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Competitive Manufacturing Toolkit introduced at WESTEC.

April 6, 2009

SME and NIST/MEP have put together toolkit of ideas to help manufacturers innovate, compete, and succeed. Tools available include Open Innovation Center to help exhibitors/attendees learn about how to source and sell innovation, and Merwyn Business Translation to accelerate communication between various manufacturing segments. Also offered are Green Workforce Development Program, USA National Innovation Marketplace, as well as other existing programs included as part of effort. Read More

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Representative Neal Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 6, 2009

BIO has selected Representative Richard E. Neal (D-MA) as Legislator of the Year for 2008-2009. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said organization commends Congressman Neal for leadership and support of crucial issues affecting biotechnology industry. It also thanks him for support of provision in Economic Recovery Act, which increased funding at National Institutes of Health by $10 billion over next 2 yr. Neal is Chairman of Ways and Means Select Revenue Subcommittee. Read More

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BIO urges Congress to enforce biofuels policy and stimulate investment.

April 6, 2009

BIO submitted letter to Congressional leaders proposing 6 principles to guide development of legislation supporting continued development and deployment of advanced biofuels. Congress has authorized various programs to assist biofuels producers, according to Brent Erickson, but effort to coordinate and fund them is needed. Also, help is needed in developing various parts of value chain, such as transport and delivery as well as fuel distribution networks. Read More

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EASTEC survey reveals manufacturers rolling up their sleeves.

April 6, 2009

EASTEC annual attendee survey of more than 700 manufacturers reveals that instead of reflecting on troubles of current economy, respondents suggested that they were ready to work harder, smarter, and invest in their future. Ninety percent were attending EASTEC to see new products and many will be there buying, with 21% of manufacturers reporting increased equipment budgets. Networking and learning new applications were also reported as priorities, as was work force development. Read More

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Steel Standard offers guide to mechanical tests.

April 6, 2009

ASTM A1058, Test Methods for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products-Metric, will serve as guide for manufacturers and laboratories that make and test steel products according to standards using SI system of units. ASTM A1058 includes coverage of international standards, and references and cross references international standards such as European Committee for Standardization, International Organization for Standardization, and Japanese Standards Association. Read More

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BIO announces convention welcome reception entertainment.

April 6, 2009

BIO has announced that The B52s will be performing during 2009 BIO International Convention Welcome Reception, which is being hosted by BioGeorgia. Presentations and educational sessions will focus on research and development, partnership opportunities, and new business models required to meet global health challenges. BIO Exhibition at International Convention will feature new Product Focus Zones, including BioIT, BioFuels, Business Services, and Emerging Technologies. Read More

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Materials for Medical Devices Database reaches milestone.

April 3, 2009

Supporting medical device design, Materials for Medical Devices Database provides 22,000 datasheets and literature references for 10,661 cardiovascular and orthopedic devices, 380 materials, and 945 specific material grades. Extending Cardiovascular Module, information has been added for all FDA classifications of catheters and other related interventional devices. Characterization, numerical information, and links to specific devices have been completed for 16 materials in Orthopedic Module. Read More

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Nominations are Open for HART Plant of the Year Award.

April 2, 2009

End users are invited to enter their company's application for the HART® Communication Protocol for recognition in the eighth annual HART Plant of the Year Award Program. This international award, presented to end-user companies for exceptional application of HART technology, recognizes plants that extend capabilities of HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration or use real-time diagnostics and process variables in HART-enabled devices integrated with other systems. Read More

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NACD Opposes railroad limits on common carrier obligation.

April 1, 2009

National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) filed comments with the Surface Transportation Board in response to a petition from the Union Pacific Railroad Company to determine the extent of common carrier obligation to transport chlorine over long distances. They opposed UP's request and argued that if this exception is granted, the entire common carrier obligation to transport toxic inhalation hazards will be threatened. Read More

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School Stimulus Funding offers energy efficiency opportunities.

April 1, 2009

As school boards and superintendents develop programs to utilize U.S. economic recovery stimulus funds, projects focused on improving energy efficiency can result in long-term savings for school districts. ASHRAE and other building industry organizations have developed Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings, which provides recommendations for achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. Read More

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BIO Executive appointed to serve on EBI committee.

