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EPA Takes Actions to reduce risks from mouse/rat poisons.

June 8, 2011

To better protect children, pets, and wildlife, U.S. EPA announced it is moving to ban sales to residential consumers of most toxic rat and mouse poisons as well as most loose bait and pellet products. Newly registered rat and mouse poisons marketed to residential consumers are also being required to be enclosed in bait stations that render pesticide inaccessible to children and pets. Furthermore, wildlife that consume bait or poisoned rodents will also be protected by EPA's actions. Read More

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Electric Vehicles Standards Panel hosts first plenary meeting.

June 8, 2011

First plenary meeting of ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) will take place June 20-21, 2011 in Detroit, MI. It will initiate work on strategic roadmap identifying standards and conformity assessment programs needed to enable widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in U.S. Participation is open to all affected parties, including representatives of industry, trade and standards associations, government agencies, and academia. Read More

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Green Manufacturing Practices help profits and planet.

June 8, 2011

According to Gerald Shankel, President and CEO of FMA, two strong forces are converging in U.S. manufacturing sector. First, industrial executives are recognizing importance of preserving and enhancing use of precious natural resources through green energy practices in vast array of manufacturing applications. Second, it is now apparent to most manufacturers that this altruistic perspective, unlike many, can positively impact bottom lines and deliver short- and long-term cost-saving benefits. Read More

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Taiwan Semiconductor Industry set to become world's largest.

June 8, 2011

According to data from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, Taiwan is poised to overtake Japan in 2011 as world's largest semiconductor materials market. Taiwan's market grew from US$6.87 billion in 2009 to estimated US$9.11 billion in 2010, representing 36.2% growth. Taiwan's government is taking steps to improve competitiveness of domestic chip industry, and Taiwan's National Science Council is making ties to develop new technologies to further technological edge. Read More

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AEM President responds to disappointing May jobs report.

June 7, 2011

According to statement made by Dennis Slater, until Congress and the Administration agree to make America's farmers and manufacturers a national priority by passing free trade agreements and investing in critical national infrastructure, unemployment will remain unacceptably high and our economy will continue to stagnate. If Congress wants to turn this situation around, they will move immediately to pass all 3 pending FTAs and fully funded, long-term surface transportation bill. Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses foam insulation emissions testing.

June 7, 2011

Scheduled for Oct 31, 2011, Workshop on Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation Emissions Testing aims to develop standard for small chamber testing method of VOC emissions from SPF. Panel will also present new results on topics such as application of heated micro-scale chambers for testing of SPF insulation; air sampling and sensitive analytical techniques for capturing and measuring MDI; and amine catalysts, flame retardants, and other potential constituents of SPF insulation. Read More

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IPC Summer Webinars foster technical education for companies.

June 7, 2011

Summer Webinars for June, July, and August 2011 will focus on critical, practical, and social issues facing electronics manufacturing industry. Based on technical papers from IPC APEX EXPO 2011, 1 hr sessions will run from 10:00 to 11:00 am Central Time and focus on PCB design, assembly, and processes, Design for Manufacturing, measuring conformal coating adhesion, and ITAR compliance. Webinars can be held in conference room equipped with speakerphone and projector. Read More

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RIA Membership shows growth in 2011.

June 7, 2011

Compared to levels one year ago, Robotic Industries Association (RIA) membership is up 26%. Jeff Burnstein, RIA President, said "Users join the Association to network with suppliers, integrators, and experts who can help them find solutions to their challenges." So far this year, RIA has 30+ new members. These new members join existing members in helping drive RIA activities through participation on committees as well as on RIA Board of Directors. Read More

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APICS joins supply chain, logistics certification network.

June 7, 2011

With its nationwide infrastructure in place for delivering courses and certification assessments, APICS The Association for Operations Management joined Supply Chain and Logistics Certification Network as Charter Member. Network Members raise awareness within industry, education, and government concerning complementary services of associations that collectively help meet industry needs for skilled workers at all levels in supply chain logistics and certified warehousing facilities. Read More

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SPF Insulation Workshop explores emissions testing methods.

June 6, 2011

Workshop on Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation Emissions Testing, to be held October 31, 2011 in Tampa, FL, will present and discuss organic chemical emission testing methods for spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation. In addition to development of standard for small chamber testing method of VOC emissions from SPF under appropriate environmental conditions, plans include panel presentations of new results regarding various related topics. Read More

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Alliance supports additional safety belt enforcement efforts.

