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Manufacturers Applaud Senators for immigration reform plan.

April 18, 2013

NAM welcomed bipartisan legislation released by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Dick Durbin (D-IL). Framework addresses aspects of immigration critical to manufacturers. And while manufacturers are still reviewing language, proposal was noted as thoughtful and positive step that addresses reforms necessary for U.S. success. Read More

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USNC Brochures cover benefits of standards development work.

April 18, 2013

USNC has published 2 brochures providing information about benefits associated with involvement in IEC-related standards and conformance work. "Why IEC Standards Work Is Important to My Company" features testimony from business leaders regarding advantages that come from taking active role in IEC standards development. "An Introduction to IEC Conformity Assessment Systems in the U.S." provides overview of IEC’s system of conformity assessment schemes for electrotechnical equipment and components. Read More

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ODVA Forms Special Interest Group for machinery information.

April 18, 2013

ODVA announced it will form special interest group (SIG) for machine information in order to develop standards for exchange of information between machines as well as between machines and supervisory systems. Resulting standards will provide data models and network services to optimize exchange of machine information for such purposes as production, energy or condition monitoring, BI, batch/recipe management, and multi-machine line control. Read More

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ODVA and FDT Group announce work to support CIP networks.

April 17, 2013

Technical work is underway in FDT Group to develop annex to FDT2 specification for ODVA’s family of CIP Networks. Annex will ensure that support for FDT-compatible Device Type Manager is possible for users of EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet, and ControlNet who are also using updates to FDT technology that are included in FDT2. When FDT is used in with CIP and its network adaptations, system provides interoperable environment for configuration, command, and control. Read More

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Industrial Ethernet Initiative targets process automation.

April 17, 2013

Initiative for process automation, launched by ODVA in cooperation with major suppliers to process industry – Cisco Systems, Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation, and Schneider Electric – aims to accelerate adoption of industrial Ethernet in process automation. ODVA's first action was to form standing committee to define strategic market requirements for new areas of technical work. It will publish white paper describing ODVA's vision for process automation and resulting technical approach. Read More

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USNC Young Professionals Nominations have April 30 deadline.

April 17, 2013

U.S. National Committee (USNC) to IEC reminds electrotechnology and standardization professionals of April 30, 2013 deadline for submitting 2013 IEC Young Professionals Workshop nominations. Nominees should be early in their professional career from industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, or entities within U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment community that uses, benefits from, or contributes to IEC's work in electrotechnical standardization and conformance. Read More

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Vegetable Oils/Fats ID Standard will aid fire investigations.

April 17, 2013

Subcommittee E30.01 on Criminalistics is developing ASTM WK34571, Test Method for the Extraction and Derivatization of Vegetable Oils and Fats from Fire Debris and Liquid Samples with Analysis by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Detailing process by which acids can converted to their corresponding methyl esters, this proposed ASTM International standard will aid in fire investigation by facilitating identification of vegetable oil or fat gathered from fire debris. Read More

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SME Will Honor Dedicated Member with 2013 Award of Merit.

April 16, 2013

For contributions to SME's professional activities and growth, IPS Corporation senior design engineer Jim Whitehead received 2013 Award of Merit. Whitehead is currently member of Memphis Chapter 105 and began his involvement with SME in 2002 while completing his bachelor's at University of Memphis. In addition to SME, Whitehead has served on Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council, was MJEC/SME Featured Engineer, and holds several patents in the electrical field. Read More

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AEM Urges International Trade Treaty to cover off-road equipment.

April 16, 2013

AEM urged that off-road equipment be included in international treaty facilitating export financing, helping small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers grow their export businesses. Expressing support for expansion of Cape Town Convention, AEM signed letters sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as well as secretary general of UNIDROIT. Treaty expansion (Fourth Protocol) would help increase exports by creating international standards for 4 specific areas. Read More

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ASTM President's Leadership Award honors William C. Griese.

April 16, 2013

For his extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision, William C. Griese, standards development and green initiative manager at TCNA, received 2013 President's Leadership Award from ASTM International. ASTM International member since 2007, Griese is chairman of Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products and its Subcommittee C21.06 on Ceramic Tile. Griese is also member of Committee E60 on Sustainability and is currently serving one term on ASTM COTCO. Read More

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SPE Discloses Presentation Program for 2013 Eurotec® conference.

