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MESA launches Executive Point-of-View program.

April 24, 2013

MESA International announced launch of program aimed at showing business value of MES/MOM solutions to company executives considering such investments. "Executive Point-of-View" program will frame these real-time operations solutions in a business context, helping senior leadership understand value of potential solution and guiding principles required for implementation success. Program will address what MES/MOM is and how it is different from ERP as well as benefits and best practices. Read More

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LAM 2013 presents ground breaking AM applications.

April 24, 2013

LAM 2013, LIA's fifth annual Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop, featured more than 20 presentations covering everything from cladding and repair to projections of growing impact of additive processes. Event showcased new methods, workflows, facilities, and possibilities in sessions spotlighting process chains, digital manufacturing, surface tailoring, and powders. In addition to the NAMII in Youngstown, OH, workshop educated attendees about Penn State's CIMP-3D. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers electromagnetic soil density gauge QC.

April 24, 2013

ASTM D7830, Test Method for In-Place Determination of Density and Water Content of Soil Using an Electromagnetic Soil Density Gauge, will be used by contractors and government agencies for quality control and quality assurance of electromagnetic soil density gauges. Standard covers procedures for determining in-place properties of non-frozen, unbound soil and soil aggregate mixtures by measuring electromagnetic impedance of compacted soil using electrical, non-nuclear devices. Read More

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BIO announces George Washington Carver Award winner.

April 24, 2013

BIO named Dr. Jay Keasling, professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkeley, as recipient of 2013 George Washington Carver Award. Dr. Keasling is being honored for his contributions to field of synthetic biology promoting use of engineering microbes to produce biofuels, medicines, and cosmetic compounds from ingredients such as sugar cane and grasses. Keasling will receive award and deliver keynote during BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. Read More

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NEMA commends President's budget for energy efficiency focus.

April 24, 2013

NEMA commended administration for including FY2014 budget measures aimed at promotion of energy-efficiency efforts in public/private sectors. In particular, budget encourages States to cut energy waste with Race-to-the-Top challenge, enhances preparedness and resilience, and invests in repairing existing infrastructure and building infrastructure of tomorrow, including power grids that are resilient to extreme conditions. Budget also calls for making permanent tax incentives for energy efficiency. Read More

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NEMA says DOE transformer standards improve efficiency.

April 24, 2013

NEMA expressed its overall satisfaction with the Department of Energy’s final rule establishing increased energy conservation standards for distribution transformers. Throughout the fall of 2011, DOE hosted a negotiated rulemaking, where stakeholders gathered to discuss the justification for higher energy efficiency standards for all three classes of regulated distribution transformers: low voltage dry-type, medium voltage dry-type, and medium voltage liquid-immersed. Read More

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ASABE revises rural power distribution standard.

April 24, 2013

ASABE has revised its standard on rural power distribution service for motor and phase converters. Revised document, ASAE EP329.3, Single-Phase Rural Distribution Service for Motors and Phase Converters, includes updated reference information as noted in the most recent periodic review of the document. In addition, a section for Electrical Code requirements was added. Read More

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LIA Helps Revolutionize US Manufacturing with laser technology.

April 23, 2013

LIA representatives advocating laser-driven manufacturing joined 4 other subcommittees discussing growing usage of lasers in health, defense, energy, and communications during National Academies event on February 28 in Washington, DC. While work of all subcommittees was triggered by National Research Council's updated report, Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation, LIA's efforts answer key goals of National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Read More

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Certification Program helps protect intellectual property.

April 23, 2013

To help combat threat of intellectual property theft and counterfeiting, IPC launched certification program that allows PCB manufacturers to demonstrate commitment and ability to protect customers' IP and comply with industry best practices. Based on IPC-1071, Best Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in PCB Manufacturing, program includes facility audit based on assessment examining areas of physical facility security, IT security, and compliance with regulations such as ITAR and EAR. Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence eases in April.

April 23, 2013

According to April 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence in equipment finance market is 54.0, an easing from March index of 58.0, reflecting continuing concerns over economy and impact of federal policies on capital expenditures. When asked to assess their business conditions over next 4 months, 6.3% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, down from 21.9% in March, while 9.4% believe business conditions will worsen, up from 6.3%. Read More

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FAA approves Boeing 787 battery system design changes.

