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IT Standard covers information security, service management.

January 30, 2013

International Standard ISO/IEC 27013:2012, Information technology – Security techniques – Guidance, on the integrated implementation of ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 20000-1, provides guidance specifically related to integrated implementation of standards dealing with service management and information security. Along with guidelines that cover instances where one of 2 standards is implemented first, standard contains instances where both standards are simultaneously implemented. Read More

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Green Seal Releases Standard for sustainable laundry products.

January 30, 2013

Publication of GS-51 provides standard that specifically addresses life cycle impacts of laundry care products for institutional and industrial settings. In addition to minimizing or eliminating use of hazardous ingredients often found in such products, GS-51 establishes minimum requirements for concentrated (2X) and ultra-concentrated (4X) detergents and fabric softeners. Framework for performance testing was also developed for this standard in cooperation with laundry care industry. Read More

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ELFA releases December Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

January 30, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for December was 11.5 billion, up 6% from $10.8 billion in same period in 2011. In typical end-of-year spike, volume was up 80% from previous month’s volume of $6.4 billion. Cumulative new business volume for 2012 rose 14% over 2011; receivables over 30 days decreased to lowest level in last 2 years at 1.6%; and charge-offs were up from previous month at 0.6%, but down by 14.3% compared to same period last year. Read More

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NAM Calls Bipartisan Immigration Proposal strong step forward.

January 30, 2013

Noting the ineffectiveness of "patchwork solutions," NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called proposed framework for immigration reform released by bipartisan group of senators "a strong step forward toward comprehensive reform."  Timmons also stated that manufacturers believe all ideas should be on table as comprehensive immigration reform discussion moves forward and that they look forward to offering input and recommendations as specific language is developed. Read More

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TRFA issues call for papers for 2013 Annual Meeting.

January 30, 2013

TRFA invites submission of Technical Papers for presentation at association's 2013 Annual Meeting, from September 29 to October 1. All timely subject matter and topics relevant to thermoset industry will be considered from the following market perspectives: Adhesives and Sealants; Coatings, Civil Engineering, Flooring; Composites and Tooling; and Potting, Encapsulation, Electrical. Academic papers and papers on non-epoxy applications or green technology are of particular interest. Read More

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Biofuels Producers React to D.C. Circuit decision on RFS.

January 30, 2013

D.C. Circuit decided to vacate 2012 cellulosic biofuel standard and affirm 2012 advanced biofuel standard. In reaction, biofuel organization comprised of ABFA, AEC, ACE, BIO, Growth Energy, and RFA made joint statement in which it was noted, “although we disagree with the court’s decision vacating the 2012 cellulosic volumes, today’s decision once again rejects broad-brushed attempts to effectively roll back the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)." Read More

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BIO Selects San Diego as Venue for 2013 Pacific Rim Summit.

January 30, 2013

BIO announced 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will be held October 8–11 at Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA. BIOCOM will be BIO's partner in hosting this conference, which is dedicated solely to growth of industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sectors in North America and Asia-Pacific region. BIO's Brent Erickson commented, "California is home to a vibrant biotechnology industry, and we are excited to bring this conference to San Diego." Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO® to offer numerous special events.

January 30, 2013

Scheduled for February 19-21, IPC APEX EXPO® is offering special events to help attendees gain valuable information while connecting with other professionals in the industry, including 3 keynote presentations designed to inspire innovation. Dr. Michio Kaku will kick off event with free opening keynote exploring life and technology in the year 2100. Show will also include hand soldering contests, IPC/NPL Cleaning and Contamination Center, and variety of networking opportunities. Read More

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ASTM Publication looks at radiation effects on nuclear materials.

January 29, 2013

Available in print or as e-book, STP 1547, Effects of Radiation on Nuclear Materials: 25th Volume, compiles 17 peer-reviewed papers that focus on research pertaining to effects of radiation on nuclear materials. Sections cover reactor pressure vessel steels; synergistic effects of helium and displacement damage; austenitic steels, Ni, Zr, and Al-Mg alloys, and polyethylene; as well as modeling of radiation effects. Read More

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ASTM offers protective clothing and equipment compilation.

January 29, 2013

STP 1544, Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 9th Volume, Emerging Issues and Technologies, includes 22 peer-reviewed papers that cover latest information on performance of protective clothing for government and industrial workers, first responders, and civilians. Some topics include: evaluation of fire-resistant clothing using instrumented mannequin; assessing user needs and perceptions of firefighter PPE; and puncture resistance of protective gloves to needles. Read More

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Products at IPC APEX EXPO showcase innovation, inspiration.

