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Accreditation Offered for e-Stewards® Certification Program.

July 1, 2009

ANSI - American Society for Quality (ASQ) National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is offering accreditation for the e-Stewards® Certification Program developed by the Basel Action Network. The e-Stewards Standard is for use by organizations that have electronics recycling, processing, asset management, and refurbishment operations. ANAB will provide oversight of third-party certification bodies that become accredited to conduct audits and issue certificates of conformance. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover entire initiatives spectrum.

July 1, 2009

To communicate the vital role standards play in daily life, ANSI will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena. These snapshots, performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers, include the 2 latest on animal-drawn equipment as well as lighting/marking of animal drawn equipment. Another addresses safety standards for mechanical power transmission apparatus. Read More

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Broadband Forum CEO states broadband is a necessity.

July 1, 2009

During keynote address at CommunicAsia conference and exhibition, Broadband Forum CEO, Robin Mersh, noted that despite economic downturn, people still depend on broadband. Mr. Mersh backed his view by highlighting latest statistics for broadband and IPTV. He pointed out that 20 countries had grown their broadband by 10% or more, with India and China particularly showing potential. IPTV's growth to 24 million lines is also helping broadband reach next level. Read More

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NIST announces report detailing smart grid development.

July 1, 2009

NIST today released for public review a report that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing technical standards and an architecture for a U.S. Smart Grid. As part of 1st phase of 3-phase plan, 300-pg report is open for public comment for 30 days after publication of upcoming notice in Federal Register. Report, prepared by EPRI, will be used to draft NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework document to be released by September. Read More

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AASHTO reports states meet deadline for highway projects.

June 30, 2009

According to testimony by Acting Deputy Administrator of FHA Jeff Paniati, 5,000 projects valued at $15.7 billion have been approved by agency, accounting for 59% of total funds, as of June 24. As of June 19, 1,500 projects were underway in 45 states. Paniati also noted that 15 states have obligated 80% of funds, with Maine obligating 100%. Recovery Act provided $48 billion for transportation investments and all highway funds must be obligated by March 2, 2010. Read More

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BIO Official comments on White House letter on biosimilars.

June 30, 2009

BIO President/CEO Jim Greenwood said letter, sent to Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, calls for 7 yr of data exclusivity which is risky shortcut and undermines incentives needed for continued biotech research. Greenwood believes 14 yr would provide balance between access to breakthrough medicines and protection provided to small drug manufacturers. BIO will continue working with Administration/Congress to develop bipartisan pathway to biosimilars, focusing on patient safety. Read More

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AIA Official speaks on approval of jet fuel specification.

June 30, 2009

AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey says organization is pleased that fuels subcommittee approved specification which, once approved by ASTM and accepted by FAA, will allow synthetic paraffinic kerosene from Fischer-Tropsch process to be blended with conventional fuels and used as substitute for crude oil-derived jet fuel. Decision is step to near-term approval of sustainable, plant-based biofuels as well as path to lower aviation carbon footprint. Read More

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SME partners to offer motorsports summer camp.

June 30, 2009

Motorsports Institute Summer Camp, hosted by North Carolina Motorsports Association and SME Education Foundation, will be held June 15-19 at Central Piedmont Community College and Charlotte area motorsports facilities. Students will use RC cars to learn fundamentals of motorsports and manufacturing, working in teams to design/manufacture parts and solve manufacturing, design, and engineering problems. Camp will conclude with competition held at Hendrick Motorsports Team Center. Read More

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Economic Activity Survey details monthly leasing and finance.

June 30, 2009

Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity for the $650 billion equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for May declined by 41% compared to the same period in 2008. However, month-to-month new business volume increased 2.4% from April. This survey also reported receivables over 30 days increased to 4.7%, and charge-offs decreased to 1.74%. Also, credit approvals increased to 66.3%. Read More

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SME adds content to education-based website.

June 30, 2009

SME Education Foundation's Manufacturing is Cool! website provides information on various engineering disciplines and challenges students to be involved in basic requirements. Organization worked with The Secret Room, Inc., in creation of content, graphic design, and video, which include YouTube videos of plant tours, information on educational opportunities, and bios on inventors and famous engineers. Site is based on initiative to address shortage of skilled manufacturing workers. Read More

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AWWA announces certificate program for trainers.

