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State of Domestic Manufacturing is discussed in white paper.

April 16, 2010

In discussing state of U.S. manufacturing and characteristics of good manufacturers, white paper by Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board finds reasons for concern as well as optimism regarding industry's future. Paper plots course to improve competitiveness, pointing out that innovation alone is not enough. Report also advocates development of national manufacturing policies, including developing metrics to measure return on investments in R&D and federal laboratories. Read More

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Senator Mikulski Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 16, 2010

BIO announced Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. Mikulski, who received this award as part of BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, was honored for her "long-standing service on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee." BIO President Jim Greenwood further commented that "she has provided thoughtful and responsive leadership on issues critical to the biotechnology community such as drug safety and importation." Read More

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NEMA, AIA Renew Call for commercial building tax reduction.

April 16, 2010

NEMA and AIA renewed their call on Congress to support increasing Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction from $1.80/ft² to $3/ft² to help stimulate immediate job creation. As NEMA President and CEO, Evan R. Gaddis indicated this increase would provide job-stimulating incentive to retrofit and renovate existing commercial buildings. Over 80 manufacturing, construction, and environmental organizations have co-signed letter to Congressional members asking for this increase. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 22% through February.

April 16, 2010

According to AMT and American Machine Tool Distributors' Association, February U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $163.96 million, up 28.8% from January and up 22.1% from total of $134.34 million reported for February 2009. With year-to-date total of $291.27 million, 2010 is up 22.3% compared with 2009. Numbers and all data in this report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in USMTC program. Read More

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The Vision Show is planned for May 25-27.

April 16, 2010

Showcasing machine vision and imaging components and solutions, The Vision Show is a must-attend event for system integrators, automation integrators, machine builders, OEMs, and companies that want to learn how machine vision can benefit them. Participants will get hands-on demonstrations from leading suppliers. Some products will include complete vision systems, cameras, optics/lenses, frame grabbers, vision software, lighting equipment, and cables/connectors. Read More

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Senator Hagan Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 16, 2010

BIO announced Senator Kay Hagan as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. Senator Hagan, who received this award as part of BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, was honored for her "thoughtful and responsive leadership on issues critical to the biotechnology community" while serving Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. BIO President Jim Greenwood also stated that she "played a key role in the creation of a fair and balanced pathway for the approval of biosimilars." Read More

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Senator Enzi honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 16, 2010

As part of BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) was selected as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. According to BIO President Jim Greenwood, during service on Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Senator Enzi has provided thoughtful and responsive leadership on issues critical to biotechnology community, such as drug safety and importation. Read More

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TIA accepting nominations for Board of Directors.

April 16, 2010

Tire Industry Association (TIA) is accepting nominations for service on 2010-2011 Board of Directors. Those elected will serve for 3-year terms and may be re-elected to serve 2 additional 3-year terms. According to TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield, TIA is seeking members with passion for tire industry as well as time to commit to conference calls and meetings throughout the year. Deadline for nomination submittal is 5:00 pm EDT on April 30, 2010. Read More

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Senator Hatch Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 16, 2010

BIO announced Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. Hatch, who received this award as part of BIO's 2010 Legislative Day Fly-In, was honored for his "long-standing service to the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee." BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood also cited Hatch's attention to issues critical to US biotech industry, such as creation of pathway for approval of biosimilars. Read More

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Mark Lancaster Elected Chairman of ASTM Committee B01.

April 16, 2010

Mark A. Lancaster has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee B01 on Electrical Conductors, which oversees 80+ ASTM standards relating to electrical conductors, rods for drawing into wire, and non-conductor support wire and strand. Serving on various B01 subcommittees, Lancaster holds B.S. in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. in applied physics from Georgia College and State University, and M.B.A. from University of West Georgia. Read More

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NAM calls for overhaul of export control system.

April 16, 2010

NAM's Manufacturers Blueprint for a 21st Century Export Control Regime offers 7 recommendations on reforming U.S. export control system, one is to create permanent interagency team to review and assess overall policy objectives. Frank Vargo asserts that update of system will improve national security by letting government focus enforcement resources on most critical goods and technologies, and that it will also aid U.S. companies' competitiveness by providing more efficient licensing system. Read More

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ASHRAE Guideline addresses indoor environmental quality.

