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NTSB releases its 2013 Most Wanted List.

November 15, 2012

NTSB has released its 2013 Most Wanted List, with 6 of 10 challenges focusing on highway travel where most transportation fatalities take place and includes the number one killer: substance-impaired driving. Covering all transportation modes, list features 6 new issue areas: distraction, fire safety, infrastructure integrity, pipeline safety, positive train control, and motor vehicle collision avoidance technologies. Read More

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AIA Welcomes Pause concerning EU enforcement of ETS.

November 15, 2012

In her statement on European Union (EU) decision to suspend enforcement of Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said AIA is "especially pleased that the EU has taken last week’s draft ICAO Council decision as the positive impetus it needed to pause its controversial trading scheme." Blakey added that it is important to note said proposal pauses and does not repeal ETS law, passage of which AIA continues to support. Read More

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RIA seeks project entries for 2013 innovation awards.

November 15, 2012

Registration for RIA's 2013 Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction will run until December 17, 2012, while entries will be accepted until January 4, 2013. Competition is open to RIA member and non-member firms and up to 2 projects can be submitted in each category. To be eligible, residential or commercial building project must be at least 90% complete by December 2012. Winners will be announced at 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo on April 23-25. Read More

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Esperanza High School secures PRIME funding, exemplary ranking.

November 15, 2012

SME Education Foundation selected Esperanza High School (Anaheim, CA) as one of 9 exemplary schools to participate in PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program. PRIME designation comes with 3-year commitment by SME Education Foundation to provide assistance in creating and fostering partnerships with local manufacturing base to provide job shadows, mentoring, and internships. Also PRIME schools receive $35,000 in funds for same period. Read More

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ASTM Standards are crucial to natural disaster preparation.

November 15, 2012

While technical standards cannot prevent natural disasters, they help ensure greater safety and security before disasters occur and provide needed assistance in wake of events. ASTM standards cover performance of windows and other exterior areas during hurricanes; fire penetration of walls; and potential economic loss due to earthquakes. In addition, crucial topics such as hospital preparedness, search and rescue operations, and emergency medical systems are also addressed by ASTM standards. Read More

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Yokogawa joins Foundation's Board of Directors.

November 15, 2012

A member of HART® Communication Foundation since its inception in 1993, Yokogawa Electric Corporation actively participates and makes contributions on Foundation's executive committee, marketing committee, and technology working groups. Yokogawa is one of industry’s leading suppliers of HART-enabled devices and joins ABB, Emerson Process Measurement, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, and Siemens as a board member. Yokogawa will be represented on board by Kimikazu Takahashi, Yokogawa Corporate Fellow. Read More

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EPA approves emergency fuel waiver for New Jersey.

November 15, 2012

EPA has exercised its authority under Clean Air Act to temporarily waive federal clean diesel fuel requirements in New Jersey to allow use of home heating oil in most generators and pumps in emergency service in New Jersey. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson determined that, as a result of effects of Hurricane Sandy, extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist, which may result in a temporary shortage of diesel fuel compliant with federal regulations. Read More

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Temporary Fuel Waivers assist hurricane impacted states.

November 15, 2012

EPA has exercised its authority under Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in TN, NC, SC, MS, GA, AL, DC, NY, MD, CT, DE, MA, NJ, PA, VA, NH, and RI. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson determined that, as a result of effects of Hurricane Sandy, extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist, which may result in temporary shortage of gasoline compliant with federal regulations. Read More

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IPC and SMTA announce agenda for Session 8 of conference.

November 15, 2012

IPC and SMTA announced agenda for Session 8 of High-Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference. Environmental Standards and Regulations session will provide insight into Ozone Transport Commission’s move to legislate reduction of VOCs in densely populated states in the Northeast. Presentations will be given on EPA’s Design for the Environment developed to reduce hazards posed by chemicals used within the work space, REACH, RoHS2, SVHC, and Conflict Minerals and how they affect assembly business. Read More

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ISO/IEC seek to harmonize audit and certification standards.

November 15, 2012

ISO Committee on Conformity Assessment has released 2 standards to create confidence among regulators, consumers, suppliers, and other stakeholders that certificates granted by one certification body are same as those of another. They include ISO/IEC 17065:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services and ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2. Read More

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YTD U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 5.6% over 2011.

