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ASHRAE GreenGuide addresses sustainable building design.

November 23, 2010

Third edition of the ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings covers guidelines on sustainable energy master planning; information on how issues related to carbon emissions affect building design; building information modeling; strategies for greening existing buildings; and updates on green building rating systems and standards. GreenTips found throughout guide highlight techniques, processes, measures, or special systems in concise format. Read More

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EPA finalizes rules to foster safe carbon storage technology.

November 23, 2010

U.S. EPA finalized two rules related to the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide. CCS technology allows carbon dioxide to be captured at stationary sources such as power plants and large industrial operations and injected underground for long-term storage in a process called geologic sequestration. Rules aim to protect drinking water and to track amount of carbon dioxide that is sequestered from facilities that carry out geologic sequestration. Read More

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Economist Sees Optimistic Signs for small manufacturing sector.

November 23, 2010

In FMA's Fabrinomics economic update newsletter, FMA economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl asserts there exists a mood of optimism in small business community. He cites National Federation of Small Business Optimism Index, which rose by 2.7 points and currently rests at 91.7. Kuehl stresses 3 factors for recovery: return of consumer demand, access to capital for businesses to meet expanded need, and semi-predictable environment for business owners to plan how to grow their businesses. Read More

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Whitepaper highlights workflow-driven approach to MOM.

November 23, 2010

MESA Whitepaper No. 32 is designed to educate MESA members about workflow-enabled technologies that drive value in plants and across extended operations. Workflows are structured activities primarily involving human-to-human or human-to-machine interactions. Paper explores globalization and organizational challenges associated with introduction of workflow technology into Manufacturing Operations Management by providing examples implemented in production environments. Read More

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RMA Vehicle Survey Findings stress need to check tire treads.

November 23, 2010

Sponsored by RMA, tire industry survey showed that nearly 11% of 6,300 vehicles had at least one bald tire, 55% of vehicles had at least one under-inflated tire, and that just 17% of vehicles had 4 properly inflated tires. RMA suggests checking tire tread depth using penny test, and by checking for wear bars that appear even with outside of tread, to know when to replace tires. Organization also recommends that tire inflation pressure be checked every month and before long trips. Read More

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IREC Releases First Model Program Rules for Community Renewables.

November 23, 2010

Based on best practices, IREC's Model Program Rules for Community Renewables facilitate co-investment in local renewable power facilities. Rules consider basic issues, such as renewable system size, interconnection, eligibility, allocation of benefits, and net metering of system production. IREC executive director Jane Weissman believes "community policies, if well designed, can provide the right approach to create additional opportunities for customers to support solar development. Read More

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IPC criticizes bad science in Greenpeace electronics guide.

November 23, 2010

IPC is criticizing the bad science in latest revision of "Guide to Greener Electronics," which rates consumer electronics companies against Greenpeace criteria on hazardous substances, take back and recycling, energy use, and climate change. According to IPC, Greenpeace is penalizing companies for failing to phase out and openly support restrictions on BFRs. Science does not support need to phase out all BFRs and, in fact, shows that TBBPA is safe for humans and the environment. Read More

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Eurotec Conference to be co-located with Spain's Equiplast show.

November 23, 2010

SPE reached agreement with trade show organizer Fira de Barcelona to co-locate first SPE EUROTEC(TM) plastics technical conference with Equiplast exposition in Barcelona, Spain. EUROTEC will now take place on November 14-15 in 2011, the first 2 days of 5-day Equiplast show, at Barcelona's Gran Via Exhibition Center. As broad-based, high-quality technical conference, EUROTEC will offer several hundred original, peer-reviewed presentations on developments in plastics technology. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for November.

November 23, 2010

According to November 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate virtually unchanged business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 20% of participant forecast improvement in economic activity, while 57% predict activity will remain unchanged, and 23% report that activity will decline. Additionally, percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff dipped to 15% in November from 17% in October. Read More

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Manufacturing Poll reports that business is better in 2010.

