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NAM supports legislation to protect intellectual property and jobs.

July 1, 2011

Dorothy Coleman, NAM Vice President for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued statement in support of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. This legislation ensures a well-funded and properly staffed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that can process applications in timely manner, allowing manufacturers in U.S. to bring their cutting-edge technological breakthroughs to marketplace first. According to Coleman, the protection of intellectual property is of paramount importance to manufacturers. Read More

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DoC Seeks Public Comment on cybersecurity report.

July 1, 2011

U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) Internet Policy Task Force issued Federal Register notice seeking public comment on its cybersecurity report - Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy - that was released June 8. Report recommends new framework for addressing Internet security issues for companies that increasingly rely on Web to do business but are outside of critical infrastructure sector. Comments should be sent before midnight on August 1. Read More

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State DOTs respond to lean times with technology.

July 1, 2011

According to AASHTO's John Horsley, many state DOTs are turning to technology and environmentally sensitive solutions to cut fuel consumption, improve efficiency, and save money. For example, Indiana DOT is converting 527 work trucks to run on cleaner-burning domestic propane, while Arizona DOT is testing new solar-powered system to eliminate need to keep vehicles idling while parked near traffic. Kansas and Michigan DOTs are encouraging employees to slow down, avoid idling, and reduce load. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against AirTran Airways.

July 1, 2011

FAA is proposing a $250,000 civil penalty against AirTran Airways for allegedly operating a Boeing 737 on 4 passenger flights when it was not in compliance with FAA regulations. According to FAA, AirTran did not properly repair or test an angle-of-attack sensor on the aircraft after it was struck by lightning during flight on March 20, 2009. FAA also alleges airline misused Minimum Equipment List when it decided to defer repair and continued to operate aircraft. Read More

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NREL's Research Support Facility certified LEED Platinum.

July 1, 2011

NREL's Research Support Facility has been certified LEED® Platinum for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. At 222,000 sq-ft, RSF is a model for sustainable, high performance building design that leverages the best in energy efficiency and environmental performance in a large-scale commercial office building. It has achieved all 59 targeted LEED points, including those for site selection, energy, materials and resources, and innovation. Read More

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Business Conditions lose steam in June but outlook is solid.

July 1, 2011

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions slipped to 45.5 in June, dropping below the 50-point growth threshold for the first time since Oct 2010. The index had climbed as high as 69.6 as recently as February 2011, prior to sharp run-up in oil prices and Japan's earthquake and tsunami. EBCI for future North American conditions topped 50-point mark for 28th consecutive month in June, measuring 63.6 for the month, down from 81.8 in May. Read More

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ANSI issues call for nominations for policy committees.

July 1, 2011

ANSI invites all members of ANSI Federation to recommend qualified candidates for membership on Institute's policy and other committees. Three year term runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014. Committees seeking new members include Conformity Assessment Policy Committee, National Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, International Policy Committee, and ANSI ISO Council. Read More

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ANSI and SES Announce reciprocal membership affiliations.

July 1, 2011

ANSI, coordinator of U.S. voluntary standardization system, announced agreement with SES - the Society for Standards Professionals granting complimentary, reciprocal affiliations between organizations. Under this agreement, current and new SES members are automatically eligible to enroll in ANSI's affiliate membership program for one year. Conversely, technical contact of all current and new ANSI full members is automatically eligible to enroll as individual member of SES for one year. Read More

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John Cahn Receives Kyoto Prize for work in materials science.

July 1, 2011

John Cahn, emeritus senior fellow and materials scientist at U.S. Commerce Department's NIST, was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology. His contributions to materials science include developing fundamental theory that describes behavior of mixtures of different materials and how they tend to separate at microscale. This theory established entire branch of materials research and is particularly important to rational design of new alloys. Read More

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NIST to play role in Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.

July 1, 2011

NIST will play important role in Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), which was announced by President Obama. AMP aims to bring together industry, universities, and federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness. NIST programs span all "innovation ecosystem" stages, including research, measurements, technologies, standards, and services that enable development and implementation of advanced technologies. Read More

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Researchers Share Lessons from evaluating emerging technologies.

