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NIST Workshop to address anticounterfeiting issues.

February 13, 2009

Product Authentication Management Workshop will be held February 17 and 18 at NIST's laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD. Presentations by experts from academia, industry, and government will address root causes of counterfeiting, information management strategies, and related standards being developed. Sponsored by NIST and SEMI, it will also include a presentation by Kevin Kurland on survey results regarding incidence of counterfeit electronics products in marketplace. Read More

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State Transportation Leaders say they are ready to go.

February 13, 2009

It is estimated that states could produce more than 5,000 highway projects valued at $65 billion and create 1.8 million jobs. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood invited state transportation leaders to meet with him and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to discuss transportation component of economic recovery package. At meeting, representatives from 37 state DOTs confirmed that they can deliver job-creating transportation projects once economic recovery legislation is signed into law. Read More

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Senators/Business Leaders discuss economic recovery plan.

February 13, 2009

Democratic Senators/Banking Committee members Jack Reed and Sherrod Brown joined Mike Campbell of NAM and Vicki Cox-Golder of NAR in a press conference to discuss plan, recently passed by Senate. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act must be signed into law to provide aid and create jobs, according to Reed. Cambell said NAM supports efforts to advance legislation combining targeted tax incentives and increased investment in areas critical to U.S. competitiveness. Read More

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ASTM proposes artificial turf drainage standard.

February 13, 2009

ASTM International has proposed WK22081, Test Methods for Vertical Permeability of Synthetic Turf Sports Field Base Stone and System by Container Flood Test Method. It provides test for vertical permeability of synthetic turf which, according to John J. Amato, does not require special equipment and can be done in field by designer or contractor. Amato also states method accurately mimics rainwater conditions and provides opportunity to see surface drain. Read More

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NAM notes surplus with free trade partners.

February 13, 2009

According to trade figures for 2008 released by U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. manufactured goods trade deficit fell from $499 billion to $439 billion. Manufactured goods exports rose 7% in 2008, to $1.05 trillion, while imports rose less than 1%, to $1.49 trillion. For full year of 2008, trade with all U.S. free trade partners as a group was in surplus by $17 billion. These data confirm that free trade agreements are in country's national interest. Read More

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NIST opens security controls/guidelines for public comment.

February 13, 2009

NIST has made available SP 800-53, Revision 3, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations, for public comment until March 27, 2009. The publication adds security controls and control enhancements to cover advanced cyber threats as well as introduces information security program plan addressing budgeting, enterprise architectures, and risk management. Updated mapping table is included for organizations wanting to comply with FISMA and ISO 27001. Read More

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FMA purchases Canadian Industrial Machinery magazine.

February 12, 2009

Founded in 1986, Canadian Industrial Machinery is Canada's leading national monthly magazine dedicated to metalworking and fabricating industry, reaching nearly 17,000 professionals every month. Acquisition by FMA Intl will enable Canadian companies to continue to grow and be progressive in today's market. According to Edward Youdell, group publisher of FMA Communications, Inc., merger supports FMA's mission to be principal knowledge source to members and customers throughout North America. Read More

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IPC Technical Conference to focus on innovation.

February 12, 2009

IPC APEX EXPO(TM) will take place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas from March 31 - April 2, 2009. It will include 35 sessions with nearly 100 papers to present leading industry research and findings. Presenting at the technical conference will be Christopher Hunt and Davide Di Maio from UK, Gerjan Diepstraten and Dr. Di Wu from Netherlands, Gregory Morose, Joe Smetana, Jennifer Nguyen, Michael H. Azarian, and Lei Nie. Read More

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ASTM Course to address flammability of upholstered furniture.

February 12, 2009

Scheduled twice during 2009, 1-day ASTM Technical and Professional Training course will provide students with basic understanding of mandatory and voluntary flammability performance and quality control test standards for upholstered furniture, mattresses and mattress/box spring sets, and bedding sold in U.S. Both open flame and smoldering tests will be covered. Students will learn how to conduct tests, assess test results to determine compliance, and avoid recalls and penalties. Read More

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Study addresses production of cellulosic biofuels.

February 12, 2009

BIO welcomed release of The 90-Billion Gallon Biofuel Deployment Study, a report by Sandia National Laboratories and General Motors Corp. that investigates challenges and feasibility of increasing biofuel production targets to 90 billion gallons. According to study, with accelerated development of biofuel and agricultural technology, large-scale production of advanced biofuels beyond level of Renewable Fuel Standard is achievable and sustainable by 2030. Read More

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IPC Efforts help exempt electronics from CPSIA lead limits.

