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U.S. DOE to name America's Next Top Energy Innovator.

January 30, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy will name America's Next Top Energy Innovator in February and wants Americans to vote online for their favorites among 14 technologies. Technologies from DOE's NREL are being used by 3 of the nominees, including an air-conditioning system that uses 40-85% less energy, windows that dynamically change color or reflectivity based on changes in sun's intensity or temperature, and coating that changes color to signal hydrogen or hazardous gas leak. Read More

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NREL and Gamesa to collaborate on R/D project.

January 30, 2012

NREL and Gamesa Technology Corp, Inc. will study and test variety of components and systems that will guide development of the next generation of wind turbines specifically for U.S. marketplace. NREL and Gamesa will collaborate on work in 3 key areas: developing new wind turbine components and rotors; researching and testing performance of new control strategies; and devising models that will help advance development of offshore wind in U.S. coastal waters. Read More

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Joyce Foundation teams with Manufacturing Institute.

January 30, 2012

Manufacturing Institute received $200,000 grant from Joyce Foundation to enhance use of industry-based credentials in manufacturers' HR practices. Funds will help educate employers about benefits of using certifications to verify skills of new hires and advance those of current employees. Work will focus on creating employer-engagement and demand strategies in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that can be replicated nationwide to support competitiveness and growth of manufacturing. Read More

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February Forums help manufacturers build next generation railroads.

January 30, 2012

Next Generation Rail Supply Chain Connectivity Forums - February 8 in Sacramento, CA and February 14 in Chicago, IL - will help U.S. manufacturers prepare for upcoming opportunities to become suppliers for next generation of railcars and locomotives. By bringing together large railcar builders and OEMs with smaller, capable, and interested U.S. manufacturers, forms will help latter learn what products are needed and what investments should be considered when entering rail industry. Read More

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ISPE Facility of the Year Award Winners announced for 2012.

January 30, 2012

For 2012 Facility of the Year Awards program, Judging Panel named 5 Category Award Winners and selected one project for Special Recognition. Winning companies and respective categories are Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. (Sustainability); Eisai Pharmatechnology and Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. (Project Execution); Merck and Co., Inc. (Facility Integration), Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH (Equipment Innovation), Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Operational Excellence), and NIBRT (Novel Collaboration). Read More

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Biotechnology can provide foundation for lasting US economy.

January 30, 2012

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union speech. BIO commends Obama's call for creating an economy that is "built to last" and strongly believes that biotechnology can meet this challenge. Biotech industry sustains and creates high-wage U.S. jobs, fuels manufacturing, and helps drive leadership in competitiveness and innovation. Most importantly, biotechnology aids development of cures and treatments for debilitating diseases. Read More

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BIO International Convention will offer over 125 sessions.

January 30, 2012

Spotlighting the most pressing issues in biotech industry, 2012 BIO International Convention will have program with 125+ sessions among 13 educational tracks and speakers addressing state of global industry, emerging trends, and best practices for biotech companies. Event will take place in Boston, MA from June 18-21 and have 2 keynote speakers. BIO Exhibition will be open on Monday, June 18th, one day earlier than in years past, and feature multiple events. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides, Devices Compilation comes in print version.

January 30, 2012

Available in print version, ASTM Standard on Amusement Rides and Devices provides all 16 ASTM standards that play crucial role in all aspects of amusement ride industry by ensuring safety and quality assurance. Standards cover design and manufacture, testing, operation and maintenance, inspection, QA, and terminology. In addition to online and print versions in English, online versions are available in Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish. Read More

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ASTM seeks papers for Concussion in Sports symposium.

January 30, 2012

Scheduled for Nov 13, 2012, Mechanism of Concussion in Sports symposium will review current state-of-the-art and science of mechanism of concussion in sports, with possibility of developing methods for prevention and decreasing risk of concussions. Papers are invited on topics such as: studies on specific mechanical forces that cause concussions; coaching and training techniques; and effects of hydration before, during, and after sports on decreasing effect of concussive forces. Read More

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Monthly Leasing and Finance Index shows new business increase.

