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NFPA 2011 Outlook Conference is open for registration.

May 12, 2011

Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC), to be held in Schaumberg, IL from August 15-17, will offer data and analysis on future economic environment, augmented with opportunity to interact with engineering students. Offering networking opportunities as well as insight into economics, market forecasts, and workforce development, conference will host multiple speakers from various companies and organizations. Read More

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NEMA Webinar to focus on lighting management.

May 12, 2011

On June 1 from 2-3 p.m. EDT, NEMA's enLIGHTen America campaign will present a webinar, hosted by Today's Facility Manager, focusing on the latest lighting management strategies and systems that enable building managers to reduce energy costs, improve energy efficiency, meet code mandates, and enhance occupant productivity. Webinar will address technologies such as digital lighting controls, wireless systems, advanced daylighting and window shade controls, and occupancy sensors. Read More

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AIM elects Chuck Evanhoe as Board of Directors Chairman.

May 12, 2011

As successor to Dr. Clive Hohberger, Chuck Evanhoe, President, Evanhoe & Associates, has been elected as Chairman of AIM, Inc. Board of Directors. Evanhoe currently serves as chairman for AIM Expo and is charter member of UID Suppliers Alliance, past chairman for AIM North America, and contributing member of AIM's RFID Experts Group and Technical Symbology Committee. AIM board Chairman serves 1-yr term, and is then succeeded by Vice Chairman following year. Read More

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AMCA International Inc. releases revision to AMCA 211-05.

May 12, 2011

AMCA revised its publication 211-05, Certified Ratings Program - Product Rating Manual for Fan Air Performance to AMCA 211-05 (Rev.3/11). Revisions add requirements for certifying Fan Efficiency Grades, update check test tolerance for Power, and clarify how check test tolerance is calculated in the absence of catalogued free delivery airflow rate. New Fan Efficiency Grade program will support initiatives within many codes and standards that will encourage or require greater energy savings. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today focuses on automation with PLCs.

May 11, 2011

The world of the industrial gas distributor involves significant investment in capital equipment and manpower to fill high-pressure and portable liquid cylinders. Programmable Logic Controllers help distributors increase industrial gas production in several ways. The use of PLC technology to automate cylinder filling is the focus of "The Basics of PLC Technology," an article in the Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, written by Bill Jones, national sales manager at CTR Inc. Read More

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MHEDA Journal helps professionals manage online reputation.

May 11, 2011

The 2nd Quarter issue of the MHEDA Journal Online features articles focusing on customer service, branding, social media, and managing your online reputation. Article titled "What You Say Online IS Your Reputation," written by Sam Richter, lays out the potential dangers that lurk beneath Web 2.0 and demonstrates how reputations can be ruined. Richter offers advice to live by before posting anything online or sending an email or text. Read More

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White Paper covers thermal guidelines for data centers.

May 11, 2011

Titled "2011 Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments - Expanded Data Center Classes and Usage Guidance," whitepaper provides roadmap to facilitate significant increase in operational hours during which economizer systems can be used. It also aims to increase opportunity for datacenters to become chillerless, eliminating mechanical cooling systems entirely to improve Power Usage Effectiveness. Major change that is introduced in whitepaper is the addition of 2 new datacenter classes. Read More

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Robot Safety Awareness Webinar to address changes in standard.

May 11, 2011

Through its Robot Safety Awareness webinar, which is sponsored by industry leaders such as IPR Robotics, LLC and ABB Inc., RIA will preview new National Robot Safety Standard as well as basic compliance issues. OSHA has referred to ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard mor more than 10 years, but times and technology change and so has the standard. Webinar will provide chance to hear about specific changes before they go into effect. Read More

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Manufacturers say trade agreements will create jobs.

May 11, 2011

Frank Vargo, NAM Vice President for International Economic Affairs, released statement regarding Obama Administration's letter to Congress on the Colombia free trade agreement. According to Vargo, manufacturing continues to drive nation's recovery, and exports are playing a key role in this economic growth. Pending FTAs with Korea, Panama, and Colombia are critical to reaching President's goal of doubling exports by 2014 and creating manufacturing jobs. Read More

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Construction Unemployment decreased to 17.8% in April.

