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BACnet Group is well-positioned for Smart Grid initiatives.

July 8, 2009

At ASHRAE's Annual Conference, the BACnet committee and its working groups considered how BACnet technologies can be used to aid development of standards to help Smart Grid efforts required by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. BACnet committee's Utilities Integration Working Group, which has been engaging utility companies and working with national labs on grid-related technologies for years, is being re-chartered as the Smart Grid Working Group (SG-WG). Read More

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Annual Eclipse Release now available.

July 8, 2009

Eclipse community has delivered its annual release train, Galileo 2009, which comprises 33 projects and over 24 million lines of code. Highlights include Mac Cocoa support, domain-specific language modeling, updates to Equinox, and multi-language support. New features reflect expanding adoption of Eclipse in enterprise, innovation of Eclipse modeling technology, and advancement of EclipseRT runtime technology. Read More

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PTDA 2009 Summit provides industry-oriented advice.

July 8, 2009

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) 2009 Industry Summit brings together, for the first time, PTDA and the FPDA Motion + Control Network in San Diego, CA from October 22-24, 2009. Members will broaden their networks and learn about new markets through educational programming. "What's Your Next Move?" will help foster an understanding of what manufacturers/distributors have done to prepare for this global economy and what they could do to prepare for its comeback. Read More

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Motion Control Conference/Showcase investigates new markets.

July 8, 2009

The Motion Control Technical Conference and Showcase helps those in power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry learn about motion control trends and technologies. Held in San Diego, CA from Oct. 22-23, 2009, it will feature topics addressing world markets; relationships between customer, systems integrator, and distributor; and complete machine automation. The showcase will feature products on the leading edge of technology wave. Read More

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ANSI Workshop gathers US input on ISO strategic plan.

July 8, 2009

ANSI convened a workshop for all US stakeholders interested in ISO's strategic direction. With 80+ attendees representing standards developing organizations, industry, and government, the meeting provided an opportunity to help shape US input for the upcoming ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Attendees reviewed survey responses and shared their thoughts about ISO's strategic direction, from technical scope and partnerships to public policy issues and conformity assessment activities. Read More

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Published Report details events of NESCC meeting.

July 8, 2009

ANSI and NIST have published a meeting report on the first gathering of the Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC), a joint initiative to identify and respond to the current needs of the nuclear industry. Attendees first discussed the intent of the activity, which is focused on collaboration and coordination rather than standards development. Planned task groups were then discussed, and NESCC is now accepting formal proposals for them. Read More

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IPC urges members to resist ban of Tetrabromobisphenol(a).

July 7, 2009

IPC campaign encourages members in Germany and Sweden to contact respective environmental agencies and government officials, urging they resist ban of Tetrabromobisphenol(a) (TBBPA). In EU Risk Assessment, TBBPA flame retardant was found not to be harmful to environment or human health. European Union Council, Germany, and Sweden environmental agencies are calling for restriction of TBBPA under RoHS, which is based on faulty, unscientific report published last year by Öko Institut. Read More

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AWEA makes statement on energy and climate legislation.

July 7, 2009

In response to House passage of American Clean Energy and Security Act, AWEA CEO Denise Bode stated that AWEA looks forward to working with Senate and Congress toward final passage of legislation that includes strong Renewable Electricity Standard. Strong RES will allow country to remain competitive in global race to secure renewable energy investment and jobs and will demonstrate commitment to avoid carbon emissions. Read More

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AWEA makes Statement on energy and climate legislation.

July 7, 2009

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), released a statement as a vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act approaches in the U.S. House of Representatives. "The wind energy industry is very grateful for the leadership of Chairmen Waxman and Markey in bringing this legislation to the House floor," she said, "and we support its passage." Bode continued, appreciating their commitment to supporting the development of clean, renewable energy resources. Read More

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FAA announces appointment of new chief counsel.

July 7, 2009

David Grizzle has been appointed as FAA chief counsel, according to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who says Grizzle understands challenges of leading diverse, international organization. Grizzle takes on role after 22 yr career with Continental Airlines, Inc., serving as senior VP of customer experience from 2005-2008. He also worked for U.S. Department of State from 2004-2005 and practiced in several New York law firms from 1978-1984. Read More

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Meeting focused on improving existing buildings' efficiency.

