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Fieldbus Foundation releases updated SIF Specification. .

December 8, 2010

Providing solution for fieldbus-based safety systems, updated release of FOUNDATION Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF) technology includes FF-SIF Technical Specification, FOUNDATION for SIF Interoperability Test Kit, and DD Library. By implementing FF-SIF, process plants can achieve enhanced diagnostics through integrated asset management system, and minimize need for testing final control elements, allowing for early detection of dangerous device failures. Read More

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MESA publishes White Paper 37: Data Architecture for MOM.

December 8, 2010

Many organizations have difficulty managing data associated with manufacturing operations. Fragmentation across systems, multiple points of failure, and data inconsistency lead to product quality issues. Successfully used for master data management, Manufacturing Master Data Management Patterns and best practices resolve these problems. White Paper describes typical data management problems and provides effective architectural and governance approach to resolve them. Read More

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ATS/CTS Certified Instructor Programs scheduled for 2011.

December 8, 2010

Automotive Tire Service (ATS) and Commercial Tire Service (CTS) Certified Instructor programs qualify enrollees to return to their place of business and conduct Certified Technician courses for their employees. ATS program combines classroom instruction with hands-on education, and CTS program utilizes same combination while meeting requirements of OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.177. Both classes are held in 3- or 4-day sessions either in Baltimore, MD or Denver, CO. Read More

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NAM Partners with Commerce Department to boost exports.

December 8, 2010

New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI) - strategic partnership announced between NAM, US Commerce Department, and FedEx - aims to facilitate manufacturer export to new markets and global customer discovery. Specifically, NMEI will offer NAM members export expertise of experienced commercial officer as well as direct access to Department of Commerce programs. FedEx will provide expert logistics advice and services to manufacturers. Read More

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ASTM Standard Development to cover diesel exhaust fluid.

December 8, 2010

ASTM, with support from API, will host organizational meeting to discuss development of consensus standards for support testing of diesel exhaust fluid processed using selective catalytic reduction. To take place on January 6, 2011, meeting will cover potential subjects such as storage materials and containers, identification of organic impurities, determination of material suitability, shelf life of fluid, distribution systems, climatic impact, and fluid disposal. Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Index declines to record low.

December 8, 2010

NEMA's index for incandescent lamps declined 17.2% for third quarter, registering record low reading of 46.5. Index also showed year-over-year decline of nearly 19.0%. Shipments of compact fluorescent lamps waned as well, with index dipping 18.2% to 168.8. However, CFLs continue to garner nearly 1 out of every 4 lamp sales, and this is expected to continue until first phase of incandescent lamp efficiency regulations established by EISA 2007 take effect in 2012. Read More

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MCAA elects new leaders for 2011.

December 8, 2010

MCAA elected James P. Bolin, Jr., COO of Process Automation for Pepperl + Fuchs as its Chairman for next year. Mr. Bolin joined Pepperl + Fuchs in Twinsburg, OH in 1997 and is currently responsible for all of the Process Automation Division's activities in Northern South America, Latin America, US, Canada, and Mexico. Wally Stommes, President of StoneL will serve as Vice Chairman as well as Treasurer of Association. Wally is a co-founder of StoneL, a business division of Metso Automation. Read More

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Motors Demand Falters during third quarter of 2010.

December 8, 2010

NEMA Motors Shipments Index slipped 4.4% during third quarter of 2010. Although demand is below levels observed 2 years ago, shipments have trended higher over past 1.5 years and registered year-over-year gain of more than 8% during third quarter. While fractional horsepower motors gained in market demand, integral horsepower motor shipments continued to weaken. Concerning manufacturing sector recovery, output growth slowed to 4% during 2010 Q3. Read More

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PROCESS EXPO 2011 to analyze trade floor activity.

December 8, 2010

FPSA has contracted with ethnoMetrics, an exhibition consulting firm that measures show traffic flow and evaluates performance of face-to-face marketing environments. FPSA Chairman of the Board Scott Scriven remarked information from ethnoMetrics' cameras helps exhibitors evaluate sales team and booth design/location performance. FPSA will also utilize RFID at PROCESS EXPO 2011 to provide another layer of vital and useful measurements, metrics, and business intelligence data. Read More

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APICS covers findings from corporate social responsibility event.

December 8, 2010

APICS announced key findings from event exploring APICS members' roles in corporate social responsibility and sustainability in relation to the United Nations Global Compact. One outcome from the World Café was the growing acceptance of profits and sustainability as not mutually exclusive concepts. Demonstrating benefits of sustainable operations and supply chain processes often include cost savings. Participants also closely tied CSR to corporate reputation and supply chain. Read More

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IFPE 2011 Exhibit Space now sold out.