February 12, 2009

Certain electronics products intended for children will be exempted from CPSC's CPSIA lead limit beginning February 10, 2009 to meet the compliance deadline. The interim rule and proposed rules on January 15, 2009 clarify that lead contained within electronics parts is inaccessible to children, plus it is not technologically feasible for these parts to comply with lead limits of 600 ppm. Proposed rules are expected to become final by end of February 2009. Read More

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ASHRAE publishes 'Load Calculation Applications Manual.'

February 12, 2009

Load Calculation Applications Manual focuses on heat balance method and radiant time series method (RTSM) for calculating cooling loads in nonresidential buildings. Publication provides in-depth examples and brings together latest data for building materials, windows, weather, and internal heat gains, according to author Jeffrey Spitler. Accompanying CD contains spreadsheets to compute factors needed by RSTM as well as compute cooling loads with it. Read More

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FMA promotes 25 manufacturing scholarships via YouTube.

February 12, 2009

Sponsored by FMA Foundation and SolidWorks Corporation, GO-Brennan Scholarships are tied to FMA's sponsorship of 17-year-old stock car driver Palmiter's 2009 racing season. Palmiter appears in 4-minute video on YouTube inviting high school, trade school, and college students to apply for scholarships by posting their own video. To enter, students must make 1-minute video explaining why they want to be in manufacturing, what career they seek, and where they plan to attend school. Read More

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BSA expands invitations to 2009 convention.

February 12, 2009

At its BSA2009 Annual Convention from May 2-5 at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida, BSA is inviting future industry leaders of member distributors and manufacturers. With opportunity for future leaders to develop relationships with top level executives of suppliers and distributors, companies are making an investment in corporate succession planning, in addition to taking advantage of convention networking opportunities. Read More

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Reference Material can improve multivitamin tablet testing.

February 12, 2009

Created in collaboration with Office of Dietary Supplements at NIH, Standard Reference Material 3280 can be used as quality assurance tool for measuring amounts of vitamins, carotenoids, and trace elements in dietary supplements. SRM will also support efforts of ODS and U.S. Department of Agriculture in developing accurate data for Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database. In addition, researchers in academic community may use SRM to benchmark assays for vitamins and minerals. Read More

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Collaboration defines Smart Energy standard.

February 12, 2009

ZigBee® Alliance and HomePlug® Powerline Alliance announced that Electric Power Research Institute is collaborating with them to develop common language for home area network devices to utilize advanced metering infrastructure. Initiative will enhance capabilities of Smart Energy to incorporate new features, support ZigBee wireless and HomePlug wired devices, and accelerate development and certification of HAN devices capable of plugging into Smart Grid, such as thermostats and pool pumps. Read More

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ASTM announces thermo-diffusion coatings standard.

February 12, 2009

ASTM International Committee A05 has approved ASTM A1059/A1059M, Specification for Zinc Alloy Thermo-Diffusion Coatings (TDC) on Steel Fasteners, Hardware, and Other Products. Technology described in it has enabled replacement of toxic materials used for corrosion protection. According to Moshe Moked of M-Tech, Inc., primary users will be producers/applicators providing corrosion protection to hardware like fasteners, structural components and automotive, agricultural, and military parts. Read More

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ANSI-HSSP Workshop weighs transit security standardization.

February 11, 2009

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) workshop on transit security took place on Jan 27-28, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia. Deputy Chief Owen Monaghan of the NYC Police Department Transit Bureau stressed need for interoperable standards and conformity assessment-based solutions, while participants noted that strategies, metrics, and testing and evaluation procedures must also be established. Volunteers agreed to conduct follow-up meetings and conference calls during March 2009. Read More

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Manufacturers attend launch of Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

February 11, 2009

Group of 7 senior executives of small manufacturing companies, all members of NAM, attended launch of Economic Recovery Advisory Board chaired by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Advisory panel was convened as part of Obama Administration's outreach effort to make certain it receives information and advice from all sectors of economy. At ceremony, Obama signed Executive Order formally creating Advisory Board, and used occasion to urge Congress to act on pending stimulus legislation. Read More

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ANSI announces launch of U.S.-India SCCP.

February 11, 2009

By boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues, U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program is designed to improve access for U.S. companies to Indian market and will be carried out by ANSI with funding from USTDA. One primary component of initiative is development of U.S. Standards Directory, which will include specific information on standards, conformity assessment procedures, technical regulations, and trade capacity building opportunities for 5 key sectors. Read More