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NASA Langley Celebrates 5-year partnership with Sierra Nevada.

June 26, 2012

NASA's Langley Research Center and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems in Louisville, CO joined forces to update Langley's HL-20 lifting body vehicle design into Dream ChaserĀ® orbital crew vehicle, which is being developed as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Development program. Mark Sirangelo, Corporate VP and head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems, visited NASA Langley in Hampton, VA as part of this commemoration and joint corporate/government executive session on said program. Read More

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DOE's NREL Joins Europe's DERlab as new member.

June 26, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected to be a member of nonprofit Association of European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab). NREL was recognized for its research regarding integration of emerging energy technologies into new and existing electricity infrastructure. DERlab is international association of leading laboratories and research institutions in field of distributed energy resources equipment and systems. Read More

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NTSB Forum aims to improve general aviation search and rescue.

June 25, 2012

On July 17-18, 2012, NTSB will hold forum that will concentrate on examining regulations, policies, and procedures at Federal level and serve as platform to facilitate dialog between search organizations, technology manufacturers, and industry groups on issues currently impacting general aviation community. Forum will spend second day discussing emerging technologies and how they may shape future of general aviation search and rescue. Read More

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BIO recaps Day 2 of 2012 International Convention.

June 25, 2012

Second day of 2012 BIO International Convention showcased global financial and business developments that are shaping biotechnology sector. BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, discussed most recent biotech medical breakthroughs, researchers who developed them, and patients who have benefited from new medicines. Super Session covered Ernst and Young's 26th annual report on state of biotech industry. Other topics included prior user rights and trade secrets, and developments in patentability. Read More

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Coalition Brings Life Science Issues to national stage.

June 25, 2012

Announced during 2012 BIO International Convention, Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) has been formed to ensure America's leadership in bioscience innovation. Participating 41 state bioscience organizations aim to deliver industry-led life science education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship programs through nationally coordinated effort. Currently, CSBI is identifying leading state programs for national consideration. Read More

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June 2012 Equipment Leasing Index shows decline in confidence.

June 25, 2012

Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry reflects overall market confidence of 48.5 in June, down from the May index of 59.2. Decline reflects growing concern over European debt crisis, U.S. unemployment, and regulatory and political uncertainty. In survey, 8.1% of executives expect improvement in business conditions over next 4 months, down from 17.1% in May. Industry executives differ on current and future outlook depending on market segment they represent. Read More

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ASTM Standard aims to resolve test result differences.

June 25, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK35585, Practice for Data Collection and Resolving Test Result Differences Between Buyer and Seller, will provide rational dispute resolution practice for contractors or material suppliers and agencies when test results from two different laboratories on same product differ. Some procedures described in standard include documentation to determine acceptable quality material, sample chain of custody, and determination of whether data comes from same population. Read More

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ASTM Water Committee develops standard for Carbon-14 sampling.

June 25, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK36397, Practice for Sampling of C-14 in Gaseous Effluents, is being developed by Subcommittee D19.04 on Methods of Radiochemical Analysis. Standard will help nuclear power plants, as well as other facilities at which fission reactions or spent fuel processing takes place, measure radionuclide carbon-14 in gaseous effluents as required by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Interested participants are invited to contribute to development of ASTM WK36397. Read More

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Inductee Nominations Are Open for AEM Hall of Fame.

June 25, 2012

Nominations are open for 2012 inductees into AEM Hall of Fame, which honors individuals whose inventions, ideas, and leadership contributed significantly to growth and strength of off-road equipment industry. Whether living or deceased, eligible nominees will be evaluated on innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Deadline is July 17, 2012, and each nomination must include supporting documentation. Read More

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IREC to Recognize innovative renewable energy projects/programs.

June 25, 2012

Each year, IREC recognizes individuals and organizations that have implemented innovative projects during past year that promote and accelerate adoption of renewable energy technologies. In 2012, IREC will present awards in 4 categories: Clean Energy Workforce Development, K-12 Education and Training, Community Renewable Energy Projects, and State and Local Government Initiatives. Entries are due by June 29, 2012, and eligible programs or activities must have been initiated during 2011. Read More

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HI Seeks Participants to review draft of vertical pump standard.

