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SPE® issues call for scholarship applications.

May 17, 2011

The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition announced that it will again bestow two $2,000 USD scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation. Winning students will be required to report on the results of their findings during the 12th annual SPE ACCE, which takes place September 11-13, 2012. Scholarship application forms are due July 1, 2011. Read More

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2011 AEM Hall of Fame will open for online nominations in June.

May 17, 2011

AEM Hall of Fame seeks to broaden public understanding and appreciation of industry's historic and future roles in global economic and social prosperity. Over 35 industry leaders have been inducted into Hall of Fame, which was created in 1993 to honor pioneering individuals who invented, managed, built, and led off-road equipment industry. Candidates will be evaluated on innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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Online Journal Article explains when to say no to customers.

May 17, 2011

"When It's OK To Say No To A Customer," by Warren Cornil, president of Narrow Aisle Inc. and CEO of Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, appears in MHEDA Journal Online's 2nd Quarter issue. Article lists several scenarios when saying no is considered prudent: when there is no product match, when customer has credit problems, or when customer is consistently unreasonable. Article also offers tips and advice for when to dismiss bad experiences as customers having bad day. Read More

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EPA announces next step on air toxics standards.

May 17, 2011

U.S. EPA is seeking additional public feedback and gathering more information on the final standards that were issued in February 2011 for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators. As part of reconsideration process, EPA will issue a stay postponing effective date of standards for major source boilers and commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators to allow agency to continue to seek additional public comment before updated rule is proposed. Read More

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Texas Students Take First in annual rocketry challenge.

May 17, 2011

Beating out 99 teams from across USA, one team from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, TX took first place at ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge finals. Each 3- to 10-person team was challenged to design and build one rocket that lifted off to exactly 750 ft during 40-45 sec flight. Its raw egg payload had to return, undamaged, to ground via parachute. Contest encourages students to prepare for careers in aerospace industry. Read More

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Large-Volume Calorimeter aids electric vehicle assessment.

May 17, 2011

Vehicle Technologies Program at Department of Energy (DoE) supported NREL's development and fabrication of Large-Volume Battery Calorimeter (LVBC) for advancing battery technologies of electric vehicles. LVBC measures heat generated by batteries for electric-drive vehicles, analyzes temperature's effects on systems, and helps pinpoint ways to manage battery temperatures for optimal performance and maximum life. System is large enough to test entire battery systems. Read More

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High Performance Buildings Conference is seeking presenters.

May 17, 2011

High Performance Buildings Conference: A Focus on Deep Energy Savings, to be held March 12-13, 2012 in Mission Valley, CA, will guide building design professionals, building owner/managers, building operating staff, and government officials concerning what works and doesn't when tackling major improvements in energy efficiency, renewable applications, and operating practices. Presenters are being sought and are invited to send 300-500 word abstracts for consideration by July 15, 2011. Read More

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Gases and Welding Today addresses gas cylinder requalification.

May 17, 2011

When it comes to requalification or repurposing of gas cylinders, manual and automated options are available. Britton Harper, cylinder product manager at LS Industries, compares the available methods in "Cleaning And Requalifying Cylinders" article, which appears in Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. According to Harper, abrasive blasting is the most efficient process of preparing cylinders for testing, inspecting, recoating, and new service. Read More

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PMMI and Koelnmesse GmbH partner to build trade show resources.

May 17, 2011

PMMI and Koelnmesse GmbH, producer of Anuga FoodTec, announced partnership to provide resources to attendees at PACK EXPO, from September 26-28, 2011 in Las Vegas, and Anuga FoodTec 2012, from March 27-30, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Anuga FoodTec will help packaging and processing suppliers seeking to expand into European market. PMMI will sponsor North American Packaging Pavilion at Anuga FoodTec 2012 to help Anuga expand presence in packaging sector. Read More

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PTDA Leadership Conference draws 40 future industry leaders.

May 17, 2011

Fifth annual PTDA Leadership Development Conference brought together industry expert Joe Ellers and 40 future leaders of power transmission/motion control industry. March 2011 event was divided into 5 sessions covering leadership skills, distributor manufacturing relationships, sales strategies, managing sales margins, and wrap-up of topics discussed. Program was also designed to build participant's networks and featured group dinner with PTDA's volunteer leadership. Read More

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Roadway and Area Solar Lighting Standard is published by NEMA.

