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ASHRAE Online Courses teach high-performance building design.

February 24, 2011

ASHRAE Learning Institute is offering 12 online instructor-led courses from late March through early May. Two courses related to high-performance building design are being offered as part of series. Basics of High Performance Building Design, taking place April 27, focuses on differences in purpose and requirements between Standards 189.1 and 90.1, while Advanced High Performance Building Design, scheduled for May 4, focuses on advanced concepts involved in applying Standards 90.1 and 189.1. Read More

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Clean Air Act Standards established for boilers, incinerators.

February 24, 2011

Addressing boilers and incinerators, US EPA issued final Clean Air Act standards that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic air emissions and cut implementation cost by ~50% compared to previous proposal. EPA estimates for every dollar spent to cut pollutants, including mercury and soot, public will see $10-$24 in health benefits. These standards have come to fruition following September 2009 court order, public input, and multiple revisions. Read More

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Assessment of Business Conditions improve in February.

February 24, 2011

Derived from survey of senior industry executives, Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions climbed to 69.6 in February, up 6 points from 63.6 in January. Index has topped 60 points in each of last 4 months, indicating sustained improvement in economic environment facing broad cross-section of electrical equipment manufacturers. According to index, 70% of survey panelists also expect to see conditions improve during next 6 months. Read More

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EPA's Energy Star Leaders drive greater energy efficiency.

February 24, 2011

EPA recognized 74 leading Energy Star organizations for achievements in energy efficiency across their entire building portfolios in 2010. Through commitment to energy management, organizations together have prevented equivalent of more than 460,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and saved more than $100 million a year. To be an Energy Star Leader, organization must show 10% improvement in energy performance across building portfolio or perform in top 25% of similar buildings nationwide. Read More

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FMA Seeks Participants for 2011 financial, operational survey.

February 24, 2011

Industry executives are encouraged to participate in 2011 Financial Ratios and Operational Benchmarking Survey, which will provide data for company owners and managers in metal forming and fabricating industry. Results will allow comparisons of liquidity, profitability, asset management, operational benchmarking, value proposition, and marketing effectiveness. Comparisons will be made based upon demographic similarities such as company size, sales volume, and type. Deadline is March 31. Read More

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ASHRAE Winter Conference saw best attendance in 15 years.

February 24, 2011

Held January 29 to February 2 in Las Vegas, 2011 ASHRAE Winter Conference was attended by some 3,400 people, 400 of which were there for first time. Technical program offered near 300 sessions, 20 educational courses, and various social events. Also 600+ meetings of technical, standards, and standing committees took place, developing guidance for future of industry and ASHRAE. Updated energy savings figures for ASHRAE's energy standard were also announced. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for February 2011.

February 23, 2011

According to the February 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate continued improvement in business conditions. Report shows that 51% of participants forecast improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, up from 47% in January, while 61% of participants predict increase in orders, up from 52% in January. In addition, 48% report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, compared to 26% in January. Read More

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BIO Applauds Appointee Rea as Deputy Director of US PTO.

February 22, 2011

BIO welcomed appointment of Teresa Stanek Rea as Deputy Director of US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Tom DiLenge, BIO General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Legal and Intellectual Property, said Rea "has an impressive background and tremendous experience" concerning issues relavent to biotech industry. DiLenge went on to express enthusiasm for working to further improve PTO operations as well as patent system aspects to promote innovation and job growth. Read More

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Automation Show, Conference has solution-focused program.

February 22, 2011

Taking place in Chicago, IL from March 21-24, Automate 2011 Show and Conference will focus on practical automation solutions for manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies. Over 150 companies will exhibit, and other highlights will include keynote presentations from Tom Ridge and presentation on Robonaut 2. Sessions are available for automation newcomers as well as experienced professionals, and free sessions will be take place March 24 for robotics educators and students. Read More

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AIA encouraged by passage of Senate FAA reauthorization bill.

February 22, 2011

AIA supports FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, which addresses key AIA priorities such as environmental streamlining, third-party performance-based navigation procedure design, establishment of NextGen performance metrics, and aircraft equipage incentives. AIA also commends Senate's acknowledgement of the benefits of bilateral aviation safety agreements, which increase FAA's efficiency, enhance FAA's international safety oversight, and help protect U.S. jobs. Read More

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EPA Administrator kicks off trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

February 22, 2011

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will travel to Kenya and Ethiopia to engage in bilateral and multilateral meetings aimed at building relationships with key African counterparts and other environmental leaders. Meetings will highlight important issues in children's environmental health, good environmental governance, and emerging green technology and innovations, as well as electronic waste, enforcement and compliance, indoor air quality, and clean fuels. Read More

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SPE® Auto TPO Conference scheduled for October 2-5, 2011.

