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December 2, 2013 | Vol. 23

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Arc-Welding Section Supports VEX Robotic Competition

Vex BoysThe NEMA Arc-Welding Section (1EW) recently provided a grant to the REC Foundation in support of its VEX Robotic Competition. In a show of support, the VEX team from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois, attended the Arc Welding Section meeting in Chicago to demonstrate its robot and explain the latest VEX Competition challenge.

Pictured are team members (from left) Christian Barrett, James Kennedy, Emet Sensat, and Henry Wolff. They were accompanied by coaches Tim Walsh and Jason Morrell.

The 1EW grant will fund two new teams and support a team for the national VEX Competition.

For more information, visit www.roboticseducation.org or www.robotevents.com.

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NEMA Publishes American National Standards for Insulators: ANSI/NEMA C29.2A-2013 and ANSI/NEMA C29.2B-2013
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NEMA Publishes White Paper LSD 57-2013 Polyurethane Foam Application: Lighting Equipment
NEMA published white paper NEMA LSD 57-2013 Polyurethane Foam Application: Lighting Equipment, which provides information regarding the application of polyurethane spray foam insulation that may come into contact with luminaires in various building applications.

Industry News

NREL-Developed Software Tackles Building Efficiency and Offers Cost Savings
A unique software application created by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could improve the efficiency of commercial buildings by allowing occupants to interact with buildings more directly.

Global Intelligence

Despite November Slip, North American Current Conditions EBCI Shows Signs of Improvement in Business Environment
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