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PT Distributor Report examines performance trends.

July 11, 2011

Compiled from data provided by participating PTDA distributor member companies, 2011 Power Transmission (PT) Distributor Performance Report examines distributor performance trends in several categories: ROI, income statement, and balance sheet line items. Report also examines financial ratios, asset productivity ratios, growth and cash sufficiency ratios, as well as employee productivity ratios. Report is designed for benchmarking company performance against that of industry. Read More

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Material Change boosts ultrafast single-photon detector.

July 11, 2011

By swapping one superconducting material for another, NIST researchers found practical way to boost efficiency of world's fastest single-photon detector while also extending light sensitivity to longer wavelengths. Detector, made of superconducting nanowires, is used to register individual photons (particles of light). Tungsten-silicon alloy version has efficiency of 19%-40% over 1,280-1,650 nm range, including bands used in telecommunications. Read More

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BSA Brief addresses smart bearing technology.

July 11, 2011

The first in a series of Bearing Briefs of the Month, "Smart Bearing Technology" addresses technologies that integrate bearings and sensors to monitor speed, direction, temperature, vibration, load, levels of debris, and other factors. Proper bearing analysis is key to keeping equipment running efficiently, reliably, consistently, and cost effectively. Preventing bearing damage can enhance productivity, ensure peak performance, and ultimately affect the bottom line. Read More

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TIA announces educational sessions.

July 11, 2011

TIA announced the educational sessions for 2011 Global Tire Expo - Powered by TIA, which is part of the SEMA Show, taking place Nov 1-4, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Event will feature the 4 educational session tracks, including "TPMS at 10," "Truck Tires at 10," "Tires at 2," and "Management at 4". In addition, expo will include a new session track titled "Green @ Noon," which will address sustainability and environmental best practices. Read More

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AASHTO Calls for Timely Action on Surface Transportation Bill.

July 11, 2011

In his statement regarding Surface Transportation Bill briefing, AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley called Chairman Mica's bill "the first step" towards passing new, long-term surface transportation bill that is "desperately needed" to maintain national transportation system. Horsley went on to comment on included reforms supported by state departments of transportation and also expressed concerns about proposed funding levels included in bill. Read More

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AIA to hold Team America Rocketry Challenge 2012.

July 11, 2011

AIA's Team America Rocketry Challenge will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012. Thanks to participation of more than 50,000 and several dozen companies, an event that started out as a celebration of the centennial of flight has become world's largest rocket contest and one of the biggest Science Technology Engineering and Math student competitions. Sponsoring TARC is way for companies to gain exposure, network with other AIA members, and educate students about careers in aerospace. Read More

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

July 8, 2011

A method developed by researchers at NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder for making thin, flexible, high-temperature superconducting cables has won 2011 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. In center of cable are copper wires bundled with nylon and plastic insulation. Outer rings are a series of superconducting tapes wrapped in spirals around copper. Designed to operate at -353°F, cable has diameter of less than 1 cm and is able to carry 2,800 A of current. Read More

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Study Examines technology transfer from government labs to industry.

July 8, 2011

"Technology Transfer and Commercialization Landscape of the Federal Laboratories" describes barriers and strategies for transfer of technology developed in federal laboratories to industry for commercialization. This independent study found that distinctive missions of federal laboratories, management strategies and resources, statutory requirements, and incentives for researchers were key factors determining agency's particular approach to commercialization of federal laboratory results. Read More

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FAA celebrates 75th anniversary of air traffic control.

July 8, 2011

Since its inception in 1936 with 15 workers operating in 3 control centers, agency has become a world leader, developing new technology to speed up flights, save fuel, and improve safety. System now includes 131 federal stand-alone traffic control towers, 132 towers for terminal area approach control, 29 stand-alone terminal radar approach controls, and 21 en route traffic control centers. Number of controllers has grown to more than 15,000, a workforce that handles about 50,000 flights a day. Read More

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Revised EU RoHS Directive published.

July 8, 2011

Revised EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive has been published and is expected to go into effect on July 21, 2011. Revised RoHS Directive now applies to all electrical and electronic equipment, not just a few select categories. Due to IPC's aggressive lobbying efforts, revision does not restrict any additional substances. Four substances, however, are identified for priority assessment in a nonbinding recital: HBCDD, DEHP, BBP, and DBP. Read More

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FAA and NATCA Reach Agreement on fatigue recommendations.

