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ANSI Welcomes 21 New Members in August 2011.

September 7, 2011

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 21 new members in August 2011 to its federation, which represents 125,000+ companies and over 3.5 million professionals. Explaining membership benefits, ANSI's Brian Meincke said that members gain access to information and BI not available elsewhere, receive discounts on products and services, and can build relationships that empower them with influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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RIA User Membership Swells before national safety conference.

September 7, 2011

Corporate membership by robot users has risen at RIA, and National Robot Safety Conference is driving this surge. Many users who register to learn about new safety standard elect to take free, 6-month trial membership. Now, RIA user membership is up 53% compared to the same time in previous year. Concern for robot safety is often a catalyst for RIA membership, and RIA offers custom training to help companies comply with National Robot Safety Standard. Read More

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Nationwide Utility Rates now on Open EI.

September 7, 2011

Developed by NREL, OpenEI.org blends elements of social media and Wiki-based technology with previously unavailable information on energy sources and prices, helping energy officials and consumers make better decisions. Maps and other visualization tools transform raw data into displays that are easily understood. Information allows anyone with Internet access to compare kilowatt-hour rates in dozens of cities and zero in on time-of-use rates, demand charges, and tiered rate structures. Read More

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ANSI Members Join Coalition to stem engineering gap.

September 7, 2011

To stem America's growing engineering gap and create 6,300 new opportunities for hands-on, technical training in field, 13 ANSI members joined White house-backed coalition of industry leaders committed to doubling available engineering internships in 2012. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia commented, "As the Standards Boost Business campaign gives proof, investing in engineering and standards professionals is absolutely critical to U.S. competitiveness and the future of American jobs." Read More

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AASHTO supports Obama's call for transportation investment.

September 7, 2011

AASHTO joined President Barack Obama in urging Congress to extend legislation to fund Federal highway and transit programs as prelude to completing a new reauthorization bill. During news conference in Louisville KY, AASHTO President Susan Martinovich, director of the Nevada DOT, stated that if Congress does not act fast more than 500,000 jobs and countless state and local projects to modernize and improve transportation across the U.S. will be in jeopardy. Read More

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Defense Manufacturing Initiative shows importance to U.S. economy.

September 7, 2011

Defense manufacturing initiative announced by NAM will bring together manufacturers in defense and aerospace industries as well as their suppliers to highlight critical importance of defense sector to USA's innovation and economy. Spearheaded by NAM's Defense Manufacturing Working Group, initiative will focus on issues such as export controls, procurement efficiencies, rare earth minerals, extension of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill, and defense budget cuts. Read More

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US Transportation Projects vie for top honors in competition.

September 7, 2011

AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are announcing top 10 finalists in 2011 America's Transportation Awards competition and releasing video that showcases those projects. "Each of these 10 projects truly exemplifies all that is right with our national transportation system," proclaimed AASHTO executive director John Horsley. Top 10 finalists include projects in Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington. Read More

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NIST Scientists measure impact energy of highly charged ions.

September 7, 2011

Building upon their work for which they were awarded a patent, scientists at NIST and Clemson University have measured energy of highly charged ion impacts on a thin film surface for the first time in detail. Understanding how ions discharge energy upon impact will help researchers make better predictive models of how the particles affect surfaces. These models may also help researchers curtail ionic erosion where it would be a bad thing, such as inside a fusion reactor. Read More

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Manufacturers Say NLRB Decisions will harm job creation.

September 7, 2011

Pertaining to 3 case decisions released by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Lamons Gasket Co., Specialty Healthcare, and UGL-UNICCO Service Company, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said NLRB's actions "put jobs at risk" and could "severely disrupt the workplace." Timmons specifically noted decisions demonstrating government agency's goal of implementing Employee Free Choice Act-like proposals, which Congress has yet to authorize and that hinder employers' flexibility. Read More

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Baldrige Examiners Survey reveals performance perception differences.

September 7, 2011

Survey of ~500 members of 2011 Board of Examiners for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award shows management and non-management personnel from U.S. organizations agree on mission, customer focus, and commitment to success. However, same organizaions differ on how best to measure quality of work and customer satisfaction. Questionnaires ask employees to gauge level of agreement with statements related to Baldrige criteria, while managers are quizzed on perceptions of their organizations. Read More

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NTSB Cites PG&E, Government Oversight in CA pipeline rupture.

