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Noise Thermometry System measures Boltzmann constant.

April 6, 2011

Researchers at NIST have for the first time used an apparatus that relies on the "noise" of jiggling electrons to make highly accurate measurements of the Boltzmann constant, which relates energy to temperature for individual particles such as atoms. Johnson noise thermometry technique is simpler and more compact than other methods for measuring the constant and could advance international efforts to revamp the world's scientific measurement system. Read More

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ODVA announces Machinery Initiative.

April 6, 2011

ODVA has launched a Machinery Initiative designed to improve integration of machinery with industrial manufacturing ecosystem. Through initiative, ODVA will develop comprehensive and open interoperability framework that will help machine builders drive innovation and productivity improvements for end users. ODVA's open approach will include alliances with other vendor-neutral standards development organizations, starting with SERCOS International and OPC Foundation, to foster cross-collaboration. Read More

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Manufacturers Support Bill to empower workforce, create jobs.

April 5, 2011

NAM applauds bipartisan AMERICA Works Act, introduced in House of Representatives, as measure that will help close skills gap and prepare individuals to succeed in workplace. Jay Timmons, NAM President and CEO, said that "As we put our economy back on track, it is critical that we help transitioning workers and students prepare for the modern workforce." The bill was also called "a smart approach to education and training that will benefit employers, employees, and the overall economy." Read More

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AIA encouraged by House passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill.

April 5, 2011

AIA supports the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 approved by U.S. House on April 1. The air traffic management system known as NextGen will mean more safety and efficiency, lower noise and emissions, and billions of dollars in economic and environmental benefits. AIA also commends House's acknowledgement of the benefits of bilateral aviation safety agreements, which increase FAA's efficiency, enhance FAA's international safety oversight, and help protect U.S. jobs. Read More

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Compliance Course covers children's sleepwear flammability.

April 5, 2011

Scheduled for April 28 in NYC and October 26 in Chicago, IL, Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear will provide understanding of 16 CFR 1615, Standard for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear, Sizes 0 through 6x, as well as 16 CFR 1616, Standard for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear, Sizes 7 through 14. Topics will include regulatory changes, conducting necessary tests, and assessing results for compliance with regulations. Read More

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EPA chooses 32 locations for sustainable communities planning.

April 5, 2011

U.S. EPA named 32 communities in 26 states as initial participants in the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program. During day-long session with EPA-funded, private-sector experts, participants will focus on a specific sustainability tool such as zoning code reviews, walkability assessments, or economic and fiscal health assessments. They will also learn about additional environmentally responsible, economically healthy development techniques and general sustainable community strategies. Read More

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NREL to compare high-efficiency solar cells from 3 nations.

April 5, 2011

NREL is partnering with major international industrial technology and solar research organizations to test how solar cells from 3 different manufacturers in the United States, Japan, and Germany perform under different average lighting conditions characteristic of study's test sites in Aurora, Colo., and Yokohama, Japan. Concentrator Photovoltaic systems made by Daido Steel are installed at both sites and will compare solar cells made by Spectrolab, Sharp, and Azur Space. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 report resounding success.

April 5, 2011

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 expositions, held March 22-26, attracted nearly 120,000 registered attendees, of which 24% were international representatives from 150+ countries. Altogether on show floor, 2,400+ exhibitors took up more than 2.34 million net square feet of exhibit space - largest for IFPE and second largest for CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Together, expositions offered 860+ co-located events, educational programs, pre-planned meetings, training, and certification programs. Read More

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Stantec receives Engineering Excellence Grand Award.

April 5, 2011

Stantec's engineering design and sustainability consulting for one of the country's largest highly efficient buildings - NREL's Research Support Facility - was recognized with a national Engineering Excellence Grand Award from ACEC. The $64 million, 222,000 sq. ft office building was recognized as a showcase for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and was designed so that its occupants consume only the amount of energy generated by renewable power on and near building. Read More

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BIO commends launch of House patent reform process.

April 5, 2011

BIO commends introduction of the America Invents Act, H.R. 1249 in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO is pleased that legislation will end diversion of fees collected by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, allowing agency to use all of its fees to hire more examiners and reduce backlog of pending applications. BIO also commends transition to "first-to-file" system and new supplemental examination proceeding for use by patent owners. Read More

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NEMA publishes revision to white LED binning standard.

