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BIO Says Affordable Care Act Ruling must lead to implementation.

July 12, 2012

In his statement on ruling issued by U.S. Supreme Court regarding Affordable Care Act, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said BIO will continue to work with federal and state agencies to implement said law in a way that helps foster continued U.S. biotech development of lifesaving cures and other medical breakthroughs while expanding patient access to critical cures, medicines, and innovations. BIO will also continue to support efforts to repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board. Read More

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Manufacturing Optimism declines due to increased uncertainty.

July 12, 2012

According to NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers, manufacturing has been slowing over past few months. For second quarter in a row, majority of respondents identified unfavorable business climate as their primary challenge, up from 62.2% to 64%. Survey results showed that 46.4% of respondents identified rising energy and raw material costs as a top challenge. Number of respondents who are somewhat or very positive about their company's outlook dropped from 88% to 83%. Read More

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SME Manufacturing and Design Workshop to be held October 4-5, 2012.

July 12, 2012

Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly workshop will provide fundamental knowledge and hands-on practice that can be used for new product and process development or with existing applications. To take place at Embassy Suites, Glendale, CA, workshop will also be available virtually via live web-streaming. Led by Dan Bauer, workshop includes 6 modules on day 1 and 4 modules on day 2. Program is intended for professionals including program and quality managers and design engineers. Read More

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FABTECH 2012 will take place in Las Vegas from November 12-14.

July 12, 2012

Offering opportunity to source products and services for metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing, FABTECH 2012 will host more than 1,100 manufacturers and 25,000 attendees. Over 400,000 ft² of net floor space will be dedicated to live equipment demonstrations, allowing visitors to see, touch, and compare products side-by-side. Simultaneously, FABTECH educational conference will offer expert speakers and insights into manufacturing topics. Read More

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Auto Composites Pioneer wins 2012 lifetime achievement award.

July 12, 2012

Named 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by SPE®'s Automotive Division, Gary Lownsdale will be honored for his role leading automotive plastics and composites innovations at 42nd-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala. Lownsdale's career-long interests have resulted in significant contributions to field. Before retiring, Lownsdale says his last major challenge and R/D focus will be increasing production speeds and reducing costs so carbon composites can be used throughout automobile. Read More

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CE Week featured top industry leaders, products, and media.

July 12, 2012

CE Week, presented by Consumer Electronics Association, spanned more than 48,000 square feet of floor space and featured weeklong series of technology events across New York City, including CEA Line Shows, Digital Downtown Conference, Eureka Park Challenge, and Mobile Apps Showdown. Conference sessions, networking events, press conferences, and product launches drew thousands of media and CE industry professionals from across the nation. Read More

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IPC to hold inaugural Test and Inspection Online Symposium.

July 12, 2012

Scheduled for July 24, 2012, "IPC Test and Inspection Online Symposium: Technology Review and Case Studies to Improve Processes, Yields and Costs!" will provide test and inspection engineers with forum to learn solutions to issues that plague test processes, without having to leave the office. Symposium will cover test and inspection issues about X-ray inspection, silver corrosion failures, environmental stress screening, and more. Each session will be followed by Q/A session with speaker. Read More

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NAM Comments on Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling.

July 12, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling "a dramatic moment in our nation's history" but added that work remains to be done in order to reduce rising health care costs. Citing 97% of manufacturers that offer "generous health benefits," Timmons called escalating health care costs biggest obstacle in continuing such practices. Cited alternatives included legal liability reform, purchasing insurance across state lines, and preventive medicine focus. Read More

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NIST Co-Sponsored Manufacturing Day to focus on jobs and growth.

July 12, 2012

To be held October 5, 2012, Manufacturing Day will highlight importance of manufacturing to economy and availability of high-skill jobs in related fields. Event is initiative of Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), part of NIST and FMA. Founders invite companies and organizations to hold open houses, public tours, and career workshops at their facilities. Also, manufacturers will be introduced to business improvement resources and services available via MEP centers nationwide. Read More

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Peter Lane wins Award of Merit for oil spill response work.

July 12, 2012

Peter Lane received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response. ASTM International member since 1979, Lane is serving his third term as chairman of Committee F20 and acts as secretary of Subcommittee F20.11 on Control and Chair of F20.94 on Long Range Planning and Coordination. Lane played key role in development of several F20 standards related to oil spill containment booms. Read More

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Smart Grid Products can curb electrical grid reliability issues.

