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AMCA International forms Asia-AMCA joint venture.

November 11, 2011

At its annual meeting in Poipu, Hawaii, AMCA International announced formation of a new Asian joint venture. Partnership will be majority owned by AMCA International with minority interest held by AFMA, which previously operated licensed AMCA independent laboratory in Singapore and acted as AMCA's agent serving Southeast Asia. Asia AMCA will expand its staff to better serve the region and will provide all AMCA headquarters functions and certification services from Singapore. Read More

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ASABE announces project to revise microirrigation standard.

November 11, 2011

ASAE EP405.1, Design and Installation of Microirrigation Systems, was approved by ASABE in April 1988 and has been systematically reviewed every 5 years per ASABE Standardization Procedures. Latest periodic review elicited suggestions to update standard to reflect changes in terminology and compliance with current practices. Also, improvements in industry products have brought into question some performance values provided within EP405.1. Read More

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ASABE to revise animal-drawn equipment standard.

November 11, 2011

ASABE has initiated project to revise ANSI/ASAE EP576.1, Lighting and Marking of Animal-Drawn Equipment. Currently published standard has effective recommendations for animal-drawn wagons and buggies. However, safety professionals working with Anabaptist communities have identified additional recommendations that are needed for various low-profile wagons operating on public roads, including pony carts, which are commonly operated by children. Read More

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FPSA Becomes First U.S. Sponsor of SAVE FOOD initiative.

November 11, 2011

Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) has become first United States-based trade association to join with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Messe Düsseldorf, producers of the interpack trade show, to fight global food loss. Internationally recognized SAVE FOOD initiative brings together stakeholders in industry, politics, and research, facilitating dialog to address issue of 1.3 billion tons per year of food that is lost "from farm to fork." Read More

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Industry Growth Forum brings together energy innovators.

November 11, 2011

Highlighting clean energy industry technology and business developments, U.S. Department of Energy's NREL 24th Industry Growth Forum attracted 500+ investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policymakers. NREL also hosted Partnership Accelerator program, which aims to cultivate collaborative opportunities within research and industry communities working on energy issues in commercial and residential buildings. Nearly $4 billion has been raised by presenters at Forum since 2003. Read More

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Process Expo 2011 sees record-breaking attendance.

November 10, 2011

FPSA announced 12,732 registered attendees for PROCESS EXPO 2011, which took place Nov 1-4, 2011. International attendees totaled just over 14% of visitors with largest delegations coming from Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and Germany. This year's show featured expanded educational program built with input from food processor community. Culinary and industry council pavilions highlighted finished products for consumers, while mobile resources delivered information to attendees' fingertips. Read More

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Geosynthetic Practice standardizes leak detection method.

November 10, 2011

ASTM D7703, Practice for Electrical Leak Location on Exposed Geomembranes Using the Water Lance System, standardizes geoelectric method used to detect potential leaks in exposed electrically isolating membranes in field in containment applications. Using this practice to geoelectrically test geomembranes prior to placing containment system in operation will minimize leakage. Expected users include regulatory agencies, containment system designers/owners, and geoelectric surveyors. Read More

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Apps for the Environment Challenge Winners announced by EPA.

November 10, 2011

U.S. EPA announced winners of Apps for the Environment challenge, which encouraged new and innovative uses of EPA data to create apps that address environmental and public health issues. According to Malcolm Jackson, EPA Chief Information Officer, the winners "demonstrate that it's possible to transform data from EPA and elsewhere into applications that people can use." Winning apps were Light Bulb Finder, Hootroot, EarthFriend, Environmental Justice Participatory Mapping, and CG Search. Read More

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Concrete Standard provides septic system installation test.

November 10, 2011

ASTM C1719, Test Method for Installed Precast Concrete Tanks and Accessories by the Negative Air Pressure Test Prior to Backfill, was developed by Subcommittee C27.30 on Water and Wastewater Containers, part of ASTM International Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products. According to Michael R. Miller, quality manager, Press-Seal Gasket Corp., and C27 member, ASTM C1719 will be used primarily by regulators, specifiers, progressive installers, and purchasers. Read More

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Automate and ProMat to collocate in 2013.

November 10, 2011

Automation Technologies Council and MHIA announced that the Automate Show and Conference will collocate with ProMat, January 21-24, 2013. Automate 2013 is the premier event for robots, vision, motion control, and related automation solutions in North America, while ProMat is the premier material handling and logistics show held in North America. During collocated event, over 825 exhibitors are expected to showcase their solutions to some 30,000 professionals from over 100 countries. Read More

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NIST to Help Speed Technology Transfer from federal labs.

