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Motor Shipments edge higher to close out 2010.

March 4, 2011

Demand for motors edged higher during fourth quarter of 2010 as NEMA's Motors Shipments Index increased 1.4% from the previous quarter. Shipments remain appreciably lower than levels observed during 2006-2008 time period, but demand has trended higher over past 6 quarters, climbing nearly 14% since mid-2009. On year-over-year basis, shipments registered gain of 3.9% versus fourth quarter of 2009. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to address solar panel assembly.

March 3, 2011

Scheduled for April 12-14, IPC APEX EXPO will include Solar Assembly and Solar Living Pavilion, which will feature multimedia displays on panel assembly, lamination, tabbing, stringing, and cell manufacturing from industry contributors. Celestica will provide multimedia display of solar panel assembly, while solar cell stringing will be demonstrated with Komax Solar's Xcell interconnection platform. In addition, Bürkle will display its Multi-Opening Lamination Lines called Ypsator®. Read More

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IFPE 2011 to offer college level courses.

March 3, 2011

During IFPE 2011, taking place March 21-22, 2011, NFPA will partner with Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power to host half-day college level technical courses for practicing engineers. Courses will offer hands-on technical knowledge on fluid power and hydraulics with focus on hydraulic fluids and their applications; design, modeling, and control of hybrid vehicles; noise in hydraulic fluid power systems; and basic lubrication. Read More

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PMMI to connect foreign and North American firms at Interpack 2011.

March 3, 2011

PMMI will be present at Hall 12, Stand F01 at Interpack 2011, which will take place May 12-18 in Germany. Attendees can connect with North American marketplace through PMMI's more than 560 member companies by entering company name, product, or keyword at computer kiosk in PMMI stand. Information on PACK EXPO Las Vegas will be available, and companies can enter to win free trip. Visitors can also learn about PMMI's EXPO PACK México and PACK EXPO International. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for January 2011.

March 3, 2011

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 3.7% and bookings decreased 7.7% in January 2011 from January 2010, while book-to-bill ratio edged up to 0.97. Flexible circuit shipments were up 10.7% while bookings were up 5.3% compared to January 2010, and book-to-bill ratio climbed above parity to 1.01. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in January 2011 increased 4.3% from January 2010. Read More

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Manufacturing Convention fosters growth through opportunity.

March 3, 2011

NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will host Manufacturing Innovations 2011, which is scheduled to take place May 14-18 in Orlando, FL. By providing access to emerging technologies, partnerships, methodologies, and new business opportunities, annual event helps U.S. manufacturers profit, grow, and position themselves for future. Event will host over 100 technical sessions as well as multiple networking opportunities, including chance for one-on-one matchmaking sessions. Read More

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NIST Publication addresses information security risk management.

March 3, 2011

Managing Information Security Risk: Organization, Mission, and Information System View (NIST Special Publication 800-39) provides groundwork for 3-tiered risk management approach. Goal is to ensure that strategic considerations drive investment and operational decisions with regard to managing risk to organizational operations, organizational assets, individuals, other organizations (collaborating or partnering with federal agencies and contractors), and nation. Read More

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IHS Automotive's Mike Jackson to give SPE AutoEPCON keynote.

March 3, 2011

Mike Jackson, director of North American Vehicle Forecasts at IHS Automotive (formerly CSM Worldwide), is first confirmed keynote speaker for sixth annual SPE® Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference and Exhibition (AutoEPCON). His 30 minute presentation, Global Market Outlook: Divergent Paths and Pressure Points, will start conference at 8:30 am on April 26 and focus on new industry growth factors by product mix and region as tempered by supply-chain concerns and other factors. Read More

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Rotary Mower Blade Ductility Test Standard faces further revision.

March 3, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) initiated a project to revise material and safety references cited in ANSI/ASAE S483.1, Rotary Mower Blade Ductility Test. This decision stems from identification of several outdated references found during regular periodic review of said document 5 years after its November 2005 revision. Expected completion date of new revision is late June 2011. Read More

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Demand for Industrial Control Equipment continues to rise.

March 3, 2011

During fourth quarter of 2010, NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 3.3% on quarter-to-quarter basis. Index has registered sequential gains in 5 of last 6 quarters, and, with this latest increase, is nearly 24% above its level of one year earlier. Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, which serves as broader measure of industrial controls demand, advanced 2.5% between third and fourth quarter of 2010 and registered 21.6% gain versus 4Q 2009. Read More

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Lighting Equipment Demand remained weak in 4Q 2010.

