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Process Expo 2011 releases Spanish-language educational program.

May 9, 2011

Seminario de Innovacciones, Spanish-language portion of educational program for PROCESS EXPO 2011, will consist of 8 hr program devoted to attendees from Latin America and/or other Spanish-speaking regions and will take place October 31, 2011. Excited about support from partner associations in Latin America that have signed on to sponsor this program, FPSA President and CEO David Seckman noted that organizations "recognize the need to keep up with technological advances." Read More

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Compliance Training available for new robot safety standard.

May 9, 2011

Coinciding with upcoming changes in R15.06 standard, seminars on Robot Safety Training will be conducted by RIA in Davenport, IA on June 1; Fremont, CA on June 30; Woodbridge (Chicago), IL on July 20; and Tanner, AL on July 27. Content will promote comprehension and knowledge of new requirements. Additionally, Robot Safety Awareness Webinar will be conducted July 19, offering chance to hear about changes directly from RIA before they go into effect. Read More

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EASTEC 2011 to feature more than 150 new product introductions.

May 9, 2011

According to report in IndustryWeek, 89% of manufacturers surveyed expect positive revenue growth for remainder of 2011. Growth, new products, and technologies are also the focus of the 11,000 manufacturers expected to attend EASTEC 2011. During event, scheduled for May 17-19, Citizen Machinery America Inc. will showcase Citizen L20 X multi-axis Swiss Style Lathe and Miyano BNA42-DHY multi-axis turning center, and Mastercam will launch Mastercam Swiss Expert CAM software. Read More

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Manufacturing Jobs Show Gains despite 9% unemployment.

May 9, 2011

According to NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray, Bureau of Labor Statistics' report on US unemployment is positive news for manufacturing. Report shows recovery continues to move in appropriate direction regarding employment, with 250,000 net new jobs created since December 2009. "However," tempered Moutray, "we are not seeing as large of employment gains as we would hope to at this point in the recovery." He attributes this mainly to uncertainties such as energy prices and regulation. Read More

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Potomac Photonics to host LIA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting.

May 9, 2011

On May 24, Potomac Photonics, Inc. will host inaugural meeting of LIA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Technical Program is titled "Laser Applications in Microelectronics Packaging" and will feature presentations by noted researchers in the field. C. Paul Christensen, Founder of Potomac Photonics, will speak on work conducted under National Science Foundation Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant, and Alberto Pique will report on his work in Non-lithographic Processing of Conformal Electronics. Read More

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Colorado Petroleum Distributors settle Clean Air Act violations.

May 6, 2011

U.S. EPA and U.S. Justice Department announced settlement with Rocky Mountain Pipeline System, LLC; Western Convenience Stores, Inc.; and Offen Petroleum, Inc. to resolve claims that they illegally mixed and distributed more than 1 million gal of gasoline that did not meet Clean Air Act emissions and fuel quality requirements. Companies listed above will pay $2.5 million civil penalty and conduct environmental project designed to offset harm caused by quality deviation. Read More

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Clean Energy Specialist addresses BSA Annual Convention.

May 6, 2011

During BSA 2011 Annual Convention, Dr. Michael Webber, Clean Energy Specialist from the University of Texas, shared his expertise on prospects for clean energy manufacturing to help attendees identify critical future markets. Webber has given more than 100 lectures, speeches, and invited talks in the last few years and authored more than 75 scientific articles, columns, books, and book chapters, including a compendium of his commentary titled "Changing the Way America Thinks About Energy". Read More

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Revised BACnet Communications Standard contains 19 addenda.

May 6, 2011

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2010, BACnet® - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks, allows building equipment and systems manufactured by different companies to work together. This open, consensus-developed standard for building controls industry contains 19 addenda approved since 2008 version was published. Specifically, content includes wireless communications; XML vocabulary, character encoding, and network security definition. Read More

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AIA co-hosts missile defense advocacy event on Capitol Hill.

May 6, 2011

AIA jointly held briefing on Capitol Hill with George Marshall Institute and Space Transportation Association to educate Congress and the public on missile defense. AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey highlighted need for balanced and stable funding for current and future missile defense initiatives, while House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Chairman Rep. Michael Turner discussed areas of missile defense such as ground-based midcourse defense and phased adaptive approach. Read More

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NEMA endorses electric vehicle infrastructure bill.

May 6, 2011

NEMA, on behalf of its Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment/Systems product section, lent support to HR 1685, Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2011. Introduced by Reps Judy Biggert, Edward J. Markey, Jerry McNerney, and Anna Eshoo, HR 1685 implements various incentives and programs to foster adoption of electric vehicles and EV infrastructure. HR 1685 extends tax credit through 2014 for purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and expands credit from 30% to 50%. Read More

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NEMA addresses AFCI/Home Electrical Product Compatibility.

