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Solar Energy Industry challenged to lead new energy growth.

October 15, 2010

When he addressed General Session of Solar Power International 2010, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch set goal for US solar industry to "become America's number one source of newly installed energy within five years." This is expected to be accomplished by deploying enough solar energy to power 2-million new homes each year by 2015. By reaching that goal, solar industry would reduce need for new coal and nuclear power plants as well as create jobs. Read More

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Manufacturers' Sales show increase in U.S. and Canada.

October 15, 2010

According to August 2010 sales data released by PTDA in its Market Outlook Report, sales of power transmission/motion control products by U.S. and Canadian manufacturers grew in August, after decline in July. U.S. sales were up 7.6%, while Canadian manufacturers' sales were up 2.6%. In U.S., year-to-date sales are up 10.2% over same period in 2009, and in Canada, sales are 12.0% ahead of 2009. Read More

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EPA waives E15 fuel limitations for some cars and light trucks.

October 15, 2010

EPA waived limitation on selling fuel that contains from 10-15% ethanol for model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks. "Thorough testing has now shown that E15 does not harm emissions control equipment in newer cars and light trucks," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. Agency is also proposing E15 pump labeling requirements, including specification of ethanol content of gasoline sold to retailers, and quarterly survey of retail stations to ensure proper gas pump labeling. Read More

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Solar Energy Report shows growth for first half of 2010.

October 15, 2010

SEIA® and GTM Research released inaugural US Solar Market Insight(TM) report. In 2010, US solar electric market, including photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations, could surpass 1 GW of installed capacity in one year. Report's baseline forecast projects 944 MW of solar electric capacity will be installed in 2010. With 120 MW, California led states for installed capacity in first 6 months. In total, 341 MW were installed in first half of year. Read More

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NIF Wins 2010 Project of the Year Award.

October 14, 2010

National Ignition Facility (NIF) was honored by Project Management Institute (PMI) as winner of its prestigious PMI® Project of the Year Award. Constructed at and led by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, NIF is largest and highest-energy laser. This accomplishment came to be via worldwide collaboration of representatives from governments, academia, and industrial partners. Facility has goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Read More

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FOUNDATION Fieldbus Developer Training is offered in November.

October 14, 2010

Available in Austin, TX, vendor-neutral "Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus" (November 9) and "Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus" (November 10-12) courses will cover all key aspects of open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. First course will familiarize students with basic concepts, terminology, and strategies, while second course explores detailed inner workings of FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus device and covers major tools used by device developers. Read More

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ISPE announces 2010-2011 Board of Directors election results.

October 14, 2010

As a result of ISPE's 2010-2011 International Board of Directors election, Andre Walker, CPIP will serve as Chairman. A member of ISPE International Board of Directors since 2003, he is currently serving as Vice Chair. Arthur "Randy" Perez, PhD, currently holds position of Director and will become Vice Chairman. Charlotte Enghave Fruergaard, PhD, currently Secretary, will become Treasurer, and Damian Greene, who has served as Chair of ISPE Community of Practice Council, has been elected Secretary. Read More

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ASTM publishes comprehensive history of zirconium technology.

October 13, 2010

Available from ASTM, Retrospective 2: Zirconium Production and Technology: The Kroll Medical Papers-1975-2010, provides 31 peer-reviewed, award-winning papers from recipients of ASTM William J. Kroll Zirconium Medal that address all aspects of zirconium technology, including history, ore refinement, production, fabrication, and mechanical and physical properties. Other topics include irradiation effects, corrosion, deformation mechanisms, basic microstructures, and hydrogen effects. Read More

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PMMI'S PACK EXPO to feature 17 award-winning presenters.

October 13, 2010

PMMI announced that PACK EXPO International, from October 31 to November 3, 2010, will feature 17 organizations presenting at Showcase of Packaging Innovations®, comprising largest group of participants since area debuted in 2003. Showcase, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, is located within Brand Zone, on Lower Lakeside level of McCormick Place. PMMI includes 560-plus member companies that manufacture packaging, processing, and related converting machinery in U.S. or Canada. Read More

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Sustainable Solutions dominate 2010 Pack Expo Selects.

October 13, 2010

PMMI has announced 10 finalists in 2010 PACK EXPO Selects® competition, which recognizes innovative commercial packages developed, produced, or executed exclusively by PACK EXPO exhibitors. Finalist packages will be displayed in Showcase of Packaging Innovation® sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, at PACK EXPO International 2010, Oct 31 to Nov 3. According to Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, the 10 finalist packages largely reflect a call to reduce waste. Read More

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FTC proposes revisions to environmental marketing guides.

