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Robot Safety Awareness Webinar to address changes in standard.

May 11, 2011

Through its Robot Safety Awareness webinar, which is sponsored by industry leaders such as IPR Robotics, LLC and ABB Inc., RIA will preview new National Robot Safety Standard as well as basic compliance issues. OSHA has referred to ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard mor more than 10 years, but times and technology change and so has the standard. Webinar will provide chance to hear about specific changes before they go into effect. Read More

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Manufacturers say trade agreements will create jobs.

May 11, 2011

Frank Vargo, NAM Vice President for International Economic Affairs, released statement regarding Obama Administration's letter to Congress on the Colombia free trade agreement. According to Vargo, manufacturing continues to drive nation's recovery, and exports are playing a key role in this economic growth. Pending FTAs with Korea, Panama, and Colombia are critical to reaching President's goal of doubling exports by 2014 and creating manufacturing jobs. Read More

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Construction Unemployment decreased to 17.8% in April.

May 11, 2011

According to May 6 employment report by Labor Department, construction industry added 5,000 jobs in April. Overall numbers indicate that the nation added 244,000 jobs in April, as private sector gained 268,000 jobs and government lost 24,000 jobs. Year-over-year, nation added 1,313,000 jobs. Possible reasons for the "ongoing underperformance," according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, include "disciplined lending standards, high vacancy rates, and skittishness among investors." Read More

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Blackbody Energy Calculations enable ultimate clock accuracy.

May 11, 2011

By studying effect of blackbody radiation, team of physicists from U.S. and Russia have developed means for computing, with unprecedented accuracy, a tiny, temperature-dependent source of error in atomic clocks. Although small, correction could represent a major step towards atomic timekeepers' longstanding goal of a clock with a precision equivalent to 1 second of error every 32 billion years. Read More

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March Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 57.6%.

May 11, 2011

According to AMTDA and AMT, March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $511.15 million, up 57.6% from February and up 99.0% when compared with total of $256.88 million reported for March 2010. With a year-to-date total of $1,203.57 million, 2011 is up 118.6% compared with 2010. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program. Read More

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NREL highlights 2010 utility green power leaders.

May 11, 2011

NREL released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar. Ranked by renewable energy sales, Austin Energy sold largest amount of renewable energy in nation through voluntary green power program. Ranked by percentage of customer participation, top utility is City of Palo Alto Utilities, with more than 20% of customers participating. Read More

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Congress Urged to Continue Funding for building data survey.

May 11, 2011

Announcements regarding U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) decision to not release results of 2007 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and halt work on 2011 edition of said survey have prompted ASHRAE to request action. In a letter to Congress, ASHRAE urged inclusion of funding for CBECS in Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bills so that work on 2011 edition of CBECS may continue. Currently, latest version of CBECS data is from 2003. Read More

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SAE 2011 Conference draws more than 10,000 attendees.

May 10, 2011

SAE 2011 International World Congress with theme, Charging Forward Together, included 10,220 attendees from 48 countries, 87% of which were from North America. Three-day event featured 148 exhibiting companies at Innovators Only exhibition. Technical papers were highlighted at Chat with the Experts networking sessions, while 2011 Ride-n-Drive exhibit showcased 25 different vehicles. Keynote address at World Congress Annual Banquet was delivered by Daniel F. Akerson of General Motors. Read More

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Vote to Expand Energy Sources sets stage for economic growth.

May 9, 2011

After House of Representatives passed Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230), NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse noted that this "bipartisan support for developing our domestic energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico and in Virginia is an important step to encourage manufacturing job growth and competitiveness." Newhouse also encouraged Senate to follow this approach toward energy policy. Read More

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AIA is improving technology for members.

May 9, 2011

AIA is upgrading its association management system to better serve its members. Membership database has been replaced with more effective system that offers online registration for all AIA events and ability to update company information, track company activities, and decide which email communications members want to receive. AIA is simultaneously developing AIA Member Connect online community for councils and committees, which will facilitate document control and group collaboration. Read More

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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