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The Vision Show launched new products and programs in Boston.

June 14, 2012

Held May 8-10, The Vision Show attracted some 2,100 people from 20 countries. Event offered 4-day educational conference as well as AIA's Certified Vision Professional program in CVP-Basic and CVP-Advanced levels. AIA announced its AIA Certified System Integrator program and released Camera Link HS(TM), the next generation communications protocol standard. During show, exhibitor Teledyne DALSA (Canada) displayed their Falcon2 camera and Xcelera HS PX8 frame grabber, which utilize new standard. Read More

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Organizations Seek Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

June 14, 2012

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award applicants total 39 for 2012. Seeking recognition for organizational performance excellence through innovation and improvement, each applicant will be evaluated by independent board of 478 examiners in 7 areas: leadership; strategic planning; operations focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. For 2012, further criteria has been added for application qualification. Read More

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NAM Makes Statement on legislative solutions to NLRB overreach.

June 14, 2012

NAM VP for HR Policy Joe Trauger's statement supported amendments addressing recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) activity offered by Sen Lindsey Graham to Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Trauger asserted that allowing "micro-unions" would foster hostile work environments for employees and employers alike, and that "ambush elections" rule eliminates preparation time needed to make important decisions. Read More

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IPC Members meet with EPA on proposed changes to DSW rule.

June 14, 2012

Leaders of IPC's EHS Committee met with senior EPA staff to discuss regulatory relief for printed board manufacturing. Uncertainty around implementation of 2008 Definition of Solid Waste rule, combined with limitations of EPA's 2011 proposed rule, has inhibited recycling of wastewater treatment sludges from electroplating operations. IPC representatives urged director of EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery to encourage secondary materials recycling in revision of RCRA DSW rule. Read More

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Workshop to cover National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

June 14, 2012

On July 9, NASA and partner organizations of federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office are sponsoring second in series of regional public workshops to gather ideas and suggestions on design of proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Conceived to address gaps in U.S. manufacturing innovation, NNMI is envisioned as network of up to 15 regional hubs that will connect research discoveries and budding ideas for technologies and products with U.S. manufacturers. Read More

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International Leadership Award Winner has been announced by BIO.

June 14, 2012

BIO International Leadership Award winner for 2012 BIO International Convention has been announced as Rt Honourable David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, United Kingdom. Willetts is responsible for looking across all departmental business at strategic priorities as well as higher education, science and research, life sciences, and innovation. He is also responsible for Technology Strategy Board, UK Space Agency, and National Measurement Office. Read More

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BIO to host special China Day program.

June 14, 2012

On June 18, BIO will host China Day program dedicated to exploring questions about changing landscape for innovation, healthcare, and regulatory trends. Event will feature speakers with decades of experience conducting business in Chinese life science sector. Panels will include Healthcare Innovation in China, Developments in the IP Landscape in China, Global Trends in Biologics Regulations, China's Changing Market, and Cross-Border Partnering in Biotechnology. Read More

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NAM Pushes Russia PNTR Legislation as exports booster.

June 14, 2012

NAM's Frank Vargo urged Congress to pass, "as soon as possible," Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) legislation. Vargo called this bipartisan effort "a positive step toward opening a new market in Russia for U.S.-manufactured goods exports" and cited President's Export Council estimates that U.S. exports to Russia could double or triple over next few years. "If Congress fails to act," Vargo warned, "competitors will have an advantage in the $300 billion Russian import market." Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on ISO compliance program standard.

June 14, 2012

Standards Australia, the Australian member body to ISO, has submitted proposal for new International Standard on guidelines for compliance programs. Based on existing Australian standard 3806-2006, Compliance programs, proposed new work item would provide principles and guidance for organizations designing, developing, implementing, maintaining, and improving effective compliance program. ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on proposal by Friday, July 27, 2012. Read More

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ANSI Offers Free Registration for its education courses.

June 14, 2012

Course 205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat, will take place November 7 to edify stakeholders as to all aspects of successful ISO committee management. Course 208, The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization, will occur November 8 and explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO. Attendees also learn to be effective delegate at ISO committee meetings. Read More

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NEMA Joins CCSC in support of advancing public safety.

