Summit Americas Conference.

May 5, 2016

Hydraulic Institute (HI) will participate in Pump Summit Americas Conference in Houston, TX by sharing knowledge and perspective at several sessions. On June 13, programming will include sessions on DOE pump regulations and rotodynamic centrifugal pump design/application as well as Pumps 101 training course. June 14th will see workshops on power station pumps; positive displacement pump design/application, as well as installation and troubleshooting of variable speed drives. Read More

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AAMA releases document for friction-based sash balances.

May 5, 2016

AAMA recently released an updated document establishing requirements for materials, testing, and performance for friction-based balance assemblies used in hung-type windows. Update ensures the document conforms to most recent version of the North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights. Voluntary Specification for Friction Based Sash Balances was last updated in 2009. Read More

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Andres Ojalill to serve as standards development manager.

May 5, 2016

IPC announced addition of Andres Ojalill as its new standards development manager in Europe. Ojalill has experience working with IPC’s network of training and certification partners in Europe and has represented IPC’s standards team at various industry events. As standards development manager, Ojalill is responsible for facilitating European working groups to develop addenda for existing IPC standards and to create new standards in growing verticals such as industrial, medical, and automotive. Read More

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EPA funds research centers at three universities.

May 4, 2016

Funded through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, $30 million in grants will be used to create research centers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA; Harvard University in Cambridge, MA; and Yale University in New Haven, CT. Research centers will investigate regional differences in air pollution and effects of global climate change, technology, and societal choices on local air quality and health. Read More

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NREL's Romero chosen top young professional in U.S.

May 3, 2016

Rachel Romero, a building systems engineer at NREL, has been named a 2016 New Faces of Engineering recipient by ASHRAE. Romero, 29, joined NREL in May 2010 and is only the second person at the laboratory to be so honored. She has been working with the Department of Homeland Security to increase use of electricity from renewable sources. Romero earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Hope College, and her master's in civil engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Webinar Series assists pump industry.

May 3, 2016

Hydraulic Institute's new 2-part webinar series, Navigating the Requirements of the DOE Test Procedure, begins May 10 and continues May 17. Both sessions start at 1 pm ET. Building on May 3 complimentary overview training, Session 1 covers requirements to test pumps in accordance with DOE Test Procedure for Pumps and will delve into HI 40.6-2014. Session 2 covers 5 options to calculate performance metrics outlined in DOE Energy Conservation Standard and Test Procedure for Pumps. Read More

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IPC March 2016 PCB Industry Results show accelerated growth.

May 3, 2016

March 2016 findings from IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program show accelerating sales growth and increasing order growth. While bookings outpaced shipments, book-to-bill ratio held steady at 1.02. Total North American PCB shipments came in at 10.3% above same month last year, bringing YTD growth rate up to 6.1% for Q1. PCB bookings increased 10.5% year-on-year, elevating TYD bookings growth for Q1 to 3.5%. Orders in March 2016 were up 28.1% from February 2016. Read More

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NREL to host National Lab Impact Summit.

May 3, 2016

On May 4, Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will host event at NREL to bring together nation's public- and private-sector energy leaders to formulate next stage of clean energy technology innovation. Technology showcase will include: Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy 3D-printed building and utility vehicle; advanced vehicle displays including Formula E race car and hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai; and exhibits from 13 national laboratories and EERE. Read More

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EPA Announces Safer Choice Partner of the Year winners.

May 2, 2016

For achievement in design, manufacture, promotion, and use of products that carry Safer Choice label, U.S. EPA plans to recognize 24 Safer Choice Partner of the Year winners from across 12 states, District of Columbia, and Canada on May 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Participants include Fortune 500 companies, SMBs, and non-governmental organizations, and categories include Safer Formulator-Manufacturer, Safer Chemical Innovator, Purchaser/Distributor, Retailer, and Program Supporter. Read More

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IPC Issues Call for Papers, Courses for IPC APEX EXPO 2017.

May 2, 2016

IPC invites engineers, researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO 2017, which will be held in San Diego, CA in February 2017. Specifically, expert papers and presentations are being sought on design, materials, assembly, processes, test, reliability, and equipment in 48 areas. Abstracts of 200–400 words are due June 17, 2016, and course proposals are due August 5, 2016. Awards will be presented for "Best Paper." Read More

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Mfg4 2016 returns to Connecticut Convention Center.

May 2, 2016

Mfg4 2016, an event dedicated to showcasing aerospace, defense, and medical device manufacturing, returns to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT, from May 3–5. Produced by SME, Mfg4 provides opportunities for companies and attendees to learn about products and business strategies that work well in their own and other industries, as well as to discover solutions to specific company challenges. Read More

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NEMA Report shows business conditions slid to neutral in April.

April 29, 2016

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) dropped to 50 points in April after March's 64.7. While 19% of panelists reported conditions improved and worsened in April, respectively representing 41% decline and 12% increase from March, majority claimed conditions were unchanged (up from 47% in March). Measure of change intensity in electroindustry business conditions dropped to 0.0 from +0.5 in March. Also, EBCI for future NA conditions declined to 53.1 from 61.8 in March. Read More

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NEMA Reaffirms Standard for continuity of conductor coating testing.

April 29, 2016

NEMA reaffirmed NEMA WC 72-1999 (R2004, R2015) Continuity of Coating Testing for Electrical Conductors. Available in hard copy or electronic download, this standard reviews problems that occur when polysulfide testing is improperly imposed on tin-, silver-, and nickel-coated copper and copper-alloy stranded conductors or on tin-, silver-, or nickel-coated copper and copper-alloy single or stranded conductors after insulating. Read More

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PACK EXPO East 2017 already has 200+ committed exhibitors.

April 29, 2016

PACK EXPO East 2017 will return to Pennsylvania Convention Center on February 27, 2017 and run through March 1. Upcoming event already attracted commitment of 220 leading packaging industry companies. This marketplace lets exhibitors showcase packaging equipment, machinery, and innovations to range of industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical/medical device, chemical, and personal care. Exhibit hall space is >70% full, and applications are being accepted. Read More

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NREL Theory establishes path to 2D semiconductor devices.

April 28, 2016

Researchers at NREL have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using 2D semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices. NREL team discovered that the height of the Schottky barrier can be adjusted by using certain 2D metals as electrodes. By selecting appropriate 2D metal/2D semiconductor pair, one can reduce barrier to almost zero. Increasing flow of electrons or holes through semiconductor reduces power losses and improves device performance. Read More

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Study highlights effects of different lighting conditions.

April 28, 2016

Published in OSA's journal Optics Express, research conducted by Kyungah Choi and Hyeon-Jeong Suk highlights effects of lighting conditions on stimulation of physiological alertness and cognitive performance in school children. Results showed that CCT of 6,500 K led to stimulation of higher alertness states and greatest enhancement of academic performance. However, there is a limit to how intense classroom lighting can be before academic performance stops improving, and eventually declines. Read More

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NEMA Communications Department wins 9 Hermes Creative Awards.

April 28, 2016

In the 2016 Hermes Creative Awards, NEMA Communications Department won 9 platinum and gold awards and 5 honorable mentions for ei, the magazine of the electroindustry and eiXtra, a twice-monthly e-newsletter. International competition is for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional materials and emerging technologies. Winners range from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. Read More

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HI to present technical session at NJWEA conference.

April 28, 2016

Hydraulic Institute will be presenting on Pumping Efficiency at the NJWEA John J. Lagrosa 101st Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlantic City, NJ. Course will be presented by Mr. Benjamin Stevens of A.W. Chesterton Company and will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. as part of the "Resiliency: Planning, Design and Economics" session. Read More