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NREL Study shows fuel economy benefits of hybrid delivery vans.

October 5, 2012

"Eighteen-Month Final Evaluation of UPS Second Generation Diesel Hybrid Electric Delivery Vans" details impact of hybridization on fuel economy and performance, and identifies conditions under which hybrids offer maximum fuel savings. NREL team collected and analyzed in-service fuel economy, maintenance, and other vehicle performance data on 11 hybrid and 11 conventional step vans. During on-road portion of study, hybrid vans demonstrated 13–20% higher fuel economy than conventional vans. Read More

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Construction Spending declines for second month in a row.

October 5, 2012

According to U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending has fallen for second consecutive month, dipping 0.6% in August. However, spending is up 6.5% from one year ago. Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.3% to seasonally adjusted annual rate of $557.2 billion. Year-over-year, nonresidential construction spending is up 2.2%. In addition, residential construction spending increased 0.9% for the month and is 16.1% higher than August 2011. Read More

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NIST November Symposium focuses on forensics.

October 5, 2012

During Forensics@NIST 2012 symposium on Nov 28-30, attendees will learn how NIST's laboratories and staff support many branches of forensic science including DNA analysis, arson investigation, trace evidence analysis, fingerprint impression analysis, biometrics, and computer/cell phone forensics. Event will feature 45 lectures and 40 poster presentations by NIST scientists, engineers, and collaborators. Attendees will also have opportunity to experience deployable forensic laboratory on display. Read More

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Colorado Workshop to explore plans for NNMI.

October 5, 2012

On Oct 18, 2012, final public workshop will be held to gather input on design of proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, which was conceived to address gaps in national capabilities to translate innovations into products and processes. Organized by Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, "Designing for Impact IV: Workshop on Building the NNMI" will be seeking ideas on technology focus, organization, operation, management, and other topics relating to proposed network. Read More

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NICE Workshop adds cyber threat training/competition track.

October 4, 2012

Third annual National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workshop will take place October 30 through November 1 in Gaithersburg, MD. With its "Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity Education–Connecting the Dots in Cyberspace" theme, this workshop will focus on making cyber connections between government, academia, industry, and public to help NICE achieve its goals. There will be 4 tracks, including one focused on cybersecurity's role in competitions. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard regarding CT access controls.

October 4, 2012

NEMA has published NEMA XR 26 Access Controls for Computer Tomography: Identification, Interlocks, and Logs. It applies to particular functioning of computer tomography (CT) system, as covered by scope of IEC 60601-2-44, and relates to who has access/permission to use system for clinical or other uses. Standard also contains functionality for use in facility's QA program, such as capturing operator and patient information, as well as information related to saved changes in protocols. Read More

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TITANIUM 2012 explores developments in commercial aerospace.

October 4, 2012

During TITANIUM 2012, Jeff Masingill, VP Sales and Marketing of RTI Remmele Engineering Inc., will serve as moderator for Commercial Aerospace session. Panelists will discuss how their organizations manage titanium acquisition process as well as current and future uses of titanium in their product mix. Speakers will also talk about challenges that the titanium market faces, along with some unique perspective as it relates to future needs of the supply chain. Read More

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ANSI and JSMO sign Memorandum of Understanding.

October 4, 2012

Making formal commitment to cooperation in standardization activities, ANSI and the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization have signed Memorandum of Understanding. JSMO belongs to the International Organization for Standardization and is a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission through IEC National Committee of Jordan. MoU reflects essential connection between standards, conformance, and trade, and seeks to establish future areas of cooperation between the organizations. Read More

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NIST Selects Winner of secure hash algorithm competition.

October 4, 2012

NIST announced Keccak, created by Guido Bertoni, Joan Daemen and Gilles Van Assche of STMicroelectronics and Michaël Peeters of NXP Semiconductors, as winner of 5-year competition to select new cryptographic hash algorithm. NIST's team praised Keccak for its design qualities as well as its ability to run on different computing devices. With clarity of construction that facilitates analysis, Keccak offered higher performance in hardware implementations than SHA-2 or any other finalist. Read More

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Educational Program teaches about valve basics.

October 4, 2012

Targeting those who want to learn basics of industrial valves or expand their knowledge about products used to control flow, Valve Basics Seminar will be held in Denver, CO from October 11–12, 2012. Valves and Actuators 101 course consists of lessons that guide attendees through valves and systems they help control. In addition to various sessions and tabletop exhibit, event will feature "Valve Petting Zoo" that lets participants touch and feel examples of products discussed during course. Read More

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BP Products North America to improve spill response preparedness.

