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New Locomotive Specs will mean lower costs for passenger rail.

March 17, 2011

New specifications for diesel-electric locomotives were approved by Next Generation Corridor Equipment Pool Committee, the next step in a national effort to make it easier, faster, and cheaper to build and purchase rail cars and other equipment for America's emerging high-speed and inter-city passenger rail program. Any state using federal funds for its passenger rail program must use equipment that meets these specifications. Read More

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SME Innovation Conference to take place May 19, 2011.

March 17, 2011

SME Silicon Valley Chapter will present Innovation Conference for Engineers, Latest Technologies and Challenges for Product Development and Manufacturing, in Santa Clara, CA. New applications in composites and carbon nanotube materials, prototyping, and direct digital manufacturing will be covered, and event will include keynotes from Space Systems/Loral and SEMI Photovoltaics Group. Seminar will run in conjunction with Northern California Design-2-Part Show, which is also open to attendees. Read More

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Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements likely to be 17x more than gov't estimates.

March 17, 2011

Results of an IPC Survey on the Impact of US Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements estimates that costs of reporting requirements proposed by U.S. SEC to total $279 million for due diligence alone in its first year of implementation compared to government's estimate of $16.5 million. Additional estimated costs - software, staff, training, legal expenses, third-party audits - totaled median of $170,000 per company in electronic interconnect industry. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces 2011 Board of Directors, officers.

March 16, 2011

Hydraulic Institute 2011 Board of Directors and Officers will primarily be responsible for providing organizational oversight as well as guiding direction of strategic plan. ITT - Residential and Commercial Water President Ken Napolitano will serve as Chairman of the Board, while Board itself will include 3 vice presidents: Dave McKinstry (Technical Affairs), Dave Roland (Member Services), and Mike Medaska (Knowledge and Education). Additionally, 6 other Board members were named. Read More

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GBCI Accredited under ANSI's personnel certification program.

March 16, 2011

ANSI announced accreditation of Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) under ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. Specifically, accreditation has been granted to GBCI's professional credentialing programs for LEED AP Homes, LEED AP Operations + Maintenance, and LEED Green Associate. On behalf of ANSI, Dr. Roy Swift commended GBCI for achieving accreditation and demonstrating "their commitment to the continual improvement of their credentialing programs." Read More

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Standards and Protocols enable next-generation Internet.

March 16, 2011

To aid transition from IPv4 to IPv6, some Internet providers are issuing dual-mode cable modems that support both protocols. ANSI/SCTE 140 2007, Cable Modem IPv4 and IPv6 eRouter Specification, from ANSI member and accredited standards developer Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers allows both IPv4- and IPv6-enabled devices to connect to Internet. Development of IPv6 is being led by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which cooperates where possible with ISO and IEC JTC 1. Read More

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Permanent R/D Credit Legislation would assist US companies.

March 16, 2011

IPC applauded introduction of HR 942, The American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011, which represents bipartisan effort to strengthen and make permanent R/D tax credit. As R/D is vital for US electronics companies' global competitiveness and domestic job retention, IPC urges members to contact their legislators to endorse passage of permanent R/D tax credit legislation. Also, permanent R/D tax credit will encourage long-term innovative efforts. Read More

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NIST Electromechanical Circuit sets communications record.

March 16, 2011

Described in March 10 issue of Nature, experiments performed by NIST physicists demonstrated electromechanical circuit in which microwaves communicate with vibrating mechanical component 1,000 times more vigorously than previous experiments. Potential uses include processing information and controlling motion of objects at quantum scale. According to first author John Teufel, the experiment is a step toward entanglement between the microwave photons and the drum motion. Read More

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HID Lamp Indexes show declines during fourth quarter.

March 16, 2011

NEMA's shipment indexes for HID lamps declined by 11.7%, 17.1%, and 0.9% on year-over-year basis for sodium vapor, mercury vapor, and metal halide lamps, respectively. For year as whole, shipments of mercury vapor lamps declined 2.7% compared to 2009, while sodium vapor and metal halide HID lamp shipments saw respective increases of 1.1% and 5.2%. Sodium vapor lamps increased in market share, while that of metal halide lamps and mercury vapor lamps witnessed declines. Read More

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BSA 2011 Annual Convention features all-star business program.

March 16, 2011

Scheduled for April 29-May 3, BSA 2011 Annual Convention will include "Growing Together: 45 Years Strong" business programming with trio of experts to help attendees grow professionally. Presentations will include Growing with People by Connie Podesta, Growing with Energy/Sustainability Opportunities by Dr. Michael Webber, and Growing with Motivation by Andy Andrews. In addition, Carl James of BDI Group will give attendees an update on the bearing industry from the distributor perspective. Read More

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TLV/BEI, Exposure Values Docs are offered in 2011 editions.

