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Video details advancement of passenger rail in America.

March 11, 2013

In new Transportation TV video, FRA Administrator Joe Szabo details 2 major agreements that he says will lead to manufacture and purchase of more than 100 new passenger rail cars in the U.S. Under first agreement, submitted by Sumitomo Corporation of America and Nippon Sharyo, bi-level passenger rail cars will be manufactured at newly established plant in New Rochelle, IL. Second agreement, led by Caltrans, involves purchase of domestically produced passenger rail cars by 5 state DOTs. Read More

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NAM Says February Employment Report is stronger than expected.

March 11, 2013

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturers added 14,000 additional workers in February. NAM chief economist Chad Moutray called this "a good start" and said yet more work needs to be done. According to Moutray, policymakers should continue to focus on making business environment "as pro-growth as possible," and manufacturers need policies to compete better globally. If that occurs, said Moutray, achieving average job growth of 20,000 each month should be obtainable. Read More

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Distribution Equipment Standard has been approved by ANSI.

March 11, 2013

NEMA received approval of its distribution equipment standard – ANSI/NEMA AB 3-2013 – from American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Said standard covers molded case circuit breakers and molded case switches, single-pole and multi-pole, fused and unfused, as well as their accessories. Specific updates to this publication include addition of photovoltaic (PV) circuit breakers, National Electrical Code® references, and diagrams. Read More

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NEMA Publication offers electric fire pump controller guidelines.

March 11, 2013

NEMA has published NEMA ICS 15.1-2012, Instructions for the Handling, Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Medium Voltage Electric Fire Pump Controllers Rated Not More Than 7200V. Regarding technical considerations of aforementioned controllers, guidelines help prevent personal injury and equipment damage by providing information on handling; storage; installation of conduits, cables, and wires; pre-energization and energization; care and maintenance; and required field marking. Read More

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CountryMark Refining and Logistics will resolve CAA violations.

March 11, 2013

Countrymark Refining and Logistics, LLC agreed to pay $167,000 civil penalty, perform environmental projects totaling over $180,000, and spend $18 million on new pollution controls to resolve Clean Air Act (CAA) violations at Mount Vernon, IN refinery. Complaint regards allegations of modifications made without permit or pollution control equipment installation. Complaint is also in regard to flare operation, New Source Performance Standards, and leak detection and repair requirements. Read More

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ASABE revises standard on standby electric power for farms.

March 11, 2013

ANSI/ASAE EP364.4, Installation and Maintenance of Farm Standby Electric Power, includes updated reference information as noted in the most recent periodic review of the document. Last revised in 2006, document provides information to assist installers, maintenance personnel, operators, and others in the proper installation, operation, and maintenance of farm standby electrical systems. Read More

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ASTM Steel Standard covers test for prestressing PC strand.

March 11, 2013

ASTM A1081/A1081M, Test Method for Evaluating Bond of Seven-Wire Steel Prestressing Strand. According to one member of committee responsible for ASTM A1081/A1081M, test will enable steel wire strand (PC strand) producers to evaluate bond characteristics of their product as QC/QA check point in their manufacturing processes. Such a test will also enable qualification of potential PC strand suppliers and monitoring of existing suppliers. Read More

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SEI Executive to Deliver Keynote at 2013 General Assembly.

March 11, 2013

Lin Rong, vice chief engineer for Sinopec Engineering Incorporation (SEI), will offer insights on FOUNDATION™ fieldbus projects in China at Fieldbus Foundation 2013 General Assembly, which will be held in Shanghai from March 12–15. Rong has 26+ years of professional engineering experience on large-scale petrochemical projects and was named councilior of China Instrument and Control Society in 2011. He holds Bachelor of Chemical Process Automation degree from Zhejiang University. Read More