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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

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AIA Campaign will educate public on indiscriminate budget cuts.

September 15, 2011

Designed to defend U.S. aerospace and defense industry, AIA's Second to None public education initiative will provide information about industry, potential job losses, and national security risks. Marion C. Blakey of AIA noted that Budget Control Act cuts could cost "hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs." While Blakey recognized the need to find ways to address national debt, she warned policymakers against making further cuts that could jeopardize national/economic security. Read More

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Publications Provide cloud computing standards roadmap.

September 15, 2011

First edition of NIST Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap (NIST Special Publication 500-291) is based on continuing "Inventory of Standards Relevant to Cloud Computing" compilation. NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (NIST SP 500-292) is based on principles involving development of vendor-neutral architecture and creation of solution that does not stifle innovation by defining prescribed technical solution. Together, documents will foster greater understanding about cloud computing. Read More

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ASHRAE Software helps predict consistent thermal comfort.

September 15, 2011

ASHRAE Thermal Comfort Tool, Version 2, maintains consistency with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. Standard specifies combinations of indoor thermal environmental factors and personal factors that will produce thermal environmental conditions acceptable to majority of occupants. Making thermal comfort predictions using adaptive and predicted mean vote models, software tool lets engineers fine tune comfort analysis to occupant needs. Read More

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ASABE to revise agricultural speed identification symbol.

September 15, 2011

ASABE has initiated a project to revise ANSI/ASAE S584.1, Agricultural Equipment: Speed Identification Symbol standard, which was adopted by ASABE in January of 2005 and revised in August of 2006. In the latest periodic review of the document, several outdated references were identified. Proposed revision will address all identified and needed updates. Read More

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NIST's Michael Molnar kicks off inaugural imX summit.

September 14, 2011

Michael Molnar delivered his first public address as Chief Manufacturing Officer for NIST at U.S. Department of Commerce at inaugural Interactive Manufacturing Experience (imX) industry summit. Specifically, Molnar spoke about U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech). Molnar's new position makes him NIST's central point of contact with the White House, the Department of Commerce, and other agencies related to manufacturing. Read More

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AASHTO Applauds Congress for supporting transportation funding.

September 14, 2011

AASHTO supports efforts by both houses of Congress to advance proposal to extend current surface transportation program as well as aviation programs at current funding levels. According to AASHTO's John Horsley, this extension will let state DOTs "continue to deliver jobs for our nation's economy while maintaining the funding continuity needed to operate and maintain a national transportation system." Sen. Boxer and Rep. Mica were congratulated for their leadership and support. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 102.9% from 2010.

September 14, 2011

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $506.97 million. This total, reported by companies participating in United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, is up 7.3% from June and 92.7% compared with totals reported for July 2010. With $2,975.10 million year-to-date total, 2011 is up 102.9% compared with 2010. Report provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to NHTSA.

September 14, 2011

According to NTSB, the NHTSA should develop stability control system performance standards for commercial vehicles and buses with GVW rating greater than 10,000 lb. Administration should also establish minimum rollover performance standards, based on least stable condition operated, for all new cargo tank motor vehicles with GVW greater than 10,000 lb, and evaluate effect of emergency maneuvers on sloshing and surging of bulk liquids with various densities in partially filled US DOT cargo tanks. Read More

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ICUEE 2011 Advance Registration is extended to September 23.

September 14, 2011

ICUEE 2011 advance registration saves 50% of onsite fee and offers reduced advance education session fees as well. To be held in Louisville, KY from October 4-6, ICUEE (International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition) is already set to offer nearly 1.12 million net ft² of exhibit space taken by 800+ companies. While downloadable reports group together exhibits and education sessions by key industry segments, online interactive show planner and map. Read More

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DOE Transmission Corridor Authority Transfer supported by NEMA.

September 14, 2011

Citing commitment to improving regulatory environment for planning, development, siting, and construction of transmission infrastructure, NEMA supports transfer of certain directives regarding transmission corridors authorized under Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) from Department of Energy (DOE) to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). NEMA supports draft proposal that would put into one agency all EPAct05 authorities related to improving interstate transmission infrastructure. Read More

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IAM&AW and AIA oppose cuts to aerospace and defense.

September 13, 2011

On Sept 1, International Association of Machinists and AIA sent a letter to President Obama urging him to preserve aerospace and defense industry and its high-skilled workforce. Letter argued that the contribution of aerospace to the national bottom line - $214.5 billion in sales and $51.2 billion trade surplus in 2010 - cannot be taken for granted. Cuts to defense, the end of shuttle program, and delays to FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System all threaten America's global leadership. Read More

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NTSB Safety Recommendations aim to decrease vehicle rollover.

September 13, 2011

With articles H-11-18 through -20, NTSB made several recommendations to AASHTO. These recommendations concern working with Federal Highway Administration to evaluate vehicle design characteristics specific to rollover thresholds of heavy trucks, developing best practices in highway design, developing and implementing best practices to aid identification of locations that pose rollover hazard, and developing guidance for bridge pier protection program. Read More

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NTSB Details Recommendations to Motor Carrier Safety Admin.

September 13, 2011

For H-11-2, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is to work with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, as appropriate, to develop and disseminate guidance that will assist hazardous materials carriers in implementing comprehensive cargo tank motor vehicle rollover prevention programs. Recommendation H-11-3 requires all in-use cargo tank trailers with gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 lb to be retrofitted with rollover stability control system. Read More

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I Make America announces winners of photo contest.

September 13, 2011

AEM and I Make America campaign announced 4 winners of the Picture a Better America Photo Contest designed to make a visual case to Congress for urgently needed infrastructure investment in the U.S. Winners included One Bumpy Ride by Julia Hoskins of Dexter, OR; When We Work, Things Work by Nicholas Klisch of Rapid City, SD; Our Many Faces by Christine Perkins of Manitowoc, WI; and America Grows Here by Macie Perry of Moreland, GA. Read More

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Emergency Fuel Waiver has been approved for Pennsylvania.

September 13, 2011

Resulting from Buckeye Pipeline shutdown caused by severe flooding, U.S. EPA exercised its authority under Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for parts of Pennsylvania. This will promote flexibility, allowing fuel distribution system to support adequate supply until normal supply can be restored. Specifically, waiver concerns 7.8 psi low RVP requirements that apply in Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley area. Read More

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PMMI's Online Forums foster industry-specific connections.

September 13, 2011

PMMI's Connected Communities provides online forum where professionals with packaging- and processing-related responsibilities in range of core industries can connect year-round. Connected Communities will launch with 4 community sites tailored to specific industry markets: confectionery, baking and snack, pharmaceutical, and general packaging and processing. Each will include features that connect industries with tailored news, insight, and discussions. Read More