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ANSI White Paper examines copyright implications in regulations.

February 15, 2011

Why Voluntary Consensus Standards Incorporated by Reference into Federal Government Regulations Are Copyright Protected edifies US standards developers, government officials, and other stakeholders to importance of copyright in standards. Specifically, it discusses National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act and Office of Management and Budget issued Circular A-119. Paper also endorses approach that balances rights of standards developers and public. Read More

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Textiles Sustainability Subcommittee appoints expert as chairman.

February 15, 2011

Shreyaskar Chaudhary, CEO and managing director of Pratibha Syntex Pvt. Ltd. in Madhya Pradesh, India, has been named chairman of ASTM International Subcommittee D13.40 on Sustainability of Textiles. At Pratibha Syntex Pvt. Ltd., Chaudhary leads team in implementation of sustainability initiatives in textiles industry. He serves as key figure in development of organic cotton and other sustainable textiles and is also former board member of Organic Exchange. Read More

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ASTM Committee begins work on flexible automation standards.

February 15, 2011

Task group within ASTM Committee E57 on 3D Imaging Systems plans to develop standards on position and orientation (pose) determination that could help increase productivity and enhance global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing industry. Under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E57.02 on Test Methods, task group is currently working on its first proposed new standard, ASTM WK31638, Test Method for Evaluating Static Pose Measurement Systems. Read More

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Student Rocket Contest to begin qualifying rounds.

February 15, 2011

Over 600 teams from 48 states and District of Columbia are preparing hand-designed model rockets to qualify for ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), which takes place May 14, 2011. TARC aims to inspire middle and high school students to further study and choose careers in science, math, and engineering. "With 60% of the current workforce over age 45," commented AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey, "we see TARC participants as the future of the aerospace industry." Read More

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ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Conference to be held in April.

February 15, 2011

ASHRAE's Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings will take place April 4-6, 2011 in Atlanta and will teach attendees how to better utilize energy modeling tools. Covering modeling fundamentals, building component contributions, software demonstrations, and case studies, conference will provide collaborative perspective that demonstrates how energy models and computer simulations can assist all project team members in creating energy-efficient buildings. Read More

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Power Transmission/Motion Control products show positive sales growth.

February 15, 2011

According to data released by PTDA in its Market Outlook Report, year-end sales for power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products from U.S. and Canadian manufacturers increased by double digits in 2010 compared to 2009. U.S. manufacturers saw 14.6% increase in PT/MC product sales, while annualized sales-to-inventory ratio for 2010 dropped to 9.5. Canadian manufacturers' sales increased 15.1%, while annualized sales-to-inventory ratio rose to 10.8. Read More

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NIST Budget Appropriation to advance innovation, recovery.

February 15, 2011

Submitted to Congress, President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget proposes funding level of $1.001 billion for U.S. Commerce Department's NIST. This marks 8.9% increase over FY 2011 budget request and 16.9% increase above NIST's FY 2010 appropriations. NIST budget request reinforces Administration's commitment to science and technology by doubling funding for NIST laboratories and promotes U.S. technological leadership as laid out in President's Plan for Science and Innovation. Read More

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Biotech Business Survey shows benefits of TDP awards.

February 15, 2011

According to survey of CEOs of small biotech firms that received Therapeutic Discovery Project (TDP) awards last fall, TDP is important to viability and jobs. Survey specifically found that 4 of 5 CEOs say TDP is important to support survivability and viability of their companies; TDP funds have helped to create, on average, 6 jobs and sustain 7 jobs per company; and CEOs say more funding is needed to complete breakthrough projects and developments. Read More

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ANSI publishes the Power of Standardization.

February 15, 2011

To help illuminate role of standards, ANSI published The Power of Standardization, which gives complete A-Z on standards, including what they are, who creates them, and why they are important. In the U.S. alone, more than 100,000 standards are at work behind the scenes in all industry sectors. Document also explains how conformity assessment activities - from testing and certification to accreditation - strengthen consumer confidence in products, services, and people with whom they do business. Read More

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ASTM Standard facilitates mold assessment in buildings.

February 14, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee D22.08 on Sampling and Analysis of Mold, part of ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality, ASTM D7338, Guide for the Assessment of Fungal Growth in Buildings provides go-to reference for anyone testing for mold in buildings. Standard will be useful to wide range of stakeholders concerned with mold, including consultants, educators, building owners, insurers, and lawyers. Read More

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BIO Joins CA's LCFS Advisory Panel to advance biotechnology.

