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ICUEE 2009 Expo to honor members of utility industry.

June 25, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 6-8, 2009 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition focuses on utility/construction industry, including electric, phone/cable, sewer/water, gas, general construction, landscaping, and public works. Show will cover more than 1 million net sq-ft of exhibits of latest equipment, technologies, products, and services. It will commemorate dedicated workers who respond during disaster recovery efforts with special display as well as recognition on show website. Read More

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NEMA urges DOE to adopt new energy savings rule.

June 25, 2009

NEMA submitted comments to Department of Energy on Notice of Proposed Rule, Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Reflector Lamps. In these comments, NEMA provided proposals that will result in significant energy savings by removing least efficient lighting products on market. Document includes several scenarios that would result in phase-out of T12 lamp without causing disruption in marketplace. Read More

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AEM urges swift action on infrastructure legislation.

June 25, 2009

Joining coalition of organizations, AEM urges Congress to move ahead on reauthorization of surface transportation legislation. According to AEM President, Dennis Slater, if Congress can make long term commitment to investing in infrastructure, contractors will be able to make needed investment in capital equipment that will meet short term need to put people back to work and long term need to repair and update US infrastructure. Read More

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FDI Project Team achieves development milestones.

June 25, 2009

Steering Committee of EDDL ECT announces that their technical team has achieved milestones in effort to develop common solution for field device integration. FDI Team performed inventory of use case analysis and designed draft architecture concept and draft functional specifications. Architecture is a client/server structure based on OPC Unified Architecture technologies. Field Device Integration is realized by Device Package containing EDDL components and optional programmed component. Read More

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OPC Foundation demonstrates analyzer device integration.

June 25, 2009

OPC Foundation has announced successful demonstration of data exchange between applications using OPC UA Analyzer Device Integration information model at ACHEMA Exhibition. Prototype of OPC UA client for OSIsoft PI System collected ADI server's spectral data, which was then visualized in Excel using PI DataLink. Results of reference implementation efforts prove that ADI specification can be implemented in way that allows connectivity with virtually any OPC UA client. Read More

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Standard addresses determination of sulfur forms in coal.

June 24, 2009

Subcommittee D05.21 on Methods of Analysis invites all interested parties to participate in development of proposed new standard, WK22936, Test Method for Determination of Sulfur Forms in Coal by ICP-AES. Standard is to be based on D2492, Test Method for Forms of Sulfur in Coal, but will be focused on reducing required sample sizes. Gravimetric and atomic absorption detection methods will be replaced in proposed standard with inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy. Read More

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Five Road Projects win transportation awards.

June 24, 2009

Highway users in Maryland, New York, Delaware, and Pennsylvania are benefiting from less congestion, improved safety, and greater productivity as a result of 5 projects that were named winners in America's Transportation Awards Northeast regional competition. Fourteen projects from 8 northeast states and D.C. were judged in 3 categories: On Time, On Budget, and Innovative Management. Winning projects are now in running for America's Transportation Awards Grand Prize. Read More

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NIST seeks proposals for fellowship grants.

June 24, 2009

With $20 million from American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, NIST is establishing financial assistance program to help selected institutions develop and implement measurement science and engineering fellowship program. NIST expects to award up to $20 million to support up to 5 grants to educational institutions, organizations, or local governments and expects program to support about 100 fellowship positions, used for training students and collaborative research. Read More

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Report asserts customs rule costs more than $20 billion/year.

June 24, 2009

Based on survey of 215 CBC members representing small to large businesses, report by Customs and Border Coalition highlights huge cost of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's 10+2 Rule, which requires manufacturers and other importers to provide new data to government. Report asserts that compliance with rule is difficult and disruptive to respondents' supply chains, imposes permanent operation costs of $3.5 billion each year, and adds 3 days of additional delay to global supply chain. Read More

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Decline Reported in passenger demand and cargo traffic.

June 24, 2009

According to ATA, passenger revenue fell 26% in May 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks seven consecutive months in which passenger revenue fell from prior year. While average price to fly one mile fell 17.6%, number of passengers traveling on US airlines in May fell 9.5%. These results also reflect impacts from H1N1 (swine) influenza outbreaks. Marking nine consecutive months of decline, US airlines also saw cargo traffic fall 22% year over year in April 2009. Read More

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NAM Supports administration's WTO case against China.

