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NREL launches open-source system for data collection/analysis.

June 26, 2013

Used on its own campus, NREL's open-source system stores, integrates, and aligns energy-related time-series data. Energy DataBus can collect data from control systems using BACNet protocol, from electrical meters via ModBus protocol, and from weather sensors via web requests to on-site weather station. Suitable for single buildings as well as large campuses, software can store large amounts of data collected at high frequencies, and integrate data into single database. Read More

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EPA awards students for sustainable environmental solutions.

June 26, 2013

EPA announced that 7 university and college teams received P3 Award for their innovative solutions to public health and environmental challenges. EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet award competition was held at the 9th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo and featured approximately 300 student innovators showcasing their sustainable project. Each award winning team qualifies to receive grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design and potentially bring it to marketplace. Read More

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NIST Develops New Methodology for standards analysis.

June 26, 2013

Released by NIST, FACTS: A Framework for Analysis, Comparison, and Testing of Standards outlines problem-solving methodology for facilitating design and implementation of voluntary consensus standards. Methodology uses matrix format to aid process of analyzing proposed or existing standard in light of relevant characteristics. Potential uses include clarifying goals during development of standard and providing insight into issues and concerns related to implementing separate standards. Read More

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ISO Prize honors individuals contributing to standardization.

June 26, 2013

ISO Prize, an award created on the recommendation of Dr. Boris Aleshin, ISO's immediate past-president, is intended to honor an individual outside the ISO community who has made significant contributions to the wider understanding and use of ISO voluntary consensus standards. International Organization for Standardization will present the award and prize of 20,000 Swiss francs to the winner at the 2013 ISO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Read More

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AIA Welcomes Compass Forwarding as new associate member.

June 26, 2013

Compass Forwarding has been selected as associate member of AIA. In so joining, Compass represents transportation logistics and freight forwarding community to USA's air, space, and defense suppliers. In comment, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said companies such as Compass Forwarding "represent a critical element of our nation’s industrial supply chain." Compass Forwarding has near 60 years experience in providing logistics and supply chain management solutions. Read More

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Proposed Standard will help combat Clostridium difficile spores.

June 25, 2013

ASTM WK31504, Test Method for Producing High Titers of Viable and Semi-Purified Spores of Clostridium difficile using a Liquid Medium, is currently being developed. Proposed standard will describe production and semipurification of Clostridium difficile spores (endospores) when testing environmental surface disinfectants used to combat C. difficile. Liquid medium described therein will enable proper testing of disinfectants for ability to deal with C. difficile in environment. Read More

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Asset Management Standard will provide CSA guidance.

June 25, 2013

ASTM WK42011, Guide for Contractor Self-Assessment for U.S. Government Property Management Systems, is being developed by Subcommittee E53.20. Within this proposed standard, guidance will be provided for contractor self-assessment (CSA) program that addresses requirements of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Chairman of E53.20 commented that proposed standard will provide necessary guidance to develop program suited to specific operating environments. Read More

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Successful Field Demonstration shows off FOUNDATION(TM) for ROM.

June 25, 2013

At Petrobras research and development facility (Cenpes), Fieldbus Foundation conducted its first live demonstration of FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology. Demonstration was attended by Petrobras executives and automation industry media. Open solution, which extends capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus to wired and wireless devices installed in harsh and remote locations, provides unified digital infrastructure for asset management in diverse applications. Read More

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AEM Announces Judges for 2013 AEM Hall of Fame awards.

June 25, 2013

Judges from agriculture and construction sectors has been selected for 2013 AEM Hall of Fame awards, which will be presented at AEM Annual Conference on November 5, 2013 in Orlando, FL. AEM Hall of Fame honors individuals who have invented, managed, built, and led off-road equipment industry. Nominees are judged on 5 guiding principles of innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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BIO Praises Update of Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

June 25, 2013

BIO praised Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) on passage of HR 475, which updates existing excise tax to cover newest seasonal influenza vaccines. Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, said those involved "should be applauded for their efforts to ensure that the newest flu vaccines will be covered by the VICP in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies." Read More

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FABTECH to be held in Chicago November 18-21, 2013.

