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MHEDA Journal Online addresses changing SBA standards.

July 26, 2011

In examination of size standards, Small Business Administration is revising North American Industry Classification System codes, which ascribe maximum limit, either by number of employees or average annual receipts, for qualifying small businesses. Part of the MHEDA Journal Online, "On the Edge" feature examines what constitutes a small business and what it will mean for material handling distributors that are bidding on government contracts if the size requirement changes. Read More

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Best Midwest Transportation Projects recognized by AASHTO.

July 26, 2011

At annual meeting of Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials, America's Transportation Awards recognized winning projects that are giving commuters more travel options to reduce congestion, improve commercial trade, and shorten construction times. AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor annual awards competition to recognize best transportation projects in America using 3 main categories: On Time, Under Budget, and Innovative Management. Read More

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ASHRAE and DOE further working relationship.

July 26, 2011

ASHRAE and U.S. Department of Energy signed updated memorandum of understanding, committing to further improve efficient use of energy, improve visible and widespread use of renewable energy sources, and minimize impact of energy use on environment. Together, they will support and promote Standard 90.1, Energy Efficient Design of New Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings, and collaborate on accelerated development and distribution of advanced energy design guidance publications. Read More

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EV Safety Standards Summit to take place in September.

July 26, 2011

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International will co-sponsor 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit, which will take place September 27-28, 2011 in Detroit, MI. Event will continue dialogue that began at last year's Summit, initiated in order to support rapid implementation of electric and hybrid electric vehicles in North America. Summit provides forum for contributing to development of action plans regarding necessary codes and standards. Read More

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President Obama Nominates Ryan to NIBS Board of Directors.

July 26, 2011

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate James "Tim" Ryan, CBO, to a key Administration post as one member of National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Board of Directors. According to Obama, "These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my Administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America." Ryan, a certified building official, currently serves as secretary of NIBS Board of Directors. Read More

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NIST Test measures key properties of polymer thin films.

July 26, 2011

Researchers at NIST have demonstrated a measurement technique that determines 3 fundamental mechanical properties of near-nanoscale films. The technique, which highlights the challenge of making mechanical measurements on an object with at least one dimension comparable to the size of a virus, should enable better design and engineering for a variety of thin-film technologies, particularly reverse-osmosis membranes for water purification. Read More

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Basel is confirmed as venue for Euro PM2012.

July 26, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 16-19, Euro PM2012 International Conference and Exhibition will be held in Basel, Switzerland at the Congress Centre Basel. Event's program will include over 200 oral and poster papers covering PM applications and new processes, hard materials, powder injection molding, and hot isostatic pressing. In addition to main program, a number of workshops and meetings will be held on key topics of relevance to the industry. Read More

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New ZigBee Smart Energy Version facilitates use and deployment.

July 26, 2011

ZigBee Smart Energy(TM) v1.1, Advanced Metering Infrastructure standard, is available for product development and public download. Intended to help create greener homes by giving consumers necessary information and automation needed to reduce energy consumption, it offers features such as dynamic pricing enhancements, tunneling of other protocols, prepayment features, OTA updates, and backwards compatibility with certified ZigBee Smart Energy products v1.0. Read More

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Long Nanotube Arrays may help measure terahertz laser power.

July 26, 2011

NIST researchers have found dense arrays of extra-long carbon nanotubes absorb nearly all light of long wavelengths, making them promising coatings for prototype detectors for measuring terahertz laser power. Called VANTA (vertically aligned carbon nanotube array), coating exhibits several desirable properties: it's easy to handle, is dark and reflects almost no light, and absorbs and releases heat quickly compared to other black coatings. Read More

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Performance Metrics Survey launched by MESA and IndustryWeek.

July 26, 2011

MESA and IndustryWeek launched metrics survey about performance measurement and improvement. Open for participation through August 2, survey is intended to gather responses from production and manufacturing industries and takes 5-10 minutes to complete. It asks 10 questions related to performance measures in addition to a few demographic questions. Results will be published at MESA North American Conference September 19-21 in Orlando, FL as well as in IndustryWeek. See full release for survey URL. Read More

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Senate-Passed Energy Bill contains NEMA-backed provisions.

July 26, 2011

According to NEMA, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's bipartisan approval of S. 1000, Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act of 2011, is a major step forward for energy efficiency and job creation. NEMA has been engaged with this bill's sponsors for months and active in gaining additional support. As stated by NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, legislation will save money, decrease reliance on foreign energy sources, and improve U.S. manufacturer competitiveness. Read More

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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