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AAI and MPIF sign MOU to advance workplace safety.

January 31, 2013

Aluminum Association and Metal Powder Industries Federation announced memorandum of understanding to cooperate in sharing of information in area of metal powder safety. Powder producing members will support one another where appropriate and when feasible by participating in regional workshops and meetings concerning dust hazards and promotion of safety in plant operations. Associations will also provide updates on publications, standards, or any other pertinent activity of NFPA, OSHA, and CSB. Read More

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FMA CEO receives CMA Leadership Award.

January 31, 2013

Ed Youdell, President and CEO of FMA, received CMA Leadership Award from NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations. Award recognized Youdell's leadership in creating the concept of a national Manufacturing Day and bringing together other industry-leading organizations including NAM, The Manufacturing Institute, and U.S. Commerce Department's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership to collaborate as co-producers. Youdell was also elected to a 3-year term on the CMA Board of Directors. Read More

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NREL's RSF influences new high performance buildings.

January 31, 2013

The Research Support Facility at NREL demonstrates energy savings every day as 1,800 NREL staff start their workdays in a 360,000 ft² Class A office building that generates as much electricity as it uses, thanks to rooftop photovoltaics. The 50,000 ft² Bullitt Center in Seattle is being built with one goal in mind — to be the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial building in the world. Like NREL, the Bullitt Foundation is looking to change the way buildings are designed, built, and operated. Read More

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SME Invites Art Submissions created with new process.

January 31, 2013

SME seeks artwork submissions for display in Contemporary Art Gallery during RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from June 10–13, 2013. Contemporary Art Gallery will recognize artists who use additive manufacturing, 3D printing, or 3D imaging technologies to create works of art. By March 4, artists must submit renderings in JPG file format along with their credentials and list of processes used to create said artwork. Read More

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Entries Are Sought for RAPID 2013's Contemporary Art Gallery.

January 30, 2013

SME seeks submissions for Contemporary Art Gallery at RAPID Conference and Exposition, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from June 10–13, 2013. Contemporary Art Gallery recognizes artists who use additive manufacturing, 3D printing, or 3D imaging technologies to create works of art. Submission deadline is March 4, and selected artists will receive publicity and promotion via press releases, printed show directory listings, RAPID Contemporary Art eGallery, and social media marketing. Read More

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Annual Reports and Procedural Compliance Forms are due Jan 31.

January 30, 2013

ANSI and its Procedural and Standards Administration department wish to remind all ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group administrators to ISO that the Procedural Compliance Forms and 2012 TAG Annual Reports must be submitted no later than January 31, 2013, to the ANSI PSA department. Failure to submit these required documents by deadline may jeopardize organization’s status as an ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG and TAG Administrator. Read More

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IT Standard covers information security, service management.

January 30, 2013

International Standard ISO/IEC 27013:2012, Information technology – Security techniques – Guidance, on the integrated implementation of ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 20000-1, provides guidance specifically related to integrated implementation of standards dealing with service management and information security. Along with guidelines that cover instances where one of 2 standards is implemented first, standard contains instances where both standards are simultaneously implemented. Read More

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Green Seal Releases Standard for sustainable laundry products.

January 30, 2013

Publication of GS-51 provides standard that specifically addresses life cycle impacts of laundry care products for institutional and industrial settings. In addition to minimizing or eliminating use of hazardous ingredients often found in such products, GS-51 establishes minimum requirements for concentrated (2X) and ultra-concentrated (4X) detergents and fabric softeners. Framework for performance testing was also developed for this standard in cooperation with laundry care industry. Read More

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ELFA releases December Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

January 30, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for December was 11.5 billion, up 6% from $10.8 billion in same period in 2011. In typical end-of-year spike, volume was up 80% from previous month’s volume of $6.4 billion. Cumulative new business volume for 2012 rose 14% over 2011; receivables over 30 days decreased to lowest level in last 2 years at 1.6%; and charge-offs were up from previous month at 0.6%, but down by 14.3% compared to same period last year. Read More

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NAM Calls Bipartisan Immigration Proposal strong step forward.

January 30, 2013

Noting the ineffectiveness of "patchwork solutions," NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called proposed framework for immigration reform released by bipartisan group of senators "a strong step forward toward comprehensive reform."  Timmons also stated that manufacturers believe all ideas should be on table as comprehensive immigration reform discussion moves forward and that they look forward to offering input and recommendations as specific language is developed. Read More

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TRFA issues call for papers for 2013 Annual Meeting.

