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Workshop will provide Introduction to Product Category Rules.

March 26, 2013

ASTM workshop, An Introduction to Product Category Rules, Environmental Product Declarations, and Other Aspects of Sustainable Process and Resilient Materials, will be held June 9. Increased marketplace demand for more resilient structures with products produced from sustainable processes has accelerated need to verify those owner requirements and community goals. PCR in combination with EPD is rapidly becoming means to classify individual products as well as serve as comparison between products. Read More

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EPA's University Challenge aims to find uses for toxics data.

March 26, 2013

U.S. EPA launched TRI University Challenge, a new initiative designed to use academic partnerships to find innovative uses for Toxics Release Inventory data. TRI gives Americans access to information about toxic chemicals in the environment as a tool to better protect health and the environment. Priority will be given to projects related to pollution prevention and sustainability, stakeholder engagement, technology and data mashups, and environmental education. Read More

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FAA makes tower closing decision.

March 26, 2013

FAA reached the decision that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of agency's sequestration implementation plan. Agency will keep 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure because doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest. An additional 16 federal contract towers under the "cost share" program will remain open because Congressional statute sets aside funds every fiscal year for these towers. Read More

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New Dates Announced for 2014 BIO International Convention.

March 26, 2013

To adhere to nominal Monday through Thursday format, BIO announced that 2014 BIO International Convention will now take place in San Diego, CA from June 23–26. Event highlights latest advancements in biotechnology, helps support BIO's programs and initiatives, and typically attracts 16,500+ industry leaders from 48 states and 65 countries. BIO works to create policy environment that enables industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering world through biotechnology innovation. Read More

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NIST Tests underscore potential hazards of laser pointers.

March 26, 2013

NIST researchers tested 122 laser pointers and found that nearly 90% of green pointers and about 44% of red pointers were out of compliance with federal safety regulations. Tests were conducted on randomly selected commercial laser devices labeled as Class IIIa or 3R and sold as suitable for demonstration use in classrooms and other public spaces. About half the devices tested emitted power levels at least twice the CFR limit at one or more wavelengths. Read More

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NIST Mechanical Micro-Drum may be used as quantum memory.

March 26, 2013

Microscopic device, designed by physicists at NIST for possible use in quantum computer, leverages legacy delay line memory. According to NIST physicist Konrad Lehnert, "We believe mechanical drum motion could be used as a kind of local memory for quantum information systems." Lehnert refers to NIST team's demonstration that information encoded as specific point in traveling microwave signal can be transferred to mechanical beat of micro-drum and later retrieved with 65% efficiency. Read More

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Hochberg Nomination reflects outstanding Ex-Im Bank leadership.

March 26, 2013

In his statement regarding President Obama's announcement that Fred Hochberg has been nominated for second term as chairman and president of U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called Hochberg "a strong and effective leader" and praised his ability to recognize manufacturing's importance to USA's economy and future. Timmons also lauded President Obama's recognition of Hochberg's work as head of Ex-Im Bank. Read More

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Governor McDonnell signs first in nation biosimilars bill.

March 25, 2013

BIO commends Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell for signing legislation designed to address regulatory issues related to the interchangeability of biological medicines. Policies governing whether one product may be substituted in place of doctor's prescription and whether pharmacist must notify consumer is covered by state law. Legislation preserves physician-patient relationship, protects patients, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. Read More

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BSA Convention Panel explores changing workforce dynamics.

March 25, 2013

Scheduled for May 4-7, BSA’s 2013 Annual Convention will include timely panel discussion on how the bearing industry can effectively attract and retain necessary talent to succeed. Moderated by Ken Hopkins, President of Koyo Bearings USA and COO of JTEKT of North America, panel is charged with exploring today’s changing workforce dynamics. Attracting, developing, and retaining a competent, competitive workforce is a challenge shared by all bearing industry leaders. Read More

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EPA Offers Advice for poison prevention week.

March 25, 2013

National Poison Prevention Week takes place March 17–23, and U.S. EPA urges parents and caregivers to secure pesticides and other household chemicals in locked cabinets out of children's reach. As acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, James Jones said this week helps "raise awareness and strengthen prevention efforts to empower parents and caregivers with information about simple steps that can be taken to prevent poisonings." Read More

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CNH Executive Will Serve on AEM Board of directors.

