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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

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NAHAD signs on as newest ICP Alliance Partner.

May 2, 2011

NAHAD, National Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution, has joined alliance of trade associations serving the industrial distribution channel by becoming an Industrial Careers Pathway® Alliance Partner in 2011. Alliance Partners are industrial distribution associations that share an interest in building the sales and customer service industrial distribution workforce. NAHAD has been a supporter of ICP since its inception and has decided to increase its level of commitment and support. Read More

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State DOT Update discusses 2010 successes.

May 2, 2011

Two-Minute State DOT Update video, featuring Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller, chairwoman of AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning, will discuses how KDOT won public support for T-WORKS $8.2 billion transportation funding package. In February, KDOT announced that work will begin soon on first 3 major expansion projects to be funded by T-WORKS, worth $250 million. Miller said "we're going to save the state money by taking advantage of current low bid prices." Read More

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EPA to promote use of green infrastructure in cities and towns.

May 2, 2011

EPA is launching strategy to promote use of green infrastructure by cities and towns, to reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes streams, creeks, rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Agenda was announced by EPA's Bob Perciasepe at Green Street, Green Jobs conference, which was focused on fostering green infrastructure in Washington, D.C. area. Agency will work with local governments, watershed groups, and tribes in 10 cities that have used green infrastructure and have plans for additional projects. Read More

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FAA announces additional management changes.

May 2, 2011

As part of air traffic control review, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that 3 veteran FAA managers will be repositioned to assume oversight of critical air traffic roles. Walt Cochran will oversee Terminal Operations, Chris Metts will oversee all En Route and Oceanic operations, and Glen Martin will become Air Traffic Manager at Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center. FAA also announced members of independent review panel that will ensure new controllers are properly prepared. Read More

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Large Wind Turbine could enhance jobs, energy independence.

May 2, 2011

Built by French power-generation company Alstom and erected at National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, CO, Eco 100 is a 3 MW wind turbine with blades longer than a basketball court and tower the length of a football field. It is being tested at NWTC, part of U.S. Department of Energy's NREL, so it can be certified for use in the U.S. Certification will mean U.S. jobs for years to come, and what is learned during testing will contribute to target of 20% wind energy by 2030. Read More

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AFS to hold Corporate Sponsors Open Meeting.

April 29, 2011

On May 10th at 5:00 pm, Corporate Sponsors Committee will hold Corporate Sponsors Open Reception and Meeting in the Ashford room at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne Hotel in Louisville, KY. In addition to introduction of AFS Corporate Sponsors, Committee will present its work to date on educational Webinars, progress on industry market research studies, AFS website redesign and metric feedback for Corporate Sponsors, and distributor training. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2011.

April 29, 2011

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 5.1% and bookings decreased 10.1% in March 2011 from March 2010. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 14.9% and bookings increased 26.0%. In March 2011, flexible circuit shipments were up 9.1% and bookings declined 7.4% from March 2010. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 15.0% and bookings decreased 13.2%. Book-to-bill ratios were 0.94 and 1.04, respectively. Read More

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NIST summarizes conclusions of photovoltaic workshop.

April 29, 2011

NIST's publication, Foundations for Innovation: Photovoltaic Technologies for the 21st Century, summarizes conclusions from a 2010 special workshop. During workshop, participants discussed priority challenges for the 4 dominant photovoltaic technologies and defined critical milestones on the path to solutions. Challenges range from reaching a better scientific understanding of devices themselves to developing practical engineering data for determining optimal use of photovoltaics. Read More

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WirelessHART achieves widespread global acceptance.

April 29, 2011

WirelessHART®, a communication technology built on the foundation of the HART® Communication Protocol, is achieving widespread global acceptance among end users and suppliers throughout the process automation industry. WirelessHART standard supports star, point-to-point, and/or mesh topologies and requires no specialized tools or expertise for deployment. Technology employs 128-bit AES encryption, multi-tiered, always-on security to protect network and data being transferred at all times. Read More

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Manufacturing Extension Partnership Blog to highlight innovations, trends.

April 29, 2011

Experts at NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership are disseminating information pertaining to manufacturing innovation via official MEP Blog: Manufacturing Innovations. Launched April 4, this blog will serve as focal point for educating U.S. manufacturers, partners, and stakeholders on latest industry trends. Director of NIST MEP Roger Kilmer hopes the blog "will become a site that inspires conversations about manufacturing in the U.S." Read More

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GAWDA Member Profile highlights CA company's business model.

April 28, 2011

Welding and Gases Today's Spring 2011 issue includes GAWDA Member Profile that focuses on Craig Welding Supply Company. Located in Vernon, CA, this company is entering its eighth decade in business and continues to distinguish itself via its level of service and commitment to doing business "the right way." Article explains Craig Welding Supply's no-frills philosophy of business and points out examples of consistency as well as short chain of command. Read More

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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