July 7, 2009

At its 2009 Annual Conference, ASHRAE launched the prototype of its Building Energy Quotient building energy labeling program, introduced a year-long focus on existing buildings, and kicked off the Commissioning Process Management Professional certification program. Gordon Holness, ASHRAE president, noted the increase in renovation versus building new and said that "now is the perfect time for ASHRAE to focus on reducing energy consumption in existing buildings." Read More

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Nominations Sought for Vehicle Engineering Team Award.

July 6, 2009

The Automotive Division of SPE® International issued a call for Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA) nominations for its 39th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition and Gala. Any automaker is eligible to nominate its vehicles and the deadline for submission is July 31, 2009. VETA recognizes technical achievements of entire teams whose work in research, design, engineering, and/or manufacturing has led to integration of polymeric materials on a notable vehicle. Read More

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VETA Award honors automotive-focused plastics integration.

July 6, 2009

Offered in the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Program, the Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA) honors an automakers significant use of innovative plastics content on a new production vehicle. VETA recognizes the technical achievements of entire teams - automotive designers and engineers, tier integrators, materials suppliers, toolmakers, and others - whose work in research, design, engineering, and/or manufacturing has led to significant integration of polymeric materials. Read More

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AEM Safety Pictorial Database is available in Chinese.

July 6, 2009

AEM has developed Chinese-language version of AEM Safety Pictorial Database to optimize global communication of safety messages. It provides recognized pictorial illustrations for voluntary use in equipment safety signs, manuals, and other training materials. Introduced in 2006, database offers 130 pictorials searchable by category and keyword, covering many industries/product lines, and stressing hazard identification and avoidance. Graphics are downloadable in EPS and DXF formats. Read More

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AFS and NADCA combine government affairs efforts.

July 3, 2009

Effective July 1, the federal government affairs services of American Foundry Society (AFS) will be combined with the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). The result of this collective effort, which will entail a coordinated, joint federal advocacy effort while maintaining each group's status as separate organizations, is to be called the Metalcasters Alliance for Government Affairs and will be represented by Waterman and Associates. Read More

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NIST requests public comment on draft report.

July 3, 2009

NIST is requesting public comment on draft report, formerly announced in Federal Register notice published on June 30, that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing interoperability standards for smart electric power grid. Prepared under contract by EPRI, report will be used in drafting NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework. Comments should reference Federal Register notice and must be received on or before July 30, 2009. Read More

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Annual Report details transportation issues.

July 3, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board's annual report, which provides a summary of accident investigations and safety recommendations in the past calendar year, was released to Congress. Along with investigations into 19 major accidents, 221 regional accidents, and 18 international aviation accidents, 2008 highlights include 34 major reports and accident briefs adopted, 129 safety recommendations issued, and 67 safety recommendations closed. Read More

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USDA Report indicates wide adoption of biotech crops.

July 3, 2009

According to USDA's Economic Research Service report, released July 1, 2009, adoption of genetically engineered soybeans was 91% in 2009, cotton reached 88%, and corn climbed to 85%. Report features 3 tables, devoted to each, that cover 2000-09 by U.S. state. It also summarizes extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant crops since 1996. Sharon Bomer Lauritsen noted that in 2007, use of biotech crops equaled removal of 14.2 billion kg of CO2 from atmosphere. Read More

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NACD Moderated Panel on multi-agency harmonization.

July 3, 2009

On June 30 of this year, NACD VP of Government Affairs Jennifer Gibson moderated a panel discussion on Multi-Agency Harmonization on Chemical and Hazardous Materials Security Regulations with key officials from several Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation agencies. The discussion - a highlight of the 2009 Chemical Sector Security Summit - addressed major security programs agencies administer and how they work with each other to coordinate efforts. Read More

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IPC Testifies on EPA request for guidance on reopening DSW Rule.

July 3, 2009

Supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2008 Definition of Solid Waste Rule (DSW), IPC director of environmental policy and government relations Fern Abrams testified as to its environmental benefits. Her testimony focused on how the DSW rule removes regulatory barriers that inhibit the recycling of manufacturing wastes while simultaneously providing an environmental benefit by reducing waste. Based on such points, Abrams urged the EPA to deny Sierra Club's petition. Read More