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BIO debunks myths of anti-industry report.

April 16, 2009

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive VP of Food and Agriculture for BIO, issued a statement in response to "Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops," a report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Confuting UCS claims that increased crop production statistics are not due to genetic engineering, Lauritsen cited benefits that include reduced environmental impact, increased production per acreage, and increased farmer incomes. Read More

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ASHRAE provides Federal Recovery Act resources.

April 16, 2009

To encourage investment in projects with long-term impact, ASHRAE has put together resources to help members engage decision-makers in identifying and planning projects in their areas. ASHRAE Member's Guide to Recovery Funding provides information on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, areas of funding, resources, and tips for engaging state and local decision makers. Energy Efficiency in Schools provides information to school administrators and state recovery fund managers. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO helps boost industry spirit and progress.

April 16, 2009

At IPC APEX EXPO(TM) in Las Vegas, opportunities for learning and business development were ever-present. Despite attendance figures lower than last year, 6,077 attendee and exhibitor individuals from 42 countries gathered together to take advantage of educational sessions, standards committee meetings, and business development activities on and off exhibit floor. Of 3,350 attendees, 629 attended conference and 778 attended 41 full- and half-day educational courses. Read More

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Revised ASTM Standard covers containers for medical sharps.

April 16, 2009

ASTM Subcommittee F04.33 on Medical/Surgical Instruments is revising F2132, Specification for Puncture Resistance of Materials Used in Containers for Discarded Medical Needles and Other Sharps. Initially, draft document will be discussed via e-mail and telephone/teleconference, with task group possibly holding face-to-face meeting in November. Approximately 400,000 healthcare workers in U.S. face such injuries every year, with risk of over 60 blood-borne pathogens being transmitted. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses testing of paintbrush filaments.

April 16, 2009

Standard ASTM D7233, Test Method for Testing Fracture of Level Paintbrush Filaments, was developed by Subcommittee D01.61 on Paint Application Tools. According to John Feathers of DuPont Filaments, D7233 and equipment it details will allow suppliers of hollow filaments for paintbrushes to better assess tendency of filaments to fracture. Method can be used between suppliers and manufacturers to establish acceptable quality specification for filaments. Read More

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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