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NAM Official comments on proposed tax relief compromise.

December 9, 2010

Agreement between President Obama and Congressional Republicans on tax relief includes provisions such as tax relief for small businesses, 100% expensing, estate tax reform, preferential tax rates for investment income, and R&D tax credit. In response, NAM's John Engler said R&D credit and other business extenders are key to manufacturers' competitiveness and ability to create jobs. Engler also said 100% expensing provision will encourage investment and create demand for machinery and equipment. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee ponders steam cleaning product test methods.

December 9, 2010

ASTM subcommittee F11.40 on Steam Products, part of ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners, will be developing test methods to measure performance and durability of hard surface cleaning products that employ steam. As F11.40 Chairman, Kenneth M. Lee expressed desire to "draw manufacturers and general interest groups together under the ASTM consensus forum to develop fair and unbiased standards for evaluating steam cleaning products." Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover clothing chemical/impact performance.

December 9, 2010

ANSI member and accredited standards developer International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) released ANSI/ISEA 103-2010, which addresses protective apparel for workers who come into contact with chemicals. Specifically, it establishes performance, labeling, and certification requirements. New from ASTM International, ASTM F1952-10 addresses impact protection as well as performance criteria for chin bars on full-face requirements for downhill mountain bike helmets. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 to include Green Roads Summit.

December 9, 2010

Scheduled for March 22-26, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 will include Green Roads Summit, which will offer attendees green construction techniques and latest environmental information affecting jobsites, including green roads programs. Steven Van Beek of ENO Foundation for Transportation, will kick off event talking on "Climate Change, Sustainable Transportation and Economic Competitiveness." Additional topics will include sustainability, recycling and reuse, stormwater management, and climate/air issues. Read More

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ASTM Establishes Presence on social media networks.

December 9, 2010

By establishing presence on social media sites, ASTM International provides another outlet for users and stakeholders to receive news about standards activities. Official ASTM International Facebook page provides latest news about standards development within ASTM's 142 technical committees as well as information about publications and meetings. Tweets include ASTM headline news and events, with links to main wesbite, and YouTube channel features informational videos. Read More

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AASHTO Touts Obama Speech for transportation investment.

December 9, 2010

In his statement concerning President Barack Obama's continued attention towards transportation investment, AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley noted that such investment called for is "best achieved through a robust, multiyear highway and transit reauthorization bill." Such a milestone, he added, will not come easy, and the objective will now be to "turn his words into bipartisan Congressional action that will lead to a highway and transit bill that works for America." Read More

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AMCA International releases System Effects DVD.

December 9, 2010

Providing educational tool for HVAC/R industry, update of Fan System Effect Video attests and reaffirms that in order for HVAC systems to operate efficiently, system must be well designed and properly installed. System Effects are described as fan performance loss due to adverse flow conditions at inlet and outlet of fan. In addition to adversely affecting fan performance, System Effects may increase noise/vibration and cause premature impeller or bearing failure. Read More

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Security Engineering Standard revised to include new symbols.

December 9, 2010

ASTM International Committee F12 on Security Systems and Equipment invites interested parties to participate in revising ASTM F967, Practice for Security Engineering Symbols. According to F12 committee chairman Ed Conrath, ASTM F967 is being revised to incorporate latest security symbols used in engineering and security industry. Interested parties are invited to send new symbols or revised existing symbols for possible incorporation into standard. Read More

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NIST Research Team builds scanning probe microscope.

December 9, 2010

Research team from NIST, University of Maryland, Janis Research Company, Inc., and Seoul National University has designed and built the ULTSPM, an ultra-low temperature scanning probe microscope. Detailed in recent paper, unit can resolve energy levels separated by 1 millionth of an electron volt. To achieve ULTSPM's ultra low operating temperature of 10 millikelvins, team designed low-noise dilution refrigerator to supplement device's 3 m deep, 250 L liquid helium bath. Read More

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EPA Website provides regulatory activity statistics.

December 8, 2010

In addition to enhancing public understanding of EPA's regulatory process, U.S. EPA launched Reg Stat website will inform its visitors as to number, type, and range of regulatory documents EPA develops each year. Reg Stat currently provides information on EPA documents published in Federal Register between 2005 and 2009. It also offers information on rulemakings of interest, specifically rules signed by EPA administrator that substantively amend Code of Federal Regulations. Read More

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The MHEDA Journal provides material handling pricing tips.

