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MESA sets 2011 Conference dates in North America and Europe.

February 9, 2011

MESA's North American Conference will be held September 19-21 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., while the European Conference will be held November 8-10 at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands. With the theme, "Cloudy with a Chance for Profits," both conferences will provide attendees with a forum to network with peers and exchange strategies to drive real-time operations excellence. MESA has also opened the call for presenters for both conferences. Read More

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Energy Department to support early-stage solar technologies.

February 9, 2011

U.S. DOE announced investment of up to $7 million in total funding through NREL to support development and commercialization of solar energy technologies. In current round of PV Technology Incubator program, companies were selected in 1 of 2 categories: Tier 1, representing development of commercially viable prototypes, receiving up to $1 million over 12 months; and Tier 2, representing development and manufacturing scale-up of pilot-scale processes receiving up to $4 million over 18 months. Read More

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USDA will let farmers plant biotech sugar beets for 2011 season.

February 9, 2011

U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will issue partial deregulation for Roundup Ready sugar beets, which are genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyphosate. Partial deregulation is necessary so growers can begin spring planting while USDA completes comprehensive environmental impact statement ordered by District Court ruling in August 2010, which will further analyze potential environmental impact of crop. Read More

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Call for Papers announced for 2011 IMTTA.

February 9, 2011

A Call for Papers for the 2011 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards has been announced by the Italian Trade Commission. Competition asks upper level students attending premier North American universities to write a thesis on the relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering-related industries and the issues they face. Aim of program is to enrich engineering education of students and to advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry. Read More

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AAMA publishes glass-related documents to industry site.

February 9, 2011

AAMA has posted glass-related documents on website managed by Glass Association of North America and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. Reference site includes AAMA CW-12-84, AAMA DDGA-89, AAMA CW-13-85, AAMA 1505-09, AAMA 2001-07, and AAMA TIR A7-83 documents. Covering all aspects of glass and fenestration, documents are categorized by codes and standards, design and fabrication, voluntary test methods, post fabrication and installation, thermal performance, and care and maintenance. Read More

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NIST opens cloud computing documents for public comment.

February 9, 2011

NIST has published A NIST Definition of Cloud Computing, SP 800-145 as well as Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing, SP 800-144 that provides overview of security and privacy challenges for public cloud computing. Organization is seeking public comment for both documents by no later than February 28, 2011. It has also announced NIST Cloud Computing Collaboration Site which offers general information about NIST's cloud computing program and lists cloud computing events. Read More

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NIST to Cease Calibrating Mercury Thermometers in March.

February 9, 2011

Beginning March 1, 2011, NIST will no longer provide calibration services for mercury thermometers. NIST began providing this service in 1901, and its closure is part of larger, collaborative effort to phase out mercury thermometer use altogether. While some ASTM standards stipulate use of mercury thermometers, these standards have fallen behind state laws. Presently, 300 of ~700 standards have been amended to allow for use of mercury-free liquid-in-glass and digital thermometers. Read More

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HART® Communication Foundation names plant of the year.

February 9, 2011

HART® Communication Foundation has selected MOL Plc Danube Refinery located in Százhalombatta, Hungary, as recipient of 2010 HART Plant of the Year Award. Beginning in 2002, MOL engineers decided to install HART-enabled devices throughout their operation and since then, number of valves selected for repair during planned shutdown has dropped from 60% to about 5%. More than 30,000 of plant's 50,000 instruments are now HART-enabled, with 3,700 of these mostly control valves and instruments. Read More

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NFPA creates forum for the fluid power industry.

February 9, 2011

NFPA will have a strong presence at IFPE 2011, which is scheduled for March 22-26, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. IFPE focuses on the integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. Co-located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 exposition for construction industries and ICON Expo, with emphasis on concrete products industry, IFPE provides platform for interaction between engineers in fluid power and its key end-use markets. Read More

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FPSA Engages Marketing Partner for Process Expo 2011.

February 9, 2011

FPSA engaged Adfinity Marketing Group to help with marketing Process Expo 2011, The Global Food Equipment and Technology Show(TM). Commenting on this choice, FSPA president and CEO David Seckman said that Adfinity, bringing their "extensive food industry knowledge," will aid in reaching out and securing attendees, promoting show activities, and branding Process Expo as "the premiere global food equipment and technology show." This show is the first for which FPSA is the sole organizer. Read More

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PROCESS EXPO Website launched in Spanish-language version.

