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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

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HID Lamp Indexes show across-the-board first quarter increases.

June 7, 2010

NEMA high intensity discharge (HID) lamp indexes for each major lamp type increased on year-over-year basis during first quarter of 2010. HID sodium lamps posted 7.5% gain, while mercury and metal halide lamps respectively rose 1.3% and 16.8%. Market share of metal halide lamps remains steady, constituting 6 of every 10 HID lamps sold, and sales of sodium vapor HID lamps represent ~1/3 of all HID lamps. Share of mercury vapor lamps has remained around 5.0% since 2008. Read More

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ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility is approved for release as final draft..

June 7, 2010

Approved for release as Final Draft International Standard, ISO 26000 Guidance on social responsibility is intended to assist in ushering companies, government agencies, and other organizations toward more sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and methods of evaluation. ISO 26000 will be released for 2-month FDIS vote by ISO member countries in August, and is expected to be published as International Standard by November. Read More

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Hydrogen Programs/Initiatives to be presented by IEA HIA members.

June 7, 2010

To be held in Washington, DC on June 10 from 2:00-3:30 pm, briefing will feature presentations by International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA) Members on their respective hydrogen programs and initiatives. Key aspects of other IEA HIA Member programs will be highlighted as well. Reflecting diverse competencies and strategic priorities of IEA HIA Membership, efforts span full range of topics in hydrogen R,D&D. Read More

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Support to Delay EPA Lead Rule urged by AAMA, Manufacturers.

June 4, 2010

On May 20, 2010, AAMA's Rich Walker met with U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and EPA and government/industry representatives to urge their support for 1-yr delay of EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. Data presented showed EPA's cost estimates of compliance for window installation to be severely understated and that adverse market reaction was already being felt. Walker also said premature implementation of rule undermines 2009 and 2010 federal energy-efficient tax credits. Read More

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NEMA's CFL Index posts solid growth during first quarter.

June 4, 2010

NEMA's compact fluorescent lamps index reversed negative trend that dated back to first quarter 2009, registering 3% year-over-year increase. Conversely, incandescent lamps index fell to second lowest level on record showing year-over-year decline of 2.2% during first quarter of 2010. Dichotomous growth patterns between residential incandescent lamps and medium screw-base CFLs resulted in CFLs regaining market share, increasing to 24.2% from 22.0% in 2009Q4. Read More

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NEMA's T8 Fluorescent Lamp Index recoups losses from 2009.

June 4, 2010

NEMA's T8 lamp shipments index increased 7.2% during first quarter of 2010 compared to same period 1 year ago. Moreover, 2010Q1 reading is nearly 4.0% above level for all of 2009. T12 lamp shipments posted year-over-year growth of 5.0% for quarter, while shipments of T12 lamps have remained stable over past 8 quarters after experiencing significant declines in volume following initial phase-out of T12 magnetic ballasts that began July 1, 2005. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed ISO technical activity.

June 4, 2010

Standardization Administration of China has submitted proposal to ISO for new field of technical activity, ISO TS/P 212, which would develop general technical rules on determining energy savings that could apply to renovation projects on existing or new building facilities, industrial utilities, and processes that seek to become more energy efficient. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on proposal by July 2, 2010. Read More