June 25, 2013

Covering more than 550,000 net sq ft at McCormick Place in Chicago, FABTECH will feature exhibits such as live equipment demonstrations for visitors to see, touch, and compare products side-by-side. FABTECH educational conference will take place simultaneously, with expert speakers discussing topics in manufacturing. Annual expo comes during renaissance in U.S. manufacturing; over past year, 41,000 jobs were added in sector, while 500,000 jobs were added since 2010. Read More

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McCormick Place Development Plan to expand options at IMTS.

June 25, 2013

Development plans announced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration include 1,100-room hotel, to be completed in 2016, plus 500-room hotel to be built afterward. Included in plans is arena for DePaul Blue Demons basketball team where conferences, meetings, and concerts will also be hosted. Totaling $1.1 billion, plans provide for greater choice of options for IMTS exhibitors and attendees. Redevelopment of Navy Pier and expansion of Children's Museum are also planned. Read More

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May Equipment Finance Index shows business volume holding steady.

June 25, 2013

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for May indicates 21% increase in new business volume compared to May 2012, at $7.5 billion, unchanged from April 2013. Year to date, cumulative new business volume was up 11%. Index also showed receivables over 30 days declined to 1.6%, while charge-offs remained unchanged and credit approvals increased to 78.8%. William G. Sutton, ELFA President and CEO, said data suggest equipment finance sector is on verge of breakout performance. Read More

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NAM Urges Participation in second annual Manufacturing Day.

June 25, 2013

NAM is supporting second annual Manufacturing Day, which is designated as October 4, 2013. NAM asks manufacturing plants to open their facilities to visitors on this date to help expand knowledge about and improve general public's perception of manufacturing careers. Visitors will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources, while manufacturers will learn about business improvement resources and services delivered through manufacturing extension partnerships. Read More

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U.S. Team Takes Gold in 2013 International Rocketry Challenge.

June 25, 2013

Sponsored by Raytheon, U.S. team comprised of 3 students from Georgetown, TX 4-H rocketry club placed first in sixth annual International Rocketry Challenge at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. International Rocketry Challenge serves as culmination of 3 separate competitions held annually worldwide, each of which brings aims to inspire middle and high school students to become engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by designing, building, and launching model rockets. Read More

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Exhibit Space is Selling Quickly for IPC APEX EXPO 2014.

June 25, 2013

As reported by IPC, 95% of exhibit floor space has been sold for IPC APEX EXPO® 2014. This technical conference and exhibition, scheduled for March 25–27 in Las Vegas, attracts industry executives and decision makers in electronics manufacturing and assembly market. According to Alicia Balonek, senior director of trade shows and events, "This event is an excellent opportunity to meet new customers, promote your business, network with existing customers, and sell products and services." Read More

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BIO Official defends biofuels standard to House Committee.

June 25, 2013

BIO submitted comments to House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to 4th white paper reviewing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Document examines goals and achievements of RFS as part of national energy policy. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, biofuels technology is helping U.S. economy by mitigating impact of high oil costs and reducing gas prices. He also said RFS2 has further developed domestic biofuels industry, reducing dependence on foreign fuels and creating jobs. Read More

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EPA Report reviews effects of development on health and environment.

June 25, 2013

Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality was announced by EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe during national Twitter Town Hall meeting. It summarizes trends in land use, buildings, travel behavior, population growth, and expansion of developed land. Discussions on environmental consequences of these are also included, as is conclusion describing ways to reduce such effects. Read More

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NREL Sustainability Program reaches beyond campus.

June 25, 2013

NREL's sustainability program, Sustainable NREL, engages employees in lab that minimizes use of resources – energy, materials, water – while maximizing their received value. According to Sustainable NREL Director Frank Rukavina, this program aims "to foster social and environmental responsibility and implement initiatives that will showcase laboratory as global model for sustainability." Efforts visible to community include projects such as Graham House and NREL Parking Garage Workshop. Read More

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IPC Announces Agenda for Component Technology conference.

June 24, 2013

Agenda has been released for IPC Conference on Component Technology: Closing the Gap in the Chip to PCB Process, which will take place September 10–12, 2013 in Chandler, AZ. Designed to help PCB supply chain and chip manufacturers meet industry demands for reliability and performance, event will begin with 2 workshops. Following days will see keynote featuring Ron Huemoeller as well as several technical conference sessions with diverse topics. Read More