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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

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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