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ASHRAE names new Distinguished Lecturers.

August 2, 2011

ASHRAE has named 12 new Distinguished Lecturers who provide Society chapters with noted authorities and speak on relevant topics that impact the HVAC/R industry. The total 75 Lecturers for 2011-12 Society year represent 13 countries, including Argentina, Malaysia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Thailand, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. These lecturers are available to present on 324 topics and speak a combined 9 languages. Read More

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High-Speed 3D Imaging System holds potential for cancer screening.

August 2, 2011

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers developed imaging system that enables high-speed, 3D imaging of microscopic pre-cancerous changes in esophagus or colon. As described in OSA's open access journal Biomedical Optics Express, system is based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) that provides means to see below surface with 3D, microscopic detail. System can capture data at 980 fps while imaging microscopic features less than 8 millionths of a meter in size. Read More

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Manufacturing Summit to address shortage of skilled workers.

August 2, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 12-14, 2011, imX Interactive Manufacturing Experience will examine and offer solutions to critical shortage of skilled workers threatening the future of manufacturing in America. In the interactive "Workforce 2021" area, manufacturing leaders participating in imX will receive free assessment of their organization's ability to meet industry's workforce challenges. Other imX event components will grant attendees access to latest manufacturing technologies. Read More

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Inverter Prototype enhances solar, wind connections to grid.

August 2, 2011

NREL, with industrial partner Semikron and funding from California Energy Commission, developed prototype 50 kW inverter. Included 50 kW modular power block can be included with photovoltaic (PV) array, small wind turbine, battery charger, fuel cell, or flywheel and can control flow of energy onto electric grid. Inverter measures 6 x 2½ ft nd will also contain inductors, capacitors, sensors, contactors, pilot relays, DC power supply, and protective devices. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Online features theme of Engaging Young Talent.

August 2, 2011

The 3rd Quarter issue of the MHEDA Journal Online discusses ways that material handling distributors are recruiting, retaining, training, and engaging young talent in their companies. Readers can see how distributors are going beyond product knowledge to ingrain company culture into Generation Y employees, and how mentoring and job shadowing programs can lead to success. Readers can also get tips for integrating different generations together and overcoming generational obstacles. Read More

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MPIF Member, Powder Metallurgy featured in online event.

August 2, 2011

MPIF VP of Member and Industry Relations Jim Dale will be featured in video presentation on powder metallurgy (PM) during GlobalSpec "Machine Tools & Metal Working" e-vent on August 10, 2011. His "Driving Success through Powder Metallurgy" presentation will detail how evolution in powder production and performance as well as PM processing equipment has expanded options, enabling successful PM solutions to metal component design needs. Read More

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IEEE, Parity Computing partner up for author disambiguation.

August 1, 2011

In support of IEEE Xplore® digital library, IEEE chose Parity Computing, Inc. for author name disambiguation initiative that will leverage Parity's SaaS-based Author Profiling System. This will enabling development and maintenance of unique author and institution IDs for enhanced IEEE Xplore authorsearch experience as well as new value-added services. Author Profiler System will be used to construct and maintain unique, high-accuracy author and affiliation IDs based on existing data. Read More

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PTDA 2011 Industry Summit will focus on industry changes.

August 1, 2011

Held in Washington D.C. from October 13-15, PTDA 2011 Industry Summit allows PTDA members to devote time to working on their businesses with networking, keynotes, and workshops as well as targeted business development opportunities. Signature event, Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX), brings together existing and potential channel partners to strategically plan for upcoming year. Theme for this event will be "CAPITOLize on Change." Read More

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Technical Study will evaluate impacts of Joplin, MO tornado.

August 1, 2011

NIST will conduct full technical study on impacts of May 22, 2011 tornado, rated category EF5 on Enhanced Fujita scale, that struck Joplin, MO. According to NWS and FEMA, this multiple-vortex storm impacted area ~¾ of a mile wide x 14 miles long, destroyed 8,000 structures in its path, and killed 150+ people. Marc Levitan, leader of NIST study, said "lessons learned will be extremely valuable to national efforts aimed at reducing losses of lives and property from tornados." Read More

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AEM presents solution to rebuilding America's interstates.

August 1, 2011

AEM released a revenue-neutral solution to rebuild and modernize America's interstates without raising the gas tax. Proposal, advanced by AEM in effort to reinvigorate stalled debate on infrastructure investment financing, was developed by Jack Schenendorf and Elizabeth Bell. As deadline looms to reauthorize U.S. surface transportation policy, Schenendorf unveiled alternative solutions to supplement federal transportation revenues: Federal Interstate User Fee and Federal Motor Carrier User Fee. Read More

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Powder Metallurgy Summer School experienced continued success.

