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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

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SME elects LaRoux Gillespie as 2012 president.

January 27, 2012

A member of SME since 1963, LaRoux K. Gillespie became a leader in Kansas City No. 57 chapter, SME Robotics International chapter, and eventually 67 leadership positions within SME. His career path gives him broad view of manufacturing, from process engineer with Bendix in 1966, to quality assurance manager of Honeywell's Federal Manufacturing & Technologies division. Today, he is an independent consultant and researcher who writes for Cutting Tool Engineering and MICROmanufacturing magazines. Read More

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Andrew Vogl of Kollmorgen is named as 2012-2013 MCA Chairman.

January 27, 2012

As revealed during annual MCA Business Conference, Andrew Vogl - Vice President, Sales Americas for Kollmorgen - will serve as Chairman of MCA Board of Directors. Focus, according to Vogl, will be put on promoting motion control technology to existing market areas as well as introducing motion control to market segments who do not currently use or understand benefits of such technology. Vogl also noted determination to continue to build statistics program. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides/Devices Committee to hold 50 meetings in 3 days.

January 27, 2012

ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices will be holding ~50 separate standards development meetings from February 16-18, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Open to members and non-members of ASTM, each meeting will focus on one specific safety element of amusement industry. Roughly 150-200 safety experts from global community are expected to attend, and several sessions will again be held to assist global representatives with adoption of ASTM F24 standards. Read More

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ASTM Plastic Pipe and Fittings compilation includes 26 papers.

January 27, 2012

STP 1528, Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Past, Present and Future, includes 26 peer-reviewed papers that cover latest information, as well as historical perspectives, on plastic piping products worldwide. Various topics include service life analysis of corrugated high density polyethylene piping for drainage applications; designing AASHTO specification storm water chambers; stress cracking test method; discussions on Polyamide 11 and Polyamide 12; and plastic pipes for trenchless applications. Read More

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ASTM Training Class addresses corrosion testing.

January 26, 2012

Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic and Gas Tests, will explain proper application of ASTM B117, Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray Apparatus, and will furnish information regarding corrosion testing in general. Participants will learn how to properly operate salt fog apparatus as well as "whys" and "hows" of salt fog testing. Demonstrations will be given on mixing solutions, cleaning coupons and samples, and evaluation of results and samples. Read More

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Screening for Vapor Encroachment is subject of ASTM training class.

January 26, 2012

To be held 6 times in first half of 2012, Screening for Vapor Encroachment into Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions is technical and professional training course. It will review rationale behind development of ASTM E2600-10, Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions, as well as discuss tiered methodology used and implications for environmental professionals involved in conducting property environmental due diligence. Read More

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ANSI 17024 Accreditation performed for first time outside USA.

January 26, 2012

ANSI senior program manager Dr. Vijay Krishna, along with ANSI assessors Dr. Lynn Webb and Mickie Rops, traveled to Malaysia for on-site assessment of EC-Council (the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants), which is committed to cybersecurity and currently seeking ANSI accreditation of its Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH v8) certification program. This marks first time U.S.-based accreditation body has performed assessment of personnel certification body outside North America. Read More

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Memorandum addresses federal engagement in standards activities.

January 26, 2012

Memorandum clarifying principles for federal engagement in standards activities to address national priorities has been released by OSTP, OMB, and USTR. Memorandum points out that most standards are created with little or no government involvement; all standards should involve private sector; and once national priority has been identified, it is important for government to engage private-sector stakeholders early in process of identifying technology, regulatory, and/or procurement objectives. Read More

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BIO hires Fritz Bittenbender to handle regulatory issues.

January 26, 2012

BIO has hired Fritz Bittenbender to serve as Vice President, Alliance Development and State Government Relations. Bittenbender will spearhead BIO's engagement in and support of state-level legislative and regulatory issues while promoting responsible development of bioscience industry and better understanding of policy issues critical to the industry. He will also lead BIO's engagement with stakeholder organizations, including patient and disease advocacy groups. Read More

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AEM Statement addresses rejection of Keystone pipeline.

January 26, 2012

AEM has expressed disappointment in Obama administration's announcement that it will not approve Keystone XL pipeline. AEM joined other construction and business groups in an industry call to action letter that urged administration to approve pipeline, citing opportunity to create more than 120,000 jobs in construction and manufacturing industries and ability for completed pipeline to help provide stable supply of energy to North American consumers. Read More