May 17, 2011

NEMA has published ANSI C136.40-2011 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment-Solar Lighting Systems. Produced by ANSI Committee 136 for Roadway and Area Lighting, standard defines requirements for specification and installation of DC solar-powered lighting systems. It also covers topics such as light source requirements, batteries, internal labeling, and power controls. Standard joins more than 30 other standards covering roadway and area lighting topics. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices rise 1.4% in April.

May 17, 2011

In what appears to be an ongoing trend, cost of construction materials prices increased by 1.4% in April, according to May 12 Department of Labor's Producer Price Index report. Prices are now 7.1% higher from the same time last year. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, the growth in materials prices has been outstripping the improvement in construction activity, which implies further downward pressure on industry profit margins. Read More

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SPE to Host pinfa's North American counterpart.

May 16, 2011

SPE and member companies of pinfa (Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association) agreed that SPE will host pinfa in North America. Under terms disclosed, SPE will host North American counterpart to European-based pinfa at Cefic. SPE will provide services to help pinfa North America establish membership and activities in U.S., Canada, and Mexico as well as host its North American corporate office. pinfa North America is focused on information and technology exchange. Read More

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AAMA Southeast Region Meeting features hurricane testing.

May 16, 2011

AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting featured tour of the Institute for Business and Home Safety testing facility that simulates hurricane conditions. Representatives from IBHS offered information on the validation work that involves flow stimulation development and testing of a replica of the Texas Tech experimental building. IBHS conducts scientific research with goal of influencing residential and commercial structural design to reduce and prevent building damage due to natural disasters. Read More

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NIST Physicists demonstrate super-stable laser.

May 16, 2011

Physicists at NIST have designed and demonstrated a super-stable laser operating in a cramped, vibrating location - a minivan. Scientists evaluated infrared fiber laser's performance with vehicle stationary, with motor alternately off and idling, and with vehicle moving over uneven ground at speeds of less than 1 m/sec. Experiment shows how advanced lasers for atomic clocks can be made both stable and transportable enough for field use, such as geodesy and hydrology applications. Read More

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NIST/JILA Physicist elected to National Academy of Sciences.

May 16, 2011

Physicist Jun Ye, a Fellow of both NIST and JILA, is known internationally for 3 areas of research involving interaction of matter and light. His experimental atomic clock based on strontium atoms is one of a number of candidate systems under development as potential next-generation time standard. Ye also contributes to development and application of optical frequency combs. Most recently, Ye and colleague Deborah Jin created new area of research on behavior and chemistry of ultracold modules. Read More

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ODVA selects organization leadership for 2011-2012.

May 16, 2011

Directors constituting ODVA's Board as it enters its 15th term include Cyril Perducat of Schneider Electric, Frank Kulaszewicz of Rockwell Automation, Michael Höing of Weidmüller Interface, Chet Namboodri of Cisco Systems, Ryuji Yamasaki of Omron, and Bernd-Josef Schäfer of Bosch Rexroth. Board has re-appointed director Cyril Perducat to serve as ODVA's president, director Frank Kulaszewicz as treasurer, Richard Harwell as CTO, and senior staff member Katherine Voss as executive director. Read More

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ASTM Standards to cover work related injuries and illness.

May 16, 2011

Subcommittee E34.55 on Occupational Safety and Health Performance Improvement will develop standards that will measure work-related injury and illness performance. Initial proposed standard, ASTM WK33270, Guide for Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, will define work-related injuries and illnesses in a way that can be easily understood across countries, that are related to safety management systems, and that can be used to evaluate and compare safety programs. Read More

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Manufacturers Support Legislation against counterfeiting, piracy.

May 16, 2011

NAM Director of Technology Policy Brian Raymond's, making statement on introduction of bipartisan PROTECT IP Act in Senate, said that this legislation "fights ... criminal activity and job loss by arming the government with tools to disrupt the sale of stolen intellectual property (IP) on rogue websites." Raymond further noted how manufacturing sectors depend on Internet and that "Unscrupulous actors online are threatening the growth of these businesses and the jobs they create." Read More

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Italian Trade Commission selects students for international engineering program.

May 16, 2011

Italian Trade Commission awarded 8 U.S. college students, winners of Fourth Annual Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), a 2-week trip to Italy from July 4-16. Students will visit top machine tool companies and participate in international engineering program. Competition asks upper-level students attending North American universities to write thesis on relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering related industries and issues they face. Read More