January 30, 2013

TRFA invites submission of Technical Papers for presentation at association's 2013 Annual Meeting, from September 29 to October 1. All timely subject matter and topics relevant to thermoset industry will be considered from the following market perspectives: Adhesives and Sealants; Coatings, Civil Engineering, Flooring; Composites and Tooling; and Potting, Encapsulation, Electrical. Academic papers and papers on non-epoxy applications or green technology are of particular interest. Read More

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Biofuels Producers React to D.C. Circuit decision on RFS.

January 30, 2013

D.C. Circuit decided to vacate 2012 cellulosic biofuel standard and affirm 2012 advanced biofuel standard. In reaction, biofuel organization comprised of ABFA, AEC, ACE, BIO, Growth Energy, and RFA made joint statement in which it was noted, “although we disagree with the court’s decision vacating the 2012 cellulosic volumes, today’s decision once again rejects broad-brushed attempts to effectively roll back the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)." Read More

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BIO Selects San Diego as Venue for 2013 Pacific Rim Summit.

January 30, 2013

BIO announced 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will be held October 8–11 at Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA. BIOCOM will be BIO's partner in hosting this conference, which is dedicated solely to growth of industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sectors in North America and Asia-Pacific region. BIO's Brent Erickson commented, "California is home to a vibrant biotechnology industry, and we are excited to bring this conference to San Diego." Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO® to offer numerous special events.

January 30, 2013

Scheduled for February 19-21, IPC APEX EXPO® is offering special events to help attendees gain valuable information while connecting with other professionals in the industry, including 3 keynote presentations designed to inspire innovation. Dr. Michio Kaku will kick off event with free opening keynote exploring life and technology in the year 2100. Show will also include hand soldering contests, IPC/NPL Cleaning and Contamination Center, and variety of networking opportunities. Read More

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ASTM Publication looks at radiation effects on nuclear materials.

January 29, 2013

Available in print or as e-book, STP 1547, Effects of Radiation on Nuclear Materials: 25th Volume, compiles 17 peer-reviewed papers that focus on research pertaining to effects of radiation on nuclear materials. Sections cover reactor pressure vessel steels; synergistic effects of helium and displacement damage; austenitic steels, Ni, Zr, and Al-Mg alloys, and polyethylene; as well as modeling of radiation effects. Read More

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ASTM offers protective clothing and equipment compilation.

January 29, 2013

STP 1544, Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 9th Volume, Emerging Issues and Technologies, includes 22 peer-reviewed papers that cover latest information on performance of protective clothing for government and industrial workers, first responders, and civilians. Some topics include: evaluation of fire-resistant clothing using instrumented mannequin; assessing user needs and perceptions of firefighter PPE; and puncture resistance of protective gloves to needles. Read More

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Products at IPC APEX EXPO showcase innovation, inspiration.

January 29, 2013

In keeping with its Information that Inspires Innovation theme, IPC APEX EXPO® (February 19–21, 2013, at San Diego Convention Center) will feature number of exhibitors introducing new products. Over 400 exhibitors serving electronics assembly, test, and printed board industries will present latest technologies, materials, and processes to help attendees gain efficiencies, enhance processes, as well as get up to date on new industry research and developments. Read More

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BIO praises House for approving H.R. 307.

January 29, 2013

According to BIO's Jim Greenwood, H.R. 307, Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act is an opportunity to build more prepared and resilient communities that are better able to withstand natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, and infectious disease outbreaks. Bipartisan legislation will help advance medical countermeasure development through increased coordination among agencies, more transparent and consistent regulatory process, and continued commitment of government funding. Read More

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Fireside Chats Announced for BIO CEO and Investor Conference.

January 29, 2013

BIO announced Fireside Chats lineup for BIO CEO and Investor Conference, which will be held February 11–12, 2013 in NYC. These chats will feature moderated, one-on-one conversations with industry leaders and be followed by interactive question and answer session. Participants will include Robert Hugin of Celgene Corporation; John C. Lechleiter of Eli Lilly; N. Anthony Coles of Onyx Pharmaceuticals; John F. Milligan of Gilead Sciences, Inc.; and Jean-Jacques Bienaimé of BioMarin. Read More

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ISO TC/197 to meet in Montreal on February 28th.

January 29, 2013

ISO TC/197 will review activities of working groups, discuss strategy for collective ownership of documents, and discuss merits of restarting work of 2 groups where documents failed to reach consensus within ISO timeframes. To prepare for discussions, 2 ballots have been circulated to member countries for vote: N563, vote on cancellation of ISO 15869, Gaseous hydrogen and hydrogen blends - Land vehicle fuel tanks; and N564, vote on cancellation of ISO 20100, Gaseous hydrogen - Fueling stations. Read More