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Motors Shipments Gain in Fourth Quarter closes out 2009.

March 5, 2010

NEMA's Motors Shipments Index (MSI) increased 6.1% during fourth quarter of 2009, marking its second consecutive gain. Demand for motors, however, remains weak; MSI is still 5.7% below posted level from 2008 Q4. Inflation- and seasonally-adjusted shipments of fractional horsepower motors rose for third consecutive quarter, and integral horsepower motors saw their second increase in past 7 quarters. Surging exports and recent turn in inventory cycle primarily support rebound. Read More

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NIST and NASA to jointly develop new climate satellites.

March 5, 2010

NIST and NASA have launched joint effort to gather enhanced climate data from spaceborne climate observation instruments planned for satellites under development. Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Mission includes fleet of satellites tentatively scheduled for launch later this decade that will gather data for long-term climate projections. NIST's role will focus on calibration of instruments aboard CLARREO satellites, as well as on accuracy that sensors must meet. Read More

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NIST Cell Phone Test Procedure simulates complex real-world environments.

March 5, 2010

By accurately re-creating jumbled wireless signal environment of a city business district in a special indoor test facility, researchers at NIST have shown how the wireless industry could trim hours off process of testing new cellular phones. NIST techniques using reverberation chambers could also measure cell phone receiver sensitivity and simulate complex real-world environments for design and test of other wireless equipment. Read More

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Two ASABE Agricultural Equipment Standards are being revised.

March 5, 2010

ASABE and AEM are working to revise ANSI/ASAE S279.14, Lighting and Marking of Agricultural Equipment on Highways. Possible additions may be to incorporate rotary beacons or strobe lights as well as LEDs on agricultural equipment. ASABE is also revising ANSI/ASAE S276.6, Slow Moving Vehicle Identification Emblem (SMV Emblem) to update testing requirements for backing materials used on SMV emblem. Read More

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NEMA White Paper details SSL dimming best practices.

March 5, 2010

A NEMA-published white paper, LSD 49-2010 Solid State Lighting for Incandescent Replacement-Best Practices for Dimming, provides recommendations for dimming and design of screw-based incandescent replacement solid state lighting (SSL) products. It encourages coordination among control, power supply, and LED module manufacturers to achieve desired performance and product harmonization throughout market. Read More

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ASTM International forms livestock subcommittee.

March 5, 2010

Complementing marketing claims in advertising and promotions with third-party certification or verification is important in any industry. Part of ASTM International Committee F10 on Livestock, Meat, and Poultry Evaluation Systems, subcommittee F10.60 will be working on standards for verification in livestock and meat industry. Meat processors, purveyors, and retailers as well as consumers will use F10.60 standards. Subcommittee is currently at work on marketing claim standard for "tender" meat. Read More

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First Test Labs for Internet Protocol v6 are accredited.

March 5, 2010

ICSA Labs of Mechanicsburg, PA and the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory in Durham, NH have completed accreditation to provide testing services for USGv6 Program. Developed at NIST, USGv6 Program provides basis for expressing U.S. government requirements for IPv6 technologies and for testing that commercial products meet those requirements. Labs were accredited by private accreditation bodies operating under International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. Read More

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NIST Fellowship Programs are awarded to two universities.

March 5, 2010

NIST is awarding total of $19.5 million to the University of Maryland and the University of Colorado to develop and implement NIST measurement science and engineering fellowship programs. University of Maryland program, to be funded at $15 million, will bring approximately 50 fellows per year to work at NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD, and Charleston, SC. Funded at $4.5 million, University of Colorado program will supply NIST Boulder laboratories with about 20 fellows per year. Read More

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Competition awards grants for research facility construction.

March 5, 2010

NIST has opened competition for grants for construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. NIST has $50 million available for cost-sharing grants and anticipates funding 3-5 projects with grants of $10 to $15 million each. Grants will fund facilities for research in fields related to measurement science, oceanography, atmospheric research, or telecommunications, the research fields of NIST, NOAA, and NTIA. Read More

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Molecular Spectroscopy Standard covers calibration, qualification.

March 5, 2010

Intended for fluorescence instruments users, ASTM E2719, Guide for Fluorescence-Instrument Calibration and Qualification, summarizes what is available as far as methods and material standards necessary for qualification of fluorometers as part of complying with regulatory and other QA/QC requirements. It also gives general guidelines on sample preparation and handling. While level of detail is geared for non-experts, list of references will help even experts find more information. Read More

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EU Decision on Biotech Crops is applauded by BIO.

