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BIO Convention looks ahead to new administration.

February 27, 2009

Scheduled for May 18-21, 2009 BIO International Convention will address challenges currently facing market environment, as well as ways that biotechnology works to help heal, fuel, and feed world and provide cleaner environment. Event will focus on research and development, partnership opportunities, and new business models required to meet global health challenges. New Product Focus Zones will include BioIT, BioFuels, Business Services, and Emerging Technologies. Read More

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ComSci Fellowship Program accepting applications for 2009-2010.

February 27, 2009

Senior federal employees, GS-13 and above, who want broader perspective on development of nation's science and technology policy are invited to apply for Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship Program. ComSci affords opportunity to study national and international issues that drive development, application, and management of policies that concern nation's science and technology efforts. Options for full-time and part-time participation are available. Read More

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Summary Report discloses federal tech transfer activities.

February 27, 2009

According to NIST-prepared summary report, collaborative research agreements, invention licenses, and other technology transfer activities of federal government trended upward from 2002-2007. Number of active licenses of inventions and other IP generated by 11 agencies with internal research programs rose to 10,347, however new inventions and patenting activity dipped slightly over same period. Also, number of active cooperative research and development agreements increased to 7,300+. Read More

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Cyber Security Management Standard is published by ISA.

February 27, 2009

As second standard in ISA99 series "Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems" approved by ANSI, ANSI/ISA-99.02.01-2009, Establishing an Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Program, describes elements to set up cyber security management system. It also provides guidance on how to meet requirements for each element. Specific topics include policies, procedures, practices, and personnel. Additional ISA99 standards are also under development. Read More

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Economic Activity Survey covers leasing and finance index.

February 27, 2009

Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity for U.S. equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for January declined by 23.7% compared to same period in 2008. Month-to-month new business volume decreased 50.6% from December to January, from $9.1 to $4.5 billion. Survey covers new business volume, aging of receivables, charge-offs, credit approval ratios (approved vs. submitted), and headcount for equipment finance business. Read More

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SME honors manufacturing engineering's innovators.

February 27, 2009

For more than 50 years, SME has recognized manufacturing engineering's innovators through its International Honor Awards, Award of Merit, and Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Recipients represent both current and next generation of inventors, industry leaders, and innovators as well as Society volunteers. Their research, inventions, and work collectively contribute to much of world's bottom line. List of recipients can be found in full release. Read More

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ALA announces winner of LabAutomation2009 Innovation Award.

February 27, 2009

Each year, ALA Innovation Award recognizes that year's top 10 finalists who present innovative laboratory technologies or new, highly useful technology advances and applications as podium presentations. Winner of LabAutomation2009 $10,000 ALA Innovation Award was Hyongsok Soh, Ph.D., University of California, who was honored for his podium presentation, High Performance Magnetic Separation in Microfluidic Channels. Read More

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Innovation and Inspiration highlight LabAutomation2009.

February 27, 2009

With 4,237 participants, Labautomation2009 included 100 podium presentations from field of laboratory automation, 18 short courses, 186 poster presentations, 17 industry-sponsored workshops, and special session, titled "Celebrate and Reunite with Five Years of Award-Winning Innovation." Eight innovative young companies were invited to participate as guest exhibitors on Innovation AveNEW, an ALA program designed to assist creative and collaborative technology development. Read More

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ALA releases research results.

February 27, 2009

Recently, ALA conducted survey of laboratory automation system providers and industrial users, as detailed follow-up to its 2006 survey on state of industrial laboratory automation. In many cases, similar questions were posed to compare focus and priorities of automation users versus providers. ALA released results of 2008 State of Industrial Laboratory Automation on LabAutopedia(TM), ALA's online knowledge network. Read More

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EASTEC celebrates it 30-year anniversary.

February 27, 2009

On May 19-21, EASTEC will celebrate its 30-year anniversary at Eastern States Exhibition Center in West Springfield, MA. Spread over 160,000 sq-ft of space, event will draw approximately 14,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. Five technology-focused areas will include Precision Manufacturing Equipment and Systems; Automation, Supply Chain and Process Improvement; Plant, Energy, and Environmental Efficiency; Design Engineering and Rapid Technologies; Tooling, Workholding, and Machining Accessories. Read More

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ISA announces CSE license now available in New Jersey.