June 6, 2011

With latest Click It or Ticket mobilization underway, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers joins National Safety Council in asking Congress to support NHTSA's request for funding to conduct second national safety belt enforcement mobilization in upcoming fiscal year. In letters to leadership of Senate and House Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittees, organizations noted that 2010's national safety belt use rate is now at 85%, 70 percentage points higher than it was in early 1980s. Read More

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Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct is honored in London, Engand.

June 6, 2011

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct(TM) program from Wi-Fi AllianceĀ® received top honors for Best Contribution to Interconnectivity Standards at Connected Home Global Summit. Wi-Fi Alliance marketing director Kelly Davis-Felner said "We are proud to be recognized for this important contribution," and went on to explain that "Wi-Fi Direct is a great example of how Wi-FiĀ® continues to evolve in support of advanced digital home applications." Read More

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Winners announced for annual AEM Construction Challenge.

June 6, 2011

Fourteen student teams from U.S. and Canada won the annual AEM Construction Challenge, which is held at the Global Finals of Destination ImagiNation and is presented by Volvo Construction Equipment. During this year's challenge, titled "Unidentified Moving Object," teams had to design and build equipment that moved various materials to and from towering heights; start and end presentations with equipment contained in storage box; and create and present sales promotion - all with no AC power. Read More

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ASTM Standard focuses on drainage of synthetic sports fields.

June 3, 2011

ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities has developed ASTM F2898, Test Method for Permeability of Synthetic Turf Sports Field Base Stone and Surface System by Non-confined Area Flood. Standard requires no special testing apparatus and would decrease potential for user technique and assumption errors while providing intuitive and observable results. Engineers can use method to test designs and associate stone type and installation conditions with actual performance. Read More

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NAM President welcomes nomination of Commerce Secretary.

June 3, 2011

According to statement made by NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, manufacturers congratulate John Bryson on his nomination for Commerce Secretary. NAM looks forward to maintaining a strong relationship with U.S. Commerce Department on vital issues such as global competitiveness, regulatory overreach, and trade. Mr. Bryson has a strong business background and serves on board of many manufacturing companies, which gives him advantage of having exposure to difficult issues manufacturers face today. Read More

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Transportation Governance and Finance Report covers all 50 states.

June 3, 2011

National Conference of State Legislatures and Center for Excellence in Project Finance at AASHTO have produced authoritative review of transportation governance and finance for all 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Review focuses on roles and relationships among branches of state government that are most active in transportation issues. Intended for DOTs and legislatures, report offers diversity of approaches to govern, finance, and ultimately deliver transportation system. Read More

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ANSI and IOAS to strengthen organic/sustainable food supply.

June 3, 2011

ANSI, coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, announced an agreement with the International Organic Accreditation Service that will help to strengthen the organic and sustainable food supply chain. Under agreement, ANSI will engage IOAS as an independent contractor to perform assessor services, including initial evaluation and ongoing surveillance of specified applicants, for ANSI's food safety accreditation programs. Read More

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PMI presents Legislator of the Year Award to 3 officials.

June 3, 2011

Members of PMI Executive Committee and PMI Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens traveled to Washington, D.C. to present Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) and Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) with Legislator of the Year awards. Elected officials were recognized for leadership and support of the PMI-supported Reduction of Lead in Water Act signed into law on Jan 4. Bill harmonizes the 0.25% maximum lead content of plumbing products and provides 36-month implementation period. Read More

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ASTM Standard characterizes hydrogels in regenerative medicine.

June 2, 2011

ASTM F2900, Guide for Characterization of Hydrogels Used in Regenerative Medicine, is intended for use by those working in development and application of hydrogels in regenerative medicine who need to characterize their materials. Contributing to study and use of hydrogels, standard provides critical overview of techniques used to characterize hydrogels and presents information so it can be understood by multidisciplinary practitioners. Read More

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ANSI Welcomes 7 New Members in May 2011.

June 2, 2011

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed Aerojet, Forensic Services Laboratory, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota Housing, Native American Technology Corporation, North Carolina Department of Labor, and PACCAR as new members. Brian Meincke of ANSI explained that membership brings access to information and business intelligence not available elsewhere as well as opportunities to build influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More