August 1, 2011

European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) ran its 11th PM Summer School at Fraunhofer Institut IFAM in Dresden during last week in June. Conforming to trend of past few years, demand outweighed capacity; 120 applications were placed for 54 available positions. Participants from 14 countries throughout Europe reflected range of organizations, including PM end users. Students had opportunity to listen to, discuss, and solve problems with some 20 experts from industry and academia. Read More

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Clean Energy Export Principles were launched on Capitol Hill.

August 1, 2011

Coalition of U.S. trade associations, including NEMA, released principles for adoption by U.S. government to support increasing exports of clean energy technologies. "Encouraging U.S. Clean Energy Exports: A Set of Private-Sector Principles" guides aggressive promotion for export of goods and services in technology-neutral manner via strategically deployed resources. Also, actions to protect U.S. IP rights and reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers for green exports are essential. Read More

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SPE and PPG co-sponsor student poster competition.

July 29, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 13-15, 2011, SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition will host student poster competition showcasing emerging technologies in area of automotive and ground-transportation composites. Competition will feature separate undergraduate and graduate classifications and is being co-sponsored by SPE's Automotive and Composites Divisions and PPG Industries, which has donated monetary awards totaling $3,000 USD that will be given to top 3 poster topics in both categories. Read More

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NAM says Congress can help stop NLRB's job-killing agenda.

July 29, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons released statement urging House of Representatives to pass the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act. In recent NAM poll of 8,700 manufacturers, 69% said that NLRB's actions will negatively affect their ability to create jobs. Manufacturers and their employees can't afford more job-killing proposals from the NLRB. Congress must tie the hands of Administration's NLRB to prevent it from continuing to cause harm to America's job creators. Read More

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NTSB Spreads Safety Message among AirVenture 2011 attendees.

July 29, 2011

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman and Member Earl Weener are attending Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) annual convention, AirVenture 2011, in Oshkosh, WI. While there, Hersman and Weener will meet with industry officials and exhibitors, discuss general aviation safety and meet with those who visit NTSB exhibit booth. Also, NTSB investigators will conduct presentations on accident investigations, and safety recommendations and will be featured on EAA Radio daily. Read More

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Shop Rat Summer Camp introduces kids to skilled trades.

July 29, 2011

Funded by SME Education Foundation, Shop Rat Foundation 2011 Summer Camp introduced 29 kids, ranging from 6th to 10th grade, to world of manufacturing. Kids learned engineering basics and how to use variety of tools to make things. In addition to basics of hydraulics, aerodynamics, and power tools, they learned to read blueprints, use a mill and lathe, and build and race robotic vehicles. These experiences will encourage students to seek out further education in Skilled Trades industry. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves continuing obligations standard.

July 29, 2011

Approved by ASTM International Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, ASTM E2790 provides framework that can be used when designing and performing continuing obligations, thus bringing uniformity to process without recipe-like or prescriptive approach. Continuing obligations are management procedures for property on which future use moves forward even though residual contamination may remain in soil or groundwater. Read More

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ISPE Good Practice Guide is available for process gases.

July 29, 2011

ISPE Good Practice Guide: Process Gases defines current best practices within pharmaceutical manufacturing applications regarding gases that come into direct contact with biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical process steams. Specifically, guide focuses on defining cost-effective engineering approaches and practices used to deliver process gas system that meets its intended purpose in timely manner. Information also details how to avoid increasing facility installation and operation costs. Read More

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NEMA leads EV supply equipment harmonization efforts.

July 29, 2011

Representatives from NEMA led meeting to discuss standards harmonization requirements for electric vehicle supply equipment systems in North America. During meeting, representatives from UL, CSA, ANCE, and various stakeholders decided to organize 3 ad-hoc work groups of technical experts to review and harmonize requirements of UL and CSA documents by end of August 2011. SDOs will expedite approval of drafts so by end of 2011, harmonized documents will be available for certification purposes. Read More

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Economic Slowdown continues to affect electrical manufacturing.

July 29, 2011

According to NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Survey, 44% of respondents reported that the economic environment facing the industry in North America deteriorated in most recent month, up from 36% in June. Only 8% reported conditions were better than a month ago in July, down from 27% in June. Electroindustry Business Confidence Index thus dropped to 32 from 45.5 a month ago, remaining below the growth threshold of 50 points for second straight month. Read More