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Funding for 2012 Strategic Initiatives approved by NEMA board.

July 26, 2011

Held in Washington, D.C. on July 14, NEMA's Board of Governors (BOG) quarterly meeting demonstrated industry leadership in approving nearly one million dollars to further NEMA's strategic direction. Initatives address Public Policy Portal for NEMA members, Smart Grid, high performance buildings, carbon impacts of products in the electrical industry, and the Low Voltage DC (LVDC) Power and Energy Storage program. Read More

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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence improves in July.

July 25, 2011

Overall, July 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry is 56.2, up 6.8% from June index of 52.6. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 14% of executives responding said they believe conditions will improve, an increase from 5.0% in June, while 81.4% of respondents believe they will remain the same, an increase from 79.5%. In addition, only 4.7% believe conditions will worsen, a decrease from 15.4% in June. Read More

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Energy Execs Institute was launched by NREL.

July 25, 2011

As premier executive education program, Energy Execs Institute focuses on delivering clean energy solutions. This condensed version of NREL Executive Energy Leadership program, held July 20-22, delivered renewable energy and energy efficiency technology curriculum to 16 clean energy decision-makers. According to NREL Director Dan E. Arvizu, program "offers another avenue to equip executives with important knowledge to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies." Read More

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ASTM International Award of Merit presented to Roman J. Selig.

July 25, 2011

ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Roman J. Selig III, territory manager at Hamilton Kent LLC in Birmingham, AL, for individual contributions to standards activities. ASTM International member since 1993, Selig works on several C13 subcommittees and is chairman of Subcommittee C13.05 on Special Projects. Committee recognized his outstanding technical contributions with Merlin G. IB Spangler Award in 2003. Read More

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NEMA Responds to FERC Ruling on smart grid standards.

July 25, 2011

As advocate for voluntary adoption of technical standards for the Smart Grid, NEMA supports Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) decision to forgo rulemaking on the five families of Smart Grid Interoperability Standards in its July 19, 2011, Order on Docket Number RM11-2-000. In its decision, FERC points to NIST, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), and the SGIP working groups as the "best vehicle for developing Smart Grid interoperability standards." Read More

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PMI praises California's lead testing results.

July 25, 2011

PMI members' products successfully passed California Department of Toxic Substance Control's first testing for reduced lead content in drinking water faucets, pipes, and pipefittings. PMI supports implementation and enforcement of the California bill that not only became state law, but also guided the way for national "Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act." PMI continues to work closely with California's legislators and DTSC to reduce maximum lead content to 0.25%. Read More

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Kraft's Perales to be Keynote Speaker at blow molding conference.

July 25, 2011

SPE will be holding its 27th Annual Blow Molding Conference and Exhibits in Chicago, IL on October 12-13, 2011. Kraft Foods senior director packaging research Perfecto Perales will give keynote, "Driving Growth and Consumer Satisfaction Through Packaging Innovation." In addition to technical/business overviews, industrial/automotive materials and applications, and packaging machinery advancements, highlights include coextrusion and injection blow molding technology and barrier technology. Read More

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TRFA 2011 Meeting to feature 14 technical presentations.

July 25, 2011

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) announced upcoming 2011 Annual Meeting, scheduled for September 11-13 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, will feature schedule of 14 Technical Paper Presentations. These presentations come from each of TRFA's Market Focused Committees: Coatings, Civil Engineering and Floorings; Adhesives and Sealants; Composites and Tooling; and Potting, Encapsulation, and Electrical. All meeting attendees receive CD that includes all technical presentations. Read More

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Manufacturers welcome legislation to delay Boiler MACT proposal.

July 22, 2011

Chip Yost, NAM VP of Energy and Resources Policy, issued statement in response to bipartisan legislation to stay the current Boiler MACT proposal. According to Yost, "EPA's Boiler MACT proposal is a costly and burdensome regulation that is unrealistic and threatens tens of thousands of jobs during time of record unemployment. This bipartisan measure would ensure that rules are delayed for defined period, extend compliance period from 3 to 5 years, and provide some certainty for job creators." Read More

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

July 22, 2011

ASTM International Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement has presented Award of Merit to Thomas J. Wiandt, director of metrology in Temperature Division of Fluke Calibration in American Fork, UT. Wiandt was recognized for effective leadership and outstanding service to the committee, especially in matters of statistical data management. A member of ASTM since 1997, Wiandt serves as chairman of E20.07 on Fundamentals in Thermometry and as secretary of E20.09 on Digital Contact Thermometers. Read More

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Multihazard Mitigation Council issues call for members.

