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PMA Business Conditions Report details future expectations.

June 28, 2012

June 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report shows metalforming companies expect business conditions to decline during next 3 months. Of 114 participating companies, 11% anticipate improvement, 57% predict stagnation, and 32% predict decline. Companies also forecast downward trend in incoming orders, with 15% for increase, 52% for no change, and 33% for decrease. Also, average daily shipping levels declined: 31% cited rise, 39% said levels were same, and 30% noted decrease. Read More

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ASQ Issues 6,500+ Certifications for training skilled workers.

June 28, 2012

ASQ issued 6,500+ certifications in USA in 2011 as part of Manufacturing Institute partnership designed to help fill advanced manufacturing positions. In comment, ASQ CEO Paul Borawski said that "By issuing these certifications, ASQ is helping workers gain the knowledge that will help them find work and fill jobs." ASQ offers 17 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Calibration Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Quality Inspector. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices dip 0.5% in May.

June 28, 2012

Reflecting softness in demand, prices for construction materials dipped 0.5% in May, according to June 13 U.S. Labor Department's Producer Price Index report. However, construction materials prices are 1% higher from 1 year ago. Similarly, nonresidential construction materials prices fell 0.6% last month, but are up 0.6% compared to May 2011. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, materials prices are likely to remain stable over months ahead. Read More

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New Data Visualization Technology will facilitate field work.

June 28, 2012

EPRI is developing data visualization technology for utility engineering and operations professionals. As first step in bringing said technology to reality in utility environments, EPRI is developing field force data visualization tool on iOS-based device that utilizes Common Information Model (CIM) for messaging. Distinct advantages include reduced cost; facilitated, in-field upgrades; seamless communications switching capabilities; and secure data transfer. Read More

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ASABE to develop standard for Smart Irrigation Controllers.

June 28, 2012

ASABE has initiated project to develop S627, Standardized Testing Protocol for Weather-based or Soil Moisture-based Landscape Irrigation Control Devices. As demand on water resources and importance of water use efficiency grow, water agencies, regulators, land owners, and landscape managers are relying more heavily on irrigation controllers that use real-time weather or soil-moisture data to determine irrigation needs and scheduling. Document will standardize methods for testing such controllers. Read More

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AAMA Announces Winners of annual scholarship award.

June 28, 2012

During 2012 AAMA Summer Conference, AAMA awarded 7 scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. "AAMA is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding students who have dedicated themselves to their academic and extracurricular endeavors in order to pursue a career in architecture, engineering, and related fields," said AAMA president and CEO Rich Walker. Winners included Jonathan Dorsch, Mathew Blom, Megan Conley, Rachel Hlatky, Griffin Lay, Zachary Lee, Hannah Wascomb. Read More

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EPA Framework helps localities comply with Clean Water Act.

June 28, 2012

Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework helps EPA regional offices, states, and local governments develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans. Allowing offices and agencies to meet Clean Water Act obligations, framework outlines ways to pursue innovative, cost-saving solutions, such as green infrastructure. It also highlights importance of controlling and managing releases of storm and wastewater into nation's waters. Read More

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IREC announces search for innovative renewable energy projects.

June 27, 2012

Each year, IREC recognizes individuals and organizations that have implemented innovative projects during past year that promote and accelerate adoption of renewable energy technologies. This year IREC will present awards for Clean Energy Workforce Development, K-12 Education and Training, Community Renewable Energy Projects, and State and Local Government Initiatives. Award recipients will be recognized during IREC's annual meeting and will receive commemorative plaque recognizing achievement. Read More