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Smart Grid Test Scheme revealed at World Meter Design Congress.

April 20, 2011

Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant (SGIC) testing scheme was unveiled at World Meter Design Congress. Management scheme for testing practices is compatible with existing global requirements placed on testing bodies by ISO and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. With this scheme in place, stakeholders will come together under NEMA's management to identify points of interoperability in Smart Grid standards as well as design test specifications that make sense to all parties. Read More

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Chemical Research Tool allows users to create synthetic pathways.

April 20, 2011

With SciPlanner(TM) interactive workspace, SciFinder® Research Tool enables scientists to identify synthesis options for designing best research pathways. Researchers can visualize and consolidate preferred reaction strategies in single place and combine them with references, structures, reactions, and substances. Users can also create reports to share reaction pathways for assignment, distribution, and presentation to colleagues. Read More

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BIO opposes House Judiciary Committee's patent reform bill.

April 20, 2011

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood released statement regarding the America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, which passed House Committee on the Judiciary. According to Greenwood, BIO has consistently praised House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) for his introduction of a patent reform bill similar to the bill adopted by Senate. Given the addition of Goodlatte supplemental examination amendment, BIO has no choice but to oppose floor consideration of the bill until this issue is repaired. Read More

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SIIA and OpSource partner to host cloud computing conference.

April 20, 2011

SIIA, in partnership with OpSource, will host annual ISV cloud computing conference, All About the Cloud, from May 23-26 at Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Executives from Red Hat, Intuit, Microsoft, and NetSuite will present at conference to evaluate trends and business opportunities in growing cloud computing marketplace. Topics such as security, mobility, social media, integration, platforms and infrastructure, monetization, and role of cloud computing in government will be covered. Read More

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EPA seeks public comment on stormwater discharge permit.

April 19, 2011

U.S. EPA is releasing for public comment a draft permit that will help improve nation's waterways by regulating discharge of stormwater from construction sites, which can contain sediment and pollutants. Some proposed modifications of Construction General Permit include requirements for electronic notice of intent processes, sediment and erosion controls, natural buffers or alternative controls, soil stabilization, pollution prevention, and site inspections. Read More

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ASHRAE funds undergraduate net zero energy project.

April 19, 2011

Through ASHRAE Undergraduate Senior Project Grant, undergraduate students in their senior year at University of Oregon are developing a toolkit to help better understand impacts of building construction related to net zero energy targets. Toolkit will include a building air tightness testing system as well as an infrared camera to detect moisture, missing or defective insulation, structural shortcomings, HVAC problem areas, sources of heating and cooling loss, and plumbing blocks. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Online features customer service theme.

April 19, 2011

In its 2nd Quarter issue, The MHEDA Journal Online features articles focusing on customer service. The Customer Convention theme is explored via several articles about customer-centric topics. In addition to customer service information, issue also features article about potential dangers involved with Web 2.0, overview of tax consequences involved with selling business, and guide to companies exhibiting at MHEDA Exhibitors' Showcase on May 2 at MHEDA's Convention. Read More

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Gases and Welding Distributors take active role with suppliers.

April 19, 2011

Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today features article titled "All Suppliers Are Not Created Equal," by Gary Moore, a distribution industry veteran. Moore advises distributors to schedule planning meetings yearly or bi-annually with supplier top management, during which distributors can follow several action steps to manage supplier relationships. According to Moore, a distributor's primary initial focus should be on relationships with their most important "A" suppliers. Read More

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EPA proposes stronger toxic emissions standards.

April 19, 2011

U.S. EPA proposed stronger standards that require PVC production facilities to reduce emissions of harmful toxics, such as dioxin and vinyl chloride, to improve air quality and protect people's health. Standards would give facilities the flexibility to choose the most practical and cost-effective control technology or technique to reduce their emissions. Facilities would also need to monitor emissions at certain points in PVC production process to ensure that standards are met. Read More

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ASTM Plastic Piping Standard covers tracking, traceabillity.

April 19, 2011

ASTM F2897, Specification for Tracking and Traceability Encoding System of Natural Gas Distribution Components (Pipe, Tubing, Fittings, Valves and Appurtenances), provides basis with which to codify key attributes of given component in discrete format and size to facilitate tracking and traceability. As detailed in standard, 16-digit code contains finite data sets that provide information such as manufacturer name, component characteristics and product logistics. Read More

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NEMA launches Premium Exit Sign Program.