March 25, 2013

James E. Walker, Vice President, Case IH NAFTA for CNH in Racine, WI, has been elected to AEM Board of Directors. As director, Walker will help set AEM guidelines and operating policies on behalf of its members in areas such as public policy, equipment statistics and market information, trade shows, technical and product safety support, global business development, education/training, workforce development, and worksite safety/educational materials. Read More

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HI and Pump Systems Matter announce slurry pumps webinar.

March 25, 2013

Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter announce start of upcoming Slurry Pumps webinar series. Led by slurry pump expert Robert Visintainer of GIW Industries, 3-part series will take place April 1, 2, and 3. Session 1 will cover slurry basics, while Session 2 will address slurry pump design and testing, and Session 3 will discuss pump wear and application. Read More

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MCI-EFI for March 2013 indicates leveling optimism.

March 22, 2013

Released by Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, March 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) collects leadership data and reports qualitative assessment of prevailing business conditions and expectations for future. Overall confidence in equipment finance market is 58.0. Compared to February's 58.7, new number reflects leveling optimism after 2 consecutive increases. Depending on market, views on current and future industry outlook differed. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditons Report for March.

March 22, 2013

According to March 2013 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect steady business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 36% of participants predict economic activity will improve, while 58% believe activity will remain unchanged. Also, 46% forecast increase in orders, while 43% expect no change, and 11% predict decrease. While 42% of participants report that shipping levels are above 3 months ago, 42% report that shipping levels are the same and 16% report decrease. Read More

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Initial Data shows significant gains in fuel economy for 2012.

March 22, 2013

EPA released its annual report that tracks fuel economy of vehicles sold in the U.S., underscoring major increases made in efficiency of vehicles Americans drive, reducing oil consumption and cutting carbon emissions. According to report, EPA estimates that between 2007–2012 fuel economy values increased by 16% while carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 13%. In 2012 alone, report indicates significant one year increase of 1.4 mpg for cars and trucks. Read More

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NIST Microscope measures nanomagnet property.

March 21, 2013

Researchers at NIST have developed microscope able to view and measure important but elusive property of nanoscale magnets used in advanced, experimental form of digital memory. Heterodyne magneto-optic microwave microscope, or H-MOMM, can measure collective dynamics of electrons’ spins in individual magnets as small as 100 nm in diameter. Instrument has already demonstrated its utility with initial results that suggest how to limit power consumption in future computer memories. Read More

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International Team Excellence Awards Process finalists announced.

March 21, 2013

ASQ announced 32 teams from 10 countries representing spectrum of industries – manufacturing, service, education, healthcare, and government – as finalists in 28th annual International Team Excellence Awards Process. These teams will be part of quality impact sessions/live team case study presentations at ASQ Annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Indianapolis, IN (May 6–8, 2013). Finalists' projects showcase creative, innovative solutions and organizational cost savings. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices increased 1.3% in February.

March 21, 2013

According to March 14 Producer Price Index (PPI) report, USA's construction material prices rose 1.3% in February. Construction materials prices overall remain 2% higher than one year ago, and nonresidential construction materials prices rose 1.4% and 1% respectively compared to last month and year. Among factors at work, ABC's Anirban Basu named globally rising key asset and other prices due, in part, to "accelerating global economic growth and accommodative monetary policy." Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation announces scholarship recipients.

March 21, 2013

Fieldbus Foundation announced 2013 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund, which establishes perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing scholarships to students seeking a career in the industrial automation profession. Recipients include: Váradi Gergely, University of Miskolc, Miskolc, Hungary; John Lima, Fieldbus Center at Lee College, Baytown, TX, USA; and Pattarapon Taosrichai, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. Read More

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Massachusetts paves the way for more renewable energy.

March 21, 2013

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued an Order calling for several changes to its model interconnection tariff for distributed generation. DPU adopted most of the consensus recommendations suggested by the Distributed Generation Working Group in its September 2012 report and red-lined tariff. IREC commends the efforts of the DPU and the DGWG, which should encourage even more renewable energy growth in Massachusetts. Read More