Solid State Lighting program takes off
NEMA, NGLIA welcome Energy Star Solid State Lighting program.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA) welcomed the Sept. 30 announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy that the Energy Star Solid State Lighting (SSL) Program has become effective. With consumers in mind, the program will label SSL lighting equipment%%MDASSML%%including undercabinet; recessed downlights; and outdoor path, step, and porch lighting%%MDASSML%%that meet high standards for energy efficiency and performance.
In its announcement, DOE acknowledged the important role played by technical standards and the NGLIA in the program’s development. Members of NEMA’s Solid State Lighting Section have been instrumental in the development of new industry standards for SSL efficiency and performance that are central to the Energy Star product requirements. NEMA also serves as the secretariat for the NGLIA, DOE’s designated industry partner in SSL commercialization activities, of which the Energy Star program is a significant part.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.