January 27, 2012

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for December was $10.8 billion, up 20% from $9.0 billion in same period in 2010. Volume was up 74% from previous month, and cumulative new business volume for 2011 rose 25% over 2010. Receivables over 30 days rose slightly to 2.1% in December from 2.0% in November, and credit standards eased as number of lease applications approved increased dramatically to 79.3% from 76.2% the previous month. Read More

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AASHTO Makes Statement on State of the Union Address.

January 27, 2012

AASHTO commends President Barack Obama for using his State of the Union address to reiterate his support for investment in highways, bridges, mass transit, and rail systems. AASHTO executive director John Horsley cited "The president's words and recent actions by congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle" as reasons for optimism towards agreement on multiyear surface transportation reauthorization bill "in the near future." Read More

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ASHRAE and IAPMO to advance built environment codes/standards.

January 27, 2012

During ASHRAE's 2012 Winter Conference, ASHRAE and International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials entered into Memorandum of Understanding. Several areas in which ASHRAE and IAPMO agree to work together include collaborating on common public affairs goals, such as joint promotion of codes and standards at local, state, and federal levels; exploring opportunities to co-develop new courses or training programs; promoting research; and disseminating research results quickly. Read More

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Manufacturers Call for Action after State of the Union address.

January 27, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, in his statement following President Obama's State of the Union address, called the existing cost gap - the fact it is 20% more expensive to manufacture in U.S. as compared to largest trading partners - "self-inflicted by Washington." Demanding action as opposed to rhetoric, Timmons cited NAM roadmap and said that this current administration must actively address overregulation and overreach as well as tax reform. Read More

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Shell Scotford Upgrader named 2011 HART Plant of the Year.

January 27, 2012

Shell Scotford Upgrader, located in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, received 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award, which showcases end users who have demonstrated creativity in application of HART Communication. Shell engineers utilized HART Communication to facilitate device configuration, loop testing, startup checks, safety device SIL ratings, and real-time centralized device status/diagnostics in 100,000 bpd expansion to existing 155,000 bpd capacity Scotford facility. Read More

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ASABE revises agricultural baling twine standard.

January 27, 2012

ANSI/ASAE S315.4, Agricultural Baling Twine for Automatic Balers, reflects current increased twine strength for small and large square bales and also includes twine for round bales. Data for newly incorporated values were provided and evaluated by diverse committee of industry experts. Electronic download of standard will be available at elibrary.asabe.org. Read More

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ISPE announces Q4 2011 CPIP(TM) recipients.

January 27, 2012

ISPE announced that 5 pharmaceutical professionals were awarded Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional(TM) credentials, which are given to experienced pharmaceutical technical professionals who meet program's eligibility requirements and pass rigorous exam covering product development, facilities and equipment, information systems, and other pertinent areas. Recipients include Jeffery Odum, Jennifer Lauria Clark, Amy Lineberry, Steven Miller, and Jean-Claude Cusin. Read More

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EPA Tool offers information about water pollution across U.S.

January 27, 2012

Developed under President Obama's transparency initiative, Discharge Monitoring Report Pollutant Loading Tool brings together millions of records and enables searching and mapping of water pollution by local area, watershed, company, industry sector, and pollutant. Searches result in Top 10 lists to help users identify facilities and industries that are discharging most pollution. When discharges are above permitted levels, users can view violations and enforcement actions. Read More

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USPTO seeks nominations for technology and innovation medal.

January 27, 2012

United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking nominations for 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which is presented each year by U.S. President and is country's highest award for technological achievement. Medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams with up to 4 individuals, companies, or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America's economic, environmental, and social well-being. Read More

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March Workshop to support trusted IDs in cyberspace.

January 27, 2012

On March 13 and 14, National Strategy for a Trusted Identities in Cyberspace National Program Office will host the 2012 NIST/NSTIC IDtrust Workshop "Technologies and Standards Enabling the Identity Ecosystem." Featuring plenary presentations and panel discussions, workshop will cover topics such as privacy management, trust models, usability, viable business models for identity ecosystem, and results of Internet Society's mapping exercise, "The Global Identity Ecosystem." Read More

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January 2012 MCI-EFI shows improvement in confidence.

January 27, 2012

According to January 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), confidence in the equipment finance market is 59.0 (up from December's 57.2). This indicates improved optimism about business activity amid continuing concerns about global economy. Additional statistics were related to business conditions over next 4 months, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, employee hiring expectations, spending, and more. Read More