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NIST Study of Hazard to Firefighters leads to safety alert.

July 27, 2012

Results of "live burn" studies and laboratory tests conducted by NIST fire researchers helped to prompt safety alert warning of heat-caused damage to facepiece lenses on firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus, a factor implicated in several first-responder fatalities and injuries. Issued by NFPA, alert notes that fires in modern buildings and houses burn hotter and faster than those in older structures, resulting in temperatures high enough to cause lens damage. Read More

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Business Conditions Deteriorate but improvement expected.

July 27, 2012

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions dropped to 38.6 in July from 52.4 in June. While this index has been sliding since its 2012 high of 72.5 in February, July's reading is first below 50 since August 2011. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions also declining, falling to -0.4 from neutral 0.0 in June. EBCI for future North American conditions, however, climbed to 61.4 from June's 57.1. Read More

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ASTM Standard aids in safe handling of flat glass.

July 26, 2012

Approved by ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety, ASTM E2875/E2875M, Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass, aids in selection of personal protective equipment that will best protect specific employee from hazards that cannot be mitigated through other means. Standard highlights critical areas of risk to body, highlights need for risk assessments, explains cut test standards, and describes PPE materials of construction. Read More

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NEMA Reiterates Call to Act on Fiscal Cliff concerns.

July 26, 2012

Following call for Congress to act on pending "fiscal cliff," NEMA underscored fact that USA faces risks by not acting expeditiously. Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected fiscal cliff will cause economy to dip into recession in 2013 but also that U.S. economy would add two million new jobs and GDP would grow 4.4% in 2013 alone if all issues were resolved. "It is time for our government to come together for America," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. Read More

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Powder Metallurgy Parts were acknowledged for excellence.

July 26, 2012

Winners of 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, sponsored by Metal Powder Industries Federation, were announced at PowderMet2012. Grand prize in electrical /electronic components category was won by Capstan California Inc., and its customer Reliable Security Group Inc., for soft magnetic PM alloy coil housing used in magnetic door closer for emergency/fire protection applications. Winning parts show how customers worldwide are utilizing PM's design advantages. Read More

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Return of WESTEC showcases that manufacturing is back.

July 26, 2012

From Oct 15-17, 2013, WESTEC returns to Los Angeles Convention Center with a renewed sense of direction. It will now become a biennial fall event focused on industries and companies that make manufacturing thrive in the Western region and beyond. Produced by SME, WESTEC is focused on addressing the evolving manufacturing industry, helping attendees network, build partnerships, highlight new products and processes, and put new solutions front-and-center. Read More

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Capstan California wins award for porous bronze filter.

July 26, 2012

During 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, Capstan California and its customer Sperry Product Innovation Inc. of Woburn, MA, won award of distinction in industrial motors/controls and hydraulics category for a porous bronze filter used in a solvent pumping purification system. Filter is gravity sintered to density of 5.1-5.2 g/cm³. Special mold design eliminates most secondary operations on the part, except for deburring the edge. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses accurate use of micrometers.

July 26, 2012

Developed and approved by ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products, ASTM A1073/A1073M, Practice for Using Hand Micrometers to Measure the Thickness of Nonmetallic and Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet, is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee A05.07 on Methods of Testing. By unifying method and removing micrometer types that incorrectly influence measurements, more consistent and repeatable results are made. Read More