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NBT announces 2011 national manufacturing camp grant winners.

February 4, 2011

Nine grants of $2,500 each were awarded by Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs® to community and technical colleges that offer day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12-18 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. According to Gerald Shankel, President and CEO of FMA and NBT, the purpose of the manufacturing camp grants is to provide a positive, hands-on experience so young people will consider manufacturing as a career option. Read More

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AASHTO Report suggests how to reduce transportation funding gap.

February 4, 2011

Funding and Financing Solutions for Surface Transportation in the Coming Decade outlines options for meeting revenue needs stemming from gap between current revenues available for surface transportation and capital requirements. Report includes results from forum held for members of Congress and staff in September 2010, where discussions addressed near- and medium-term funding options for Federal programs, applications of Federal financing tools, and best funding and financing practices. Read More

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NEMA announces Smart Grid product strategy.

February 4, 2011

To further promote development and deployment of the Smart Grid, NEMA announces the Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant(TM) testing scheme to promote testing for products and devices based on the Smart Grid standards identified by NIST and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. SGIC(TM) program will provide forum where Smart Grid stakeholders can validate the interoperability of individual grid elements on consistent, broadly agreed upon, industry-wide basis. Read More

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FAA and JetBlue sign NextGen agreement.

February 4, 2011

NextGen agreement will allow JetBlue to fly more precise, satellite-based flights from Boston and New York to Florida and the Caribbean beginning in 2012. NextGen transforms U.S. national airspace system from ground-based system to one based on satellites. Under agreement, as many as 35 of JetBlue's A320 aircraft will be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast avionics, enabling them to fly in two major routes off East Coast even if traditional radar coverage is not available. Read More

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Recessed Luminaire Paper addresses air infiltration ratings.

February 4, 2011

Available for download, NEMA white paper LSD 58-2010 Air Infiltration Ratings for Recessed Luminaires addresses standard test procedure, installation requirements, and labeling applicable to luminaires to demonstrate limited airflow. Restricting airflow through lighting fixtures helps reduce energy loss and moisture accumulation and is required by certain energy codes and ENERGY STAR® program. Paper suits those who test, produce, specify, install, and inspect recessed luminaires. Read More

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IEC President Addressed Leaders at 2011 World Electronics Forum.

February 4, 2011

More than 65 leaders representing electronics associations from 6 continents attended 16th Annual WEF (World Electronics Forum). Representing 30 associations from 22 countries, WEF delegates participated in breakfast session on January 9 that featured address from IEC President Jacques Régis. In his presentation, Régis outlined how globally relevant specifications and metrics, combined with consistent conformity assessment, help reach more markets faster and at lesser cost. Read More

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ATME-I to continue with Techtextil North America in 2012.

February 4, 2011

ATMA and Messe Frankfurt USA have agreed on the inclusion of American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International with Techtextil North America every even year starting in 2012. The two exhibitions successfully co-located last May in Atlanta. ATME-I will provide textile machinery, equipment, products, and service suppliers a broad textile and apparels industry base to showcase their products and services. Read More

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ISPE Training Event offers biotechnology and manufacturing courses.

February 4, 2011

ISPE will offer 7 training courses, including biotechnology and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) sessions, at San Francisco Professional Development Training event, which will be held March 7-10, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. Additionally, event will feature courses on pharmaceutical water generation, HVAC, pharmaceutical water storage/distribution, cleaning validation principles, and oral solid dosage forms. Impact of updated USFDA guidance on process validation will also be discussed. Read More

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Polyolefins Conference to feature SINOPEC research director.

February 4, 2011

Dr. Jinliang Qiao of China's SINOPEC will deliver plenary address at SPE's 23rd International Polyolefins Conference®, which will take place in Houston, TX from February 27 to March 2, 2011. Dr. Qiao's presentation, "Aspects of the Polyolefin Industry in China," will be made on February 28 and focus on recent results of polymer physics research at SINOPEC: new polyolefin resins, advances in polymerization processes and catalysts for polyolefins, and nucleating agents for PP and LLDPE. Read More

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ISPE 2011 Tampa Conference features FDA speaker Grace McNally.

February 4, 2011

ISPE 2011 Tampa Conference on Applying Solutions to Emerging Industry Challenges will offer educational session that explores implications of FDA's updated Guideline on General Principles of Process Validation. FDA Consumer Safety Officer Grace McNally will present guidance and explain how it differs from 1987 version as well as how revision changes pharmaceutical process validation in general. Additionally, 2-day session will cover dual FDA/Industry presentations on various topics. Read More

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RIA's Annual Meeting will feature multi-industry panel discussion.

