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NSF certifies first membrane filter to water treatment program.

June 24, 2010

NSF International has announced that Hyflux Membrane Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. is first company to achieve NSF certification under its new NSF Public Drinking Water Equipment Performance Certification Program, which is based on U.S. EPA's LT2 rule. NSF conducted tests on Hyflux Kristal K-600ET0820 Ultrafiltration Membrane Module and certified it as meeting requirements for reduction of cryptosporidium, with average log removal value of 6.5 log10, and minimum LRV of 5.9 log10. Read More

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NEMA Efficiency Program addresses low-voltage distribution transformers.

June 24, 2010

NEMA PremiumĀ® Efficiency Transformer Program will help utilities, commercial buildings, and industrial plants incorporate high-efficiency electrical transformers into their operations. Designation requires 30% fewer losses than existing DOE regulations (10 CFR 431) for low-voltage, dry-type distribution transformers. According to NEMA Industry Director John Caskey, actual efficiencies of transformers will range from 98% to more than 99%, depending on size. Read More

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Lifetime Achievement Award presented to William Ives.

June 24, 2010

William Ives, long-time legal counsel, was honored with BSA's Lifetime Achievement Award at association's 2010 Annual Convention in May in Naples, FL. During his presentation, Steve Durston, chairman of BSA's Past Presidents Council, noted that "Bill has been a part of our industry since BSA was formed in 1966" and that he "is the only legal counsel BSA has ever had." Ives offers accomplished and diverse legal career as well as a passion for history. Read More

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Equipment Finance Companies report growth in business volume.

June 24, 2010

New business volume for May increased 5% when compared to same period in 2009, according to ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index. Volume decreased by 6% when compared to prior month, but charge-offs improved to 1.6% in May 2010, delinquencies increased slightly from previous month, and credit approvals remained flat at 68%. Data reflect slowly recovering economy, "But the trend appears to be heading in the right direction," said William G. Sutton, ELFA President. Read More

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ASTM Air Quality Committee approves standard on plume opacity.

June 24, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee D22.03 on Ambient Atmospheres and Source Emissions, ASTM D7520, Test Method for Determining the Opacity of a Plume in the Outdoor Ambient Atmosphere, allows use of digital still cameras and software to determine plume opacity while also providing digital image of plume and its surrounding environment. Read More

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Manufacturers Welcome National IP Enforcement Strategy.

June 24, 2010

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler commented on Obama Administration's release of its National Intellectual Property (IP) Enforcement Strategy. Specifically, Engler commended leadership of Vice President Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) Espinel. Engler also praised the strategy for its mission to ensure that "IP can continue to be a driver of the U.S. economy through innovation and the creation of manufacturing jobs." Read More

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Robotics, Vision, Motion Control Show expects increased audiences.

June 24, 2010

Filled with practical knowledge, Automate 2011 will edify attendees as to how automation technology can help them become stronger global competitors. Non-automotive attendees will be targeted with greater intensity, as robots, vision, and motion are gaining traction in industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, consumer goods, and related sectors. This lends to more diverse buying audience, especially with projected 40% of co-located ProMat attendees expressing interest. Read More

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SPE to hold technical conference in Asia.

June 23, 2010

SPE is recruiting speakers to present papers at Society's first ASIATEC(TM) Conference, a plastics technical conference designed as Asian counterpart to SPE's ANTECĀ® in North America. Original papers are being solicited in areas of Nanotechnology, Packaging Products, Green Plastics and Biomass Plastics, Medical Plastics and Bioplastics, Polymer Processing, Engineering Properties and Structure, Thermoplastic Elastomers, Optics and Optical Devices, and Life-Support Plastics. Read More

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MESA White Paper details uses of ISA-95 standard.

June 23, 2010

MESA announces publishing of MESA White Paper No. 29: Integration of Manufacturing Intelligence with Manufacturing Operations Management. Paper details uses of ISA-95 to monitor and maintain goals alignment between both financial and operations metrics. Packaging-specific example explains challenge of disparate misaligned data sources across enterprise and in plants for Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Intelligence, and their integration with MOM systems. Read More

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ANSI approves ANSI/AMCA Standard 99-10, Standards Handbook.

