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LEED Professional Credentials achieve ANSI accreditation.

September 22, 2011

The Green Building Certification Institute announced that 3 of its LEED Professional Credentials have earned accreditation under ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. ANSI accreditation is designed to increase integrity, confidence, and mobility of certified professionals. LEED Professional Credentials provide assurances of individual's competencies, and are the mark of the most qualified, educated, and influential green building professionals in the marketplace. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers extended duration burning characteristics.

September 22, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee E05.22 on Surface Burning, ASTM E2768 Test Method for Extended Duration Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials (30 Min. Tunnel Test) provides a more detailed and complete description of a test protocol that has been used for more than 40 years in code requirements and specifications for fire-retardant-treated wood. This test is now also used in some codes for building products that are not wood. Read More

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NIST Reports updated Security Content Automation Protocol.

September 22, 2011

Software tools and technical specifications that allow security information to be shared between information systems - the Security Content Automation Protocol - can save time and improve security. SCAP relies on Common Platform Enumeration, which describes and identifies classes of applications, operating systems, and hardware devices in organization's computer systems. CPE v2.3 has been released and 4 NIST Interagency Reports provide specifications for this version. Read More

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NREL Earns Federal Award for sustainable IT practices.

September 21, 2011

In recognition of its efforts to help federal government improve its sustainable practices, U.S. Department of Energy's NREL earned 2011 Platinum-level Award from Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC). This achievement was earned by tracking lifecycle data for electronic equipment, retiring old CRT monitors, and replacing them with LCDs; ensuring environmentally friendly disposal of electronics; and reviewing/revising NREL policies to make lab IT environment more energy efficient. Read More

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IPC Study forecasts growth to resume in 2012.

September 21, 2011

According to IPC's 2010-2011 Industry Analysis and Forecast for PCB Industry in North America, volume of PCB production remains flat, but sales of PCBs by North American manufacturers returned to strong growth in 2010. Sales of rigid PCBs were up 18%, while sales of flexible circuits grew 16% in 2010. A representative sample of 40 North American PCB manufacturers participated in survey, with $2.3 billion in total sales, accounting for approximately 55% of North American market. Read More

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World Standards Week includes meetings on transatlantic partnerships.

September 21, 2011

Organized in conjunction with European Standards Organizations (ESOs), ANSI will host U.S.-European open conference on transatlantic partnerships at World Standards Week (WSW) 2011. ANSI-ESO Conference seeks to foster networking and open dialogue on standards and compliance programs in such critical and emerging areas as e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security. Open to interested stakeholders, conference will be held at U.S. Chamber of Commerce on October 12. Read More

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Economic Study Shows R&D Tax Credit has significant impact.

September 21, 2011

Ernst & Young's "The R&D Credit: An effective policy for promoting research spending," released by R&D Credit Coalition, shows federal research and development (R&D) credit significantly and positively impacts U.S. economy by increasing amount of research spending, jobs, and wages. In total, overall policy - existing credit plus strengthened alternative simplified credit - is estimated to increase annual private research spending by $15 billion (short-term) and $33 billion (long-term). Read More

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Lasers for Manufacturing Event endorsed by Senator Bill Nelson.

September 21, 2011

In his letter of support, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) thanks LIA "for taking the lead in providing the education, practical examples and connection to world class laser and system manufacturers which LME provides." Nelson cited increased use of lasers for manufacturing as means of improving U.S. competitiveness, innovation, and jobs. To be held on September 27 and 28, Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) provides basic training, courses, videos, and manufactured parts examples. Read More

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ASTM Symposium on Roofing highlights research, standards development.

September 21, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM International D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing, Seventh Symposium on Roofing Research and Standards Development will take place December 4, 2011 in Tampa, FL. Symposium will have primary emphasis on current research and development work, specifically centering on influence of laboratory and field investigations in development of standards for roofing and waterproofing materials and systems. Topics will address relation to low-sloped and steep roofing systems. Read More

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ASTM Committee sponsors workshop on shipping container testing.

September 21, 2011

On October 31, ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging will sponsor workshop, The Future of ASTM D4169 (Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems). Task groups were formed to review data from 1995 to present to learn if new data is available concerning various hazards in distribution, including handling, vibration, stacking, and rail switching. Presentations will review data and recommended revisions for updating schedules/elements of D4169. Read More

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AMT to Acquire Media Properties from Gardner Publications.

