Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced activation of NextGen technology – Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) – that will help pilots address inclement weather around Montrose Regional Airport in western Colorado (CO). Specifically, WAM improves safety and efficiency by allowing air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that are outside radar coverage.
At National Press Club, 4 industry leaders participated in panel discussion on impacts of sequestration budget cuts on America's economy and national security. Panel also drew attention to letter from aerospace and defense industry CEOs voicing support for current talks and urging President Obama to continue negotiations with Congress on action to avert upcoming "fiscal cliff." In comment, AIA's David P. Hess said long-term impacts could prove devastating if sequestration goes into effect. Read More
NAM joined 104 businesses and business groups in urging congressional leaders to pass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which will support and grow manufacturing jobs in USA. According to NAM VP for International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey, "Passing the MTB will reduce the cost of manufacturing in the United States and help manufacturers grow their businesses and improve their competitiveness in an increasingly challenging global marketplace." Read More
NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray called November manufacturing report from Institute for Supply Management (ISM) "a clear indication of the negative impact that the looming fiscal cliff is already having on our economy." Moutray continued, commenting how survey's employment index, which contracted for the first time in 3 years, shows that manufacturers are reducing their workforce. "Without a resolution to the fiscal cliff," said Moutray, "the economy will remain weak and stagnant." Read More
From February 7-12, HI and Pump Systems Matter will host 2013 Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, FL. Hydraulic Institute technical committees will meet to address industry standards, guidelines, and DOE pump efficiency standards. In addition to variety of guest speakers, meeting will also include bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Market Intelligence Committee, and Standards Leadership Workshop. PSM meetings will include Board of Directors, Educational Affairs Steering Committee, and PSM Marketing Committee. Read More
Annual Pillar of the Industry awards recognize companies’ dedication and outstanding contributions to people and communities of equipment manufacturing industry through extensive I Make America campaign activities in support of pro-manufacturing policies to improve the economy. For 2012, total of 19 companies received Pillar of the Industry Awards – 16 for achieving Gold Status this year, and 3 honored as Gold Year 2 winners, for maintaining their Gold-level status earned last year. Read More
Provisions from ASTM International F2088-12a, Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Swings, have been incorporated in U.S. federal mandatory safety standard that was passed unanimously by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in order to improve safety of infant swings and prevent child injuries and deaths. This adoption of ASTM F2088 means all infant swings introduced into commerce must comply with standard, which defines "infant swing." Read More
NREL and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) scientists combined microscopic imaging methods to gain greater understanding of relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility. According to principal investigator Dr. Shi-You Ding of NREL, imaging technologies allowed interdisciplinary team to view plant architecture at scales from millimeter to nanometer. This breakthrough could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering costs of biofuel production. Read More