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Successful Washington Fly-In was held by NACD.

May 1, 2009

Members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) met in Washington DC for the association's annual Fly-In. During the event, 50 NACD member company participants had 149 meetings scheduled with Senators, Representatives, and congressional staff members representing 33 states. Topics addressed concerns dealing with railroad-specific topics as well as the October 2009 sunset date, CFATS, the Employee Free Choice Act, and chemical industry advocacy. Read More

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States deliver economic recovery projects nationwide.

May 1, 2009

Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, Allen D. Biehler, told House transportation committee that competition for stimulus projects is helping drive down bids for work, offering added benefit from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to survey by AASHTO, some states are reporting project bids coming in 5-27% below estimates. Biehler testified that lower bids will help states whittle away at backlog of projects which far exceeds available recovery dollars. Read More

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NEMA offers guide to energy-saving lighting for facilities.

May 1, 2009

Helping American building owners/operators begin process of reducing costs and saving energy, NEMA is offering Opportunities for Federal Building Retrofits lighting checklist. Detailed, 18-pg guide covers topics such as personal light control, occupancy sensing, and load shedding. Specific lighting renovation information is provided for every type of structure and guide also includes information on products such as lamps, luminaires, ballasts, and controls. Read More

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ASHRAE seeks Department of Energy fellowship applicants.

May 1, 2009

ASHRAE is seeking members to apply for 12-18 month DOE fellowship who are looking to assist with national energy code deployment and compliance. Selected member will work in one of the following areas: template processes/procedures for evaluation of state code compliance; residential duct test training; assessing impact of updating state energy codes; or preparing materials for energy code training. Minimum stipend of $50,000/yr will be provided. Read More

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NAM urges Senate to vote against 2010 Budget Resolution.

May 1, 2009

According to NAM VP for Tax and Domestic Policy, Dorothy Coleman, NAM opposes conference report on Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Resolution. While NAM appreciates recognition in budget blueprint of need for pro-growth tax relief, massive potential tax increases envisioned in Resolution would overwhelm any economic growth generated by this relief. Tax increases would cost manufacturing jobs and limit competitiveness, driving American companies into even more difficult economic situation. Read More

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Investment needed to combat debris threats to space assets.

April 30, 2009

According to testimony by AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, space debris is a growing threat to U.S. exploration activities and must be carefully monitored to ensure safety of humans traveling in space and aboard International Space Station. Blakey called upon lawmakers to provide funding for space situational awareness and protection of U.S. space assets, including hardening satellites from attack and establishing contingency plans to provide backup to space assets. Read More

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AIA CEO says aviation innovation will spur economic growth.

April 30, 2009

Marion Blakey, president and CEO of AIA, told the audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society's Lindbergh Lecture that the global aviation industry must rely on technological advances to address challenges posed by the worldwide economy, the environment, and global air transportation system modernization. The lecture also pointed out the importance of the development/implementation of air transportation systems based on Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast technology. Read More

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ASC seeks presentations for fall convention.

April 30, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 11-13, 2009, ASC 2009 Fall Convention and EXPO offers opportunity for industry leaders to share knowledge and experience. ASC is soliciting presentations on topics such as sustainability, green markets and technology, structural adhesives, changing building codes, and growth in hot melts. Co-located at convention site, Waterborne Short Course will cover all facets of waterborne adhesives. ASC EXPO, showcasing adhesive and sealant products, will take place Oct 12. Read More

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AEC announces 3 new members to 2009 Board of Directors.

April 29, 2009

Elected to 2-year term as Independent Extruder Director was Richard Merluzzi, President and CEO of Pennex Aluminum Company in Wellsville, PA and chairman of AEC's Business Information Committee. Elected to serve 2-year term as At-large Directors were Lynn Brown, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for Hydro Aluminum in Linthicum, MD and Jim Dickson, Director of Sales and Marketing-Primary Metal for North America for Rio Tinto Alcan Ingot Sales in Mayfield Heights, OH. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2009.

April 29, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program findings, rigid PCB shipments are down 30.5% and bookings are down 39.8% in March 2009 from March 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 9.6% and rigid bookings increased 10.5%. Flexible circuit shipments in March 2009 are up 1.0%, and bookings are down 12.0% compared to March 2008. Compared to February 2009, flexible circuit shipments are up 22.3% and flex bookings are up 15.0%. Read More

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Nominations Sought for certificate accreditation program.

