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Manufacturing Employees awarded scholarships to university.

May 26, 2011

Partnering with University of Phoenix (UoP), The Manufacturing Institute (TMI) awarded one full-tuition undergraduate or master's degree scholarship at UoP for each of 20 qualified individuals. Scholarship, offered to those already employed in manufacturing, lets workers pursue education needed to advance their skills in 21st century manufacturing workplace. "Manufacturers' ability to compete globally depends on an educated and skilled workforce," said TMI president Emily DeRocco. Read More

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Building Codes/Standards Council provides collaborative forum.

May 26, 2011

National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards provides state, local, and regional code agencies with opportunity to work together on issues - building permits, inspections, energy codes, accessibility requirements - that cross state lines. Among other things, Institute president Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, said this provides forum for addressing long-term policy issues, developing common programs, and establishing point of engagement to communicate with federal agencies. Read More

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IPC Summit to address issues impeding U.S. competitiveness.

May 26, 2011

Scheduled for June 15-16, IPC Summit on American Competitiveness and Capital Hill Day will address government over-regulation, export controls, and maintaining military and aerospace sectors' use of U.S. electronic interconnect manufacturing capacity. Electronics manufacturers will hear from former U.S. Representative David McIntosh, a leader in efforts to address government over-regulation. Participants can immediately take action by visiting their legislators in meetings set up by IPC staff. Read More

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AIA Issues Report on defense investment.

May 26, 2011

According to AIA's report, Defense Investment: Finding the Right Balance, defense investment accounts support current operations and also ensure troops will always have tactical advantage of technological superiority. It takes historical look at spending in investment accounts as well as ebb and flow of spending since the 1970s. Report concludes USA and its military members pay "large price" when we decrease spending on procurement and research and development. Read More

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TRFA opens registration for 2011 Annual Meeting.

May 26, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 11-13, TRFA's 2011 Annual Meeting will include full schedule of Technical Papers, Regulatory Affairs Update, and annual Table Top Showcase, as well as meetings of TRFA's Market Focused Committees, association's Annual Business Meeting, and presentation of the second annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award. A special keynote presentation on Global Energy Trends will we given by Dr. Michael Webber, a well-known expert on clean energy. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation announces FOUNDATION(TM) technology blog.

May 26, 2011

Located at http://foundationfieldbus.blogspot.com, FOUNDATION(TM) blog will address issues affecting the world of FOUNDATION fieldbus. A sample of recent posts includes certification of FOUNDATION fieldbus trainers; introduction of FOUNDATION-compliant products; successful FOUNDATION technology installation in municipal water industry; and fieldbus host interoperability testing under Foundation's new "61b" Host Profile Registration process. Blog also includes Twitter feed with additional updates. Read More

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Next Gen Fuel Economy Labels increase consumer awareness.

May 26, 2011

U.S. DoT and U.S. EPA unveiled new fuel economy labels designed to help consumers take advantage of increased efficiency standards. These labels will provide comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including estimated annual fuel costs and savings as well as information on each vehicle's environmental impact. Starting with model year 2013, improved fuel economy labels will be required to be affixed to all new passenger cars and trucks. Read More

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Building Institute Council addresses finance, insurance, and real estate.

May 26, 2011

National Institute of Building Sciences has created Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate to promote cooperative process and open dialogue among banks, insurance companies, and real estate firms. This will promote collaboration and buy-in across these sectors involved in developing high-performance buildings. Architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and insurance representatives, as well as investment, appraisal, and testing and validation representatives will participate. Read More

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EPA Funds Small Businesses developing environmental technologies.

May 25, 2011

To support development of new technologies for protecting environment and public health, U.S. EPA is awarding nearly $2.25 million to 10 small companies in CA, CO, FL, MA, MI, and NM. Projects include reducing toxic chemicals from landfills, producing environmentally friendly adhesive, reducing methane emissions by converting dilute methane waste gas streams into useful fuel, and designing real-time environmental water monitoring sensor. Read More

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Automate 2011/42nd ISR Conference Proceedings now available.

May 25, 2011

Available on CD, proceedings from Automate 2011/42nd International Symposium on Robotics Conference include 19 in-depth and 20 multi-speaker session presentations. Highlights include new insights on vision guided robotics, case studies on successful robotics and machine vision applications, advances in motion control, and cutting-edge robotics research. Another important element is material on "New Developments in Robot Safety" by Jeff Fryman, RIA's Director of Standards Development. Read More

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2011 COPANT General Assembly sees strong show of U.S. leadership.

