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A&WMA issues call for abstracts for international conference.

September 24, 2009

A&WMA has issued call for abstracts for International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors from May 17-20, 2010. Abstracts of 250 words or less are being sought for presentations containing new information about thermal treatment of radioactive, hazardous chemical, mixed, munitions, medical/pharmaceutical, municipal, and industrial wastes. They must be submitted online by Nov 2, 2009 and authors will be notified of acceptance by Dec 9. Read More

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MIT Director to speak at October ANSI caucus.

September 24, 2009

At the ANSI Caucus Luncheon on Friday, October 9, 2009, Bill Bonvillian, director of the MIT Washington, D.C. office, and author of a recent book on energy policy, will be the guest speaker. Meeting will begin at 11:45am with ½-hr discussion of public policy issues before Congress and Administration, open to ANSI members only. Networking opportunities will follow, and will include nonmembers. After lunch break, Bonvillian will deliver remarks to be followed by a question and answer session. Read More

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ANSI to offer courses on standards programs administration.

September 24, 2009

ANSI will offer 3 courses for administration of domestic and international standards programs. They will include course #287, The American Way: the American National Standard (ANS) Development Process, on November 9; course #208, The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization, on November 10; and Course #205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat, on November 11. Each will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Read More

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USNC Members honored with IEC 1906 Award.

September 24, 2009

In recognition of noteworthy contributions to IEC and electrotechnical industry, 23 members of United States National Committee (USNC) to IEC were named as recipients of annual IEC 1906 Award. At USNC Council meeting on September 2, 2009, several recipients were honored by Jim Mathews, USNC president, and Hiromichi Fujisawa, Ph.D., chairman of IEC CAB. Awardees received certificates of recognition and commemorative 1906 Award pin. Read More

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DSS and WSC announce call for papers.

September 23, 2009

American Water Works Association announced that the 2010 Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition (DSS) and Water Security Congress (WSC) Call for Papers is open. Suggested topics include water loss and contamination control, asset management, network modeling, distribution system design, contamination warning systems, physical/cyber security, as well as security and emergency response. DSS and WSC events will be taking place September 12-15 and co-located in Nashville, TN. Read More

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ATA Report details declines in passenger demand, cargo.

September 23, 2009

Air Transport Association of America (ATA) reported, based on sample group of carriers, that passenger revenue fell 21% in August of 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks tenth consecutive month passenger revenue has declined from prior year. Statistics noted that 6% fewer passengers traveled on US airlines in August, while average price to fly one mile fell 17%. Also, US airlines saw cargo revenue ton miles decline 13% year over year in July 2009. Read More

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Expansion Outlined for workforce development program.

September 23, 2009

Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) is designed to attract new talent to industrial distribution. Phyllis Russell, ICP's executive director, said there exists a clear path for expansion, which is being set into motion and should see results next year. With 5 years of experience, ICP is ready to enhance program by focusing on 4 key initiatives: learning objectives and certification, development of industrial distribution material, expansion of sites, and student outreach. Read More

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AMCA International Members convened for 54th annual meeting.

September 23, 2009

In 2009 from September 10-12, AMCA members convened for their annual in-person business and networking meeting in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Meetings were scheduled for Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Division, Committee, and Regional members. Topics covered taking care of general housekeeping, including one general session for entire membership, as well as organizational structure, CRP certifying process modernization, and increasing acceptance of CRP internationally. Read More

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US Ground Based Augmentation System is approved by FAA.

September 23, 2009

Honeywell's Smartpath Precision Landing System, which increases safety and efficiency at airports by providing precise navigation service based on GPS, has gained FAA approval. The first US-approved system is located in Memphis, TN and will become operational early next year. Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator, said this approval "marks the successful completion of a partnership between the FAA and Airservices Australia to build and certify a ground based augmentation system (GBAS)." Read More

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ESFI Receives fire prevention and safety grant.

September 22, 2009

ESFI will receive the US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) award for Fiscal Year 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. ESFI's objective is to educate children and families nationwide about home electrical and fire safety. According to ESFI's president, funding will be used "to engage in the development and delivery of messaging and materials designed to fill a documented void in national public safety education." Read More

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MCA Business Conference to take place January 20-22, 2010.

