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Legal Issues Forum explores patented technology in standards.

September 21, 2011

On October 13, ANSI will present Legal Issues Forum at World Standards Week 2011. Forum will focus attention on legal and policy issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards. First panel questions RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing commitment and its continued viability as a preferred approach. Second panel will address pros/cons of mandatory or voluntary ex ante disclosure of licensing terms as potential alternative to RAND. Read More

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RIA to hold food robotics webinar.

September 21, 2011

Scheduled for September 29 from 12:00-1:00 pm EDT, Food Robotics Webinar will allow non-experts to start at the beginning and gain a basic understanding of the technology. Robots are now used in all manner of pre-wrap, post-wrap, and post-box processes. Whether participants are concerned about ergonomics, traceability, quality, or throughput, RIA webinar will provide starting place to learn the facts about vision-guided robots for the food and beverage industry. Read More

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Baldrige Award Judges select organizations for final review.

September 21, 2011

Panel of Judges for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has selected eleven organizations for final review stage. Next month, teams of experts will make site visits to one organization in small business category, one in education, six in health care, and three in nonprofit. Examiners will provide 300-1,000 hours of review to each applicant receiving site visit, and all applicants will receive detailed report on organization's strengths and opportunities for improvement. Read More

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ASTM seeks presentations for aircraft transparency workshop.

September 20, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 16-17, 2011, workshop on Aircraft Transparency Systems is sponsored by ASTM International Subcommittee F07.08 on Transparent Enclosures and Materials, part of Committee F07 on Aerospace and Aircraft, and will be held in conjunction with November standards development meetings. Presentations related to aircraft transparency systems, including materials, coatings, testing, optics, and human factors are encouraged. Read More

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Hydrogen Embrittlement Workshop calls for presentations.

September 20, 2011

Seventh Annual Hydrogen Embrittlement Workshop, which will be held November 17, 2011 in Tampa, FL, is sponsored by ASTM International Subcommittee F07.04 on Hydrogen Embrittlement. Technical meeting is devoted to hydrogen embrittlement testing technology for aerospace industry and provides setting for exchanging ideas with, and obtaining feedback from, technical colleagues. Presentations are being solicited in all areas of hydrogen embrittlement technology; no written paper is required. Read More

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MHEDA Journal examines misappropriated small business contracts.

September 20, 2011

On the Edge feature of The MHEDA Journal Online looks at why Fortune 500 companies appear to be receiving federal contracting dollars normally set aside for small businesses. Cited possible causes within this article include lax small business contract procurement rule enforcement and ASBL's accusation that Obama's administration has inflated percentage of small business contracts via combination of under-reporting and inappropriate contract inclusion. Read More

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BIO comments on new initiatives to grow nation's bioeconomy.

September 20, 2011

According to statement made by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO is extremely pleased that the Administration recognizes potential of America's biotechnology industry to provide jobs and grow nation's economy, as well as address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment. BIO is supportive of President's stated commitment to reduce unnecessary regulation, and for investment in research and development and creation of tools for small companies with promising science. Read More

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Italian Machine Tool Industry welcomes STEM students.

September 20, 2011

Italian Trade Commission showcased Italian technology in technical education and universities and gave 8 North American engineering students Italian Machine Tool Technology Award (IMTTA). Winners received trip to Italy, with one week of engineering courses and tour of exemplary companies. Trade Commissioner Pasquale Bova said, "We are investing in the future of advanced manufacturing by providing highly accomplished student manufacturing engineers with a global perspective." Read More

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Federal Laboratory Consortium highlights 3 NREL research projects.

September 20, 2011

Federal Laboratory Consortium recognized NREL and its partners with 3 awards for excellence in technology transfer. NREL scientists teamed with Innovalight, Inc. to adapt Silicon Ink, a liquid form of silicon, and develop its use in solar cells. NREL's electrochromic window technology reflects sunlight, reducing heat gain and keeping buildings cooler, while NREL's black silicon nanocatalytic wet-chemical etch technique creates solar cells based on anti-reflection approach. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today highlights top salespeople.

September 20, 2011

In article titled "GAWDA Sales Hall of Fame," 17 sales reps and managers share what they think makes a top-of-the-line sales rep and offer advice for those just beginning a career in the gases and welding industry. According to Heath Wells, regional VP of sales at Cee Kay Supply, the salesperson must either save the customer money or enhance their productivity. Rick Maier, sales manager at Badger Welding Supplies, says product knowledge sets a successful salesperson apart from the competition. Read More

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Aluminum Industry improves efficiency and lowers emissions.

