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AASHTO Supports Obama regarding infrastructure initiative.

September 20, 2011

AASHTO supports President Barack Obama's message to Congress calling for $50 billion investment in transportation infrastructure to boost struggling national economy. John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director applauded Obama's proposal to immediately boost transportation investment and expressed great pleasure concerning Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approval of bipartisan bill to extend highway and transit programs at current levels of funding. Read More

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IPC Quarterly Report reveals industry-wide slowdown in sales.

September 20, 2011

According to IPC summer 2011 edition of its quarterly business report, Electronics Industries Market Data Update, growth has been slower in most national economies as well as in the worldwide electronics industry. China continues to lead major industrial countries with 9.5% growth in GDP in the second quarter of 2011, down slightly from first quarter. U.S. economic growth in second quarter was an annualized 1.3% and Euro zone's growth was just 0.2%. Read More

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 looks to future of package design.

September 20, 2011

Part of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Project 2020: The Consumer Experience challenges design community to envision how packaging will drive consumer purchasing decisions a decade from now. Prototypes of the finalists' concepts will be displayed by EskoArtwork, the software partner for Project 2020. One concept will be named the Grand Prize Winner by a panel of judges and receive the Complete Studio Bundle from EskoArtwork. Remaining finalists will receive copies of EskoArtwork's Studio Designer. Read More

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ASABE Revises Standard for rotary mower blade ductility test.

September 19, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised material and safety references cited in ANSI/ASAE S483.2, Rotary Mower Blade Ductility Test. Applicable to destructive testing of rotary mower blades, standard has been revised to correct outdated references that were identified during latest 5 year periodic review of this standard. Read More

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Pacific Rim Conference encourages sustainability in region.

September 19, 2011

Focusing on standards as facilitators of trade, September 11-13 Conference on Green Buildings and Green Growth: Approaches to Encouraging a Positive Green Building Climate brought together 24 economies and 140 participants from Asia-Pacific region. Conference was part of project overseen by Commerce Department and ASTM International to build awareness and promote participation in developing technical requirements to facilitate trade in sustainable construction of commercial buildings. Read More

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ASTM-Sponsored Seminar on Fire Testing for SOLAS and Navy Vessels.

September 19, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, Fire Testing for SOLAS and Navy Vessels: New Test Procedures and Material Approval Process will be held December 7 in Tampa, FL. Seminar provides detailed information on revisions to International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (FTP Code) and includes presentations on test procedures, approval process, Mutual Recognition Agreements, as well as FTP Code interpretations and optional tests. Read More

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Manufacturers Call House Vote positive step to protecting jobs.

September 19, 2011

According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, bipartisan vote by U.S. House of Representatives to pass Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act "demonstrates that Congress believes the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) has overreached and needs to be stopped." On behalf of manufacturers, Timmons thanked members of the House who voted to pass bill. He also urged the Senate to take up this legislation as soon as possible to protect jobs. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today covers generational communication issues.

September 19, 2011

Written by Robert W. Wendover, article titled "U Text, I Type," examines how different generations approach workplace communication and the tension that it sometimes creates. Article notes that young employees are more comfortable with email and text messages, while workplace veterans sometimes feel a twinge when they receive short, impersonal emails. At the same time, many young employees wonder why older workers take the time to write entire sentences when one or two words will do. Read More

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AASHTO commends passage of transportation extension legislation.

September 19, 2011

AASHTO commends Congress for extending both the nation's surface transportation and aviation programs at current funding levels. According to John Horsley, AASHTO executive director, the 6-month extension of federal highway and transit programs approved by Congress ensures continuation of thousands of job-creating infrastructure projects in every state. AASHTO encourages the president to quickly sign the legislation. Read More

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EPA advances clean up at 15 hazardous waste sites.

September 19, 2011

EPA is adding 15 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people's health and environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Agency is also proposing 11 sites to be added to list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up most the complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. With all NPL sites, EPA works to identify companies or people responsible for contamination, and require them to conduct or pay for cleanup. Read More

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BIO announces program for BIO India International Conference.