May 11, 2011

According to May 6 employment report by Labor Department, construction industry added 5,000 jobs in April. Overall numbers indicate that the nation added 244,000 jobs in April, as private sector gained 268,000 jobs and government lost 24,000 jobs. Year-over-year, nation added 1,313,000 jobs. Possible reasons for the "ongoing underperformance," according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, include "disciplined lending standards, high vacancy rates, and skittishness among investors." Read More

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Blackbody Energy Calculations enable ultimate clock accuracy.

May 11, 2011

By studying effect of blackbody radiation, team of physicists from U.S. and Russia have developed means for computing, with unprecedented accuracy, a tiny, temperature-dependent source of error in atomic clocks. Although small, correction could represent a major step towards atomic timekeepers' longstanding goal of a clock with a precision equivalent to 1 second of error every 32 billion years. Read More

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March Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 57.6%.

May 11, 2011

According to AMTDA and AMT, March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $511.15 million, up 57.6% from February and up 99.0% when compared with total of $256.88 million reported for March 2010. With a year-to-date total of $1,203.57 million, 2011 is up 118.6% compared with 2010. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program. Read More

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NREL highlights 2010 utility green power leaders.

May 11, 2011

NREL released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar. Ranked by renewable energy sales, Austin Energy sold largest amount of renewable energy in nation through voluntary green power program. Ranked by percentage of customer participation, top utility is City of Palo Alto Utilities, with more than 20% of customers participating. Read More

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Congress Urged to Continue Funding for building data survey.

May 11, 2011

Announcements regarding U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) decision to not release results of 2007 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and halt work on 2011 edition of said survey have prompted ASHRAE to request action. In a letter to Congress, ASHRAE urged inclusion of funding for CBECS in Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bills so that work on 2011 edition of CBECS may continue. Currently, latest version of CBECS data is from 2003. Read More

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SAE 2011 Conference draws more than 10,000 attendees.

May 10, 2011

SAE 2011 International World Congress with theme, Charging Forward Together, included 10,220 attendees from 48 countries, 87% of which were from North America. Three-day event featured 148 exhibiting companies at Innovators Only exhibition. Technical papers were highlighted at Chat with the Experts networking sessions, while 2011 Ride-n-Drive exhibit showcased 25 different vehicles. Keynote address at World Congress Annual Banquet was delivered by Daniel F. Akerson of General Motors. Read More

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Vote to Expand Energy Sources sets stage for economic growth.

May 9, 2011

After House of Representatives passed Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230), NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse noted that this "bipartisan support for developing our domestic energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico and in Virginia is an important step to encourage manufacturing job growth and competitiveness." Newhouse also encouraged Senate to follow this approach toward energy policy. Read More

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AIA is improving technology for members.

May 9, 2011

AIA is upgrading its association management system to better serve its members. Membership database has been replaced with more effective system that offers online registration for all AIA events and ability to update company information, track company activities, and decide which email communications members want to receive. AIA is simultaneously developing AIA Member Connect online community for councils and committees, which will facilitate document control and group collaboration. Read More

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Process Expo 2011 releases Spanish-language educational program.

May 9, 2011

Seminario de Innovacciones, Spanish-language portion of educational program for PROCESS EXPO 2011, will consist of 8 hr program devoted to attendees from Latin America and/or other Spanish-speaking regions and will take place October 31, 2011. Excited about support from partner associations in Latin America that have signed on to sponsor this program, FPSA President and CEO David Seckman noted that organizations "recognize the need to keep up with technological advances." Read More

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Compliance Training available for new robot safety standard.

May 9, 2011

Coinciding with upcoming changes in R15.06 standard, seminars on Robot Safety Training will be conducted by RIA in Davenport, IA on June 1; Fremont, CA on June 30; Woodbridge (Chicago), IL on July 20; and Tanner, AL on July 27. Content will promote comprehension and knowledge of new requirements. Additionally, Robot Safety Awareness Webinar will be conducted July 19, offering chance to hear about changes directly from RIA before they go into effect. Read More

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EASTEC 2011 to feature more than 150 new product introductions.

May 9, 2011

According to report in IndustryWeek, 89% of manufacturers surveyed expect positive revenue growth for remainder of 2011. Growth, new products, and technologies are also the focus of the 11,000 manufacturers expected to attend EASTEC 2011. During event, scheduled for May 17-19, Citizen Machinery America Inc. will showcase Citizen L20 X multi-axis Swiss Style Lathe and Miyano BNA42-DHY multi-axis turning center, and Mastercam will launch Mastercam Swiss Expert CAM software. Read More