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U.S. Input sought for energy management draft standard.

July 16, 2009

Project Committee 242, established by ISO, has issued draft standard on energy management systems for review and comment. ISO 50001 will provide energy management systems guidelines for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and entire organizations. Document will be based on common elements found in all of ISO's management system standards, assuring compatibility with ISO 9001, Quality management systems, and ISO 14001, Environmental management systems. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption rose slightly in May.

July 16, 2009

According to the American Machine Tool Distributors Association (AMTDA) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), May US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $109.90 million. This total, reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 5.8% from April but down 72.3% from the total of $397.16 million reported for May 2008. With a year-to-date total of $618.30 million, 2009 is down 70.5% compared with 2008. Read More

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ANSI announces launch of Indian content on StandardsPortal.

July 16, 2009

Facilitating international trade, StandardsPortal was launched in New Delhi, India in ceremony organized by Confederation of Indian Industry. Online resource was originally developed to support trade and exports between U.S. and Peoples' Republic of China by providing information on standards and conformance requirements and systems in both markets. In December 2007, leaders of ANSI, CII, and BIS signed Memorandum of Understanding to incorporate Indian content into StandardsPortal. Read More

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SME seeks nominations for 2010 Class of Fellows.

July 16, 2009

Fellow membership is limited to select few and is presented in recognition of contributions to social, technological, and educational aspects of manufacturing profession. Candidates must be SME members in good standing, have minimum of B.S. degree or its equivalent in terms of experience, and have 20 years of professional manufacturing-related experience. Election to SME College of Fellows carries lifetime membership in Society. Read More

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Regional Profile is available for geographic metadata.

July 16, 2009

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) and the Canadian General Standards Board - Committee on Geomatics (CGSB-COG) have jointly published a regional profile of an International Standard on geographic information metadata. INCITS 453-2009, the North American Profile (NAP) of ISO 19115, Geographic information - Metadata, will facilitate the development, sharing, and use of geographical information and related applications. Read More

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ANSI Report covers Standards for Sustainability workshop.

July 16, 2009

Organized by ANSI with support of EPA, Toward Product Standards for Sustainability workshop brought together experts and advocates to share insights and develop recommendations on standards and criteria for sustainable products. ANSI's report begins with overview of workshop and offers primer of U.S. standards and conformity assessment system. It then details discussions and findings of workshop, which centered on 3 focused panels, keynote address, and breakout sessions. Read More

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Summer Camp addresses fuel cell engineering basics.

July 15, 2009

The basics of fuel cell engineering will complement a summer technology camp offering robotics, aeronautics, and computer design for sixth and seventh graders attending Gateway Academy, which is offered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. In a day-long session, students will learn fuel-cell basics in a classroom setting. They will receive live data directly from the fuel cell site for analysis and be able to follow/dissect results as the trial progresses. Read More

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Industrial Base Issues need QDR consideration.

July 15, 2009

A report by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), "The Unseen Cost: Industrial Base Consequences of Defense Strategy Choices," concludes that the US industrial base provides our nation with essential military capabilities that need to be considered in the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). It urges future strategy decisions be made with full awareness and appreciation of the likely effects on industry capability and offers 6 recommendations. Read More

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Collaboration to yield Colorado wind power project by 2010.

July 15, 2009

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed 20-yr agreement with subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp. to purchase output of 51 MW wind farm on 6,000 acre site northwest of Burlington, CO. Site will be comprised of 34 x 1.5 MW GE turbines. According to Governor Bill Ritter, project will provide reliable energy, clean-energy jobs, and long-term economic benefits for Kit Carson County. Tri-State is supplier to 44 electric cooperatives and public power districts in 4 states. Read More

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ATA applauds DOT on alliance antitrust decision.

July 15, 2009

According to James C. May, President and CEO of ATA, association applauds DOT for its approval of alliance antitrust immunity decision and for recognizing that alliances offer significant benefits to traveling and shipping public. This decision will increase current levels of service while preserving jobs for thousands of airline employees. Read More

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Marion Blakey comments on National Research Council report.

