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NEMA welcomes House vote on U.S.-Russia trade.

November 30, 2012

NEMA congratulated strong bipartisan vote by House of Representatives to approve legislation to grant permanent normal trade relations status to Russia and provide access for U.S. businesses to the benefits of the entry of world's ninth largest economy into rules-based international trading system. Russian Federation formally joined the World Trade Organization on August 22, 2012, after many years of negotiations with the U.S. and other major trading partners. Read More

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NIST Guide helps manage risk in federal ICT supply chain.

November 29, 2012

NIST published final version of Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for federal information systems. Guide offers supply chain assurance methods to help federal agencies manage risks associated with purchasing and implementing information and communications technologies (ICT) products and services. Publication calls for procurement organizations to establish team approach to assess ICT supply chain risk and to manage risk by using technical and programmatic mitigation techniques. Read More

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BIO Conference to highlight drivers of biotech momentum.

November 29, 2012

Scheduled for Feb 11-12 in New York, 15th annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference will feature issue-oriented plenary sessions, educational sessions focused on timely therapeutic areas and key business issues, company presentations, one-on-one meetings, and networking opportunities. Conference focuses on public market biotech companies, which are having a banner year, substantially outperforming broader market indices. Nasdaq Biotech Index is up 27% year-to-date, beating S&P 500 by factor of 3. Read More

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Study Finds EPA Regulations will harm economic growth.

November 29, 2012

As released by NAM, A Critical Review of the Benefits and Costs of EPA Regulations on the U.S. Economy finds 6 major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations will cost manufacturers hundreds of billions of dollars and cause loss of several million jobs. Study also finds those regulations will produce negative net benefits to society. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said "layer upon layer of regulations...weighing down manufacturers will produce "A devastating ripple effect." Read More

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IPC names Phil Carmichael as President of IPC China.

November 29, 2012

Appointed President of IPC China, Philip S. Carmichael is an experienced business professional who has served in five Fortune 500 companies since 1983, building successful, sustainable businesses in China, Japan, and across the Asia-Pacific region. Living in the Asia region for more than 30 years, he has strong cross-cultural leadership skills, strong knowledge of business-to-business markets in Asia, and strong business relationships throughout the region. Read More

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Construction Industry honors JILA's X-Wing with 2 awards.

November 29, 2012

JILA's X-Wing addition received 2 construction industry awards – best project in higher education/research and special judges' recognition – from trade magazine Engineering News-Record. Joint institute of NIST and University of Colorado Boulder, JILA is located on university campus. Its 6-story X-Wing adds ~50,000 ft² of laboratory, office, and collaboration space, which will enhance capacity to train new generations of scientists and innovators. Read More

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NIST Releases Annual Report on federal technology transfer.

November 29, 2012

NIST released annual report detailing efforts to transfer results of public investment in research to meet marketplace and other needs. Most recent report tallies thousands of patents, cooperative agreements, licenses, and other pathways. In 2010, 11 federal laboratories included in report had 18,000+ active collaborative relationships with private entities and other government agencies, disclosed more than 4,700+ inventions, submitted 1,830 patent applications, and received 1,143 patents. Read More

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Grant awarded to train 426 Minnesota workers at MDI.

November 29, 2012

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership awarded Itasca Community College and AdvancED a $260,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Grant is for the development and delivery of a Commitment to Quality training program for Minnesota Diversified Industries. In addition to award from MJSP, MDI is contributing $750,000 toward training program, along with monies also contributed by ICC. In total, Grant is worth over one million dollars. Read More

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EPA and NIH announce air pollution sensor challenge finalists.

November 29, 2012

Four individuals and teams have been selected for final phase of the My Air, My Health Challenge, which was created to encourage development of portable devices that gather and integrate health and air quality data to help protect people's health and make environmental information more accessible. Individuals and teams submitted designs for sensors that can be worn or carried and take into account link between airborne pollutants and health measurements, such as heart rate and breathing. Read More

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PTDA Business Index for 3Q 2012 shows slower continued growth.

November 29, 2012

Reading of 50.3 produced by 3Q12 PTDA Business Index represents deceleration from 2Q12 reading of 54.2, indicating power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry expanded for tenth consecutive quarter at slower pace compared with 2Q12. Distributors and manufacturers reported decelerated sales growth compared to last quarter. On average, sales rose 5% in 3Q12, down from 7% growth in 2Q12. With average forecast of 6%, PTDA members expect 2013 to be another year of growth. Read More

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CSA Group acquires Orb Optronix.