April 5, 2011

NEMA has published SSL 3-2011 High-Power White LED Binning for General Illumination, which offers categorization areas, called bins, for chromaticity, forward voltage measurements, and luminous flux for LEDs used in general lighting. Binning process helps ensure continuity among suppliers. Robert Hick of Leviton, and chair of Solid State Lighting Section, said that revision provides binning characteristics for LEDs suitable to aid manufacturers, integrators, and end users. Read More

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NEMA welcomes House legislation on lithium battery standards.

April 5, 2011

House of Representatives has approved HR 658, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization and Reform Act. It includes NEMA-backed provision directing U.S. DOT to ensure its regulations governing air transport of Li-Ion or lithium metal batteries, and products with them, are not more stringent than international requirements in place at any time. One exception allowed is to continue U.S. prohibition of air shipment of lithium metal cells and batteries on passenger aircraft. Read More

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Robotic Welding Automation keeps manufacturers competitive.

April 5, 2011

The Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today includes article titled "The Future of Welding in Manufacturing," written by Brian Doyle, welding automation sales manager at Miller Electric Mfg. Co. According to Doyle, distributors can present robotic automation to their customers as part of their service portfolio to help them remain competitive. Automation is a key element to the future of manufacturing and everyone in the welding industry should embrace it as an option. Read More

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ASTM Training Course covers apparel flammability compliance.

April 5, 2011

ASTM International's training course, Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of General Wearing Apparel, will provide attendees with basic understanding of Flammable Fabric Act and Citation 16 CFR 1610. Federal requirements outlined in standard apply to all general wearing apparel manufactured and distributed in U.S., and eliminate very flammable textiles from entering U.S. marketplace. Course will be held on April 27 in New York City and October 25 in Chicago, IL. Read More

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Material Handling Branding explored in MHEDA Journal article.

April 5, 2011

First Quarter 2011 issue of MHEDA Journal profiles Shari Altergott, Associated's corporate marketing manager, who was in charge of spreading word about company's recent rebranding. She is also in charge of updating Associated's website, publications, and advertising. To reflect changing buyer behaviors, Altergott has begun implementing different methods of online advertising using social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Read More

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AAMA responds to EPA call for comment on LRRP regulations.

April 4, 2011

Responding to EPA's call for comments on existing regulations, AAMA provided comments and information regarding economic impact of EPA's 2010 implementation of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting regulations and amendment to "opt-out" provision. AAMA questions EPA's decision to move forward on this rule based on limited and questionable scientific data; dichotomy of CDC research; and continued use of lead test kits that do not meet EPA false-positive criteria. Read More

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RIA announces 2011 Golden Quill Award winner. .

April 4, 2011

RIA presented its 2011 Golden Quill award to Patrick Moffett, REA, CHMM, of Environmental Management and Engineering in Huntington Beach, CA, for his 2-part series on removing skunk odors and residues from buildings and contents. Articles are reviewed by panel of judges who present award based on degree of usefulness of information to readers; composition and clarity of the article; and style or personality conveyed by author. Read More

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AIA Makes Statement on WTO subsidies decision.

April 4, 2011

Final ruling of World Trade Organization (WTO) 353 Panel, rejecting majority of Europe's claims against US of illegal subsidization of its large commercial aircraft industry, was welcomed by AIA. This outcome is the opposite of recent 316 Panel ruling, where 80% of US claims of illegal European subsidies were upheld. Combined, said rulings highlight market-distorting effects of European launch aid and testify as to strength of WTO as arbiter of international trade disputes. Read More

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BIO announces 2011 World Congress presenting companies.

April 4, 2011

BIO has announced industrial biotechnology companies selected to present their technology development and business models to audience of investors and analysts at BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Company executives from emerging industrial biotechnology companies seeking investment and partnering opportunities will make formal 25-minute presentations on their new technologies, accomplishments, milestones, value proposition, and business case. Read More

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NIST Collaboration demonstrates spin-orbit coupling of atoms.

April 4, 2011

Physicists at Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling. The new work, published in Nature, demonstrates this effect for the first time in bosons, and same technique could be applied to fermions, according to the researchers. Technique has potential applications to quantum computing, next-generation spintronics devices, and even atomtronic devices built from ultracold atoms. Read More