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NREL Research marks step toward next generation solar cells.

December 19, 2011

Researchers from NREL have reported first solar cell that produces photocurrent with external quantum efficiency greater than 100% when photoexcited with photons from high energy region of solar spectrum. External quantum efficiency reached peak value of 114%, marking promising step toward developing Next Generation Solar Cells for both solar electricity and solar fuels that will be competitive with, or perhaps less costly than, energy from fossil or nuclear fuels. Read More

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AEM commends Senate action on ag machinery legislation.

December 19, 2011

AEM applauds U.S. Senate committee approval of legislation to improve safety on rural roads by providing consistency regarding lighting and marking requirements for agricultural machinery. Legislation was included in a highway safety bill approved by voice vote of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Association expects to now see measure combined with "highway bill" due for consideration early in 2012. Read More

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Industry Experts Will Help Media round out their CES stories.

December 19, 2011

In Las Vegas, NV from January 10-13, IEEE will be connecting media with industry experts at 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to help round out stories and provide unbiased perspective. Industry leaders will be available on-site and via Skype for one-on-one interviews. Topics include impact of breaking news on consumer electronics (CE) industry, future of various technologies within CE industry, and background/historical developments within specific sector of CE. Read More

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Manufacturers respond to John Bryson's manufacturing remarks.

December 19, 2011

Mary Andringa, NAM Board Chair and President/CEO of Vermeer Corporation, issued statement in response to Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson's speech on manufacturing. Manufacturers have put forth a 4-point plan for economic growth and jobs, which will enable U.S. to compete and succeed in the global economy. Secretary Bryson's remarks reflect goals for the Office of Manufacturing Policy that will hopefully become reality. Read More

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BIO Applauds Congress for supporting military use of biofuel.

December 19, 2011

BIO thanked members of House and Senate Armed Services Committee as well as Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for their bipartisan support for commercialization of advanced biofuels in 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, said "Long-term contract authority for advanced biofuel off-take agreements could help unlock private investment in the industry." Read More

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ASTM Consumer Product Commitee issues toy safety standard.

December 19, 2011

To proactively address potential toy safety issues, ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products has approved revisions to ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Standard includes guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges, and other potential hazards. Changes made include revisions to section on heavy metals, introduction of compositing procedures, and new safety requirements and technical guidance for bath toy projections and acoustics. Read More

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ASTM Paint Standard offers method for testing volatiles.

December 19, 2011

ASTM D7767, Test Method to Measure Volatiles from Radiation Curable Acrylate Monomers, Oligomer, and Blends and Thin Coatings Made from Them, will let suppliers list emissions information on material safety data sheets (MSDS). According to Robin E. Wright, member of D01.21 subcommittee responsible for this ASTM International standard, "ASTM D7767 provides the necessary specifications to repeatably and reproducibly measure volatiles from...raw materials." Read More

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AEM releases construction equipment business outlook.

December 19, 2011

According to AEM's annual business outlook survey, construction equipment manufacturers anticipate overall business to close out 2011 with double-digit increases over last year in U.S., Canada, and worldwide. Growth is expected to continue but at slower pace for 2012-2014. State of general economy, steel prices, and protracted slump in single-family housing starts are significant negative factors influencing future sales, while key positive factor is continued strength in export demand. Read More

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FMA Economic Analyst says U.S. economy can grow in 2012.

December 16, 2011

According to Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, if U.S. coherently addresses 4 key issues that impact the economy - employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians - the country can expect growth of around 3% in 2012. If not, U.S. will wallow in 1-1.5% territory. These 4 areas are the ones most people pay close attention to, and are in great flux. Permanent changes will have a significant long-term impact that extends beyond 2012. Read More

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New RIA Webpage offers robot safety, compliance information.

December 16, 2011

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), secretariat of ANSI/RIA R15.06 National Robot Safety Standard, recently published new page on Robotics Online website. According to RIA President Jeff Burnstein, new page compiles information about robot safety and compliance. Webinar on Robot Safety Awareness is also showcased on this page, as are case studies, articles, and links to resources about training. RSS feed is also available. Read More

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Sequestration Trigger clouds aerospace picture.