December 8, 2010

The Fourth Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal includes article titled "10 Tips to Better Pricing," by consultant Rafi Mohammed, Ph.D. According to Mohammed, "A McKinsey and Company study of the Global 1200 found that if companies increased prices by just 1% and demand remained constant, operating profits on average would increase by 11%." Article includes tips such as set prices that capture value, create a value statement, provide pick-a-plan options, and offer product versions. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation releases updated SIF Specification. .

December 8, 2010

Providing solution for fieldbus-based safety systems, updated release of FOUNDATION Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF) technology includes FF-SIF Technical Specification, FOUNDATION for SIF Interoperability Test Kit, and DD Library. By implementing FF-SIF, process plants can achieve enhanced diagnostics through integrated asset management system, and minimize need for testing final control elements, allowing for early detection of dangerous device failures. Read More

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MESA publishes White Paper 37: Data Architecture for MOM.

December 8, 2010

Many organizations have difficulty managing data associated with manufacturing operations. Fragmentation across systems, multiple points of failure, and data inconsistency lead to product quality issues. Successfully used for master data management, Manufacturing Master Data Management Patterns and best practices resolve these problems. White Paper describes typical data management problems and provides effective architectural and governance approach to resolve them. Read More

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ATS/CTS Certified Instructor Programs scheduled for 2011.

December 8, 2010

Automotive Tire Service (ATS) and Commercial Tire Service (CTS) Certified Instructor programs qualify enrollees to return to their place of business and conduct Certified Technician courses for their employees. ATS program combines classroom instruction with hands-on education, and CTS program utilizes same combination while meeting requirements of OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.177. Both classes are held in 3- or 4-day sessions either in Baltimore, MD or Denver, CO. Read More

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NAM Partners with Commerce Department to boost exports.

December 8, 2010

New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI) - strategic partnership announced between NAM, US Commerce Department, and FedEx - aims to facilitate manufacturer export to new markets and global customer discovery. Specifically, NMEI will offer NAM members export expertise of experienced commercial officer as well as direct access to Department of Commerce programs. FedEx will provide expert logistics advice and services to manufacturers. Read More

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ASTM Standard Development to cover diesel exhaust fluid.

December 8, 2010

ASTM, with support from API, will host organizational meeting to discuss development of consensus standards for support testing of diesel exhaust fluid processed using selective catalytic reduction. To take place on January 6, 2011, meeting will cover potential subjects such as storage materials and containers, identification of organic impurities, determination of material suitability, shelf life of fluid, distribution systems, climatic impact, and fluid disposal. Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Index declines to record low.

December 8, 2010

NEMA's index for incandescent lamps declined 17.2% for third quarter, registering record low reading of 46.5. Index also showed year-over-year decline of nearly 19.0%. Shipments of compact fluorescent lamps waned as well, with index dipping 18.2% to 168.8. However, CFLs continue to garner nearly 1 out of every 4 lamp sales, and this is expected to continue until first phase of incandescent lamp efficiency regulations established by EISA 2007 take effect in 2012. Read More

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MCAA elects new leaders for 2011.

December 8, 2010

MCAA elected James P. Bolin, Jr., COO of Process Automation for Pepperl + Fuchs as its Chairman for next year. Mr. Bolin joined Pepperl + Fuchs in Twinsburg, OH in 1997 and is currently responsible for all of the Process Automation Division's activities in Northern South America, Latin America, US, Canada, and Mexico. Wally Stommes, President of StoneL will serve as Vice Chairman as well as Treasurer of Association. Wally is a co-founder of StoneL, a business division of Metso Automation. Read More

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Motors Demand Falters during third quarter of 2010.

December 8, 2010

NEMA Motors Shipments Index slipped 4.4% during third quarter of 2010. Although demand is below levels observed 2 years ago, shipments have trended higher over past 1.5 years and registered year-over-year gain of more than 8% during third quarter. While fractional horsepower motors gained in market demand, integral horsepower motor shipments continued to weaken. Concerning manufacturing sector recovery, output growth slowed to 4% during 2010 Q3. Read More

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PROCESS EXPO 2011 to analyze trade floor activity.

December 8, 2010

FPSA has contracted with ethnoMetrics, an exhibition consulting firm that measures show traffic flow and evaluates performance of face-to-face marketing environments. FPSA Chairman of the Board Scott Scriven remarked information from ethnoMetrics' cameras helps exhibitors evaluate sales team and booth design/location performance. FPSA will also utilize RFID at PROCESS EXPO 2011 to provide another layer of vital and useful measurements, metrics, and business intelligence data. Read More