November 10, 2011

As part of October 28, 2011 Presidential Memorandum, NIST will help accelerate transfer of federal research and development from laboratory to marketplace to help U.S. businesses create jobs and strengthen competitiveness in global economy. NIST will help lead agencies with federal laboratories to develop plans that establish performance goals to increase number and pace of effective technology transfer and commercialization activities in partnership with nonfederal organizations. Read More

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NASA signs agreement to reuse Kennedy Space Center facilities.

November 10, 2011

In agreement that will create jobs, NASA announced partnership with Space Florida to exclusively occupy, use, and modify Kennedy Space Center's Orbiter Processing Facility-3, the Space Shuttle Main Engine Processing Facility and Processing Control Center. Space Florida is leasing Orbiter Processing Facility-3 to the Boeing Company to manufacture and test the company's Crew Space Transportation spacecraft, creating up to 550 jobs along the Space Coast. Read More

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NIST signs agreement to enhance cybersecurity education.

November 10, 2011

NIST has agreed to work with Department of Education and National Cybersecurity Education Council to develop strategic public-private partnership to promote formal cybersecurity education for K-12, higher education, and vocational programs. The plan, outlined in Memorandum of Understanding, is designed to help National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education meet one of its top priorities, which is to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation. Read More

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NTSB announces preliminary agenda for Public Aircraft Forum.

November 10, 2011

Scheduled for November 30 through December 1, Public Aircraft Oversight Forum: Ensuring Safety for Critical Missions will address importance of effective oversight in ensuring safety of public aircraft operations. Event will identify where responsibility lies for oversight of aircraft operations, and facilitate sharing of best practices and lessons learned across parties involved in oversight. Forum is open to all and free to attend. Read More

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Home Builders Commit to new 2012 Energy Star guidelines.

November 10, 2011

More than 400 builders, including 6 of country's largest (Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, KB Home, Meritage Homes, M/I Homes, and NVR, Inc), have agreed to develop Energy Star-qualified homes in 2012. All have made corporate commitments to meeting new requirements that mandate Energy Star homes be at least 15% more efficient than homes built to 2009 IECC and feature additional measures that deliver total energy efficiency improvement of up to 30% compared to typical new homes. Read More

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Quantum Computers are studied by NIST scientists.

November 9, 2011

Physicists working at NIST have shown how different types of parts needed for quantum computers might communicate. Specifically, team demonstrated it is possible to take photons from 2 disparate sources and render them partially indistinguishable. That photons can be made to coalesce and become indistinguishable without losing their essential quantum properties suggests, in principle, they can connect various types of hardware devices into one quantum information network. Read More

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Manufacturing Training Program helps participants return to work.

November 9, 2011

The Manufacturing Institute will officially launch a fast-track education and training program built on NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. Program is designed to accelerate unemployed and transitioning workers' return to work and meet high demand for workers in precision machining jobs in manufacturing. With Right Skills Now, individuals can earn college credit and national industry certifications in 16 weeks, preparing them for immediate employment in manufacturing jobs. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today incldues FISH! Philosophy article.

November 9, 2011

Appearing in Welding & Gases Today, business book co-author and GAWDA speaker Harry Paul's "Thriving No Matter What" shares how his FISH! method, which drives employees to wake up every day and say, "I get to go to work, I don't have to," helps organizations of all sizes gain competitive edge. Article details 4 FISH! Philosophy points, including winning aspects of maintaining a positive attitude as well as creating good customer experiences. Read More

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Aginzo Consulting Group joins Aluminum Association.

November 9, 2011

Joining Aluminum Association as Associate member, Aginzo Consulting Group provides consulting and information technology services to aluminum and other metals' industries through team of highly specialized consultants. All consultants possess 15+ years of experience in aluminum and other metal industries and interact directly with clients for special projects and improvements. Read More

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Manufacturers fight online sale of counterfeit goods.

November 9, 2011

Brian Raymond, NAM Director of Technology Policy, issued statement on introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House. According to Raymond, sale of counterfeit and pirated goods on rogue websites costs thousands of manufacturing jobs across America each year. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has introduced legislation to deal with rogue sites by enhancing government's ability to defend against theft of intellectual property and to punish those who commit such crimes. Read More