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EESCC Plenary Meeting advances discussion on energy efficiency.

February 8, 2013

Ninety technical experts took part in first plenary meeting of ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) to lay groundwork for its standardization roadmap addressing energy efficiency in built environment. Structured to maximize open dialogue, plenary brought all 5 EESCC working groups (WGs) together to refine their respective scopes and structures as well as present overviews of their progress-to-date to full collaborative. Read More

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Numbers for 2013 TARC break records and show diversity.

February 8, 2013

Middle and high school students in 725 teams across 44 states, District of Columbia, and Virgin Islands, are preparing for 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Participating teams represent diverse group of students from urban and rural America. In light of Title IX's 40th anniversary, contest has also witnessed steady uptick in female participation; more than 20 all-girls teams will be competing this year. Top 100 teams will advance to National Finals on May 11 in The Plains, VA. Read More

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Pharmaceutical Execs to gain manufacturing insights.

February 7, 2013

During Executive Forum In Philadelphia, April 2-3, 2013, ISPE will bring together top executives from aerospace, automotive, and other non-pharmaceutical industries to share manufacturing and quality innovations. Attendees will have opportunity to convene with world-class leaders to gain industry-advancing insight related to lifecycle development and management, best manufacturing practices, supplier development, quality management systems, and leadership. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending increases 0.3% in December.

February 7, 2013

According to Feb 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending increased 0.3% in December, with outlays increasing to seasonally adjusted annual rate of $570.4 billion. Year over year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 1.2%. Increase was driven by private nonresidential construction, which rose 1.8% for month and was 7.6% higher than same time last year. Public nonresidential construction spending fell 1.4% in December and is 5.3% lower than same time last year. Read More

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EPA proposes changes to enhance confidence in RIN trading.

February 7, 2013

To help make Renewable Fuel Standard program more effective, EPA is proposing structured process for buyers of Renewable Identification Numbers to verify validity. Under proposal, RINs would be verified through voluntary quality assurance program that also includes alternative compliance options which leverage existing industry practices and market forces. QAPs would provide means for independent third parties to audit production of renewable fuel and verify that RINs have been validly generated. Read More

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Nation's Construction Industry adds 28,000 jobs in January.

February 7, 2013

According to Feb 1 employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction industry unemployment rate shot up to 16.1% in January, despite addition of 28,000 jobs. Rate marks increase from 13.5% in December 2012, but decrease from 17.7% same time last year. Year over year, construction employment has risen by 102,000 jobs, or 1.8%. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, winter months are notoriously seasonal and subject to construction employment fluctuation based on weather patterns. Read More

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EPA proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards.

February 7, 2013

EPA is proposing 2013 percentage standards for 4 fuel categories that are part of Renewable Fuel Standard program. EISA of 2007 established RFS2 program and annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. Proposed 2013 overall volumes and standards are: 1.28 billion gal, 1.2% biomass-based diesel; 2.75 billion gal, 1.60% advanced biofuels; 14 million gal, 0.008% cellulosic biofuels; and 16.55 billion gal, 9.63% total renewable fuels. Read More

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ASTM NDT Standard describes testing for phased array probes.

February 7, 2013

Developed by Subcommittee E07.06 on Ultrasonic Method, ASTM E2904, Practice for Characterization and Verification of Phased Array Probes, describes testing that can be done on various arrays to ensure all inspectors are using similar testing equipment. Measurement data will be helpful in specifying, describing, or providing performance criteria for procurement and QA or service evaluation of operation characteristics of linear phased-array ultrasonic probes. Read More

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Upcoming Workshop to focus on tissue engineering scaffolds.

February 7, 2013

Standards and Measurements for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: What Do We Have; What Do We Need? will take place in Indianapolis, IN, on May 21 to identify highest priority items for future standards work for scaffolds for TEMPs. Bringing together government, academia, and industry, workshop will include discussions on how standards for tissue engineering scaffolds are currently being used by community and what opportunities exist for developing new scaffold standards. Read More

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Collaboration produces Women in Engineering video.