November 15, 2012

According to AMT, September U.S. manufacturing technology orders reported by companies participating in USMTO program totaled $667.47 million. This number is up 40.7% from August and 13.4% from September 2011. With year-to-date (YTD) total of $4,282.11 million, 2012 is up 5.6% compared with 2011. As noted by AMT President Douglas K. Woods, only other month which broke $600 million was also, like September, one that reflected sales from IMTS. Read More

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Health and Fitness Technology to be seen at 2013 International CES®.

November 14, 2012

More than 215 exhibitors will showcase latest digital health and fitness technologies at 2013 International CES, to run Tuesday, January 8 through Friday, January 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sports and fitness devices will be featured at FitnessTech TechZone and FitnessTech Conference Track. In TechZone, tele-health systems, robotic aids, and diagnostic and monitoring equipment will also be shown, while Digital Health Summit will feature 5 speakers in health and life sciences field. Read More

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Asphalt and Aggregate Exhibitions to cover 117,000 net sq ft.

November 14, 2012

Co-located 2013 World of Asphalt and AGG1 expositions will be held March 19-21, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Covering aggregate, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety sectors, events will feature conference on environment, health, and safety issues at asphalt plant and paving site. Education programs will include AGG1 Academy and People, Plants, and Paving Training Sessions. Both shows are supported by over 25 industry-related organizations. Read More

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Momentum grows for solar-fueled water splitting.

November 14, 2012

In 1998, John Turner of NREL demonstrated that he could use sunlight to extract hydrogen from water at 12.4% efficiency. Three hundred articles and news reports followed, and then almost nothing happened. Now, with gasoline at $3.89/gal, there is renewed interest in Turner's work. Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry awarded Turner with Lectureship Award for his work in solar hydrogen and fuel cells and for being a spokesman for hydrogen production via photoelectrochemical water splitting. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2013 to offer 50 development courses.

November 14, 2012

Updates on industry concerns, challenges, and developments will be addressed in 50 IPC APEX EXPO® professional development courses, which will be offered in 2013 from February 17–18 and 21 at San Diego Convention Center. Each course, led by subject matter expert, runs for 3 hours. Specific issues will include those dealing with design, lead-free technology, materials, process improvement, solder joint reliability, and more. Courses will extend beyond theory to provide practical solutions. Read More

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Westfield Vo-Tech High School wins PRIME funding.

November 14, 2012

Manufacturing Technology Department at Westfield Vocational Technical High School, Westfield, MA, has been named a model school by SME Education Foundation through its PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing) program. As a PRIME school, Westfield Vo-Tech will receive funds totaling $35,000 for 3 years to support post-secondary scholarships, equipment upgrades, continuing education for instructors, and a STEM-based camp for middle school students. Read More

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ANSI Industry Briefing to address Russia's acceptance into WTO.

November 14, 2012

Officially accepted into WTO in August 2012, Russia has made commitments to provide foreign companies with tools to prevent trade interference from non-tariff barriers. On November 16, ANSI will hold briefing to inform members of U.S. industry about implications of these commitments and gather feedback about standards, compliance, and market access priorities involving Russia. U.S. exports to Russia exceeded $8 billion in 2011, and are expected to rise with country’s membership in WTO. Read More

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ANSI updates voluntary consensus standards document.

November 14, 2012

ANSI has released updated ANS Key Steps document containing rundown of steps involved in approval of voluntary consensus standards as American National Standards. New version features embedded links, giving stakeholders access to relevant forms and information. To qualify for ANSI accreditation, organizations must meet Institute's requirements for openness, balance, due process, and consensus in their standards development processes, as set-forth in ANSI Essential Requirements. Read More

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FAA Seeks Civil Penalty against Woodward, Inc. and subsidiary.

November 13, 2012

FAA is proposing $246,450 civil penalty against Woodward, Inc. and subsidiary HRT for allegedly failing to conduct requisite drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before transferring/hiring 12 people to perform safety-sensitive aircraft maintenance work. Additional allegations cover failure to include 6 individuals in random drug and alcohol testing pool; failure to administer return-to-duty drug test to one employee; and use of expired intoximeter bottle. Read More

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Ulrich Turck Elected Chairman of Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA EAC.

November 13, 2012

Taking over for Jean-Marie Alliet, Ulrich Turck – Managing Director, Hans Turck GmbH and Co. KG and Turck Holding GmbH – has been elected as Chairman to Fieldbus Foundation's Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for next annual term of office. Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations VP Marc Van Pelt welcomed Turck to his new role, saying he looks forward to working with Ulrich on several FOUNDATION technology and marketing initiatives throughout EMEA region. Read More