April 19, 2011

NEMA Emergency Lighting Section has launched its Premium Exit Sign Program, which establishes standards for and encourages use of high-performance exit signage. Instead of focusing strictly on energy efficiency, program aims to increase visibility and attract attention. Managed by NEMA, program is driven largely by requirements set forth in NEMA EM 1 Exit Sign Visibility Testing Requirements for Safety and Energy Efficiency standard. Read More

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Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Standard focuses on corrosion protection.

April 19, 2011

ASTM A1068, Practice for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Corrosion Protection Systems on Iron and Steel Products is intended for primary use by owners and specifiers of steel building projects. According to Thomas Langill of American Galvanizers Association, practical applications include calculating life cycle costs of different corrosion protection systems and comparing them when making decisions on how to specify system to be used on particular project. Read More

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BIO World Congress adds 11 plenary speakers.

April 18, 2011

BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, held May 8-11 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will feature company presentations on biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients, and biomass. In addition to domestic and international plenary speakers, conference will feature 6 breakout sessions focusing on commercialization of renewable chemicals. Read More

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FMA Workshop outlines strategies to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill.

April 18, 2011

Green Manufacturer Network's Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop, May 18 at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), Inc., in Lafayette, Ind., will provide valuable tips and tricks for accomplishing change in an organization's culture. Address by Tom Easterday, executive vice president of SIA, will focus on how Subaru became first automotive assembly plant to become zero-landfill in 2004. Attendees will tour SIA plant to see zero-waste-to-landfill program in action. Read More

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President and Congress repeal small business reporting requirement.

April 18, 2011

After President Obama signed H.R.4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, issued a statement of support. According to Newhouse, manufacturers are pleased that this costly reporting requirement is no longer a threat to their bottom line. NAM appreciates that Congress and the Administration listened to manufacturers' concerns and fixed this unnecessary requirement from the health care bill. Read More

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Electronics Industry Volunteers honored during IPC APEX EXPO.

April 18, 2011

During IPC APEX EXPO(TM), IPC presented the Presidents Award as well as Special Recognition, Distinguished Committee Leadership, and Committee Service awards. The 2011 Presidents Award was presented to Stephen Pudles, API Defense USA, Inc. for his many contributions and leadership over the past 20 plus years. Awards were also presented to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and expertise through active IPC committee service. Read More

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Best Technical Papers Honored at IPC Apex EXPO(TM) 2011.

April 18, 2011

Anurag Bansal of Cisco Systems Inc. took U.S. Best Paper honor for "A New Approach for Early Detection of PCB Pad Cratering Failures," which was co-authored by Gnyaneshwar Ramakrishna and Kuo-Chuan Liu. "Mechanical Shock Test Performance of SAC 105 and Tin-3.5% Silver BGA Components with SAC 305 Solder Paste on Nickel-Gold and OSP Board Surface Finishes," authored by Jasbir Bath of Bath Technical Consultancy and 11 others, won the International Best Paper category. Read More

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Keynote at BIO HR 2011 Conference to be given by Daniel H. Pink.

April 18, 2011

Daniel H. Pink, author of 4 books on changing workplace, will deliver keynote address at BIO Human Resources 2011 Conference. As Pink's latest book, Entitled "DRIVE: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us" compiles 50 years of behavioral science to overturn conventional thinking concerning human motivation and behavioral drives. Jim Greenwood of BIO expressed pleasure that Pink will share his expertise on such matters, which are relevant to HR professionals. Read More

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SIIA chooses education technology finalists for 2011 CODiE Awards.

April 18, 2011

SIIA has announced finalists for CODiE(TM) Awards in education technology categories, which include 113 products from 80 companies, out of 425 total nominations. As part of nomination, products underwent extensive review by judges via live demonstration, trial product access, and analysis of product documentation. Finalists will be reviewed by SIIA members, who will vote on winners for all 24 categories. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 23 at CODiE Awards Reception and Dinner. Read More

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ASTM Standard approved for Emergency Operations Center development.

April 18, 2011

First in series of proposed standards on emergency operations centers being developed by ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications is ASTM E2668, Guide for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Development. According to Glenn Wisbey, logistics operations branch manager, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, this recently approved standard "provides common sense, step-by-step procedures for designing an emergency operations center." Read More