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NIST Researchers measure and modulate trapped light.

December 28, 2015

Researchers working at NIST have developed novel way to non-invasively measure and map how and where trapped light vibrates within microscale optical resonators. New technique not only makes for more accurate measurements but also allows scientists to fine-tune trapped light’s frequency by subtly altering shape of resonator itself. Visualizing vibration patterns will help scientists to perfect ultrasensitive optical sensors for detecting biomolecules and even single atoms. Read More

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Plastic leads charge for environmentally friendly packaging.

December 28, 2015

Plastic’s unique properties make it a leading packaging choice among manufacturers who desire environmentally-sensible, inexpensive product options. In an exclusive report titled "Packaging Market Watch: Plastics Packaging Wraps it Up," SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association concluded that the current fast-paced, environmentally-conscious consumer market will continue to drive the demand for innovative plastic packaging. Read More

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ISM Seeks Nominees for J. Shipman Gold Medal Award.

December 23, 2015

Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) seeks nominations for J. Shipman Gold Medal Award, which is presented annually to one individual for distinguished service of supply management profession and advancing its cause. Those chosen have also mentored and guided members in this profession to excel in their own endeavors. Deadline is January 31, 2016, and nominees do not have to be members of ISM. Winner will be announced at ISM2016 (May 15–18, 2016). Read More

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NREL Research advances hydrogen production efforts.

December 23, 2015

Researchers at NREL have made advances toward affordable photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen. Researchers decided to examine molecular catalysts outside of liquid solution they are normally studied in to see if they could attach catalyst directly onto surface of semiconductor. They were able to put layer of titanium dioxide on surface of semiconductor and bond molecular catalyst to TiO2. Their work showed molecular catalysts can be as highly active as precious metal-based catalysts. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Guide dealing with electrical power drive systems.

December 23, 2015

Available in hard copy and for download, NEMA ICS 61800-6 TR-2015 "Adjustable Speed Electrical Power Drive Systems, Part 6: Guide for Determination of Types of Load Duty and Corresponding Current Ratings" explains how to determine types of load duty and related current ratings for adjustable speed drive. This guide also provides clarification to users for application of NEMA member products for such industries as heating and air-conditioning, industrial automation, and machinery. Read More

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NAM CEO Lauds Congressional Action as historic victory for USA.

December 23, 2015

Calling legislation passed by Congress "an historic victory...for American workers and middle-class families," NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons praised action taken on manufacturers' top priorities. Timmons spoke to provisions regarding R&D credit and further lauded suspension of medical device and health insurance taxes as well as delay of employee benefits tax, lifting crude oil export ban, repeal of Country-of-Origin labeling provisions, and cybersecurity information-sharing rules. Read More

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AASHTO renews alliance to improve safety in work zones.

December 23, 2015

AASHTO is renewing alliance with OSHA, NIOSH, and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners to make construction work zones safer. During 5-year agreement, Alliance will continue to work with member state DOT officials, paramedics, police officers, truck drivers, and other work zone visitors to share information about traffic management techniques; how to prevent construction equipment related incidents; and use of proper personal protective equipment and high-visibility apparel. Read More

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IPC commends Senate passage of Frank R. Lautenberg Act.

December 23, 2015

According to statement by John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO, IPC commends the U.S. Senate for passing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697). IPC appreciates the bipartisan leadership of U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) for sponsoring this legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which needs to be modernized to reflect 21st century realities and to help promote innovation and growth. Read More

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Electrical Manufacturers applaud ITA Expansion Agreement.

December 23, 2015

U.S. and more than 50 countries have reached final agreement on the pace of tariff reduction and elimination for products being added to the WTO Information Technology Agreement as of July 1, 2016. Under terms of expansion agreement, the U.S., EU, China, Japan, Korea, and others will progressively eliminate customs import duties on more than 200 types of information and communication technology products, including variable frequency drives, smart meters, and medical equipment. Read More

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ANSI Summarizes Scope of Activities currently underway.

December 23, 2015

Activities underway within ANSI Federation of members and partners include collaboration of ANSI Accredited Standards Developers ASIS International and RIMS on American National Standard (ANS) for enterprise-wide risk management, ANSI/ASIS/RIMS RA.12015, Risk Assessment; AIIM report on frequency and severity of data-related incidents and their impacts; NFPA safety tips for hover boards; as well as 10 holiday gifts given to stakeholders by AAMI. Read More

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IPC applauds passage of Tax Extenders Bill.