July 22, 2011

Members are being sought for newly reconstituted Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC), which is tasked with promoting increased all-hazard (man-caused and natural) disaster resilience in homes and commercial buildings. MMC will provide forum for disaster professionals to exchange information on emerging trends in building technology and federal policy as well as address building systems and software applications that play critical roles in disaster resilience and sustainability. Read More

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NIST posts latest adjustments to fundamental figures.

July 22, 2011

NIST has posted latest internationally recommended values of the fundamental constants of nature, which are adjusted every 4 years in response to scientific measurements and advances. Values arrive on the verge of a worldwide vote this fall on a plan to redefine most basic units in International System of Units, such as kilogram and ampere. They are determined by Committee on Data for Science and Technology Task Group on Fundamental Constants, an international group that includes NIST members. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Mical C. Renz with Award of Merit.

July 22, 2011

ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants has recognized the extraordinary contributions of Mical C. Renz, president of Dixie Services Inc. in Galena Park, TX, with the ASTM Award of Merit. A graduate of the University of Kansas and a member of ASTM International for more than 30 years, Renz founded Dixie Services in 1977, which specializes in chemical/physical analysis and testing for the petroleum, chemical, and marine transportation industries. Read More

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NASA begins commercial partnership with United Launch Alliance.

July 22, 2011

Through unfunded Space Act Agreement, United Launch Alliance will provide technical information to NASA about Atlas V, a flight-proven expendable launch vehicle. NASA will share its human spaceflight experience with ULA to advance crew transportation system capabilities and the draft human certification requirements. ULA will provide NASA with feedback about those requirements, including input on technical feasibility and cost effectiveness of NASA's proposed certification approach. Read More

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ASHRAE supports funding for building survey.

July 22, 2011

ASHRAE received Congressional support from co-chairs of the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus regarding Society's call to federal government to resume work on 2011 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey. In letter submitted to Congressional Record, ASHRAE stated that if funding is not provided, government and industry will be forced to rely on data that is nearly a decade old, resulting in potential missed opportunities to increase building efficiency. Read More

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NIST announces Manufacturing Innovation 2012.

July 22, 2011

Scheduled for May 5-9, Manufacturing Innovation 2012 will bring together over 700 manufacturers, industry experts, and MEP field staff to learn and connect and bring their experience back to their organizations. Highlights will include nationally renowned keynote speakers, over 100 technical and educational breakout sessions, distinguished awards ceremony, exhibit area, and multiple networking and one-on-one business connection opportunities. Read More

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Conference at PACK EXPO strengthened by industry groups.

July 22, 2011

PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI has announced lineup for 2011 Conference at PACK EXPO. Running concurrently with PACK EXPO Las Vegas from Sept 26-28, event utilizes customer-centric approach to better address needs of attendees. Conference will cover topics such as sustainability, food safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act, serialization, and project management. Some presenting CPGs include Coca-Cola, General Mills, Bush Brothers and Co., and Estee Lauder Cosmetics. Read More

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Smart Energy Revision is available for public comment.

July 21, 2011

ZigBee® Alliance announced that Smart Energy 2.0 draft 0.7 is available for public review and comment. Resulting IP-based energy management solution will be capable of running on both wired and wireless communication protocols. Simultaneously, Alliance will collect comments from various key external stakeholders as well as public at large. Public comments on the Smart Energy 2.0 Public Application Profile must be received by August 15, 2011. Read More

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IEEE Xplore Library gains enhanced navigability, rights.

July 21, 2011

IEEE Xplore® digital library has been updated with first installment of IEEE Redline Standards, accelerating an facilitating means by which technical professionals implement updates to their procedures, products, or organizations. Redline version shows actual revisions made to approved standard or draft when version changes via colored text. Due to expanded service agreement with Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., library also has additional rights and permissions links. Read More

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SME Helps APA Whistle Project build manufacturing workforce.

July 21, 2011

SME Education Foundation ordered 500 whistles, manufactured by students at Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA), in first step of partnership between these organizations, both of which are committed to workforce development with STEM education and laying groundwork for careers in advanced manufacturing. APA Whistle Project provides students with opportunity to get hands-on manufacturing experience by producing aluminum whistles in school's WaterSaver Faucet Manufacturing Technology Center. Read More