September 22, 2009

Annual MCA Business Conference will be colocated with AIA Business Conference and RIA Robotics Industry Forum. It will include talks such as The Global Economic Outlook by Chris Thornberg, Technology Integration of Man by Scott Klososky, Technology Trends and a Revolution in As Yet Un-Automated Manufacturing by Rodney Brooks, and Business Applications of Social Networking by James Spellos. Presentations by Henrik Christensen, Mark Senti, and Paul Kellett will also be featured. Read More

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ASHRAE Proposes mechanical ventilation requirements.

September 22, 2009

To help ensure quality of indoor air in naturally ventilated high-rise residential buildings, ASHRAE is proposing that mechanical systems be required for such building types. Proposed addendum r to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, requires most buildings with natural ventilation to have mechanical ventilation systems installed that are capable of meeting requirements of the standard's Ventilation Rate Procedure. Read More

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NAM VP commented on Baucus legislation.

September 22, 2009

Jay Timmons commended health reform legislation proposed by Senator Max Baucus, who made efforts to protect and maintain the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). While there are concerns about provisions to limit Flexible Spending Accounts as well as the imposition of excise tax on health insurance plans, NAM encourages members to consider provisions that reduce costs for manufacturers and their employees while improving access to quality care. Read More

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MCA Chairman details promotional/educational initiatives.

September 22, 2009

According to John Mazurkiewicz, MCA recently created a membership category exclusively for distributors. MCA website traffic consisted of 250,000 visitors in 2008, proving link from member's sites to be successful promotion, while 36 feature articles have been published in the last 2 yr. International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Conference, to be held January 20-22, 2010, will focus on outlook for economy, new market opportunities, and running successful business. Read More

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Acquisition System Elements are essential to cost control.

September 21, 2009

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform, AIA's Richard Sylvester said the acquisition system can be a powerful tool to ensure systems/services provided to the Defense Department are at fair and reasonable prices and comply with cost, schedule, and technical performance contract parameters. Dialog between government and industry was also stressed as necessary in promoting understanding of factors that drive industry business decisions. Read More

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LIA to highlight laser use in green energy production.

September 21, 2009

LIA will unveil developments in green energy applications of laser technology at ICALEO®, from November 2-5, 2009. Plenary session, Frontiers and Challenges for the Green Economy, will describe application of laser technology to manufacture of solar-energy cells and other solutions. Keynote address, Frontiers, Opportunities, and Challenges for a Hydrogen Economy, will be led by Dr. John Turner. Other presentations will be given by Dave Clark, Dr. C. Martin Stickley, and Dr. Yongfeng Lu. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices increased in August.

September 21, 2009

According to the September 15 producer price index (PPI) report by the US Labor Department, prices for construction materials rose 1.0% in August after almost one year in decline. Despite the increase, however, construction materials prices are down 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. Materials experiencing increases include softwood lumber (up 10.9%) and nonferrous wire/cable (6.2%). Also, crude energy prices increased 6.9% in August, and the nation's wholesale level increased 1.7%. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute and TAPPI announce partnership.

September 21, 2009

Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)announced that they have partnered to provide memberships with direct link to purchase industry leading pump standards specific to pumps installed or required in pulp and paper industry. By utilizing HI standards, pulp and paper companies can increase pump and system reliability, accurately determine pump performance, reduce life cycle costs and energy, decrease design costs, and avoid miscommunication. Read More

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Cooperative Agreement gives blind people cell phone savvy.

September 18, 2009

National Federation of the Blind and Motorola Inc. announced today a cooperative agreement to promote technologies that will improve cell phone accessibility for blind consumers. Expected in 2010, certain Motorola cell phones will provide verbal readouts of information and settings to facilitate use of features. This cooperation ensures blind Americans have equal access to current cell phone technology through UIs that do not require vision. Read More

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MHEDA Members awarded as top performers.

September 18, 2009

MHEDA Journal Online features listing of more than 130 material handling equipment distributors who have been honored by their primary supplier as top performers. List, 56% of which includes MHEDA members, was compiled by 10 vendors, 9 manufacturers of industrial trucks, and 1 manufacturer of forklift tires. Criteria such as sales figures, market share, and customer service were considered. Honored distributors represent 36 states and 5 countries. Read More