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EPA to set modest pace for greenhouse gas standards.

December 28, 2010

U.S. EPA issued plan for establishing greenhouse gas pollution standards under Clean Air Act in 2011. Agency looked at a number of sectors and is moving forward on GHG standards for fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries - 2 of the largest industrial sources, representing nearly 40% of GHG pollution in U.S. Under agreement, EPA will propose standards for power plants in July 2011 and for refineries in December 2011 and will issue final standards in May and November 2012, respectively. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for November 2010.

December 28, 2010

According to November findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 9.7% and bookings increased 4.3% in Nov 2010 from Nov 2009, while book-to-bill ratio fell to 0.96. Flexible circuit shipments were up 38.8%, bookings grew 14.2%, and book-to-bill ratio dropped to 0.92 compared to Nov 2009. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in Nov 2010 increased 11.8% from Nov 2009, as orders booked increased 5.0%. Read More

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PMI welcomes Member Services Committee co-chair.

December 24, 2010

PMI President Lee Mercer of Moen Incorporated has made his selection for new co-chair to help lead PMI's Member Services Committee. Tom Liebhardt of Moen Incorporated will serve alongside existing Co-Chair Rick Reles. Senior director of marketing in wholesale for Moen Incorporated for 3 years, Liebhardt directs a department of people responsible for product management, channel marketing, marketing communications, public relations, and brand management. Read More

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NEMA Publication toubleshoots HID roadway and area lighting.

December 23, 2010

NEMA published ANSI C136.26-2010 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment-Troubleshooting Guide for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Luminaires. Last revised in 2003 and focused solely on high-pressure sodium luminaires, revision offers step-by-step guidance for troubleshooting variety of HID lighting fixtures by in-field technicians. Contents address common problems such as lamps that are on continuously, cycle on/off, do not start, or burn dimly. Read More

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NAM Names Jay Timmons as president and CEO.

December 23, 2010

Effective January 2011, Chillicothe, OH native Jay Timmons will serve as NAM president and CEO. He has served as Executive Vice President at NAM and has extensive experience in government relations, public affairs, political campaigns, and business. Proving his leadership, Timmons has worked alongside manufacturers, members of Congress, and the Administration to advance pro-manufacturing agenda. Read More

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ELFA releases equipment finance index for November 2010.

December 23, 2010

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed rise of 13% for new business volume in November 2010 compared to November 2009, and decline of 8% from volume in October 2010. Receivables over 30 days increased in November from previous month and decreased compared to November 2009. Report also indicated slight decrease in credit approvals in November. "The data continue to show an uneven recovery for the equipment finance business," said ELFA's William G. Sutton. Read More

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Commerce Dept. issues framework for protecting consumer privacy.

December 23, 2010

U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force outlined initial set of recommendations to strengthen foundation of commercial data privacy in U.S. Also, Federal Trade Commission issued preliminary report proposing framework to balance interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop new products and services. Report recommends "Do Not Track" mechanism so consumers can choose whether to allow collection of data regarding online searching and browsing. Read More

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PowderMet 2011 Conference seeks technical papers.

December 23, 2010

Program committee for 2011 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials has issued a call for papers and posters covering the latest developments in powder metallurgy materials, processes, and applications. Several key topics have been identified for in-depth discussion within the special interest programs, such as advances in titanium PM, electronic materials applications, sinter hardening and leaner/economic powders, and PM materials for alternative energy. Read More

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Injection Molding Conference set for March 2011.

December 23, 2010

MPIF announces the opening of registration for MIM2011, an international conference on injection molding of metals, ceramics, and carbides, to be held March 14-16, 2011. Conference will feature 27 presentations as well as tabletop exhibition and networking reception. Sponsored by the Metal Injection Molding Association, a trade association of MPIF, and its affiliate APMI International, event will also offer optional 1-day tutorial on powder injection molding. Read More

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AIA Official releases 2010 industry financial statistics.

December 22, 2010

AIA's Marion C. Blakey announced aerospace sales of $216.5 billion in 2010 at 46th annual Year-end Review and Forecast Luncheon. "Aerospace has produced solid results, including a new sales record for the seventh straight year, leading all manufacturers in trade surplus and providing a sense of stability amidst the chaos of economic upheaval," Blakey said. Surplus of $53.3 billion is strongest of any manufacturing industry and, while employment declined, rate was slower than projected. Read More

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EPA delivers 15 years of acid rain reductions.

