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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

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Healthcare Packaging Magazine to promote PACK EXPO pavillion.

June 13, 2012

Summit Media Group's Healthcare Packaging magazine was selected as leading media partner to grow attendance of Pharmaceutical Pavilion at PACK EXPO International 2012, which will take place in Chicago from October 28-31. Promotional campaign, running from April until October 31, will feature magazine print ads and advertorials, website display ads, and custom newsletter, "Rx Update, Innovations at PACK EXPO for Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biologics Packaging." Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders up 10.2% in April.

June 13, 2012

April U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $410.42 million, down 17.0% from March but up 2.9% when compared with total of $398.73 million reported for April 2011. With year-to-date total of $1,763.77 million, 2012 is up 10.2% compared with 2011. Manufacturing firms continue to hire, with year-over-year unemployment down from nearly 10% in 2011 to a little under 7% this year. In first quarter, U.S. manufacturing technology exports rose consistently and factory productivity increased 5%. Read More

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Pump Acceptance Testing Webinar to focus on rotodynamic types.

June 13, 2012

Pump Systems Matter announced that Pump Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar, to be led by Jim Swetye of Pentair Water, will take place June 26, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT. This session will cover scope of Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests (ANSI/HI 14.6 - 2011) Standard, various aspects of which include terms and definitions, guarantee and duty points for pump acceptance tests, and permissible amplitude of fluctuation of measurement uncertainty. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Opening Keynote Speaker to be determined by vote.

June 13, 2012

IPC is asking electronics manufacturing industry to decide opening keynote speaker for IPC APEX EXPO 2013, which will take place February 19-21 in San Diego. Candidates include astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Academy Award®-winning producer Jon Landau, physicist and author Dr. Michio Kaku, and deep-sea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. Voting will be open until June 22, 2012, and winner will be announced in late August. Read More

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Welding Fume Litigation Outlook favors manufacturers.

June 13, 2012

Welding fume litigation has plagued the welding industry for nearly a decade, but rumors suggest that it could come to an end. GAWDA's Joint Defense Fund Coordinating Counsel for Welding Fume Litigation, Michael Degan, provides latest outlook in "Welding Fume Litigation Out With A Whimper?" which appears in Welding and Gases Today. According to Degan, rumors suggest that the steering committee for plaintiffs has been negotiating proposal to terminate all currently pending welding fume cases. Read More

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ANSI Issues Reminder of awards nomination deadline.

June 13, 2012

Nominations for 2012 ANSI Leadership and Service Awards are due by 5:00 pm EST on June 29. Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, these awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have demonstrated consistent commitment to their industry, nation, and enhancement of global standards system. ANSI will honor recipients at October 10 banquet and ceremony in Washington, DC. Read More

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USNC names 2012 IEC Young Professionals Workshop participants.

June 13, 2012

U.S. National Committee of IEC announced winners of IEC Young Professionals Workshop competition. Aisha Bajwa, Kevin S. Duncan, and Manyphay Souvannarath will attend dedicated workshop alongside recipients from other nations where they will learn more about IEC, standardization strategies, and conformity assessment. They will also be able to attend technical meetings where standards are developed, and observe meeting of IEC Standardization Management Board and IEC Conformity Assessment Board. Read More

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PT Distributor Performance Report offers financial benchmarking.

June 13, 2012

Results from PT Distributor Performance Report show high-profit power transmission (PT) distribution firms had sales of $35.8 million in 2011 and pre-tax profit of 6.8% as compared with pre-tax profit of 3.4% for typical PT distribution firms. Published PTDA, report offers key operational, financial, and productivity ratios for use in benchmarking company performance to that of typical and high-profit firms within power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. Read More

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BIO International Convention to include Leadership Summit.

June 13, 2012

Scheduled for June 18, Leadership Summit: Harvesting the Commercial Potential of Emerging Agricultural and Industrial Biotechnologies, will engage high-level leaders to examine needs, risks, and strategies for financing development and commercialization of innovative agricultural and industrial biotechnology products. USDA Under Secretary Dr. Catherine Woteki will keynote summit's opening panel addressing array of agriculture, energy, and sustainability issues. Read More

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Northeast States Earn Awards for transportation projects.

June 13, 2012

America's Transportation Awards competition recognized transportation projects that improved safety for drivers and pedestrians, eliminated major traffic snarls, and helped communities rebuild/recover from natural disasters. While 3 states - Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont - earned awards in the Ahead of Schedule category, Maryland earned Under Budget award. States honored in Best Use of Innovation category include Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Read More

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EPA honors top energy-efficient building designs.

June 13, 2012

During American Institute of Architects National Convention, EPA recognized nearly 100 commercial building design projects submitted by 43 architecture firms that achieved Designed to Earn the Energy Star certification in past year. Projects are nearly 40% more energy efficient than typical buildings, and in total, are estimated to prevent nearly 175,000 metric tons of GHG emissions annually and save more than $23 million in annual energy costs across 10 million ft² of commercial space. Read More

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EPA and Department of VA to connect veterans, water sector jobs.

June 13, 2012

Under memorandum of understanding (MOU), EPA and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program will connect veterans with disabilities to career opportunities in water and wastewater sectors. EPA and VA will work with water utilities, states, and local VA counselors to promote water sector careers and resources for finding water jobs for veterans as well as educational programs to help veterans transition into careers in water industries. Read More

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SAE announces dates for 2013 World Congress and beyond.

June 13, 2012

Scheduled for April 16-18, SAE 2013 World Congress will be hosted by Chrysler with ZF as Tier One Strategic Supplier. Mircea Gradu, Vice President Powertrain Transmission and Driveline Engineering, Head of Virtual Analysis at Chrysler Group LLC, will serve as Chair for the event. Future dates include: April 8-10 in 2014, April 21-23 in 2015, and April 12-14 in 2016. Read More