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Ventilation Software evaluates natural cooling options for buildings.

May 27, 2011

With NIST's free Climate Suitability Tool, designers of ventilation systems for "green" commercial buildings can evaluate whether local climate is suitable for cooling prospective building with natural ventilation or if it requires hybrid system that supplies supplemental cooling capacity. Program incorporates algorithm that crunches hourly weather data, downloaded from annual datasets for U.S. localities, and uses standardized criteria for rating comfort of building occupants. Read More

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SPE issues call for papers for ANTEC® 2012.

May 27, 2011

SPE is accepting abstract and paper submissions for SPE-ANTECĀ® 2012 Conference, which will co-locate with SPI's NPE2012 from April 2-4, 2012. Plastics industry professionals who submit papers have choice between technical or commercial tracks. Technical track includes traditional ANTECĀ® papers, which address new technologies and techniques currently in development in the plastics industry. Commercial track is for papers that address commercial applications of these technologies and techniques. Read More

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CTT-CONEXPO Market-Trends Meeting open to all attendees.

May 27, 2011

Attendees of CTT-CONEXPO Russia 2011 exhibition are invited to a special meeting of the Construction Equipment Committee of the Association of European Business in the Russian Federation during the show. Scheduled for June 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, AEB event will feature presentations on construction machinery market analysis, machine types and uses, specification and technical requirements, and customs issues. Read More

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Building Institute urges Congress to prioritize building industry concerns.

May 27, 2011

Representing collective vision of leading organizations from across the building community, NIBS Consultative Council report identifies 5 primary areas of concern regarding the nation's building and infrastructure, and provides recommendations for action. Topics include defining high-performance and common metrics, energy and water efficiency, codes and standards adoption and enforcement, sustainability, and education and training. Read More

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Job Opportunities at Dow linked to robotics.

May 27, 2011

Dow Chemical of Midland, MI has embraced robotics and automation in the making of new solar panel roof shingles, and the company now employs people who lost their jobs when the automotive sector downsized. That is part of the story depicted in a May 11, 2011 CBS report, titled "Dow Chemical's solar-powered jobs plan." RIA member, JR Automation, installed some of the robot work cells seen in the news footage and now employs 14 LSSU graduates working in robotics. Read More

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Test Standard focuses on lighting control/switching devices.

May 26, 2011

NEMA 410-2011, Performance Testing for Lighting Controls and Switching Devices with Electronic Drivers and Discharge Ballasts, provides guidance for design and testing of lighting controls and switching devices to be used with electronic drivers, discharge ballasts, and self-ballasted lamps. Used to help establish and verify compatibility, standard has been expanded to encompass additional types of lighting technology as well as numerous figures and test circuit diagrams and designs. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for April.

May 26, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for April was $5.1 billion, up 11% compared to same period in 2010. Compared against March volume, April volume decreased 18%. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 3.3% in April from 3.5% in March, and declined by 9% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs also decreased, from 1.3 % in March to 0.8 % in April. New credit application approvals increased slightly to 76% in April from revised 75% in March. Read More

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Steel Tube Institute launches certification program.

May 26, 2011

With completion and distribution of its structural steel tubing Certified Producer Program Procedural Guide, STINA announced its official launch of industry-wide Hollow Structural Section (HSS) product certification program. STINA Certified Producer Program provides assurance that HSS, identified via awarded Certified Producer's Mark, has been manufactured by producers who meet nationally recognized manufacturing standards and passed program's audits and product testing. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed common elements of ISO MSS.

May 26, 2011

ISO Technical Management Board Joint Technical Coordination Group has released a report containing recommendations for common elements to be included across all ISO management systems standards. These elements include high-level structure, identical clause titles, consistent text and terms, and standard definitions. As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the recommendations by Friday, June 24, 2011. Read More

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Manufacturing Employees awarded scholarships to university.

May 26, 2011

Partnering with University of Phoenix (UoP), The Manufacturing Institute (TMI) awarded one full-tuition undergraduate or master's degree scholarship at UoP for each of 20 qualified individuals. Scholarship, offered to those already employed in manufacturing, lets workers pursue education needed to advance their skills in 21st century manufacturing workplace. "Manufacturers' ability to compete globally depends on an educated and skilled workforce," said TMI president Emily DeRocco. Read More

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Building Codes/Standards Council provides collaborative forum.