September 20, 2011

Aluminum Association released study titled "Aluminum: The Element of Sustainability" that documents across-the-board sustainability improvements in North American aluminum industry over past 20 years. Since 1991, primary energy demand associated with primary and secondary aluminum production has been reduced 17% and 58%, respectively, and cumulative greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary and secondary aluminum production have been reduced by 72% and 65%, respectively. Read More

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IT Security Automation Conference scheduled for Oct 31-Nov 2.

September 20, 2011

Co-hosted by NIST, Seventh Annual IT Security Automation Conference will focus on the breadth and depth of principles and technologies designed to support computer security automation for organizations in public and private sectors. Topics include automating risk mitigation measures, defining continuous monitoring, performing continuous monitoring in the cloud, automating integration of network security systems, and using processes and tools to make practical risk-based decisions. Read More

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Standalone HSS Website becomes operational.

September 20, 2011

STINA's HSS Committee has been actively working to create more awareness with specifiers and end users of the benefits and uses of its products. Its standalone website offers new visuals, current events-oriented homepage, and simplified navigation system as well as interactive areas and downloadable content. To make it easier for specifiers and end users to find projects of interest, case study area has been grouped into 5 end-use application areas. Read More

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WV Transportation Infrastructure requires additional investment.

September 20, 2011

Paul A. Mattox Jr., secretary of West Virginia (WV) DOT, outlines critical need for additional investment to preserve and maintain WV's aging transportation systems in Two-Minute State DOT Update. In this video, Mattox says that "there is an issue with crumbling infrastructure." This is substantiated via study by Wilbur Smith and Associates, which determines WV would need additional $700 million annually to preserve and modernize surface transportation systems. Read More

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Patent Reform Legislation garners praise from BIO.

September 20, 2011

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commended those involved with passing Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, for their "tireless efforts." Greenwood said this passage marks "the conclusion of a long and vigorous debate on how to best modernize our nation's patent system." He also said improvements fostered by this bill benefits all sectors of national economy by enhancing patent quality as well as U.S. patent system efficiency, objectivity, predictability, and transparency. Read More

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NAM/NFIB Radio Ad Campaign to inform public of NLRB actions.

September 20, 2011

Series of ads by NAM and NFIB calls on members of Congress to support Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act. In response to National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) attacks on expansion, competition, and jobs, multi-state ad campaign will highlight recent action from NLRB that, if left unchecked, could result in new plant closing and loss of thousands of jobs. Initiative brings together small business owners and manufacturers of all sizes to educate policymakers and public. Read More

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Manufacturers Call on Obama, Congress to act on pro-job policies.

September 20, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, after President Obama's address to joint session of Congress on jobs and the economy, said "manufacturers are encouraged by Washington turning its attention to jobs." However, Timmons also said Obama "missed the mark" and that several steps can be taken immediately to grow U.S. economy and competitiveness. Timmons specifically cited urgent passing of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea as well as approving Keystone XL Pipeline. Read More

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TRIB contributes to National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

September 20, 2011

TRIB kicked off their support of Truckers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week by competing in The Nation's Triathlon in Washington, D.C. and raising over $1,000 for Trucker Buddy International. TRIB's Managing Director, David Stevens, competed in the Triathlon and TRIB members throughout the U.S. showed their support for Truckers and Trucker Buddy by making donations through TRIB's website. Read More

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GE's Rockstroh speaks on impact of laser technology.

September 20, 2011

Todd Rockstroh, GE aviation consultant engineer, will be a featured speaker at LIA's Lasers for Manufacturing Event, detailing how lasers have been asked to perform intricate aviation production tasks over past 3 decades. Rockstroh will address various applications of lasers in the manufacture of vital components of jet and gas-turbine engines, as well as research that arose from - and solved - issues in production and maintenance of jet-engine fans, compressors, and combusters. Read More

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IPC Committee seeks input on box build standard.

September 20, 2011

For the past year, engineers from companies like Honeywell Aerospace and Rockwell Collins have been meeting to lay the groundwork for IPC-A-630, Requirements and Acceptance for Enclosures, better known as "the box build standard." These volunteers have come largely from OEMs that specify the cabinetry they will use. When IPC 7-31j task group gathers at upcoming meeting at IPC Midwest on September 21, it will seek greater participation from component suppliers who create those enclosures. Read More