February 27, 2009

ISA has announced that New Jersey now offers all Professional Engineer licensing exams with edition of New Jersey CSE licensing program. Control Systems Engineering requires understanding of science of instrumentation and automatic control of dynamic processes. CSE examination includes elements of electrical, mechanical, chemical, and other branches of engineering, centered on technologies needed for feedback and feedforward control of dynamic systems. Read More

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ISA President holds strategic planning meetings.

February 27, 2009

ISA's 2009 President, Gerald Cockrell, led series of strategic planning meetings at ISA headquarters. Meetings are held throughout year and offer chance for ISA leaders to meet and confirm objectives, plans, and priorities for coming year. Cockrell, a Professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology at Indiana State University, teaches courses in process control automation and project management with special interests in applications for high-tech industries. Read More

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ASNI Competition to honor International Accreditation Day.

February 26, 2009

ANSI has launched a paper competition focused on value of accreditation in global marketplace. To be submitted by April 24, 2009, papers should be no more than 2,000 words and will be judged by representatives from various ASNI committees, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners posted on the organization's website. International Accreditation Day was launched in 2008 by the IAF and ILAC to honor role of accreditation in standards and conformity assessment. Read More

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AIA announces 2009-2010 Board of Directors.

February 26, 2009

At its annual Business Conference, AIA announced newly elected Board of Directors. Michael Cyros, President of Allied Vision Technologies, Inc., has been re-elected President for 2009. Newly elected to 2-year terms on AIA Board are: George Chamberlain, President and Co-Founder, Pleora Technologies, Inc.; Gregory Hollows, Director of Machine Vision Solutions, Edmund Optics; and Peter Tang, VP Innovation and Technology, ATS Automation. Read More

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Dr. Martin Regalia to keynote ASC Convention in Austin.

February 26, 2009

Dr. Martin A. Regalia, chief economist at U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be keynote speaker at 2009 Spring Convention. His presentation will echo convention theme - Managing the Crisis... Our Industry Coming Together - through his insider's analysis of current economic drivers and their impact on American business, and economic forecast of year ahead. Attendees will be able to connect with industry authorities and learn how profession can work together to overcome current challenges. Read More

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ASC offers two webinars in March.

February 26, 2009

ASC, in partnership with Edison Welding Institute and Virginia Tech, is offering 2 online learning opportunities. On March 12, webinar titled "Bonding Difficult Substrates" will focus mostly on surface preparation techniques in combination with select adhesives to improve reliability of combining low surface energy or inert materials. Two-part class on March 17 and 19 is broken into 3 sections that will address wood structure, wood properties, and wood adhesion. Read More

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ANSI launches cooperative program between U.S. and India.

February 26, 2009

ANSI announced launch of U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program at ceremony in New Delhi attended by over 50 participants from U.S. and Indian organizations. Initiative, with funding by USTDA and in coordination with CII, is designed to provide access for U.S. companies to Indian market by boosting cooperation on standards/conformance issues. ANSI's S. Joe Bhatia provided opening remarks and leaders in U.S. and Indian trade community spoke on various issues. Read More

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ISO Standard measures climb/descent of electric wheelchairs.

February 26, 2009

International Standard ISO 7176-10:2008, "Wheelchairs - Part 10: Determination of obstacle-climbing ability of electrically powered wheelchairs," applies to wheelchairs and scooters intended to carry one person. It provides guidelines for test equipment, test procedures, and reporting test results that measure wheelchair ability to safely ascend/descend obstacles. Information will guide users in selecting appropriate wheelchair for their needs and in comparing models worldwide. Read More

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ACLASS maintains status as IAAC MLA signatory.

February 26, 2009

At IAAC MLA Committee meeting on February 18, ANSI-ASQ/ACLASS was approved for continued status as signatory of IAAC MLA for calibration and testing. According to Dr. Bill Hirt, ACLASS Senior Accreditation Manager, this ongoing recognition by IAAC promotes regional and international acceptance of accreditations granted by ACLASS. IAAC evaluates and recognizes competence of accreditation bodies during evaluations conducted every 4 yr after MLA signatory status is attained. Read More

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ANSI announces launch of Certificate Accreditation Program.

February 26, 2009

ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP) was launched with first meeting of ANSI-CAP Accreditation Committee on Friday, February 13, 2009. Accreditation under the program will provide neutral, 3rd-party evidence that given certificate program leads to better educated and qualified workers. Committee members were announced in November 2008 and will serve 3 yr terms. They will initially work on selecting standard against which certificate programs will be evaluated. Read More