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U.S. Standards Community celebrates World Standards Day 2011.

October 21, 2011

More than 275 members of the standards and conformity assessment community gathered in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2011. The exhibition, reception, and dinner marking occasion focused on theme Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide. Event included presentation of Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award to James M. Shannon, president of NFPA, and announcement of World Standards Day Paper Competition winners. Read More

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AASHTO Board Elects President, VP for next year.

October 21, 2011

AASHTO Board of Directors voted to elect Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudle as association president for next year. He will emphasize implementation of new transportation technologies to decrease expense and improve transportation system as well as push for multiyear, well-funded surface transportation reauthorization bill in Congress and advocate expanded use of performance measures for infrastructure investments. RI Transportation Director Michael Lewis was elected AASHTO VP. Read More

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FAA awards $2 million environmental grant to San Diego Airport.

October 21, 2011

The grant through FAA's Voluntary Airport Low Emission program is part of a major airport improvement project at San Diego International Airport called "The Green Build." It will enable airport to install land-side power unit and pre-conditioned air unit at each of 10 new aircraft gates, as well as 7 air units at existing gates. Units will allow arriving aircraft to shut off auxiliary power and connect to cleaner central heating/cooling system, saving fuel and reducing emissions. Read More

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EPA to develop natural gas wastewater standards.

October 21, 2011

Since no comprehensive set of national standards exists at this time, U.S. EPA is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from underground coalbed and shale formations. Announcement is in line with priorities identified in president's Blueprint for Secure Energy Future, and is consistent with Secretary of Energy Advisory Board recommendations on steps to support safe development of natural gas resources. Read More

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EPRI Reports measure consumers' electric vehicle preferences.

October 21, 2011

According to EPRI surveys, more than 50% of people surveyed in service territories of Tennessee Valley Authority and Southern Company would prefer to charge an electric vehicle at home. Surveys also characterized consumers' perceptions of EV ownership and their expectations of electric utilities and associated services. Almost two-thirds of respondents expect their local utility to develop public charging stations, while more than half expect utility to offer installation of at-home charging. Read More

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NIST awards cooperative agreement to University of Maryland.

October 21, 2011

NIST awarded $1 million cooperative agreement to University of Maryland at College Park. Researchers at UMD's Institute for Systems Research will help NIST as it develops and deploys standards, test methods, and measurement tools to support cyber-physical systems, which are networked physical, computer, and biological technologies. UMD/NIST effort can help U.S. industry accelerate development of CPS products that create jobs, while also protecting CPS infrastructure from cyber threats. Read More

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ISPE announces keynote speakers for 2011 Annual Meeting.

October 21, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 6-9, ISPE 2011 Annual Meeting will highlight practical solutions to daily challenges in the pharmaceutical industry, new ideas from thought leaders, and accomplishments of ISPE members. Keynote speakers will include Timothy C. Tyson of Aptuit, Inc., Brett P. Giroir of Caliber Biotherapeutics, John Menna of UPS, and J. David Doleski of the FDA. Event will also feature educational sessions and announcement of the 2011 Overall Facility of the Year Award Winner. Read More

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NEMA commends House and Senate for passage of 3 FTAs.

October 21, 2011

NEMA welcomed passage by U.S. House and Senate of implementing legislation for free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. U.S. electrical equipment and medical imaging equipment manufacturers exported more than $1.4 billion worth of goods to South Korea, Colombia, and Panama in 2010, combined. Most customs tariffs on these goods will be dropped to zero immediately upon on effective date of agreements, while rest will be eliminated progressively in coming years. Read More

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FAA Breaks Ground on new air traffic control tower in Cleveland.

October 20, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt broke ground on $69 million air traffic control tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control facility at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Replacing tower dating back to 1988, new 324 ft tall tower will purportedly provide controllers with updated technology and better view of operations. Facility construction is scheduled to be completed in 2014 and expected to generate nearly 100 new construction jobs. Read More

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ANSI honors members of standardization community.

October 20, 2011

ANSI honored 14 leaders of the U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment community at the 2011 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony. Held annually, the leadership and service awards program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors creativity, dedication, and vision in the field of standards and conformity assessment. Read More

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Federal Engagement in Standards Activities is subject of new report.