November 29, 2012

CSA Group has acquired Orb Optronix, a privately held company located in Kirkland, Washington, that specializes in the characterization, measurement, and testing of discrete LEDs, LED arrays, LED light engines, LED replacement lamps, and LED luminaires. Acquisition of Orb Optronix provides CSA Group with state-of-the-art LED and lighting metrology testing capabilities, accelerating and enhancing its Solid State Lighting testing capabilities globally. Read More

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EPA launches septic system maintenance awareness program.

November 29, 2012

EPA launched SepticSmart program encouraging homeowners to take steps to maintain their home septic systems, preventing expensive repairs and pollution to local waterways. National program aims to educate homeowners about proper daily system use and need for periodic maintenance. Suggesting inspections every 3 yr and other tips, it also provides industry practitioners, local governments, and community organizations with tools and materials to educate clients and residents. Read More

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EPA keeps renewable fuels levels in place.

November 29, 2012

EPA announced that it has not found evidence to support a finding of severe "economic harm" that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard. Economic analyses of impacts in the agricultural sector, conducted with USDA, showed that on average waiving the mandate would only reduce corn prices by approximately 1%. Economic analyses of impacts in the energy sector, conducted with DOE, showed that waiving the mandate would not impact household energy costs. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report forecasts steady conditions.

November 29, 2012

According to November 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect steady business conditions during next 3 months; 45% of 125 sampled metalforming companies anticipate economic activity will remain unchanged. Companies also expect slight uptick in incoming orders over same time period, while average daily shipping levels remained steady. Percentage of companies with workforce on short time or layoff increased to 17%, up from 1% from October and same as 1 year ago. Read More

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EPA raises food waste awareness on America Recycles Day.

November 29, 2012

For 15th annual America Recycles Day, held on November 15, EPA renewed its commitment to helping Americans reduce wasted food with Sustainable Materials Management Food Recovery Challenge. Initiative helps participants make purchasing decisions, find uses for surplus food, and recycle rather than send waste to landfills. Agency says each year, over 33 million tons of food are combusted or end up in landfills, where it produces methane that contributes to climate change. Read More

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NEMA publishes Flashing Yellow Arrow amendment.

November 28, 2012

NEMA published Amendment 4 to NEMA TS 2-2002 (R2008) Traffic Controller Assemblies with NTCIP Requirements, supporting Flashing Yellow Arrow features. Amendment 4 standardizes control and monitoring features for FYA, a traffic signal head indication, adding these features to widely used NEMA TS 2. In government-sponsored field trials, FYA improved driver performance when yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before making a turn. Read More

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Consumer Electronics Show to feature major technology trends.

November 28, 2012

From wireless wallets to cloud-based services, app integration, digital health and fitness devices, and beyond, 2013 International CES® will feature array of top consumer technology products and trends, including inspiring innovations across range of hot products and categories. Taking place January 8-11 in Las Vegas, show will draw 150,000 industry professionals. More than 3,000 exhibitors will debut 20,000 new products across 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space. Read More

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NCEDAR Conference aims to boost India's electronics industry.

November 28, 2012

Scheduled for December 4-6, 2012, IPC's National Conference on Electronics Design, Assembly and Reliability will take place at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. Technical conference sessions will focus on 6 areas of advanced electronics: design, simulation, and modeling; electronic components, RF, and optoelectronics; PCB assembly and manufacturing technology; materials and processing; reliability and quality control; and advanced packaging including interconnections. Read More

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MLFI-25 Economic Activity Survey shows rises in new business.

November 28, 2012

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for October showed overall new business volume at $7.6 billion, up 27% from same period in 2011 and down 7% from previous month. Year-to-date (YTD) cumulative new business volume increased 17%. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 1.7%, and charge-offs were down 0.4% from previous month and 43% from previous year. While credit approvals were unchanged, 66% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during October. Read More

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EPA awards more than $5.3 million for research fellowships.

November 28, 2012

EPA announced more than $5.3 million in research fellowships to 127 students pursuing degrees in environmental studies. The 39 Greater Research Opportunities fellows and 87 Science to Achieve Results fellows exemplify agency's efforts to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education. These fellowships encourage leadership in the nation’s environmental science, research, restoration, pollution prevention, and sustainability efforts. Read More