February 7, 2013

Produced by SME Education Foundation, AMT, Gardner Business Media, and Modern Machine Shop magazine, "Women in Engineering" showcases critical importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Video features Quality Control Engineer, Rebecca Miller at GE Aviation, describing work of manufacturing engineering and reasons why she finds her field rewarding. SME-EF is sending video to about 4,800 Project Lead The Way schools and high schools for viewing during National Engineers Week. Read More

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Report Identifies Women as untapped manufacturing talent sourse.

February 7, 2013

According to report by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 80% of respondents believe manufacturers can improve their efforts to recruit women. and 51% cite main driver of women's underrepresentation in manufacturing as perception of male-favored culture. As many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled and 70% of manufacturing companies report experiencing moderate to severe talent shortage. Addressing this crisis means taking steps to recruit, retain, and promote women. Read More

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NAM Chief calls for comprehensive immigration reform.

February 7, 2013

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons testified before House Committee on Education and the Workforce at hearing on Challenges Facing America's Workplaces and Classrooms. Testimony highlighted need for immigration reform to strengthen workforce by providing access to skilled workers. As part of reforms, manufacturers are asking Congress and Administration to address lack of high-skilled workers, settling issues regarding undocumented population and establishing commitment to strong legal enforcement. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition will be hosted by IPC APEX EXPO.

February 7, 2013

Taking place on IPC APEX EXPO® show floor, IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition will feature 18 competitors from 12 companies attempting to build functional electronics assembly within 30 minute time limit. IPC's Kris Roberson commented, "There’s a lot of talent out there and the hand soldering competition is a great way to showcase those skills." Competitions will take place February 19–20 from 1:00–4:00 pm, and winner will move on to IPC World Championship. Read More

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Association for Advancing Automation launches new website.

February 7, 2013

Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has launched new website, www.A3automate.org, which will be "used for informational and educational purposes as we continue to advocate for the industry," according to A3 President Jeff Burnstein. The website will also track major industry news stories and is considered to be the next step in engaging stakeholders from around the world and demonstrating why automation transforms how business is done. Read More

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ANSI welcomes 17 new members.

February 7, 2013

In January 2013, 17 new members joined a federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. Under Institute's umbrella, diverse constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace and to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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Keynote will address debt, taxes, government services, politics.

February 7, 2013

Co-chairs of President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and co-founders of The Campaign to Fix the Debt, former Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, will engage in “Debt, Taxes, Government Services and Politics—Is There a Way Out?” on April 24 at 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago, IL. Moderated by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, this keynote luncheon panel will discuss non-partisan movement to put USA on better fiscal and economic path. Read More

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IPC Report examines opportunities and risks in Latin America.

February 7, 2013

According to Latin America: Regional Outlook for the Electronics Industry, Latin America is showing a new resilience and faster economic growth, which may make it an attractive region for investment. Focusing on Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador, report not only provides insight into economy and prominent industry sectors, it also examines political, economic, and business risks companies need to understand as they consider pursuing opportunities in region. Read More

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NIST Grants support development of teaching materials.

February 7, 2013

NIST will offer financial support to institutions developing teaching materials and curricula that are focused on important role played by technical standards in the global economy. The funds, which are expected to range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year for up to 2-year period, may be used to develop materials aimed at either undergraduate or graduate students. Under program, qualifying institutions will work with NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. Read More

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Ascouncil.org 2.0 includes revamped job board.

February 6, 2013

Re-launched Ascouncil.org 2.0 includes updated job board designed to help members find qualified candidates for jobs within their companies. Service is free to members and will be promoted via Council’s e-catalyst and adhesives.org newsletters. Members can post job to include title, salary range, location, and general information about company and/or position. Members can also elect to receive submissions either by email or by directing applicants to websites, or both. Read More

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NREL seeks leaders for National Executive Energy Academy.

February 6, 2013

Applications are being accepted for NREL's 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. Also known as Energy Execs, program enables non-technical decision-makers to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing. Two learning opportunities, comprehensive Leadership Program and shorter, condensed Leadership Institute, provide executives with information to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related planning. Read More