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Antarctica's Ice puts electric vehicles to test.

April 27, 2011

NREL is leading a project that will test two e-ride EXV2 electric vehicles at McMurdo Station. The goal is to reduce dependence on imported fuels in Antarctica and validate performance of vehicles in extreme conditions. If EVs can prove they can operate where temperatures dip below -50°F, then they will help offset current fossil fuel use and pollution at station. These more efficient and less resource intensive EVs could replace base's fleet of diesel trucks, snowmobiles, and buses. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum addresses importance for U.S. innovation.

April 27, 2011

Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President and CEO of Council on Competitiveness, delivered keynote address at ANSI Joint Member Forum meeting. Wince-Smith discussed advancing U.S. competitiveness and prosperity in rapidly changing, global competitive landscape, as well as issues affecting standards and conformance community and U.S. industry. Scott Cooper and Mary Saunders spoke about ANSI's response to NIST's request for comment on federal involvement in standards activities related to national priorities. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to focus on standards wars.

April 27, 2011

"Standards Wars: Myth or Reality?" will be held May 12, 2011 in Washington, DC to examine market forces on standards development and conformance activities. To address issues in open, neutral forum, workshop will take interactive, panel-based approach to examining impact of standards competition, convergence, and coordination. Participants will hear from standards users, specifiers, and developers through 3 panel discussions, each with subsequent open Q/A session. Read More

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Energy Star Label Program applies to more commercial fryers.

April 27, 2011

Effective as of April 22, 2011, U.S. EPA expanded scope of commercial fryers that are eligible to earn Energy Star® label to include large vat gas and electric fryers. To earn Energy Star label under these new requirements, product performance must be certified by EPA-recognized third-party based on testing in EPA-recognized lab. Also, manufacturers must participate in verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies. Read More

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NIST Smart Grid Panel addresses device communication and upgrades.

April 26, 2011

Governing board of NIST's Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has added 2 standards development projects to its Priority Action Plan (PAP) agenda. It has voted in favor of PAP 0 standard, which will ensure that smart electricity meters are upgradeable and do not become obsolete. Also approved was PAP 2 guideline that recommends standards for wireless communications between all Smart Grid devices, including meters and components in power plants, substations, and transmission systems. Read More

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HART seeks nominees for 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award.

April 26, 2011

The HART® Communication Foundation is actively seeking qualified nominees for the 10th annual HART Plant of the Year Award, which is presented to end user companies in the process automation industry to recognize the exceptional application of HART Communication technology. HART is seeking a plant that has taken the capabilities of HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration, or a plant that is using real-time diagnostics and process variables in HART-enabled devices. Read More

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ASABE to adopt ISO documents on PTO and power input connections.

April 26, 2011

ASABE has initiated projects to adopt 2 international standards. Proposed documents include ISO 5673-1:2005, Agricultural tractors and machinery - Power take-off drive shafts and power-input connection - Part 1: General manufacturing and safety requirements, and ISO 5673-2:2005, Agricultural tractors and machinery - Power take-off drive shafts and power-input connection - Part 2: Specification for use of PTO drive shafts and position and clearance of PTO drive line and PIC for various attachments. Read More

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HDI announces industry award winners.

April 26, 2011

During HDI Annual Conference and Expo, HDI presented industry awards to honor individuals and teams for IT service and technical support excellence. Recipients included Elio Irizarry of Visiting Nurse Service of NY for Analyst of the Year; George Reichert of Parker Hannifin for Manager of the Year; Tehnicsource and Volkswagen Group of America for Team Excellence Awards; and Katherine Spencer Lee of Robert Half Technology for Ron Muns Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More

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ANSI and ISA to study impact of health information breaches.

April 26, 2011

ANSI, Internet Security Alliance (ISA), and Shared Assessments Program have partnered to assess financial impact of unauthorized access to protected health information (PHI). "Our focus will be on helping to inform organizations' investment decisions in information security best practices and in financial risk mitigation strategies," said ISA's Larry Clinton. Project follows earlier work on cybersecurity by ISA and ANSI and aims to develop report on its analysis within a few months. Read More

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AAMA commends Senators' questioning of EPA regulations.

April 26, 2011

Twelve U.S. Senators collectively sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson questioning EPA's efforts to further amend the current Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Regulations. Within the letter, Senators call the proposed Clearance Testing amendment "... a clear violation of Congressional intent under the Toxic Substances Control Act." Rich Walker, president and CEO of AAMA, commends Senators for drawing attention to what he calls ill-conceived and poorly administered regulatory measures. Read More

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SIA Representative testifies on nanotechnology research.

