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Coalition for Derivatives End-Users applauds bipartisan bill.

May 9, 2013

Coalition for Derivatives End-Users issued statement on the introduction of legislation to exempt non-financial end-user companies from margin requirements applied to their derivative trades. According to Michael Bopp, Counsel to the Coalition, Main Street companies are running out of time for relief from onerous margin requirements that were never intended for them. Bipartisan bill will protect companies that use derivatives to manage day-to-day business risk. Read More

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IPC Conference explores electronics manufacturing innovations.

May 9, 2013

IPC will host Innovations in Electronics in Manufacturing for Medical Devices from June 12–13 in Minneapolis, MN to help address challenges faced by electronic medical device manufacturers. According to IPC's Sanjay Huprikar, "This conference is focused on the innovations taking place in electronics manufacturing at every stage of the medical devices supply chain." Subject matter experts will help attendees with issues concerning every stage of medical devices supply chain. Read More

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BIO and ViS to streamline pediatric clinical research.

May 9, 2013

BIO and ViS Research Institute announce initiative to improve efficiency of clinical development for pediatric therapeutics. BIO and its member companies will work with ViS, using its online analytics platform to evaluate global pediatric clinical research infrastructure, identify pediatric patient populations, and empower clinical research collaboration. By leveraging ViS Analytics, clinical trials can be conducted faster and easier, helping to deliver treatments and cures to children. Read More

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International Standards Groups convene at Illinois meetings.

May 9, 2013

From June 10-14, representatives of industry, academia, and government from four continents will meet in Burr Ridge, IL, to conduct work on international standards for agricultural and forestry equipment. International Organization for Standardization will convene meeting of its TC23 technical committee on Tractors and Machinery for Agriculture and Forestry, and several subcommittees, for technical discussions related to tractors, safety, sustainability, and equipment compatibility. Read More

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Joint IPC/FED Event to address embedded component technology.

May 8, 2013

Embedded component technology is rapidly gaining ground as a vehicle for miniaturization and cost containment. To help the electronics industry keep pace with growing interest in embedded components, IPC announces an ambitious technical agenda for the IPC/FED Conference on Embedded Components. Developed in collaboration with Fachverband Elektronik-Design e.V., event will feature 14 presentations highlighting reliability, test, assembly issues, and new manufacturing methods. Read More

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Manufacturers win in fight against NLRB overreach.

May 8, 2013

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of NAM's appeal of the NLRB's posting requirement rule issued by agency last year. According to Timmons, the poster rule is a prime example of a government agency that seeks to fundamentally change the way employers and employees communicate. The U.S. Court of Appeals has rightfully ruled that the NLRB has no authority to enforce notice posting. Read More

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ANSI Hosts GSO Representatives at Washington DC headquarters.

May 8, 2013

On April 22 of 2013, ANSI welcomed Nabil Molla, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardization Organization (GSO), along with delegation of GSO member standards bodies. ANSI senior management and staff provided delegation with overview of U.S. system and ANSI's role as well as detailed information about ANSI's accreditation activities. Following discussion on April 22, ANSI and GSO agreed to identify further areas for cooperation and mutual information exchange. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers of updates to ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2.

May 8, 2013

Under approval of ANSI, Hydraulic Institute is seeking participants to review updated Standard ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2 Rotodynamic (Vertical) Pumps of Radial, Mixed, and Axial Flow Types for Nomenclature and Definitions.  Standard covers vertical turbine, mixed flow, axial flow vertical diffuser, submersible motor deepwell, and short-set pumps. Vertically suspended and overhung impeller types are also included. Institute is assembling canvass list of interested parties, to be submitted to ANSI. Read More

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EPA releases revised Bristol Bay Assessment.

May 8, 2013

Available for peer review follow-up and public comment, revised version of Bristol Bay Assessment includes updates following initial peer review and public comment period of draft released May, 2012. Some key changes to assessment include: refinement and better explanation of mine scenarios assessed; appendix describing methods to compensate for impacts to wetlands, streams, and fish; and information on potential transportation corridor, including analysis of potential diesel pipeline spills. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members.

May 8, 2013

In April 2013, ANSI welcomed 24 new members. Organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. Under Institute’s umbrella, diverse constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace and to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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ASTM announces approval of conductor tensile strength test method.

