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LED A-Line Lamp Shipments post another strong quarter.

December 21, 2015

LED A-line lamps posted another strong showing in 2015Q3, surging 237.2% during the quarter on a year-over-year basis. Halogen A-line lamps posted year-over-year increase of 33.0%. In contrast, incandescent A-line lamps decreased by 31.5% while compact fluorescent lamps dropped 28.0%. Compared to 2015Q2, LED shipments rose 17.2%, while halogen A-lines increased 4.6%. CFL shipments saw quarter-to-quarter decrease of 16.3% and incandescent A-line lamp shipments decreased 16.5%. Read More

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NIST presents 2015 awards to outstanding employees.

December 21, 2015

NIST recognized current and former employees for their research, administrative, and support activities that support NIST’s mission in a ceremony Dec 9, 2015. Their efforts help NIST promote innovation with collaborations and research that bring advances to fields such as nanotechnology, cybersecurity, and health care. Recipients of the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold and Silver medals, who received their awards in a separate ceremony earlier this year, were also recognized. Read More

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AMCA Hosted Middle East Technical Seminar in Dubai, UAE.

December 21, 2015

Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International Inc. held Middle East Technical Seminar November 22 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Focused on designing and specifying air systems for commercial buildings in Middle East, seminar covered such topics as minimizing system effect, properly specifying AMCA-certified products, proper sizing/selection of fans and low-leakage dampers, AMCA sand louver certification program, and energy service company retrofit program. Read More

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WSC Held Geneva Workshop on conformity assessment.

December 21, 2015

Hosted by World Standards Cooperation (WSC) on December 1–2, conformity assessment workshop was held under auspices of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and took place at UN's Palais des Nations on Lake Geneva in Switzerland to further understand and provide practical insights into such issues as product safety, personnel competence, and environmental impacts. Workshop included 6 panels and several demonstrations of tools for regulators. Read More

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NTSB Streamlines aviation resolution advisory reporting.

December 21, 2015

Direct Final Rule announced by NTSB narrows focus of notification requirement in 49 C.F.R. § 830.5(a)(10) concerning certain resolution advisories. After changes takes effect, operators will only be required to report ACAS resolution advisories issued when aircraft is being operated on instrument flight rules flight plan and compliance with advisory is necessary to avert substantial risk of collision between two or more aircraft. Public can comment by January 14, 2016. Read More

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First Ever Re|focus Event features educational tracks, programs.

December 21, 2015

SPI announced session topics for Recycling Technology Track and Engineering Educational Track, which will be part of Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo. This event, taking place April 25–27, 2016 in Orlando, FL, will also feature presenters from APR; Plastic Technologies, Inc.; and DuPont EMEA. In addition to educational offerings, Re|focus will also have Regulation & Compliance, Sustainability & Global Trends, Industry Focus, and Supply Chain Management programs. Read More

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NAM Issues Statement on Employee Benefits Tax delay.

December 21, 2015

In his statement made after Congress released details of its spending bill, which includes one provision to delay Employee Benefits Tax, NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray said that "the proposed two-year delay of the 40 percent tax on employee benefits provides needed relief" for manufacturers. Moutray cited one NAM study that shows how many middle-class families and manufacturers would be hurt by said tax and urged lawmakers to "continue fighting for a full repeal of this costly measure." Read More

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NTSB's 2016 Most Wanted List will be unveiled in January.

December 21, 2015

NTSB plans to unveil its 2016 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements during January 13, 2016 press conference. During the ensuing year, NTSB will bring additional focus to transportation safety issues on said list. NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart called deemed this "multi-modal" list "an annual roadmap to assist in improving transportation safety." According to Hart, issues thereon are "among the most challenging" and deserving of increased awareness.
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Manufacturers Applaud Bipartisan Agreement on tax provisions.

December 21, 2015

NAM welcomed bipartisan agreement by Congress on tax provisions considered crucial to manufacturing growth/competition. Said agreement would make several key tax provisions for manufacturers permanent, including R&D tax credit, Section 179 expensing, and deferral for active financing income. Also, package would provide seamless multiyear extensions of 50+ other expired tax provisions. NAM's Dorothy Coleman called this announcement "a historic and very promising breakthrough." Read More

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ANSI requests input on ISO management system standards.

December 21, 2015

International Organization for Standardization is seeking feedback related to ISO management system standards. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI encourages stakeholders to review the following materials and respond to online survey by Jan 8 deadline. ISO management system standards provide a model to follow when setting up and operating a management system. Standards can be applied to any organization, large or small, whatever the product or service, and regardless of the sector of activity. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO® 2016 Registration is now open.