April 23, 2013

Now that it has approved Boeing's design for modifications to 787 battery system, FAA will issue instructions to operators for making changes to aircraft and will publish in the Federal Register the final directive that will allow the 787 to return to service with battery system modifications. FAA will require airlines that operate the 787 to install containment and venting systems for main and auxiliary system batteries, and to replace batteries and their chargers with modified components. Read More

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BIO recommends changes to EPA's RIN Quality Assurance Program.

April 23, 2013

BIO asked EPA to consider changes to proposed RFS Renewable Identification Number Quality Assurance Program, which would place unnecessary and burdensome costs on biofuel producers. BIO's recommended changes would ensure program is truly voluntary, that it does not enable potentially anti-competitive behavior, and that it does not impose costly, duplicative, and unnecessary regulatory requirements on renewable producers in early stages of commercial development. Read More

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BIO and CCPIE announce strategic partnership.

April 23, 2013

BIO and China Center for Pharmaceutical International Exchange announced partnership to expand BIO Convention in China, which brings together executives from global biotech and pharmaceutical companies interested in exploring business development, networking, and deal making opportunities. Partnership will also serve to further policy engagement in China, where BIO supports development of therapeutic biologics industry that ensures better access to innovative medicines for patients in China. Read More

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May Conference to discuss HIPAA security.

April 22, 2013

Scheduled for May 21-22, sixth annual "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security" is co-hosted by NIST and Department of HHS Office for Civil Rights. Topical sessions will include updates on Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule, OCR's audit program, managing provider and patient identities, strengthening cybersecurity in health care sector, integrating security safeguards into health IT, managing insider threats, and securing mobile devices. Read More

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Photography Contest seeks to capture transportation's importance.

April 22, 2013

AASHTO announced commencement of its ninth annual Faces of Transportation photography contest, which asks state transportation department employees and private citizens to photograph those people and projects which are making communities better while emphasizing importance of transportation. This year's theme, "A Snapshot of Transportation in America," includes 3 new categories: Building the Future, Opening Communities, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Entries are due by July 31, 2013. Read More

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FY 2014 Budget emphasizes advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity.

April 22, 2013

Prioritizing NIST research in advanced manufacturing and crucial cybersecurity initiatives, President's fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget proposes $928.3 million for NIST. This increase of $177.5 million from FY 2012 enacted levels, according to Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, "will allow NIST to address high-priority scientific and technical issues...critical to U.S. economic competitiveness and innovative capacity." Read More

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NIST to host symposium on ontology evaluation.

April 22, 2013

On May 2-3, NIST is hosting symposium on how to develop and evaluate ontologies—formal, computer-readable definitions of terms and their interrelationships. To create useful ontology, there must be a way to evaluate quality of model, but there are no universally accepted ways to do so. Accordingly, subject of this year’s symposium is "Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle." Goal is to identify best practices, tools, and methodologies for ontology development and evaluation. Read More

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Fiftieth PI Competence Center established in Ann Arbor, MI.

April 22, 2013

PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International) appointed its 50th PI Competence Center (PICC) for PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Latest organization to successfully pass accreditation process is KW Software, subsidiary of Phoenix Contact, in Ann Arbor, MI. It will offer workshops, training classes, and technical support for PROFINET in American market and has particular skills regarding integration of PROFINET in automation devices. Read More

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FY 2014 Request focuses on transforming how EPA does business.

April 22, 2013

Obama Administration has proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget of $8.153 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s FY 2014 request will allow EPA to continue its progress in addressing climate change; protecting nation’s air, waters, and lands; supporting sustainable water infrastructure; and assuring safety of chemicals. EPA will continue to lay groundwork to transform the way it does business, ensuring best use of human and financial resources. Read More

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NREL to build solar performance database.

April 22, 2013

NREL has launched initiative to build open-source database of real-world performance from solar facilities across the country. Part of DOE's SunShot Initiative, Open Solar Performance and Reliability Clearinghouse (O-SPaRC) will improve access to capital by enabling credit rating agencies and potential investors to assess underlying risk of asset class. It will also give private market tools to develop investment vehicles such as asset-backed securities and real estate investment trusts. Read More