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NAM Comments on delay of ACA implementation.

July 8, 2013

Administration announced, via blog post, it would delay collection of data needed to enforce employer-mandate under Affordable Care Act (ACA). NAM Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger called this postponement "good news" but pointed out that this does not "halt or reverse the cost increases absorbed by employers and employees since the adoption of the law – nor does it prevent future increases." Trauger also called for focus on increased cost of coverage due to ACA. Read More

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MESA announces first date of B2MML program.

July 5, 2013

On September 9, MESA International is offering its first ever B2MML & Integration Fundamentals program. One-day course will cover fundamentals in plant-to-enterprise integration using B2MML and ISA-95 standards, and offer participants a MESA Certificate of Competency for successful completion. Class will help companies that are thinking about plant-to-enterprise integration projects identify the best path forward—showing them potential pitfalls in integration process and how to avoid them. Read More

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Green Seal(TM) begins The Green Seal Blog.

July 5, 2013

Posted on organization's website at www.greenseal-blog.com, Green Seal Blog is specifically designed to share lessons learned and helpful habits developed over Green Seal's more than 20 years of ecolabeling and environmental work. Postings from various Green Seal team members will be added to blog on ongoing basis. Some of the first posts are from Green Seal CEO Arthur Weissman, and there is also a post regarding volatile organic compounds written by Green Seal VP of Certification, Mary Swanson. Read More

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NREL reports 31.1% efficiency for III-V solar cell.

July 5, 2013

NREL has announced world record of 31.1% conversion efficiency for 2-junction solar cell under one sun of illumination. Made of gallium indium phosphide cell atop gallium arsenide cell, tandem unit has area of about 0.25 cm² and was measured under AM1.5 global spectrum at 1,000 W/m². Cell is covered on front with bilayer anti-reflection coating, and on back with highly reflective gold contact layer. Work was done at NREL as part of DOE's Foundation Program to Advance Cell Efficiency. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes Penny Pritzker as new Secretary of Commerce.

July 5, 2013

Member companies and staff of NEMA welcome U.S. Senate's confirmation of Penny Pritzker as new Secretary of Commerce. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said that, since its formation in 1913, Commerce Department's economic vision, as well as its role in standards-setting, makes this post very important to NEMA and electrical manufacturers. Gaddis added, "We look forward to working with Ms. Pritzker as she helps to shape the future of our industry." Read More

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Paper in Optics Express describes hope for patients with AMD.

July 5, 2013

As reported via their paper "Switchable telescopic contact lens" in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express, team of DARPA-funded researchers from USA and Switzerland, led by University of California San Diego Professor Joseph Ford, have created slim, telescopic contact lens that can switch between normal and magnified vision. With refinements, this system could offer age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients way to enhance their vision. Read More

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Nanotechnology Standard facilitates data exchange.

July 5, 2013

ASTM E2909, Guide for Investigation/Study/Assay Tab-Delimited Format for Nanotechnologies, will facilitate submission and exchange of nanomaterial descriptions and characterization data among individual researchers. It is hoped that ASTM E2909 will empower organizations to adopt standard methods for presenting data in nanotechnology publications, as well as provide researchers with guidelines for representing nanomaterials and characterizations to achieve cross-material comparison. Read More

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IPC Issues Call for awards nominations.

July 5, 2013

IPC announced Call for Awards Nominations to recognize volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to IPC standards development and other vital IPC activities. Industry members are encouraged to highlight special achievements of their companies and their colleagues by nominating them for one or more awards, which will be presented at IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings during week of October 12, 2013 in Ft. Worth, TX. Nominations are due by August 9, 2013. Read More

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ANSI to hold product certification training workshop.

July 5, 2013

On August 15–16, 2013, ANSI will hold course titled Product Certification - ISO/IEC 17065 Training Workshop, designed to introduce interested stakeholders to the international standard ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes, and services. Through the use of class exercises and practical examples, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the accreditation requirements contained in ISO/IEC 17065. Read More

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MTConnect Challenge 2 seeks development of software apps.

July 5, 2013

NCDMM and AMT announce the start of the second part of the MTConnect Challenge: Creating Manufacturing Intelligence, a U.S. Department of Defense – Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology ManTech-sponsored 2-part competition. Starting on July 1 and closing Jan. 31, 2014, MTConnect Challenge 2 is seeking development of software applications that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs utilizing data acquired via MTConnect standard. Read More

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July Meeting Agenda has been released by NESCC.