October 20, 2011

National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Standards (SoS) released report on federal engagement in standards activities. As coordinator of private sector-led standards and conformity assessment system in U.S., ANSI submitted comments to NSTC SoS in March 2011. Report affirms ANSI input document, which asserted standards and conformity assessment activities are linked to all facets of national economy and vital to continued global competitiveness of U.S. industry. Read More

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Washington and Florida honored for best transportation projects.

October 20, 2011

During America's Transportation Awards competition, Washington State DOT claimed People's Choice Award for its Operation I-5 Partnership Project and Florida DOT was chosen as Grand Prize winner for its Interstate 10/Interstate 95 interchange rebuild known as "The Big I" project. AASHTO presented $10,000 cash prizes to both winning transportation departments, which will be used to support charity or academic scholarship program of their choice. Read More

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NREL's Industry Growth Forum attracts clean energy investors.

October 20, 2011

On Nov 8-10, 30 clean energy companies will present their business cases to panel of investors and industry experts as NREL hosts 24th NREL Industry Growth Forum. Companies were selected through application and review process and will compete for 2011 NREL-Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati Clean Energy Venture Awards. In addition to presentations, forum will highlight clean energy industry technology and business developments with comprehensive agenda of speakers and in-depth panels. Read More

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EPA marks 25th anniversary of EPCRA.

October 19, 2011

Passed in 1986 as part of reauthorization for Superfund, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act has played a significant role in protecting people's health and the environment by providing communities and emergency planners with area-specific information on toxic chemical releases. Under EPCRA, EPA collects information on toxic releases through Toxic Release Inventory program, a public database containing information regarding industrial releases of over 600 toxic chemicals. Read More

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MichBio Expo serves essential info to medical device industry.

October 18, 2011

MichBio Expo track sessions will give Michigan medical device manufacturers and manufacturing suppliers critical information for entry into and success in their industry. To be held in Grand Rapids, MI from November 2-3, 2011 MichBio Expo includes networking opportunities with peers/prospects, previews of cutting-edge technologies, visits to Grand Rapids-area bioscience facilities, and experts speaking on various sectors. Read More

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TRFA Webinar to cover surface chemistry and surfactants.

October 18, 2011

Scheduled for Dec 7, 2011, Basic Surface Chemistry and Surfactants for Polymer Systems webinar will discuss principles of surface chemistry and wetting, as well as surfactant additives which can be used to improve wetting and prevent defects. Poor surface wetting and foam generation during manufacturing and/or processing can cause production difficulties as well as defects in final material. These difficulties can be overcome with proper selection and use of surfactant additives. Read More

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Distributor Sales Successes shared in MHEDA Journal Online.

October 18, 2011

In 4th Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal Online, articles focus on achieving sales success in uncertain economy. Success Stories are case studies of unique material handling equipment applications installed by MHEDA members. Issue also features stories on various topics - selling strategies, customer service, Internet sales, marketing, merchandising - to help distributors sell better in current economic climate. Also, one section is devoted to lead-time quagmire. Read More

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Manufacturers' Debate Broadcast will air live on IPTV.

October 18, 2011

NAM-sponsored "A Republican Forum on Manufacturing," scheduled for November 1, will be covered live by Iowa Public Television (IPTV) and made available to other broadcasters for national coverage. Also, statewide network will make forum available for live and archived streaming online. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Tom Hudson, Co-anchor and Managing Editor of Nightly Business Report on PBS, will moderate discussion, which will focus on manufacturing issues. Read More

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SME and Siemens PLM Software fund engineering education.

October 18, 2011

SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software announced an in-kind software grant valued at $538,500 to Academy of Engineering at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, FL. Grant was made through Siemens PLM Software's GO PLM(TM) program, which supports more than 1 million students annually at more than 11,000 global institutions. It includes free center-based training and free upgrades and tech support for 30 seats of Solid Edge® 2D/3D CAD software. Read More

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AEM applauds Congress for approving Free Trade Agreements.

October 18, 2011

AEM and member companies applaud Congress for taking bipartisan action on the Free Trade Agreements for Colombia, Panama, and Korea. The House of Representatives and Senate both voted to approve the measures which will now go to the president for his signature. According to Dennis Slater, President of AEM, these agreements will help level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers, increasing global competitiveness, while helping job growth and overall economy. Read More