February 9, 2011

Food Processing Suppliers Association announced that it has launched a Spanish language version of the PROCESS EXPO website, which is part of a comprehensive program to inform Latin American food processing professionals about the benefits of participating in PROCESS EXPO, taking place Nov 1-4, 2011 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Having content in Spanish on myprocessexpo.com will help attendees identify sessions that are most important to them. Read More

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Process Expo 2011 expands show floor to meet strong demand.

February 8, 2011

FPSA announced that it has expanded the show floor for PROCESS EXPO 2011 to 252,000 net square feet to accommodate space requests from new exhibitors and existing exhibitors requesting space upgrades. Suppliers of food processing and packaging equipment have signed on in record numbers to exhibit, with space surpassing 2010 by 60%. New exhibitors point to presence of bellwether suppliers on show floor as a major factor in deciding to commit to 2011 show. Read More

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2011 TLVs® and BEIs® have been ratified by ACGIH Board.

February 8, 2011

ACGIH® Board of Directors ratified 2011 Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs®). It also approved recommendations for additions to Notice of Intended Changes (NIC). Annual Reports of ratifications will be published in winter issue of ACGIH newsletter, and draft documentation for substances on NIC is also available online. Documentation for adopted substances and agents will be available by March 7, 2011. Read More

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Webinar Series Continues with focus on high-voltage PCB design.

February 8, 2011

As part of IPC's Online Education Winter Webinars, industry expert and inventor Robert Tarzwell will present Design of High Voltage PCBs on February 15 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Central time. This presentation will discuss concerns with design and fabrication technologies needed to successfully make high-voltage PCBs. Attendees will receive one free eBook: Designing High Voltage PCBs, from DMRPCB.com. Read More

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ZigBee-Certified Smart Energy Products reach 100th product milestone.

February 8, 2011

ZigBee Smart Energy(TM) has reached 100th ZigBee Certified product milestone. Products manufactured by 49 companies are available in every category needed to implement ZigBee Smart Energy home area network (HAN), from energy service portals to meters, displays, programmable communicating thermostats, and smart plugs. Since all ZigBee Smart Energy products are ZigBee Certified to perform regardless of manufacturer, utilities and consumers can buy with confidence from various sources. Read More

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SAE and Zigbee® Alliance collaborate on electric vehicle standard.

February 8, 2011

SAE International and ZigBee® Alliance will collaborate on ZigBee Smart Energy(TM) v2.0 standard development. Standard will define how Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs) and power grid interact, whether at consumer's home or at remote location, and provide drivers with real-time information needed to control energy use, manage charging costs, and receive utility incentives. Control functions necessary to safely manage charging of PEVs while maintaining grid integrity will also be covered. Read More

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Fluid Power Industry Forum to be offered at IFPE 2011.

February 8, 2011

Held in Las Vegas, NV from March 22-26, IFPE 2011 focuses on integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control. It provides platform for interaction between engineers in fluid power and its key end-use markets. As gathering place for NFPA members and other IFPE attendees, NFPA booth will host small, informal meetings with industry colleagues and customers. Also, reception will be held at NFPA booth S14129 on March 23 immediately after show. Read More

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NEMA addresses court ruling on power transmission corridors.

February 8, 2011

NEMA expressed disappointment when U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit overturned DOE efforts to establish two National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors. NEMA's Evan R. Gaddis said ruling delays timely development of reliable electric grid in mid-Atlantic region and southern California. "The current process for siting interstate transmission lines is too slow and too costly to the public," stated Gaddis, who also said lines are needed to deliver power from renewable energy sources. Read More

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BIO supports passage of Patent Reform Act of 2011.

February 8, 2011

BIO commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing The Patent Reform Act of 2011, which will enhance quality and efficiency, objectivity, predictability, and transparency of patent system. BIO appreciates the continued dedication of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA), and bill's other cosponsors for their efforts to craft bipartisan, consensus-oriented patent reform legislation that was approved by Committee without a single opposition vote. Read More

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FABTECH shifts show dates to November 14-17.

February 8, 2011

Originally scheduled to begin on Sunday, FABTECH 2011 will now open on Monday, Nov. 14 and run through Thursday, Nov. 17. Change is due to an increase in exhibitor participation and demand for larger booth spaces. In addition, exhibitors are making plans to display highly automated machinery on show floor, and the new dates will provide an additional move-in day. Event is expected to draw 30,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibiting companies covering more than 450,000 net ft² of floor space. Read More