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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

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NIST Study details progress of wildland-urban fire.

June 19, 2009

To better understand Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires as well as how best to prevent or fight them, researchers at NIST have issued an in-depth study on fire behavior and defensive actions taken in a community during such a fire. Data collected pertaining to the Oct. 21-22, 2007 "Witch Fire" north of San Diego, CA details its approach from the wildlands, the effects of the fire in the community, and defensive actions taken by owners and first responders. Read More

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NIST Researchers develop test of toxin strength.

June 19, 2009

A new NIST assay, using a glow or no glow technique, may help the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defend the nation against biological weapons that could be used in a terrorist attack. As part of its efforts to address this threat, DHS is working with NIST to create a standardized ricin sample with a known potency in order to check the accuracy of detection equipment and, should an attack occur, confirm the success of decontamination procedures. Read More

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Gold is shown to aid laser trapping of biomolecules.

June 19, 2009

JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, has reported the successful use of gold in optical-trapping experiments. This could lead to an increase in numbers of single molecules studied in certain assays, from roughly five to 50 per day, according to group leader Tom Perkins of NIST. In turn, the ability to carry out more experiments with greater precision will lead to insights concerning diversity in seemingly identical molecules. Read More

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Rapid Manufacturing and 3D Imaging are still in demand.

June 19, 2009

Even in tough economic times, two recent events still managed to draw more than 1,300 attendees from around U.S. Attendees filled exhibit hall and conference sessions at SME's RAPID 2009 Conference and Exposition and 3D IMAGING Conference. Feedback indicates that attendees found solutions, ideas, and contacts at this year's events and, according to survey results, there was a high level of satisfaction with conferences, keynote speakers, exhibitors, and networking reception. Read More

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NACD raises concerns about chemical security program changes.

June 19, 2009

In preparation for House Homeland Security Committee mark-up of H.R. 2868, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act, NACD sent letter to committee outlining several concerns. In letter, NACD expresses support for legislation that would give DHS permanent authority to implement Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Standards, but notes that changes to program are premature and that Congress should allow regulation to be fully implemented and evaluated before changing requirements. Read More

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Motion Control Expo focused on innovation and automation.

June 19, 2009

"Win Globally: Innovate and Automate" was the theme under which motion control companies and MCA members displayed motors, controls, amplifiers, feedback devices, power transmission devices, and ancillary products at the International Expo in Rosemont, IL. Innovation was defined as introducing new products to differentiate and offer increasing value, while Automate concerned replacing obsolete mechanical equipment with more versatile solutions to improve capital efficiency. Read More

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Robotics Industry Directory examines Green manufacturing.

June 19, 2009

Published with environmentally friendly ink on recycled paper, 2009 Robotics Industry Directory explores how robots can solve issues related to environmental responsibility. Directory has 214 listings and is filled with information about top makers of robots and accessories. It also includes User's Guide to Robot Systems Integrators. Read More