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Solar System tops off efficient NREL building.

October 4, 2010

Solar panels are being installed on roof of Research Support Facility to help building generate as much electricity as it uses. While RSF adds 222,000 square feet of office space to NREL campus, building's energy use only increases NREL's overall consumption by 6%. The 1.6 MW photovoltaic system comprises more than 1,800 panels soaking in 240 W of sun each. Additional PV will be installed on RSF expansion and on nearby garage and parking lot to help zero out energy equation. Read More

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AIA addresses Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties.

October 4, 2010

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA welcomes passage of U.S.-UK and U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties by full Senate. Treaties will streamline licensing system for defense exports to UK and Australia. Aerospace industry strongly supports efforts to adjust outdated restrictions on American companies as they work to equip allies with technology that allows militaries to defend mutual interests. Read More

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AIA Makes Statement on NASA Authorization Act of 2010.

October 4, 2010

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said passage of NASA Authorization Act of 2010 "is crucial to maintaining a robust U.S. human spaceflight program." Citing job losses in private sector due to uncertainty felt over NASA's future and mixed signals on direction of its programs, Blakey insisted "Enacting NASA's authorization begins the process of putting our spaceflight endeavors on a stable course." She strongly recommends President Obama sign NASA Authorization Act of 2010 into law. Read More

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Panel Considers Auto Industry Impact of CAFE standards.

October 4, 2010

Executive-management panel discussion at 12th annual SPEĀ® Automotive TPO Global Conference will examine impact of 42% increase in US-mandated corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards and debate how automakers can move forward to meet these standards by 2014 with diminished workforce. Panel topic, The New Normal: Challenges and Opportunities, will be held from 12:45-2:00 pm on October 5 in Sterling Heights, MI and be led by Bob Eller and Ron Price. Read More

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PMMI's PACK EXPO named to DOC's International Buyer Program.

October 4, 2010

PACK EXPO International has been named to U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) International Buyer Program, with more than 30 delegations expected to attend event. Guidance will be provided by DOC at PACK EXPO International Business Center, to feature trade specialists and staff from PMMI's China and Latin America offices. Representatives from U.S. Commercial Service of DOC, Census Bureau, and Export Import Bank will be available to discuss trade opportunities with exhibitors and attendees. Read More

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AEM Expresses Concern over US manufacturing competitiveness.

October 1, 2010

AEM First Vice Chair James McCullough testified before House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about lagging jobs in manufacturing industry as well as need for new national policies to spur US competitiveness globally. Earlier that day, McCullough participated in launch of I Make America, national grassroots campaign created by AEM to increase awareness about how vital equipment manufacturing is to US economy and global competitiveness. Read More

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National Grassroots Campaign promotes US manufacturing jobs.

October 1, 2010

AEM and Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs," launched "I Make America" campaign, which is aimed at promoting US manufacturing jobs. Insisting to Congress that new manufacturing policies are needed to create jobs immediately, campaign intimates that policies should generate economic activity by rebuilding and modernizing America's infrastructure as well as helping farmers and manufacturers export their products to new markets worldwide. Read More

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DOE selects EPRI collaborative to lead cyber security project.

October 1, 2010

EPRI announced that U.S. Department of Energy has selected its cyber security collaborative to assess and develop technologies, best practices, metrics, and standards to protect U.S. electric sector against cyber attacks. Collaborative will assess requirements and results developed by NIST, NERC, and other organizations; review power system and cyber security standards in meeting security requirements; and test grid security technologies protocols using laboratories and pilot projects. Read More

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NASA awards contract for earth and space science support.

October 1, 2010

Earth Resources Technology Inc. will support evaluation of proposals submitted in response to announcements of opportunity, NASA research announcements, cooperative agreement notices, or other broad agency announcements in areas of technical, management, cost, and schedule. Company will also assess and study current and potential NASA programs and missions, and look at several aspects that are likely to impact mission performance, such as management and cost. Read More

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Manufacturers Sales Drop in US and Canadian markets.

September 30, 2010

According to July 2010 sales data released by PTDA in its Market Outlook Report, sales of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products by US manufacturers dropped in first month of third quarter by 1.3% compared to previous month, and Canadian manufacturers' sales dropped by 12.3%. Sales year-to-date, however, are still ahead of same period in 2009, with US sales increasing 7.6% and Canadian sales up 10.3%. US and Canadian market confidence ratings were 5.0 and 4.9, respectively. Read More

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NAM and PMA promote statewide manufacturing initiative.

