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NAM vows to continue fight against ambush election rule.

December 23, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement in response to NLRB's final rule set to take effect on April 30, 2012. According to Timmons, ambush election rule is a guaranteed pathway to creating a fractured American workplace. It will block manufacturers from communicating with employees, alter what can and cannot be heard at pre-election hearing and what can be appealed afterwards, and shorten time frame for elections. Manufacturers strongly oppose this misguided rule. Read More

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EFI Confidence holds steady in December from November.

December 22, 2011

According to leadership data collected by December 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), overall confidence in equipment finance market is 57.2. Percentage levels also show 22% of executives think business conditions over next 4 months will improve, 75.0% say they will remain same, and 2.8% think they will worsen. Demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and employee hiring are also detailed. Read More

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Outlook Report forecasts rise in equipment software investment.

December 22, 2011

Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has launched its 2012 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook. Focused on $628 billion equipment finance sector, forecast provides 3-6 month outlook for industry investment with data, including summary of investment trends in key equipment markets, credit market conditions, U.S. macroeconomic outlook, and key economic indicators. According to report, investment in equipment and software will grow by 9% in 2012. Read More

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Nancy Berg to Succeed Bob Best as ISPE CEO and president.

December 22, 2011

Effective January 1 of 2012, Nancy S. Berg will serve as ISPE president and CEO. Her qualifying history includes 30 years in strategic leadership, organizational growth, and relationship-building. Berg served as SME executive director/CEO as well as founder/owner of 3 small businesses and consultant to non-profits and for-profits. ISPE's Arthur Perez lauded Berg's "demonstrated ability to anticipate industry changes, set a vision for success, then lead coordinated, dynamic efforts." Read More

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Fight Against NLRB Overreach reaches U.S. District Court.

December 21, 2011

Lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court for District of Columbia asks National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to set aside promulgation of Posting Requirement rule and alleges NRLB overstepped its statutory authority and ignored congressional intent. At hearing, Judge Amy Berman Jackson acknowledged complexities of the presented issues and encouraged Board attorneys to discuss delaying implementation of rule until court has reached its opinion. Read More

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Russia's WTO Membership will increase exports.

December 21, 2011

NAM welcomes Russia's formal invitation to join the World Trade Organization, which will provide manufacturers in America with access and protections to Russia's market. NAM has also launched the Russia Trade Relations Task Force, which will focus on trade relations with Russia and advocate importance of passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Russia. Task Force will be chaired by Daniel Cruise, VP for Global Public and Government Affairs at Alcoa, Inc. Read More

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Biomedical Optics Express highlights key research.

December 21, 2011

Biomedical Optics Express is OSA's principle outlet for serving the biomedical optics community with rapid, open-access, peer-reviewed papers related to optics, photonics, and imaging in the life sciences. December 2011 issue covers variety of research topics, including New Device for Rapid, Mobile Detection of Brain Injury; Researchers Use Light to Measure Cancer Cells' Response to Treatment; and Nanometer-Scale Growth of Cone Cells Tracked in Living Human Eye. Read More

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NEMA reiterates that light bulb efficiency standards remain.

December 21, 2011

NEMA remains committed to lighting standards established in Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Rider related to light bulbs on FY 2012 Omnibus funding bill does not repeal or adjust standards or their effective timeline, but imposes funding limitations on DOE to enforce standards for FY2012. Inability of DOE to enforce standards would allow those who do not respect rule of law to sell inefficient light bulbs in U.S., creating competitive disadvantage for compliant manufacturers. Read More

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Variable Speed Drives Webinar to begin in Jan 2012.

December 21, 2011

Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter announce kick-off of Variable Speed Drives webinar series. Session 1, scheduled for January 13, will consist of Intro 101. Session 2 on January 20 will cover application and installation considerations, while Session 3 on January 27 will focus on protection for VFDs and proper output. Scheduled for February 3, Session 4 will focus on troubleshooting problems with VFDs. Read More

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JSC, Texas A&M Partner to move Shuttle Motion Simulator.

December 21, 2011

Agreement between NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Texas A&M University pertains to moving primary space shuttle launch and landing trainer, Shuttle Motion Simulator, to College Station. Facility that formerly housed shuttle simulators at JSC continues to be used for International Space Station training. Partnership will help ensure this unique historical artifact and space shuttle training technology it represents is preserved and used to inspire future engineers. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers roller-compacted concrete specimen testing.