July 5, 2013

Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC), joint initiative of ANSI and NIST, released agenda for spring meeting (July 23, 2013 in Washington, DC). Meeting will include presentations on nuclear energy standards from ISO Technical Committee (TC) 85 on nuclear energy and the lessons learned during construction of Vogtle Electric Generation plant near Waynesboro, GA as well as discussion of NESCC framework document and results of survey of NESCC members. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2014 Keynote Speaker will be chosen by vote.

July 3, 2013

Reaching out to past attendees and industry, IPC is putting to a vote the decision as to whom will deliver Opening Keynote at IPC APEX EXPO® 2014 (March 25–27 in Las Vegas, NV). Results of said vote will determine ideal speaker to kick off 3 days of inspiration, education, and networking. Open until July 19, ballot includes Academy Award®-winning producer Jon Landau; astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; X Prize Foundation CEO Dr. Peter Diamandis; and character actor Christopher Lloyd. Read More

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EPA's Tier III Rule can encourage adoption of biofuels.

July 3, 2013

BIO urged EPA to issue final Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards rule that maximizes investment in and adoption of advanced biofuels. According to Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, encouraging biofuels, including higher blends of ethanol and drop-in biofuels, would help meet EPA’s overall goal in this rulemaking to address the impacts of motor vehicles and fuels on air quality and public health. Read More

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SciFinder® offers API capabilities.

July 2, 2013

Chemical Abstracts Service announced that the SciFinder® interface now enables range of APIs designed to streamline researchers' workflows. CAS has collaborated with several customers to develop API support for reaction, substance, and reference searching. Available web services will access SciFinder to search CAS databases for chemical information, providing means to seamlessly integrate customer's internal tools and systems with SciFinder. Read More

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IREC Revises Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs.

July 2, 2013

IREC has released updated version of its Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs. Revised in collaboration with Vote Solar Initiative, Model Program Rules still aid stakeholders in developing shared renewables programs to broaden renewable energy access to more consumers. According to NREL’s Joe Wiedman, updated rules "are a clear and current primer on shared renewable energy, covering all of the major issues relevant to these programs." Read More

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Renewable Chemicals Legislation is applauded by BIO.

July 2, 2013

BIO thanked Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for introducing Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act of 2013, which grants renewable chemical producers access to production tax credits available to other renewable energy producers. BIO's Jim Greenwood said "Creating a level playing field in tax policy will help U.S. industrial biotech companies innovate and develop new products." He also thanked Stabenow for helping U.S. companies compete in growing global chemicals market. Read More

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IPC Report shows PCB book-to-bill ratio remains strong.

July 2, 2013

Findings from IPC's monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program for May 2013 show PCB book-to-bill ratio stayed strong for sixth consecutive month, remaining at 1.10. Total North American PCB shipments were down 4.4% from May 2012, but bookings increased 8.3% year over year (Y/Y). Year to date (YTD), PCB industry shipments were down 4.9% and bookings were down 0.3%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments increased 0.9% and bookings grew 6.5%. Read More

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AIA congratulates Pritzker on confirmation.

July 1, 2013

AIA offers its congratulations to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker after being confirmed by the United States Senate. Among other responsibilities, Secretary Pritzker will be tasked with implementing the administration’s National Export Initiative, as a key to winning the future and preserving high quality, high paying jobs. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, Pritzker's business acumen will be a great asset to both the Obama Administration and to industry. Read More

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AASHTO issues statement on Anthony Foxx's confirmation.

July 1, 2013

AASHTO congratulated U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx following his senate confirmation. "In his confirmation testimony Mr. Foxx pledged to continue his predecessor's campaign against distracted driving, look for creative ways to fund the nation's highway and transit programs, and encourage the use of innovative technologies. AASHTO shares these priorities and we look forward to working with the Secretary as he addresses the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead." Read More

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Market Momentum continues at EXPO PACK México 2013.

July 1, 2013

With 1,057 exhibitors, 199,025 net sq-ft of aisles, and 16% increase in attendance from 2012, EXPO PACK México 2013 was a testament to the vibrancy of the Mexican marketplace. Keynote speaker Carlos Alazraki, President of AMAP, attracted a full house for his talk on "The Creativity of my Product and the Impact on the Consumer." Conference sessions addressed topics such as eco-design and sustainability in packaging development, neuromarketing, and new developments in machinery. Read More