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National Aerospace Week is planned for Sept. 12-18.

June 9, 2010

Following success of first-ever National Aerospace Day last year, AIA is expanding activities this year during National Aerospace Week. Series of events in Washington, D.C. and across country are being planned. New research reports, contests for youth, and other events hosted by businesses and communities across country will showcase industry's role in future high-tech workforce of America and in creating and sustaining high-paying jobs across the country. Read More

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MCA reports 22% jump in new orders in first quarter.

June 9, 2010

According to figures from MCA, new orders for motion control products jumped 22% in first quarter of 2010 compared to same period in 2009. Compared to fourth quarter of 2009, first quarter numbers were up by 27%, an indication that recovery in motion control market is accelerating, according to Jeff Burnstein, MCA's President. However, Burnstein cautioned that forecasts of industrial production suggest that rate of growth could moderate in subsequent quarters. Read More

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Performance Report reveals gap in profit margin among firms.

June 9, 2010

According to 2010 PT Distributor Performance Report, high-profit distribution firms had pre-tax profit margin 5 percentage points higher in 2009 than typical firms' pre-tax profit margin. Typical sales volume of power transmission/motion control distributors in 2009 was down 19.2%, and gross margins for distribution firms showed little variance at 27.1% (typical) and 27.4% (high-profit). Also, high-profit firms kept operating expenses to 21.7%, while typical firms crept to 26.3%. Read More

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Science for Florida's Coastal Water Quality Standards under review by EPA.

June 9, 2010

U.S. EPA announced plans to send its underlying data and methodologies to support development of coastal water quality standards, also known as nutrients criteria, to Science Advisory Board for peer review. Nutrient pollution can damage drinking water sources and exposure to nutrient pollution can cause rashes, dizziness, nausea, and possibly damage to central nervous system. Proposed standards aim to protect people's health, aquatic life, and long-term recreational uses of Florida's waters. Read More

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IPC Report shows PCB industry growth during April 2010.

June 9, 2010

According to April 2010 report, rigid PCB shipments and bookings were up compared to April 2009, with book-to-bill ratio of 1.11. For flexible circuits, book-to-bill ratio was 0.98, with shipments down and bookings up from April 2009. Ratio for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined increased to 1.10, with shipments and bookings higher in April 2010. IPC's Denny McGuirk said ratio has been above parity for 12 months, indicating recovery with increasing momentum. Read More

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EPA Honors CleanAIR Systems with Clean Air Excellence Award.

June 8, 2010

U.S. EPA tenth annual Clean Air Excellence Awards for 2009 honored 14 organizations and one individual for reducing pollution, promoting environmental education, and creating green products and jobs throughout U.S. CleanAIR Systems, first emissions control manufacturer to develop compact Tier 4 retrofit product for large diesel and natural gas engines, was selected as one of this year's award winners under Clean Air Technology category for their E-POD SCR product. Read More

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Chapter Meeting and Webinar scheduled for June 25.

June 8, 2010

After North Central Chapter Meeting, seminars will be broadcast on web as webinars starting at 1:00 PM. They will include Introduction of Plastic Netting in Filtration Application; Measurement of Retention Efficiency of Filters against Nanoparticles in Liquids using an Aerosolization Technique and a Liquid Particle Counter; and Fractional Efficiency Testing of Air Filters. Both members and non-members are welcome. Read More

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EPA announces data centers can now earn Energy Star label.

June 8, 2010

According to EPA, stand-alone data centers and buildings that house large data centers can earn Energy Star label by being in top 25% of their peers in energy efficiency. EPA uses Power Usage Effectiveness metric to determine whether data center qualifies for Energy Star label. Before being awarded Energy Star, third-party licensed professional must independently verify energy performance of buildings and sign and seal application document that is sent to EPA for review and approval. Read More

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White Paper outlines test protocols for new lead-free alloys.

June 8, 2010

IPC Solder Products Value Council has published free white paper, "Analytical Procedures for Portable Lead-Free Alloy Test Data," that provides set of test protocols for evaluation of new lead-free alloys on basis of physical properties. Document describes material tests that generate portable data for: direct comparison of different alloys, helping to deterime alloy acceptability for various applications, and development of reliability models. Read More

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AIA's 65th Annual Meeting a record-breaking success.

June 8, 2010

On May 26-27, Williamsburg, VA saw record-breaking influx of aerospace executives at AIA's 65th Board of Governors and Membership Meeting. More than 230 CEOs, senior company representatives, speakers, and staff participated, and 6 new member companies were approved. Recurrent themes among speakers included need to improve education of science, technology, engineering, and math students; importance of partnership between Defense Department and industry; and modernizing export control system. Read More

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Performance of Hydrogen Fuel Cells is being researced at NREL.