March 16, 2011

ACGIH® released its 2011 editions of TLVs® and BEIs® book as well as Guide to Occupational Exposure Values. Information in pocket-sized Threshold Limit Value (TLV) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEI) book is used worldwide as guide for evaluation and control of workplace exposures to chemical substances and physical agents. As companion document, Guide to Occupational Exposure Values provides accessible reference for comparison of most recently published values. Read More

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Language Translation Devices sent to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

March 15, 2011

Due to shortage of human translators, 200 NIST-tested, smartphone-based language translation devices have been sent to 101st Airborne in Afghanistan to assist U.S. soldiers in communicating with local population. Devices allow soldiers to gather critical information without needing to learn Dari and Pashto languages. During NIST testing, subjects were immersed in realistic military scenarios, which yielded quantitative and qualitative data showing how effectively systems will help military personnel. Read More

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NIST Authors receive 2011 Most Cited Paper Award.

March 15, 2011

Junhwan Kim and Ram D. Sriram from NIST, along with Michael J. Pratt of LMR Systems and Raj G. Iyer of Army TACOM were selected to receive "2011 Most Cited Paper Award" from the journal Computer-Aided Design for their co-authored paper, "Standardized Data Exchange of CAD models with Design Intent," published in 2008. Paper suggests an implementable foundation for CAD data exchange with the preservation of design intent, based on the use of newly published parts of ISO 10303. Read More

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NIST Engineering Lab Staff attend Remanufacturing Policy meeting.

March 15, 2011

Dr. Nabil Nasr invited NIST to participate in the Strategic Dialogue on Remanufacturing Policy meeting, hosted by the Council on Competitiveness and Rochester Institute of Technology, which addressed the pressing issues facing remanufacturers. Participants will also play role in developing agenda and roadmap for re-launch of the Remanufacturing Industries Council, setting initial directions for the Council, and identifying/prioritizing cross-cutting challenges for the Council to address. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to offer free educational BUZZ Sessions.

March 15, 2011

Scheduled for April 12-14, 2011, IPC APEX EXPO will include free BUZZ Sessions, which are interactive discussion forums covering topics that keep electronics manufacturing industry buzzing. Sessions will include Corporate Social Responsibility, Design for Test vs. Design for Manufacturing, and Overview of UL's PCB Recognition Program, as well as Best Practices for IP Protection in PCB Manufacturing, Increase Reliability and Quality with Help of IPC Standards, and IPC Technology Roadmap. Read More

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RIA's Martin L. King Award goes to Canstar executive.

March 15, 2011

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) presented its highest individual industry honor, the Martin L. King Award, to Art Johnson, operations manager for Canstar Restorations. As first Canadian to win this honor, Johnson was recognized for his exceptional service and dedication to restoration industry. He has held positions that include Water Loss Institute chairman, Restoration Council co-chairman, and Environmental Council chairman. Currently, he sits on RIA's Board of Directors. Read More

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GAWDA Survey shows economy's impact on members' retirement.

March 15, 2011

According to retirement survey by Welding and Gases Today, 76.9% of respondents indicate that the economy has forced them to change their retirement plans. Respondents who are business owners came in slightly less than the overall number, with 71.4% changing their retirement plans because of the economy. No GAWDA member says he or she realistically expects to retire before age 65. One third of respondents will retire between ages 70-75, while another 8.3% say they may never retire. Read More

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EPA Names U.S. Cities with most Energy Star-certified buildings.

March 15, 2011

U.S. EPA's third annual list names 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with greatest number of energy-efficient buildings which had earned Energy Star® certification in 2010. Surpassing growth of past several years, list shows that in 2010 more than 6,200 commercial buildings earned Energy Star. This represents increase of nearly 60% compared to 2009. As of end of 2010, more than 12,600 buildings across America have earned Energy Star since EPA awarded first certification in 1999. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers fiber reinforced plastic gratings.

March 15, 2011

Proposed standard, ASTM WK31924, Specification for Fiber Reinforced Plastic Gratings Used in Marine Construction and Shipbuilding, is being developed by Subcommittee F25.03 on Outfitting and Deck Machinery. Gratings are used on mobile offshore drilling units and floating production platforms as walkways in machinery spaces, cargo areas, and on-deck areas. Standard will cover several aspects of FRP gratings, including fire testing procedures, ultraviolet effects, and moisture absorption. Read More

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Automate 2011 Show to honor first industrial robot.

March 15, 2011

The 50th anniversary of the installation of the first industrial robot at a General Motors plant in Trenton, NJ in 1961 will be honored with a special pavilion at the Automate 2011 Show, March 21-24. Titled "50 Years: A Tribute to Industrial Robots," pavilion features timeline showing technical progress of robotics from 1961 forward, as well as selection of vintage robots and review of imagined robots from ancient times through 20th Century science fiction. Read More