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Over 3,500 Organizations demand end to sequestration cuts.

February 13, 2013

Citing threats to economic health and American jobs, 3,500+ organizations from all sectors of the economy and society joined together to urge immediate end to sequestration budget cuts. Letters from NDD United, AIA, and Task Force on American Innovation were sent to President Obama and congressional leadership, and copies went to every member of Congress. "The danger that sequestration poses to the economy and our national security cannot be overstated," said AIA's Marion C. Blakey. Read More

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PTDA welcomes four new members.

February 13, 2013

During fourth quarter of 2012, Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) welcomed 4 new members: A & W Bearings & Supply Co. Inc. of Dallas, TX; Brenner Industrial Sales of Youngstown, OH;  and Northeast Industrial Technologies, Inc. of Lima, NY, are manufacturers of products such as mechanical PT, bearings, motors, and electrical/electronic drives. Gorman-Rupp of Canada, Limited, located in St. Thomas, Ontario, manufactures pump products. Read More

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EESCC Opens Inventory Database to broader stakeholder community.

February 13, 2013

Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) Inventory Database is now accessible to all stakeholders in energy efficiency and standardization communities. Database plays key role in efforts to assess energy efficiency standardization landscape and carry out development of standardization roadmap. Input is being gathered regarding relevant standards, codes, guidelines, and conformance programs as well as perceived gaps in standardization and conformance activities. Read More

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INCITS seeks participants for new US Technical Advisory Groups.

February 13, 2013

InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) has created 2 new groups to serve as US TAGs to Working Groups associated with ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information Technology. INCITS Study Group on Internet of Things will identify standardization gaps and market requirements related to IoT, while INCITS GIT1 will establish functional framework for IT governance and focus on related standards, including documents on digital forensics, corporate governance, and software management. Read More

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IPC Commodities Report predicts rising price trend.

February 12, 2013

According to February 2013 edition of IPC Commodities Report for the Electronics Industry, all metals IPC tracks for electronics industry experienced double-digit percentage price decreases in 2012, with the exception of gold. After rally in second half of 2012, most prices now appear to be holding steady as markets await outcome of economic developments in Europe, the USA. and China. Forecast for 2013 is a moderate resumption of rising prices for most metals, with exception of nickel. Read More

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National Manufacturing Day slated for Oct. 4, 2013.

February 12, 2013

During Manufacturing Day, manufacturers, educational institutions, and others are encouraged to host events that highlight importance of manufacturing to nation's economy and draw attention to many rewarding high-skill jobs in manufacturing fields. Co-produced by FMA, NAM, The Manufacturing Institute, and NIST's Hollings MEP, this year's celebration will feature open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness of modern manufacturing. Read More

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NTSB to Hold Forum on Positive Train Control.

February 12, 2013

To be held by NTSB on February 27, 2013, "Positive Train Control: Is it on Track?” will bring together experts to discuss technological, regulatory, and operational status of Positive Train Control (PTC). NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, noting that industry is preparing to make "substantial infrastructure investments," said that "this is a timely opportunity to engage in the dialogue and advocate for this important safety enhancement." Read More

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The Deck at AeroDef optimizes interaction among participants.

February 12, 2013

Scheduled for March 19-21, AeroDef® Manufacturing and Composites Manufacturing 2013 will feature "The Deck", a central area of the exposition floor designed for optimal interaction between aerospace and defense speakers, exhibitors, and attendees. Events that take place at The Deck include keynote presentations, panel discussions, networking events, and 1-on-1 meetings. Topics discussed are reflected throughout event, which includes conference and exposition floor arranged by 8 technology zones. Read More

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Guelph Food Technology Centre merges with NSF.

February 12, 2013

GFTC, a Canadian leader in food safety certification, training, quality, and technical solutions, has merged with NSF International, a global public health and safety organization with similar legacy in food safety and training. As a result, GFTC's current members and clients will benefit from broad array of NSF food safety training, auditing, and certification services that include seafood, organic, and global food safety certifications as well as support from NSF International. Read More

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NEMA Distribution Equipment Standard receives ANSI approval.

February 12, 2013

ANSI/NEMA KS 2-2013 Distribution Equipment Switch Application Guide, a User’s Reference, provides application information for proper selection, installation, and operation of distribution equipment switches up to 600 V. Switch selection and application for UL 98, UL 977, and UL 1429 have been updated in this edition. Standard can be downloaded at no charge, or hard copy may be purchased. Read More

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NAWC and U.S. Chamber of Commerce launch activation campaign.