December 8, 2010

Scheduled for March 22-26, IFPE 2011 will be largest in show's history, with show floor covering 140,450 net sq-ft of exhibit space. IFPE focuses on integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. Show will feature more than 400 exhibitors, with pavilions from American Gear Manufacturers Association and Power Transmission Distributors Association, sensors manufacturers, as well as international pavilions from China, Italy, and Taiwan. Read More

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ASHRAE Press Breakfast to focus on latest standard updates.

December 8, 2010

Scheduled for Monday, January 31, ASHRAE Press Breakfast will take a look at the most recent version of Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. It will also provide an update to Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and outline how the standard has impacted the building industry. Read More

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AHR Expo Sessions address air leakage, energy standards.

December 8, 2010

ASHRAE will provide guidance on industry hot topics via 2 free sessions at AHR Expo® in Las Vegas, NV. A Practical Guide for Reducing Air Leakage in HVAC Air Systems takes place January 31, and Standard 90.1 - 2010 Update: How It Affects You takes place February 1. Each offers 1.5 PDHs. First session focuses on knowledge of excessive air leakage in HVAC systems as significant source of energy waste, and later session provides review of and 100+ addenda to previous standard. Read More

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ANSI Board names volunteer leaders for 2011.

December 8, 2010

ANSI Board of Directors has announced new members and officers for term beginning January 1, 2011. Arthur E. Cote, P.E., supported by NFPA, was re-appointed for third and final one-year term as ANSI's chairman of the Board. Sharon K. Stanford of American Dental Association will serve her first term as vice chair. Belinda Collins, Ph.D. was re-elected for second and final 2-year term, and Laura E. Hitchcock and James A. Thomas will continue in their respective positions. Read More

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Public Comment Period on China's RoHS open until Dec 20, 2010.

December 8, 2010

In line with WTO's Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, China has formally notified the WTO of proposed revisions to Chinese legislation guiding use of toxic and hazardous materials in electronic and electrical products. ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China has published an English translation of the Chinese document for full members. ANSI encourages interested U.S. stakeholders to submit comments regarding proposed changes and their potential impact on U.S. companies. Read More

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ANTEC Speaker Dr. Young Kim to discuss organic electronics.

December 8, 2010

Dr. Young Kim, a polymer scientist specializing in applications of plastics in electronics, will address plenary session at SPE ANTEC® 2011 conference, which will be held May 1-5. Dr. Kim will speak on topic Paradigm Shift Towards Organic Electronics. While advantages of organic electronics compared to conventionally used inorganics are numerous, Dr. Kim will review critical issues he confronted in striving to apply polymers as electronic materials, including chemical and physical stability. Read More

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Fabricators Conference explores ways to grow business.

December 7, 2010

To be held March 2-4, FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 6th Annual Metal Matters in March will offer knowledge, skill development, inspirational ideas, and networking opportunities with which to improve operations and build strategic partnerships for business growth. Program will feature industry-specific keynote addresses, peer-facilitated roundtables, and tabletop exhibits as well as creative workshops, networking events, and award presentations. Read More

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EPA Enforcement Report shows pentalies yield reduced pollution.

December 7, 2010

Accoding to its own annual enforcement and compliance results regarding fiscal year 2010, US EPA took enforcement and compliance actions that required polluters to pay more than $110 million in civil penalties and commit to spend estimated $12 billion on pollution controls, cleanup, and environmental projects. These actions, when completed, will reduce pollution by more than 1.4 billion pounds. Enforcement ensures accountability regarding environmental law. Read More

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Nonprofit Group Sought to manage space station research.

December 7, 2010

Independent, nonprofit research management organization is being sought to develop and manage US portion of the International Space Station. In addition to stimulating uses of station as national laboratory and maximizing US investment, selected organization will capitalize on unique venue of orbiting laboratory as national resource as well as develop and manage diversified research and development portfolio based on US needs for basic and applied research in various fields. Read More

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Infotech Enterprises Executive named to AEM Board of Directors.

December 7, 2010

AEM has named Tony Hughes of Infotech Enterprises in Bartonville, IL to AEM Board of Directors. Hughes is Senior Account Manager-Strategic Accounts for the company and is also 2011 Chair of AEM's Associate Member Group. AEM directors help set guidelines and operating policies of the association, which covers service areas such as technical and product safety support, equipment statistics and market information, public policy representation, and trade shows. Read More