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ELFA Commends extension of TALF program.

August 19, 2009

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) commends the decision of the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to extend the Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) program through March 31, 2010. This extension will serve to enhance much needed liquidity to secondary markets for equipment finance assets while continuing to unlock the equipment finance asset backed securities (ABS) market. Read More

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Webinar addresses HITSP efforts to advance ARRA initiatives.

August 19, 2009

Held by the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), an eTown Hall webinar on August 27, 2009 will feature Dr. John Halamka speaking about HITSP's continuing efforts to address Health Information Technology (HIT) provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Attendees will be updated on the final definition of "meaningful use" and explore how HITSP will continue to work to facilitate the development of needed standards and achieve interoperability. Read More

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ATA projects drop in passengers during Labor Day.

August 19, 2009

According to ATA forecast, 16 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during 8-day 2009 Labor Day holiday period, spanning Sept 2-9. This is a decline of approximately 3.5% from 17 million passengers estimated to have traveled on U.S. airlines during same period last year. Deep global recession and unnaturally high and volatile energy prices are primary drivers of expected reduction in passenger volumes. Read More

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NACD Member Companies achieve on-site RDP verification.

August 19, 2009

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced that 196 Regular member and Affiliate companies' sites have successfully passed NACD's third-cycle on-site Responsible Distribution ProcessSM (RDP) Verifications since January 2007. These organizations continually demonstrate a commitment to implementing RDP's environmental, health, safety, and security (EHS/S) requirements. RDP Verification is required once every 36 months. Read More

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Non-residential Building Construction Jobs decline in July.

August 19, 2009

Non-residential building construction experienced 5,900 job losses in July, which is slowing compared to 6,200 average monthly job losses of 3 previous months according to US Labor Department's August 7 employment report. On year-over-year basis, non-residential building construction decreased by 99,800 jobs (12.1%) to reach 727,800. Construction lost more jobs than any other major segment of the US economy in July. Overall, unemployment rate dropped from 9.5% in June to 9.4% in July. Read More

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PTDA publishes June 2009 Market Outlook Report.

August 19, 2009

According to sales data released by PTDA, Canadian manufacturers experienced increase in sales, while U.S. manufacturers had drop in sales in June 2009. U.S. manufacturers' sales fell by 2.8% in June 2009 when compared to May 2009 and 32.9% compared to same period last year. Orders in June 2009 decreased by 5.3% over May 2009 orders. Compared to May 2009, Canadian manufacturers' sales increased 7.6%, but were down 25.5% when compared to same period last year. Read More

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Charles Sidebottom receives award from ASTM.

August 19, 2009

Charles Sidebottom, director of corporate standards at Medtronic Inc., has received Patrick G. Laing Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to work of committee in developing standards for medical and surgical materials and devices. A member of ASTM International since 2001, Sidebottom serves as recording secretary of Committee F04 and works on U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 150 on Implants for Surgery. Read More

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IPC Conference/Exposition to feature live assembly line.

August 18, 2009

From September 23-24, 2009, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will include IPC A-Line on show floor, with experts from 11 top suppliers available to demonstrate advanced electronics assembly. Surface mount as well as through-hole component mounting equipment will be demonstrated. Soldering, laser marking, and PCB production equipment will also be demonstrated as well as screen printer, pick and place system, stencils for solder paste deposition, and conveyors. Read More

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Robot Orders are down sharply in first half of 2009.

August 18, 2009

According to RIA, North American-based robotics companies saw orders for new robots decline 36% in units and 47% in dollars through the first half of 2009. The second quarter, which saw declines of 43% in units and 51% in dollars over the same period in 2008, was also down 29% in units and 26% in dollars from the first quarter of 2009. RIA President, Jeff Burnstein, attributed weakness in orders received from automotive industry OEMs and suppliers as the major factor. Read More

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ASA awards first certificate for Essentials course.

August 18, 2009

ASA Foundation has awarded its first Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© certificate of completion to William Myers of APR Supply Company in Lebanon, PA. Students of course acquire command of most important concepts in distribution economics and importance of their role in company's profitability. Emphasizing team approach, course focuses on orderly flow of materials from receiving through stocking, picking, packaging, and delivery. Safety and security concerns are also covered. Read More

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Export Control System Review is welcomed by NAM.

