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Senate introduces important workforce training bill.

March 7, 2013

Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly issued statement in response to senate's introduction of the AMERICA Works Act, which would help address severe skills gap facing U.S. manufacturers. As manufacturing environment rapidly advances, skills and competencies of workforce must keep pace. Industry-recognized certifications, such as those in NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, help individuals access skills and competencies they need for manufacturing jobs today. Read More

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TRIB to Exhibit at TMC Transportation Technology Exhibition.

March 7, 2013

Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) will be an exhibitor at Technology and Maintenance Council's (TMC) Transportation Technology Exhibition, which takes place in Nashville, TN from March 11–14. TRIB will show large-screen version of retread plant tour video as well as distribute copies of 16-page color brochure, "Understanding Retreading," and materials from TRIB members that cater to transportation industry. Event features educational sessions and technology tradeshow. Read More

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BIO Super Sessions to highlight state of industry.

March 7, 2013

The 2013 BIO International Convention will feature 6 diverse Super Sessions highlighting pressing industry topics such as the state of the industry, emerging R&D initiatives between public and private sectors, future of biotechnology under the Affordable Care Act, and future of deal-making and global innovation. Taking place April 22-25 in Chicago, convention also features industry's largest partnering event, hosting record breaking 25,000+ partnering meetings in 2012. Read More

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Machine Vision Market Contracts in 2012 and will grow in 2013.

March 7, 2013

According to statistics issued by AIA, total sales of machine vision components and systems fell over 4% in 2012 but are expected to rebound in 2013. AIA President Jeff Burnstein said surveys of AIA members reveal optimistic outlook about economy and North American manufacturing, "which indicates a likely return to growth in 2013." AIA Director of Market Analysis Alex Shikany noted that despite decline in certain segments, "the industry’s historical trend-line still points upward." Read More

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IPC Names Winners of hand soldering world championship.

March 7, 2013

IPC APEX EXPO® hosted first IPC World Championship hand soldering competition on February 21. Contestants were challenged with building functional electronics assembly within 1 hr time limit. Fu Chunyan of Beijing Railway Signal Co. Ltd. in China won first place, second place went to Viengkeo (Gail) Sourivongs of Connecticut-based Imperial Electronic Assembly, and third place went to Wang He of China's Changchun Institute of Optics. Read More

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March Conference focuses on new trends in cybersecurity.

March 7, 2013

On March 19-21, 2013, NIST will host the 26th annual conference of the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association, which promotes cybersecurity awareness, training, and education. Key talks will include "How to Use the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework" and "How to Plan for Your Cybersecurity Workforce." Other sessions will focus on developing careers of existing workers in cyber arena and programs for expanding available pool of cyber-savvy employees. Read More

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NIST offers forensic science education and training webcasts.

March 7, 2013

On April 12, NIST will offer 1-day, 8-hr workshop on interpreting forensic DNA mixtures in casework. Second workshop, scheduled for April 30-May 1, will explore emerging trends in the forensic analysis of 3 types of designer drugs: synthetic cannabinoids, substituted cathinones, and novel hallucinogens. The Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference will take place on June 4-5. All events are free and viewable via live webcasts. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members.

March 7, 2013

During February 2013, ANSI welcomed 23 new members. These organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. 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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AAMA announces certification extension.

March 7, 2013

During 76th Annual Conference, AAMA announced approval of AAMA 106-13, Interim Procedural Guide, which will provide documented, optional process to extend current, unexpired AAMA product certification to any edition of AAMA/WDMA(/CSA) 101/I.S.2(/A440), North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights for period of 2 years for products that have had no changes. Also during Annual Conference, AAMA celebrated 50 Years of Gold Label Certification. Read More

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AAMA recognizes member leadership during Annual Conference.

March 7, 2013

During 76th Annual Conference Awards Banquet, AAMA recognized contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole. Recipients included: Pella Corporation; Rod Hershberger of PGT Industries; Scott Condreay of Sapa Extrusions; José Colón of Architectural Testing, Inc.; and Tracy Rogers of Quanex Building Products. Read More

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ACC's Monthly CAB suggests consumer confidence strengthening.

