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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

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Italian Machine Tool Industry welcomes STEM students.

September 20, 2011

Italian Trade Commission showcased Italian technology in technical education and universities and gave 8 North American engineering students Italian Machine Tool Technology Award (IMTTA). Winners received trip to Italy, with one week of engineering courses and tour of exemplary companies. Trade Commissioner Pasquale Bova said, "We are investing in the future of advanced manufacturing by providing highly accomplished student manufacturing engineers with a global perspective." Read More

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Federal Laboratory Consortium highlights 3 NREL research projects.

September 20, 2011

Federal Laboratory Consortium recognized NREL and its partners with 3 awards for excellence in technology transfer. NREL scientists teamed with Innovalight, Inc. to adapt Silicon Ink, a liquid form of silicon, and develop its use in solar cells. NREL's electrochromic window technology reflects sunlight, reducing heat gain and keeping buildings cooler, while NREL's black silicon nanocatalytic wet-chemical etch technique creates solar cells based on anti-reflection approach. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today highlights top salespeople.

September 20, 2011

In article titled "GAWDA Sales Hall of Fame," 17 sales reps and managers share what they think makes a top-of-the-line sales rep and offer advice for those just beginning a career in the gases and welding industry. According to Heath Wells, regional VP of sales at Cee Kay Supply, the salesperson must either save the customer money or enhance their productivity. Rick Maier, sales manager at Badger Welding Supplies, says product knowledge sets a successful salesperson apart from the competition. Read More

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Aluminum Industry improves efficiency and lowers emissions.

September 20, 2011

Aluminum Association released study titled "Aluminum: The Element of Sustainability" that documents across-the-board sustainability improvements in North American aluminum industry over past 20 years. Since 1991, primary energy demand associated with primary and secondary aluminum production has been reduced 17% and 58%, respectively, and cumulative greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary and secondary aluminum production have been reduced by 72% and 65%, respectively. Read More

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IT Security Automation Conference scheduled for Oct 31-Nov 2.

September 20, 2011

Co-hosted by NIST, Seventh Annual IT Security Automation Conference will focus on the breadth and depth of principles and technologies designed to support computer security automation for organizations in public and private sectors. Topics include automating risk mitigation measures, defining continuous monitoring, performing continuous monitoring in the cloud, automating integration of network security systems, and using processes and tools to make practical risk-based decisions. Read More