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LIA Helps Revolutionize US Manufacturing with laser technology.

April 23, 2013

LIA representatives advocating laser-driven manufacturing joined 4 other subcommittees discussing growing usage of lasers in health, defense, energy, and communications during National Academies event on February 28 in Washington, DC. While work of all subcommittees was triggered by National Research Council's updated report, Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation, LIA's efforts answer key goals of National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence eases in April.

April 23, 2013

According to April 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence in equipment finance market is 54.0, an easing from March index of 58.0, reflecting continuing concerns over economy and impact of federal policies on capital expenditures. When asked to assess their business conditions over next 4 months, 6.3% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, down from 21.9% in March, while 9.4% believe business conditions will worsen, up from 6.3%. Read More

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FAA approves Boeing 787 battery system design changes.

April 23, 2013

Now that it has approved Boeing's design for modifications to 787 battery system, FAA will issue instructions to operators for making changes to aircraft and will publish in the Federal Register the final directive that will allow the 787 to return to service with battery system modifications. FAA will require airlines that operate the 787 to install containment and venting systems for main and auxiliary system batteries, and to replace batteries and their chargers with modified components. Read More

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Certification Program helps protect intellectual property.

April 23, 2013

To help combat threat of intellectual property theft and counterfeiting, IPC launched certification program that allows PCB manufacturers to demonstrate commitment and ability to protect customers' IP and comply with industry best practices. Based on IPC-1071, Best Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in PCB Manufacturing, program includes facility audit based on assessment examining areas of physical facility security, IT security, and compliance with regulations such as ITAR and EAR. Read More

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FY 2014 Budget emphasizes advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity.

April 22, 2013

Prioritizing NIST research in advanced manufacturing and crucial cybersecurity initiatives, President's fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget proposes $928.3 million for NIST. This increase of $177.5 million from FY 2012 enacted levels, according to Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, "will allow NIST to address high-priority scientific and technical issues...critical to U.S. economic competitiveness and innovative capacity." Read More

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NIST to host symposium on ontology evaluation.

April 22, 2013

On May 2-3, NIST is hosting symposium on how to develop and evaluate ontologies—formal, computer-readable definitions of terms and their interrelationships. To create useful ontology, there must be a way to evaluate quality of model, but there are no universally accepted ways to do so. Accordingly, subject of this year’s symposium is "Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle." Goal is to identify best practices, tools, and methodologies for ontology development and evaluation. Read More

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May Conference to discuss HIPAA security.

April 22, 2013

Scheduled for May 21-22, sixth annual "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security" is co-hosted by NIST and Department of HHS Office for Civil Rights. Topical sessions will include updates on Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule, OCR's audit program, managing provider and patient identities, strengthening cybersecurity in health care sector, integrating security safeguards into health IT, managing insider threats, and securing mobile devices. Read More

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Photography Contest seeks to capture transportation's importance.

April 22, 2013

AASHTO announced commencement of its ninth annual Faces of Transportation photography contest, which asks state transportation department employees and private citizens to photograph those people and projects which are making communities better while emphasizing importance of transportation. This year's theme, "A Snapshot of Transportation in America," includes 3 new categories: Building the Future, Opening Communities, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Entries are due by July 31, 2013. Read More