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ODVA's Specification Updates support energy management.

May 4, 2012

ODVA has released first round of specification enhancements for 2012, including publication of expanded capabilities for optimization of energy usage on EtherNet/IP and other CIP Networks, including EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet, and ControlNet technologies. EtherNet/IP Specification includes comprehensive set of functionality for energy awareness and power management and allows users to conserve energy with reduced power usage during non-operational states of devices and equipment. Read More

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NIST to Host June Forum/Workshop on cloud computing.

May 3, 2012

Offering sessions on cloud security as well as cloud reference architecture and taxonomy, Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop V will be held June 5-7, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Two sessions will focus on reviewing progress on Priority Action Plans (PAPs) for each of 10 high-priority requirements related to interoperability, portability, and security as identified by U.S. government agencies for adopting cloud computing. Additional panels will cover diverse range of related topics. Read More

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FDA seeks comments on nanotechnology draft guidance.

May 3, 2012

U.S. FDA has issued 2 draft guidance documents that address use of nanotechnology by food and cosmetics industries. According to FDA, food draft guidance describes factors manufacturers should consider when determining whether changes in manufacturing processes, including those involving nanotechnology, create significant change in identity, safety, or regulatory status of food substance. Cosmetic draft guidance discusses safety assessment of nanomaterials when used in cosmetic products. Read More

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Next Generation Rail Forums will be held in MO and FL.

May 3, 2012

NIST and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will host 2 forums to connect manufacturers with 34,000+ domestic suppliers for upcoming passenger rail car procurement. To be held in Kansas City, MO on May 3 and in Orlando, FL on May 8, forums will help identify domestic supply base of potential suppliers for said procurement. Aim is to stimulate interest among domestic suppliers to compete for 100% domestic content in rail cars. Read More

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Electronic Device Description Language host test suite is released.

May 3, 2012

Using 950 automated test cases and 8,300 individual verification points, HART DDL/EDDL Host Test Suite v2.0 enables suppliers and developers of host products to test compliance of HART implementation. Suite includes Encoded Test DDs that are updated to align with current Test Specifications; test report spreadsheets for documenting test results; preliminary DD Host Test and Registration Procedure; improved Xmtr-MV v2.5; and other ancillary files needed to facilitate HART DDL/EDDL host testing. Read More

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MESA International announces new leadership structure.

May 3, 2012

MESA International announced creation of new role of President for the organization, appointing long time MESA supporter and advocate Michael Yost. In close partnership with International Board of Directors, this role is intended to provide operational leadership and strategic guidance. Mr. Yost brings deep dedication and over 20 years of industrial, marketing, and sales experience. MESA is also announcing 2012 International Board of Directors and 2012 EMEA Board of Directors. Read More

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EPA Mapping Tool will improve environmental reviews, planning.

May 3, 2012

U.S. EPA announced public release of Web-based mapping tool, NEPAssist, developed for Federal agencies to facilitate more efficient and effective environmental reviews and project planning. Drawing information from publicly available federal, state, and local datasets, NEPAssist lets National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) practitioners, stakeholders, and public view information about environmental conditions within area of proposed project at early stages of development. Read More

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AIA releases study of machine vision camera market.

May 3, 2012

AIA has released first ever study of worldwide machine vision market for cameras. Seven-chapter study contains detailed market description, retail pricing analysis, sales analysis, and trend analysis. It is designed to answer questions such as How is the market changing? What product features are most popular? What geographic regions are contributing most sales? and How do different types of cameras compare in terms of pricing, demand, market penetration, and rates of growth? Read More