January 29, 2013

In keeping with its Information that Inspires Innovation theme, IPC APEX EXPO® (February 19–21, 2013, at San Diego Convention Center) will feature number of exhibitors introducing new products. Over 400 exhibitors serving electronics assembly, test, and printed board industries will present latest technologies, materials, and processes to help attendees gain efficiencies, enhance processes, as well as get up to date on new industry research and developments. Read More

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BIO praises House for approving H.R. 307.

January 29, 2013

According to BIO's Jim Greenwood, H.R. 307, Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act is an opportunity to build more prepared and resilient communities that are better able to withstand natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, and infectious disease outbreaks. Bipartisan legislation will help advance medical countermeasure development through increased coordination among agencies, more transparent and consistent regulatory process, and continued commitment of government funding. Read More

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Fireside Chats Announced for BIO CEO and Investor Conference.

January 29, 2013

BIO announced Fireside Chats lineup for BIO CEO and Investor Conference, which will be held February 11–12, 2013 in NYC. These chats will feature moderated, one-on-one conversations with industry leaders and be followed by interactive question and answer session. Participants will include Robert Hugin of Celgene Corporation; John C. Lechleiter of Eli Lilly; N. Anthony Coles of Onyx Pharmaceuticals; John F. Milligan of Gilead Sciences, Inc.; and Jean-Jacques Bienaimé of BioMarin. Read More

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ISO TC/197 to meet in Montreal on February 28th.

January 29, 2013

ISO TC/197 will review activities of working groups, discuss strategy for collective ownership of documents, and discuss merits of restarting work of 2 groups where documents failed to reach consensus within ISO timeframes. To prepare for discussions, 2 ballots have been circulated to member countries for vote: N563, vote on cancellation of ISO 15869, Gaseous hydrogen and hydrogen blends - Land vehicle fuel tanks; and N564, vote on cancellation of ISO 20100, Gaseous hydrogen - Fueling stations. Read More

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SBIR Program seeks cybersecurity and manufacturing proposals.

January 29, 2013

NIST, through its Small Business Innovation Research program, invites small businesses to propose solutions to specific challenges in the fields of cybersecurity and manufacturing. SBIR Phase I awards provide up to $90,000 over performance period of 7 months and are intended to determine if proposed research is feasible and how well awardee performs that research. Phase I awardees are eligible to apply for Phase II funding to further develop their technology.  Read More

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IEC/TC 105 Update details active and inactive Working Groups.

January 29, 2013

International Electrotechnical Committee on Fuel Cell Technologies (IEC/TC 105) continues to develop and update International Standards needed by industry for wide-scale fuel cell commercialization and adoption. As of January 2013, there are 8 Working Groups with various states of activity regarding publications, approvals, and drafts. There are also 7 Working Groups with no current activity. Read More

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AEC and ET Foundation seek student entries for competition.

January 28, 2013

Students studying architecture, design, engineering, or related field have opportunity to submit their designs for chance to win scholarship money through 2013 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. Hosted by ET Foundation and AEC, competition promotes understanding and use of extruded aluminum profiles, highlights innovations, and recognizes excellence in aluminum extrusion design. Scholarships totaling $8,500 will be presented to top designs. Read More

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Construction Confidence dips in second half of 2012.

January 28, 2013

ABC released its Construction Confidence Index, which reflects 3 aspects of U.S. nonresidential construction industry: sales prospects, staffing levels, and profit margins. During second half of 2012, sales expectations fell from 66.3 to 62.3, while profit margins dropped from 56.3 to 55.9 and staffing levels declined from 62.2 to 59.6. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, ongoing lack of confidence continues to produce small and halting gains in nonresidential construction spending. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed ISO standard.

January 28, 2013

Standards Institution of Israel, Israel’s member body to ISO, has submitted a proposal for a new international standard that would create guidelines intended to assist in the promotion of the use and implementation of all types of management standards in organizations around the world. The guidelines, which would not be mandatory requirements, are also intended to bolster familiarization with standards and awareness of the possible benefits of management standards. Read More

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ASTM Publication compiles contaminated sediments papers.

January 28, 2013

Compilation available from ASTM International – STP 1554, Contaminated Sediments: 5th Volume, Restoration of Aquatic Environment – features 18 peer-reviewed papers that foster understanding of sediment-water environment and better management practices due to their potential impact on human health and the environment. Along with sustainability indicators and sediment quality assessment tools, topics include natural recovery processes, sediment transport, and more. Read More