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IPC revises standard for lead-free solders.

April 7, 2010

IPC has revised IPC J-STD-609, Marking and Labeling of Components, PCBs, and PCBAs to Identify Lead, Lead-Free, and Other Attributes. Presenting marking and labeling system that aids in electronics assembly, rework, repair, and recycling, standard provides additional codes for precise specification of certain lead-free solders. It offers guidance on using range of solder alloys now available. Maximum component temperature for assembly or rework processes is also defined. Read More

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IEA commends Italy on progress in energy policy.

April 7, 2010

Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Italy 2009 Review acknowledges that Italy has succeeded in diversifying gas supply routes, added electricity generating capacity, and is in the process of further diversifying fuels for electricity generation. However, Review points out that country's energy sector needs integrated long-term vision and that it remains vulnerable in several respects, such as high dependency on electricity imports and long delays in infrastructure development. Read More

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ASHRAE Conference will take place in Albuquerque, NM.

April 7, 2010

Taking place from June 26-30, 2010 ASHRAE Annual Conference will focus on its theme of Raising Efficiency to New Levels. Technical program, concentrating on energy efficient system design for high elevations and dry climates, features market-based papers and programs as well as traditional full-length Technical Papers and Conference Paper format. Technical program tracks include Energy Facts vs. Simulation; Refrigeration for Future; and Energy Conservation vs. New Generation. Read More

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EPA and DOE announce new steps to strengthen Energy Star program.

April 7, 2010

To help consumers save money and fight climate change, EPA and DOE are working to strengthen Energy Star program. DOE began tests on 6 common product types, including freezers, refrigerator-freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters, and room air conditioners. EPA and DOE are also developing expanded system that will require all products seeking Energy Star label to be tested in approved labs and require manufacturers to participate in ongoing verification testing program. Read More

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EPA Recognizes leaders in energy efficiency.

April 7, 2010

US EPA is honoring 110 select manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, home builders, and other organizations as 2010 Energy Star award winners. Specifically, organizations are being recognized for long-term commitment to fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency. Each winner falls into one of 3 major award categories: Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year, and Excellence. Read More

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Papers on Net-Zero-Energy sought for 2011 Winter Conference.

April 7, 2010

Papers addressing industry's efforts to achieve zero-energy design are being sought for ASHRAE's 2011 Winter Conference. Scheduled for Jan 29 to Feb 2, conference technical program will focus on efficient use of energy, different design approaches and other topics related to refrigeration, standards and codes, and HVAC systems, equipment, applications, and fundamentals. Full-length technical papers or conference paper abstracts should be submitted by April 16. Read More

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EPA Energy Star Leaders quadruple savings in 2009.

April 7, 2010

EPA Energy Star Leaders prevented equivalent of over 220,000 metric tons of CO2 from being released and saved more than $48 million across commercial building portfolios in 2009. Milestones include 10% energy reduction across portfolio, which 58 organizations met, and top performer category, which requires buildings to perform in top 25% of similar structures, which 75% of Energy Star Leaders met. Over 100 organizations have been listed as Energy Star Leaders since 2004. Read More

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Green Groups Sue European Commission over withheld biofuels documents.

April 7, 2010

On March 8 of 2010, coalition of environmental groups filed legal action against European Commission over its refusal to release documents which contain previously undisclosed information on negative climate impacts of widespread biofuel use in EU. Lawsuit alleges several violations of European laws designed to promote transparency, democracy, and legitimacy in EU policy-making. Efforts to gain access to information began October 15 of 2009. Read More

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Heads of JODI review progress since 11th IEF Ministerial.

April 7, 2010

Ahead of 12th International Energy Forum, Heads of JODI organizations met in Cancun to review progress made since 11th IEF Ministerial, and to discuss development of Initiative going forward. Joint Oil Data Initiative, a global source of statistics on oil production, trade, consumption and storage, can help mitigate volatility by providing transparency to market. Heads of JODI organizations call on participating countries to further improve completeness and quality of data they submit to JODI. Read More

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Report Details Projected Costs of generating electricity.

April 7, 2010

Joint study by International Energy Agency (IEA) and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2010 Edition, concludes future electricity costs will depend on costs of raising financial capital and price of carbon. Presented by IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka and NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri, report comprises latest data on costs of electricity generation for various fuels and technologies and establishes global benchmark for power supply costs. Read More

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RIA Webinars offered free during National Robotics Week.