June 14, 2012

NEMA joined Coalition for Current Safety Codes (CCSC), which was created by ICC and NFPA and publishes National Electrical Code® (NEC). Goal of said coalition is to advance public safety by advocating timely adoption of current building, sustainability, electrical, and life safety codes. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, this timely adoption is fundamental to protecting those who routinely use electrical products without thinking. Read More

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PT Distributor Report provides financial benchmarking.

June 14, 2012

According to results from PT Distributor Performance Report, high-profit power transmission distribution firms had sales of $35.8 million in 2011 and pre-tax profit of 6.8%. Report examines distributor performance trends in several categories including return on investment, income statement, and balance sheet line items. It also examines financial ratios, asset productivity ratios, growth and cash sufficiency ratios, and employee productivity ratios. Read More

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Broadband Forum supports World IPv6 Launch Day.

June 14, 2012

A year ago, Broadband Forum issued BroadbandSuite(TM) 4.0 release, also known as the IPv6 Toolkit, which is a group of related specifications that enable integration of IPv6 addressing protocol into existing network and remote management platforms. Since release of BroadbandSuite 4.0, new work has focused on developing transition options for network operations from IPv4 to IPv6. IPv6 opens up new era in communications, ensuring continued growth of online services and devices. Read More

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Wi-Fi Alliance® Certification to support display devices.

June 14, 2012

Wi-Fi Alliance® is finalizing certification program for Wi-Fi® devices to support display applications, and has defined a new mark to designate products that have passed certification. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast(TM) devices make use of Wi-Fi connection to deliver A/V content from one device to another, without cables or connection to existing Wi-Fi network. With devices, users can do things such as watch videos from smartphone on big screen TV or share laptop screen with conference room projector. Read More

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EPA Grants will help clean up contaminated sites.

June 14, 2012

EPA announced $69.3 million in grants for new investments to provide communities with funding needed to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies, and create jobs while protecting public health. According to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, "These grants will be the first step in getting pollution out and putting jobs back into neighborhoods across the country." Grantees totaling 245 will include tribes and communities in 39 states across USA. Read More

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NIST Big Data Workshop to examine issues and offer solutions.

June 13, 2012

The Big Data Workshop will take place June 13-14, 2012 in Gaithersburg, MD. Of interest to those who must mine large data sets for specific information, workshop will focus on issues experienced in processing and analyzing big data as well as explore what can be done to address it from measurement science and standards perspective. Key national priority topics are to include examples from science, health, disaster management, security, and finance. Read More

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SPE ACCE announces first parts competition at 2012 show.

June 13, 2012

Organizing committee for SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition will hold its first parts competition at this year's show, Sept 11-13, 2012 at MSU Management Education Center. One innovative composites application submitted by sponsors/exhibitors or automakers will be selected from entries and announced on last day of show. Nominations will be judged on impact and trendsetting nature of application, including materials of construction, processing method, and assembly methods. Read More

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Award of Merit given for plastics committee contributions.

June 13, 2012

ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Mark Lavach, manager of applications development and technical services in Functional Additives Division at Arkema Inc. Lavach works on several D20 subcommittees and is chairman of D20.13 on Statistical Methods as well as vice chairman of D20.20 on Plastic Lumber. With contributions recognized by various awards from D20, Lavach has been ASTM member since 1994. Read More

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Michael Katcher receives Award of Merit.

June 13, 2012

ASTM Committee B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys has presented Award of Merit to Michael Katcher, manager, codes and standards at Haynes International. Katcher, who also received honorary title of ASTM fellow, is chairman of Committee B02, and leads Subcommittee B02.92, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 155 on Nickel and Nickel Alloys. A member of ASTM since 1995, Katcher also works on Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. Read More

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PMMI Report on Purchasing illustrates importance of solutions.

June 13, 2012

According to "Key Attributes of Packaging and Processing Machinery and Suppliers 2012," spare parts, reliability, and ever-blurring line between packaging and processing rank high among factors shaping packaging/processing machinery purchases. Researchers interviewed nearly 200 packaging professionals, processing professionals, and plant managers. Respondents reported spending 44-56% of their time working on packaging functions, followed by processing functions and then "other functions". Read More