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Agricultural Biotech Industry supports Insect Resistance Management Plan.

November 10, 2009

Report by Center for Science in Public Interest states that farmer compliance Insect Resistance Management (IRM) Plan has been in decline. Guidelines of IRM program require growers of certain biotech corn to plant refuge of nonbiotech corn to prevent emergence of resistant insect populations. Nick Storer of Dow AgroSciences says company is partnering with other stakeholder groups to deliver education campaign to corn farmers. Read More

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Dr. Patrick Gallagher confirmed by Senate as NIST Director.

November 10, 2009

Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher was confirmed, by unanimous consent, as 14th director of NIST. Gallagher has worked at NIST since 1993 as scientist and laboratory director and has worked as deputy director since September 2008. Commerce Secretary Gary Locked stated "We expect him to continue his capable stewardship of NIST as we tackle complex problems like cyber security, developing an interoperable 'smart' energy grid, standardizing electronic health records and advancing the manufacturing sector." Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for September 2009.

November 10, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments declined 15.9% and bookings were down 7.8% in Sept 2009 from Sept 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments grew by 21.7% and rigid bookings increased 29.7%. Flexible circuit shipments in Sept 2009 went up 7.9% and bookings increased 12.1% compared to September 2008. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments went up 22.0% and flex bookings increased 48.1%. Read More

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AIA presents annual worker safety awards.

November 10, 2009

Textron's Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft divisions won 2009 AIA Worker Safety Award in Aircraft Manufacturing category, while Textron Systems Corporation won same award in Aerospace Components category. Raytheon won in category of Missile and Space Vehicles for 2nd consecutive year. Awards are based on low workplace injury and illness rates for each company's U.S. operations. In addition, DRS Technologies won for most progress in worker safety from 2007 to 2008. Read More

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NIST and CU to build planet-finding laser instrument.

November 10, 2009

NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) will collaborate to build frequency comb laser-based instrument to help search for extrasolar Earth-like planets. Comb will have individual frequencies widely spaced enough for astronomical instruments to read. It will enable detection of planets that cause color shifts equivalent to star wobble of few centimeters/sec. National Science Foundation has awarded CU $495,000 grant for joint project. Read More

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AIA and A|D|S Standards cover electronic trade agreements.

November 10, 2009

AIA and A|D|S, the trade organization advancing UK's AeroSpace, Defence and Security Industries, announced global standards for trading partner and electronic collaboration agreements between prime contractors and suppliers. According to AIA's Marion Blakey, set of global standards for these agreements provides guidance to companies across supply chain. Standardizing them will minimize delays/legal costs associated with negotiation and agreement process, A|D|S Chairman Ian Godden said. Read More

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NIST Quantifies low levels of heart attack risk protein.

November 10, 2009

In a recent paper in Analytical Chemistry, NIST researchers Eric Kilpatrick and David Bunk describe initial steps toward development of certified reference material used to assess accuracy of routine clinical laboratory tests for C-reactive protein (CRP). This validation will clear the way for purified serum CRP derived by the NIST method to eventually be used as a quality control and calibration tool by manufacturers for the high-sensitivity CRP (hsCRP) test. Read More

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Third Quarter Workholding Shipments are down from 2008.

November 10, 2009

According to AMT's Advanced Workholding Technology (AWT) Group, shipments of workholding equipment, at $39.6 million for third quarter 2009, were down 34.1% from third quarter 2008. Workholding equipment shipments within US by 39 participating companies totaled $34.8 million, while exports amounted to $4.8 million. With this report, AWT also shows domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 7.7% and US exports increased 9.2% from second quarter 2009. Read More

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IPC Tax Relief Goal signed into law.

November 10, 2009

Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, HR 3548, was signed into law, allowing net operating loss (NOL) relief for electronics companies of all sizes. Expanding NOL refund eligibility to medium- and large-sized companies, relief can be used by a company to recover past tax payments or reduce future tax payments. Eligible companies can receive tax refunds by applying NOLs to taxes during previous 5 yr and can carry loss forward 20 yr to future income tax payments. Read More

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NAM commends passage of expanded NOL tax relief.

November 10, 2009

According to Monica McGuire, senior policy director, taxation at NAM, by allowing companies to carry back current losses to offset taxes paid in profitable years, expanded net operating loss relief provision will provide cash for hard hit manufacturers to finance ongoing operations and retain jobs. Bill will enable manufacturers to carry back losses in 2008 or 2009 for period of 5 years instead of current 2 year carry back, which does not provide enough relief during prolonged economic downturn. Read More

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LIA presents Arthur L. Schawlow Award at ICALEO®.