June 24, 2009

Frank Vargo, NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, issued a statement supporting the announcement by US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, that the US and EU are initiating dispute settlement procedures in the WTO regarding China's export restraints on raw materials important to US manufacturers. Citing "a clear violation of commitments China made when joining the WTO," Vargo said the "export restriction of 9 key raw materials has distorted trade and caused economic injury to NAM members." Read More

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TRFA Committee formed to report on chemical regulation.

June 24, 2009

A Regulatory Affairs Committee has been formed in response to growing regulations affecting chemical products. Its primary role is to identify and track existing and proposed regulations and policies that may impact TRFA companies as well as communicate these issues to TRFA members. Likewise, the committee will support open communication among the Committee, TRFA members, and the Board of Directors on regulatory issues. Read More

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Six People Are Elected to SME Board of Directors.

June 24, 2009

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation has selected 6 members to serve a 2-year term, effective January 1, 2010, on its Board of Directors. Those elected include: Barbara W. Kaufmann of 3M Foundation; Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail of NACME; Mike Sayen of Siemens PLM Software; Edward M. Swallow of Northrop Grumman Corporation, IT sector; Bill Tacon of BioOhio; and William Taylor of National Academy Foundation. Read More

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BIO commends Senate Committee on SBIR reauthorization.

June 24, 2009

Under legislation reported by Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, small companies that receive majority of financing from venture capital will once again be considered eligible to compete for Small Business Innovation Research grants. Change will allow more small biotechnology start-ups to compete for these funds and continue critical research and development of medical advancements and breakthroughs. Read More

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ASHRAE introduces prototype of building energy label.

June 23, 2009

With release of prototype label at 2009 Annual Conference, ASHRAE is 1 step closer to introducing Building Energy Quotient program, or Building EQ, to include asset and operational ratings for all building types except residential. Program focuses solely on energy use, with new buildings eligible for asset rating and existing buildings eligible for asset and operational rating. ASHRAE is working with real estate developers to implement prototype in fall, with widespread launch in 2010. Read More

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US Manufacturers said to regain international market share.

June 23, 2009

Michael Coleman, Manufacturing Practice Specialty Administrator for the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), said that American manufacturers are increasing market share in the international marketplace due (in part) to maintaining effective work safety and health programs. Also, a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia today stated the US manufacturing sector has shown its best performance since September. Read More

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IFMA Research shows trends impacting workplace operations.

June 23, 2009

Operations and Maintenance Benchmarks, Research Report #32 shows that average space/person has risen nearly 40 sq ft since 2007, to 435 sq ft, likely due to layoffs. Companies are also adjusting thermostats higher or lower by average of 1°F compared to 2006 data. Report shows 61% of companies say buildings contain green elements but are not certified, and are using average of 82 kBtus of electricity, while certified green ones are using 69 kBtus. Study provides data from 1,422 facilities. Read More

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Technical Report to improve QoS on IPTV networks.

June 22, 2009

Approved and released by Broadband Forum, Splitter Testing Technical Report 127 creates opportunity for network operators and independent test labs to carry out system level test across 4 key IPTV network elements: DSLAM, CPE modem, Central Office Splitter, and CPE Splitter. Report enables high quality delivery of triple play services by maximizing interoperability of splitters and in-line filters with xDSL transceivers in active, dynamic telephony environment. Read More

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NIST Advisory Committee issues 2008 annual report.

June 19, 2009

NIST's advisory committee, VCAT, has sent 2008 annual report to Congress, which includes recommendations on NIST's efforts to promote and support U.S. technological innovation and industrial competitiveness in areas such as partnerships, planning, and research directions. It also emphasizes NIST's role in economic well-being of nation and expresses Committee's support for NIST's investment priority areas in energy, IT, health care, environment, manufacturing, and physical infrastructure. Read More

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Strain at Grain Boundaries suppresses superconductivity.

June 19, 2009

According to NIST researchers, reduction in mechanical strain at boundaries of crystal grains can improve performance of high-temperature superconductors. Although it is known that dislocations cause part of grain boundary cross-section to become non-superconducting, effect of strain which extends from dislocations into remaining superconducting bridges was previously unknown. New understanding could advance development of materials for power transmission and power grid reliability applications. Read More