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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 report resounding success.

April 5, 2011

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 expositions, held March 22-26, attracted nearly 120,000 registered attendees, of which 24% were international representatives from 150+ countries. Altogether on show floor, 2,400+ exhibitors took up more than 2.34 million net square feet of exhibit space - largest for IFPE and second largest for CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Together, expositions offered 860+ co-located events, educational programs, pre-planned meetings, training, and certification programs. Read More

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Stantec receives Engineering Excellence Grand Award.

April 5, 2011

Stantec's engineering design and sustainability consulting for one of the country's largest highly efficient buildings - NREL's Research Support Facility - was recognized with a national Engineering Excellence Grand Award from ACEC. The $64 million, 222,000 sq. ft office building was recognized as a showcase for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and was designed so that its occupants consume only the amount of energy generated by renewable power on and near building. Read More

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BIO commends launch of House patent reform process.

April 5, 2011

BIO commends introduction of the America Invents Act, H.R. 1249 in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO is pleased that legislation will end diversion of fees collected by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, allowing agency to use all of its fees to hire more examiners and reduce backlog of pending applications. BIO also commends transition to "first-to-file" system and new supplemental examination proceeding for use by patent owners. Read More

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NEMA publishes revision to white LED binning standard.

April 5, 2011

NEMA has published SSL 3-2011 High-Power White LED Binning for General Illumination, which offers categorization areas, called bins, for chromaticity, forward voltage measurements, and luminous flux for LEDs used in general lighting. Binning process helps ensure continuity among suppliers. Robert Hick of Leviton, and chair of Solid State Lighting Section, said that revision provides binning characteristics for LEDs suitable to aid manufacturers, integrators, and end users. Read More

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NEMA welcomes House legislation on lithium battery standards.

April 5, 2011

House of Representatives has approved HR 658, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization and Reform Act. It includes NEMA-backed provision directing U.S. DOT to ensure its regulations governing air transport of Li-Ion or lithium metal batteries, and products with them, are not more stringent than international requirements in place at any time. One exception allowed is to continue U.S. prohibition of air shipment of lithium metal cells and batteries on passenger aircraft. Read More

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Robotic Welding Automation keeps manufacturers competitive.

April 5, 2011

The Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today includes article titled "The Future of Welding in Manufacturing," written by Brian Doyle, welding automation sales manager at Miller Electric Mfg. Co. According to Doyle, distributors can present robotic automation to their customers as part of their service portfolio to help them remain competitive. Automation is a key element to the future of manufacturing and everyone in the welding industry should embrace it as an option. Read More

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ASTM Training Course covers apparel flammability compliance.

April 5, 2011

ASTM International's training course, Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of General Wearing Apparel, will provide attendees with basic understanding of Flammable Fabric Act and Citation 16 CFR 1610. Federal requirements outlined in standard apply to all general wearing apparel manufactured and distributed in U.S., and eliminate very flammable textiles from entering U.S. marketplace. Course will be held on April 27 in New York City and October 25 in Chicago, IL. Read More

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Material Handling Branding explored in MHEDA Journal article.

April 5, 2011

First Quarter 2011 issue of MHEDA Journal profiles Shari Altergott, Associated's corporate marketing manager, who was in charge of spreading word about company's recent rebranding. She is also in charge of updating Associated's website, publications, and advertising. To reflect changing buyer behaviors, Altergott has begun implementing different methods of online advertising using social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Read More

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AAMA responds to EPA call for comment on LRRP regulations.

April 4, 2011

Responding to EPA's call for comments on existing regulations, AAMA provided comments and information regarding economic impact of EPA's 2010 implementation of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting regulations and amendment to "opt-out" provision. AAMA questions EPA's decision to move forward on this rule based on limited and questionable scientific data; dichotomy of CDC research; and continued use of lead test kits that do not meet EPA false-positive criteria. Read More

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RIA announces 2011 Golden Quill Award winner. .

April 4, 2011

RIA presented its 2011 Golden Quill award to Patrick Moffett, REA, CHMM, of Environmental Management and Engineering in Huntington Beach, CA, for his 2-part series on removing skunk odors and residues from buildings and contents. Articles are reviewed by panel of judges who present award based on degree of usefulness of information to readers; composition and clarity of the article; and style or personality conveyed by author. Read More

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AIA Makes Statement on WTO subsidies decision.

