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Dodd-Frank Regulations found 100X more costly than SEC estimate.

October 27, 2011

Tulane University economic analysis assesses cost of implementing Dodd-Frank conflict minerals regulation to be $7.93 billion, exceeding estimate prepared by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of $71.2 million. Tulane analysis compared SEC estimates to findings of study by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and also relied on data gathered by IPC survey of manufacturers in electronics supply chain. Study also supports issues raised by IPC and other industry commenters. Read More

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ELFA releases September Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

October 27, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for September was $7.1 billion, up 25% from $5.7 billion in same period in 2010. Volume was up 25% from previous month, and year-to-year cumulative new business volume is up 25% as well. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 2.3% in September from 2.5% in August, while charge-offs increased 50% from August. Separately, ELFA's Monthly Confidence Index for October is 50.7, up from September index of 47.6. Read More

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ASHRAE and Penn State partner on building efficiency hub.

October 27, 2011

ASHRAE and Penn State University signed MOU to improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact of buildings through Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings. Goals of GPIC are to transform building retrofit industry from serial fragmentation to integrated systems methods; improve design tools, building systems, public policies, market incentives, and workforce skills needed to achieve 50% energy reduction; and stimulate private investment and job creation. Read More

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ANSI-ESO Conference Participants request transatlantic partnerships.

October 27, 2011

ANSI, in conjunction with European Standards Organizations (ESOs), brought together 150 standards setters and senior policy makers from U.S. and Europe to discuss standards policy issues essential to their respective economies. Use of standards/compliance programs in areas of e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security issues central to discussions. According to S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, "Greater transatlantic cooperation and information sharing will improve the bottom line." Read More

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ANSI Legal Issues Forum addresses patented technology.

October 27, 2011

During 2011 Legal Issues Forum: Patented Technology in Standards, nearly 80 legal experts and members of standards and conformity assessment community came together to examine policy and legal issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards. First panel examined RAND licensing commitment, while Panel 2 discussed pros and cons of mandatory or voluntary ex ante disclosure of licensing terms as potential alternative to RAND licensing model. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for October 2011.

October 27, 2011

According to October 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada predict slight dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 24% of participants expect activity to decline, up from 22% in September, and 29% predict decrease in orders, up from 20% in September. However, average daily shipping levels continued to trend upward, with 38% of participants reporting that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, up from 33% in September. Read More

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"One Voice" congratulates Senate on currency legislation.

October 27, 2011

Under banner of "One Voice," National Tooling and Machining Association and PMA issued statement on Senate's passage of Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011, a bill designed to address currency manipulation by U.S. trading partners, including China. According to NTMA and PMA, currency manipulation negatively impacts ability of U.S. businesses - and small manufacturers in particular - to compete in global marketplace. Bill is one step toward addressing this long-standing problem. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for September 2011.

October 27, 2011

Results of IPC's September North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show combined rigid PCBs and flexible circuits shipments in 2011 decreased 12.0% from September 2010. Orders booked decreased 18.4%. Year to date, combined industry shipments and bookings were respectively down 0.2% and 9.6%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments increased 4.9% while bookings fell 7.3%. Rigid and flex industry book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.99. Read More

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NIST names 10 to NCST Advisory Committee.

October 27, 2011

Ten building and fire experts have been appointed by Patrick Gallagher, director of NIST, to serve on National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee. Established in 2003, committee advises NIST director and staff on studies of building failures and associated evacuation and emergency response procedures conducted under the authorities of the NCST Act. This includes guidance on composition and function of investigation teams and other responsibilities under act. Read More

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Digital Mathematical Function Library receives IT award.

October 27, 2011

Government Computer News magazine honored Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF), which NIST released last year, with one of its 10 annual awards for information technology (IT) achievement in government. Along with its hardbound companion, NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, DLMF appeared in March 2010 as update and expansion of 1964 Handbook of Mathematical Functions. Interactive electronic reference work is freely available online. Read More

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NAM President Applauds Legislation implementing FTAs.