June 8, 2010

In warehouses across nation, hydrogen fuel cells are being tested in forklifts to see how emerging technology fares compared to conventional batteries. NREL is playing crucial role, as independent, third-party assessor of performance of early fuel cell market demonstrations funded by DOE. At Hydrogen Secure Data Center, NREL engineers are gathering data from a dozen early users of hydrogen fuel cells, assessing how well systems fare in real world, with focus on performance, operation, and safety. Read More

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ASHRAE and JSRAE advance mutual interests.

June 8, 2010

By signing memorandum of understanding, ASHRAE and JSRAE are agreeing to advance and promote mutual interests of engineering and built environment professionals. Groups are establishing liaisons within each organization's technical committee structure as means for collaborating in research and standards development. They are also sending speakers to each other's conferences to keep ongoing exchange of information, and making respective members aware of new technical publications and documents. Read More

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Manufacturing Employment rises again in May.

June 8, 2010

For first time in 4 years, manufacturing employment increased for fifth consecutive month. Employment report showed 29,000 gain accounted for 71% of private sector employment gains. Mirroring prior 3 months, gains in fabricated metals and machinery accounted for majority of said increase, likely driven by factors such as recent upturn in construction-related activity as well as exports. Support from construction sector is expected to be moderate later in summer. Read More

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LIA Releases Revised ANSI Document dealing with laser safety.

June 8, 2010

Laser Institute of America (LIA) released revised ANSI standard Z136.4 - 2010 American National Standard Recommended Practice for Laser Safety Measurements for Hazard Evaluation, which provides guidance for optical measurements associated with laser safety requirements. Intended to assist users who are entrusted with responsibility of conducting laser hazard evaluations, information contained within document will help ensure implementation of appropriate control measures. Read More

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NREL to provide community support through loaned executive.

June 8, 2010

NREL has entered agreement with Urban League of Metropolitan Denver to provide loaned executive to organization to support mission of helping African Americans and other residents attain job training and educational achievement. Syl Morgan-Smith, a 29-year NREL employee who currently manages NREL's diversity outreach programs, will become ULMD's development director, and will help build financial support and sponsorship for Urban League's direct services, advocacy, and public policy research. Read More

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EPA Marks World Environment Day at water safety conference.

June 8, 2010

US EPA observed World Environment Day, which aims to stimulate worldwide awareness about environment and is celebrated in 80 nations. In honor of this day, Nancy Stoner, deputy assistant administrator in EPA Office of Water, spoke at United Nations World Environment Day "Water Matters" Conference to discuss water safety. EPA recognizes environmental progress in cooperation with global partners can lead to greater progress in protecting our domestic environment. Read More

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Use of Robotics enhances injection molding operations.

June 7, 2010

Robotics are being applied with increasing frequency in injection molding-related processes, from loading of components to finishing and assembling injection molded parts. Usage is destined to rise as robots are increasingly able to perform secondary tasks such as in-mold decorating, in-mold labeling, and automated insert loading. Additional areas of use include over-molding, sonic and laser welding, as well as hot parts handling. Read More

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EPA sets stronger national air quality standard for sulfur dioxide.

June 7, 2010

U.S. EPA is issuing final new 1-hour health standard for sulfur dioxide that will protect millions of Americans from short-term exposure. Primarily emitted from power plants and other industrial facilities, EPA is setting standard at 75 ppb, a level designed to protect against short-term exposures ranging from 5 min to 24 hr. EPA is also revoking current 24-hour and annual SO2 health standards because science indicates that short-term exposures are of greatest concern. Read More

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AIA Makes Statement on sections defense authorization bill.

June 7, 2010

Marion C. Blakey was encouraged by several space-related provisions included in Fiscal 2011 Defense Authorization Act. Specifically welcomed aspects included increase in top-line funding for missile defense as well as language supporting joint Defense Department and Director of National Intelligence national security space architecture. AIA also favored urging of US military to evaluate costs of government refurbishment and modification of excess ICBM assets for space launch. Read More

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Robots Can Create Jobs and benefit American labor.

June 7, 2010

Fear of robots replacing workers is misplaced, as industrial robots can actually help companies compete by boosting quality and productivity. By enabling companies to turn out higher-quality and lower-cost goods to compete with those made in other nations, robots in factories can save and create more jobs than they eliminate. Robots also remove people from dangerous and boring jobs, freeing them up for higher-skilled, higher-paying positions. Read More