June 23, 2010

Consisting of a compilation of individual short standards that cover wide variety of topics, ANSI/AMCA Standard 99-10 was recently approved by Board of Standards Review of ANSI. Some topics covered include Drive Arrangements for Centrifugal Fans, Designation for Rotation and Discharge of Centrifugal Fans, Motor Positions for Belt or Chain Drive Centrifugal fans, Operating Limits for Centrifugal Fans, Dimensions for Axial Fans, and Drive Arrangements for Axial Fans. Read More

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BIO lauds passage of small business investment program.

June 23, 2010

BIO lauded Congressional passage of Small Business Early-Stage Investment Program, which will provide $1 billion in grants for venture capital investments in certain industries. Measure is contained in Title III of H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010. Under program, SBA's investments would be treated the same as investments by other limited partners in investment fund, except that SBA would not receive any control or voting rights with respect to early-stage small business. Read More

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SPE® ACCE Keynote to address automotive composites developments.

June 23, 2010

Keynote at 10th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition will feature joint presentation between Luciano DeOto of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and Paolo Feraboli of University of Washington. Presentation will focus on joint-development work for out-of-autoclave carbon fiber-reinforced plastics technologies for Lamborghini's supercars. Main areas of focus will be overview of liquid resin infusion and preforming technologies as well as evaluating composite crashworthiness. Read More

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IPC Members visit Congressional offices in D.C.

June 23, 2010

IPC members participated in IPC's Capitol Hill Day June 9-10, where they visited 70 Congressional offices advocating support for legislations to strengthen North American electronic interconnect industry. Critical manufacturing competitiveness issues, including research and development tax credits and defense readiness, were paramount in discussions throughout event. Attendees were equipped with information and tools to help them advocate for the industry and their companies. Read More

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NSF certifies reactivated carbon for water treatment.

June 23, 2010

NSF International announced that Calgon Carbon Corporation's plant in Blue Lake, CA is first to receive NSF certification for reactivated carbon used for water treatment. NSF certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects verifies that reactivated carbon is safe for reuse in municipal water treatment applications, such as those used to treat river, lake, or well water, making it potable for humans. Read More

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ANSI Leadership/Service Awards Nominations open for one more month.

June 23, 2010

Keeping in mind July 16 deadline, ANSI reminds stakeholders that one month remains to nominate candidates for 2010 Leadership and Service Awards. There are 11 categories of individual awards, which recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated commitment to their industry and nation as well as enhancement of global standards system. Read More

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Standards announced for private sector preparedness.

June 23, 2010

Department of Homeland Security announced adoption of standards for Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification. PS-Prep program is a partnership between DHS and private sector that came about following a recommendation of 9/11 Commission to improve private sector preparedness for disasters and emergencies. Under agreement with DHS, ANSI - American Society for Quality National Accreditation Board will be the accreditation body for PS-Prep Program. Read More

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National Identity Verification Standard to be developed by NASPO.

June 23, 2010

ANSI-accredited standards developer North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) announced plans to hold meeting to commence development of national identity verification standard. Meeting will take place in Kansas City, MO on July 12 at 1 pm and end next day at 4:30 pm. Individuals and organizations who wish to participate in development process and attend this meeting must register to participate and commit to payment in advance of attendance. Read More

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Energy Star helps auto plants improve energy efficiency.

June 23, 2010

According to report by Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, U.S. EPA Energy Star program has helped improve energy efficiency of auto manufacturing industry, which has cut fossil fuel use by 12% and reduced greenhouse gases by more than 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Report, Assessing Improvement in the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Auto Assembly Plants, affirms EPA's energy management strategy and demonstrates that performance of industry has improved. Read More

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AIM Expo has engaged Datalogic as major sponsor.

June 22, 2010

AIM announced that Datalogic, producer of automatic identification and data capture product solutions, will be major sponsor for 2010 AIM Expo, to be held November 1-3 in Chicago, IL. Additionally, Datalogic will host Auto ID Leadership Breakfast on November 2. AIM Expo chairman Chuck Evanhoe said that Datalogic's "leadership role in the annual auto ID and mobile IT industry show is evident in their support of the planning and execution of the event." Read More

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Technical Paper Collection showcases latest technologies.

June 22, 2010

Available online, SAE Technical Paper Collections feature papers related to specific topic or technology. They provide snapshots of information on topics such as advanced hybrid powertrains, in-vehicle networks and software, fuel cells, light-weight materials, and more. In addition to information itself, collection lets users download paper citations and references, offers searching and linking capabilities, and enables information sharing via email and other online services. Read More