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Construction Industry Unemployment Rate drops to 12.8%.

July 16, 2012

With addition of 2,000 jobs last month, nation's construction industry unemployment rate fell to 12.8% in June, down from 14.2% in May, according to July 6 employment report by U.S. Labor Department. One year ago, construction unemployment rate was 15.6%. However, much of this improvement is attributable to decline in size of construction workforce, which now totals 8.12 million people, down from more than 8.44 million people 1 year ago. Read More

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EEMBC Benchmarks see growing popularity and expanded mission.

July 16, 2012

As it celebrates its 15th anniversary, EEMBC is enjoying gains in popularity among embedded system designers, as well as expansion in breadth of industry-standard benchmarks it is developing for diverse world of embedded processors and systems. EEMBC has broadened scope of its mission to include benchmarking of highly integrated SoCs capable of tackling specific and general-purpose tasks, as well as performance of smartphones and tablet PCs and next-generation firewall appliances performing DPI. Read More

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NIST Seeks Comment on federal ID credential security standard.

July 16, 2012

NIST released second-round draft version of updated security standard for identity credentials in Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards used by federal employees and contractors. Comments are sought by August 10, 2012 from public on this document, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201, which will be last draft before final version is published. Requirements include that all PIV cards contain IC chip for storing electronic information, PIN, and protected biometric data. Read More

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Test Framework focuses on upgrading smart electrical meters.

July 16, 2012

On July 10, 2012, NIST published Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework (NISTIR 7823) to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from remote location. This draft publication offers generic set of testing criteria to help any utility determine whether its method of upgrading meters conforms with security and functionality requirements in NEMA Standard for Smart Grid Upgradeability. Read More

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NEMA Commends Senate on energy-efficiency tax legislation.

July 16, 2012

NEMA commends introduction of Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act of 2012 by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Legislation includes measures that help business make long term energy and financial saving investments, such as tax credit of $120/horsepower for advanced motor systems. Kyle Pitsor, NEMA VP of Government Relations, believes tax credit provides incentive for businesses to use energy more efficiently. Read More

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AEC announces tools for designers and engineers.

July 16, 2012

In June, AEC unveiled redesigned website and 2012 edition of AEC Buyers' Guide. Council's website at www.AEC.org includes information from previous site, with significant enhancements related to applications, sustainability, and fabrication. Offering comprehensive directory of AEC Extruder Members, Buyers' Guide includes such information as company headquarters, plant locations, contact names, press sizes, maximum circle size, forms produced, and types of services offered. Read More

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Manufacturing Day aims to raise awareness of career options.

July 16, 2012

Sponsored in part by FMA, Manufacturing Day (October 5, 2012) will highlight importance of manufacturing to USA economy and draw attention to available high-skill jobs. Open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events held at participating facilities aim to introduce as many people as possible to crucial role manufacturing plays in local communities and USA. Also, grassroots events will introduce manufacturers to business improvement resources and services. Read More

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SAE offers third edition of Vehicle Brake Design and Safety.

July 16, 2012

"Brake Design and Safety" provides basic theoretical fundamentals and analytical tools necessary to design braking systems for passenger vehicles and trucks. Book's goal is to help develop brakes that comply with safety standards, minimize consumer complaints, and perform safely and efficiently before and while electronic brake controls become active. Expanded chapters cover thermal analysis of automotive brakes, analysis of hydraulic brake systems, and single vehicle braking dynamics. Read More