September 30, 2010

In partnership with Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA), NAM announced formation of statewide manufacturing group that will educate and inform candidates and members of Congress on key issues impacting manufacturing. NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons commented, "Through our joint efforts, we will mobilize Pennsylvania's manufacturers to ensure Congress and those seeking federal office take a comprehensive view of what policies are needed." Read More

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TIA Member eNewsletter will share pertinent news and advice,.

September 30, 2010

Tire Industry Association (TIA) announced the launch of TIA Member eNews, a monthly electronic newsletter that will be emailed to all TIA members. Replacing previous Business Owner e-newsletter, every issue will feature content such as news and information on TIA training, special events, government relations activities, and member benefits. Newsletter will also feature practical, relevant business advice from experts. Read More

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AAMA, IGMA and GANA launch glass documents website.

September 30, 2010

American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Glass Association of North America, and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance have joined forces to create one-stop resource for all glass-related documents for fenestration. Documents featured on website encompass variety of categories, including Codes and Standards, Design and Fabrication, Voluntary Test Methods, Post Fabrication and Installation, Thermal Performance, and Care and Maintenance. Read More

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NTSB Official recognizes PHMSA progress and urges improvements.

September 30, 2010

NTSB's Christopher Hart credited Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) with implementing regulations for integrity management programs for gas and hazardous liquid pipelines and natural gas distribution pipeline systems. Hart cited 3 pipeline accidents in which PHMSA and operator oversight of risk-based assessment programs was lacking. He concluded by summarizing recent pipeline accident investigations in Cleburne, TX.; Marshall, MI; Romeoville, IL; and San Bruno, CA. Read More

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PTDA is sponsoring IFPE 2011 pavillion.

September 30, 2010

PTDA is sponsoring pavilion at International Exposition for Power Transmission (IFPE) in 2011. To be held in Las Vegas, NV from March 22-26, IFPE is devoted to power transmission/motion control through hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and mechanical technologies. PTDA Pavilion will help member companies build their brands and business with key customer audiences at IFPE by offering secured, prominent space. Discounts of 15% are available for PTDA members. Read More

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Airport Rehabilitation Projects receive over $2.5 million.

September 30, 2010

FAA announced 3 additional airport projects have been selected for funding, paid for with more than $2.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. According to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, "These projects will improve airport operations and help our airspace system to run more efficiently." Aforementioned projects apply to Lawrence, MA Municipal Airport; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; and Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. Read More

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ASTM Standards focus on determination of mercury in crude oils.

September 30, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee D02.03 on Elemental Analysis, 2 ASTM International standards provide means to quantitatively determine trace amounts of mercury in crude oils: ASTM D7622, Test Method for Total Mercury in Crude Oil Using Combustion and Direct Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Method with Zeeman Background Correction, and ASTM D7623, Test Method for Total Mercury in Crude Oil Using Combustion-Gold Amalgamation and Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Method. Read More

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FABTECH Show will feature 3 fully functioning stamping lines.

September 30, 2010

Co-sponsored in part by SME, 2010 FABTECH tradeshow in Atlanta, GA (November 2-4) will feature 3 fully functional stamping lines in action in METALFORM Technology Area. AIDA line (booth 1509) will display 110 ton gap-frame servo press; SEYI (booth 1604) will host 16-station progressive die with ball-bearing insertion, run on low-deflection, single-point straightside press; and Stamtec (booth 1633) will feature stamping press/transfer system production line. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for August 2010.

September 30, 2010

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 24.3% while bookings increased 22.1% from August 2009. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were up 20.4% and bookings have grown 33.2%. Book-to-bill ratio for rigid PCB industry remained positive, but fell off slightly to 1.08. Flexible circuit shipments in August 2010 were up 35.7%, and bookings were up 61.8% compared to August 2009. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio also remained positive, but fell to 1.01. Read More

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Panel considers impact of higher CAFE standards.

September 30, 2010

This year's executive-management panel discussion at 12th annual SPEĀ® Automotive TPO Global Conference will explore impact of 42% increase in U.S. mandated corporate-average fuel-economy standards on an industry still reeling from recession. Panel will debate how automakers can move forward to meet these standards by 2014 with a greatly diminished workforce. Panel, whose topic is The New Normal: Challenges and Opportunities, will be held from 12:45-2:00 p.m. on October 5, 2010. Read More