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Manufacturers fight online sale of counterfeit goods.

November 9, 2011

Brian Raymond, NAM Director of Technology Policy, issued statement on introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House. According to Raymond, sale of counterfeit and pirated goods on rogue websites costs thousands of manufacturing jobs across America each year. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has introduced legislation to deal with rogue sites by enhancing government's ability to defend against theft of intellectual property and to punish those who commit such crimes. Read More

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EPA Reinstates TRI Reporting Requirements for hydrogen sulfide.

November 9, 2011

EPA is reinstating Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide. Part of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's ongoing efforts to provide Americans with helpful information on chemicals they may encounter daily, TRI consists of publicly available database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries and federal facilities. This action will be effective for 2012 TRI reporting year. Read More

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EPA updates Energy Star Tool to support hospitals.

November 9, 2011

EPA released update to Energy Star's national energy performance scale methodology that will help hospitals better assess energy performance and make more informed financial and investment decisions to cut costs and improve energy efficiency. Energy Star's Portfolio Manager, an online energy measurement and tracking tool, will now include updated hospital methodology. Update reflects new survey data provided by American Society for Healthcare Engineering. Read More

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Papers Invited for ASTM Symposium on zirconium in nuclear industry.

November 9, 2011

Papers are invited for 17th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry, which will be held February 3-7, 2013 in Hyderabad, India. Symposium will provide forum for exchanging new information on fabrication, testing, development, and characterization of traditional as well as new zirconium-based materials in nuclear industry. Of particular interest are studies that focus on identifying and understanding mechanism of zirconium-based materials behavior. Read More

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ASTM Sealant Standard tests new products for weather exposure.

November 9, 2011

ASTM C1735, Test Method for Measuring the Time Dependent Modulus of Sealants Using Stress Relaxation, will help sealant manufacturers to evaluate new products and changes to said products due to weather exposure. According to NIST research chemist and C24 member Christopher White Ph.D., this standard quantifies properties of interest that can be used to follow changes in sealant and may result in early detection and correction of problems." Read More

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NIST Requests Comments on 2 wireless security guides.

November 8, 2011

NIST has issued, for public review and comment, 2 draft guides to securing wireless Bluetooth communication networks and WLANs. NIST SP 800-121 Rev 1 describes security capabilities of technologies based on Bluetooth and gives recommendations to organizations on securing their devices effectively. Guidelines for Securing WLANs (SP 800-153) provides organizations with recommendations for improving security configuration and monitoring of WLANs and connected devices. Read More

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NIST releases update to Smart Grid framework.

November 8, 2011

Released for public comment, NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Release 2.0 includes new cybersecurity guidance and product testing proposals. Release 2.0 also adds 22 standards, specifications, and guidelines to the 75 NIST recommended as immediately applicable to Smart Grid in first roadmap. Also new to 2.0 version is a chapter on roles of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and framework for testing conformity of devices to be connected to Smart Grid. Read More

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First Products Achieve Broadband Forum G-PON ONU Certification.

November 8, 2011

First certified G-PON products from 7 vendors were announced at ITU Telecom World in Geneva, marking milestone in expanding deployment of high-speed fiber broadband to ensure support of multi-play, bandwidth-hungry services/devices. Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh called this compliance certification program "the bedrock on which to expedite interoperability and fiber market penetration" and claimed it will "ensure strong future network development for superfast broadband." Read More

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EMS Industry Study forecasts growth and reveals trends.

November 8, 2011

According to 2010-2011 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry, electronics manufacturing services market is projected to grow 14.8% globally and 10.2% in North America this year. Study reveals reduction in spending on automated assembly equipment this year compared to 2010, but increase in capital equipment spending overall in North America. Study also examines trends in market size, sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, and customer relationship metrics. Read More

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Manufacturers say delay on Keystone XL will hurt job growth.

November 8, 2011

Chip Yost, NAM VP for Energy and Resources Policy, issued statement urging Administration to move forward on decision to approve Keystone XL Pipeline Project. According to Yost, report that Administration may not move forward until early next year is disappointing. Project will immediately create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in U.S., and, according to Perryman Report, it will create additional 118,000 indirect jobs and inject $20 billion into economy. Read More

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Manufacturers support plan to reform international tax system.

