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NACD Strategic Partnerships help members with regulatory compliance.

March 15, 2011

Available to its member companies, NACD service aids navigation through regulatory compliance demands. Association has entered 4 strategic partnerships in areas from product labeling and plant security to transportation. Firms were selected based on their knowledge of Associations' member companies' needs as well as each firm's technical expertise. Specifically, strategic partner companies will advise, counsel, and assist NACD member companies with EPA, OSHA, DHS, and DOT compliance. Read More

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Coalition Members Rally to Save GPS from hasty FCC action.

March 14, 2011

Coalition to Save Our GPS, formed by Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) as well as various industries and companies, aims to resolve threat to GPS stemming from FCC's decision to allow expansion of terrestrial use of satellite spectrum immediately neighboring that of GPS. In March 10 statement, coalition said resulting 40,000 additional ground stations could result in as many dead spots, each miles in diameter. Coalition also outlined necessary safeguards. Read More

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Executive Energy Leadership Program calls for applications.

March 14, 2011

Applications are being accepted for NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Program, which educates public- and private-sector decision-makers about clean energy options for their organization through non-technical approach. Participants are offered in-depth look at renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and applications. Briefings by NREL technology experts, research laboratory tours, and visits to field applications are also part of classroom experience. Read More

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EPA issues update to national air toxics data.

March 14, 2011

EPA has released 4th update of National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) computer tool, which helps federal, state, and local governments better understand potential health risks from exposure to air toxics. Based on assessment, air toxic emissions fell by 42%, between 1990 and 2005, from industrial and mobile sources. NATA is used to identify geographic areas, pollutants, and types of emission sources that need analysis to characterize potential risks and determine how to protect public health. Read More

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Phoenix Awards Recognize 2 Firms for reconstruction efforts.

March 14, 2011

RIA presented its Phoenix Awards, highest honors for innovation in restoration and reconstruction, to member firms. Mellon Certified Restoration of Yeadon, PA won for its work on 234,000 ft² school that suffered a fire from 30 ft artificial Christmas tree located in the building's rotunda. Alliance Disaster Kleenup of Northbrook, IL won for its work at The Off the Streets Club in Chicago. Both awards were presented at 66th Annual RIA Convention and Exhibition in Colorado Springs, CO. Read More

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ASTM Committee Name Change reflects focus on antimicrobials.

March 14, 2011

With its new title, E35 Committee on Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Methods aims to provide industry with better understanding of committee's scope and focus. This includes promoting visibility pertaining to its work on antimicrobial agents as well as potentially reducing duplication in standards development when other groups within and outside ASTM search for antimicrobial standards. Read More

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CPSC recognizes ASTM for protecting consumer safety.

March 14, 2011

Successful promulgation of ASTM standards F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, as mandatory rules was among key initiatives pursued by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission last year. In addition to crib standards, it was noted that 2 other ASTM standards called for in Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act were approved by the Commission. Read More

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Construction FutureTech 2011 to offer discounted NIBS rate.

March 14, 2011

Hosted by McGraw-Hill Corporation's Engineering News-Record, Construction FutureTech 2011 will bring together business IT leaders in architecture, engineering, and construction to examine business and design issues driving advanced systems. Event's "FutureTech for Analysis and Simulation" panel will address how emerging technologies are enabling users to comparatively analyze alternative design solutions, construction sequencing scenarios, and energy consumption profiles with speed and accuracy. Read More

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FAA Celebrates Airport Improvements made with Recovery Act funds.

March 14, 2011

FAA celebrated completion of NC Asheville Regional Airport's terminal improvements, which were paid for with $7.8 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Specifically, grant paid for Terminal A improvements concerning departure gates, security checkpoint, and replacement of 2 passenger boarding bridges. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that these improvements "will result in business and employment opportunities" as well as strengthen American competitiveness. Read More

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Competition seeks best transportation projects of 2010.

March 14, 2011

AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the fourth annual America's Transportation Awards competition. State departments of transportation are being encouraged to enter their best transportation projects in 4 categories: On Time, Under Budget, Innovative Management, and Best Recovery Act Project. After regional competitions, 10 projects scoring highest points will move on to vie for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award, both of which offer $10,000 prize. Read More

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BIO hails Senate passage of America Invents Act.