September 7, 2011

Regarding probable cause pertaining to natural gas pipeline rupture that ocurred on September 9 in 2010, NTSB cited California utility operator's lax approach to pipeline safety and inadequate oversight of 2 government agencies. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said that "PG&E exploited weaknesses in a lax system of oversight." Hersman also said regulators were identified "that placed a blind trust in the companies that they were charged with overseeing to the detriment of public safety." Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for July 2011.

September 7, 2011

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 10.2% and bookings were down 17.0% in July 2011 from July 2010. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments increased 2.3% and bookings declined 10.0%. Flexible circuit shipments were down 28.3% and bookings declined 4.5% compared to July 2010. Year to date, flexible circuit shipments increased 3.2% and bookings increased 8.0%. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments decreased 12.1% from July 2010. Read More

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will be largest show to date.

September 7, 2011

According to PMMI, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 is growing and poised to break all show records with less than one month until doors open. Taking place September 26-28, event will occupy 650,000+ net ft² and feature ~1,600 exhibitors. Charles D. Yuska, PMMI President/CEO, said show floor has been expanded "several times" since sales opened to accommodate exhibit space demand. Also, Yuska said expansion is estimated at 20% or more over last fall's predictions for space and exhibitors. Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty for use of unqualified mechanic.

September 6, 2011

FAA is proposing $298,500 civil penalty against Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA) of Orlando, FL for allegedly operating 8 Boeing 727 aircraft when they were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations. Specifically, FAA alleges CCIA permitted unqualified mechanic to perform certain aircraft inspections and to sign airworthiness releases on company's aircraft. CCIA has 30 days from receipt of FAA's enforcement letter to respond. Read More

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NREL Data Set Shows Effects of Clouds on solar power generation.

September 6, 2011

National Renewable Energy Laboratory has produced and made available a data set that shows what happens, second-by-second, when clouds pass over solar power installation. Seventeen measurement stations near Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport collected data at 1 sec intervals over course of one year. By understanding such characteristics, utility officials can devise strategies to better manage fluctuations so that the grid is not adversely impacted. Read More

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Action on Highway Bill called critical to American jobs.

September 6, 2011

Responding to President Obama's highway bill comments, AEM President Dennis Slater called infrastructure investment "a critical job creator." He noted that projects require long-term planning and that extending clean highway bill benefits America's equipment manufacturers, contractors, and U.S. economy. "Failure to extend the highway bill," according to Slater, "would further endanger the already tenuous economic recovery America's manufacturers are working so hard to strengthen." Read More

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Next BSA Brief of the Month focuses on Green contributions.

September 6, 2011

Educational Services Committee of BSA selected "The Best Kept Secret in 'Green' Technology" as next publication in series of Bearing Briefs of the Month. Developed by BSA's Educational Services Committee and originally released in 2009, document details ways in which bearings contribute to greener planet. This brief points out that bearing industry, through its constant product development efforts, is making most of existing machines while reducing their impact on environment. Read More

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College Football Fans compete to protect the environment.

September 6, 2011

This fall, colleges across the country will compete to see which schools can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most waste as part of EPA's 2011 Game Day Challenge. Any college or university in the U.S. with a football team can compete. Challenge is for schools to design a waste reduction plan for one 2011 regular season home football game and measure results. Schools can collect common materials for recycling including paper, beverage containers, cardboard, and food to be donated and composted. Read More

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North American Business Conditions Index rebounds in August.

September 6, 2011

Climbing to 41.4, up 9.4 points from its July reading, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions gained ground in August, but remained below levels suggestive of industry-wide expansion for third straight month. August's EBCI for future North American conditions slipped from a month earlier, dropping to 55.2 from 64 in July, but continued to point toward better conditions over the next 6 months. Read More

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BIO says synthetic biology should be supported.

September 6, 2011

BIO announced publication of the Policy Forum article "Synthetic Biology: Regulating Industry Uses of New Biotechnologies" in Science magazine. According to author Brent Erickson, synthetic biology holds the potential to significantly speed development of biotech solutions for clean energy and chemical production. Regulatory oversight of this emerging field should foster and promote innovation, establishing only as much regulation as is necessary to ensure public safety and benefits. Read More