March 4, 2010

BIO approved of European Commission's announcement to authorize cultivation of biotech potato as well as commercialization of 3 varieties of biotech maize for food and feed uses as well as import and processing. In response, Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, BIO Executive VP for Food and Agriculture, said that this encouraging first step will begin to help remedy impasse that has hindered EU farmers in competitive marketplace. She also pointed out that more work is to be done. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO(TM) pre-show registration is 15% higher than in 2009.

March 4, 2010

Pre-show registration for IPC APEX EXPO(TM), which takes place April 6-8, is 15% higher than 2009 and appears to be approaching 2008 levels. According to IPC President Denny McGuirk, these numbers indicate rebounding industry and "the need for people to get together, see new equipment, and catch up on the latest research." International attendance has reached 10% of total attendance, and EMS and PCB Management Meetings, focused on executive education, have also recovered to 2008 levels. Read More

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2010 BIO Convention offers One-on-One Partnering(TM) System.

March 4, 2010

Representatives of biotech and pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, and licensing professionals, as well as investors attending BIO International Convention Business Forum can request One-on-One business development meetings through BIO's proprietary partnering system. BIO One-on-One Partnering(TM) System allows companies to conduct sophisticated searches for partners and licensing projects, and engage and set up meetings with potential collaborators. Read More

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BIO announces networking and collaboration forum.

March 4, 2010

The 2010 BIO International Convention will feature BIOPark, a hub focused on fostering networking and collaboration among academics, licensing professionals, incubator services, and early-stage companies. BIOPark will facilitate key conversations about technology transfer and will include displays of innovative products and services and a presentation theater. Also new this year, Contract Services Summit will highlight rising costs of research and development and manufacturing of products. Read More

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ASABE revises standard for testing biodiesel fuel.

March 4, 2010

ASABE has revised ASAE EP552.1, Reporting of Fuel Properties when Testing Diesel Engines with Alternative Fuels Derived from Plant Oils and Animal Fats. Originally developed in 1990s, document has been revised to reflect current practices and international standards, using input from experts in industry, academia, and public service. Standard covers how to report testing of alternative fuels derived from plant oils and their blends with petroleum diesel for use in diesel engines. Read More

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AWEA Supply Chain Manager to explore renewable, wind energy.

March 4, 2010

On March 25, Matt Garran, supply chain manager for AWEA, will offer insights on how manufacturing companies can grow in the renewable energy and wind industry at WESTEC 2010. Attendees will be able to see demonstrations of the latest technologies, watch free show floor presentations, and hear 3 keynote addresses and panel discussion addressing wind energy supply chain and prospects in aerospace/defense and renewable energy. More than 400 exhibitors are expected. Read More

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Trade Surplus shows value of US Free Trade Agreements.

March 4, 2010

US Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have resulted in trade surplus for US manufactured goods for second year in a row. US manufactured goods exports to NAFTA and CAFTA as well as other FTAs exceeded imports by $21 billion in 2008 and extended their surplus to $26 billion in 2009. This two-year surplus of nearly $50 billion stands in contrast to what trade naysayers have been telling Congress, blaming trade agreements as reason for trade deficit. Read More

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AIA Honors Joseph Christenson with 2010 achievement award.

March 4, 2010

Joseph Christenson, Director of Finance at Nonin Medical, Inc., was presented with 2010 Automated Imaging Achievement Award at AIA's 18th Annual Business Conference. As top leadership award for machine vision and imaging industry, it honors Christenson's industry leadership and contributions for over two decades. AIA President Jeffrey A. Burnstein said "Joe was one of the industry leaders most responsible for AIA's growth from a handful of members to nearly 300 today." Read More

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Article Regarding ISO Certification says it is worth effort.

March 3, 2010

In its Winter 2010 issue, Welding and Gases Today features Clark Phinney's article concerning ISO certification. Phinney cites accreditation as having powerful impact on SpecAir Specialty Gases, which holds ISO 17025:2005 accreditation for calibration and testing, and says it affects how employees work together by compelling new ways of looking at work flow and work product. When incorporated into marketing and price presentations, accreditation can help influence customers' choices. Read More

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February GAWDA Edge named The Olympic Issue.

March 3, 2010

In honor of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, February issue of GAWDA Edge features collection of Olympic-themed articles for young professionals in the gases and welding industry. To help with this issue, GAWDA enlisted motivational speaker and Olympic luger Ruben Gonzalez to contribute an article. In Vancouver, Gonzalez became the first athlete to participate in the Olympic Games in 4 different decades. His story is an inspiration that gases and welding professionals can learn from. Read More