December 23, 2015

IPC is applauding U.S. Congress for enacting meaningful tax reform legislation, including making the research and development tax credit permanent. Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act would revive more than 50 temporary tax provisions that expired in 2014, including some important IPC priorities. Bill also includes permanent enhanced expensing for smaller manufacturers, providing annual write-offs of up to $500,000 for investments in equipment and machinery. Read More

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AIA welcomes House vote on R&D tax credit extension.

December 23, 2015

AIA welcomes House vote to permanently extend research and development tax credit which lapsed at the end of 2014. This credit supports companies that invest working capital in basic research and in applied research aimed at the creation or improvement of products. More than 70% of the credit is used to fund salaries of R&D workers who hold high-quality jobs that fuel the national economy, while remainder is applied to investment in new plants and equipment. Read More

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NEMA commends passage of appropriations and tax package.

December 22, 2015

America's electrical and medical imaging industries commend Congress for passing a $1.1 trillion omnibus legislative package that funds the government through September 30, 2016. Bill includes 2-year deferral of 2.3% medical device excise tax, extension of the energy-efficient commercial building tax deduction through 2016, and legislation that will allow businesses to voluntarily share information about cybersecurity attacks with federal agencies and each other in secure manner. Read More

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NEMA urges CEC to revise LED bulb proposal.

December 22, 2015

NEMA called on the California Energy Commission to ensure that California consumers have access to the most efficient and cost-effective LED bulbs currently on the market. Under CEC's proposed regulation, LED bulbs would be required to meet very specific requirements for color rendering index. This proposal would compel California residents to buy more costly, less energy-efficient LED bulbs for their homes than consumers in other states, without countervailing benefit. Read More

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IPC President Carteaux praises TSCA reform (S. 697).

December 22, 2015

In his statement made after U.S. Senate unanimously approved S. 697, Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, SPI president and CEO William R. Carteaux said "S. 697 has the power to truly protect consumers while giving plastics companies reliable ground rules that are based on science." Cartaux specifically lauded "meaningful preemption of state chemical restrictions" and "risk-based approach to regulation" as well as protection of confidential business information. Read More

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Number of NREL Inventions surpassed previous years.

December 22, 2015

Last fiscal year, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) came up with 169 inventions. ROI process represents first step in protecting and eventually transferring federally funded research to private sector, and investment of patent protection is undertaken on about half of ROIs submitted according to NREL TTO director Kristin Gray. Last year's ROI submissions, which also include development of software, topped previous record of 134 set in fiscal 2011. Read More

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NIST Experiment adds to quantum computing capabilities.

December 22, 2015

Experiment performed by physicists at NIST, as described in "Multi-element logic gates for trapped ion qubits" in December 17, 2015 issue of Nature, involved manipulation of one magnesium and one beryllium ion (charged atom) confined in custom trap. Using 2 sets of laser beams to entangle 2 ions, scientists also performed 2 types of logic operations: a controlled NOT (CNOT) gate and SWAP gate. Possible applications include performing logic operations for quantum computers. Read More

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ANSI Creates Musical Animation for holiday standards edification.

December 22, 2015

"O Christmas Tree, How Services Standards Support Thee" video animation, released by ANSI, shows how standards support services that contribute to holiday enjoyment. Using music and video animation, this video illustrates sampling of thousands of standards that support every sector of service economy. In particular, highlights include standards that help ensure holiday trees are safe and functional – from harvest to decoration. Read More

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Manufacturers Praise Trade Provisions in spending bill.

December 22, 2015

In her statement released after Congress released details of its spending bill, NAM's Linda Dempsey lauded congressional leaders for listening to manufacturers and moving to take 2 major actions to promote U.S. exports. Dempsey cited lifting of "decades-old" crude oil exports ban as well as repeal of Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) provisions. Latter, according to Dempsey, "have repeatedly been found inconsistent with global trade rules the United States has helped create." Read More

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Manufacturers Applaud House Action on customs conference report.

December 22, 2015

In her statement following House's passage of legislation updating and improving U.S. customs and border policies, NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey said this action is "one step" towards updating outdated policies and improving trade facilitation and enforcement. She also challenged Senate "to keep its commitment to growing manufacturing in the United States by moving on this legislation as soon as possible." Read More