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NIST analyzes methods of recovering biohazard samples.

May 3, 2011

NIST researchers analyzed different methods for collecting, extracting, and quantifying microbial spores from indoor surfaces, to find ways to evaluate cleanup efforts after contamination or bioterrorist attack. Findings indicate use of polyester-rayon wipes for collection, use of surfactant to clean wipes and keep bacteria from sticking to container, and rapid spinning to clean containers were most efficient. Study results will be used to develop ASTM protocol for bacterial surface sampling. Read More

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NAM supports Treasury proposal on derivatives market.

May 3, 2011

According to Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, the use of foreign exchange swaps is critical for manufacturers of all sizes to guard against fluctuations in foreign currencies that could significantly increase costs. Manufacturers are pleased with Treasury's announced proposal to exempt foreign exchange swaps and forwards from the definition of a "swap" under Commodity Exchange Act, as amended by Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Read More

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NIST's Fire Research Laboratory expands testing facility.

May 3, 2011

NIST's National Fire Research Laboratory is adding 21,400 sq ft of space to Large Fire Laboratory, which will accommodate structural systems and components up to 26 ft high for simulating fires. Accommodating fires up to 20 MW heat release rate, facility will include test area with 60 x 90 ft floor as well as 45 x 50 ft hood to remove smoke and hot gases and collect data. Added capabilities may lead to standards for fire-resistant structural designs and innovations in building construction. Read More

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Material Flow Research exposes how and why glasses relax.

May 2, 2011

Offering mathematical and physical description of how temperature affects flow rate, researchers used computer simulations to gain basic insights into material science issues related to glass-forming materials. Increasingly viscous nature of glass-forming liquids is related to molecules that move together in long strings around other atoms almost frozen in motion. Rate at which snake-like strings grow in size as material cools is quantitatively related mathematically to fluid fragility. Read More

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White House to create identity system for online commerce.

May 2, 2011

National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is a plan to develop private market for secure identity credentials for the Internet. Plan calls for establishment of Identity Ecosystem in which consumers obtain trusted IDs from one or more private or public credential providers. Set of standards for privacy protection and interoperability of on-line credentials, based on cryptography and techniques such as multi-factor authentication, would be created. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation offers free sales force training seminars.

May 2, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation has announced it will conduct a series of free, half-day FOUNDATION(TM) technology sales force training seminars for industrial salespeople, system integrators, and manufacturer representatives during 2011. Intended to provide a greater understanding of the operational improvements and business benefits delivered by the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure, seminars will dispel myths about FOUNDATION technology and provide hard facts and data salespeople can rely upon. Read More

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Panetta Congratulated on Defense Secretary nomination.

May 2, 2011

AIA congratulated CIA Director Leon E. Panetta on his nomination by President Obama to succeed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. As President and CEO of AIA, Marion C. Blakey said that Panetta "brings far-reaching expertise and insight to the position at a time when ongoing conflicts and budget pressures require a particularly strong leader at the department's helm." While industry is looking forward to meeting this new secretary, it also appreciates Gates' service to the nation. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2011 honors poster winners.

May 2, 2011

IPC announced 2011 Best Industry Posters and winners of IPC Academic Poster Competition. In tie for first-place were Anna Lifton, Cookson Electronics, for "Novel High Sn Alloy with Improved Thermo Cycling Performance for High Reliability Power Modules," and William Coleman, Photo Stencil, for "Stencil Design for Broadband Printing." David Lee of John Hopkins University won first-place in academic poster competition for Effects of "Tin Whisker Formation on Nanocrystalline Copper." Read More

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Field Testing Course focuses on air, water leakage testing.

May 2, 2011

Produced by AAMA and accredited by American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 1 LU/HSW of educational credit, Air and Water Leakage Testing of Installed Windows and Doors educational course focuses on forensic water testing for purpose of finding leaks. Presentation specifically compares AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-08 lab test to AAMA 502 QA field test and AAMA 511 forensic evaluation. Course also defines procedure to use for forensic water testing. Read More

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End User Seminar to explain FOUNDATION Fieldbus value.

May 2, 2011

Scheduled throughout North and South America, 2011 FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus end user seminar will explore one of the most advanced and scalable solutions available. Built around "FOUNDATION Fieldbus: Easier Than You Thought," theme, one-day seminars explain how this technology provides supplier-neutral, standards-based process automation infrastructure. Dates range from May 24 to November 10 and will help attendees better understand business value proposition of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Read More

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Learning Labs at imX foster future manufacturing partnerships.