May 26, 2011

National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards provides state, local, and regional code agencies with opportunity to work together on issues - building permits, inspections, energy codes, accessibility requirements - that cross state lines. Among other things, Institute president Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, said this provides forum for addressing long-term policy issues, developing common programs, and establishing point of engagement to communicate with federal agencies. Read More

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IPC Summit to address issues impeding U.S. competitiveness.

May 26, 2011

Scheduled for June 15-16, IPC Summit on American Competitiveness and Capital Hill Day will address government over-regulation, export controls, and maintaining military and aerospace sectors' use of U.S. electronic interconnect manufacturing capacity. Electronics manufacturers will hear from former U.S. Representative David McIntosh, a leader in efforts to address government over-regulation. Participants can immediately take action by visiting their legislators in meetings set up by IPC staff. Read More

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AIA Issues Report on defense investment.

May 26, 2011

According to AIA's report, Defense Investment: Finding the Right Balance, defense investment accounts support current operations and also ensure troops will always have tactical advantage of technological superiority. It takes historical look at spending in investment accounts as well as ebb and flow of spending since the 1970s. Report concludes USA and its military members pay "large price" when we decrease spending on procurement and research and development. Read More

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TRFA opens registration for 2011 Annual Meeting.

May 26, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 11-13, TRFA's 2011 Annual Meeting will include full schedule of Technical Papers, Regulatory Affairs Update, and annual Table Top Showcase, as well as meetings of TRFA's Market Focused Committees, association's Annual Business Meeting, and presentation of the second annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award. A special keynote presentation on Global Energy Trends will we given by Dr. Michael Webber, a well-known expert on clean energy. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation announces FOUNDATION(TM) technology blog.

May 26, 2011

Located at http://foundationfieldbus.blogspot.com, FOUNDATION(TM) blog will address issues affecting the world of FOUNDATION fieldbus. A sample of recent posts includes certification of FOUNDATION fieldbus trainers; introduction of FOUNDATION-compliant products; successful FOUNDATION technology installation in municipal water industry; and fieldbus host interoperability testing under Foundation's new "61b" Host Profile Registration process. Blog also includes Twitter feed with additional updates. Read More

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Next Gen Fuel Economy Labels increase consumer awareness.

May 26, 2011

U.S. DoT and U.S. EPA unveiled new fuel economy labels designed to help consumers take advantage of increased efficiency standards. These labels will provide comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including estimated annual fuel costs and savings as well as information on each vehicle's environmental impact. Starting with model year 2013, improved fuel economy labels will be required to be affixed to all new passenger cars and trucks. Read More

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Building Institute Council addresses finance, insurance, and real estate.

May 26, 2011

National Institute of Building Sciences has created Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate to promote cooperative process and open dialogue among banks, insurance companies, and real estate firms. This will promote collaboration and buy-in across these sectors involved in developing high-performance buildings. Architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and insurance representatives, as well as investment, appraisal, and testing and validation representatives will participate. Read More

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EPA Funds Small Businesses developing environmental technologies.

May 25, 2011

To support development of new technologies for protecting environment and public health, U.S. EPA is awarding nearly $2.25 million to 10 small companies in CA, CO, FL, MA, MI, and NM. Projects include reducing toxic chemicals from landfills, producing environmentally friendly adhesive, reducing methane emissions by converting dilute methane waste gas streams into useful fuel, and designing real-time environmental water monitoring sensor. Read More

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Automate 2011/42nd ISR Conference Proceedings now available.

May 25, 2011

Available on CD, proceedings from Automate 2011/42nd International Symposium on Robotics Conference include 19 in-depth and 20 multi-speaker session presentations. Highlights include new insights on vision guided robotics, case studies on successful robotics and machine vision applications, advances in motion control, and cutting-edge robotics research. Another important element is material on "New Developments in Robot Safety" by Jeff Fryman, RIA's Director of Standards Development. Read More

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2011 COPANT General Assembly sees strong show of U.S. leadership.

May 25, 2011

Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) held its annual General Assembly from May 12-13, 2011 in Santiago, Chile. Joining 17 other COPANT members in attendance, ANSI vice president Gary W. Kushnier led 21-member U.S. delegation representing public and private sector standardization organizations. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia was elected to his second 2-year term as COPANT VP, and ANSI was elected to COPANT Board of Directors. Read More