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Machine Vision Sales increased 3% in second quarter.

September 11, 2012

According to AIA's Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report, total machine vision sales in North America rose 3% compared to 2Q 2011. Sales of machine vision systems rose 2% year-over-year, while component sales saw 10% increase. Paul Kellett, Director of Market Analysis for AIA, said "industry experts do not expect an ongoing improvement," citing 53% of experts surveyed as expecting flat sales and 37% believing sales will decrease in next two quarters. Read More

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ITA Announces Dates and Location for TITANIUM EUROPE 2013.

September 11, 2012

International Titanium Association (ITA) will organize and host TITANIUM EUROPE 2013 Conference and Expo, which will take place March 5-7, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. While providing insights into European titanium industry, event will also serve as networking venue for business executives. According to ITA president Michael Metz, this European forum is expected to "attract producers, distributors, designers and fabricators from all parts of the world." Read More

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EPA Awards aid USA's small drinking water, wastewater systems.

September 11, 2012

U.S. EPA awarded nearly $15 million in funding to provide training and technical assistance to small drinking water and wastewater systems, those serving fewer than 10,000 people, as well as private well owners. Promoting sustainability while supporting EPA's mission to protect public health and environment, funding will help provide tools needed to improve small system operations and management practices. Largest award, nearly $7 million, went to National Rural Water Association. Read More

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ANSI-IREC Program issues first 3 accreditations.

September 11, 2012

ANSI, coordinator of U.S. voluntary standardization system, and Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) announced 3 certificate-awarding entities have been accredited under ANSI-IREC pilot accreditation program for personnel training/education programs within energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. ANSI-IREC accreditation was awarded to CA-based CalCERTS, NC-based CleanTech Education, and WI-based Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Read More

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Conference Will Explore latest developments in ERP software.

September 11, 2012

As announced in Precision Metalforming Association's (PMA) flagship publication, MetalForming magazine, The Manufacturing ERP Experience will provide information on industry's leading enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) software systems for small- to mid-sized manufacturing companies. This conference is scheduled for October 3-4, 2012 in Cleveland, OH. Along with software demonstrations, program will feature variety of case-study and keynote presentations. Read More

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FAA AIP Grant helps extend Fort Worth Alliance Airport runways.

September 11, 2012

As announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, $10 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant has been offered as part of multi-year project to extend runways at Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Grant will pay for continued work to extend each of Alliance's 2 runways to 11,000 ft. Expected to be completed in 2016, this project has been underway for several years and involves relocating nearby state highway and railroad. Read More

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Top 10 USA Transportation Projects compete for national awards.

September 10, 2012

Along with AAA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AASHTO announced top 10 finalists in 2012 America's Transportation Awards competition. Projects by CA, FL, IA, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, NV, and VA state transportation departments are competing for America's Transportation Awards' Grand Prize as well as People's Choice Award. Latter will be decided via popular vote of general public during period of September 10 through October 19. Individuals may vote up to 10 times per day for projects. Read More

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Presenting Companies Announced for 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum.

September 10, 2012

BIO announced private and public companies that will be presenting at 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum, which will take place October 9-10, 2012 in San Francisco, CA. Companies were chosen via competitive screening process with input from BIO and event's advisory committee. With focus on venture-stage growth and emerging public companies as well as those poised to join growth watch list in 2013, international investor forum explores investment trends and opportunities in life sciences. Read More

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Grant to Help Puerto Rico Airport upgrade electrical system.

September 10, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $8.1 million grant for upgrading electrical system at José Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba, Puerto Rico to meet current and future demands as well as comply with Puerto Rico Electrical Power Agency's electrical grid requirements. This project is part of ongoing effort to convert former military airfield to civilian use. According to LaHood, "Investing in our nation's airports promotes economic growth." Read More

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ASTM approves effectiveness test for wet extraction systems.

September 10, 2012

ASTM F2828, Test Method for Assessing Carpet Cleaning Effectiveness in Terms of Visual Appearance Change When Cleaned with a Wet Extraction Cleaning System, was developed by Subcommittee F11.35 on Extractor Cleaners, part of ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners. With consumer in mind, standard provides meaningful prediction of in-home cleaning performance, and will also aid manufacturers in development of better-performing cleaning products over time. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on International Workshop Agreement.