October 13, 2010

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released proposed revisions to their Guides For The Use of Environmental Marketing Claims. Proposed revisions will help marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims, and will include guidance on use of product certifications and seals of approval, renewable energy claims, renewable materials claims, and carbon offset claims. Agency is seeking public comments on proposed changes until December 10, 2010. Read More

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ASTM, EPA Compilation features cyanide analysis standards.

October 13, 2010

Available on CD-ROM, A Compilation of ASTM and U.S. EPA Standards for Cyanide Analysis, Sampling and Mitigating Interferences features 12 latest ASTM standards for analysis of cyanide in water, solids, and air. Six of these test methods and one practice are currently being proposed by US EPA for compliance monitoring at 40 CFR Part 136 under Clean Water Act. Compilation is of value for anyone required to collect and test water samples for analysis of cyanide. Read More

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FABTECH 2010 will feature discussions on filling labor gap.

October 13, 2010

Taking place in Atlanta, GA from November 2-4, FABTECH 2010 will address need for skilled labor in manufacturing industry. There will be networking opportunities and chances to discuss skilled labor gap as well as tactics for bringing in new labor. To encourage young people to consider careers in trades, several hundred students have been invited to experience manufacturing technologies firsthand and learn about manufacturing, welding, and construction job opportunities. Read More

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NAM Chair Mary Andringa to promote business success via policy.

October 13, 2010

Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation, has been elected chair of NAM Board of Directors and will begin her 2-year term on January 1, 2011. She plans to pursue policies that promote successful business environment, domestically and globally. Also, she cited tax relief, energy, trade, health care, labor, infrastructure, and education as priorities in need of focus in order to continue to create manufacturing jobs and foster competition within global market. Read More

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Serious Runway Incursions Halved for second straight year.

October 13, 2010

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that serious runway incursions at US airports have dropped 50% from 2009, marking second consecutive year that number of serious incursions was halved. Babbitt also announced that Runway Status Lights system, which delivers direct warnings to pilots of potential runway incursions or collisions, has completed successful testing period at Boston's Logan Airport. Read More

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ASTM Standards Compilation focuses on oxygen system fire hazards.

October 12, 2010

ASTM Standards for Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems, offered in CD-ROM or bound format, features 23 ASTM standards that address fire hazards in oxygen systems, including safe practices in design, materials selection, storage, handling, and operations. While serving as resource for those involved in production or use of liquid or gaseous oxygen or oxygen-enriched gas mixtures, compilation also complements ASTM Manual on Safe Use of Oxygen and Oxygen Systems (Manual 36). Read More

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MHEDA Journal emphasizes online networking.

October 12, 2010

As online magazine for issues regarding material handling equipment industries, MHEDA Journal extends opportunities for readers to engage with its content via social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube) integration and blogs. MHEDA Media blogs, available directly from magazine's homepage, include regularly updated MHEDA Journal Editor's Blog as well as one written by newcomer to industry that highlights experiences in learning about material handling and MHEDA. Read More

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Registration Is Open for 2011 NHA Conference and Expo.

October 12, 2010

Scheduled to take place in Washington, DC from February 13-18, NHA Conference and Expo will bring together leaders in hydrogen and fuel cell industry with policy makers, educators, and investors. Registration is open, affording opportunity to join fellow business leaders, researchers, exhibitors, and potential partners/customers. Program will feature 100+ speakers, 40+ conference sessions, and multiple side events that, together, ensure expansion of networks and knowledge. Read More

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DoD Appropriations Bill on hold until Congress reconvenes.

October 12, 2010

Congress adjourned without taking action on House version of Fiscal Year 2011 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which sources say contains provision directing DoD to conduct a defense industrial base assessment of printed board industry and its supply chain. A direct result of IPC's lobbying efforts, provision is a key step in ensuring future supply of secure defense electronics. When Congress resumes, IPC expects DoD Appropriations Bill to be finalized and signed by President. Read More

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EPA extends compliance date on spill prevention rule.

October 12, 2010

U.S. EPA is extending compliance date by 1 year for certain facilities subject to amendments to Spill Prevention and Countermeasure rule. Some facilities, such as offshore drilling, production, workover, and certain onshore facilities, will not be eligible for 1 year extension and will have to comply by November 10, 2010. Purpose of SPCC rule is to establish requirements for facilities to prevent discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. Read More