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Comments Sought on proposed forensic analysis standard.

June 20, 2012

Standards Australia (SA), Australian member body to ISO, submitted proposal for International Standard on minimizing risk of contamination in products used to collect and analyze biological material for forensic DNA purposes. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by July 27, 2012. Proposed work item would set particular criteria around which consumables used in forensic DNA collection and analysis should be manufactured. Read More

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North American PM Industry experienced universal growth.

June 20, 2012

According to Metal Powder Industries Federation President Matthew Bulger, North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry has built on growth momentum from last year in all materials, process, and market sectors. In comment at PowderMet2012, Bulger elaborated that past 2 years suggests sustainable industry recovery. He also noted 2012 began on positive note, with rising confidence levels, and also called to mind need for experienced production workers and PM engineering professionals. Read More

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MPIF announces award winning powder metallurgy parts.

June 20, 2012

Winning parts in 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards can be found in auto engines and transmissions, electronics, medical devices, agricultural equipment, consumer products, military, and emergency applications. For example, GKN Sinter Metals won grand prize in automotive engine category for VVT rotor adapter assembly. In automotive chassis category, Capstan Atlantic won grand prize for complex PM steel 2-stage helical gear and spur pinion used in power liftgate actuator. Read More

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NAM Chief Economist comments on May Jobs Report.

June 20, 2012

In his post, A Disappointing May Jobs Report, Chad Moutray notes economy added 69,000 net new jobs in May, with manufacturing up 12,000, as reported by The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Moutray calls this labor report "consistent with recent weaknesses...seen in the global and domestic marketplace" and points out anxieties felt regarding Europe and long-term tax policies. Moutray also mentions rises in unemployment to 8.2% and "so-called real unemployment rate" to 14.8%. Read More

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Test Procedures cover enclosed low-voltage AC circuit breakers.

June 20, 2012

NEMA published ANSI/NEMA C37.50 Low-Voltage AC Power Circuit Breakers Used in Enclosures - Test Procedures, the first new edition in 24 years. Document covers stationary or drawout circuit breakers of 2-, 3-, or 4-pole construction, with 1 or more rated max voltages of 635, 508, and 254 V for application on systems having nominal voltages of 600, 480, and 240 V. It applies to unfused or fused type breakers as well as manually operated or power operated units. Read More

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CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012 concludes successful run.

June 20, 2012

CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012, the largest construction-related trade show in Russia and Eastern Europe, provided exhibitors with direct access to quality buyers and potential business partners. AEM offered exhibitors high-profile location that allowed manufacturers and their exclusive dealers to control corporate brand and marketing messages. AEM helped facilitate exhibitor travel planning and offered cost-effective exhibit options, so members could expand their presence internationally. Read More

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Mass Settlement halts welding fume lawsuits.

June 20, 2012

According to Welding and Gases Today Online, steering committees for parties in Welding Fume MDL have reached global settlement resolving nearly all welding fume cases pending in state or federal courts. In exchange for dismissing their lawsuits and releasing all manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of welding fume products from liability, participating plaintiffs will be eligible to receive payments from settlement pool being funded by welding rod manufacturers. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending was down 0.7% in April.

June 20, 2012

According to June 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending fell 0.7% to $558.33 billion in April on seasonally adjusted annualized basis but is up 7.1% from April 2011. "With the U.S. economy decelerating for a third consecutive spring/summer," commented ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, "the forward looking indicators are no longer positive, implying that nonresidential construction momentum will continue to languish." Read More