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FCC Seeks Public Comments on wireless hearing aid compatibility.

January 2, 2012

To ensure that hearing aid compatibility rules reflect technological advances and cover large number of wireless handsets, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology are proposing to adopt IEEE/ANSI STD C63.19-2011, American National Standard Methods of Measurement of Compatibility between Wireless Communications Devices and Hearing Aids. Comments are sought on tentative conclusions and whether adoption would impose new or additional costs on handset manufacturers. Read More

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AASHTO focuses on what's ahead for transportation in 2012.

December 30, 2011

From its vantage point as the voice of transportation, AASHTO offers a look at top 10 issues that will be talked, written, or tweeted about and legislated in year ahead. Some include: enacting long-term transportation bill; managing in lean times; responding to and planning for natural disasters; reducing traffic deaths; increasing visibility of transportation in upcoming presidential campaign; generating ways to fund transportation; and advancing intercity passenger rail. Read More

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Partners Offer perfromance training for small businesses.

December 30, 2011

Collaboration between Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP), Alliance for Performance Excellence, and The Alternative Board (TAB) will provide resources and training for small businesses to improve their performance via use of Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Partnership is intended to facilitate teaming of local TAB boards with their state performance excellence programs, enabling small businesses utilizing TAB services to learn about Baldrige program. Read More

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ANSI January Caucus will feature DOC's Ari Schwartz.

December 30, 2011

To be held January 6, first ANSI Caucus of 2012 will feature Ari Schwartz, senior policy advisor to U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. Schwartz is an expert in Internet security and standards, privacy protection, and expanding access to government information via Internet. At Department of Commerce (DOC), Schwartz helps oversee Internet Policy Task Force. He originally joined DOC through NIST, where he served as senior Internet policy advisor for NIST Information Technology Lab. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover floor cleaning, manure storage.

December 30, 2011

ANSI/IICRC S100, Standard Reference Guide for Professional On-Location Cleaning of Installed Textile Floor Covering Materials establishes minimum criteria for professional on-location cleaning of installed textile floor coverings. To protect against hazards associated with manure storage, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) published ANSI/ASAE EP470.1 OCT2011, Manure Storage Safety. Both are American National Standards which play vital roles in daily lives. Read More

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Future Conditions EBCI rises to 7 month high in December.

December 30, 2011

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions measured 52 in December-with more respondents reporting conditions improved relative to previous month than reporting they declined-for third consecutive month. Confidence in future conditions climbed to 7 month high as December's EBCI for future North American conditions jumped 10 points to 70, affirming that expectations for business environment in next 6 months remains positive. Read More

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NIST Sensor Innovation may aid material analysis.

December 30, 2011

An advance in sensor design by researchers at NIST and University of Waterloo's Institute of Quantum Computing could unshackle a powerful, yet high-maintenance technique for exploring materials. Achievement could expand neutron interferometry from a test of quantum mechanics to a tool for industry as well. Since neutron interferometry is extremely sensitive, team at NIST Center for Neutron Research found a way to sidestep many requirements and render interferometer more tolerant of change. Read More

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MCAA Elects new leaders for 2012.

December 30, 2011

StoneL President Wally Stommes has been elected Measurement, Control, and Automation Association Chairman for 2012. Stommes succeeds James P. Bolin, Jr., COO of Process Automation for Pepperl + Fuchs, who will continue on Board as Past Chairman. Also, Todd Gardner, VP of Siemens Sensors and Communications, was elected to be Vice Chairman as well as Treasurer of Association. Additional appointees include Directors-at-Large Robert D. Carrell, John E. Erskine III, and Joseph E. Incontri. Read More

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PCB Industry Results are available for November 2011.

December 30, 2011

For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, November 2011 findings from IPC North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show industry shipments decrease of 6.2% from November 2010 and orders booked decrease of 5.6%. Combined industry shipments, year to date, are down 1.6% and bookings are down 8.5%. Compared to previous month, industry shipments and bookings increased, respectively, 8.6% and 3.8%. Combined rigid and flex industry book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.97. Read More

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EPA finalizes 2012 renewable fuel standards.

December 29, 2011

Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established RFS2 Renewable Fuel Standard program and annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates percentage-based standard for following year. Final 2012 overall volumes and standards are: 1.0 billion gal biomass-based diesel, 2.0 billion gal advanced biofuels, 8.65 million gal cellulosic biofuels, and 15.2 billion gal total renewable fuels. Read More

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DOE Announces Energy-Savings Project at State Department.

