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PTDA Market Report shows growing U.S. and Canadian sales.

May 25, 2010

According to PTDA's Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturing sales increased for third consecutive month in March. Report shows 5.6% and 18.5% sales rises for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers, respectively. For U.S., sales comparisons between first quarter of 2010 and 2009 still reflect declines. Year-to-date sales are also down 3.4%, while Canadian year-to-year sales rose 7.7%. Also, U.S. manufacturer confidence maintained neutral position for third consecutive month. Read More

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SAE Electric Vehicle Standard addresses utility grid issues.

May 25, 2010

SAE has created J2836/1(TM) - Use Cases for Communication between Plug-In Vehicles and the Utility Grid. It establishes use cases for 2-way communication between electric vehicles and electric power grid, energy transfer, and other applications. Communication requirements are also included for use with utility company load management/rate programs related to charging plug-in electric vehicles. Standard is first of 5 to address electric vehicles and utility programs. Read More

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2010 ACGIH Award Recipients will be honored at expo.

May 25, 2010

ACGIH® will honor its 2010 Awards recipients at AIHce, held May 22-27 in Denver, CO. Herbert E. Stokinger Award is presented for industrial and environmental toxicology contributions, while John J. Bloomfield Award recognizes occupational health hazards work. Meritorious Achievement Award honors long-term contributions to occupational health and industrial hygiene, and William Steiger Memorial Award recognizes efforts for advancement of occupational safety/health. Read More

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AIHA Appoints Mark Nicas editor in chief of journal.

May 25, 2010

AIHA® appointed Mark Nicas, PhD, MPH, CIH, of Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley, as editor in chief of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). His duties are to solicit manuscripts from scientists and practitioners as well as establish publication policies and editorial focus of JOEH. Additionally, Nicas said he will "enhance the visibility of JOEH and provide a forum for discussions." Read More

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Tabletop Reservations being accepted for robot conference.

May 25, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 27-29 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, RIA's National Robot Safety Conference XXII will include first public release of draft for R15.06 (2011) Safety Standard. As exhibitors, companies are entitled to bonus coverage on the Robotics Online website with a Product Spotlight at no charge. Other marketing opportunities include complimentary tabletops to qualified members and sponsorships for enhanced exposure. Read More

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IPC Battles for Science and Facts in EU BFR/RoHS legislation.

May 25, 2010

IPC is actively refuting statements, published by Swedish non-governmental organization, that contains information about brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Called incomplete and misrepresentative of electronics industry, "Electronics Without Brominated Flame Retardants and PVC - a Market Overview" contains misleading statements about environmental and health concerns associated with BFRs. In short, it is questioned whether BFRs should be removed just because they can be removed. Read More

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ESFI promotes importance of electrical safety.

May 25, 2010

ESFI is encouraging employers and employees to promote importance of electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month and has created the Never Assume Safety Series to address most critical workplace electrical safety issues. Some guidelines include: plan every job and think about what could go wrong; use right tools for job; isolate equipment from energy sources; work on electrical equipment and conductors only when de-energized; and wear protective clothing and equipment. Read More

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First Quarter Industrial Laser Orders down 21% from last year.

May 25, 2010

According to AMT, orders of industrial laser equipment and systems in first quarter of 2010 are reported at $51.3 million, a decrease of 21.2% compared to first quarter of 2009. Although value of orders declined, total unit sales increased by 13.6%. Report compiled from 19 manufacturers and distributors also shows declines from fourth quarter 2009. Unit sales of CO2 lasers fell 23.2%, while Nd:YAG orders declined 18.6%. Of 209 total units ordered, 49.3% were configured as laser systems. Read More

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EPA releases draft dioxin report for public comment.

May 25, 2010

EPA's Reanalysis of Key Issues Related to Dioxin Toxicity and Response to NAS Comments aims to protect health of American public. Draft contains agency's response to key comments and recommendations in National Academy of Science's 2006 report as well as potential cancer and non-cancer human health effects that may result from exposure. Report will undergo external peer review by expert panel of scientists convened by EPA's Science Advisory Board in July 2010. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices edge up in April.

May 25, 2010

According to May 18 producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department, price of construction materials rose 1.1% in April, marking sixth straight monthly increase. Prices for construction materials are up 5.7% from same time last year. Overall, nation's wholesale prices are down 0.1% for the month, but are 5.7% higher from same time last year. However, core prices, which exclude energy and food, are only up 1% from April 2009. Read More

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PMA May 2010 Business Report shows economic improvement.