September 21, 2011

In support of its strategic mission to grow its membership to include manufacturers of new and developing technologies, AMT announced their intention to acquire all assets - lists, websites, and e-mail newsletters - of Time Compression and Process Cleaning magazines. AMT is developing complete suite of services for this community, which will include existing products such as the IMTS show, BI tools, technical meetings and conferences, and activity in overseas markets. Read More

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Workshops Speakers announced for BIO Investor Forum.

September 21, 2011

BIO has announced preliminary set of speakers to be featured on Therapeutic Workshops during 10th annual BIO Investor Forum, which will be held October 25-26 in San Francisco, CA. According to BIO's Alan Eisenberg, workshops will engage key opinion leaders, clinical specialists, and leading companies in provocative discussions centered around "novel and cutting-edge therapies" in biotech. In turn, this will provide investors with insight as to what will drive market. Read More

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Green Products Web Portal launched in honor of P2 week.

September 21, 2011

In observance of Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, U.S. EPA is launching tool that facilitates access to information that can help Americans save money, prevent pollution, and protect people's health. Green products web portal presents electronics and appliances that have earned EPA Energy Star label, WaterSense products, and cleaning products that bear EPA Design for the Environment label. Website also provides information on standards and criteria for designing greener products. Read More

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Legal Issues Forum explores patented technology in standards.

September 21, 2011

On October 13, ANSI will present Legal Issues Forum at World Standards Week 2011. Forum will focus attention on legal and policy issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards. First panel questions RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing commitment and its continued viability as a preferred approach. Second panel will address pros/cons of mandatory or voluntary ex ante disclosure of licensing terms as potential alternative to RAND. Read More

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RIA to hold food robotics webinar.

September 21, 2011

Scheduled for September 29 from 12:00-1:00 pm EDT, Food Robotics Webinar will allow non-experts to start at the beginning and gain a basic understanding of the technology. Robots are now used in all manner of pre-wrap, post-wrap, and post-box processes. Whether participants are concerned about ergonomics, traceability, quality, or throughput, RIA webinar will provide starting place to learn the facts about vision-guided robots for the food and beverage industry. Read More

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Baldrige Award Judges select organizations for final review.

September 21, 2011

Panel of Judges for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has selected eleven organizations for final review stage. Next month, teams of experts will make site visits to one organization in small business category, one in education, six in health care, and three in nonprofit. Examiners will provide 300-1,000 hours of review to each applicant receiving site visit, and all applicants will receive detailed report on organization's strengths and opportunities for improvement. Read More

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ASTM seeks presentations for aircraft transparency workshop.

September 20, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 16-17, 2011, workshop on Aircraft Transparency Systems is sponsored by ASTM International Subcommittee F07.08 on Transparent Enclosures and Materials, part of Committee F07 on Aerospace and Aircraft, and will be held in conjunction with November standards development meetings. Presentations related to aircraft transparency systems, including materials, coatings, testing, optics, and human factors are encouraged. Read More

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Hydrogen Embrittlement Workshop calls for presentations.

September 20, 2011

Seventh Annual Hydrogen Embrittlement Workshop, which will be held November 17, 2011 in Tampa, FL, is sponsored by ASTM International Subcommittee F07.04 on Hydrogen Embrittlement. Technical meeting is devoted to hydrogen embrittlement testing technology for aerospace industry and provides setting for exchanging ideas with, and obtaining feedback from, technical colleagues. Presentations are being solicited in all areas of hydrogen embrittlement technology; no written paper is required. Read More

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MHEDA Journal examines misappropriated small business contracts.

September 20, 2011

On the Edge feature of The MHEDA Journal Online looks at why Fortune 500 companies appear to be receiving federal contracting dollars normally set aside for small businesses. Cited possible causes within this article include lax small business contract procurement rule enforcement and ASBL's accusation that Obama's administration has inflated percentage of small business contracts via combination of under-reporting and inappropriate contract inclusion. Read More

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BIO comments on new initiatives to grow nation's bioeconomy.

September 20, 2011

According to statement made by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO is extremely pleased that the Administration recognizes potential of America's biotechnology industry to provide jobs and grow nation's economy, as well as address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment. BIO is supportive of President's stated commitment to reduce unnecessary regulation, and for investment in research and development and creation of tools for small companies with promising science. Read More