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MHEDA Journal Online features guide to Exhibitors' Showcase.

April 28, 2011

The 2nd Quarter issue of the MHEDA Journal Online includes a guide to the Exhibitors' Showcase of material handling industry's best suppliers, which will take place at the MHEDA Convention, April 30-May 4, 2011. Guide details all 93 companies that will be exhibiting at event. Users can learn about exhibitors prior to show to prepare to make the right connections and spend time face to face with material handling professionals who offer the best equipment and solutions. Read More

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Question/Response-Based System aids in GEMI tool selection.

April 28, 2011

As interactive, question/answer-based system, GEMI Solution Tools Matrix(TM) Guided Discovery process helps users find useful information and most relevant GEMI solution tool to meet unique demands. Set of 7 introductory questions narrows responses, delivering how-to/where-to solution for professionals seeking guidance on environmental sustainability issues. Resulting list of relevant tools includes brief pop-up description of tool as well as click through to full item detail page. Read More

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Durham and Southern Research Inst. install clean diesel technology.

April 28, 2011

As part of their continued efforts to improve air quality, Southern Research Institute and the Durham City Fleet Management Department partnered in the installation of emission-reducing technology on 16 heavy-duty diesel vehicles and equipment in use by City's Solid Waste Management, Public Works, and Water Management Departments. Selective catalytic reduction systems reduce significant amounts of NOx emissions from exhaust, resulting in positive impacts on Durham's air quality. Read More

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NASA, USAID Make Pledge to advance international development.

April 28, 2011

NASA and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) agreed to expand joint efforts to overcome challenges regarding food security, climate change, and energy/environmental management. Signed 5-year memorandum of understanding formalizes ongoing collaborations that use Earth science data to address developmental challenges as well as aid disaster mitigation and humanitarian responses. It also encourages agencies to apply geospatial technologies to solve development challenges. Read More

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EPRI publishes basic consumer guide about electric vehicles.

April 28, 2011

EPRI has published a basic consumer guide that addresses electric vehicle technology and performance. Eight-page guide, "Plugging In: A Consumer's Guide to the Electric Vehicle," defines and briefly compares driving range, charging times, fuel requirements, and effects of weather and driving conditions. A question and answer section explores and answers most common questions asked about electric vehicle technology compared to hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Read More

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Renewable Fuel Standard provides market space for biofuels.

April 28, 2011

According to policy white paper published by BIO, federal Renewable Fuel Standard provides stable market support and pricing system needed to attract private investment to advanced biofuels development. Paper was presented at Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, where executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section Brent Erickson said standard provides "assured market" and "significant degree of price certainty" for cellulosic and advanced biofuels. Read More

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NREL, Alstom Celebrate wind turbine installation.

April 28, 2011

Officials from US Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with officials from Alstom, commemorated successful installation and full capacity operation of 3 MW, 60 Hz Alstom ECO 100 wind turbine at NREL's National Wind Technology Center. After completion of initial analysis and testing on turbine, NREL and Alstom will continue pursuing research and development in advanced technology areas such as controls and offshore wind energy. Read More

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NIST Offers Free Standards Access to first responders.

April 28, 2011

NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in collaboration with NIST National Center for Standards and Certification Information, launched Internet pilot project to measure U.S. emergency and first responder communities' need for documentary standards. As part of this study, NIST will offer U.S. first responders free access to documentary standards published by ASTM International, IEEE, and the National Fire Protection Association during summer 2011. Read More

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New National Terrorism Advisory System goes into effect.

April 28, 2011

U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced implementation of the new National Terrorism Advisory System, replacing the color-coded alert that had been in effect since 2002. NTAS alerts, defined as Elevated Threat or Imminent Threat, will provide clear, concise information on nature of potential threat, including geographic region, mode of transportation or critical infrastructure potentially affected, actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps to respond to threat. Read More

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NIST Framework helps evaluate sustainability standards.

April 28, 2011

NIST researchers have prototyped a framework to help organizations of all types sort through sustainability standard choices and evaluate and implement standards most appropriate for their operations and interests. Based on Zachman framework, NIST-customized framework breaks down complex standards into 6 different levels of detail and distills them into categories to answer six questions: what, how, when, who, where, and why. Results are arrayed in a 36-cell matrix. Read More

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SPE announces theme for Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

April 28, 2011

Scheduled for November 9, 2011 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI, 41st Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be themed Passion to Innovate. Dozens of teams made up of OEMs, tier suppliers, and polymer producers submit nominations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle and why it merits the claim as the Year's Most Innovative Use of Plastics. Funds raised from event are used to support SPE educational efforts and technical seminars. Read More

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Energy Star Challenge saves power/money and combats emissions.

