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NREL launches renewable energy data website.

October 26, 2011

NREL's website, developer.nrel.gov, provides data feeds that computer programmers can access for use in their own mobile and Web applications. First data set to be offered is a comprehensive, nationwide list of alternative vehicle fueling station locations, including those that supply electricity, biodiesel, ethanol, or natural gas. Developers can tailor data to their own needs, as well as create mashups that combine data from website with data from other sources. Read More

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Welding & Gases Today examines propane accident and precautions.

October 26, 2011

In "Propane Cylinder Fire," which appears in Fall 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, GAWDA's DOT, Security, OSHA, and EPA Consultant Michael Dodd outlines events that led to an accident wherein 59-year-old high school teacher Jim Albini was injured when propane leaking from cylinder ignited. Article also discusses appropriate safety precautions. Issues in question included cylinder overfilling, proper training, inspection, and transportation. Read More

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C.F. Yang receives AMCA's Distinguished Service Award.

October 25, 2011

C.F. Yang, Managing Director of Kruger Ventilation Industries Pte Ltd, received AMCA's highest honor for distinguished services, not only for service to AMCA but the HVACR industry as a whole. From 1999-2010, Mr. Yang served as Chairman of AMCA Asia Pacific Rim Region, and throughout his career, he has demonstrated his commitment to advancing the HVACR Industry by bringing AMCA standards to Asian Markets, and leveling the playing field for HVACR Manufacturers who sell into this region. Read More

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Papers Invited for frozen soil mechanical properties symposium.

October 25, 2011

Papers are invited for symposium on Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soil, which will be held January 31, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL. To participate in this symposium, presenters/authors must submit 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than January 31, 2012. Abstract must include clear objective definition and approach of work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today profiles Prest-O-Sales and Service.

October 25, 2011

As focus of GAWDA Member Profile in Fall 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, NY-based gases and welding distributor Prest-O-Sales and Service has understood that establishing strong relationships with suppliers goes far in building foundation for success. Long Island City-based family business supports its mission, according to President Jim Madison, by "rendering outstanding technical assistance and customer service to industry, laboratory and health care" in metropolitan NY area. Read More

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Manufacturers welcome House vote to rein in EPA.

October 25, 2011

NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, released statement after House passed EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, which will delay EPA's Boiler MACT rules. According to Newhouse, manufacturers cannot afford another costly and burdensome regulation that will put 230,000 jobs at risk. He asserts that the Boiler MACT rule will cost manufacturers more than $14 billion in valuable capital that could be spent on investments to create jobs. Read More

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NIST Publishes Guide information systems security monitoring.

October 25, 2011

Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) for Information Systems and Organizations, NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-137, will help organizations understand their security posture against threats and vulnerabilities as well as determine how effectively security controls are working. Publication aims to provide guidance for information security monitoring in all types of information systems, encompassing computer networks as well as other interconnected devices and software. Read More

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Improving Pump System Performance is subject of training course.

October 25, 2011

Pump Systems Optimization: Energy Efficiency and Bottom Line Savings is a one-day course, to be held November 16 in Florham Park, NJ, that will help pump users learn how to identify and reduce hidden operating and energy costs in their pump systems. Ultimately, attendees will come to understand how to increase profitability of their business via possible energy savings from 20%-40%. All participants will also earn 7 professional development hour credits from Hydraulic Institute. Read More

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ASABE to adopt 7 ISO agricultural safety documents.

October 25, 2011

ASABE has initiated projects to nationally adopt 7 international standards on agricultural equipment safety. Adoptions, if approved, will increase visibility and use of standards and benefit international trade. They will also further harmonize national and international standards, a goal that facilitates manufacturing, safety advancements, and product marketing worldwide. Read More

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MultiVac and Heinz win 2011 PACK EXPO Selects.

October 25, 2011

Heinz Dip and Squeeze ketchup pack by Multivac, Inc. was the winner in the 2011 PACK EXPO Selects competition. This improvement on ketchup pack sachets found at most fast-food and carryout restaurants allows consumers to choose ketchup delivery method. Users can peel off top foil to dip, or tear off cap and squeeze if they prefer direct application. All 7 finalists were displayed within Showcase of Packaging Innovations(TM), sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011. Read More

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NIST to unveil federal cloud technology roadmap.