September 10, 2012

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology has submitted proposal for new International Workshop Agreement regarding ISO 9001:2008, Quality management systems - Requirements. ISO 9001:2008 sets down rules for organizational quality management systems that are intended to be applicable to variety of groups and companies. ESMA has offered to serve as secretariat for proposed IWA, which would work to set new guidelines for use of ISO 9001:2008 by policing organizations worldwide. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 15 New Members during July 2012.

September 10, 2012

In July 2012, ANSI welcomed 15 new members. These organizations join one federation that represents 125,000+ companies and over 3.5 million professionals. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia stated that these new members will gain access to information and BI not available anywhere else as well as build relationships that empower them with voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions that directly affect their business. Read More

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EPA and Green Sports Alliance address environmental challenges.

September 10, 2012

EPA signed Memorandum of Understanding with Green Sports Alliance to address environmental challenges faced by sports venues, organizations, and teams. Agreement will facilitate collaboration on issues such as waste management, water and energy conservation, and sustainability for teams and stadiums/sporting venues. EPA has also agreed to share tools like the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which allows building owners to track and assess energy and water consumption. Read More

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Twelve Organizations vie for 2012 Baldrige Award.

September 10, 2012

Twelve organizations have reached next step on road to silver anniversary Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for organizational performance excellence. Baldrige Panel of Judges has selected 1 organization in manufacturing category, 1 in service, 2 in small business, 1 in education, 5 in health care, and 2 in nonprofit for final review. Teams of experts will now make site visits to clarify questions and verify information submitted in applications. Read More

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EPA Awards Grants for drinking water treatment methods.

September 10, 2012

U.S. EPA announced almost $1.5 million in funding to 3 universities - University of Nevada, Reno; University of Florida, Gainesville and University of South Florida, Tampa; and Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY - for development of sustainable drinking water treatment methods. Funded through EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program grants are intended to provide innovative treatment methods to protect people's health by keeping harmful contaminants out of drinking water. Read More

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Workshop to explore flexible printed electronics metrology.

September 7, 2012

On September 12-13, 2012, NIST and FlexTech Alliance will hold workshop on "Flexible Printed Electronics Metrology - The Status and Needs". Workshop will highlight growing need for reliable measurement tools to support rapidly developing electronics field, which uses organic semiconductors and other new materials. Manufacturers of flexible electronics as well as material, tool, and substrate producers will discuss requirements for improving production quality and yield. Read More

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NIST SBIR Awards have been given to 12 companies.

September 7, 2012

As announced by NIST, 12 U.S. businesses received nearly $2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards in order to help develop technologies that could lead to commercial and public benefit. SBIR program's goal is for companies to commercialize their technologies, where appropriate, in Phase III. NIST will provide awardees with technical and direct assistance and direct them to additional resources through Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Read More

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ANSI-IREC Program issues first set of accreditations.

September 7, 2012

Three certificate-awarding entities have been accredited under ANSI-IREC pilot program for personnel training/education programs within energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. They include CalCERTS for training of Home Energy Rating System raters; CleanTech Education for training focused on solar photovoltaics and heating, energy efficiency, wind energy, green IT, and smart grid; and Midwest Renewable Energy Association, providing training related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read More

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EPRI, Newton Labs work to profile used nuclear fuel assemblies.

September 7, 2012

Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) and Newton Research Labs, Inc. have teamed together to develop underwater laser scanning tool to measure individual alignment profile of used nuclear fuel assemblies. First successful demonstration of said technology was recently completed, and second phase of development/deployment will be announced in near future. After system is validated, it will be extended to also enable measurement of PWR fuel assemblies. Read More

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Temporary Fuel Waiver supports 8 states impacted by hurricane.

September 7, 2012

As requested by Governors, EPA exercised its authority under Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in LA, MI, AL, GA, FL, TN, SC, and NC due to disruption in supply of fuel from Gulf-area refineries following Hurricane Isaac. Waiver granted by EPA in coordination with Department of Energy (DOE) will help ensure adequate supply of gasoline in impacted states until normal supply can be restored. Read More