May 25, 2011

Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) held its annual General Assembly from May 12-13, 2011 in Santiago, Chile. Joining 17 other COPANT members in attendance, ANSI vice president Gary W. Kushnier led 21-member U.S. delegation representing public and private sector standardization organizations. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia was elected to his second 2-year term as COPANT VP, and ANSI was elected to COPANT Board of Directors. Read More

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Research Project reuses air to save energy in low-income houses.

May 25, 2011

Through ASHRAE's Grants-In-Aids Award Program, Simge Andolsun, a student at Texas A&M University, plans to model a new HVAC/R energy saving strategy with partial conditioning or reuse of air. Partial conditioning is based on using remaining energy of air returning from occupied zones in unoccupied zones before it returns to system or is exhausted from system. Strategy is expected to provide reduction in overall HVAC/R energy consumption for low-income households in hot and humid climates. Read More

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NIST exhibits at Green Chemistry Engineering Conference.

May 25, 2011

Scheduled for June 21-23, 15th Annual Green Chemistry Engineering Conference 2011 will be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. Event will bring together world's brightest scientific researchers as well as government and industry leaders to catalyze green chemistry as the solution to global challenges. Conference will include more than 20 technical sessions and full day of programming devoted to students. Read More

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Fraunhofer to develop Clean Energy Center.

May 25, 2011

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy will partner with federal, state, and city agencies on $19.5 million Clean Energy Center that will serve as high-tech demonstration showcase, supporting established and start-up companies that are developing and demonstrating energy efficiency technologies. The 50,000 ft² facility will also house Fraunhofer's technical R/D labs and TechBridge start-up accelerator group to support clean energy businesses in Boston's Innovation District. Read More

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Packaging Hall of Fame Nominations are being sought by PMMI.

May 25, 2011

Nominations are open for Packaging Hall of Fame(TM) Class of 2011. Annual honor, to be presented at reception during PACK EXPO Las Vegas, NV on September 26, recognizes efforts of packaging's innovators. Due no later than June 1, submissions should clearly describe how candidate has personally advanced the science, technology, and practice of packaging; expanded packaging knowledge/understanding; and exhibited traits as remarkable volunteer leader in packaging community. Read More

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ANSI hosts Standards Wars workshop.

May 25, 2011

On May 12, nearly 200 representatives of industry, standards and conformance organizations, government, and consumer groups gathered for the ANSI workshop, Standards Wars: Myth or Reality?, which was organized as interactive panel-based discussions and Q/A sessions. The general view was that while conflict and duplication in standards development are deserving of continual vigilance, the U.S. voluntary consensus standardization system is strong, effective, and responsive to country's needs. Read More

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Solar/Hydrogen Model Car Races showcase students' innovations.

May 24, 2011

Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy's NREL, Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions featured 65 teams from 24 Colorado schools as participants. Students raced solar or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves. Trophies were given out for fastest solar-powered model cars; fastest hydrogen fuel cell-powered model cars; as well as solar and hydrogen fuel cell designs based on technology, craftsmanship and innovation. Read More

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NIST Workshop to address soft material manufacturing research.

May 24, 2011

Scheduled for June 2-3, NIST workshop will assess interest in forming a government-industry consortium dedicated to developing neutron-based measurement tools for soft materials tailored to manufacturers. Event will combine discussions of research opportunities in soft materials that could best be addressed by neutron techniques, with presentations on capabilities of NCNR neutron beam lines. Work potentially could aid a broad range of industries from plastics to pharmaceuticals. Read More

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DOC Seeks Input on US-EU trade cooperation.

May 24, 2011

ANSI is informing all stakeholders that US Department of Commerce (DOC), on behalf of the Obama Administration, is seeking assistance in identifying opportunities for cooperation in trade between US and European Union (EU). Goals include reducing or eliminating unnecessary divergences in regulatory measures that may impede trade in goods in transatlantic marketplace as well as identification of existing or emerging sectors that may benefit from transatlantic regulatory cooperation. Read More

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NIST Study explores nanowire-based memory.

May 24, 2011

In study titled "Fabrication, Characterization, and Simulation of High Performance Si Nanowire-Based Non-Volatile Memory Cells," NIST and George Mason University researchers explored how to optimize nanowire-based charge-trapping memory devices. Team used software modeling and electrical device characterization to examine structures for dielectrics that surround memory and store electrical charges. Based on 20 nm dia silicone wires, nanowires form memory that holds contents even if power is off. Read More