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Building Competition aims to reduce energy use, GHG emissions.

May 3, 2011

US EPA's Energy StarĀ® program launched 2011 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, in which teams from 245 buildings around country will go head-to-head to improve energy efficiency and determine who can reduce their energy use most. Competition includes 26 types of commercial buildings, some of which are 100+ years old. Competitors will be able to exchange ideas and strategies through various social media applications. Read More

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IPC issues call for 2012 IPC APEX EXPO participation.

May 3, 2011

IPC invites researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for the 2012 IPC APEX EXPO(TM) at the San Diego Convention Center. Expert presentations are being sought on all relevant design, PCB fabrication, and electronics manufacturing topics. Submissions dealing with lead-free processing, repair and reliability, high-speed PCB laminates and new research in growing areas such as green technology and photovoltaics are especially encouraged. Read More

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NREL earns federal technology transfer accolades.

May 3, 2011

A technology from NREL for depositing crystalline silicon onto inexpensive substrate materials has been recognized with 2011 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from Federal Laboratory Consortium. "Flexible Thin-Film Crystalline-Silicon Photovoltaics on RABiTS" project was developed in conjunction with DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Devised at ORNL, Rolling Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrate provides flexible metal foil platform for high-temperature superconducting materials. Read More

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Air Toxics Emissions Standards apply to secondary lead smelters.

May 3, 2011

U.S. EPA is proposing stronger air toxics standards for secondary lead smelters in order to improve air quality and protect people's health. Proposed standards would cut lead and arsenic emissions and would also require facilities to control emissions of dioxins. Results from implementation of this new proposal estimate a 63% reduction in lead and arsenic emissions. Also, these reductions will help areas meet new, more protective air quality standards for lead that agency issued in 2008. Read More

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ASABE revises agricultural-implement jacks standard.

May 3, 2011

ASABE has revised ASAE S485.3, Implement Mounted Screw-Type Jacks, to correct values for rated static side torque and to add requirement that vertical and side load ratings be printed on jack label. It also includes changes anticipated in ISO 12140:1998, Agricultural machinery - Agricultural Trailers and Trailed Equipment - Drawbar Jacks, which are expected to be completed by 2013. Following this release, ASABE will consider adopting it as American National Standard to replace S485. Read More

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EPRI Paper details energy storage applications for U.S.

May 3, 2011

ERPI paper, Electricity Energy Storage Technology Options - A White Paper Primer on Applications, Costs, and Benefits, analyzes 10 energy storage applications that EPRI considers would serve bulk of energy storage market. Benefits of energy storage are identified in paper, including power quality and reliability, retail time-of-use energy charges, and retail demand charges. Study also provides updated capital cost and performance information for storage systems available within 1-3 yr. Read More

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MTConnect Conference to focus on technical, business issues.

May 3, 2011

Bringing together business and technical tracks of MTConnect, [MC2 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference will take place November 8-10, 2011 in Cincinnati, OH. It aims to promote benefits and implementation of MTConnect as well as showcase commercially available products that utilize this standard. Tracks will focus on hands-on implementation and use of MTConnect as well as emphasize possible productivity and ROI increases. Read More

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Aerospace Industry Report to deliver business and market review.

May 3, 2011

Produced by AIA and the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, Aerospace Industry Report 2011 provides business and market review of U.S. aerospace industry as well as global economy. Reference resource, to be published May 2011, will contain analysis and statistics on key sectors of industry as well as insights on emerging issues such as rare earth minerals and strategic metals and counterfeit parts. Read More

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I Make America launches Picture a Better America photo contest.

May 3, 2011

AEM and the I Make America campaign launched the Picture a Better America Photo Contest to demonstrate the urgent need to invest in America's crumbling infrastructure. Contest aims to amplify voices of I Make America's grassroots supporters and others committed to demonstrating the real cost of Congressional inaction on infrastructure investment and who are pushing for passage of fully funded 6-year highway bill by September 30th of this year. Read More

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NIST analyzes methods of recovering biohazard samples.

May 3, 2011

NIST researchers analyzed different methods for collecting, extracting, and quantifying microbial spores from indoor surfaces, to find ways to evaluate cleanup efforts after contamination or bioterrorist attack. Findings indicate use of polyester-rayon wipes for collection, use of surfactant to clean wipes and keep bacteria from sticking to container, and rapid spinning to clean containers were most efficient. Study results will be used to develop ASTM protocol for bacterial surface sampling. Read More

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NAM supports Treasury proposal on derivatives market.