May 8, 2013

ASTM B986, Test Method for Determination of Tensile Strength for Stranded Conductors by Mass Method, has been approved. It is designed for use in electronics and aerospace industries to validate tensile strength specification requirements for electrical conductors. Developed by subcommittee B01.02 on Methods of Test and Sampling Procedure, standard provides accurate way to determine tensile strength, according to Stephen Childers of IWG High Performance Conductors, Inc. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers for pump standards updates.

May 8, 2013

Hydraulic Institute, under ANSI approval, is seeking qualified individuals in North America to review drafts of updated pump standards. These include drafts of Standard ANSI/HI 1.4 Rotodynamic (Centrifugal) Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance and ANSI/HI 2.4 Rotodynamic (Vertical) Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance. Pump users, specifiers, producers, standards developers, government agencies, and others may apply. Read More

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NEMA welcomes House approval of helium bill.

May 8, 2013

NEMA welcomed passage of HR 527, Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, by vote of 394–1 in House of Representatives. Legislation will reauthorize and improve operations of Federal Helium Reserve in Texas. Under current law, Reserve, holding approximately 30% of global helium supply, would cease operations as early as fall; U.S. users of helium acquire much of it from refining companies associated with Reserve. Senate hearing on bill is scheduled for May 7. Read More

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ASTM Standard will aid evaluation of architectural coatings.

May 8, 2013

Proposed standard, ASTM WK32654, Practice for Selecting Wood Substrates for Weathering Evaluations of Architectural Coatings, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings. Once approved, this standard will offer guidelines to chemists who are formulating new paint or other finishes for use with wood in architectural applications. End users will also find this proposed standard helpful for comparing performance of various architectural finishes. Read More

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U.S. EPA Community Grants help cleanup of Brownfields sites.

May 8, 2013

U.S. EPA will award approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities across country for cleanup and reuse of Brownfields properties. As part of Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program, EPA will award up to $200,000 per recipient for engaging community and planning activities for these sites. Since inception in 2010, program has leveraged over $19 billion in cleanup and redevelopment. Investment of federal funding has led to gain of over 87,000 jobs from public and private sources. Read More

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NREL Paper covers solar power and thermal energy storage.

May 8, 2013

Detailed in Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario, NREL research calibrates value of adding concentrating solar power (CSP) plants to electric grid. Properties of dispatchable CSP, such as generating power in response to high or low demand, are demonstrated. Report also shows operational value from CSP-based reserve power. Overall, study helps utilities develop approaches to incorporate CSP in standard planning tools. Read More

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Robotics Companies post strongest opening quarter.

May 8, 2013

According to statistics released from RIA, North American robotics companies shattered previous opening quarter records for robots ordered and shipped in first quarter of 2013. Total of 5,833 robots valued at $341.2 million were ordered from North American robotics companies through March, an increase of 14.5% in units over same period in 2012. First quarter shipments totaled 5,736 robots valued at $369.5, breaking previous records for opening quarter by 24.6% in units and 23.3% in dollars. Read More

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BIO Writes House, Senate on Farm Bill Energy Title Programs.

May 7, 2013

BIO wrote leaders of House and Senate Agricultural Committees to urge reauthorization and mandatory funding of Farm Bill Energy Title programs and eligibility for renewable chemicals. Praising previous bipartisan support, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said supporting these programs "will drive the development of a 21st Century bio-based economy, create high-quality rural jobs, spur economic growth, revive America’s manufacturing sector, and improve environmental health." Read More

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RIA recognizes Phoenix Award winners.

May 7, 2013

At the recent Leadership Summit & Industry Expo in Las Vegas, Kelmann Restoration received the Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration, while Platinum Restoration received the Phoenix Award for Innovation in Reconstruction. Kelmann was recognized for its innovative work following the restoration of the St. Alphonsus Parish and School after a fire. Platinum Restoration was chosen for their restoration of an historical home built in 1898. Read More

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LIA launches medical laser safety awareness training.

May 7, 2013

Available online, LIA's Medical Laser Safety Awareness course is a 2-hour learning experience that will give healthcare personnel a complete overview of the safe use of these devices. With LIA's interface, Medical Laser Safety Officers can also train their employees without having to send them away to specialized course or bring in an expensive expert. Course is based on ANSI Z136.3 standard Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care, which is recognized by OSHA and The Joint Commission. Read More