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Incandescent Lamp Index increases during second quarter.

September 29, 2011

NEMA's shipment index for incandescent lamps increased for second consecutive quarter in Q2 2011, showing improvement of 5.6% over same period last year. Conversely, index for compact fluorescent lamps declined for fifth consecutive quarter. Rate of decline accelerated to 18.5% on year-over-year basis versus 16.8% y/y and 8.7% y/y during Q1 2011 and Q4 2010, respectively. Incandescent lamp share of 80% for combined incandescent-CFL market is the highest reading since Q4 2007. Read More

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EPA Scientists receive Presidential Honor.

September 29, 2011

Dr. Gayle Hagler and Dr. David Reif were named recipients of the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr. Hagler was nominated for leading research in development and use of new technologies to measure and map air pollutant emissions near roadside locations. In addition to studying subsets of childhood asthma, Dr. Reif was nominated for developing tools for prioritizing and profiling chemicals for potential toxicity to human health and environment. Read More

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ANSI to host meetings on transatlantic partnerships.

September 29, 2011

As a special highlight of World Standards Week 2011, ANSI will host a free U.S.-European open conference on transatlantic partnerships on Wednesday, October 12. Organized in conjunction with the European Standards Organizations, ANSI-ESO Conference will foster networking and an open dialogue on standards and compliance programs in such critical and emerging areas as e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security. Read More

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PMT Packaging Line of the Year Award goes to Florida produce grower.

September 28, 2011

PMT magazine congratulates produce picker and shipper Florida Specialties, LLC, for receiving 7th annual PMT Packaging Line of the Year Award for the packaging line installed at its Immokalee, FL, facility. Florida Specialties enlisted expertise of Heat and Control to develop packaging solution that produces retail bags of green, yellow, and wax beans. Line enables collection, triple-washing, bean-trimming, weighing, bag-making, and filling within 24 hr. Read More

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Papers invited for Energy Efficient Hydraulic Fluids workshop.

September 28, 2011

Papers are solicited to address the development of energy efficient hydraulic fluids and measurement of the resulting benefits. Potential paper topics include but are not limited to pump efficiency test methodology, hydraulic fluid performance, field trials, theory and modeling, and hydraulic fluid chemistry, as well as hydraulic fluid impact on wear and efficiency, efficiency benefits, sustainability, pump types, and motor types. Read More

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ASTM Committee presents Award of Merit to Thomas J. Slavin.

September 28, 2011

Thomas J. Slavin, global safety and health director at Navistar Inc., has received Award of Merit from Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety. A member of ASTM since 1979, Slavin was cited for his exceptional leadership and technical contributions to development of occupational health and safety standards. Slavin began his career as an industrial hygienist at Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and served as coordinator of industrial hygiene at MVMA before joining Navistar in 1979. Read More

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ASHRAE Whitepaper addresses liquid cooled datacenters.

September 28, 2011

Increasing heat densities combined with interest in energy and waste heat recovery created need for liquid cooling guidelines to help bridge gap between IT equipment design and data center facility design. Available for free download, whitepaper titled "2011 Thermal Guidelines for Liquid Cooled Data Processing Environments," creates data center classes for liquid cooling, and provides insight into condensation, operation, water flow rates, pressure, velocity, and quality. Read More

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Green Power Community Challenge Winners announced by EPA.

September 28, 2011

Washington, D.C. and Brookeville, MD communities won Green Power Community Challenge for most amount of green power used annually and highest green power percentage of total electricity use, respectively. Year-long challenge encouraged communities to voluntarily increase use of green power generated from renewable resources. According to EPA's Gina McCarthy, this challenge proved any community, by harnessing power of its businesses and residents, can achieve real environmental results. Read More

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World Standards Week 2011 scheduled for Oct 11-14.

September 28, 2011

World Standards Week brings together members of standards and conformity assessment community and leaders from all industry sectors to celebrate standardization and the critical role it plays in all aspects of commerce and everyday life. Event will include ANSI-ESO Conference on Transatlantic Partnerships, 2011 ANSI Service and Leadership Awards, Member Meetings and Legal Issues Forum, and U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day and Exhibition. Read More

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APEC Conference addressed global energy management challenge.

September 28, 2011

On September 13-14, Implementation of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) Standardization conference examined how APEC member economies can harness ISO 50001 to meet the global energy challenge. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia, in his welcome remarks, said "An organization's commitment to more effective energy management makes positive contributions toward reducing depletion of energy resources." He also noted that "smart energy use can also free up budget dollars for other initiatives." Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to PHMSA.