April 28, 2011

One year ago, US EPA challenged manufacturing industry to improve energy efficiency of their facilities by 10% or more within 5 years. Since that time, 240 manufacturing sites have responded to Energy Star Challenge for Industry, and 34 have improved their energy efficiency by requisite amounts. In total, small and large manufacturing facilities that have met this milestone have prevented nearly 119,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. Read More

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ASTM Printing Inks Standard will ensure correct visual effects.

April 28, 2011

ASTM D7680, Practice for Preparing Prints of Paste Printing Inks by a Motor-Driven Printability Tester, will be used to ensure that printing inks produce the correct visual effects and have the correct physical and chemical performance required before being used in costly manufacture of publications and packages. Standard will be used by quality assurance departments, and development and research laboratories dedicated to printing, printing ink, and the graphic arts. Read More

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Internet2 Partnership creates network development initiative.

April 27, 2011

Internet2, Indiana University, and Clean Slate Program at Stanford University have announced Network Development and Deployment Initiative. Built using first production deployment of OpenFlow technology to deliver "software defined networking" capabilities, NDDI will provide common infrastructure that can create multiple virtual networks, allowing network researchers to test and experiment with new IPs, while enabling domain scientists to accelerate active research with collaborators worldwide. Read More

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AAMA Tornado Specification outlines testing for at-risk buildings.

April 27, 2011

AAMA 512-11, Voluntary Specifications for Tornado Hazard Mitigating Fenestration Products, provides system for rating ability of windows to withstand impact, pressure cycling, and water penetration. Developed by AAMA Tornado Hazard Mitigation Task Group, standard outlines that different levels of protection apply to different building types. Specification also includes Testing and Performance Requirements section that describes necessary conditions for test samples. Read More

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IEEE launches website highlighting engineers worldwide.

April 27, 2011

IEEE has launched microsite, IEEE Solutionists, featuring global thought leader perspectives in engineering and technology. Site hosts series of articles from various IEEE fellows who offer insight on how engineers can drive technical innovation, evolve perceptions of engineers globally, and show how education impacts engineering. It also features video that showcases how engineers apply computing, technology, math, and science to solve complex world problems. Read More

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ASHRAE seeks public comment on standard for existing buildings.

April 27, 2011

ASHRAE and Illuminating Engineering Society are revising ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 100-2006, Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings, to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to retrofit of existing buildings for increased energy efficiency. Included within revised standard are criteria for energy use surveys, auditing, implementation, and verification. Appendices address lifecycle cost analysis procedures as well as identification of potential energy efficiency measures. Read More

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Antarctica's Ice puts electric vehicles to test.

April 27, 2011

NREL is leading a project that will test two e-ride EXV2 electric vehicles at McMurdo Station. The goal is to reduce dependence on imported fuels in Antarctica and validate performance of vehicles in extreme conditions. If EVs can prove they can operate where temperatures dip below -50°F, then they will help offset current fossil fuel use and pollution at station. These more efficient and less resource intensive EVs could replace base's fleet of diesel trucks, snowmobiles, and buses. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum addresses importance for U.S. innovation.

April 27, 2011

Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President and CEO of Council on Competitiveness, delivered keynote address at ANSI Joint Member Forum meeting. Wince-Smith discussed advancing U.S. competitiveness and prosperity in rapidly changing, global competitive landscape, as well as issues affecting standards and conformance community and U.S. industry. Scott Cooper and Mary Saunders spoke about ANSI's response to NIST's request for comment on federal involvement in standards activities related to national priorities. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to focus on standards wars.

April 27, 2011

"Standards Wars: Myth or Reality?" will be held May 12, 2011 in Washington, DC to examine market forces on standards development and conformance activities. To address issues in open, neutral forum, workshop will take interactive, panel-based approach to examining impact of standards competition, convergence, and coordination. Participants will hear from standards users, specifiers, and developers through 3 panel discussions, each with subsequent open Q/A session. Read More