February 14, 2011

California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) encourages deployment of technology for advanced biofuels and biomass developed by California's industrial biotechnology community. BIO, along with several of its member companies, will offer input on progress and potential adjustments to LCFS as member of California Air Resources Board LCFS Advisory Panel. As BIO Manager of State Policy, Stephanie Batchelor said BIO believes in encouraging biotechnology solutions which leverage LCFS. Read More

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United States Standards Strategy supports U.S. competitiveness.

February 14, 2011

United States Standards Strategy - Third Edition articulates principles and tactics that guide how U.S. develops standards and participates in international standards-setting process. Key modifications of third edition reflect greater reliance on cross-sector collaborations; importance of public-private sector partnerships; enhanced U.S. government efforts to coordinate agency standards activities and engagement; and U.S. government recognition of the integrity of existing U.S. standards process. Read More

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NFPA Sponsors ANSI Workshop on electric vehicles.

February 14, 2011

ANSI welcomes National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as Diamond Sponsor of ANSI Workshop: Standards and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles, which will take place April 5-6, 2011, in Bethesda, MD. Specifically, workshop will explore current and needed standards, codes, and conformity assessment programs that would help drive market for grid-connected electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and support services. Read More

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Sensor Technology Presentations are sought for ASTM workshop.

February 14, 2011

Scheduled for November 16, 2011, New Sensor Technologies and Issues with Existing Technologies for Fatigue, Fracture, and Mechanical Testing will identify and explore new sensor technologies that can be used with these types of test methods so that they may be included in relevant ASTM standards. Workshop will also identify problems with existing sensors that are currently used in standards so that they can be improved. Read More

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Robotics Industry to present Engelberger Awards.

February 14, 2011

The Engelberger Robotics Award, named after Joseph F. Engelberger, known throughout the world as "the father of robotics," will be presented during dinner ceremony on March 22 at Automate 2011/42nd International Symposium on Robotics. Åke Lindqvist will receive 2011 Engelberger Award for Leadership, while Henrik Christensen will receive 2011 Engelberger Award for Education. Each recipient will be presented a commemorative medallion and a $5000 honorarium by RIA. Read More

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SME Annual Conference focuses on technological innovation.

February 11, 2011

Manufacturing Velocity, 2011 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Annual Conference, is scheduled for June 5-7. SME's Mark C. Tomlinson touted the conference as bringing together "C-level presenters, the year's biggest manufacturing trends and developments, tours at top-line manufacturing facilities, and...like-minded manufacturing professionals." Insights into technologies and processes span scope of manufacturing, with primary focus on changes in manufacturing via innovation. Read More

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National Security Space Strategy stresses need for healthy industrial base.

February 11, 2011

AIA is encouraged that National Security Space Strategy emphasizes need for healthy space industrial base. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, strategy's commitment to maintaining healthy industrial base, including focused science, research, and development efforts and promoting STEM education and professional development is crucial to success in space arena. Securing budgets and funding needed to realize strategy and to deliver vital space capabilities is of utmost importance. Read More

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North American Robotics Companies post best year since 2007.

February 11, 2011

Strong growth in 2010 was reported by North American-based robotics companies, which posted best year since 2007 according to statistics released by RIA. North American robot suppliers reported orders of 13,174 robots valued at $845.6 million from North American-based companies, increases of 39% in units and 49% in dollars. When orders from customers outside North America are included, totals are 15,860 robots valued at $993.2 million for gains of 52% in units and 58% in dollars. Read More

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Efficient Equipment Usage Awards honor ME, WY districts.

February 11, 2011

AEM recognized 2 US conservation districts with awards for efficient equipment use that enhances local conservation efforts. Excellence in Conservation Equipment and Technology Use went to Washakie County Conservation District in Worland, WY, while Defining Conservation Equipment Needs for the Future went to Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. Awards highlight pivotal role of equipment in effective management of America's natural resources. Read More

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Process Defect Clinic is offered to IPC Apex Expo 2011 attendees.

February 11, 2011

Taking place in Las Vegas, NV from April 12-14 of 2011, IPC APEX EXPO will feature free Process Defect Clinic designed to assist event attendees with assembly and soldering process problems, RoHS compliance issues, solderability concerns, field failures, and other process-related issues. Registrants can bring board assemblies for examination or process problems for discussion and walk away with solutions. Awards will be presented to individuals with best questions and defects. Read More