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NEMA May 2016 EBCIs show gradual increases.

May 26, 2016

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) rose to 53.3 points in May from 50 in April. While 20% of panelists reported conditions improved in May (comparable to April’s 19%), 13% reported business environment worsened (down April's 19%). Intensity of change increased to +0.2 from 0.0, and EBCI for future North American conditions also improved by climbing to 56.7 from 53.1. Of those reporting, 27% had positive expectations for next 6 months as opposed to 19% one month ago. Read More

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National Labs gather at NREL for innovative summit.

May 26, 2016

Fostering clean energy technologies requires collaboration between industry, Energy Department, and its 17 national laboratories. Nearly 300 people attended the National Lab Impact Initiative Summit which is an outgrowth of the National Laboratory Impact Initiative. Part of Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, initiative emphasizes commercializing technology developed within labs and helping those in academia or industry use lab resources to bring ideas to market. Read More

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Optica Article shows practicality of optical atomic clocks.

May 26, 2016

Published in The Optical Society's journal Optica, "Realization of a timescale with an accurate optical lattice clock" shows optical atomic clocks could offer practical replacement for microwave atomic clocks for global time keeping. Researchers also measured optical clock frequency with unprecedented precision. More accurate global time keeping could allow financial networks to handle more transactions in shorter periods and greater satellite-based navigation system precision. Read More

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NREL Innovation Challenge crowdsources buildings.

May 25, 2016

Launched by NREL along with industry partner CLEAResult as part of DOE JUMP initiative, Call for Innovation will focus on ideas and topics related to residential buildings. Concepts will be evaluated by judges, and there will also be public voting via JUMP website. Winning innovation will be awarded $3,000 cash prize and in-kind support from CLEAResult. Members of the general public, according to NREL senior engineer Lieko Earle, are encouraged to submit their best ideas.<br /> Read More

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MESA Announces Winners of award for MESA contributions.

May 23, 2016

Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International announced Jimmy Asher of Savigent Software and Conrad Leiva of iBASEt as winners of 2016 Outstanding Contribution to MESA Award, which recognizes effort and dedication of individuals whose personal contributions benefited MESA. Mike Yost, MESA President, thanked Asher and Leiva for setting "an example with their dedication and leadership" and noted how "their efforts benefit our entire community." Read More

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SME Education Foundation honors president's lifetime achievements.

May 23, 2016

SME Education Foundation bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award upon its president, Brian Ruestow, for his longtime commitment to SME and ongoing efforts to prepare youth for advanced manufacturing careers. Member since 1975, Ruestow has long been involved with SME and recognized on numerous occasions for his work. Along with SME&#39;s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1988), Ruestow also received Joseph A. Siegel Service Award (2009). Read More

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DOE/DOT Collaboration advances smart transportation systems.

May 20, 2016

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Transportation (DOT) are collaborating to accelerate research, demonstration, and deployment of innovative transportation and alternative fuel technologies. Researchers at NREL have provided research and analysis on smart transportation systems and significantly contributed to development of DOE&#39;s SMART Mobility consortium. DOE and DOT are also among several groups working with NREL to advance its Sustainable Mobility Initiative. Read More

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NASA's New Widget helps locate ISS for viewing from Earth.

May 20, 2016

Companion tool to NASA&#39;s Spot the Station service facilitates information sharing regarding where and when to see the International Space Station (ISS) from Earth. Created by International Space Station Program, this widget can be embedded by organizations on their websites to make said service available for those who want to view the station as it flies overhead. At spotthestation.nasa.gov/widget, visitors can test this widget and find instructions on how to embed it. Read More

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EPA proposes increase in renewable fuel levels.

May 20, 2016

EPA proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Total renewable fuel volumes would grow by nearly 700 million gallons from 2016&ndash;2017. Advanced renewable fuel, which requires 50% lifecycle carbon emissions reductions, would grow by nearly 400 million gallons from 2016&ndash;2017. Biomass-based biodiesel, which must achieve at least 50% lifecycle emissions reductions, would grow by 100 million gallons from 2017&ndash;2018. Read More

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NREL helps DOE assess progress of SunShot Initiative goals.

May 20, 2016

Analysts and researchers at NREL played a significant role in a suite of studies released by DOE&#39;s SunShot Initiative that identify the progress made by the U.S. solar energy industry toward SunShot&#39;s goal of achieving cost parity with traditional energy sources by 2020. Focused on the lessons learned in the first 5 years of the 10-year Initiative, On the Path to SunShot series reports identify key research, development, and market opportunities that must be addressed in the coming years. Read More

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DOE awards IREC $2.2 M for solar training.