August 18, 2009

As NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo made a statement in response to the President's decision to launch a broad-based review of the US export control system. He insisted that "An efficient export control system that carefully focuses on truly sensitive and unique technologies without hampering other exports is essential." Vargo also cited the current system as restricting too many technologies, being costly, and creating delays/uncertainties for foreign customers. Read More

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Seminar relays environmental requirements for ships.

August 18, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM, Seminar on Environmental Requirements for Commercial and Navy Ships for Efficient Maritime Operations and Effective Environmental Stewardship will be held December 9, 2009 in Atlanta, GA. It will identify areas where environmental standards should be developed to fill gaps to improve maritime operations and simultaneously promote environmental stewardship. Participants will learn requirements for marine environmental protection of the IMO, USEPA, and USCG. Read More

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AIA welcomes White House review of export control system.

August 18, 2009

President Obama announced that he is directing National Security Council and National Economic Council to undertake comprehensive review of U.S. export control system. Administration study is intended to address issues that have long been raised by industry and others. In particular, AIA has long sought a review of technologies on the U.S. munitions list and implementation of better licensing caseload management models. Read More

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ASTM revises home playground equipment standard.

August 18, 2009

Designed to reduce likelihood of life-threatening or debilitating injuries, ASTM standard F1148, Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Home Playground Equipment, no longer allows home playground sets with swings that attach to upper body component. Change will eliminate potentially hazardous situations such as conflicts in circulation patterns and children falling from upper body component onto underlying or adjacent swinging component. Read More

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Scholarships aid HVACR students.

August 18, 2009

ASHRAE will award over $80,000 in scholarship money for the 2009-2010 school year to reduce financial strain on engineering students across the country. According to Victor Goldschmidt, chair of ASHRAE Scholarship Trustees, investment in relevant education prepares individuals to become effective citizens. It is ASHRAE's belief that aiding future leaders of the HVACR industry will, in-turn, benefit society as they lead the way in sustainable technology. Read More

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Nicholas J. Carino is honored as concrete technology expert.

August 17, 2009

ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates honored Dr. Nicholas J. Carino with the 2009 Katharine and Bryant Mather Award. Based in Chagrin Falls, OH as a concrete technology consultant, Carino was recognized as an expert in the field of concrete technology and nondestructive testing. A member of ASTM International for 30+ years, his contributions in performing administrative and managerial duties enhanced the status of concrete technology as a discipline. Read More

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Warehouse Operations Certificate awarded to first recipient.

August 17, 2009

William Myers of APR Supply Company in Lebanon, PA has been awarded the first Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© certificate of completion by ASA Education Foundation. Myers, who works in counter sales at one of their branch locations, is the first student to pass the final exam and earn his certificate. In learning how to do their job effectively, the course emphasizes team-based approach with focus on orderly flow of materials as well as safety and security. Read More

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SPE announces scholarship winners for graduate research.

August 17, 2009

Two graduate students will each receive $2,000 USD scholarship check at SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition to help underwrite research in composites for ground transportation. Gregorio Manuel Velez-Garcia will use scholarship for development work on new method for predicting fiber orientation in fiber-reinforced, injection-molded thermoplastics, while Zeba Farheen Abdul Samad will use scholarship to continue work on aromatic thermosetting copolyester/carbon fiber composites. Read More

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Scientists Evaluate Atomic Clock based on ytterbium atoms.

August 14, 2009

As reported in Physical Review Letters, an experimental atomic clock based on ytterbium atoms is now about four times more accurate than it was several years ago. Its precision compares to that of NIST-F1 cesium fountain clock, the nation's civilian time standard, which keeps time to within 1 second in about 100 million years. Also, the ytterbium clock provides time standards community more options in ongoing development and comparisons of next-generation clocks. Read More

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NIST Demonstrates sustained quantum computation processing.

August 14, 2009

NIST Physicists have demonstrated sustained, reliable information processing operations on electrically charged atoms (ions). This work, described in the August 6, 2009 issue of Science Express, overcomes hurdles in scaling up ion-trapping technology from small demonstrations to larger quantum processors. Scientists demonstrated repeated rounds of a sequence of logic operations on the ions and found that operational error rates did not increase as they progressed through the series. Read More