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Guidelines streamline processes, reduce transactional cost.

April 15, 2009

PTDA released 2 publications to facilitate exchange of transactional information between distributors and manufacturers. "Guidelines for Managing Back Orders: Minimizing the Impact" uncovers issues regarding back orders and can assist in minimizing the effect back orders have on business and business relationships. "Guidelines for Successfully Sharing Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) Information" uncovers ways in which COGS information sharing can benefit distributors and manufacturers. Read More

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Technical Committee to address standards for combating fraud.

April 15, 2009

Proposed by ANSI in conjunction with NASPO, TC 247, Fraud countermeasures and controls, has been approved for creation by ISO. Committee will focus on development of standards in areas of brand and intellectual property protection, identity management, and financial fraud. It is expected to meet later this year and its work will complement initiatives of ISO Project Committee (PC) 246, with U.S. positions carried forward to both TC 247 and PC 246 by ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG. Read More

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ASTM introduces new standard for determining wettability.

April 15, 2009

ASTM International standard D7490, Test Method for Measurement of the Surface Tension of Solid Coatings, Substrates, and Pigments Using Contact Angle Measurements, was developed by Subcommittee D01.23. It will be used to determine wettability of given primer or substrate or to explain reason for wetting problems/defects over certain primer or substrate, says Clifford Schoff, Ph.D. Schoff also says it can help characterize pigments pressed into disks and to determine how easy pigment is to wet. Read More

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EASTEC will address alternative and renewable energy.

April 15, 2009

EASTEC will feature Alternative and Renewable Energy Resource Center, run in partnership with Regional Technology Corporation. According to Kimberly L. Farrugia of SME, seminars will be held on E-Design for Green Products, Opportunities with UMass Wind Energy Center, Positive Impact of Lean and Green on Manufacturing, and Money-Saving Efficiencies for Compressed Air Systems. Resource center will be open 9am-4pm on May 20th, with various companies and organizations presenting. Read More

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IBTA announces 15th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest.

April 15, 2009

Scheduled for April 20-24, 2009, 15th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest provides opportunity for InfiniBand(TM) device and cable vendors to test their products for compliance with InfiniBand architecture specification, as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. Event will include testing of double data rate and quad data rate devices, plus new interoperability test procedures for all cables. Read More

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IEA and IEC held workshop on energy efficiency standards.

April 15, 2009

On March 16-17, 2009, in Paris, ISO and IEC hosted workshop to advance development of international standards for energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. Nearly 300 experts from public and private sectors attended. Presentations and discussion panels addressed requirements and challenges of energy efficiency standardization work in various fields. Recommendations related to communications, participation, expert involvement/coordination, and adaptability were made. Read More

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ANSI VP spoke at WTO Technical Barriers to Trade workshop.

April 15, 2009

Gary Kushnier, vice president of international policy for ANSI, spoke at the session on building capacity at the workshop of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade that took place in Geneva on March 16-17, 2009. Speaking on behalf of the 5 Specialist Regional Bodies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Kushnier discussed APEC's technical infrastructure development in the area of standards and conformance. Read More

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ANSI lauds standards at NASDAQ market open ceremony.

April 15, 2009

ANSI led the NASDAQ market open ceremony on April 7, 2009 in New York City. Therein, ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia gave a speech that highlighted contributions that standards and conformity assessment make to the global economy. A few he cited included check size/configuration, messaging protocols, and credit card numbering systems. Closer to home, Mr. Bhatia also mentioned "the hardware and software platforms used to power the NASDAQ stock market itself." Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation announces FOUNDATION(TM) Fieldbus training.

April 14, 2009

Fieldbus Foundation announced that STC Brielle (Brielle, The Netherlands) and the Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, Texas) are the first educational institutions to offer fieldbus training courses certified under the FOUNDATION(TM) Certified Training Program (FCTP). These educational facilities can now, having successfully completed a multi-stage certification process, issue certificates showing that Fieldbus Foundation accredits their courses. Read More

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Briefing addresses energy efficiency of historic buildings.

April 14, 2009

Sponsored by the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, a briefing for Congressional staff on turning older structures into high-performing historic buildings will take place from 11:30 am to 1 pm on April 15 in 12 Cannon House Office Building. Speakers, among other things, will give an introduction to historic buildings; discuss opportunities for high-performance, policies, and technologies; and provide examples of high-performance historic buildings. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is down from last year.