November 9, 2009

At 28th ICALEO®, LIA awarded fiber-laser pioneer and entrepreneur Dr. Valentin P. Gapontsev with 2009 Arthur L. Schawlow Award. Gapontsev holds numerous worldwide patents for laser-related devices and components and founded IPG Photonics Corp. in Russia in 1990. First presented in 1982, award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to applications of lasers in science, industry, or education. It consists of silver metal, $2,000 cash award, and citation. Read More

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TIA TPMS Relearn Chart is updated for clarity, relevancy.

November 9, 2009

TIA TPMS Relearn Chart, updated to include all 2009 and select 2010 model-year cars, also feature NAPA sensor and service pack numbers. Created to provide technicians with one-stop resource for all major replacement sensor manufacturers' specifications, chart helps ensure installation of correct replacement sensor while minimizing risk of damage. Two sections, domestic and imported vehicles, list vehicles by make, model, and year. Read More

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TIA announces launch of redesigned website.

November 9, 2009

Located at www.tireindustry.org, TIA's redesigned website provides better organization of information and drop-down menus to facilitate navigation of vast library of information. In coming months, TIA will be working to make existing information better and more helpful, and is also considering adding more interactive features and content. Read More

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Presentations Sought on fuel corrosivity, material compatibility.

November 9, 2009

Presentations are welcome for July 10, 2010 workshop in Kansas City, MO that will address corrosivity and material compatibility aspects of petroleum and alternative liquid fuels as well as their impact on materials used in various systems. Interested presenters must submit 300-500 word abstract via email to workshop chairs by Jan. 15, 2010. Presenters are also welcome to submit their formal papers to online Journal of ASTM International. Read More

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Nonresidential Fixed Investment is down slightly.

November 9, 2009

According to U.S. Commerce Department's Oct 29 GDP report, nonresidential fixed investment decreased 2.5% during 3rd quarter of 2009 compared to 9.6% loss in previous quarter. Meanwhile, residential fixed investment jumped 23.4% in 3rd quarter of 2009 from 23.3% loss in 2nd quarter. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, decline in business investment is occurring during period of robust federal spending, which implies that privately generated and financed activity remains subdued. Read More

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BIO Pacific Rim Summit will highlight renewable chemicals from biomass.

November 6, 2009

BIO 2009 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will be held November 8-11, 2009, in Honolulu. Presentations will include New Biopolymers and Biomonomer Platforms, Biobutanol, Stimulation of Methane Generation from Coal, and Commercialization of Renewable Chemicals. Renewable chemicals meet most important environmental goals, according to Brent Erickson, and in many cases, they are competitively available along with fossil-resource based chemicals. Read More

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Laser Welding Publication addresses hybrid laser-arc welding.

November 6, 2009

Hybrid Laser-Arc Welding, written by international contributors, is intended for use as reference for anyone using this welding technology. It provides review of the technology as well as its applications and summarizes recent research involving hybrid welding process. In addition to fundamentals and characteristics, content including chapters on properties of joints produced by this process and methods of assessing weld quality. Read More

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ANSI Congratulates recipient of NEMA Kite and Key Award.

November 6, 2009

ANSI congratulates James T. Pauley, vice chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors, for winning the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 2009 Kite and Key Award, which recognizes those who have advanced the interest of the electroindustry through active and sustained involvement in NEMA activities. In addition to his extensive involvement in standardization activities, Pauley has authored multiple papers for the electrical industry. Read More

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Twelve New Members were welcomed by ANSI in October 2009.

November 6, 2009

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed several new members in October 2009. Commenting on the benefits of membership, ANSI's director of membership development, Brian Meincke, cited access to information and business intelligence not available elsewhere as well as discounts on various products and services. Also emphasized was the opportunity to build relationships that empower members with voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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Energy Spending Bill to help end dependence on imported fuel.

November 6, 2009

According to EDTA, NHA, and USFCC, comprehensive approach to advancing transportation and clean energy technologies embodied in FY 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriation is best way to assure that nation ends its dependence on imported fuels and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Bill allocates $311 million to vehicle electrification and advanced combustion systems, $220 million for advanced biofuels, and $283 million for hydrogen and fuel cells in all applications. Read More