March 14, 2011

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, released statement commending the Senate for its overwhelming passage of the America Invents Act by vote of 95-5. Once enacted into law, it will strengthen and improve nation's patent system, spurring innovation and job creation. The improvements made by America Invents Act would benefit all sectors of the U.S. economy by enhancing patent quality and the efficiency, objectivity, predictability, and transparency of the patent system. Read More

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Manufacturing Expo/Conference explores digital thread concept.

March 14, 2011

AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference, held in Anaheim, CA from April 5-7, will focus on digital thread concept, where supply chain partners with different skill sets, systems, and processes work together with OEMs to optimize aerospace/defense manufacturing integration. Sessions and panels will cover digital data capture/transfer, digital systems for advanced manufacturing, advanced tooling and modeling concepts, advanced composite manufacturing, and composite machining. Read More

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Machine Vision Standards important in adoption of technology.

March 14, 2011

According to John Merva, Chair of AIA standards committee, global standards make it easier for users to incorporate machine vision into their automated solutions. Current camera interface and interoperability standards activities, such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, the Camera Link HS(TM), CoaXPress, and GenICam have been developed either by AIA or other trade associations. To educate users on various standards, a special exhibit will be featured at Automate 2011 running March 21-24. Read More

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Volunteer Pilot Safety Seminar will be hosted by NTSB.

March 14, 2011

NTSB, Angel Flight, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will hold volunteer pilot safety stand down seminar at NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA on March 25, 2011. Agenda will include keynote address by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman as well as 3 sessions by NTSB, 2 by FAA, and 3 by AOPA. In addition to accident briefs, sessions will address weather issues, TWA800 (lecture and reconstruction), FAA perspectives, safety systems, and volunteer pilots. Read More

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EPA's Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to save water.

March 14, 2011

Across the country, household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water/year and can increase homeowners' water bills by 12%. To help consumers find and repair easy-to-fix leaks, U.S. EPA is promoting the third annual Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20. EPA suggests checking for leaks such as silent toilet water leaks, twisting and tightening pipe connections, and replacing fixtures if necessary. To save even more water, consumers can use WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator or showerhead. Read More

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Machine Vision Technology featured at Automate 2011.

March 14, 2011

During Automate 2011, leading machine vision companies will showcase their newest products and system integrators will demonstrate how these products are incorporated into complete automation solutions. In addition to inspection, part tracking, robot guidance, and process control applications, machine vision technology has expanded into warehousing and distribution plus non-manufacturing industries such as security, lab automation, medical imaging, defense, and entertainment. Read More

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AAMA elects Steve Fronek as Chairman of the Board.

March 14, 2011

AAMA has elected Steve Fronek, P.E., LEED® Green Associate of Wausau Window and Wall Systems as chairman of the Board of Directors. Fronek is also chairman of AAMA's Americans with Disabilities Act Test Methods Task Group and has served on over 15 AAMA committees and task groups. He received 2008 Distinguished Service Award from AAMA Architectural Products Group, and also represents Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's High-performance Building Façade Solutions' Public Advisory Committee. Read More

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ASHRAE funds research to improve building maintenance.

March 11, 2011

Guidance on how engineers and designers can use building data to improve building operations, energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability will be developed through research from ASHRAE. Research Project 1633, Data and Interfaces for Advanced Building Maintenance and Operation, is one of 3 projects totaling $430,000 approved by ASHRAE and will result in development of a set of standard data-driven metrics, interfaces, and dashboards for advanced building operation and management. Read More

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SME unveils its annual innovations list.

March 11, 2011

Honoring both innovation and manufacturing, SME announced 2011 list of Innovations That Could Change The Way You Manufacture. Among this year's innovations is graphene, which is lightweight, electrically conductive, and the strongest material ever developed. Some other innovations include programmable magnets for self assembling, microstructured molding tools, remote-presence robot controlled via web-based application, and Super Velco, which is 10x stickier than Velcro®. Read More

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Robotic System to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity.

March 11, 2011

Marking the beginning of new phase of ongoing collaboration (Tox21), several federal agencies have unveiled high-speed robot screening system intended to test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. Robot system, located at National Institutes of Health Chemical Genomics Center, will allow National Toxicology Program to "advance its mission of testing chemicals smarter, better, and faster," according to Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., NIEHS and NTP director. Read More