November 8, 2011

Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued statement in response to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp's release of draft proposal to set up territorial tax system. Reducing taxation on foreign income of U.S.-based businesses is a building block of NAM blueprint for creating dynamic environment that supports job creation and economic growth in America. NAM applauds Chairman Camp for taking steps toward this reform in thoughtful and deliberative manner. Read More

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EPA, NREL Aim to Develop renewable energy on contaminated sites.

November 8, 2011

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are evaluating feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites. As part of RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, EPA is investing ~$1 million for projects across U.S. with aim of revitalizing abandoned sites while protecting people's health and environment as well as providing economic benefits, including job creation, to local communities. Read More

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Project Engineer Profile reveals importance of customer focus.

November 8, 2011

The MHEDA Journal Online's 4th Quarter issue profiles Calvin Baker, senior project engineer at Hy-Tek Material Handling, who works with Hy-Tek's sales team to design engineered system solutions for customers. Baker, who has worked with engineered systems for 30 years and at Hy-Tek for 8, has seen trade tools change, but basic skill set has remained the same. According to Baker, organization and treating each customer "as though they are the only one that matters" are of utmost importance. Read More

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BIO Praises Passage of Small Company Capital Formation Act.

November 7, 2011

BIO strongly supports Small Company Capital Formation Act (HR 1070), which passed House by vote of 421-1. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said HR 1070 will "help ease the burden on cash-strapped small biotechnology companies...by streamlining requirements and supporting their efforts in raising much-needed capital." Greenwood also thanked Rep David Schweikert (R-AZ) for his leadership and urged Senate to consider this issue as early as possible. Read More

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EPA announces final study plan to assess hydraulic fracturing.

November 7, 2011

At the request of Congress, EPA is working to better understand potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. In March 2010, EPA announced its intention to conduct a study and since then, agency has held series of public meetings across nation to receive input from states, industry, environmental and public health groups, and individual citizens. Initial research results and study findings will be released to public in 2012 and final report will be delivered in 2014. Read More

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Biofuel Industry needs stable Renewable Fuel Standard.

November 7, 2011

According to BIO, advanced biofuels companies continue to make progress in bringing new technology to the fuels market, relying on consistent implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, progress could be threatened by political uncertainty about continuing the RFS. Besides a stable RFS, the industry needs the EPA to ensure that advanced biofuels that are drop-in fuels are evaluated under technology neutral rules so that they can become certified quickly for use. Read More

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NIST Research develops compact laser frequency comb.

November 4, 2011

Researchers at NIST have developed compact laser frequency comb, representing one step toward user-friendly and ultimately chip-based combs that could enable new applications in diverse areas. Prototype micro-comb consists of low-power semiconductor laser, likened to shoebox size, and 2 mm wide optical cavity. Project leader Scott Diddams called this discovery, "the beginning and look forward to bigger and better developments." Read More

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NIST addresses characterization of nanoparticle clusters.

November 4, 2011

Tendency of nanoparticles to clump together in solution is of great interest because size of clusters plays important role in behavior of materials. Work at NIST offers way to accurately measure distribution of cluster sizes in sample and characteristic light absorption for each size. According to NIST biomedical engineer Justin Zook, a good example of the potential application of this work is in development of nanoparticle biosensors for ultrasensitive pregnancy tests. Read More

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NTSB applauds lawmakers in PA for stronger teen driving law.

November 4, 2011

NTSB commends Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania General Assembly for strengthening Commonwealth's teen driving law. New provision prohibits a junior license holder from carrying more than one passenger under the age of 18 for first 6 months after issuance of the license, unless he or she is accompanied by parent or guardian. Law also makes it a primary offense when drivers and passengers under age 18 are not wearing a seatbelt or buckled in child safety or booster seat. Read More

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HI Seeks Reviewers for updated ANSI standard.

November 4, 2011

Hydraulic Institute (HI), under approval of ANSI, seeks qualified individuals in North America to participate in reviewing draft of updated American National Standard for Pumps - General Guidelines for Types, Definitions, Application, Sound Measurement, and Decontamination (ANSI/HI 9.1-9.5-2012). Individuals and organizations in North America directly and materially affected by this standard, which applies to industrial/commercial pumps, are asked to contact HI. Read More