May 3, 2011

According to Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, the use of foreign exchange swaps is critical for manufacturers of all sizes to guard against fluctuations in foreign currencies that could significantly increase costs. Manufacturers are pleased with Treasury's announced proposal to exempt foreign exchange swaps and forwards from the definition of a "swap" under Commodity Exchange Act, as amended by Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Read More

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NIST's Fire Research Laboratory expands testing facility.

May 3, 2011

NIST's National Fire Research Laboratory is adding 21,400 sq ft of space to Large Fire Laboratory, which will accommodate structural systems and components up to 26 ft high for simulating fires. Accommodating fires up to 20 MW heat release rate, facility will include test area with 60 x 90 ft floor as well as 45 x 50 ft hood to remove smoke and hot gases and collect data. Added capabilities may lead to standards for fire-resistant structural designs and innovations in building construction. Read More

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Material Flow Research exposes how and why glasses relax.

May 2, 2011

Offering mathematical and physical description of how temperature affects flow rate, researchers used computer simulations to gain basic insights into material science issues related to glass-forming materials. Increasingly viscous nature of glass-forming liquids is related to molecules that move together in long strings around other atoms almost frozen in motion. Rate at which snake-like strings grow in size as material cools is quantitatively related mathematically to fluid fragility. Read More

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White House to create identity system for online commerce.

May 2, 2011

National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is a plan to develop private market for secure identity credentials for the Internet. Plan calls for establishment of Identity Ecosystem in which consumers obtain trusted IDs from one or more private or public credential providers. Set of standards for privacy protection and interoperability of on-line credentials, based on cryptography and techniques such as multi-factor authentication, would be created. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation offers free sales force training seminars.

May 2, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation has announced it will conduct a series of free, half-day FOUNDATION(TM) technology sales force training seminars for industrial salespeople, system integrators, and manufacturer representatives during 2011. Intended to provide a greater understanding of the operational improvements and business benefits delivered by the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure, seminars will dispel myths about FOUNDATION technology and provide hard facts and data salespeople can rely upon. Read More

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Panetta Congratulated on Defense Secretary nomination.

May 2, 2011

AIA congratulated CIA Director Leon E. Panetta on his nomination by President Obama to succeed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. As President and CEO of AIA, Marion C. Blakey said that Panetta "brings far-reaching expertise and insight to the position at a time when ongoing conflicts and budget pressures require a particularly strong leader at the department's helm." While industry is looking forward to meeting this new secretary, it also appreciates Gates' service to the nation. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2011 honors poster winners.

May 2, 2011

IPC announced 2011 Best Industry Posters and winners of IPC Academic Poster Competition. In tie for first-place were Anna Lifton, Cookson Electronics, for "Novel High Sn Alloy with Improved Thermo Cycling Performance for High Reliability Power Modules," and William Coleman, Photo Stencil, for "Stencil Design for Broadband Printing." David Lee of John Hopkins University won first-place in academic poster competition for Effects of "Tin Whisker Formation on Nanocrystalline Copper." Read More

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Field Testing Course focuses on air, water leakage testing.

May 2, 2011

Produced by AAMA and accredited by American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 1 LU/HSW of educational credit, Air and Water Leakage Testing of Installed Windows and Doors educational course focuses on forensic water testing for purpose of finding leaks. Presentation specifically compares AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-08 lab test to AAMA 502 QA field test and AAMA 511 forensic evaluation. Course also defines procedure to use for forensic water testing. Read More

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End User Seminar to explain FOUNDATION Fieldbus value.

May 2, 2011

Scheduled throughout North and South America, 2011 FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus end user seminar will explore one of the most advanced and scalable solutions available. Built around "FOUNDATION Fieldbus: Easier Than You Thought," theme, one-day seminars explain how this technology provides supplier-neutral, standards-based process automation infrastructure. Dates range from May 24 to November 10 and will help attendees better understand business value proposition of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Read More

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Learning Labs at imX foster future manufacturing partnerships.

May 2, 2011

Taking place in Las Vegas from September 12-14, Interactive Manufacturing Experience (imX) will host Learning Labs for manufacturers from across USA. Event features industry summit to chart new course for domestic manufacturing industry. Announced by imX executive committee, Learning Labs will showcase industry expertise and foster collaborative learning to propel U.S. manufacturing industry forward. Labs will demonstrate technical knowledge from each of 8 imX eXperience partners. Read More