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ASTM Committee develops standard to aid heap leaching.

February 28, 2013

ASTM F2987, Specification for Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings for Mine Heap Leach Aeration Applications, describes how corrugated polyethylene pipes and fittings can be more effectively used to facilitate aeration process in heap leaching. Corrugated PE pipe and fittings covered by ASTM F2987 are intended for deep underground applications. According to F17 member James Goddard, standard sets quality level that assures pipe manufactured to it will perform as required in design. Read More

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Paper Describes flexible, flat, and transparent imaging device.

February 28, 2013

Published in Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express by Austrian research team, "Towards a transparent, flexible, scalable and disposable image sensor using thin-film luminescent concentrators," describes new way of capturing images based on flat, flexible, transparent, and potentially disposable polymer sheet. Main application envisioned for this technology is touch-free, transparent UI's that could seamlessly overlay TV or other display technology. Read More

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EPA recognizes 5 facilities with Energy Star CHP Award.

February 28, 2013

U.S. EPA recognized 5 medical centers and universities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award for their efforts to reduce emissions that threaten public health while increasing energy reliability and efficiency. CHP, also known as cogeneration, simultaneously produces electricity and useful heat from single energy source, such as natural gas, ensuring the award-winning hospitals and universities can continue to operate in event of power outage. Read More

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January 2013 MLFI-25 shows increased new business volume.

February 27, 2013

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for January shows overall new business volume at $5.9 billion, up 16% from same period in 2012 and down 49% from December. Receivables over 30 days increased to 1.8% from December's 1.6% but were down from 2012's 1.9%. Charge-offs were 0.3%, down from 0.6% in December. Credit approvals, also down from December by 0.3%, totaled 78.3%, while total equipment finance company headcount was up 0.7% from previous month and 0.6% year over year. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for February 2013.

February 27, 2013

According to February 2013 PMA Business Conditions Report, 37% of participants predict that economic activity will improve during next 3 months, up from 32% in January, while 55% believe that activity will remain unchanged, and only 8% anticipate decline, down significantly from 18% in January. Metalforming companies also expect incoming orders to strengthen, with 50% forecasting increase in orders, up from 44% in January, and 11% predicting decrease in orders, down from 25% in January. Read More

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Manufacturing Seminars look at safety, compliance programs.

February 27, 2013

Designed by and for manufacturers of agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, and utility equipment, AEM's annual product safety event will help attendees analyze and enhance corporate safety programs to ensure each component remains effective and useful. Product Safety and Compliance Seminar will run May 7–9 with "Juice Up Your Product Safety Program" theme, and co-located AEM Product Liability Seminar on May 10 will provide guidelines for effective product litigation participation. Read More

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Multimedia Resources help SMEs benefit from standards.

February 27, 2013

ISO has launched an array of free online resources designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises benefit from International Standards. Through dedicated SME section of ISO website, a new video, and latest issue of ISO’s monthly magazine focused on the topic, ISO is showing SMEs around the world how to gain the most from standardization. One brochure, 10 Good Things for SMEs, presents testimonials from small-business leaders on how ISO standards have contributed to their success. Read More

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PMA announces Metalforming Pioneer Award recipients.

February 27, 2013

PMA announced latest recipients of PMA Educational Foundation Metalforming Pioneer Award. Diemasters Manufacturing was recognized for its Diemasters Productivity System and LISSTs Training Series, while Eclipse Manufacturing was selected for its workforce-development efforts and its dedication to lean manufacturing practices. Marlin Steel Wire Products was chosen for its investment in technology and in its people through vigorous training and professional growth to make that technology work. Read More