April 26, 2011

SIA announced that Dr. Jeff Welser testified at House hearing on future of nanotechnology research and National Nanotechnology Initiative, on behalf of SIA, SRC, and Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI). Testimony highlighted semiconductor technology's economic value to nation and importance of NRI, which focuses on keeping U.S. at forefront of nanoelectronics revolution. In 2010, U.S. semiconductor companies generated $144 billion in sales, making it largest U.S. export. Read More

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Process Expo 2011 Exhibit Sales on pace to double 2010's numbers.

April 25, 2011

Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) announced that, thanks to continuing strong sales, expanded show floor for PROCESS EXPO 2011 has reached 175,000 net square feet. Event, which takes place in Chicago, IL from November 1-4, brings together suppliers from all sectors of food and beverage industry, many of which will not be exhibiting anywhere else this year. FPSA President and CEO David Seckman noted that growth rate puts this year's show to be twice as large as 2010's. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2011 sees 8% increase in participants.

April 25, 2011

IPC has released verified attendance figures from IPC APEX EXPO(TM), indicating an 8% increase over last year with 7,208 total participants. Number of attendees at educational programs and exhibition grew an additional 5% over last year to 3,887, but most notably, 20% more of these attendees participated in the technical conference and/or professional development courses. IPC APEX EXPO also saw sizable increase in international attendance, representing 52 countries and nearly 20% of all attendees. Read More

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BIO World Congress highlights product development opportunities.

April 25, 2011

During BIO's eighth annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, corporate leaders will discuss business and consumer benefits from incorporatingindustrial biotechnologies into traditional product manufacturing. Conference will to be held May 8-11 and will feature company presentations on biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients, and biomass. In addition to plenary sessions, event will feature 6 breakout session tracks. Read More

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Manufacturing Expert to speak at ITIF.

April 25, 2011

Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP of Government Relations and Policy, will participate in panel hosted by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on April 26 to discuss enhancing America's manufacturing competitiveness. Newhouse will highlight NAM's "Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America." He will explain how this approach will make America the best country for headquartering a business, doing research and development, and serving as export platform to the world. Read More

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FPSA announces dates for 2013 and 2015 PROCESS EXPO.

April 25, 2011

FPSA announced that it has reached an agreement with Chicago's Convention and Tourism Bureau that will keep association's trade show, PROCESS EXPO, in Chicago for the foreseeable future. In 2013, show will be held October 14-17, while 2015 show dates will be October 6-9. During biennial tradeshow, qualified buyers representing every market of food industry from more than 75 countries meet face-to-face with suppliers to showcase newest developments in food equipment and technology. Read More

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EPA Labeling Program lists 2,500 environmentally safe products.

April 25, 2011

EPA announced that more than 2,500 products are now authorized under its Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program. DfE labeled products do not contain known chemicals of potential concern, like carcinogenic, reproductive, or developmental toxicants, and have to meet requirements for sustainable packaging and limits on VOCs. EPA also announced that it soon will require manufacturers with products that bear the DfE logo to disclose their ingredients to consumers. Read More

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PACK EXPO Keynote Speaker to be retired General Colin L. Powell.

April 25, 2011

DuPont(TM) will be one title sponsor for Leadership Lecture at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, to be held in Las Vegas, NV from September 26-28, featuring keynote speaker retired General Colin L. Powell. Pedro Fernández, DuPont Packaging's regional director for the Americas, said that Powell's approach to solving big problems reflects DuPont's own beliefs concerning collaborative partnerships and problem resolution. Powell will speak on "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values" on September 27. Read More

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EcoCAR 2 Engineering Competition is launched at SAE World Congress.

April 25, 2011

Established by the DOE and GM, EcoCAR 2 competition challenges 16 North American universities to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising performance, safety, and consumer acceptability. The 3-year program requires students to explore a variety of powertrain architectures and follow a real-world engineering regimen. Teams will utilize a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors, as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design. Read More

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Auto Ice Maker Research exposes energy efficiency possibilities.

April 25, 2011

Authored by NIST mechanical engineer David Yashar and guest researcher Ki-Jung Park, Energy Consumption of Automatic Ice Makers Installed in Domestic Refrigerators, exposes opportunities for efficiency improvements by examining electric heaters used to release ice bits from molds. DOE announced it will increase minimum efficiency standard by 25% over current level, starting in 2014, and intends to incorporate energy used by ice makers into their regulatory test. Read More