November 22, 2010

According to FMA poll of factory executives, supervisors, and engineers, manufacturing sector is on its way to economic recovery. More than 72% of manufacturers surveyed at FABTECH trade show reported business is either much better or somewhat better in 2010 when compared to 2009. Another 18% said business was neither better nor worse and only 10% said it was worse. Nearly half of respondents said their companies added permanent full-time staff in 2010 and another 30% hired temporary workers. Read More

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FAA proposes requiring pilot certificates to include photos.

November 19, 2010

Under FAA proposal, pilots would obtain new certificates on which their photograph would appear with proposed expiration date of 8 years. At the end of that time period, pilots would need to update their photo and obtain new certificate. If finalized, resulting regulation will fulfill provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which requires FAA to issue plastic, tamper-resistant pilot certificates with photos. Read More

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IPC Training and Certification Programs updated for standard revisions.

November 19, 2010

IPC has released training and certification programs for revision E of IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies, and J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies. Each standard supports related training and certification course for trainers and for application specialists, leading to certified IPC trainer and certified IPC application specialist credentials respectively. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation names new members to Board of Directors.

November 19, 2010

Fieldbus Foundation has announced that Dr. Gunther Kegel, President of Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, has been elected chairman of foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Kegel replaces John Berra of Emerson Process Management, who is retiring after serving 16 years in his foundation leadership post. Other executives named to board include Daniel Huber of ABB, Takuji Hosoya of Azbil, Peter Zornio of Emerson Process Management, and Ralph Carter of Rockwell Automation. Read More

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IREC Webinar addresses solar energy workforce development.

November 19, 2010

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Workforce Development Webinar will be held December 2 at 2pm EST and last for 1 hr 15 min. There is no fee, but registration is required. As the solar industry grows, workforce development is dynamic field, and this webinar will examine trends and resources. Presenters Andrea Luecke, Joe Sarubbi, and Pat Fox will respectively address National Solar Jobs Census, Training Trends, as well as Credentialing Training Programs and IREC Resources. Read More

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NEMA-Published Brochure details incandescent bulb phase-out.

November 18, 2010

Lighting Options for Your Home summarizes 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandates reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and explains how changeover from incandescent lamps will help accomplish sustainability goals. Beginning in 2012 (one year later in California) and ending in 2014, traditional 100, 75, 60, and 40 W incandescents will be phased out. Lighting options - halogen, compact fluorescent, LED - are explained in detail. Read More

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Accreditation Workshops through 2011 are open for registration.

November 18, 2010

Held in Washington, DC, ANSI accreditation workshops through 2011 are led by nationally recognized experts. Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop explains international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons. Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop introduces American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs as well as ANSI-CAP. Combination course is also available. Read More

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PTDA presents Warren Pike Award to Penny Omnès.

November 18, 2010

PTDA has named Penny Omnès, director, BCB Corporation Services, Ltd. the 21st recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control industry. Omnès began volunteering with PTDA in 1993, serving on the Marketing Committee, and then went on to chair the Industry Relations Committee in 1996. Omnès joined the Board of Directors the following year and became association's first and, to date, only female president in 2000. Read More

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Rotary Pump Test Standard updated by Hydraulic Institute.

November 18, 2010

Hydraulic Institute (HI) introduced ANSI/HI 3.6-2010, Rotary Pump Tests. Updated standard, which applies to industrial/commercial rotary positive displacement pumps, includes detailed procedures on setup and methods for conducting hydrostatic test and performance tests. Specifically, updates include complete reformatting of Standard to one-column layout, use of larger graphics and figures, detailed descriptions, and equation for pump output power. Read More

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EPA to expand chemicals testing for endocrine disruption.

November 17, 2010

The U.S. EPA has identified list of 134 chemicals that will be screened for their potential to disrupt endocrine system, which regulates growth, metabolism, and reproduction in animals and humans. List includes chemicals that have been identified as priorities under Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as those used in pesticides, solvents, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals, including benzene, perchlorate, urethane, ethylene glycol, and erythromycin. Read More

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NTSB adds motorcycle safety to Most Wanted List.

November 17, 2010

NTSB updated its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements by adding motorcycle safety. Since head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes, NTSB recommends that everyone on a motorcycle be required to wear a helmet that complies with DOT's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. Currently, 27 states and 1 territory have partial laws that require minors and/or passengers to wear helmets, while Iowa, Illinois, and New Hampshire have no helmet laws. Read More