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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

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Machine Uptime/Communications Study identifies 4 key challenges.

June 30, 2011

Machinery Communications - Trends & Challenges says that computer, mobile, and wireless technologies are affecting modern industry, including packaging machinery. Packaging professionals participating in study identified 4 primary challenges to advancing machinery communications: adopting standard programming language, collecting more data about operational efficiency, educating engineers, and ensuring security of external communications. Read More

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SAE International announces 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit.

June 30, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 14-15 in Shanghai, 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit will bring together engineers, scientists, and corporate representatives to discuss the latest progress and plans for lithium based battery technologies and research. More than 20 presentations will be organized across 4 sessions: Electrified Vehicle Market Development, Innovations in Cell Chemistry for Energy Storage, Battery Design for Safety and Extended Life, and Battery Pack Integration and Charging Challenges and Solutions. Read More

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Nanowire-Based Sensors offer improved VOC detection.

June 29, 2011

Researchers from NIST, George Mason University, and University of Maryland made nano-sized sensors that can detect VOCs. They offer low-power, room-temperature operation and can detect one or several compounds over wide concentration range. Paper titled "Highly selective GaN-nanowire/TiO2-nanocluster hybrid sensors for detection of benzene and related environment pollutants" provides proof of concept for gas sensor made of single nanowire and metal oxide nanoclusters. Read More

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Internet Policy Task Force seeks comments on cybersecurity report.

June 29, 2011

Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force requests comments on "Cybersecurity, Innovations and the Internet Economy," which proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen cybersecurity of companies that increasingly rely on Internet to do business but are not part of critical infrastructure sector. Report poses several specific recommendations for reducing I3S vulnerabilities, and comments must be received by August 1, 2011. Read More

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AIM Expo joins PACK EXPO in Las Vegas.

June 29, 2011

PMMI has signed an agreement with Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility to co-locate AIM Expo 2011 with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Sept 26-28. AIM Expo will include tracks on government, healthcare, manufacturing, mobile workforce, and retail. Two new sessions, "Auto ID in Packaging" and "Internet of Things," will identify state-of-the-art applications and solutions to improve operations, streamline production, reduce costs, and enhance overall business processes. Read More

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EPA and Coast Guard to enforce air pollution requirements.

June 29, 2011

U.S. EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard announced agreement to jointly enforce U.S. and international air pollution requirements for vessels operating in U.S. waters. Requirements establish limits on NOx emissions and require use of fuel with lower sulfur content, protecting people's health and environment by reducing ozone-producing pollution, which can cause smog and aggravate asthma. Most stringent requirements apply to ships operating within 200 nautical miles of the coast of North America. Read More

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Federal Agencies' MOU supports energy development, air quality.

June 29, 2011

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between U.S. EPA, Department of the Interior, and Department of Agriculture addresses air quality issues associated with onshore oil and gas development on federally managed public lands. It establishes common process to follow in analyzing potential air quality impacts and outlines steps necessary to ensure federal laws protecting air quality, human health, and environment are balanced with national energy needs. Read More

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NIST/NCL Research Paper poses testbed for gold nanoparticles.

June 28, 2011

Authored by researchers from NIST and National Cancer Institute's Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL), "Newkome-type dendron-stabilized gold nanoparticles: synthesis, reactivity, and stability" proposes testbed with which to explore how gold nanoparticle behave in biological systems. Paper also propoposes paradigm for how to characterize nanoparticle formulations and provides beginnings of catalog of analysis techniques for getting detailed understanding of nanoparticles. Read More

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Outstanding Achievements Recognized at ASHRAE annual meeting.

June 28, 2011

Held June 25-29, ASHRAE's 2011 Annual Conference saw 59 people recognized for their contributions to the Society and building industry. Specific awards covered areas such as preeminence in engineering or research work, continued service and effort, as well as, published papers and articles. Additional awards recognize such efforts towards membership expansion, meeting CTTC goals, and research promotion. Still other awards looked at historical compilations and government activities. Read More

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Air Toxics Standards Timeline set for boilers, incinerators.

June 28, 2011

As part of filing with U.S. Court of Appeals for DC Circuit, U.S. EPA set schedule for issuing updated air toxics standards for boilers and specific solid waste incinerators. Agency will propose standards to be reconsidered by end of October 2011 to ensure they are based on best available data and public has ample opportunity to provide additional input and information. Final standards will be issued by end of April 2012. Read More

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Federal Partnerships will revitalize USA's urban waterways.

June 28, 2011

Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) seeks to stimulate regional and local economies, create local jobs, improve quality of life, and protect Americans' health by revitalizing urban waterways in under-served communities. As federal union comprised of 11 agencies, UWFP will focus initial efforts on 7 pilot locations. Each already has restoration effort underway, spearheaded by local governments and community organizations. Effort supports America's Great Outdoors Initiative. Read More

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Legionellosis Prevention Standard is open for public comment.

June 28, 2011

ASHRAE Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems, specifies requirements to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems. Open for public review until July 25, this proposed standard practice helps facility managers and owners understand how to apply available information on Legionella effectively in order to prevent cases of legionellosis associated with building water systems. Read More