December 16, 2011

Failure of deficit reduction supercommittee and specter of sequestration cuts cast a shadow on a relatively strong year for aerospace industry. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, annual sales are going to be up across the board in 2011, but things are expected to change in 2012. Sequestration cuts could cost the industry dearly in years ahead, with projected job losses in the hundreds of thousands and more than a million jobs at stake in the broader economy. Read More

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BIO: Target Tax Credits to foster jobs and economic growth.

December 16, 2011

BIO submitted written testimony to Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure for "Alternative Energy Tax Incentives" hearing. Citing federal incentives that are set to expire, Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO Industrial and Environmental Section, stated that extension and expansion of said incentives is "necessary to drive continued investment" in advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Guide helps implement energy savings plan.

December 16, 2011

"Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Implementation" provides technical guidance for energy upgrades, retrofits, and renovations by which building engineers and managers can achieve at least a 30% improvement in energy performance relative to range of benchmark energy utilization indexes. Book features practical means and methods for planning, executing, and monitoring effective program, based on widely available techniques and technologies. Read More

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IPC Technical Conference to cover lead-free alloys.

December 16, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 28 to March 1, 2012, IPC APEX EXPO® will feature new research and innovations in printed board design and manufacturing as well as electronics assembly and test. Industry experts will present 100+ papers in technical areas including lead-free alloys and reliability, halogen-free, high temperature laminates, and counterfeit components. Special track on printed electronics will highlight advanced materials, emerging technologies, and standards development initiatives. Read More

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IPC Expands Industry-Wide Communications via new e-publication.

December 15, 2011

Launching January 2012, IPC Outlook will feature multimedia information that helps engineers and managers succeed in their jobs. Electronic newsletter and Web portal will focus on technology, standards, best practices, and industry research. Distribution will be weekly, and regular features will include sections on cleaning, new product innovations, expert Q/A, defect analysis, materials, production floor, supply chain, and IPC updates. Read More

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Early LAM 2012 Registration now available.

December 15, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 29 to March 1, LIA's 4th Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop will bring industry specialists, executives, users, and researchers from around the world to show how cladding and rapid manufacturing can be applied to today's manufacturing challenges. Some topics will include future of additive manufacturing, applications in direct part manufacturing, cladding for oil and gas industries, laser sintering injection molding, wear and corrosion protection, and powder delivery systems. Read More

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Fatigue and Fracture Symposium issues call for papers.

December 15, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 14, 2012, symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Metallic Medical Materials and Devices will provide updated set of presentations on mechanics principles as applied to fatigue, fracture, and life predictive methodologies involved in metallic medical materials. It will illustrate what techniques developed in past few years are now being applied to design and durability assessment of medical devices where fatigue initiation and crack propagation are of major concern. Read More

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NSTB calls for nationwide ban on PEDs while driving.

December 15, 2011

Following Board meeting on the 2010 multi-vehicle highway accident in Gray Summit, Missouri, NTSB called for nationwide ban on driver use of personal electronic devices. Safety recommendation also urges use of NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implementation of targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of new law and heightened enforcement. According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents. Read More

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Optical Fiber Innovation could foster microresonator production.

December 15, 2011

"Surface nanoscale axial photonics: Robust fabrication of high quality factor microresonators" describes solution to making microresonators capable of storing light as memory for light-speed computing calculations. Researchers developed way to create microresonators by making nanoscale changes to diameter of normal optical fiber. Resulting narrow sections can confine light, sending it on back-and-forth corkscrew path inside length of optical fiber and creating microresonator. Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses low voltage circuit breakers.

December 15, 2011

NEMA has published NEMA AB 5-2011, which examines selective coordination at high levels of short circuit fault current in instantaneous region of circuit breaker time-current curve by use of selective coordination tools. Standard includes both molded case circuit breakers and insulated case circuit breakers, and is designed to insure that manufacturers are consistent in methods that they use in validating information that is published in selective coordination tools. Read More