December 20, 2011

Method for making cylindrical specimen of roller-compacted concrete in gyratory compactor is primary purpose of ASTM WK33682, Test Method for Preparation, Compaction and Density Determination of Roller-Compacted Concrete Specimens by Means of the Superpave Gyratory Compactor. Subcommittee member Stacy G. Williams commented that since RCC pavements are compacted akin to asphalt pavements, laboratory-scale compactor that imitates field roller compaction would also be appropriate for RCC. Read More

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HDI Announces Keynotes for its 2012 Conference and Expo.

December 20, 2011

Keynotes have been announced for HDI 2012 Conference and Expo. They include Lou Holtz, NCAA football coach, and Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and host of Science Channel's Sci Fi Science. Lineup also features business consultant and author Joe Calloway, dancer Li Cunxin, organizational therapist Connie Podesta, and Showtime comedian Steve Rizzo. As noted by HDI's Michelle Frilow, speakers "represent a broad spectrum of expertise" from which industry professionals can draw. Read More

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PMA releases Dec 2011 Business Conditions Report.

December 20, 2011

According to Business Conditions Report, 33% of metalforming participants expect economic activity to improve during next 3 months, up from 11% in November, and only 10% report that activity will decline, down from 28% in November. Report also shows that 40% of metalforming companies expect increase in incoming orders during next 3 months, up from 21% in November. Percentage of companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff declined to 12% in December, down from 17% in November. Read More

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World of Asphalt and AGG1 Websites offer show-planning tools.

December 20, 2011

Scheduled for March 13-15, 2012, co-located AGG1 Aggregates Forum and Expo and World of Asphalt Show and Conference offer websites with interactive show planner. Attendees can organize onsite visits to exhibit booths, attendance to education sessions, and meetings with exhibitors. Online planning tools also include Industry Leaders Directory and New Products and Technologies Preview to help attendees connect with products and people they want to see on show floor. Read More

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Agricultural Equipment Symbols Standard is approved for updating.

December 20, 2011

ASABE announced approval by ISO of 5 ISO New Work Item proposals to update and improve standards used to define requirements for symbols used in tractors, machinery for agriculture and forestry, and powered lawn and garden equipment. Project meeting is scheduled for February 22-23 in Paris, France, where team of volunteers will work to enhance, update, clarify, and include additional symbols not presently included in current edition of standard. Read More

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DHS Webinar will highlight 3 risk and resiliency tools.

December 19, 2011

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate invites people to participate in February 1 webinar designed to highlight latest tools to improve security and resilience of buildings and infrastructure. Each tool, including Integrated Rapid Visual Screening Tool, Owners Performance Requirements Tool, and Urban Blast Tool, provides risk and resilience assessments of facilities. Tools can also analyze and compile range of high-performance requirements. Read More

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NREL Research marks step toward next generation solar cells.

December 19, 2011

Researchers from NREL have reported first solar cell that produces photocurrent with external quantum efficiency greater than 100% when photoexcited with photons from high energy region of solar spectrum. External quantum efficiency reached peak value of 114%, marking promising step toward developing Next Generation Solar Cells for both solar electricity and solar fuels that will be competitive with, or perhaps less costly than, energy from fossil or nuclear fuels. Read More

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AEM commends Senate action on ag machinery legislation.

December 19, 2011

AEM applauds U.S. Senate committee approval of legislation to improve safety on rural roads by providing consistency regarding lighting and marking requirements for agricultural machinery. Legislation was included in a highway safety bill approved by voice vote of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Association expects to now see measure combined with "highway bill" due for consideration early in 2012. Read More

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Industry Experts Will Help Media round out their CES stories.

December 19, 2011

In Las Vegas, NV from January 10-13, IEEE will be connecting media with industry experts at 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to help round out stories and provide unbiased perspective. Industry leaders will be available on-site and via Skype for one-on-one interviews. Topics include impact of breaking news on consumer electronics (CE) industry, future of various technologies within CE industry, and background/historical developments within specific sector of CE. Read More

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Manufacturers respond to John Bryson's manufacturing remarks.

December 19, 2011

Mary Andringa, NAM Board Chair and President/CEO of Vermeer Corporation, issued statement in response to Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson's speech on manufacturing. Manufacturers have put forth a 4-point plan for economic growth and jobs, which will enable U.S. to compete and succeed in the global economy. Secretary Bryson's remarks reflect goals for the Office of Manufacturing Policy that will hopefully become reality. Read More