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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

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BSA welcomes new members at 2011 Annual Meeting.

May 5, 2011

BSA welcomed new distributor members and a participating manufacturer to 2011 Annual Convention. Distributor members include Representaciones Industriales Rodriguez, represented by Isaac Rodriguez, Director and Benito Rodriguez, Manager; Forum Energy Technologies, represented by Keith Mueller, Strategic Vendor Manager; and General Bearings Company, represented by Robert Elftman, President. In addition, New Way Air Bearings will be a Participating Manufacturer in 2011-2012 fiscal year. Read More

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Pre-Conference Table Session Address was given by Andy Andrews.

May 5, 2011

To help set appropriate tone, networking and relationship building expert Andy Andrews addressed attendees in breakfast session before opening of BSA's traditional Conference Table Session. Andrews' message focused on importance of networking and relationship building between channel partners in ever-changing marketplace. At BSA's annual convention, Andrews was joined by Connie Podesta and Dr. Michael Webber in dynamic business program celebrating BSA's 45th anniversary. Read More

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William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award given to Dr. Emanuel Horowitz.

May 5, 2011

Emanuel Horowitz, Ph.D., retired professor of materials science and engineering of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, was honored with 2011 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award for his leadership in promoting national and international standards for medical and surgical implants and materials. Horowitz has contributed to voluntary standards development for close to 60 years in committees in ASTM International and ISO. Read More

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Robot Orders surge 31% in first quarter of 2011.

May 5, 2011

According to statistics released by RIA, North American robotics companies enjoyed their best opening quarter since 2007. A total of 4,021 robots valued at $263.5 million were ordered by North American manufacturing companies through March, an increase of 31% in units and 27% in dollars. Unit growth in automotive industry jumped 64%, while non-automotive orders increased just 3% percent overall. Metals sector jumped 73% and life sciences/pharmaceutical/biomedical gained 61%. Read More

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ASTM requests papers for Geopolymer Binder Systems symposium.

May 5, 2011

ASTM International is inviting paper submissions for symposium on Geopolymer Binder Systems, to be held June 26, 2012 in San Diego, CA. Requested topics include manufacturing of geopolymers and related binders as well as use of geopolymers in construction and concrete. Sustainability and quality assurance, as well as alkali activation of fly ash and other waste materials, are also topics that will be considered. Interested participants must submit 250-300 word abstract by June 27, 2011. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to EASA.

May 5, 2011

According to NTSB, European Aviation Safety Agency should require Eurocopter to revise its aircraft maintenance manual for all helicopters equipped with part number 355A11-0020 and/or 355A11-0030 main rotor blades to include, as part of the daily flight-related check, specific visual inspections of trailing edge of blades, upper and lower skin surfaces for cracks and surface deterioration/disfiguration. Read More

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Standards Library expands features and subscription options.

May 5, 2011

To increase value to content and search results, IEEE Xplore® digital library features Cited-by links that appear in all journal article abstracts, including articles from other publishers, as well as references for IEEE conference papers. IEEE Standards Dictionary Online provides centralized source of 39,000 IEEE standards, terms, and definitions presented in HTML format, and thesaurus includes index terms that map to individual documents. Read More

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ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel seeks participants.

May 4, 2011

To facilitate large scale introduction of electric vehicles into market while ensuring that technologies and infrastructure are safe and effective, ANSI has formed a cross-sector Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). EVSP is seeking participants with relevant expertise and interest to begin critical work of developing a standardization roadmap to enable safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to cover small business disaster preparedness.

May 4, 2011

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel will host "Achieving Preparedness through Standards Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses" workshop on May 25. Workshop will identify ways to accommodate needs of small businesses with regard to preparedness standards and conformity assessment. It provides opportunity for homeland security, emergency preparedness, business continuity communities, and other stakeholders to discuss current challenges, recent successes, and future outlooks. Read More

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Design and Assembly Guidelines released by IPC.

May 3, 2011

Standard IPC-7093, Design and Assembly Process Implementation for Bottom Termination components, describes critical design, assembly, inspection, repair, and reliability issues concerning bottom termination components whose external connections are metallized terminals that are part of component body. Techniques are detailed for component placement and solder application as well as processing issues. Reflow solder printing and reflow profile recommendations are also provided. Read More

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Building Competition aims to reduce energy use, GHG emissions.

May 3, 2011

US EPA's Energy Star® 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