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AAMA Encourages Education during National Window Safety Week.

April 16, 2013

National Window Safety Week, April 7–13, reminds households that open windows can be dangerous for young children. To help protect them from window falls, Window Safety Task Force offers such tips as avoiding placement of furniture near windows to prevent children from climbing, not relying on insect screens to prevent window fall, and installing building code-compliant devices that limit how far window will open or guards with release mechanisms to help prevent falls. Read More

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Construction Industry Unemployment drops to 14.7% in March 2013.

April 16, 2013

According to April 5 employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction industry unemployment fell from 15.7% in February to 14.7% in March. USA added 18,000 new construction jobs in that month, and year-over-year workforce expansion has been measured at 2.9%. Commenting, Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu said this report "implies that interest rates will remain low, which...is good for real estate valuations and for nonresidential construction." Read More

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AEM Urges International Trade Treaty to cover off-road equipment.

April 16, 2013

AEM urged that off-road equipment be included in international treaty facilitating export financing, helping small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers grow their export businesses. Expressing support for expansion of Cape Town Convention, AEM signed letters sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as well as secretary general of UNIDROIT. Treaty expansion (Fourth Protocol) would help increase exports by creating international standards for 4 specific areas. Read More

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ASTM President's Leadership Award honors William C. Griese.

April 16, 2013

For his extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision, William C. Griese, standards development and green initiative manager at TCNA, received 2013 President's Leadership Award from ASTM International. ASTM International member since 2007, Griese is chairman of Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products and its Subcommittee C21.06 on Ceramic Tile. Griese is also member of Committee E60 on Sustainability and is currently serving one term on ASTM COTCO. Read More

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February Manufacturing Technology Orders rise 5.7% from January.

April 16, 2013

As reported by USMTO program participants, February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $385.89 million – up 5.7% from January but down 10.6% from February 2012. Year-to-date total of $750.94 million makes 2013 down 11.9% when compared with 2012. In addition to calling month-to-month gain "certainly good to see," AMT President Douglas K. Woods said year-to-date decline in orders "is in line with expectations we had for a slight slowdown in the first two quarters of 2013." Read More

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SME Will Honor Dedicated Member with 2013 Award of Merit.

April 16, 2013

For contributions to SME's professional activities and growth, IPS Corporation senior design engineer Jim Whitehead received 2013 Award of Merit. Whitehead is currently member of Memphis Chapter 105 and began his involvement with SME in 2002 while completing his bachelor's at University of Memphis. In addition to SME, Whitehead has served on Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council, was MJEC/SME Featured Engineer, and holds several patents in the electrical field. Read More

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Camera System creates 3-D images from up to 1 km away.

April 15, 2013

A research team, led by Gerald Buller, a professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, describes a time-of-flight imaging system that can gather high-resolution, 3-D information about objects from up to 1 km away. System works by sweeping low-power IR laser beam rapidly over object. It then records round-trip flight time of photons in beam as they bounce off object and arrive back at source. Research paper can be found in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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HI announces 2013 Board of Directors and Officers.

April 15, 2013

During its Annual Meeting, HI announced the 2013 Board of Directors and Officers. Dean Douglas will remain as Chairman of the Board, while Dennis Wierzbicki will remain as HI President. Michael S. Cropper, Director, Product Development, Sulzer Pumps Inc. was elected to serve as VP, Technical Affairs; John Miersma, President & CEO, Iwaki America Inc., will remain as VP, Member Services; and Andrew Warrington, President, Peerless Pump Company, will remain as VP, Knowledge & Education. Read More