March 7, 2013

According to American Chemistry Council's (ACC) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), U.S. economy continued to show slow expansion by increasing 0.6% over January on 3-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Year over year 3MMA showed 2.9% gain over February 2012, and February was CAB's seventh consecutive monthly gain. ACC's chief economist Dr. Kevin Swift noted, increase in chemical industry activity as "good sign for the overall health of the economy." Read More

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ANSI Signs MoU with Ontario for GHG accreditation program.

March 6, 2013

ANSI signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canadian province of Ontario in connection with Ontario Ministry of Environment’s greenhouse gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting and GHG Verification Program. Through this MoU, Ontario and ANSI agree to cooperate in ANSI accreditation program for GHG validation and/or verification bodies (V/VBs). Program evaluates conformance of V/VBs against ISO International Standard ISO 14065. Read More

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Karen McConnell and Linda Woody receive IPC Presidents Award.

March 6, 2013

Karen McConnell, Northrop Grumman, and Linda Woody, Lockheed Martin, earned IPC Presidents Awards for their contributions to IPC and electronics industry. Karen McConnell is currently a member of IPC Designers Council and serves on IPC’s 2-30 Terms and Definitions Committee as well as 5-21f Ball Grid Array Task Group. Linda Woody has served on 21 IPC committees, chaired 2-18d Printed Board Declaration Task Group, and currently serves as Chair of 2-18e Assembly Technology Declaration Task Group. Read More

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ANSI Releases Events Schedule for World Standards Week 2013.

March 6, 2013

ANSI announced its full schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2013, which will be held September 30 through October 4. Multiple meetings and forums will be held on varying topics. Other events include networking luncheon, new member orientation, awards dinner, and U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) 2013. Registration ends September 27, 2013. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Concrete Standard will provide resistivity test.

March 6, 2013

ASTM WK37880, Test Method for Measuring the Surface Resistivity of Hardened Concrete Using the Wenner Four-Electrode Method will be used to quantify the resistivity of concreting materials that are widely used for construction around the world. Resistivity is a material property that quantifies degree to which an object prevents passage of electrical current. Intrinsic material property is independent of specimen size, so it is the useful quantity for characterizing concrete mixture. Read More

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Manufacturers call for robust trade agenda.

March 5, 2013

NAM International Economic Policy Committee Chairman, Executive Committee Member, and Ball Corporation Chairman David Hoover issued statement on the Obama Administration’s trade agenda. According to Hoover, strong and robust exports are critical to competitiveness of manufacturers in the U.S. Action is needed to ensure successful results as soon as possible in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and in new talks with the European Union. Read More

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BIO International Convention will host Orphan Disease Forum.

March 5, 2013

Taking place in Chicago, IL from April 22–25, 2013 BIO International Convention will feature Orphan Disease Forum. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood called this forum "an important program which fosters dialogue amongst industry and patients, ultimately benefiting an increasingly diverse population." Convention will also feature partnering event that fosters opportunities for companies to initiate business contacts in friendly environment and schedule meetings prior to convention. Read More

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BIO praises U.S. Senate for passing PAHPRA.

March 5, 2013

BIO lauds Senate for passing H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA) by unanimous vote. According to BIO's President and CEO Jim Greenwood, "the bipartisan legislation provides needed clarity for the regulatory process for medical countermeasures at the FDA and strongly encourages the agency to work with product sponsors to develop regulatory management plans, provide technical assistance, and help solve regulatory and scientific issues." Read More

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HI Names Arnold Sdano as 2012 Member of the Year.

March 5, 2013

Hydraulic Institute (HI) bestowed 2012 Member of the Year award upon Arnold Sdano at 2013 Annual Meeting. Selected by HI Board of Directors for distinguishing himself by level and intensity of his involvement with HI and for advancing HI's technical work, Sdano has been active participant in HI for 21+ years and instrumental in shaping direction of future standards work within HI. Sdano has also been leader and contributor on many standards and guideline writing committees. Read More

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Mazak Manufacturing Scholarship targets Cincinnati students.

March 5, 2013

As part of its commitment to building tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce, Mazak has provided $24,000 to SME Education Foundation for creation of Mazak Manufacturing Technology Scholarship. It is available for students entering or currently attending Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, OH, and who are pursuing a degree in engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology. Students may apply by accessing SME Education Foundation’s online scholarship application. Read More