June 30, 2009

AWWA's Customer Service Certificate Program provides opportunity for water industry professionals to become approved trainers. Covering all aspects of delivering customer service for internal/external customers, program's 3-part series includes principals related to effectiveness, comprehension of general technology applications, and basics of water industry operations. Program is offering 2 Train-the-Trainer workshops held in Chicago in August and Denver in November. Read More

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LIA appoints Gus Anibarro as Education Director.

June 30, 2009

LIA announced that Gus Anibarro has been appointed to Education Director, effective June 1, 2009. Having worked at LIA for 10 yr, his previous role was Education Manager, where he presented at prestigious conferences, taught LIA's Laser Safety Officer Courses, and provided in-house training. Anibarro also audits many top industrial manufacturing companies and is member of Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z136 and Standards Subcommittee 3 for Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care. Read More

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LIA announces upcoming laser safety training courses.

June 30, 2009

Laser Safety Officer Training courses will be held in St. Louis, MO on August 4-6, 2009, and in Milton, ON, Canada on August 17-19, 2009. Courses will provide nonmathematical approach to teach duties of Laser Safety Officer as described in ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers standard. Targeting professionals not required to perform hazard analysis calculations, they will offer education on laser fundamentals and terminology, bioeffects, control measures, and safety program administration. Read More

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LIA announces electronic form of newsletter.

June 30, 2009

LIA announced green initiative by releasing electronic form of LIA TODAY newsletter. Members will have option to receive printed newsletter in electronic, PDF-format sent directly to personal email. Look and feel of newsletter will not change and it will include articles on latest industry news to help laser professionals stay current on important issues impacting laser community. Read More

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Lasers and Optics Conference to take place in Wuhan, China.

June 30, 2009

Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics (PICALO), focusing on growth and application of lasers/optics in Pacific region, will take place on March 23-25, 2010. Laser Materials Processing Conference; Laser Micro, Nano, and Ultrafast Fabrication Conference; and International Enterprise Summit will take place during event. It is intended for scholars, experts, and entrepreneurs worldwide as well as management personnel/technicians/end-users in China. Read More

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Ford Scholarship Award given to Chicago high-school students.

June 29, 2009

Ford Blue Oval Scholarships were awarded to 4 winning teams, receiving awards totaling $35,000. In partnership of Ford Motor Company Fund, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and SME Education Foundation, week-long competition featured 25 students from 8 Chicago Public Schools as part of 2009 Future Founders Academy. Scholarship criteria required student to want to pursue science, technology, engineering, or manufacturing career and to pursue college degree. Read More

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ASTM International awards 2 professionals for leadership.

June 29, 2009

Michael Brisson of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, has received 2009 ASTM International President's Leadership Award. Member of ASTM since 2005, Brisson leads research in beryllium sampling and analysis which has formed basis for several ASTM air quality standards. Jeffrey Goldfinger of Sensors and Simulation Group at L-3 Communications Corp. was also awarded. Award recognizes individuals early in ASTM career who have significantly advanced Society's mission. Read More

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ATA applauds ASTM on passing jet fuel specification.

June 29, 2009

ATA President and CEO James C. May applauded ASTM International Aviation Fuels Subcommittee for passing synthetic jet fuel specification. According to May, it signals beginning of new era for production/use of cleaner, alternative fuels that will help industry meet environmental goals and provide airlines with competitive options for purchasing fuel. ATA also supports the testing and review synthetic fuel has received to ensure it meets or exceeds safety/performance standards. Read More

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NASA Funding is critical to U.S. leadership in space.

June 26, 2009

According to J.P. Stevens, AIA VP of Space Systems, NASA is most visible representation of U.S. space program and is critical to country's future leadership and competitiveness. AIA strongly supports proposed NASA budget of $18.7 billion, however, Stevens noted that zero growth is budgeted through 2013. Stevens recommended that U.S. Space Exploration Policy and Constellation Program be national priority to minimize impending gap in U.S. human spaceflight. Read More

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AEM earns Innovation Award for Construction Challenge.

June 26, 2009

AEM has received Innovation Award for Construction Challenge student competition, which promotes awareness of construction industry careers and industry contributions to improved standard of living. Competition focuses on middle and high school students, and uses team format that emphasizes creativity and problem solving skills. Sponsored by Trade Show Executive magazine, Innovation Award recognizes programs that provide new value for show organizers, attendees, and exhibitors. Read More