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Standardized Specification replaces IR with RF for remotes.

September 16, 2009

The ZigBee Alliance announced that ZigBee RF4CE specification for advanced remote controls is available for public download. It replaces IR with RF communication in remote controls, allowing non-line-of-sight operation with extended range and battery life for consumer electronic remote controls. Announced in March 2009, ZigBee RF4CE is a standardized specification for RF remote controls that removes field-of-vision barriers and opens new capabilities by supporting 2-way communication. Read More

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IPC Technology Interchange addresses military market.

September 16, 2009

Scheduled for Dec 9-10, IPC Technology Interchange Conference - The North American PCB Industry: It Can and Will Support the Military Market, will feature senior officers from PCB manufacturing supply chain as well as key government officials. Conference will answer questions such as which leading-edge technologies will DoD require in coming years, what R/D is needed for North American PCB industry to support DoD needs, and what are risks/repercussions of DoD's reliance on global commercial market. Read More

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Media Registration now open for 2009 BIO Investor Forum.

September 16, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 28-29, 8th Annual BIO Investor Forum will feature more than 110 late stage and emerging public company presentations, partnering meetings, and networking opportunities with investors and executives in the life sciences field. Some highlights include plenary sessions on sustaining biotech innovation in light of healthcare reform, and therapeutic workshops addressing areas of dynamic pipeline growth including prostate cancer, influenza, and autoimmune disease. Read More

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FDA publishes revisions to list of recognized standards.

September 16, 2009

U.S. FDA has issued new revisions to its list of accepted standards for use in premarket reviews of medical devices. Newly recognized standards include IEC 62366:2007, which helps manufacturers improve usability and safety of medical devices; ANSI/AAMI RD5:2003 (R2008) to ensure effective, safe performance of hemodialysis systems, devices, and related materials; and ASTM F2603-06, Standard Guide for Interpreting Images of Polymeric Tissue Scaffolds. Read More

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ISO DIS addresses social responsibility concepts.

September 16, 2009

International Organization for Standardization Working Group on Social Responsibility (ISO SR) announced that ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility, is published as a Draft International Standard (DIS). It will help usher organizations toward sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and evaluation methods. National member bodies of ISO are invited to vote and comment on DIS text during 5-month balloting period. Read More

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BIO CEO salutes father of the green revolution.

September 16, 2009

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, issued a statement in tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, American geneticist and plant pathologist who died Saturday, September 12th in Dallas. In addition to offering condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues, the statement conveyed appreciation for Borlaug's work. Specifically mention was his development of high-yield and disease-resistant wheat varieties as well as the applications of farming practices and methods of increasing food production. Read More

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ACGIH® announces new board and committee members for 2010.

September 15, 2009

New members to ACGIH® 2010 Board of Directors include Bill R. McArthur, PhD, CIH as Vice Chair-Elect and Heather D. Borman, MS, CIH, CSP as Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, both to serve 4 year terms. Stephanie R. Carter, PhD, CIH will assume position of Director-At-Large and will serve 3-year term. All will begin serving on January 1, 2010. Joining 2010 ACGIH® Nominating Committee are Madalyn E. Ferrell, MS; Vickie R. Hawkins, MS, CIH; David C. May, ScD, CIH; and Edward T. Ochi, CIH, CSP. Read More

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AMCA announces new board members.

September 15, 2009

During AMCA 54th Annual Meeting, new board members for 2009-2010 were announced. Art LaPointe of Construction Specialties, Inc. was chosen for President while Denis Labelle, outgoing AMCA International President, became Chairman of the Board. Michael Barry of Twin City Fan Companies, Ltd. was chosen as Vice President, while Vic Colwell of Loren Cook Company was elected as Treasurer, and George Atkinson of Hartzell Fan Inc. became Director-at-Large on Executive Committee. Read More

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50 Millionth Chemical Substance recorded in CAS REGISTRY.

September 15, 2009

CAS, a division of American Chemical Society, announced that it has recorded 50 millionth substance in CAS REGISTRY, a compendium of publicly disclosed chemical information. The recently registered substance is a novel arylmethylidene heterocycle with analgesic properties. In addition to chemical names, CAS Registry Number, and vital literature references, REGISTRY provides experimental and predicted property data, commercial availability, preparation details, and regulatory information. Read More

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ACGIH® Webinar to cover dust hazard in ventilation systems.

September 15, 2009

Explosive Dusts in Industrial Ventilation Systems will be presented by ACGIH® on January 27, 2010, from 2:00-4:30pm ET. Being hosted by ACGIH® Industrial Ventilation Committee, it will cover how dust explosions occur, how to prevent them, and how to maintain compliance with current and future regulations. Webinar will be presented by Jonathan F. Hale, MS and Marty Schloss, PE. Webinar has been approved by American Board of Industrial Hygiene for .42 ABIH Certification Maintenance Point. Read More

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USMTC Report shows rise in technology consumption in July.