October 26, 2011

In his statement issued after President Obama signed implementing legislation for free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called FTAs "absolutely essential" to growing U.S. exports and economy. Timmons, on behalf of manufacturers, thanked Obama and congressional leaders for their work. Timmons also urged swift enforcement and implementation as well as negotiation of more FTAs. Read More

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NREL launches renewable energy data website.

October 26, 2011

NREL's website, developer.nrel.gov, provides data feeds that computer programmers can access for use in their own mobile and Web applications. First data set to be offered is a comprehensive, nationwide list of alternative vehicle fueling station locations, including those that supply electricity, biodiesel, ethanol, or natural gas. Developers can tailor data to their own needs, as well as create mashups that combine data from website with data from other sources. Read More

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Welding & Gases Today examines propane accident and precautions.

October 26, 2011

In "Propane Cylinder Fire," which appears in Fall 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, GAWDA's DOT, Security, OSHA, and EPA Consultant Michael Dodd outlines events that led to an accident wherein 59-year-old high school teacher Jim Albini was injured when propane leaking from cylinder ignited. Article also discusses appropriate safety precautions. Issues in question included cylinder overfilling, proper training, inspection, and transportation. Read More

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C.F. Yang receives AMCA's Distinguished Service Award.

October 25, 2011

C.F. Yang, Managing Director of Kruger Ventilation Industries Pte Ltd, received AMCA's highest honor for distinguished services, not only for service to AMCA but the HVACR industry as a whole. From 1999-2010, Mr. Yang served as Chairman of AMCA Asia Pacific Rim Region, and throughout his career, he has demonstrated his commitment to advancing the HVACR Industry by bringing AMCA standards to Asian Markets, and leveling the playing field for HVACR Manufacturers who sell into this region. Read More

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Papers Invited for frozen soil mechanical properties symposium.

October 25, 2011

Papers are invited for symposium on Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soil, which will be held January 31, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL. To participate in this symposium, presenters/authors must submit 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than January 31, 2012. Abstract must include clear objective definition and approach of work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today profiles Prest-O-Sales and Service.

October 25, 2011

As focus of GAWDA Member Profile in Fall 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, NY-based gases and welding distributor Prest-O-Sales and Service has understood that establishing strong relationships with suppliers goes far in building foundation for success. Long Island City-based family business supports its mission, according to President Jim Madison, by "rendering outstanding technical assistance and customer service to industry, laboratory and health care" in metropolitan NY area. Read More

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Manufacturers welcome House vote to rein in EPA.

October 25, 2011

NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, released statement after House passed EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, which will delay EPA's Boiler MACT rules. According to Newhouse, manufacturers cannot afford another costly and burdensome regulation that will put 230,000 jobs at risk. He asserts that the Boiler MACT rule will cost manufacturers more than $14 billion in valuable capital that could be spent on investments to create jobs. Read More

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NIST Publishes Guide information systems security monitoring.

October 25, 2011

Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) for Information Systems and Organizations, NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-137, will help organizations understand their security posture against threats and vulnerabilities as well as determine how effectively security controls are working. Publication aims to provide guidance for information security monitoring in all types of information systems, encompassing computer networks as well as other interconnected devices and software. Read More

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Improving Pump System Performance is subject of training course.

October 25, 2011

Pump Systems Optimization: Energy Efficiency and Bottom Line Savings is a one-day course, to be held November 16 in Florham Park, NJ, that will help pump users learn how to identify and reduce hidden operating and energy costs in their pump systems. Ultimately, attendees will come to understand how to increase profitability of their business via possible energy savings from 20%-40%. All participants will also earn 7 professional development hour credits from Hydraulic Institute. Read More

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ASABE to adopt 7 ISO agricultural safety documents.

October 25, 2011

ASABE has initiated projects to nationally adopt 7 international standards on agricultural equipment safety. Adoptions, if approved, will increase visibility and use of standards and benefit international trade. They will also further harmonize national and international standards, a goal that facilitates manufacturing, safety advancements, and product marketing worldwide. Read More