September 28, 2011

According to the NTSB, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration should require operators of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to provide system-specific information about pipeline systems to emergency response agencies of communities and jurisdictions in which pipelines are located. All operators should be required to equip SCADA systems with tools to assist in recognizing and pinpointing location of leaks, including line breaks. Read More

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Equipment Leasing Index shows overall growth in new business.

September 28, 2011

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for August shows overall new business volume as $5.7 billion, which is up 33% from volume of same period in 2010. Volume is unchanged from previous month, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume is up 25%. All credit quality metrics showed improvement, with receivables over 30 days decreasing to 2.5% and charge-offs down as well. Credit standards relaxed, as number of lease applications approved increased to 77.6%. Read More

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International Benchmarking Report looks at SME support programs.

September 28, 2011

International Benchmarking of Countries SME Support Programs and Policies builds on Information Technology and Innovation Foundation's (ITIF) recent report by identifying and analyzing manufacturing support programs and practices for SMEs that have been implemented in 10 countries in addition to those of USA. Emphasis is given to countries that have created formal agencies, institutions, or programs to provide manufacturing extension services to SME manufacturers. Read More

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New Chinese 2D Bar Code has been announced by AIM Inc.

September 28, 2011

Han Xin Code 2D matrix symbology, made up of square modules arranged in overall square pattern, features finder patterns that assist in location of position, size, and inclination. In addition to capability to encode double-byte Chinese characters (GB18030), symbology can efficiently encode numeric and ASCII characters as well as octet bytes such as graphic/audio information. Also, user-selectable levels of Reed-Solomon error correction ensure correct decoding even with damaged symbols. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for September 2011.

September 27, 2011

According to September 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate steady business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 54% of participants expect economic activity to remain unchanged, up from 47% in August, and 47% expect anticipate no change in incoming orders, compared to 38% last month. However, 33% percent of participants report that average daily shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, up from 27% in August. Read More

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 to spotlight beverage industry trends.

September 27, 2011

Taking place September 26-28, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will address global beverage industry market segment by collaborating with International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) to provide industry-specific education opportunities. This partnership, according to PMMI President and CEO Charles D. Yuska, will help attendees find total systems solutions and answers to packaging and processing questions. Read More

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Multiple-Hazard Risks exceed current building code coverage.

September 27, 2011

NIST researchers warn combination of seismic and wind hazards increase risk of structural damage to as much as twice level implied in current building codes, which only consider natural hazards individually. Published in Journal of Structural Engineering, Dat Duthinh, Emil Simiu, and Chiara Crosti show design limits, even taking into account that multiple hazards almost never occur simultaneously, and provide method to assess such risks using common metric of structural resistance. Read More

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The MHEDA Journal Online profiles EOAT fabricator/assembler.

September 27, 2011

The MHEDA Journal Online's 3rd Quarter issue profiles Dan Lucas of Bastian Solutions, who works in robotics division and is responsible for fabrication and assembly of End of Arm Tool (EOAT). According to Lucas, he could be working on "assembly, fabrication or electrical components" depending on the day's requirements. Article also points out need for strong communication with engineering department, as each assembly "may take as many as 50 steps and an entire week to complete." Read More

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ASHRAE is Supporting Sponsor of Solar Decathlon 2011.

September 27, 2011

As supporting sponsor of Solar Decathlon 2011, ASHRAE will host 2 workshops: first focusing on updates on building design standards, and second focusing on renewable energy options for homeowners. ASHRAE will also provide engineering resources, such as HVAC Simplified and ASHRAE GreenGuide, to decathlon participants. ASHRAE members selected by DOE and NREL have been assigned to observe two to four houses each to manage the 10 contests that make up entire competition. Read More

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ASTM Paint Guide standardizes methods of IR spectra collection.

September 27, 2011

ASTM D7588, Guide for FT-IR Fingerprinting of a Non-Aqueous Liquid Paint as Supplied in the Manufacturer's Container, standardizes technique for collecting IR spectra of non-aqueous liquid paints directly out of their cans. According to members of ASTM Committees D01 and D33, this guide fosters collection of "good quality reproducible spectra of liquid paint samples straight out of the can without the need for time-consuming separation of components." Read More