April 14, 2009

According to AMT (Association For Manufacturing Technology) and AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association), the total for February US manufacturing technology consumption was $129.65 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 28.5% from January but down 62.4% from the total reported for February 2008. Compared with 2008, 2009 is down 66.2% with a year-to-date total of $230.53 million. Read More

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John Porcari named as new U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary.

April 14, 2009

John Porcari, Secretary of Maryland DOT, has been chosen by President Barack Obama to become next Deputy Secretary of U.S. DOT. According to AASHTO Executive Director, John Horsley, Porcari has led the way in community sensitive design and smart growth strategies at Maryland DOT and was instrumental in development of $2.4 billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which was delivered on time and on budget. Porcari is in 2nd tour of duty as Secretary, having previously served from 1999-2002. Read More

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ASTM Committee developing bender element testing standard.

April 14, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee D18.09 on Cyclic and Dynamic Properties of Soils, proposed standard WK23118 covers type of testing that can aid in predicting soil and foundation response to seismic and manmade disturbances. By performing bender element tests and comparing results to field test results, degree of structure compromise can be determined. Also, determining stiffness by bender elements allows for advanced computer modeling of systems such as foundations and retaining walls. Read More

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Manufactured Goods Trade Balance improves.

April 13, 2009

According to trade data released by U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. deficit in manufactured goods trade fell dramatically in February, to $23 billion, 44% smaller than $42 billion deficit last February. The $19 billion improvement in manufactured goods trade deficit from last February was as large as improvement in petroleum trade balance, and accounted for about half of overall gain in U.S. balance of trade in goods and services. Read More

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ATA urges implementation of air traffic management system.

April 13, 2009

While government data show that flight delays have fallen recently, ATA said much more must be done to improve service by accelerating implementation of NextGen modernized air traffic management system. Air Travel Consumer Report showed that nation's largest airlines had higher rate of on-time flights in February 2009 than in February 2008, and that tarmac delays of 3 hours or more were down. Rate for mishandled baggage also improved while customer complaints were down. Read More

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Top Teams set for final round of Rocketry Challenge.

April 13, 2009

Top 100 student rocketry teams in country are ready for final round of Team America Rocketry Challenge, which will take place May 16. Final competition gives middle and high school students chance to earn part of total prize package of $60,000 in scholarships and other prizes. Teams design, build, and launch model rockets with raw-egg payload that must return to ground unbroken. This year's contest goals are altitude of 750 ft and flight time of 45 sec. Read More

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NACD announces RDP Mentoring Program.

April 10, 2009

Designed to provide insight and expertise to NACD members from professionals well-versed in RDP, Responsible Distribution ProcessSM Mentoring Program will be lead by Doug Kutz, from NACD's Affiliate company, Chemical Distribution Excellence. Kutz is a consultant to chemical industry on regulatory compliance, costs control measures, and logistics, and has been in chemical distribution industry working for 2 full-line Midwest chemical distributors for last 30 years. Read More

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MCA seeks speakers for conference sessions.

April 10, 2009

Agenda is set for upcoming International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Show and Conference in Rosemont, IL, June 8-11, 2009. Speaking slots remain in following sessions: Motor Technology Advances, Drive Technology Advances, Motion Control Communications, and Safety Issues in Motion Control. Read More

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MCA urges participation in the robots/vision conference.

April 10, 2009

As a full partner in the International Robots, Vision and Motion Control Show and Conference, MCA encourages motion control companies to give presentations, exhibit, and/or attend this event at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from June 9-11, 2009. Topics for sessions, seminars, and panel discussions MCA hopes to offer include those focusing on green technology, integrated safety controls, and developments in motion control standards. Read More

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Conference Attendance reflects growing interest in Hydrogen.

April 10, 2009

Held in Columbia, SC from March 30 to April 3, 2009, the NHA Conference and Hydrogen Expo attracted 2,000 public visitors in addition to the 700+ registered attendees. This number, nearly two times that of previous years, reflects interest in alternative fuels. While the theme focused on potential growth for the hydrogen industry, there were more products available for sale than in previous years. Participants were also introduced to the next generation of industry professionals. Read More