May 6, 2011

Developed by NEMA's Molded Case Circuit Breakers Product Group, ABP 2-2011 Recommendations on AFCI/Home Electrical Product Compatibility provides designers of home electrical products (HEPs) with information on operating parameters of arc-fault circuit interrupters, with goal of avoiding unwanted tripping of AFCI. ABP 2 offers guidance for designing HEPs operating at 120 Vac and rated at 20 A or less, and discusses ground-fault current, peak currents, and high frequency emissions. Read More

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Kentaro Nakamura achieves CPIP(TM) certification.

May 6, 2011

After achieving Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional(TM) (CPIP(TM)) credential, Kentaro Nakamura said he "would like to make a contribution for the growth and globalization of the Japanese pharmaceutical industry through not only design and engineering work but also voluntary and educational activities." Nakamura has 14+ years of experience in engineering for pharmaceutical industry as mechanical engineer and has participated in 15+ facility construction projects. Read More

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BSA welcomes speaker Connie Podesta. .

May 6, 2011

During 2011 Annual Convention, BSA welcomed speaker, author, organizational therapist, human resource professional, and expert in psychology of human behavior, Connie Podesta to podium for presentation on "Growing With People." Podesta joined Dr. Michael Webber and Andy Andrews in celebrating BSA's 45th anniversary of successfully bringing together the top level executives of what is now a $6 billion North American bearing industry. Read More

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NTSB releases bus and truck safety forum video.

May 6, 2011

NTSB has released a short introductory video highlighting the issues that will be discussed during the public forum on bus and truck safety. Scheduled for May 10-11, forum will review progress that has been made in truck and bus safety in the last decade, and what needs to be done to improve it. It will focus on issues such as carrier oversight, truck and bus operations, driver safety and health, and vehicle safety technologies. Read More

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AIA, Embry-Riddle Publication serves as new industry reference.

May 6, 2011

Aerospace Industry Report 2011, to be published this month, will provide business and market review of US aerospace industry and global economy. As major reference resource, book offers analyses and statistics on key sectors of industry and insights on issues such as rare earth minerals, strategic metals, and counterfeit parts. Publication merges AIA's annual Aerospace Facts and Figures with Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership's Aerospace Economic Report and Outlook (AERO). Read More

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AAMA/WDMA release Industry Statistical Review and Forecast.

May 6, 2011

According to 2010/2011 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast, demand for residential windows rebounded in 2010 after 4 years of decline, particularly in new construction market. Remodeling and replacement of residential skylights experienced similar growth, while new construction segment of residential skylight market declined from 2009 to 2010. Residential door market showed increases in demand from 2009 to 2010, while demand for non-residential doors continued to decline in 2010. Read More

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SPE installs Russell C. Broome as president.

May 6, 2011

ANTEC® 2011 marks the beginning of 1-year term for new SPE officers. The Society installs Russell C. Broome as its new president, succeeding Ken J. Braney. A resident of North Carolina, Broome is a strategic accounts manager for PolyOne Corporation and joined SPE as a student while obtaining a Mechanical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. At ANTEC 2012, Broome will be succeeded by new president-elect, James S. Griffing, who is a Technical Fellow for The Boeing Company. Read More

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Lack of Updated Building Energy Data troubles Institute.

May 5, 2011

NIBS is alarmed that efforts to produce high-performance buildings may stall without up-to-date data following the news that the U.S. Energy Information Administration will not be releasing its 2007 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey due to statistical issues. In wake of troubling news from EIA, Institute is establishing a High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative to identify a path forward for collecting and disseminating data on all high-performance building attributes. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.

May 5, 2011

Made to FAA, safety recommendation A-11-35 requires Eurocopter to revise aircraft maintenance manual for helicopters equipped with part No. 355A11-0020/-0030 main rotor blades. Daily flight-related check must include visual inspections of trailing edge of blades and upper/lower skin surfaces for cracks and surface deterioration/disfiguration. Also, A-11-36 requires operators of such Eurocopter helicopters to revise their maintenance manuals to include coinciding daily visual inspections. Read More

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World Accreditation Day Paper Competition has May 6 deadline.

May 5, 2011

Deadline for World Accreditation Day paper competition has been extended to May 6, allowing all constituents one additional week to submit entries. "Accreditation - Supporting the Needs of Regulators," theme recognizes accreditation's role in supporting regulatory framework and helping regulators at federal, state, and local levels determine compliance of products, services, and personnel with legal and regulatory requirements. Papers should not exceed 2,000 words. Read More