October 4, 2012

BP Products North America, Inc. will pay $210,000 penalty, implement enhanced oil spill response program at its oil terminals nationwide, and perform compliance audit to resolve alleged violations of oil spill response regulations at its Curtis Bay Terminal in MD. EPA alleged that BP Products violated federal regulations requiring oil storage facilities to conduct drills and exercises to respond to oil spills at its Curtis Bay Terminal. Read More

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BIO/PhRMA Say PDUFA V sets new course for regulatory science.

October 3, 2012

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO John J. Castellani, along with BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, released joint statement on implementation of Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V). In said statement, the action was called a significant step towards reliable, science-driven regulatory environment which fosters innovation, promotes economic competitiveness, and helps maintain high patient confidence in integrity of medicines. Read More

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Raymond Foo joins IPC as new Southeast Asia representative.

October 3, 2012

As Southeast Asia representative working from Bangkok, Thailand, Raymond Foo will be responsible for providing standards development activity support, raising awareness of IPC and its programs, making company visits, and establishing relationships with new IPC authorized document distributors in the region. Foo has more than a decade of experience in product manufacturing and technology transfer and implementation within the electrical and electronics industries. Read More

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Lean Process improves service department profitability.

October 3, 2012

When St. Louis distributor Cee Kay Supply went through the Lean 5S process, a management strategy designed to increase efficiencies, it led to major changes throughout the company. One area that saw increased productivity was the company’s service department. Stephen Gianino, Cee Kay Supply’s director of operations, shares how the company improved its service department in article titled "Making Your Service Department Profitable," which appears in Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 11 New Members in September 2012.

October 3, 2012

In September of 2012, ANSI welcomed CDL Research and Development Group, Flextronics, Florida Hospital, Georgetown University, ICV Certifications, Lifecore Biomedical, Main Street Checks Inc., Spokane Teachers Credit Union, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Shield Manufacturing Inc., and Teradata as new members. ANSI's president and CEO commented that membership fosters relationship building and influence over business-related standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel announces new co-chairs.

October 3, 2012

Shaun Clancy, Ph.D. and Ajit Jillavenkatesa, Ph.D. have agreed to serve as co-chairs of Nanotechnology Standards Panel. Dr. Clancy is director of product regulatory services for Evonik Degussa Corporation, and is chair of American Chemistry Council’s Health, Product, and Science Policy Committee. Dr. Jillavenkatesa is senior standards policy advisor for NIST, and serves as executive secretary of Subcommittee on Standards within National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology. Read More

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IFBEC releases first annual Public Accountability Report.

October 3, 2012

International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) released their first Public Accountability Report, which provides IFBEC members and stakeholders with data on IFBEC member compliance with Global Principles and best practices that align with Global Principles. Report gives analysis of management and leadership structure of ethics and anti-corruption programs of IFBEC member companies, as well as implementation of policies and integrity programs in member companies. Read More

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Manufacturers call for bold agenda in November election.

October 3, 2012

In newly released video, NAM is reminding Americans of manufacturing’s legacy in the United States and the need for manufacturers’ voices to be heard on Election Day. Video begins by highlighting the stark reality that policies coming out of Washington are hurting nation’s economy, but pivots to the potential manufacturers have to enhance nation’s competitiveness and make it the most dynamic economy in the world. Read More

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BIO Praises Introduction of research incentives act.

October 3, 2012

BIO applauds Sens. Robert Menendez and Olympia Snowe and Reps. Jim Gerlach and Richard Neal for introducing High Technology Small Business Research Incentives Act. Under said proposal, biotech companies would be able to enter into joint ventures with investors, who could utilize losses and tax credits of R/D project. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said "This legislation will help spur greater private investment in biotech and other RD intensive industries." Read More

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PACK EXPO International to inspire baking/snack manufacturers.

October 3, 2012

To help brand owners capitalize on world population growth shifting towards emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific region, increase output, and gain competitive advantage, PACK EXPO International 2012 will provide opportunity to connect with innovation and expand market knowledge. Show will take place October 28–31 in Chicago, IL and feature Baking-Snack Break lounge; Conference at PACK EXPO; PACK EXPO Lecture Series; Brand Zone, with Showcase of Packaging Innovations™; and Processing Zone. Read More