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BETEC Symposium will focus on fenestration developments.

December 7, 2012

With its theme of Fenestration: A World of Change, Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium will take place in Washington D.C. on January 7 as part of week-long Building Innovation 2013. Symposium will present to attendees recent developments in fenestration performance and technology. Leading experts will be on hand to reveal their knowledge and expertise, and attendees can also also earn 8.5 learning units from the American Institute of Architects. Read More

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Glass Container Manufacturer will resolve CAA violations.

December 7, 2012

To resolve alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations at 5 of its manufacturing plants, Ohio-based Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc. agreed to install pollution control equipment to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM) by nearly 2,500 tons/year and pay $1.45 million penalty. EPA's Cynthia Giles commented that "These new pollution controls will improve air quality and protect communities from Georgia to Texas." Read More

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EPA appoints 11 new members to NEEAC.

December 7, 2012

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson appointed 11 environmental education professionals to serve on agency's National Environmental Education Advisory Council, which is comprised of representatives from organizations outside federal government who provide EPA with advice and recommendations on environmental education. Council helps EPA better understand needs of schools, universities, state departments of education, and natural resources. First meeting is scheduled for December 13-14, 2012. Read More

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ANSI HSSP Releases Workshop Report on resiliency metrics.

December 7, 2012

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) released report from single-day workshop – Resiliency Metrics: Standards, Test Labs, and Methods – that examines approaches for standards-based, national program establishing common metrics for resiliency. August 22, 2012 workshop included representatives of government agencies, standards developing organizations, and others. Participants looked at resiliency standards and discussed ways to establish methodology for measuring resilience. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 12 New Members in November 2012.

December 7, 2012

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 12 new members in November 2012: Carter Machinery Company, Inc.; CoServ; eHealth Data Solutions, LLC; Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Ergon Inc.; General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems; Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.; Lymphology Association of North America; Prometric Inc.; Raydon Corporation; Travelport LP; and United Services Automobile Association (USAA). Read More

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SME Identifies first energy conservation program participants.

December 7, 2012

SME announced first 5 student chapters to participate in energy conservation program focused on in-depth assessments of manufacturing facilities. With $292,000 grant from U.S. Department of Energy, SME will partner its student chapters with existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at universities nationwide. SME student chapters include those from Iowa State University, Oregon State University, Tennessee Technological University, University of Dayton, and UMass Dartmouth. Read More

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AIA Warns 2013 Outlook is threatened by impending fiscal cliff.

December 7, 2012

At AIA year-end luncheon, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey warned attendees of an impending "'Thelma and Louise' moment, when we careen off into the void," and called for "real work, real negotiation and a real solution" to sequestration. Blakey devoted most of her remarks to 300 members of news media and industry present, pointing out that it is difficult to forecast next year's aerospace and defense industry outlook given uncertainties at hand. Read More

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Manufacturers urge Senate to pass Russia PNTR bill.

December 7, 2012

NAM sent Key Vote letters to senators urging passage of the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act, which will grant the United States Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia to grow U.S. exports and secure market access to help create American jobs. According to NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, failure to pass this PNTR legislation will only set us further behind in the growing Russian market and hurt American jobs and manufacturing workers.
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Manufacturing Optimism Drops in current climate of apprehension.

December 7, 2012

According to NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers, manufacturers optimistic about future dropped nearly 40% since beginning of 2012. Survey finds recent slowdown in manufacturing activity, uncertainty caused by fiscal cliff, and poor business climate are having significant negative effects on businesses throughout USA. Sales expectations over next year also dropped, from 4.7% in March to 1.0%, and predictions about capital spending and hiring turned negative for first time since 4Q 2009. Read More

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Manufacturers Urge Congress to pass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

December 6, 2012

NAM joined 104 businesses and business groups in urging congressional leaders to pass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which will support and grow manufacturing jobs in USA. According to NAM VP for International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey, "Passing the MTB will reduce the cost of manufacturing in the United States and help manufacturers grow their businesses and improve their competitiveness in an increasingly challenging global marketplace." Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to address PCB cleaning process issues.