May 2, 2011

Taking place in Las Vegas from September 12-14, Interactive Manufacturing Experience (imX) will host Learning Labs for manufacturers from across USA. Event features industry summit to chart new course for domestic manufacturing industry. Announced by imX executive committee, Learning Labs will showcase industry expertise and foster collaborative learning to propel U.S. manufacturing industry forward. Labs will demonstrate technical knowledge from each of 8 imX eXperience partners. Read More

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NAHAD signs on as newest ICP Alliance Partner.

May 2, 2011

NAHAD, National Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution, has joined alliance of trade associations serving the industrial distribution channel by becoming an Industrial Careers Pathway® Alliance Partner in 2011. Alliance Partners are industrial distribution associations that share an interest in building the sales and customer service industrial distribution workforce. NAHAD has been a supporter of ICP since its inception and has decided to increase its level of commitment and support. Read More

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State DOT Update discusses 2010 successes.

May 2, 2011

Two-Minute State DOT Update video, featuring Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller, chairwoman of AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning, will discuses how KDOT won public support for T-WORKS $8.2 billion transportation funding package. In February, KDOT announced that work will begin soon on first 3 major expansion projects to be funded by T-WORKS, worth $250 million. Miller said "we're going to save the state money by taking advantage of current low bid prices." Read More

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EPA to promote use of green infrastructure in cities and towns.

May 2, 2011

EPA is launching strategy to promote use of green infrastructure by cities and towns, to reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes streams, creeks, rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Agenda was announced by EPA's Bob Perciasepe at Green Street, Green Jobs conference, which was focused on fostering green infrastructure in Washington, D.C. area. Agency will work with local governments, watershed groups, and tribes in 10 cities that have used green infrastructure and have plans for additional projects. Read More

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FAA announces additional management changes.

May 2, 2011

As part of air traffic control review, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that 3 veteran FAA managers will be repositioned to assume oversight of critical air traffic roles. Walt Cochran will oversee Terminal Operations, Chris Metts will oversee all En Route and Oceanic operations, and Glen Martin will become Air Traffic Manager at Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center. FAA also announced members of independent review panel that will ensure new controllers are properly prepared. Read More

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Large Wind Turbine could enhance jobs, energy independence.

May 2, 2011

Built by French power-generation company Alstom and erected at National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, CO, Eco 100 is a 3 MW wind turbine with blades longer than a basketball court and tower the length of a football field. It is being tested at NWTC, part of U.S. Department of Energy's NREL, so it can be certified for use in the U.S. Certification will mean U.S. jobs for years to come, and what is learned during testing will contribute to target of 20% wind energy by 2030. Read More

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AFS to hold Corporate Sponsors Open Meeting.

April 29, 2011

On May 10th at 5:00 pm, Corporate Sponsors Committee will hold Corporate Sponsors Open Reception and Meeting in the Ashford room at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne Hotel in Louisville, KY. In addition to introduction of AFS Corporate Sponsors, Committee will present its work to date on educational Webinars, progress on industry market research studies, AFS website redesign and metric feedback for Corporate Sponsors, and distributor training. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2011.

April 29, 2011

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 5.1% and bookings decreased 10.1% in March 2011 from March 2010. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 14.9% and bookings increased 26.0%. In March 2011, flexible circuit shipments were up 9.1% and bookings declined 7.4% from March 2010. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 15.0% and bookings decreased 13.2%. Book-to-bill ratios were 0.94 and 1.04, respectively. Read More

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NIST summarizes conclusions of photovoltaic workshop.

April 29, 2011

NIST's publication, Foundations for Innovation: Photovoltaic Technologies for the 21st Century, summarizes conclusions from a 2010 special workshop. During workshop, participants discussed priority challenges for the 4 dominant photovoltaic technologies and defined critical milestones on the path to solutions. Challenges range from reaching a better scientific understanding of devices themselves to developing practical engineering data for determining optimal use of photovoltaics. Read More

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WirelessHART achieves widespread global acceptance.

April 29, 2011

WirelessHART®, a communication technology built on the foundation of the HART® Communication Protocol, is achieving widespread global acceptance among end users and suppliers throughout the process automation industry. WirelessHART standard supports star, point-to-point, and/or mesh topologies and requires no specialized tools or expertise for deployment. Technology employs 128-bit AES encryption, multi-tiered, always-on security to protect network and data being transferred at all times. Read More