July 12, 2012

In light of the most recent grid reliability failures from the June 29 storm in the Washington, D.C. region, it is important that local and national governments address this issue. Products are currently available to increase grid reliability and expedite power restoration. These Smart Grid products can and should be put into play now. On Thursday, July 12, electrical equipment manufacturing industry CEOs will be available for interview at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. Read More

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FDNY Live Fire Tests help improve fire department tactics.

July 12, 2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing property losses, members of New York City Fire Department spent much of the first 2 weeks in July setting fire to 20 abandoned townhouses on Governors Island. In series of live burn experiments, conducted in collaboration with NIST and UL, firefighters challenged conventional wisdom on, and tested new tactics for, controlling fires and rescuing occupants inside burning homes. Read More

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NIST Issues Guidance to improve pediatric EHR design, usability.

July 12, 2012

A Human Factors Guide to Enhance EHR Usability of Critical User Interactions when Supporting Pediatric Patient Care (NISTIR 7865) was developed with help from experts in pediatrics, human factor engineering, usability, and informatics. Recommendations included therein include adopting user-centered - doctors, nurses, and other clinicians - design approach informed by scientific knowledge of how people think, act, and coordinate to accomplish their goals. Read More

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BIO Responds to Criticism of Navy's biofuels demonstration.

July 12, 2012

BIO's Brent Erickson issued statement supporting Navy's demonstration of advanced biofuels during Rim of the Pacific international naval maneuvers. Calling oil refinery industry's criticisms of said demonstration meritless, Erickson cited dangers of depending on foreign oil as well as associated costs. According to Erickson, BIO supports U.S. Navy's "strategically important" decision to support "viable, cost-competitive alternatives to foreign oil." Read More

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Registration is Open for Automate 2013.

July 12, 2012

With emphasis on small and medium sized companies, Automate 2013 Show and Conference will take place January 21-24, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Exhibits and conference sessions offer attendees opportunity to see how automation - robots, vision and imaging, assembly, and motion control technologies - can be successfully applied to meet challenges of any industry. Over 150 companies are expected to exhibit, and in-depth conference sessions will also be offered. Read More

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ASTM honors John R. Mario with Award of Merit.

July 12, 2012

John R. Mario, forensic scientist IV, drug chemistry section, at Suffolk County Crime Laboratory in Hauppauge, NY, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences. Mario is chairman of Subcommittee E30.92 on Terminology and has been ASTM Committee E30 representative to Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs since 1998. A member of ASTM since 1996, he received Committee E30 Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Read More

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Halogen A-Line Lamp Index shows accelerated growth.

July 12, 2012

NEMA's shipment index for halogen A-line lamps shows acceleration in growth during Q1 2012, improving 110% on year over year (y/y) basis. This increase was preceded by gains of 90% and 98% during Q3 and Q4 2011, respectively. Conversely, respective Q1 2012 declines for incandescent lamps and CFLs were measured at 0.3% and 1% y/y. Halogen A-line lamps garnered 2.8% share, double same period from last year, while incandescent lamps and CFLs respectively registered shares of 76.3% and 20.9%. Read More

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May Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 12.1%.

July 12, 2012

According to AMT, May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $473.92 million. This total, reported by companies participating in USMTO program, was up 14.5% from April and 19.0% when compared to $398.10 million reported for May 2011. With year-to-date total of $2,235.37 million, 2012 is up 12.1% compared with 2011. "While the latest PMI saw a slight dip, overall indications are that manufacturing will continue to lead the way in the general economy," stated AMT President Douglas K. Woods. Read More

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Rare Earth Minerals Standards Meeting to be held Aug 15, 2012.

July 11, 2012

ASTM International will host organizational meeting, on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm EST, for establishment of standards activity on rare earth minerals. At planning meeting held May 16, potential standards topics including REM characterization, efficiency of manufacture, and safety (chemical, physical, and shipping and handling) were outlined. Society will accommodate initiative with forum including private and public sectors in standards development process. Read More

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ANSI announces details for World Standards Week 2012.

July 11, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 9-12, 2012, World Standards Week brings together members of standards and conformity assessment community in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Updated information is available for this year's Open Forum, Legal Issues Forum, and Networking Breakfast and Student Workshop. In addition, New Member Orientation has been added to lineup on Wednesday, October 10. Pre-registration is required for all events and is available on World Standards Week website. Read More