June 30, 2011

Authored by NIST researchers, "A detailed discussion of lessons learned in evaluating emerging and advanced military technologies" can help negotiate promises and pitfalls encountered when pushing technological limits to enable new capabilities. Researchers also describe evaluative framework - SCORE (System, Component, and Operationally Relevant Evaluations) - devised for judging performance of system and its components as well as utility of technology for intended user. Read More

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High-Temperature Superconducting Cable wins R/D 100 Award.

June 30, 2011

A method developed by researchers at NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder for making thin, flexible, high-temperature superconducting cables has won 2011 R/D 100 Award from R/D Magazine, which salutes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Constructed by winding multiple superconducting tapes around multi-strand copper core, cable operates at -353°F, has diameter of less than 1 cm, and carries 2,800 A of current. Read More

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IPC urges phase-in of conflict minerals regulations.

June 30, 2011

IPC submitted comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the legal basis for a phase-in of conflict minerals regulatory requirements. The 4-page brief, "The Commission's Statutory Authority to Phase-In its Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rules," highlights IPC's proposal for 3-year phase-in of rules. IPC's recommendations are based on anticipated dates at which on-the-ground tracking systems will be in place and supplying verifiable conflict-free minerals. Read More

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Manufacturers Comment on FTAs to emphasize jobs and growth.

June 30, 2011

In his statement which followed Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus' (D-MT) announcement on markup of pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said "Manufacturers are pleased...because these agreements will bring job growth and economic expansion." Timmons also commented that "Moving the FTAs forward in an expedited fashion is critical" and urged White House and Congress "to move ahead with the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea agreements." Read More

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AMT President Applauds advanced manufacturing initiative.

June 30, 2011

AMT President Douglas K. Woods greeted news of Advanced Manufacturing Partnership launch with optimism. "AMT is encouraged," he said, "by the Administration's continued focus on the manufacturing sector." Partnership is national effort to bring industry, universities, and federal government together to invest in emerging technologies that create manufacturing jobs and boost competitiveness. Woods concluded, "AMT is eager to work with the stakeholders on this important collaborative effort." Read More

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ASHRAE installs new officers and directors.

June 30, 2011

At its 2011 Annual Meeting, ASHRAE chose Ronald Jarnagin, staff scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as President. Other officers installed for 1 year term include Thomas Watson of McQuay International as President-Elect, Willliam Bahnfleth of Pennsylvania State University as Treasurer, and 4 Vice Presidents: Constantinos A. Balaras, Ross D. Montgomery, T. David Underwood, and Timothy G. Wentz. In addition, 8 directors were chosen for 3-year term from 2011-2014. Read More

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AEM calls on Congress to stop disruption of GPS signals.

June 30, 2011

AEM, founding member of Coalition to Save Our GPS, is calling on Congress, Transportation Secretary LaHood, and the FCC to stop the threat in the U.S. to Global Positioning Systems posed by LightSquared, the company planning to deploy nationwide broadband internet infrastructure of 40,000 ground stations. Not only would ground stations very likely render GPS signals unreliable and in some cases useless, but implementing LightSquared's plan would add unnecessary burdens to U.S. economy. Read More

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NEMA Participates in ANSI Panel on electric vehicle standards.

June 30, 2011

Recently, member company representatives and staff of NEMA participated in first face-to-face meeting for American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Electric Vehicle Standards Panel (EVSP). With initial scope focusing on consumer class of electric vehicles, EVSP's mission is to develop roadmap for U.S. standardization efforts. ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia, in his opening remarks, said panel's efforts are designed to complement other standardization activities in U.S. and abroad. Read More

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas to offer bakery, snack supplier resources.

June 30, 2011

To be held from September 26-28, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will debut its Baking and Snack Break Lounge. This location, serving as meeting place for baking and snack industry, will offer specialized opportunities for baking and snack professionals to connect with suppliers and partners. Lounge will feature Ask the Expert resource center, and micro-site under development will include connected community with focus on baking and snack trends, news, and other relevant industry information. Read More

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RIA Offers Praise for Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.

June 30, 2011

President Obama's announcement today of $500 million Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, which features $70 million for National Robotics Initiative, received endorsement from RIA. After watching said announcement, RIA President Jeff Burnstein said he was delighted to see such commitment towards making "significant investments in advanced manufacturing and robotics." He also added that R/D can lead to "new advances which will help revive American manufacturing." Read More