May 24, 2010

May 2010 Business Conditions Report shows that out of 129 companies sampled 42% expect improvement in economic activity during next 3 months. It also shows 85% of companies forecast incoming orders to increase, which PMA President William E. Gaskin said means industry is headed for significant recovery. Fifty-four percent reported average daily shipping levels are above those of 3 months ago, and percentage of companies with portion of workforce on short time/layoff dropped to 30%. Read More

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AAMA Western Spring Meeting addressed economic outlook.

May 24, 2010

AAMA's 2010 Western Region Spring Meeting on May 5-6 included discussions on current economic outlook as well as updates to California building codes. It began with tour of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where talks were held on trends in building energy efficiency and future ENERGY STAR® criteria. Also discussed at meeting were proposed building envelope criteria for ASHRAE standards 90.1 and 189.1 and update on development of Green and Sustainable Product Certification Program. Read More

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PC Software Piracy Rate in UAE sees no increase in 2009.

May 24, 2010

According to BSA/IDC Global PC Software Piracy Study, installations of unlicensed software on personal computers in UAE remained unchanged at 36% from 2008 to 2009. Despite economic recession, piracy of software on PCs declined in many markets, dropping in 54 economies and increasing in only 19. However, global piracy rate increased from 41 to 43%, largely the result of fast growing, higher piracy markets such as China, India, and Brazil increasing overall software market. Read More

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New Products are the focus at EASTEC 2010.

May 24, 2010

According to SME survey of EASTEC 2010 pre-registrants, majority of 12,000 expected attendees are coming to May 25-27 event to see new product applications, and close to half indicated that their manufacturing equipment budgets are higher than they were in 2009. Event will feature over 190 new products, some of which will be highlighted at Innovations Theater, a venue for manufacturers to present new products and services rolled out since last year's event. Read More

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NREL Power Grid Study explains accommodation capacity.

May 24, 2010

Western Wind and Solar Integration Study assesses operational impacts and economics of increased contributions from wind/solar energy producers on power grid. Specifically, it examines benefits and challenges of integrating enough wind/solar energy capacity into grid to produce 35% of its electricity by 2017. Findings indicate target is technically feasible and does not necessitate extensive additional infrastructure. However, it does require key changes to operational practice. Read More

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ASTM's Award of Merit was presented to Jon R. Cavallo.

May 24, 2010

Jon R. Cavallo of Enercon Services Inc. received Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from ASTM International Committee D33 on Protective Coating and Lining Work for Power Generation Facilities in recognition for his individual contributions to ASTM standards activities. Member of ASTM since 1981, Cavallo recently completed 6-year term as chairman of Committee D33 and currently chairs Subcommittee D33.02 on Service and Material Parameters. Read More

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Interactive Training Tool increases medical laser safety.

May 24, 2010

Supplied on CD-ROM, Focal Points: Interactive Training for Medical Laser Safety© promotes safe use of lasers in health care facilities. Interactive training course, based on ANSI Z136.3 laser safety standard, serves as training tool for officers and other health care professionals who train new employees and need to stay current with safety issues and practices. Each of 6 chapters features interactive text, video component to summarize and illustrate information, and short quiz. Read More

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Education Initiative fosters manufacturing interest in students.

May 24, 2010

To capture attentions of 6-8 grade students, technology-based Gateway Academy program provides hands-on, project-based courses where participants have fun and apply science, technology, engineering and math fundamentals while learning engineering concepts. Accelerated learning program, taught by certified Project Lead The Way instructors, introduces groups of 20 students to disciplines such as robotics, aeronautics and rocketry, eco-design, manufacturing, and alternative energy. Read More

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MCA New Members include Alizem and MICROMO.

May 24, 2010

MCA has granted membership to Alizem, which is system-level IP provider of advanced control and fault diagnosis solutions for FPGA-based power electronics applications in various markets. It has also added MICROMO full service micro motion solutions company that produces brushed/brushless, stepper, thin-profile DC, piezoelectric, and linear motors. Representing organizations worldwide, MCA provides business opportunities for member companies and support for members/industry. Read More

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EPA expands public participation on hazardous waste cleanup.

May 24, 2010

U.S. EPA has launched initiative to help communities more effectively participate in government decisions related to land cleanup, emergency preparedness and response, and management of hazardous substances and waste. Community Engagement Initiative includes activities that will help EPA improve transparency and upfront collaboration with community stakeholders, enhance technical assistance to communities, and explain hazards of environmental problems to affected communities. Read More