September 15, 2009

According to AMT and AMTDA, U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $149.51 million in July, up 9.2% from June but down 55.3% from July 2008. Number of units is less than half of last year's total, according to Peter Borden, but it is 3rd consecutive monthly increase in machine tool sales, which indicates some improvement. Central and Midwest regions of U.S. posted gains in manufacturing technology consumption in July over June totals, other regions posted losses. Read More

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Web Tool for Physicists enhances collaboration.

September 15, 2009

Announced by AIP and Collexis Holdings Inc., AIP UniPHY is a scientific networking site that allows physical scientists to search for collaborators, see what competitors are up to, communicate with colleagues, and exhibit their own latest work. Unlike Facebook and other social networking sites, AIP UniPHY comes pre-populated with profiles of hundreds of thousands of scientists from more than 100 countries, all interconnected by virtue of their publication histories. Read More

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PTDA Report shows slight increase in U.S./Canadian orders.

September 14, 2009

According to PTDA's July 2009 Market Outlook Report, confidence in U.S. and Canadian market rose by 0.1%, though sales for both decreased overall in July 2009 compared to June 2009 and July 2008. All 9 product categories for U.S. manufacturers posted sales losses, but for Canadian manufacturers, 5 categories posted sales gains, including 53.3% increase for clutches and brakes. Other growth categories include mounted bearings, shaft couplings, industrial motors, and mechanical drive systems. Read More

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RIA announces partnership for collaborative safety.

September 14, 2009

Partnership for Collaborative Safety between RIA and safety partners such as PIAB Vacuum Products seeks to advance robot and machine safety through participation in National Robot Safety Conference XXI, Oct 26-28. Conference focuses on Moving Forward with Safety and examines latest in standards, technology, and products. Members of partnership help disseminate RIA's message of safety and training and their various publics benefit from registration discount. Read More

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IPC Midwest to feature electronics manufacturing innovations.

September 14, 2009

IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will take place on September 23-24, 2009, at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. Products and services representing categories such as equipment or materials for electronics assembly, manufacturing, and test; chemicals and materials or equipment for PCB manufacturing; and more will be on display. Event will include live assembly line on show floor, IPC International Technology Roadmap forum, and networking opportunities. Read More

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Automotive Exec to discuss 100 mpg delivery van at SPE ACCE.

September 14, 2009

With current focus on increasing fuel economy and reducing tailpipe emissions for ground transportation, much effort is being expended on reimagining passenger vehicles. Hadrian Rori, VP of Vehicle Engineering at Bright Automotive, will deliver keynote entitled Development of 100 MPG Bright Automotive Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle during SPE® ACCE. At Bright, Rori is responsible for overall vehicle development and serves role of chief engineer for the IDEA delivery van. Read More

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Seventeen Years of Baldrige Scoring Data now available.

September 14, 2009

The Baldrige National Quality Program recently published "blinded" scoring data on 1,033 applicants for Baldrige National Quality Award during the years 1990-2006. Presented in both tabular and graphic forms, scoring data come from both independent and consensus reviews for: all 17 years and all 6 award categories; all 17 years by individual category; comparison of categories within individual years; and comparison of years within individual categories. Read More

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speaks at NAM meeting.

September 14, 2009

In address to more than 200 manufacturers attending NAM National Public Affairs Steering Committee meeting, Hoyer recognized NAM as resource for Congress on how proposed health care reform will impact manufacturers' businesses and employees. Hoyer also endorsed action on pending free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama and called for substantial tax reform, stressing that bipartisanship is important in reforming tax code. Read More

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BIO Summit to highlight various biotechnology tools.

September 14, 2009

BIO announced sessions and speaker presentations at 2009 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, to be held November 8-11, 2009, in Honolulu. Presentations will include International Developments in Algae Commercialization; East Meets West: A Comparison of China, Brazil, and U.S. Biofuels Policy; and Global Perspectives on the Bioeconomy. Brent Erickson said growth and development of clean and green product technologies may lead to new jobs and future economic growth. Read More

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President Obama announces intent to nominate NIST director.

September 14, 2009

President Barack Obama has announced intent to nominate physicist Patrick Gallagher to be 14th director of NIST. Gallagher's leadership will be critical to agency that is central to nation's ability to innovate and compete in global markets, according to U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. Awaiting confirmation by Senate, Gallagher began working at NIST Center for Neutron Research in 1993 and was appointed deputy director of NIST in September 2008. Read More