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AEM Urges Congress to approve multi-year highway bill.

July 12, 2011

AEM President Dennis Slater commented upon events in which House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer announced plans to meet September 30 deadline to reauthorize surface transportation programs. Noting existing fiscal concerns, Slater strongly urged approval of multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill that increases or maintains funding levels for sake of stability that drives productivity. Read More

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NCC launches hands-on composites training programs.

July 12, 2011

"Understanding Composites" will provide basic understanding of composites, combining classroom theory with instruction in hand lay-up and vacuum assisted resin transfer molding. "Composites Production Processing" introduces participants to resin fiber processing with sheet molding compound, long fiber thermoplastics, tape line, rapid fiber preforming, filament winding as well as hand lay-up and physical testing. "High-End Processing" will address VARTM, autoclave, and out-of-autoclave processing. Read More

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NREL supports industry to develop CAE tools for EDV batteries.

July 11, 2011

NREL awarded 3 industry teams with total of $7 million for development of computer-aided engineering software design tools to help produce next generation of electric drive vehicle batteries. Project goals for selected teams include developing battery engineering tools to design cells and battery packs; shortening battery prototyping and manufacturing processes; improving overall battery performance, safety, and battery life; and reducing battery costs. Read More

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FAA Administrator Announces chief of Air Traffic Organization.

July 11, 2011

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced David Grizzle will be chief operating officer of FAA's Air Traffic Organization. Grizzle, who became FAA's chief counsel in 2009, has been filling role of chief operating officer since mid-April. Before joining FAA, he worked with Continental Airlines and its affiliates for 22 years. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Grizzle "has a unique ability to manage complex situations." Read More

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Smokestack Pollution Reduction Rule promotes health of citizens.

July 11, 2011

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule supplements Clean Air Act protections, reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel through air and lead to soot and smog that threaten health of those living downwind. In eastern USA, 27 states will work with power plants to cut air pollution under this rule, which leverages widely available, proven, and cost-effective control technologies. EPA will work with states to help develop most appropriate path forward. Read More

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NAM President's Statement highlights need for pro-growth policies.

July 11, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement on rising unemployment rate, which increased to 9.2%. According to Timmons, imposing tax increases on job producers, as some in Washington are suggesting, will set back the economy, as will additional regulations that drive up the cost of doing business. Rather, we need tax, energy, and regulatory policies that will create certainty for manufacturers so that they can hire, innovate, and compete in the international marketplace. Read More

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NIST Seeks Director for Technology Innovation Program.

July 11, 2011

Qualified candidates are being sought by NIST to lead Technology Innovation Program (TIP), which supports, promotes, and accelerates innovation in USA by making targeted investments in high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. TIP director is responsible for managing and leading this program, which is headquartered at NIST's Gaithersburg, MD campus. Applications will not be accepted after August 15, 2011. Read More

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PTDA Membership Directory provides key contact information.

July 11, 2011

PTDA's 2011 Membership Directory provides resource for any company seeking key contacts for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control products. Print directory offers nearly 500 C-suite level industry contacts. In addition to detailed power transmission/motion control distributors and manufacturers sections, directory provides associate member listing with contact info and company description, overview of available products and services, and advertiser index. Read More

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation to award Challenge Grants.

July 11, 2011

With eventual goal of entering teams in NFPA Fluid Power Challenge events, Challenge Grant Program provides incentives to schools and educational institutions to help teachers introduce and teach fluid power in their classrooms. Fluid Power Challenge invites middle school students to solve engineering problem using hydraulics and pneumatics. Grants types will be awarded for: Challenge classroom exercise kits or component parts, and Challenge event kits for use in Challenge events. Read More

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PT Distributor Report examines performance trends.

July 11, 2011

Compiled from data provided by participating PTDA distributor member companies, 2011 Power Transmission (PT) Distributor Performance Report examines distributor performance trends in several categories: ROI, income statement, and balance sheet line items. Report also examines financial ratios, asset productivity ratios, growth and cash sufficiency ratios, as well as employee productivity ratios. Report is designed for benchmarking company performance against that of industry. Read More

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Material Change boosts ultrafast single-photon detector.