December 6, 2012

Featured at IPC APEX EXPO®, Printed Board Assembly Cleaning and Contamination Testing Center will provide practical guidance on implementing effective cleaning and contamination monitoring processes and help visitors overcome common reliability issues. Processes that will be demonstrated include: ionic testing, surface insulation resistance, solder paste flux cleaning, optical inspection, PCB and component compatibility testing, and ion chromatography with on-the-spot assessment. Read More

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ANSI Committee announces upcoming meeting dates.

December 6, 2012

ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has announced web meeting dates for its 5 working groups, as well as its inaugural in-person plenary meeting in January. EESCC is launching work on a standardization roadmap to help advance energy efficiency for the United States. Beginning with first web meeting, EESCC working groups will initiate standards needs assessment and lay strategic groundwork for their portion of the roadmap. Read More

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NAM Economist Says Fiscal Cliff is taking toll on manufacturers.

December 6, 2012

NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray called November manufacturing report from Institute for Supply Management (ISM) "a clear indication of the negative impact that the looming fiscal cliff is already having on our economy." Moutray continued, commenting how survey's employment index, which contracted for the first time in 3 years, shows that manufacturers are reducing their workforce. "Without a resolution to the fiscal cliff," said Moutray, "the economy will remain weak and stagnant." Read More

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AIA, Industry Leaders push for solution to fiscal cliff.

December 6, 2012

At National Press Club, 4 industry leaders participated in panel discussion on impacts of sequestration budget cuts on America's economy and national security. Panel also drew attention to letter from aerospace and defense industry CEOs voicing support for current talks and urging President Obama to continue negotiations with Congress on action to avert upcoming "fiscal cliff." In comment, AIA's David P. Hess said long-term impacts could prove devastating if sequestration goes into effect. Read More

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ANSI Panel releases workshop report on CBRNE standards.

December 6, 2012

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel released workshop report on status of efforts to implement national strategy on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives equipment standards. One-day workshop included representatives of small businesses, standards developing organizations, government agencies, and program developers. Participants discussed current challenges impeding execution of CBRNE national strategies, as well as roles expected to be played by government and industry. Read More

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NextGen Technology improves safety, efficiency in western CO.

December 6, 2012

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced activation of NextGen technology – Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) – that will help pilots address inclement weather around Montrose Regional Airport in western Colorado (CO). Specifically, WAM improves safety and efficiency by allowing air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that are outside radar coverage.
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Registration for 2013 Annual Meeting is now open.

December 5, 2012

From February 7-12, HI and Pump Systems Matter will host 2013 Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, FL. Hydraulic Institute technical committees will meet to address industry standards, guidelines, and DOE pump efficiency standards. In addition to variety of guest speakers, meeting will also include bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Market Intelligence Committee, and Standards Leadership Workshop. PSM meetings will include Board of Directors, Educational Affairs Steering Committee, and PSM Marketing Committee. Read More

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AEM announces winners of Pillar of the Industry awards.

December 5, 2012

Annual Pillar of the Industry awards recognize companies’ dedication and outstanding contributions to people and communities of equipment manufacturing industry through extensive I Make America campaign activities in support of pro-manufacturing policies to improve the economy. For 2012, total of 19 companies received Pillar of the Industry Awards – 16 for achieving Gold Status this year, and 3 honored as Gold Year 2 winners, for maintaining their Gold-level status earned last year. Read More

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ASTM Infant Swings Specification has been adopted in CPSC rule.

December 5, 2012

Provisions from ASTM International F2088-12a, Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Swings, have been incorporated in U.S. federal mandatory safety standard that was passed unanimously by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in order to improve safety of infant swings and prevent child injuries and deaths. This adoption of ASTM F2088 means all infant swings introduced into commerce must comply with standard, which defines "infant swing." Read More

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NREL, BESC Researchers solve puzzle of plant architecture.

December 5, 2012

NREL and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) scientists combined microscopic imaging methods to gain greater understanding of relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility. According to principal investigator Dr. Shi-You Ding of NREL, imaging technologies allowed interdisciplinary team to view plant architecture at scales from millimeter to nanometer. This breakthrough could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering costs of biofuel production. Read More