February 22, 2011

Sponsored by Detroit Section of SPE, SPE® Automotive TPO Global Conference typically features 40+ technical presentations, panel discussions, keynote speakers, networking receptions, and exhibits that highlight TPOs, TPEs, and TPVs. This year's program will include technical sessions on Materials Development, Polypropylene Compounds, Applications Development, Surface Enhancements, and TPO/TPE Interfaces, as well as new session on Polyolefin Foam and Processes. Read More

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Charles W. Briggs Award presented to ASTM Committee member.

February 22, 2011

Dr. Clifford Bueno, senior scientist at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, received Charles W. Briggs Award from ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. As member of ASTM International and Committee E07 since 2001, Bueno has served as section chairman for non-film radiology within Subcommittee E07.01 on Radiology Method as well as contributed to development of new and revised E07 standards. Committee has recognized Bueno's work with 4 certificates of appreciation. Read More

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SME Alternative Energy Video raises biofuels awareness.

February 22, 2011

SME Education Foundation has released video, Innovate: Fueling Change, for National Engineers Week from February 20-26, 2011, which promotes student awareness of green technology careers and STEM-based education. Video documents how high school students address need to use existing energy sources efficiently and explore alternative energy resources by converting French-fry grease into bio-fuel. It is being distributed to 4,000 Project Lead the Way classrooms and after school programs. Read More

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ASHRAE Named as Lead Society for National Engineers Week.

February 22, 2011

Taking place February 20-26, National Engineers Week celebrates contributions engineers make to society and encourages engineering as career path for students by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. ASHRAE has twice served as lead organization, and as such launched New Faces of Engineering program in 2003 to promote accomplishments of young engineers across various disciplines. New College Edition will promote accomplishments of fourth and fifth year engineering students. Read More

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Conference Papers show industry leaping out of recession.

February 22, 2011

From record number of technical abstract submissions, the best papers in PCB and electronics manufacturing and assembly were selected for presentation at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) Technical Conference, April 12-14, 2011. Over 2 ½ days, 35 sessions with nearly 100 research papers will be presented on topics such as counterfeiting, lead-free reliability, embedded devices, environmental issues, high speed/RF, moisture and laminates, solar power, and sustainability. Read More

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New Faces of Engineering 2011 honors Brianne Maier and others.

February 22, 2011

Nominated by SME Education Foundation, Brianne Maier was recognized for "New Faces of Engineering Class of 2011." As Engineer II at General Mills, Maier specializes in optimizing packaging and machinery interaction. SME Education Foundation director Bart A. Aslin congratulated Brianne on "this well-deserved recognition" and called her "a shining example" of STEM-based programs. Aslin also expressed hope that Maiers' accomplishments would serve as examples to young people. Read More

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EPA awards grants to support nanotechnology research.

February 21, 2011

U.S. EPA has awarded $5.5 million to 3 consortia to support research on nanotechnology. Scientific information developed from research can help guide EPA and other agencies in decisions about safety of new materials and products that are made using nanotechnology. Specifically, researchers can determine whether certain nanomaterials can leach out of products such as paints, plastics, and fabrics when they are used or disposed of and whether they could become toxic to people and environment. Read More

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Papers invited for Energy Efficient Hydraulic Fluids symposium.

February 21, 2011

Scheduled for June 25, 2012 at the Hilton San Francisco, symposium will address development of energy efficient hydraulic fluids and measurement of resulting benefits. Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to: pump efficiency test methodology; hydraulic fluid performance; field trials; theory and modeling; hydraulic fluid chemistry; hydraulic fluid impact on wear and efficiency; efficiency benefits; sustainability; pump types; and motor types. Read More

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ASABE announces post-frame building nomenclature standard.

February 21, 2011

ASABE announced it has completed ANSI/ASABE S618, Post-Frame Building System Nomenclature, which establishes standard terminology for use in design, construction, marketing, and regulation of post-frame buildings. It provides security against inappropriate use of post-frame building terminology by individuals involved in code development and specification writing. Nomenclature is included for all primary and secondary frame components, diaphragm and shear wall elements, and foundation types. Read More