April 16, 2013

As announced by SPE, second SPE EUROTEC® conference will feature program of 147 original, peer-reviewed technical presentations. Types of presentation will include plenary addresses (2 speakers each day), new technology and innovative polymers forums (16 presentations), and technical presentations. Latter will include 25 sessions with 131 presentations total on diverse topics. Conference will take place July 4–5, 2013 at Cité Congress Exhibition Centre in Lyon, France. Read More

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ASTM President's Leadership Award honors Dr. John McCartney.

April 16, 2013

In recognition for significantly advancing ASTM's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision, John S. McCartney, Ph.D., assistant professor at University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, received 2013 President’s Leadership Award from ASTM International. McCartney, member of Committees D18 on Soil and Rock and D35 on Geosynthetics, joined ASTM in 2007 and serves as vice chairman of Subcommittee D18.04 on Hydrologic Properties and Hydraulic Barriers and is chairman of D18.09 on Cyclic and Dynamic Properties of Soils. Read More

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Tyson Foods Settlement addresses anhydrous ammonia releases.

April 16, 2013

Addressing threats of accidental chemical releases after anhydrous ammonia was released during incidents at facilities in KS, MO, IA, and NE, U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice announced Clean Air Act (CAA) settlement with Tyson Foods, Inc. and several of its affiliate corporations. Terms of consent decree requires Tyson to conduct third-party audits of its current compliance with CAA's Risk Management Program requirements at all 23 facilities as well as pay $3.95 million penalty. Read More

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AAMA Encourages Education during National Window Safety Week.

April 16, 2013

National Window Safety Week, April 7–13, reminds households that open windows can be dangerous for young children. To help protect them from window falls, Window Safety Task Force offers such tips as avoiding placement of furniture near windows to prevent children from climbing, not relying on insect screens to prevent window fall, and installing building code-compliant devices that limit how far window will open or guards with release mechanisms to help prevent falls. Read More

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Construction Industry Unemployment drops to 14.7% in March 2013.

April 16, 2013

According to April 5 employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction industry unemployment fell from 15.7% in February to 14.7% in March. USA added 18,000 new construction jobs in that month, and year-over-year workforce expansion has been measured at 2.9%. Commenting, Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu said this report "implies that interest rates will remain low, which...is good for real estate valuations and for nonresidential construction." Read More

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Renewable Fuel Standard motivates industry to solve blend wall.

April 16, 2013

During Advanced Biofuel Leadership Conference, Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, told attendees that the Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to reduce reliance on foreign oil in transportation; the so-called blend wall is not a reason to abandon it. According to Erickson, the United States still needs alternatives to oil to ease consumers’ pain at the pump, and development of advanced biofuels is key to energy security in the future. Read More

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February Manufacturing Technology Orders rise 5.7% from January.

April 16, 2013

As reported by USMTO program participants, February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $385.89 million – up 5.7% from January but down 10.6% from February 2012. Year-to-date total of $750.94 million makes 2013 down 11.9% when compared with 2012. In addition to calling month-to-month gain "certainly good to see," AMT President Douglas K. Woods said year-to-date decline in orders "is in line with expectations we had for a slight slowdown in the first two quarters of 2013." Read More

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Chemical Network Online Discussion is scheduled for April 18.

April 16, 2013

ANSI Chemical Network Online Discussion will be held at 10:30 am EDT on April 18, 2013. This informal exchange, co-moderated by Michael Kirschner and Dr. Richard J. Forselius, will feature guest speaker Dr. Lauren Heine, who will discuss GreenScreen Program. During discussion, various chemical-related subjects are expected to be raised. These include, among others, conflict minerals and supply chain, rare earth metals and related source-of-supply issues, and chemicals policy in India. Read More

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ANSI renames Homeland Security Standards Panel.

April 16, 2013

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel Steering Committee announced that HSSP has been renamed Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative. New name reflects revision of group's charter intended to expand its scope to include issues related to homeland defense and to include input from wider range of government agencies and private groups. HSSP was originally established in 2003 to bolster development of voluntary standards related to homeland security and emergency preparedness. Read More

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AASHTO Website details state transportation funding proposals.

April 16, 2013

Compiled by AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance, Examination of Recent State Transportation Funding Proposals consists of one list that details state transportation funding proposals that have been or are being considered. This collation of data is posted on Center's website and includes various funding mechanisms. Where available, data also includes information on state transportation funding needs and gives estimates of how much revenue may be generated. Read More