March 3, 2011

NEMA's Lighting Systems Index receded 2.1% on quarter-to-quarter basis during 4Q 2010. Year-over-year results indicated aggregate lighting equipment demand has not improved appreciably since recovery began and remains below levels observed during previous economic expansion. Among 5 lighting systems products included in index, emergency lighting, ballasts, and large lamps posted year-over-year declines in shipments, while fixtures and miniature lamps registered solid gains. Read More

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AEM Hosts Industry Briefing on GPS-Interference Issue.

March 3, 2011

AEM-hosted briefing of industry groups and DC-based member companies addressed FCC interim decision on bandwidth adjacent to GPS spectrum. Over objections of industry groups and federal agencies, FCC granted waiver for new company to build new broadband network. Those that objected felt new spectrum network would run too close to GPS spectrum and could cause significant interference. GPS providers believe this issue needs to be studied objectively and extensively. Read More

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NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory supports increased services demand.

March 2, 2011

NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory will expand NSF services in Asia to include testing of food equipment, dietary supplements and ingredients, as well as consumer products. Also, facility and staff will provide on-site training for food safety, pharmaceutical, medical device, and dietary supplement manufacturing. This will provide companies with means to source safer products, raw materials, and ingredients from Asia via independent, third-party testing and certification. Read More

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RIA Automation Conference to take place March 21-24, 2011.

March 2, 2011

Sponsored by RIA and AIA, Automate 2011 will take place in Chicago from March 21-24 and will include exhibits incorporating robots, machine vision, motion control, and related automation technologies. These will be shown by system integrators, so end users will be able to meet and compare various integrators in order to find right solutions partner. Event will also feature conference focused on applying robotics, machine vision, and motion solutions to help companies automate their processes. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Programs to address Green initiatives.

March 2, 2011

Scheduled for April 12-14, 2011, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) will include environmental standards development meetings, as well as Free BUZZ Sessions where 2 expert panels will discuss aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility. Measuring Your Carbon Footprint will share industry efforts to assess and measure GHGs, while Technical Conference on Environmental Issues will offer practical considerations for choosing in-line cleaners and show how to assess readiness for complying with RoHS Directive changes. Read More

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Nominations Sought for 2011 George Washington Carver Award.

March 2, 2011

Fourth annual George Washington Carver Award will recognize an individual's significant and innovative accomplishments that have employed industrial biotechnology to facilitate advancement of biobased economy and industrial sustainability. Nominations for this award, which will be presented at 2011 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, are due by March 7, 2011. Nominees must be living individuals who have made significant contributions to industrial biotechnology. Read More

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Energy Standard Manual provides guidance for energy efficient building design.

March 2, 2011

User's Manual to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides detailed guidance on how to apply ASHRAE/IES standard. Guide explains intentions behind provisions in standard and how they apply to buildings through written words as well as illustrations and example problems. Manual also identifies changes that have taken place since 2007 edition and uses calculations/examples to tell how new provisions apply. Read More

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EPA announces next steps for GHG Reporting Program.

March 2, 2011

EPA's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program has completed extensive work to develop GHG reporting requirements for wide range of industries in response to Congressional mandates. Program will provide Congress, stakeholders, and public with information about these emissions while helping businesses identify cost-effective ways to reduce them. To ensure requirements are practical and understandable, agency is finalizing user-friendly online electronic reporting platform. Read More

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NEMA White Paper Published on application of dimming to HID lamps.

March 2, 2011

NEMA has published LSD 14 Guidelines on Application of Dimming to High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps. Paper provides guidance on application, combination, and practice of dimming of HID lighting systems. Technologies discussed include high-pressure sodium, metal halide, and mercury vapor, each of which responds differently to manipulation. Along with additional systems, revision incorporates updated recommendations for dimming in terms of output and systems employed. Read More

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NREL looks to expand biofuels partnerships.

March 2, 2011

NREL has completed construction on phase one of its Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility and phase two is currently underway. IBRF will provide place for NREL and industry to test demonstration-scale projects and speed commercialization of biofuels. Facility features 27,000 square foot high bay with one area where industry partners can bring in and test equipment, as well as upgraded laboratories, additional office space, and access to NREL expertise. Read More