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NAM Economist Says Fiscal Cliff is taking toll on manufacturers.

December 6, 2012

NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray called November manufacturing report from Institute for Supply Management (ISM) "a clear indication of the negative impact that the looming fiscal cliff is already having on our economy." Moutray continued, commenting how survey's employment index, which contracted for the first time in 3 years, shows that manufacturers are reducing their workforce. "Without a resolution to the fiscal cliff," said Moutray, "the economy will remain weak and stagnant." Read More

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Registration for 2013 Annual Meeting is now open.

December 5, 2012

From February 7-12, HI and Pump Systems Matter will host 2013 Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, FL. Hydraulic Institute technical committees will meet to address industry standards, guidelines, and DOE pump efficiency standards. In addition to variety of guest speakers, meeting will also include bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Market Intelligence Committee, and Standards Leadership Workshop. PSM meetings will include Board of Directors, Educational Affairs Steering Committee, and PSM Marketing Committee. Read More

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AEM announces winners of Pillar of the Industry awards.

December 5, 2012

Annual Pillar of the Industry awards recognize companies’ dedication and outstanding contributions to people and communities of equipment manufacturing industry through extensive I Make America campaign activities in support of pro-manufacturing policies to improve the economy. For 2012, total of 19 companies received Pillar of the Industry Awards – 16 for achieving Gold Status this year, and 3 honored as Gold Year 2 winners, for maintaining their Gold-level status earned last year. Read More

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ASTM Infant Swings Specification has been adopted in CPSC rule.

December 5, 2012

Provisions from ASTM International F2088-12a, Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Swings, have been incorporated in U.S. federal mandatory safety standard that was passed unanimously by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in order to improve safety of infant swings and prevent child injuries and deaths. This adoption of ASTM F2088 means all infant swings introduced into commerce must comply with standard, which defines "infant swing." Read More

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NREL, BESC Researchers solve puzzle of plant architecture.

December 5, 2012

NREL and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) scientists combined microscopic imaging methods to gain greater understanding of relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility. According to principal investigator Dr. Shi-You Ding of NREL, imaging technologies allowed interdisciplinary team to view plant architecture at scales from millimeter to nanometer. This breakthrough could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering costs of biofuel production. Read More

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Solar Radiation Database updated to cover 20 years of data.

December 5, 2012

NREL and collaborators released 20-year updated version of U.S. National Solar Radiation Database. Web-based technical report provides information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in USA and its territories. Covering years 1991–2010, updated database includes data from 2006–2010 for first time. Cloud algorithms for modeling solar radiation data are also included, along with State University of New York model for gridded data based on satellite observations. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2012.

December 4, 2012

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 1.1% in Oct 2012 from Oct 2011, and bookings decreased 9.2% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were down 12.4% and rigid bookings fell 14.3%. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2012 were up 15.6%, and bookings were down 18.9% compared to October 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments decreased 10.3% and flex bookings were down 0.5%. Read More

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NREL's Research Support Facility earns second LEED® Platinum.

December 4, 2012

Research Support Facility on campus of NREL in Golden, CO has earned its second LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from U.S. Green Building Council. LEED designation was awarded to 138,000 sq-ft RSF Expansion project, which added third wing to main office building. Between finish of initial RSF and start of expansion wing, NREL's Advanced Commercial Buildings Research team worked with design-build team and identified strategies to reduce energy use in RSF expansion by additional 17%. Read More