April 16, 2010

ASHRAE Guideline 10P, "Interactions Affecting the Achievement of Acceptable Indoor Environments," provides guidance on achieving good indoor environments by considering interactions of air quality and thermal conditions as well as lighting and acoustics. Currently out for public comment until May 24, this guideline summarizes conclusions of research and experience pertaining to interplay of various factors that determine occupants' reactions to buildings they inhabit. Read More

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How-To Course addresses pump system optimization.

April 16, 2010

Pump Systems Matter and HI are offering 1-day course entitled "Pumping System Optimization: Opportunities to Improve Life Cycle Performance," which is designed to help pump users learn how to identify and reduce hidden operating and energy costs in pumping systems, and ultimately increase profitability. Course will also help users effectively communicate with customers, distributors, and vendors by imparting critical knowledge needed to present and discuss energy-saving opportunities. Read More

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Trucking Association stresses highway safety at auto show.

April 16, 2010

American Trucking Associations' Share the Road highway safety tour returned to Denver Auto Show for 3rd straight year to educate motorists on highway safety. Demonstrating to drivers how to share road safely with large trucks, event included messages from Gary Leu, Kurt Pedersen, Ben Saiz, and Ron VanBibber, who are million-mile, accident-free truck drivers. In 2008, 548 lives were lost due to traffic crashes in Colorado, with 56 motorists involved in accidents with tractor-trailers. Read More

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Conference Attendees uncover 10 tips for career development.

April 15, 2010

At 2010 Executive Development Conference, up-and-coming distribution and manufacturing leaders of power transmission/motion control industry came together to hone their sales management skills. Conference, led by distribution veteran Gary Moore, focused on uncovering customer's business and personal objectives and then showing customer how to best achieve those objectives. Also, sessions facilitated networking between distributor and manufacturer attendees. Read More

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A&WMA's Conference/Exhibition offers expansive student program.

April 15, 2010

A&WMA's 103rd Annual Conference and Exhibition - taking place June 22-25 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada - will offer students opportunities for education, professional development, and networking. Students will have opportunities to present and publish their work as well as gain recognition for exceptional work by winning awards and cash prizes. Also, undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students can participate in Environmental Challenge International team competition. Read More

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ANSI May Caucus to feature speaker Dr. George Arnold of NIST.

April 15, 2010

Scheduled for May 7, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature guest speaker George Arnold, Ph.D., national coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at NIST. Dr. Arnold is responsible for leading development of standards underpinning nation's Smart Grid. He served as Chairman of ANSI's Board of Directors from 2003-2005 and as president of IEEE Standards Association in 2007-2008. Dr. Arnold is currently VP of policy for ISO, where he is responsible for guiding ISO's strategic plan. Read More

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ANSI invites submittals World Accreditation Day competition.

April 15, 2010

ANSI invites interested stakeholders to participate in U.S. Celebration of World Accreditation Day on June 9, by submitting paper of no more than 2,000 words that highlights value of accreditation in facilitating acceptance of products, services, and professional credentials across borders. Best paper will be awarded $1,000 prize and will be published, along with second- and third-place papers, on ANSI website. Paper submissions are due by April 30. Read More

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NBB urges Congress to reinstate biodiesel tax incentive.

April 15, 2010

NBB released letter to Congressional Leadership urging Congress to take immediate action to retroactively reinstate biodiesel tax incentive. NBB spearheaded letter and was joined by several organizations representing U.S. biodiesel industry, fuel marketers and retailers, as well as agriculture stakeholders. Tax incentive makes biodiesel price competitive with conventional diesel fuel, and lapse of incentive has caused severe retraction in domestic production and use of clean-burning biodiesel. Read More

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NASPO to develop standard for personal identity verification.

April 15, 2010

North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) notified ANSI of its intent to develop an American National Standard on identity verification, and formal announcement was published in ANSI's Standards Action. Proposed standard will define due process and methods for verification of personal identity related to issuance of primary U.S. identity documents, and assurance levels required for enrollment in major identity management systems. Read More