July 11, 2011

By swapping one superconducting material for another, NIST researchers found practical way to boost efficiency of world's fastest single-photon detector while also extending light sensitivity to longer wavelengths. Detector, made of superconducting nanowires, is used to register individual photons (particles of light). Tungsten-silicon alloy version has efficiency of 19%-40% over 1,280-1,650 nm range, including bands used in telecommunications. Read More

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BSA Brief addresses smart bearing technology.

July 11, 2011

The first in a series of Bearing Briefs of the Month, "Smart Bearing Technology" addresses technologies that integrate bearings and sensors to monitor speed, direction, temperature, vibration, load, levels of debris, and other factors. Proper bearing analysis is key to keeping equipment running efficiently, reliably, consistently, and cost effectively. Preventing bearing damage can enhance productivity, ensure peak performance, and ultimately affect the bottom line. Read More

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TIA announces educational sessions.

July 11, 2011

TIA announced the educational sessions for 2011 Global Tire Expo - Powered by TIA, which is part of the SEMA Show, taking place Nov 1-4, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Event will feature the 4 educational session tracks, including "TPMS at 10," "Truck Tires at 10," "Tires at 2," and "Management at 4". In addition, expo will include a new session track titled "Green @ Noon," which will address sustainability and environmental best practices. Read More

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AASHTO Calls for Timely Action on Surface Transportation Bill.

July 11, 2011

In his statement regarding Surface Transportation Bill briefing, AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley called Chairman Mica's bill "the first step" towards passing new, long-term surface transportation bill that is "desperately needed" to maintain national transportation system. Horsley went on to comment on included reforms supported by state departments of transportation and also expressed concerns about proposed funding levels included in bill. Read More

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AIA to hold Team America Rocketry Challenge 2012.

July 11, 2011

AIA's Team America Rocketry Challenge will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012. Thanks to participation of more than 50,000 and several dozen companies, an event that started out as a celebration of the centennial of flight has become world's largest rocket contest and one of the biggest Science Technology Engineering and Math student competitions. Sponsoring TARC is way for companies to gain exposure, network with other AIA members, and educate students about careers in aerospace. Read More

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High-Temperature Superconducting Cable wins R/D 100 Award.

July 8, 2011

A method developed by researchers at NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder for making thin, flexible, high-temperature superconducting cables has won 2011 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. In center of cable are copper wires bundled with nylon and plastic insulation. Outer rings are a series of superconducting tapes wrapped in spirals around copper. Designed to operate at -353°F, cable has diameter of less than 1 cm and is able to carry 2,800 A of current. Read More

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Study Examines technology transfer from government labs to industry.

July 8, 2011

"Technology Transfer and Commercialization Landscape of the Federal Laboratories" describes barriers and strategies for transfer of technology developed in federal laboratories to industry for commercialization. This independent study found that distinctive missions of federal laboratories, management strategies and resources, statutory requirements, and incentives for researchers were key factors determining agency's particular approach to commercialization of federal laboratory results. Read More

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FAA celebrates 75th anniversary of air traffic control.

July 8, 2011

Since its inception in 1936 with 15 workers operating in 3 control centers, agency has become a world leader, developing new technology to speed up flights, save fuel, and improve safety. System now includes 131 federal stand-alone traffic control towers, 132 towers for terminal area approach control, 29 stand-alone terminal radar approach controls, and 21 en route traffic control centers. Number of controllers has grown to more than 15,000, a workforce that handles about 50,000 flights a day. Read More

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Revised EU RoHS Directive published.

July 8, 2011

Revised EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive has been published and is expected to go into effect on July 21, 2011. Revised RoHS Directive now applies to all electrical and electronic equipment, not just a few select categories. Due to IPC's aggressive lobbying efforts, revision does not restrict any additional substances. Four substances, however, are identified for priority assessment in a nonbinding recital: HBCDD, DEHP, BBP, and DBP. Read More

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FAA and NATCA Reach Agreement on fatigue recommendations.

July 8, 2011

FAA and National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) announced agreement on fatigue recommendations developed by joint working group established under 2009 collective bargaining agreement. Specifically, agreement reinforces prohibition of sleeping on duty for air traffic controllers (ATCs); ensures breaks for ATCs on midnight shift, during which they are expected to be available for recall; and requires ATCs must report for work well-rested and mentally alert. Read More