April 29, 2009

Organizations that issue education and training certificates to US workers are invited to apply for the American National Standards Institute Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). Evaluated against ASTM E2659-09, ANSI-CAP will provide neutral, third-party attestation that the certificate program in question promotes better educated and qualified workers. The activity is also expected to provide quality benchmarks for the design of future certificate programs. Read More

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ASTM Standard for Accreditation chosen by ANSI committee.

April 29, 2009

ANSI-CAP announced it has selected ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, as the standard against which certificate programs will be evaluated for potential accreditation. The ANSI program seeks to accredit organizations that issue education and training certificates to US workers. The committee that selected this standard reflects a balance of interested personnel certificate entities that represent diverse industries and stakeholders. Read More

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Open Forum rescheduled to coincide with WSW 2009.

April 29, 2009

In response to member feedback on financial impact of business travel, ANSI has announced that Open Forum for Standards Developers has been rescheduled to coincide with Institute's World Standards Week 2009 and will be held on Oct 6. Forum is focused on bringing together leaders of both accredited and non-accredited standards developing organizations. It is open to all interested stakeholders, including SDOs, consortia and other fora, industry, government, and consumers. Read More

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Standards provide relief during Stress Awareness Month.

April 29, 2009

ANSI supports development of standards related to stress-relieving activities such as massage, exercise, and safe sun exposure. International Standard IEC 60335-2-32 Ed. 4.1 b:2008 guides safety of foot and hand-held massagers, as well as massage beds, chairs, pads, and belts. ASTM F1976-06 protects runners and other athletes from foot, ankle, and leg injuries caused by improper footwear. Providing guidelines for recreational sunglasses, ANSI Z80.3-2008 assures safety of consumers' eyes. Read More

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US World Standards Day to focus on environmental stewardship.

April 29, 2009

The US Celebration of World Standards Day - Standards for Environmental Stewardship - will spotlight the critical role of standards and conformity assessment programs in the development and implementation of green initiatives. Leaders of business, industry, academia, and government will gather in Washington, DC on October 7, 2009 to join with consumer representatives and experts in science and technology to celebrate the relationship between standards and the global environment. Read More

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BIO urges Senate confirmation of Sebelius and Hamburg.

April 29, 2009

Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, urged U.S. Senate to move forward quickly in confirming Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and Dr. Peggy Hamburg as Commissioner of FDA. During swine flu emergency, public health agencies, administration, and general public would greatly benefit from having confirmed Secretary and FDA Commissioner who would help provide stability, leadership, and confidence public seeks. Read More

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Standards cover hearing protectors and corneal topography.

April 29, 2009

Developed by Acoustical Society of America, ANSI/ASA S12.6-2008 specifies laboratory-based methods for assessing and reporting passive noise-reducing capabilities of hearing protection devices. Standard does not cover issues relevant to computational schemes or rating systems for applying hearing protector attenuation values. Developed by ANSI - Accredited Standards Committee Z80, ANSI Z80.23-2008 regulates instruments, systems, and methods used to measure shape of cornea over anterior surface. Read More

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Entries are Sought for Image of Welding Awards.

April 29, 2009

With July 10, 2009 deadline for submissions, the American Welding Society (AWS) has issued a call for entries in the seventh annual Image of Welding Awards program. This awards competition salutes the year's most outstanding public initiatives and programs that promote the image of welding. Awards are issued in 7 categories, and all individuals, organizations, and groups may be nominated for multiple categories. Self-nominations are also welcome. Read More

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US and Japan sign aviation safety agreement.

April 29, 2009

The FAA announced a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between the US and Japan that allows for reciprocal certification of aircraft and aviation products. It was signed by US Embassy Charge d'Affaires ad interim and Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs. FAA Acting Assistant Administrator for International Aviation, Dorothy Reimold, signed the BASA Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness, as did Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau Director for Engineering, Toru Miyashita. Read More

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IPC announces 2009 Academic Poster Competition winners.

April 28, 2009

Evaluated on innovation and originality, posters were voted upon by IPC APEX EXPO attendees. Jianbiao Pan of California Polytechnic State University won 1st place for "The Calculation of Liquidus Temperature for Various BGA/CSP Assemblies." John Folkerts and Frank Collins from Johns Hopkins University took 2nd place with "Printed Wiring Board Delamination - Some Unique Findings." Tied for 3rd were Aaron Pedigo, Pylin Sarobol, John Blendell, Carol Handwerker, and John P. Koppes from Purdue. Read More