October 25, 2011

During Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop IV, Nov 2-4, 2011, NIST will unveil public draft of U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap. Meeting will also feature update on NIST's progress in helping to develop open standards to enable interoperability, portability, and security in cloud computing. Panel sessions will explore issues influencing evolution of cloud computing, including infrastructure, security, standards, international perspectives, and opportunities for collaboration. Read More

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Keynote at IPC APEX EXPO 2012 to be given by William Shatner.

October 25, 2011

Via votes tallied from keynote speaker election, it has been determined that William Shatner will deliver IPC APEX EXPO® 2012 Opening Keynote at 8:30 am on February 28 in San Diego, CA. His keynote address, "Captain's Log - Boldly going where no man has gone before...," will share Shatner's life inspirations and rules by which he lives and will set the tone for a week of exploring new research, new products, and new opportunities. Read More

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Aircraft Coatings Certification Program is launched by industry collaborative.

October 25, 2011

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, and Honda Aircraft marked creation of first industry certification for Aerospace Coatings Applicators professionals by conferring new credential upon 4 Honda Aircraft employees. Collaboration was driven by common goal to lead industry toward higher paint quality by creating a standard for quality in preparation of aircraft's surface and in training of professionals to consistently achieve that standard. Read More

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Metal Powder Group elects officers.

October 24, 2011

Matthew Bulger, president/general manager of NetShape Technologies-MIM, was elected president of Metal Powder Industries Federation and Bruce Dionne, general manager of Megamet Solid Metals Inc., was elected president of Metal Injection Molding Assoc. Active in powder metallurgy industry, Bulger has presented numerous papers at conferences, is a member of MPIF's Technical Board, and most recently served as president of MIMA. Before joining Megamet in 2005, Dionne worked at Texas Instrument, Inc. Read More

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Metal Powder Group elects officers to serve as presidents.

October 24, 2011

Matthew Bulger, president and general manager of NetShape Technologies-MIM, was elected president of Metal Powder Industries Federation, and Bruce Dionne, general manager of Megamet Solid Metals Inc., was elected president of Metal Injection Molding Association. Bulger's former experience includes serving as materials engineer and quality manager of FloMet as well as running Hawk Corporation's MIM operation. Prior to joining Megamet in 2005, Dionne was regional account manager with TI. Read More

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Nearshoring Strategy will boost U.S. manufacturing jobs.

October 24, 2011

According to FMA economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl in Fabrinomics economic update newsletter, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study cites 3 factors expected to return 3 million jobs to USA from China due to nearshoring. Specific factors include rising costs of production and transportation in China as well as improved efficiency and productivity in USA and Europe. Kuehl also noted Chinese are losing cheap manufacturing sector to rivals in other parts of Asia as well as Latin nations. Read More

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PROCESS EXPO to include Green Sustainable Technology seminar.

October 24, 2011

Power Engineers of Norcross, GA, is offering a seminar on Green Sustainable Technology at PROCESS EXPO 2011, November 1-4. Led by Darryl Wernimont, seminar will review green sustainable technology over past 10 years and look to what might occur in next decade. There will be a discussion of energy audits, the identification and understanding of what is actually occurring in plant operations. This knowledge will allow facility to take actions to achieve measurable sustainability. Read More

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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence improves in October.

October 24, 2011

According to October 2011 Monthly Confidence Index, confidence is 50.7, up from September index of 47.6. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 9.8% of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve, up from 4.9% in September, and 80.5% of respondents believe business conditions will remain the same, an increase from 61.0% in September. Only 9.8% believe business conditions will worsen, a decrease from 34.1% in September. Read More

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ASTM UNIFORMAT II Task Group seeks input on revision.

October 24, 2011

ASTM E1557, Classification of Building Elements and Related Sitework - UNIFORMAT II, is due for its 5-year re-ballot in 2014. UNIFORMAT II Task Group is seeking input from users regarding their use, and suggestions for revision, to be considered for development and inclusion in re-ballot. Group is especially interested in comments from frequent users of ASTM E1557, as they are more likely to provide meaningful input by identifying difficulties they have experienced when using classification. Read More

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Common BIM Files help verify exchange of building information.

October 24, 2011

Several tools, available via buildingSMART alliance(TM), help building practitioners and software vendors improve use and performance of open-standard building information models (BIMs). Common BIM Files are free set of 3 building models - apartment, medical clinic, and office - that include architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing information. Links are also available to free software needed to condense, evaluate, transform, and report on building models. Read More