April 1, 2009

Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO Industrial and Environmental Section, has been appointed to serve on Advisory Committee to Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI). Erickson joined BIO in 2000 and since 2004, has been active in Bioenergy/Agriculture Working Group of Energy Future Coalition. Science Advisory Committee provides advice to EBI Director and Governing Board about goals and program implementation, definition of mission, scope of research, operational processes, and scientific culture. Read More

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EPA determines ASTM forest standard complies with AAI rule.

March 31, 2009

EPA has decided ASTM E2247-08 Forestland Site Assessment Standard is now compliant with All Appropriate Inquiries Rule. First published in 2002, standard was revised in 2008 to comply with 2005 AAI rule and address site assessment issues involving property uses and environmental concerns typical of forestland and rural property. It provides for use of remote sensing methods during site reconnaissance process to identify areas for ground inspection, according to David Parsonage. Read More

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NIST Study examines use of stairs for emergency evacuation.

March 31, 2009

In study, NIST researchers examined people movement speeds during 3 full-building fire drill evacuations and compared data to already published results to identify factors that could hamper rapid evacuation using stairways. They concluded that research to date provides limited insight into how people react and behave during evacuations, and that variances in speed cannot be explained by evacuation models currently used in building design and emergency planning. Read More

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ATA CEO applauds FAA leadership selection.

March 31, 2009

Air Transportation Association of America applauded administration's announcement that it will name industry veteran Randy Babbitt as Administrator of FAA. According to James C. May, ATA President and CEO, Babbitt has both experience and leadership skills to drive modernization of aging air traffic management system and to improve relations with air traffic controllers. Read More

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ATA Chairman supports air transportation modernization.

March 31, 2009

Speaking at Phoenix Aviation Symposium, United Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO and Air Transport Association Chairman, Glenn Tilton, stressed critical role of air transportation in economic development across nation. According to Tilton, providing infrastructure and energy policy needed to support 21st century aviation will allow United States to compete in global marketplace, and support objectives regarding safety, security, and reduced emissions. Read More

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AWWA Webcast to focus on trenchless technology.

March 31, 2009

On Wednesday, April 22, American Water Works Association (AWWA) is going to host the Trenchless Technology Applications in the Water Industry Webcast. Topics will include currently available trenchless methods, maintaining customer service during construction, as well as various types of replacement pipe that can be installed with the pipe-bursting and pipe-splitting processes. Presenters include Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Collins Orton, and Dan Ellison. Read More

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AWS Revises major qualification standard.

March 31, 2009

American Welding Society (AWS) published the fifth edition of AWS B2.1, Specification for Welding Procedure and Performance Qualification. This standard, known as B2.1/B2.1M:2009, explains requirements for qualifying welding procedures as well as the performance of welders and welding operators for manual, semiautomatic, mechanized, and automatic welding. It covers qualification requirements related to metals, other qualification variables, and testing requirements. Read More

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ELFA commends Treasury and Federal Reserve Board.

March 30, 2009

ELFA commended Department of Treasury and Federal Reserve Board of Governors for expanding Term Asset Backed Loan Facility to include leases and loans and offered recommendations to proposed program structure, eligible collateral rating requirements, TALF loan terms, and TALF loan index. ELFA believes decision to include equipment leases and loans as eligible asset class under TALF will become critical component of government's efforts to stimulate lending and investment in commercial sector. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Act could strengthen manufacturing.

March 30, 2009

John Engler, President of National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), expressed that the Energy Efficiency Act of 2009 (S. 661) is a welcome bi-partisan approach to restoring America's manufacturing leadership. "Providing opportunities for manufacturers to adopt more energy efficient equipment and processes," he explained, "will help us achieve greater energy independence, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions." Read More

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Water Utility Leaders bring critical issues to Congress.

March 30, 2009

More than 130 water professionals from 48 states came to Capitol Hill to raise critical safe drinking water issues with several hundred members of Congress during annual Water Matters! Fly In event, sponsored by AWWA. This year's event highlighted important issues such as sustainable water infrastructure, chemical facility security, climate change legislation, and drinking water appropriations. Read More