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Construction Materials Prices are up 0.9% in September.

October 22, 2012

According to October 12 producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department, U.S. construction materials prices were up 0.9% in September, 1.1% from previous quarter, and 1.7% year over year. Nonresidential construction materials prices were up 1.2%, 1.3%, and 1.6%, respectively. Most metallic construction materials prices rose in September, while nonferrous wire and cable prices fell 1.3%. Prices for nonmetallic construction materials also trended higher, along with crude energy materials. Read More

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EPA to offer environmental justice small grants.

October 22, 2012

EPA is seeking applicants for total of $1.5 million in environmental justice small grants to be awarded in 2013. Environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Available for up to $30,000 each, grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution. Read More

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HART Foundation seeks stories of unique protocol applications.

October 22, 2012

HART® Communication Foundation, via online questionnaire, seeks end-user applications that demonstrate use of HART Communication Protocol beyond device configuration and routine diagnostics. If submitted application uses HART Communication for full-time access to device and process information, users will be eligible to receive Leatherman® Kick multi-tool. "If a plant is using HART technology to meet that challenge, we want to know about it,” said Foundation executive director Ron Helson. Read More

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AAMA Announces Technical Staff during fall conference.

October 22, 2012

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced staff appointments during AAMA Fall Conference (October 14–17). Ken Brenden, Dean Lewis, and Rich Rinka will respectively serve as Technical Director, Educational and Technical Information Manager, and Certification Manager. Appointments were made as part of strategic objective to add value to AMMA's membership by expanding its educational platform and accelerating development of standards based on gap analysis. Read More

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NREL Sponsors Solar Program adopted by Jeffco Public Schools.

October 22, 2012

Working with Golden Power Partners, NREL is helping students gain knowledge about solar energy. User-friendly DAQ system lets teachers and students get live solar system data while in classroom. To ensure students received best solar energy knowledge, NREL also used $30,000 awarded to winning proposal to organize spring and summer Energy Institute for Teachers workshops attended by most interested math and science teacher from each of 30 solar-powered schools. Read More

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Plumbing Consortium focus on new lead-free standards education.

October 19, 2012

Plumbing manufacturers and industry trade associations met in Chicago on August 30, 2012 to develop strategies to alert and prepare industry constituents for changes in allowable Pb level in plumbing products as required by federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which takes effect January 4, 2014. Law was spearheaded by PMI, and consortium's mission was to provide education about manufacture, distribution, and installation of Pb-free plumbing products. Read More

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IPC Conference targets Eastern European market.

October 19, 2012

To support rapidly growing electronics assembly market in Eastern Europe, IPC Conference on Solderability and Reliability for Electronics Assemblies will be held Feb 6-7 2013, in Budapest, Hungary. Event will include technical conference, workshops, tabletop exhibition, and networking opportunities. Technical conference will cover topics such as solder paste selection in lead-free processes, measuring printed solder paste volume, and placement and reflow in solder joints. Read More

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BSA Industry Briefs focus on water/wastewater treatment.

October 19, 2012

When BSA met Sept 24-25, it approved publication of two new Industry Briefs: Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment. Both briefs were initiated and drafted by association’s Educational Services Committee and join mounting body of free, downloadable, educational materials designed to meet needs of bearing distributors and end users by defining specific end-use bearing applications, critical design factors in those installations, and preferred bearing choices. Read More