December 18, 2015

Scheduled for March 13–17,  IPC APEX EXPO® 2016 features theme of "Forward Thinking for Tomorrow’s Technology." Technical conference will include approximately 80 technical papers detailing original research and innovations in board fabrication and design, electronics assembly, and test. Attendees can choose from 20 professional development courses covering lead-free technologies, materials, process improvement, solder joint reliability, and PCB fabrication. Read More

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Lighting Systems Index increases during Q3 with mixed results.

December 18, 2015

NEMA's Lighting Systems Shipments Index, measuring lighting equipment demand, increased by 4.8% year-over-year and by 4.4% quarter-to-quarter during Q3 2015. This increase was driven by fixtures component, which gained ground on year-over-year basis. Emergency lighting, ballast, and lamp – large and miniature – components recorded offsetting year-over-year declines. Read More

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NIST Lab Building renamed for Katharine Blodgett Gebbie.

December 18, 2015

On Dec. 10, 2015, the most advanced laboratory building at the NIST campus in Boulder, CO, was renamed after legendary NIST laboratory director Katharine Blodgett Gebbie. Currently a NIST senior advisor, Gebbie is an astrophysicist by training and has worked for NIST for more than 45 years. She directed 2 large NIST operating units of several hundred researchers each. Under her leadership, NIST staff won 4 Nobel Prizes in Physics from 1997–2012 as well as 2 MacArthur Fellowships. Read More

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Five Winners Announced in Head Health Challenge III.

December 18, 2015

National Football League (NFL), Under Armour, GE, and NIST announced 5 winners of Head Health Challenge III, which supports discovery, design, and development of advanced materials that better absorb or dissipate impact. Winners were Alba Technic, LLC; Charles Owen Inc.; Corsair Innovations; collaboration between Dynamic Research Inc and 6D Helmets LLC; as well as University of Michigan. Each will receive $250,000 to advance their work in materials development. Read More

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Linear Fluorescent Lamp Indexes continue to decline.

December 18, 2015

NEMA’s linear fluorescent lamp shipment indexes for 2015Q3 continued downward trend that began in 2014. Index for T12 lamps declined for seventh consecutive quarter, dropping by 40.4% on year-over-year basis. T8 and T5 shipments also continued to decline, decreasing by 10.9% and 10.6%, respectively, on year-over-year basis. T8 lamps accounted for 72.8% share of fluorescent lamp shipments in 2015Q3, with T12 lamps claiming 15.5% share and T5 lamps a 10.9% share. Read More

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ASTM Committee invites abstracts, participation for meeting.

December 18, 2015

ASTM International, American Society for Composites, Syracuse University, University of Utah, and National Institute of Aerospace will jointly support 31st Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites (September 19–21) and ASTM Committee on Composite Materials (D30) meeting (September 21–22). Both events will take place in Williamsburg, VA. Submissions of abstracts and full papers are being invited; deadline is January 15, 2016. Read More

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Young Electrotechnology Professionals sought for competition.

December 18, 2015

U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission is seeking nominations of emerging electrotechnology professionals to participate in upcoming IEC Young Professionals 2016 Workshop, which will be held Oct 10–14, 2016. Program supports increased involvement of young professionals in international electrotechnical standards and conformity assessment work, bolstering future of technology transfer and long-term national involvement in international standardization arena. Read More

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Proposed Test Method fills need in nickel alloy industry.

December 18, 2015

WK40596, Test Method for the Analysis of Nickel Alloys by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry, will provide labs with guidance on using a spark emission spectrometer to set up for and properly analyze nickel alloys, which are used for jet-engine components as well as oil and gas drilling. Standard will also include detailed wavelength information that helps configure a spectrometer. Precision and bias data included in standard will serve as benchmark for labs to compare results. Read More

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ANSI, Gold Standard Collaborate to enhance auditing process.

December 18, 2015

ANSI and Gold Standard are working to develop new accreditation scheme that will extend list of auditors eligible to review Gold Standard energy projects while improving audit quality through better oversight. Historically, only designated operational entities (DOE) registered under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were eligible to act as auditors. New scheme also opens the doors to ANSI Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs). Read More

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Aerospace, Defense Manufacturers saw significant progress in 2015.

December 18, 2015

Aerospace and defense industry achieved a number of its top priorities in 2015. Despite being delayed, Export-Import Bank of the United States was reauthorized for 4 years. Relief from budget caps, imposed under Budget Control Act of 2011, was achieved for 2016 and 2017 via passage of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Also, there were hopeful signs that year-long omnibus with extension of R&D Tax Credit will pass. AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher said, "...there’s still a lot of work to do." Read More