September 19, 2011

During BIO India International Conference, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies from North America, Europe, and Asia will come together to explore business opportunities with India's biotech sector. Event will feature 1-on-1 partnering, plenary and panel sessions, company presentations, and exhibiting and networking opportunities. Industry leaders will discuss innovation and financing, global biopharma, and high-profile deal between multi-national pharma and Indian biotech company. Read More

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Durability Testing Protocol aids PV module assessment standards.

September 19, 2011

Providing additional information for investors, PV Module Durability Initiative (PVDI) will offer robust testing protocol exceeding demands of IEC standard module certification. Protocol will generate extensive, quantitative reliability data for modules relevant for their expected lifetime under different kinds of stress. Instead of simply using pass/fail criteria, quantitative scores enable credible ranking of modules based on their likelihood to perform reliably. Read More

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AIA welcomes NASA's Space Launch System announcement.

September 16, 2011

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, NASA's announcement of the Space Launch System development plan is a bold and welcome development in troubling times. The NASA decision to initiate a competition-with bipartisan support from both houses of Congress-is encouraging and will hopefully assure that the breadth of our nation's aerospace industry will have an opportunity to contribute their innovative ideas to the program's success. Read More

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NREL's DeBlasio Honored for power grid standards efforts.

September 16, 2011

Dick DeBlasio, research engineer with U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named 2011 winner of Finegan Standards Medal by ANSI. Given for extraordinary leadership in development and application of voluntary standards, award recognizes DeBlasio's heading of national effort to dovetail 3,000+ utility technical interconnection specifications into one unifying standard (IEEE 1547) for North American Power Grid. Read More

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IPC Conference to address securing intellectual property.

September 16, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 3-4, 2011, IPC Conference on Securing Intellectual Property Through Physical Security, IT and Regulatory Compliance will examine the protection of IP that is designed into printed circuit boards. Event will help participants develop robust IP protection programs for their companies. Experts from Cisco Systems, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, and IEC Electronics Corp. will provide panel discussion on their unique experiences in vendor management. Read More

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Small Company Capital Formation Act is applauded by BIO.

September 16, 2011

BIO strongly supports introduction of S. 1544, Small Company Capital Formation Act. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said this legislation provides capital-raising tool for small and emerging companies otherwise without capital funding options beyond mergers and acquisitions sector. Greenwood also noted that raising exemption to $50 million would aid companies short on resources to raise capital through public offerings without lengthy paperwork process. Read More

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NIST seeks comments on public safety communications network.

September 16, 2011

NIST is seeking advice on possible key features of a new broadband communications network for nation's emergency services agencies, which will use portion of 700 MHz radio frequency spectrum. In Federal Register notice, NIST proposed 4 characteristics critical to success of the future network-resiliency, reliability and availability, security, and affordability and compatibility with commercial systems-and asked for comments, suggestions, and other input to help realize them. Read More

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NREL Partners excel in taking technology to market.

September 16, 2011

Data from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows NREL leads all DOE national labs when it comes to working with businesses on research and development efforts to commercialize cutting-edge technologies. Part of this success is due to lab's mission to grow and support new clean technology industries; NREL's work covers areas from basic science through to applied research in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Read More

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U.S. and Australia to develop alternative aviation fuels.

September 15, 2011

FAA and Australia's Department of Resources, Energy, and Tourism have reached a Memorandum of Understanding to continue research and development of clean, sustainable alternative aviation fuels. MOU calls for Australia and the U.S. to exchange information about policies, programs, projects, research results, and publications, and to conduct joint studies in areas such as fuel sources and environmental impacts. It also facilitates analysis of fuel source supply chains. Read More

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NIST, SC-GC Collaborate on smart grid standards development.

September 15, 2011

NIST and European Union's Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) jointly announced their intention to work together on Smart Grid standards development. In addition to conceptual framework harmonization, collaboration will promote regular exchange of information regarding various issues: legislation, regulation, and other policies; underpinning NIST and SG-CG work; respective work methods, programs, and time lines; standardization deliverables; testing and certification; and cybersecurity. Read More