June 25, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI), under approval of ANSI, seeks qualified participants for review of newly completed standard for design and application of Rotodynamic (Vertical) Pumps. Standard aims to provide design and application information for vertical pumps for various services. Document includes information applicable to vertical diffuser and submersible motor deep well and short-set pumps driven by vertical electric motors or horizontal engines with right angle gears. Read More

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Bill Parks to Lead Management Committee for 2014 IFPE.

June 25, 2012

Bill Parks, President of Deltrol Fluid Products in Bellwood, IL, was named chair of 2014 IFPE exposition. He will lead show's management committee, which is comprised of volunteer business executives who oversee show planning to ensure event meets needs of industry participants. To be held March 4-8, 2014 IFPE international exposition and technical conference is dedicated to integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. Read More

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Industry Statistics reveal increasing demand for aluminum.

June 25, 2012

Preliminary estimates of total aluminum demand in U.S. and Canada for first quarter of 2012 totaled 5.8 million pounds, a 7.5% increase over first quarter of 2011. Compared to April 2011, net new orders of mill products reported by domestic producers increased 3.7%. Significant increase was seen in demand for semi-fabricated or mill products, which increased 7.9% over first quarter of 2011. In addition, domestic aluminum production increased slightly in April after slipping in January and February. Read More

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NEMA Responds to Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

June 25, 2012

NEMA Vice President of Government Relations Kyle Pitsor responded to passage of H.R. 5325, fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, by House of Representatives. After noting how the House has made investments in programs critical to electroindustry, Pitsor expressed disappointment concerning adoption of Burgess (R-TX) Amendment, reduction in ARPA-E, and failure to place sufficient value on benefits on energy efficiency. Read More

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EPA and Partners announce My Air, My Health Challenge.

June 25, 2012

To help researchers, communities, and doctors better understand connection between air quality and person's health, EPA, NIEHS, and Department of HHS Office of the Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced nationwide challenge called My Air, My Health. Responders to challenge will propose designs for sensors that can be worn or carried, and take into account known or plausible link between airborne pollutants and health measurements in certain individuals or communities. Read More

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NEMA Urges Senate to act on Shaheen-Portman energy legislation.

June 25, 2012

In its letter to all Senate offices, NEMA - along with other manufacturers, trade associations, and affected parties - encouraged U.S. Senate to take up Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 (S 1000). NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis noted bi-partisan support behind S 1000 and said it "provides sensible energy solutions for our country, saves energy, and creates jobs." Gaddis continued, urging Senate to bring S 1000 to floor as soon as possible for voting and passage. Read More

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John Weritz named Vice President of Standards and Technology.

June 25, 2012

As VP of Standards and Technology, John Weritz will be responsible for development and maintenance of industry standards for alloys, aluminum alloy/temper products, and structural applications. He will serve as chief industry resource responding to technical and general queries from customers, government agencies, media, and public concerning aluminum products, processes, and standards. Weritz comes to Aluminum Association from Wise Alloys, where he has served as Metallurgy Manager since 2007. Read More

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TITANIUM 2012 to be held October 7-10.

June 25, 2012

Titanium Mill Processing and Melting will be one of many speaker sessions to be presented at TITANIUM 2012, ITA's 28th annual conference and exhibition. Special Steel Research and Development Center, Shanghai, China, will discuss "Research of Hot Tandem Rolling Process of TC6 Titanium Alloy Bar." Paper by Wang Chuang titled "Research on the Surface Quality of CP Titanium Coils Treated in Vacuum Furnace" will examine surface defects on commercially pure titanium strip. Read More

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RIA announces new group of certified robot integrators.

June 22, 2012

Ellison Technologies Automation, Intelligrated Systems Inc., and Progressive Machine and Design are the newest group of robotic integrators to receive Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. According to Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA, in order to become certified, integrators go through rigorous process which includes on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel among other important criteria. Read More

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Bioscience Industry Adds Jobs despite national economic setbacks.

June 22, 2012

Fifth biennial Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Industry Development report reveals significant job growth in bioscience sector over past decade, indicating importance of biosciences as economic driver for USA. Industrial economic impact, which includes state-by-state analysis, reveals U.S. bioscience industry added jobs during the 2001-2010 period despite losses in overall U.S. total private sector industry employment and other leading knowledge-based industries. Read More