July 8, 2011

FAA and National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) announced agreement on fatigue recommendations developed by joint working group established under 2009 collective bargaining agreement. Specifically, agreement reinforces prohibition of sleeping on duty for air traffic controllers (ATCs); ensures breaks for ATCs on midnight shift, during which they are expected to be available for recall; and requires ATCs must report for work well-rested and mentally alert. Read More

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Majority of Voters want government to support biotechnology.

July 8, 2011

National survey of 800 American voters by BIO found 53% of voters believe federal government should support biotechnology industry through tax policies or direct funding. According to BIO CEO Jim Greenwood, "These numbers are a testament to the life-saving scientific research being conducted by biotechnology industry." He added, "It is reassuring to know that our hard work lines up shoulder-to-shoulder with the priorities of the American people." Read More

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AIA criticizes President's remarks on business aviation.

July 8, 2011

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA is disturbed by President Obama's remarks on business aviation. General aviation plays an important role in the economy and took a substantial hit in the recent recession. AIA feels that disparaging comments from the president regarding business jet users are not conducive to promoting jobs, investment, and economic growth. Read More

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AASHTO recognizes 55th anniversary of federal interstate system.

July 8, 2011

According to statement made by John Horsley, director of AASHTO, the national transportation system is the engine driving the national economy, delivering jobs and assuring just in time delivery of goods. AASHTO's member state DOTs are creating strategies for operating existing system more efficiently, supporting greater transportation choices, and adding capacity where it is most needed. But states and local communities need help of Congress in form of new surface transportation authorization. Read More

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AIA commends President Obama on Alcoa visit.

July 8, 2011

President Obama's visit to Alcoa in Davenport, IA highlights the importance of aerospace and high-technology manufacturing to the nation. President acknowledged importance of Alcoa to the industry, ranging from early flights of the Wright Brothers to missions in space and protecting troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. As president said, competitiveness is dependent on the best workers having the best equipment, which requires investment in a world-class education system and cutting-edge innovation. Read More

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BIO International Convention closes with record numbers.

July 7, 2011

Held in Washington, DC, 2011 BIO International Convention wrapped up with record number of partnering meetings, increased international attendance and participation, as well as pertinent panel sessions. Event drew 15,626 industry leaders from 48 states and 65 countries as well as 11 U.S. Governors and 100+ international public officials. BIO Business Forum hosted 21,183 partnering meetings between 2,410 companies and featured 157 company presentations. Read More

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Oil Independence Act can help biofuel producers.

July 7, 2011

"Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act" can help advanced biofuel producers secure financing for construction of projects. BIO thanked Senators Jeff Merkley, Tom Carper, and Michael Bennet for introducing legislation that would make algae and other second-generation biofuels eligible for the cellulosic biofuels production tax credit and create an optional investment tax credit. Eligibility for new technologies will help industry make measurable impact on nation's energy security. Read More

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ASTM Aviation Fuel Standard specifies bioderived components.

July 7, 2011

Through new provisions included in ASTM D7566-11 standard, up to 50% bioderived synthetic blending components can be added to conventional commercial and military jet (or gas turbine) fuel. These renewable fuel components, called hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids, are identical to hydrocarbons found in jet fuel, but come from vegetable oil-containing feedstocks, such as algae, camelina or jatropha, or from animal fats called tallow. Read More

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NESCC to convene July 28.

July 7, 2011

In an effort to facilitate growth and development of U.S. nuclear industry, Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative is advancing standards coordination work in this area. A joint initiative of ANSI and NIST, the NESCC works to identify the standards needed for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants and other nuclear technologies. Attendance is open to all stakeholders and free of charge, but advance registration is required by July 22. Read More

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DoC reopens comment period for regulatory cooperation activities.

July 7, 2011

U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has reopened public comment period seeking input on regulatory cooperation activities between U.S. and European Union. Goal is to reduce or eliminate unnecessary divergences in regulatory measures that may impede trade in goods in the transatlantic marketplace, and to identify existing or emerging sectors that may benefit from transatlantic regulatory cooperation. Comment period is open through August 8, 2011. Read More