February 12, 2013

NAWC and U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced launch of Water Is Your Business, an activation campaign designed to dramatically increase local dialogue - informed by facts - on critical need to address nation's decaying water infrastructure, and to mobilize communities to become actively involved in finding solutions to this challenge. U.S. EPA places cost of repairing, replacing, and upgrading aging water and wastewater infrastructure at more than $600 billion over next 20 years. Read More

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EPA provides tools for sustainable communities.

February 12, 2013

EPA released Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities report, which describes how low-income, minority, and tribal communities can employ smart growth strategies to clean up and reinvest in existing neighborhoods; provide affordable housing and transportation; and improve access to jobs, parks, and stores. Report also provides ideas on how smart growth practitioners can better meet needs of low-income residents as they promote development/redevelopment in underserved communities. Read More

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NIST Guide helps utilities develop Green Button web tools.

February 12, 2013

With NIST User Guide for web developers, electric utilities and vendors can give customers electronic access to their energy usage data with tools and applications developed as part of Green Button initiative. Consumers armed with this information can then use array of Web applications to make more informed energy decisions. Guide covers: composition of Green Button data and how it fits together; how to make Green Button data accessible to users via XML style sheets; and sample source code. Read More

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NIST Issues Call for MSE research grant proposals.

February 12, 2013

The 2013 NIST Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs, announced on January 29, 2013, comprise grant solicitations for 8 NIST research units: Material Measurement Laboratory, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST Center for Neutron Research, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Office of Special Programs, and Associate Director for Laboratory Programs. Read More

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Nanoparticle Committee Approves tracking, measurement standards.

February 11, 2013

Two new standards developed by ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology will assist various users in aspects of nanomaterial measurement: ASTM E2834, Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA), and ASTM E2859, Guide for Size Measurement of Nanoparticles Using Atomic Force Microscopy. Both are under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E56.02 on Physical and Chemical Characterization.
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Committee Approves Standard for leachate piping systems.

February 11, 2013

ASTM F2986, Specification for Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings for Mine Leachate Applications, fills need for standard covering strong plastic piping systems that can be used in harsh environment of underground mine leachate systems. Described in ASTM F2986, leachate pipe is designed for deep underground use under harsh chemical exposure from corrosive acid or alkaline effluent. Use of this pipe will prevent premature deterioration of leachate systems in large mine operations. Read More

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NEMA Publication covers PTFE insulated high-temp hook-up wire.

February 11, 2013

Published by NEMA, ANSI/NEMA HP 3-2012 Electrical and Electronic Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Insulated High-Temperature Hook-Up Wire, Types ET (250 V), E (600 V) and EE (1,000 V) covers specific requirements for PTFE insulated solid and stranded wire designed for internal wiring of high reliability electrical and electronic equipment. It permits continuous conductor temperature ratings of -65 to +200°C with silver-coated conductors and -65 to +260°C with nickel-coated conductors. Read More

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Jim Greenwood restates call to arms for renewable fuels.

February 11, 2013

Contrary to the assertions of oil refiners, advanced biofuels are now a reality, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said in remarks on Renewable Fuel Standard, and participated at ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum, held on Capitol Hill. He also participated in panel session on Legacy of Bipartisan Support for Renewable Energy. According to Greenwood, RFS has accomplished what Congress intended – reduced need for foreign oil, spurred investment, increased production, and created jobs. Read More

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Nominations Are Open for BIO George Washington Carver Award.

February 11, 2013

BIO is accepting nominations for annual George Washington Carver Award, which recognizes significant contributions by individual in field of industrial biotechnology. Written nominations should highlight contributions nominee has made in using biotechnology for sustainable production of biobased products, materials, and energy and include examples of nominee's pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2013. Read More

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North American Robotics Market sets several records in 2012.

February 11, 2013

With 2012, North American robotics market recorded its strongest year. Statistics from RIA show total of 22,598 robots, valued at $1.48 billion, were sold to companies in North America. Including sales by to companies outside North America, totals are 25,557 robots valued at $1.66 billion. Compared to 2011, North American orders were up 17% in units and 27% in dollars. Fourth quarter of 2012 was strongest quarter ever recorded by RIA, with 6,235 robots sold to North American companies. Read More