February 3, 2011

Industries Working Together panel discussion, to be held before RIA's annual meeting on March 9 in Colorado Springs, will include Paul Pearce of IICRC, Carl Grimes of IAQA, Jeff Jones of ARCS, Charlie Wiles of ACAC, and Frank Headen of RIA. Moderated Discussion will feature Q&A format to encourage audience involvement. RIA Leadership Summit and Industry Expo from March 8-11 will also include 4 discussion forums, 2 keynote addresses, and other networking events. Read More

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EPA to develop regulation for perchlorate.

February 3, 2011

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced agency's decision to move forward with development of regulation for perchlorate to protect Americans from potential health impacts. Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical, and scientific research indicates that it may impact normal function of the thyroid. In a separate action, agency is moving towards establishing a drinking water standard to address group of up to 16 toxic chemicals that may pose risks to human health. Read More

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Virtualization Security Guidelines released by NIST.

February 3, 2011

NIST has issued final version of NIST SP 800-125, Guide to Security for Full Virtualization Technologies. In addition to describing security concerns associated with full virtualization technologies for server and desktop virtualization, it provides recommendations for addressing said concerns. Guide is intended for system administrators, security program managers, security engineers, and anyone else involved in designing, deploying, or maintaining full virtualization technologies. Read More

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Expo Pack México scheduled for June 21-24.

February 3, 2011

With over 900 exhibitors from 20 countries, EXPO PACK México 2011 will be year's premier event for Latin American packaging and processing industries. PMMI expects more than 22,000 packaging and processing professionals from throughout Mexico and Latin America to attend from range of industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, graphic arts, medical, chemical, and automotive. Two new pavilions will include PROCESA Pavilion and Containers and Materials Pavilion. Read More

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ASTM Committee on Homeland Security elects Mark Oakes chairman.

February 3, 2011

Mark O. Oakes, founder and CEO of Intellimar Inc., was elected chairman of ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications, which addresses issues related to standards and guidance materials for homeland security. A member of ASTM International since 2003, Oakes is also a board-certified Physical Security Professional through ASIS International with 25+ years experience in planning, design, and construction of physical perimeter security construction projects. Read More

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NAM and Colonial Circuits honor Congressman Robert Wittman.

February 3, 2011

Virginia Congressman Robert Wittman (R-VA) received NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence in recognition of his consistent support of manufacturers and their employees across the United States. Award was presented at an event sponsored by NAM member, Colonial Circuits, Inc. Members of Congress who maintained a voting record of 70% or higher during 111th Congress (2009-2010) received the award. Congressman Wittman received an 83% key vote rating. Read More

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Baldrige Program Director named Honorary Fellow of ACHE.

February 3, 2011

Harry Hertz, director of Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at NIST, has been named Honorary Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Specifically, Hertz is being recognized "for his role in establishing healthcare as an official category of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and for his career dedication to performance excellence." Hertz will be honored at ceremony on March 20, 2011 during ACHE's 54th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, IL. Read More

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New Energy Focus should not forget existing infrastructure.

February 3, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said ExxonMobil's recently released Energy Outlook report "not only demonstrates the opportunity for continued US leadership that will lead to job creation and economic growth but also helps us maintain our competitive edge." Referencing President Obama's comments that "there is much opportunity in energy," Timmons said that "it is a huge mistake to ignore the fact that we will need our current and vast energy supplies for decades to come." Read More

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ISO Standard supports advancements in nanotechnology.

February 3, 2011

Authored by ISO Technical Committee 229, ISO 10808:2010 outlines requirements for the characterization of airborne nanoparticles in inhalation exposure chambers for the purpose of inhalation toxicity studies. Standard takes into account particular characteristics of nanoparticles, including particle mass, size distribution, concentration, and composition, and is anticipated to encourage the use of consistent characterization methods by researchers worldwide. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new 2011 members.

February 3, 2011

Joining ANSI in 2011 are American Training School for Medical Professionals; AQS Management Systems, Inc; DIS-TRAN Wood Products, LLC; HealthTronics, Inc.; Performance Review Institute; Shell Downstream; and Transpec Fasteners, Inc. Organizations have joined federation representing more than 125,000 companies and over 3.5 million professionals. According to ANSI's Brian Meincke, they will now have voice over standardization and conformity assessment decisions that affect their business. Read More