December 22, 2010

U.S. EPA released report that shows 15 years of successful results from its nationwide effort to address acid rain. Since its inception in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA's Acid Rain Program has earned widespread acclaim due to dramatic sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emission reductions that are saving American lives and ecosystems. An analysis estimates annual public health benefits of the program in 2010 alone at more than $120 billion. Read More

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Toll Processing Conference to focus on business strategies.

December 22, 2010

By attending Toll Processing 2011 Conference, metal producers/processors can learn how to best position their company in the marketplace and make informed business decisions. "Strategic Moves" conference will include keynote by Dan DiMicco, President and CEO of Nucor Corporation, on leadership qualities and restoring strength to American manufacturing. Keynote by Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute, will address U.S. manufacturers' ability to compete in global economy. Read More

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MHEDA Article discusses inventory control for distributors.

December 22, 2010

Fourth Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features article titled "Chopping vs. Pruning" from Albert D. Bates, Ph.D., president of the Profit Planning Group. Article discusses how effective asset reduction programs can help improve distributor profitability, particularly in times of recession. Bates defines chopping as immediate reduction in investment levels to generate cash quickly. Pruning is a gradual approach to investment reductions, which does not create long-term profit problems. Read More

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Alternative Financing lets TxDOT build despite lean economy.

December 22, 2010

Leveraging public/private partnerships to offset effects of economic downturn and reduced state tax revenues, $2.5 billion expressway project in Fort Worth, TX, will cost state Department of Transportation $573 million. Texas DoT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz told AASHTO's Transportation TV that such partnerships allow TxDOT to "build several major projects that otherwise would not be built." In addition to creating jobs, projects also help improve quality of life for commuters. Read More

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ZigBee Standard optimizes human input devices.

December 22, 2010

Replacing 30-year old infrared technology with radio frequency solution, ZigBee Input Device Standard gives consumers improved options to use mice, touchpads, keyboards, wands, or remote control pointers from greater distances and even in nearby rooms. Designed especially for ZigBee RF4CE specification, standard optimizes devices by enabling non-line-of-sight operation, 2-way communication, extended battery life, and broader range of capabilities and features. Read More

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FMA Economist's 2011 Forecast calls for mixed results.

December 22, 2010

FMA International economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl offers 10 predictions for 2011 that will impact manufacturing and other sectors. These include sustained Federal Reserve interest rates, unemployment between 9% and 10.3%, increased export levels under a weak dollar, housing market stabilization at low levels, and overall US economic growth at 2.6%-3.2%. Kuehl calls his 2011 outlook a period of modest growth and controlled expansion but also one of narrow margins and vulnerability. Read More

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ANSI participates in Sustainability Education Summit..

December 22, 2010

ANSI helped sponsor US Department of Education's (DoE) Sustainability Education Summit, which articulated actions for education, business and industry, government, as well as environmental community to promote transition to sustainable green economy. Keynote address announced efforts to prepare incoming workers for challenges and opportunities as sustainability becomes focus of employment future. Examples include ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program. Read More

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ANSI solicits U.S. interest for secretariat of ISO TC 149.

December 22, 2010

As U.S. representative to ISO, ANSI is soliciting U.S. interest for secretariat position of ISO Technical Committee 149, Cycles. Committee is responsible for international standardization in field of cycles, their components, and accessories, with particular reference to terminology, testing methods, and requirements for performance, safety, and interchangeability. The term cycle refers to any vehicle which has at least 2 wheels and is propelled mainly by muscular energy of person on vehicle. Read More

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Carbon Black Standard is inspired by US EPA regulations.

December 21, 2010

ASTM D7662, Test Method for Carbon Content in Carbon Black Feedstock Oils, stems from new US EPA regulations mandating greenhouse gas reporting in US carbon black industry. Applicable to commercial feedstock oils used to produce carbon black products in furnace or thermal process, standard will also be of use to contract laboratories. Measuring total carbon content of feedstock oils is important in calculating CO2 emissions, estimating process yield, or assessing product quality. Read More

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AIA urges passage of appropriations.

December 21, 2010

AIA agrees with comments by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warning that the department would suffer adverse consequences if Congress fails to pass a full defense appropriations bill as part of any funding package. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, asking DOD to manage its vast and complex operations under year-long continuing resolution would hurt efforts to meet needs that are sometimes unanticipated in wartime and could have adverse effects on defense industrial base. Read More