April 6, 2010

Scheduled for April 10-17, 2010, National Robotics Week will include 3 free webinars. Business strategies for using robots are covered during "How Robots Help American Companies Compete in the Global Marketplace." "Career Opportunities in Robotics" will examine possibilities in education, research, and industry. Lastly, "Food Robotics" will cover how robots can safely process raw ingredients, improve primary and secondary packaging, handle pallets, and load delivery trucks. Read More

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Donald Hillebrand to speak at SAE International World Congress.

April 6, 2010

Donald G. Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, will provide keynote address on April 14 during SAE 2010 World Congress at Cobo Center in Detroit. He is scheduled to speak at 10 am (EDT) in AVL Technology Leadership Center. Currently, Hillebrand leads Argonne National Lab's Transportation activities, including vehicle systems and hybrid vehicle development, engine and emissions research, material research, and life cycle/economic analysis. Read More

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ATA Director describes truck safety program in GAWDA journal.

April 6, 2010

In Welding & Gases Today journal, David L. Potts, director of safety and operations for American Trucking Association, describes FCMSA's Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program. Program will use all safety-based violations found during roadside inspections to measure motor carrier's safety performance, and driver-related deficiencies will be considered. Ultimate goal of program is to reduce occurrence of large truck and bus crashes. Read More

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MHEDA Journal addresses payroll expense management.

April 6, 2010

The MHEDA Journal, Q1 2010 issue, features article by Dr. Albert D. Bates titled "The Problem That Will Not Die" that discusses strategies for managing payroll expenses at material handling distributorships. Bates makes suggestions that can help material handling distribution firms increase personnel productivity ratio by adjusting sales volume, payroll costs, or gross margin. Firms can maintain sustainable profitability by improving ratio by as little as 2%, Bates says. Read More

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MHEDA Online Magazine offers social media safety tips.

April 6, 2010

In April issue of MHEDA Edge, "How To: Stay Safe on the Social Web" outlines three basic social media vulnerabilities facing young material handling professionals. These include need to protect password, since this is all that stands between hacker and social media identity; and messages that seemingly come from friend, generated by spammers via use of phishing. Article says that watching what is said online is also important. Read More

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ILMA opens 2010 scholarship program application period.

April 5, 2010

ILMA has announced that applications for 2010-2011 ILMA Scholarship Program are available and are being accepted through June 30. Applicants must be citizens of North American country, enrolled for 2010-2011 academic year at college or university as undergraduate, and have minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Application form is available on ILMA website. Over 80 applications were received in 2009 and organization has awarded 52 students scholarships over past 9 yr. Read More

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NIST Director to co-chair White House standards committee.

April 5, 2010

NIST Director Patrick Gallagher and Philip Weiser will co-chair Subcommittee on Standards that has been established at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Group will reinforce ability of government to work in partnership with private sector to address standards needed to solve national problems. Subcommittee will also provide direction/guidance to ICSP and will rely on ICSP to coordinate policy implementation, assess progress, and develop policy options or guidance. Read More

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NIST Advisory Committee issues 2009 annual report.

April 5, 2010

Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology has sent its 2009 annual report to Congress. Report highlights NIST's unique and significant role in coordination of federal development and use of documentary standards in 3 areas of critical national importance: Smart Grid interoperability, healthcare information technology, and cybersecurity. Report expresses Committee's strong support for NIST to strengthen its leadership role in documentary standards affecting nation's priorities. Read More

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ABC's Receding CBI shows recession-mired construction industry.

April 2, 2010

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) - used as forward-looking indicator that measures amount of construction work under contract to be completed in future - declined 9% between November 2009 and January 2010. It slipped 16.3% during past year and currently stands at 5.5 months. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu says this indicates nonresidential construction industry is still stuck in its own recession. Read More

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Stringent Appliance Standards apply to home water heaters.

April 2, 2010

U.S. DoE Secretary Steven Chu announced that Department has finalized higher energy efficiency standards for heating appliances that will save consumers up to $10 billion and prevent up to 164 million MT of carbon dioxide emissions over 30 years. These standards - for residential water heaters, pool heaters, and direct heating equipment - will reduce air pollution, prevent release of nitrogen oxides and mercury, and avoid emissions equivalent to taking 46 million cars off the road for 1 year. Read More