December 29, 2011

Awarded by State Department to Honeywell, Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project aims to implement energy efficiency and water conservation measures at Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, D.C. and Beltsville Information Management Center in Beltsville, MD. Through Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), State Department contract will leverage private-sector investment of $5.5 million and support equivalent of 60 jobs for one year. Read More

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Demand for Manufacturing Technology is on the upswing.

December 28, 2011

Current U.S. manufacturing technology orders put year-to-date total at $463.32 million, up 80.5% compared with 2010. As of October, orders surpassed total value accumulated in 2007. Value of U.S. manufacturing output also increased, reaching $1.65 trillion between 1972 and 2008 recession. Even though China accounted for 19.8% of global manufacturing value in 2010, U.S. has 19.4% share. Factors lending to surge include machinery replacements, expanding markets worldwide, and reshoring. Read More

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ASTM Elects Dr. Steven M. Cramer to board of directors.

December 28, 2011

Steven M. Cramer, Ph.D., P.E., associate dean for academic affairs and professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of Wisconsin, has been elected to serve on ASTM International's board of directors for 3-year term. Having been ASTM International member since 1986, Cramer has served as chairman of ASTM Committee D07 on Wood from 2006-2010 and was honored with 2011 L.J. Markwardt Award for his contributions to D07 standards activities as well as his service as D07 chairman. Read More

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Thomas Schwartz Elected Vice Chairman of ASTM board of directors.

December 28, 2011

Thomas A. Schwartz has been elected vice chairman of ASTM International board of directors for 2011-2012. As ASTM International member since 1982, Schwartz served on ASTM board of directors from 2006-2008 and 2010. Currently, he works on Committees E06 on Performance of Buildings as well as C14 on Glass and Glass Products and E58 on Forensic Engineering. He is also chairman of Subcommittee E06.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems and has chaired several other E06 groups. Read More

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Texas Oil Company sentenced to pay $12 million for violations.

December 28, 2011

Pelican Refining Company LLC, was sentenced to pay $12 million for felony violations of the Clean Air Act and obstruction of justice charges in federal court in Lafayette, LA. Corporation operated without even the most basic requirements of an environmental compliance plan and endangered the public and its own employees by implementing unsafe practices in violation of its permit and reporting requirements. Criminal fine is largest ever in Louisiana for Clean Air Act violations. Read More

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ELFA releases November Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

December 27, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for November was $6.2 billion, up 38% from $4.5 billion in same period in 2010. Volume was up 3% from previous month, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume is up 26%. Receivables over 30 days were lowest in over 2 years, decreasing to 2.0% in November from 2.2% in October. Credit standards remained steady as number of lease applications approved decreased nominally from 76.3% to 76.2%. Read More

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NAM Says Trucking Hours Regulation will harm supply chains.

December 27, 2011

NAM's Jay Timmons issued statement regarding revised trucking hours of service rule released by Department of Transportation. In addition to commenting how said rule would negatively impact manufacturers' supply chains, distribution operations, and productivity, Timmons also noted how Administration conceded lack of evidence in support of specific proposed changes. Furthermore, Timmons commented how placing more trucks on road during peak driving times will fail to improve safety. Read More

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Charles Sidebottom joins ASTM Board of Directors.

December 27, 2011

Charles Sidebottom, P.E., director of corporate standards for Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, MN, has been elected to ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term. Currently recording secretary for ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, Sidebottom has been an ASTM member since 2001. He serves on several F04 groups and has been honored with Patrick G. Laing Award for his contribution to standards development work of committee. Read More

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AAMA Revises two secondary storm products specifications.

December 27, 2011

AAMA revised 2 specifications related to secondary storm products: AAMA 1002-11, Voluntary Specification for Secondary Storm Products for Windows and Sliding Glass Doors, and AAMA 1102-11, Voluntary Specification for Side-Hinged Secondary Storm Doors. In addition to clarification of Secondary Storm Products, changes include Section 4.0, which covers materials, and Section 6.1.1.2, which addresses louver hardware in jalousie side-hinged secondary storm doors. Read More

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Green Manufacturer Network connects ecosavvy manufacturers.

December 27, 2011

FMA invites manufacturing executives to join its Green Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members working together to drive transition toward environmentally friendly manufacturing. By joining network, executives throughout supply chain can learn practical strategies and affordable measures to run sustainable operations, as well as discover new business opportunities in the green marketplace. Read More