April 4, 2011

Final ruling of World Trade Organization (WTO) 353 Panel, rejecting majority of Europe's claims against US of illegal subsidization of its large commercial aircraft industry, was welcomed by AIA. This outcome is the opposite of recent 316 Panel ruling, where 80% of US claims of illegal European subsidies were upheld. Combined, said rulings highlight market-distorting effects of European launch aid and testify as to strength of WTO as arbiter of international trade disputes. Read More

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BIO announces 2011 World Congress presenting companies.

April 4, 2011

BIO has announced industrial biotechnology companies selected to present their technology development and business models to audience of investors and analysts at BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Company executives from emerging industrial biotechnology companies seeking investment and partnering opportunities will make formal 25-minute presentations on their new technologies, accomplishments, milestones, value proposition, and business case. Read More

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NIST Collaboration demonstrates spin-orbit coupling of atoms.

April 4, 2011

Physicists at Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling. The new work, published in Nature, demonstrates this effect for the first time in bosons, and same technique could be applied to fermions, according to the researchers. Technique has potential applications to quantum computing, next-generation spintronics devices, and even atomtronic devices built from ultracold atoms. Read More

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Manufacturing Institute releases roadmap for education reform.

April 4, 2011

The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of NAM, has released Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing. Document lays out 6 principles for innovative reform, including moving to competency-based education; establishing and expanding industry-education partnerships; infusing technology in education; creating excitement for manufacturing careers; applying manufacturing principles like "lean" to reduce education costs; and expanding successful youth development programs. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to highlight 11 new products.

April 4, 2011

Eleven products have been selected for inclusion in the Innovative Technology Center at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), April 12-14, 2011. Assessed by review board of industry experts, products were selected based on representation of new or emerging technology of significant value and relevance to electronics manufacturing industry. Some products include Dual Nozzle Selective Soldering Feature, Nano-ProTek Fluxophobic Stencil Technology, RT/duroid® 6035HTC laminate, and SMT 520 Low Gold Immersion Gold Plating. Read More

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Certified Restorer Program has new instructors, requirements.

April 4, 2011

In addition to 3 new instructors, changes regarding Restoration Industry Association (RIA) Certified Restorer® (CR) Certification include prerequisite requirements, curriculum for overall course of study, candidate manual and study guide revison, online learning courses, and curriculum instruction during final CR Prep Course. CR Prep Course will be held at Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) in Chicago, IL from November 7-11, and CR exam will be administered on final day. Read More

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Energy Policy must help U.S. companies commercialize biofuels.

April 4, 2011

To promote energy security and reduce over-reliance on imported oil, U.S. policymakers must remain committed to expanding the market for U.S. produced biofuels and biobased products as well as commercialization of new technologies. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, policies announced by President Obama will provide important support to path-breaking biotechnology companies seeking to build commercial-scale cellulosic and advanced biorefineries. Read More

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NTSB Safety Recommendations aim to improve airplane safety.

April 1, 2011

NTSB has made several recommendations, A-11-18 through A-11-31, to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Suggestions address committed-to-stop point, checklist standardization and use, as well as work with National Weather Service. Prescription sleep medication use and education on fatigue factors as well as common sleep-related conditions were also covered, along with runway excursion prevention technology research, wet runway landing distance data, and terrain database installation. Read More

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IPC Apex Expo 2011 will feature over 250 new products.

April 1, 2011

Showcasing more than 250 new products and services that demonstrate advancements in electronics manufacturing industry technologies and processes, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) will take place April 12-14, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Over 350 exhibitors serving electronics assembly and printed board industries are set to display technologies, materials, and processes designed to help companies meet evolving industry challenges, such as those regarding environment, compatibility, reliability, and storage. Read More

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Steps towards U.S. Earthquake Resiliency are mapped out in new study.

April 1, 2011

National Earthquake Resilience-Research, Implementation, and Outreach, presents 20-year roadmap for increasing U.S. earthquake resiliency. Prepared by National Research Council, report describes 18 categories of focused activities necessary for accomplishing strategic plan adopted by federal government's National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), which is led by NIST and includes Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey. Read More