May 20, 2016

U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative announced that IREC has received funding under the Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program. Throughout project, IREC and its industry partners will coordinate outreach and develop solar training resources designed to target 100,000 professionals in the building code, inspection, and firefighting sectors. At the end of the 2-year project, IREC aims to deliver direct training to 10,000 individuals. Read More

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ISM Honors Arnold Sowa with 2016 Charles J. McDonald Jr. Award.

May 19, 2016

For leadership in creating business opportunities for diverse suppliers, ISM® named Arnold Sowa, VP and chief procurement officer for MetLife, Inc., as 2016 Charles J. McDonald Jr. Supplier Diversity Advocate Award recipient. ISM CEO Tom Derry, noting how "Creating opportunity for diversity among suppliers is an essential component of ISM&#39;s Principles of Sustainability and Social Responsibility," recognized Arnold "for his efforts to initiate and expand practices that encourage diversity." Read More

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NREL Announces Winners of 26th Solar and Lithium-Ion Car Races.

May 19, 2016

In total, 57 teams from 15 Colorado middle schools competed in 26th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion Battery car competitions. Students were required to race solar- and lithium-ion battery powered vehicles they designed and built. Ken Caryl Middle School (Littleton) swept first place in fastest solar-powered model car as well as fastest lithium-ion battery powered model car categories. Trophies were also awarded based on technology, craftsmanship, and innovation. Read More

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IPC Releases Handbook for troubleshooting PCB fabrication process.

May 19, 2016

IPC-9121, Troubleshooting PCB Fabrication Processes, provides essential resource for those involved in manufacturing or purchasing PCBs. This handbook contains 650+ PCB process defects, with causes and corrective actions for each, as well as hundreds of full-color photos demonstrating real-world process defects. In addition to organizing process defects by manufacturing steps in process where they can occur, handbook summarizes causes and solutions for each. Read More

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NEMA says consumers should have choice in light bulbs.

May 19, 2016

In written comments filed with the U.S. Department of Energy by NEMA, U.S. lighting manufacturers reaffirmed their position that consumers should have multiple options when selecting the type of light bulbs to purchase. NEMA&rsquo;s comments took issue with requirements in DOE-proposed energy efficiency rule aimed at forcing exclusive adoption of LED bulbs, thereby denying consumer choice and disrupting the ongoing and rapid market transition to energy-efficient lighting. Read More

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ASTM Committee B05 Presents Top Award to Andrew Kireta.

May 19, 2016

ASTM International Committee on Copper and Copper Alloys (B05) presented its Award of Merit to Andrew Kireta, Jr. of Copper Development Association, Inc. in Franklin, IN, USA. This award, with accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM&#39;s highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards. ASTM member since 1998, Kireta was honored for outstanding contributions in copper forgings, copper and copper alloys, pipe and tubing, casting and ingots, and more. Read More

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PTDA Foundation establishes Champions Club.

May 19, 2016

Member companies of PTDA have been generous in their support of initiatives of the PTDA Foundation, in particular the Industrial Careers Pathway®. Recognizing that the collective efforts of many are more effective than one company alone, companies in PTDA Foundation Champions Club have contributed funding at unprecedented levels. Champions Club includes Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze members who have contributed $100,000+, $75,000&ndash;$99,999, $50,000&ndash;$74,999, and $25,000&ndash;$49,999, respectively. Read More

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ISM Announces Six Winners of R Gene Richter Scholarship.

May 19, 2016

ISM® selected recipients of 2016 R. Gene Richter Scholarship, which recognizes top supply management students across USA. Determined based on submitted essay, cumulative GPA, extracurricular involvement, and overall achievements as pre-professional, recipients included Karen Burlingame (Penn State), Tim Dong (Arizona State), Christian Kerr (University of Minnesota), Aaron McClendon (Western Michigan University), Evan Raucacher (Michigan State), and Melanie Murphy (Grand Valley State). Read More

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ISM launches dynamic online learning initiative.

May 18, 2016

ISM announced debut of eISM, an online learning program built to suit busy lifestyles of supply chain and procurement professionals. eISM features distinct learning options that can be tailored to needs of individual, varying from self-led just-in-time learning modules to guided learning sessions with live instructors. Courses can be taken as part of ongoing education, or individuals can apply education credits from completed courses toward Certified Professional in Supply Management®. Read More

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NREL awards 4 subcontracts for wind competitiveness project.

May 18, 2016

NREL is awarding 4 subcontracts under the fourth round of funding through DOE&#39;s Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project. CIP aims to help manufacturers of small and mid-size wind turbines improve their turbine design and manufacturing processes while reducing costs and improving efficiency as they work toward certification. Round 4 awardees include: Primus Wind Power, Inc., Bergey Windpower, Northern Power Systems, and Endurance Wind Power, Inc. Read More