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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

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HI Announces Webinar Series on EDE technology for pump industry.

March 21, 2013

Hydraulic Institute and affiliated Pump Systems Matter education and training organization announced dates for complimentary webinar series on electronic data exchange (EDE) for pump industry. Taught by industry subject matter expert Trygve Dahl, sessions will begin at 1:00 pm EDT and last ~1 hr. Schedule for this 3-part series includes Getting Started with HI EDE (April 3), Demonstrating how EDE Works (April 11), and Using the EDE Conformity Tool (April 18). Read More

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ASCE Report Card calls for infrastructure investment.

March 21, 2013

AASHTO commends American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for its comprehensive assessment of nation's current infrastructure conditions and needs. The 2013 Report Card finds that inadequate investment has resulted in deteriorating U.S. infrastructure. According to AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright, Report Card accentuates need for long-term, sustainable funding source for surface transportation moving forward. Read More

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Business Climate Index is in tune with industrial supply event.

March 21, 2013

Industrial Supply will feature streamlined layout and comprehensive program at HANNOVER MESSE 2013 (April 8–12). Shortly before industrial supply solutions and lightweight construction trade show's start, ArGeZ supplier industry association's business climate index shows this sector expects positive change of mood. This outlook is further confirmed by current exhibitor registration for trade fair, reflecting companies' continued strength of identification with Industrial Supply. Read More

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AWMA issues Call for Abstracts for International Conference.

March 21, 2013

Scheduled for October 21-23, 2013, 32nd IT3/HWC provides general forum for the discussion of state of the art information, regulations, and public policy on thermal treatment technologies and their relationship to air emissions, greenhouse gases, climate change, renewable energy or alternative energy production, and sustainability. Papers will address approaches to safely managing waste streams amenable to thermal treatment processes, and evaluate associated costs, risks, and impacts. Read More

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NIST Advisory Committee issues 2012 Annual Report.

March 21, 2013

Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology has sent its annual report to Congress, which addresses NIST’s role in support of Public Safety Broadband Network and recognizes need for interoperability at all levels of public safety operation. Report provides recommendations related to proposed NIST Centers of Excellence as well as National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. It also endorses NIST’s strategic planning process and emphasizes organization’s progress in developing positive safety culture. Read More

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Guides Seek Interoperability for automated fingerprint ID systems.

March 21, 2013

Issuance of 3 NIST Special Publications (SPs) will help forensic examiners better understand and more effectively use Extended Feature Set (EFS) as well as provide organizations with guidance on procuring interoperable automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS). Publications include NIST SP-1134–Extended Feature Set Profile Specification, NIST SP-1151–Markup Instructions for Extended Friction Ridge Features, and NIST SP-1152–Latent Interoperability Transmission Specification. Read More

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Revised ISO/IEC Standard boosts computer security.

March 21, 2013

ISO/IEC 8652:2012, Information technology - Programming languages – Ada, revised third edition includes addition of contract-based programming, a rare computer programming feature that significantly bolsters protection against viruses and other digital threats. Ada programming language is widely used in aviation, railway, satellite, financial services, and healthcare sectors, as well as by U.S. military, all of which require security and dependability from digital networks. Read More

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IPC ESTC Keynote to address achieving exceptional package design.

March 21, 2013

Amkor Technology senior VP Dr. Choon Lee will deliver "System Integration Challenges in Packaging" keynote at IPC Electronic System Technologies Conference and Exhibition (ESTC) on May 22, 2013. He will present common applications and uses of micro-EMS, module-level packaging that integrates functional aspects of both SoC and SiP; discuss benefits/limitations for major market segments; talk about simulation and modeling tools; and divulge Amkor's holistic approach. Read More

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SME MicroManufacturing Event fosters discovery and inspiration.

March 21, 2013

MicroManufacturing Conference and Exposition will take place in Minneapolis, MN from April 16–17, 2013. Keynote presentations will explore global issues facing manufacturing, while conference sessions will cover range of related topics. SME's Medical Manufacturing Innovations series, which looks to help facilitate technology exchange and improve product development, will be premiering with track featuring live, interactive panel discussions and new technology displays and demonstrations. Read More

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Field of ISO Technical Activity to focus on audit data services.

March 21, 2013

Standardization Administration of China (SAC), Chinese member body to ISO, submitted proposal for new field of technical activity on audit data services. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by April 26, 2013. Technical activity would focus on work related to standardization in field of audit data services, including audit data acquisition, utilization of audit data, and audit data management. Read More

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PMMI Solution Groups bridge supply chain to generate solutions.

March 21, 2013

Two new Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence solution groups, made up of production and operations executives from consumer packaged goods companies with experts from OEMs, have launched into action. Total Cost of Ownership Solution Group is collaborating on standard set of TCO metrics that suppliers and CPGs can apply industry-wide, while Engineering Solution Group is developing guidelines for sanitary equipment design for low-moisture foods. Read More

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ANSI releases draft agenda for Joint Member Forum.

March 20, 2013

ANSI's 2013 Joint Member Forum will focus on issues related to smart cities under theme of "Making Smart Cities Smarter with Standards and Conformance." Event will include discussion of various smart cities initiatives in the U.S. and abroad, as well as topics related to smart cities standards. Four days of spring member meetings will also include Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee meeting, Company Member Forum meeting, and Organizational Member Forum meeting. Read More

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Manufacturers urge protection of Medicare Part D.

March 20, 2013

NAM led national coalition of manufacturers, patients, healthcare providers, and seniors in letter to congressional leaders urging that Congress preserve Medicare Part D in its current successful form. Proposals have been offered to allow Department of Health and Human Services to intervene in price negotiations. According to NAM VP of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger, it makes no sense to allow government interference in one of the only federal programs that comes in under budget every year. Read More

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BSA 2013 Convention to feature "Never Fly Solo" presentation.

March 20, 2013

Air Force Academy graduate, decorated F-16 fighter pilot, and top sales producer Robert "Waldo" Waldman will deliver "Top Gun Leadership: Never Fly Solo" at BSA 2013 Annual Convention, "We’re All in This to Win," which takes place May 4–7 in Hilton Head, SC. Waldman founded his own peak performance firm, Wingman Consulting, and teaches organizations and individuals how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers. Read More

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USNC Seeks Nominations for IEC Young Professionals Workshop.

March 20, 2013

Electrotechnology and standardization professionals are encouraged to submit U.S. participant nominations by April 30 for Young Professionals 2013 Workshop, which brings together international candidates from IEC National Committees at beginning of their electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment careers. Program aims to cultivate national involvement in international arena, strengthen technology transfer future, and encourage participation in standardization/conformance. Read More

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NCAA Ruling on Pole Vault Collars cites ASTM Standard.

March 20, 2013

ASTM International standard F2949, Specification for Pole Vault Box Collars, has been cited in ruling promulgated by National Collegiate Athletic Association to make pole vaulting safer. Approved by NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel, rule is student athlete safety proposal which calls for padding around pole vault boxes that meets requirements of ASTM F2949. Padding is to be installed by December 1 wherever NCAA competition takes place. Read More

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BIO selects Senator Menendez as Legislator of the Year.

March 20, 2013

According to Debbie Hart, President and CEO of BioNJ, New Jersey is among the most bio-intensive regions in the U.S. and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has been an invaluable resource for the bioscience community within the state and the industry at large. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said Senator Menendez has been a proponent of issues critical to nation’s biotech industry, as exemplified through his sponsorship of High Technology Small Business Research Incentives Act. Read More