July 15, 2009

According to Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, AIA is encouraged by recommendations in recent space policy report from National Research Council calling for increased coordination and leadership of nation's space capabilities. "America's Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs," adds another influential voice to debate on renewing and maintaining U.S. leadership in space. Read More

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SME Foundation establishes Gene Haas Scholarship Fund.

July 15, 2009

With leadership gift of $50,000, SME Education Foundation established Gene Haas Scholarship Fund designed to attract and support Focus: HOPE students. Scholarship offers access to training and education programs in machining technology, giving students chance at a rewarding career. When reviewing applications, Focus: HOPE Scholarship Committee considers need, academic achievement, and demonstrated commitment to advanced machining, which is supported by letters of recommendation. Read More

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Committee Praised for recognizing small business innovators.

July 15, 2009

The R&D Credit Coalition applauded House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology Chairman Glenn C. Nye (D-VA) for holding a hearing to recognize the importance of the federal Research and Experimentation Tax Credit for small business innovators. Collie Hutter, CFO of Click Bond, Inc, expressed appreciation as to how Nye has "[raised awareness of the importance of the R&D tax credit to small businesses." Read More

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ATA and State Trucking Associations exclusively provide VMRS.

July 15, 2009

Developed by ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council, Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards 2000(TM) products provide vital link between shop floor and management. Available for use in either paper or electronic format, VMRS creates single process to document when, why, and how maintenance is performed on equipment; improve inventory control; identify system, component, and labor expenditures; help control costs; and manage variety of equipment. Read More

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AASHTO Executive replies to House committee remarks.

July 14, 2009

Responding to remarks made by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans, John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director, said investments by state DOTs in transportation projects through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are part of solution to economic recession. During past 5 months, according to Horsley, $16.7 billion in projects have been approved for funding, creating thousands of jobs. Read More

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ASHRAE announces change to residential ventilation standard.

July 14, 2009

Addendum e to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, allows alternative methods for meeting its requirements regarding kitchen/bathroom exhaust fans. Methods like increasing overall whole-house ventilation rate to compensate for insufficient/nonexistent bathroom exhaust are accepted. Proposal addresses fact that people doing retrofits tend to ignore standard if fan requirements are demanding, says Steven Emmerich. Read More

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NAM Official urges revamping of export control system.

July 14, 2009

Testifying to House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, John Engler said system is hampering ability to innovate/compete in world markets by maintaining too many outmoded policies and practices. Reports/experts show current system is hindering ability of government to safeguard critical technologies and protect national security. Engler offered recommendations for rewriting legislation to meet nation's security and competitiveness objectives. Read More

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Registration is Open for chemical QA webcast.

July 14, 2009

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced that registration for its webcast, Chemicals: Best Practices for Quality Assurance, is open. To be held on August 5, 2009 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MDT, the webcast will provide tools and tips to ensure utilities are selecting and using the right chemicals, evaluating feed systems, establishing appropriate delivery procedures, as well as reviewing their security and emergency response plans appropriately. Read More

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Temporary PTO Funding critical for biotech innovation.

July 14, 2009

According to statement made by BIO, continued innovation in U.S. biotechnology industry is dependent on strong U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Furloughs or other measures that result in reduction of patent examiners will have negative impact on ability of PTO to examine critical biotech patent applications in timely manner. This could slow innovation, stifling biotech innovation, threatening U.S. competitiveness, and jeopardizing high-wage, high-quality U.S. jobs. Read More

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Conference/Exhibition targets clinicians/engineers/designers.

July 14, 2009

Materials and Processes for Medical Devices conference and exhibition, to be held August 10-12 in Minneapolis, will bring together materials scientists and engineers, metallurgists, product designers, researchers, and clinicians. In its 7th yr, event will cover medical devices using metallic and biodegradable plastics, bioactive ceramics, nanomaterials, and biocompatible alloys. It will include sessions covering various aspects of medical device design in addition to 5 sessions on materials. Read More