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RF Smart Meter Safety Study is available from EPRI.

February 28, 2011

EPRI report, An Investigation of Radiofrequency Fields Associated with the Itron Smart Meter 1021126, determines that RF exposure levels from one type of smart meter, even at close range, fall below protective limits set by FCC for general public. For continuously-operating rack of 10 meters, each operating at 250 mW typ, RF power density level 1 ft in front of rack was 8% of FCC limit. At 20 and 50 ft, respective values dropped to 0.18% and 0.11%. Read More

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Machinist Training Institute receives $50,000 from SME.

February 28, 2011

Repeating last year's investment in a program that provides training and education in machining technology, SME Education Foundation provided $50,000 from Gene Haas Machining Technology Scholarship Fund to Focus: HOPE for its Machinist Training Institute (MTI). CEO of Focus: HOPE, William F. Jones, Jr., said that "This additional funding...will allow students to attend our newly-updated machinist training program and train for careers in a wide range of industries." Read More

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BIO urges USTR to preserve IP protection abroad.

February 28, 2011

In comments filed with U.S. Trade Representative on 2011 Special 301 Review, BIO stresses the critical importance of protecting intellectual property abroad. BIO recommends that USTR elevate Thailand to Priority Foreign Country; keep Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Israel, Russia, and Venezuela on Priority Watch List; elevate Philippines to Priority Watch List status; and observe developments in Japan, Taiwan, and European Patent Office to ensure that U.S. IP is properly protected. Read More

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Monthly Lease & Financing Index shows new business up 24% from 2010.

February 28, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, which reports economic activity for equipment finance sector, overall new business volume for January was $4.2 billion, up 24% compared to same period in 2010. Receivables over 30 days increased slightly to 2.8% in January from 2.7% in December, but declined by 35% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs declined significantly, falling to 1.0% from 1.4% in December, and also showed improvement over same period in 2010. Read More

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ANSI Course explores American National Standards development.

February 28, 2011

ANSI Course 287, The American Way, will be held March 30, 2011 in NYC and provide in-depth look at U.S. voluntary consensus standardization and ANS development process. Attendees come to understand standard development process and procedures, ANSI accreditation benefits, and flexibility in standards development. Discussions will center on requirements contained in ANSI Essential Requirements, including those related to accreditation, standards approval, and audit requirement. Read More

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International Symposium on Robotics returns to US after 4 years.

February 25, 2011

For first time since 2007, 42nd annual International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) will be held in USA as part of Automate 2011 in Chicago, IL from March 21-24. ISR educates suppliers, users, and researchers on global developments in robotics. Topics will address methods of fixturing for airplane and automotive assembly, autonomous industrial mobile manipulators, real-time image processing of human face identification, and collision-free moving object tracking with active visual servoing. Read More

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Smart Grid Panel agrees on data-exchange standards.

February 25, 2011

Governing board of public-private Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) voted in favor of new standard for 2-way data communications between utilities and their customers. Vote concerned standard for information used to communicate between utilities and customer and method for organizing information. Energy usage data model standard, achieved through completion of Priority Action Plan 10, was developed by North American Energy Standards Board at request of SGIP and NIST. Read More

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NCA and PMMI to bring Confectionery Pavilion to Las Vegas.

February 25, 2011

After selling out inaugural Confectionery Pavilion at PACK EXPO International 2010, show producer PMMI and National Confectioners Association are working together again to bring The Confectionery Pavilion to PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Sept 26-28. The Pavilion, totaling over 15,000 sq ft, will host range of packaging and processing solutions focused on confectionery industry. PACK EXPO will also include first ever Pharmaceutical Pavilion and RPA's Reusable Packaging Pavilion. Read More

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AAMA recognizes member leadership during awards banquet.

February 25, 2011

During 74th Annual Conference Awards Banquet, AAMA recognized contributions and achievements of its members. Michael Kinard of Kinro Inc. was named Outstanding Member. Distinguished Service Award for Architectural Products Group went to Gantt Miller of Winco Manufacturing. Steve Strawn of JELD-WEN, Inc. received Distinguished Service Award for Residential Products Group and Kathy Krafka-Harkema of Pella Corporation received Marketing Distinguished Service Award. Read More

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PTDA adds Market Forecasts as free member benefit.

February 25, 2011

Issued quarterly to members, PTDA Market Forecast combines 3 targeted economic forecasts into one report. PTDA is working with Alan Beaulieu, president of Institute for Trend Research, to provide 400 distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control products with PTDA Market Forecast, which includes macroeconomic analysis for U.S. and Canada as well as 10 most important North American customer markets served by PTDA members. Read More

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EWI Survey identifies needs among manufacturing sectors.

February 25, 2011

Survey conducted by Edison Welding Institute set out to identify emerging materials joining business challenges and technology needs among several manufacturing sectors. Chris Conrardy, chief technology officer at EWI, detailed results of survey in Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. According to article, "Materials Joining and Technology," increased use of new materials and material combinations was identified to be number one challenge for both automotive and advanced energy sectors. Read More

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The MHEDA Journal spotlights AHS Inc. of Cincinnati.

February 25, 2011

First Quarter 2011 issue of The MHEDA Journal includes article titled "Advancing on Trust and Faith," which spotlights AHS Inc., an engineered systems equipment distributor. In article, co-owner Chuck Frank was interviewed by Jack Phelan, president of TriFactor Distribution Solutions. Phelan spoke with Chuck about growing up in the industry, working in a family business, strategic planning, mission statements, strategic company goals, and surviving a down economy. Read More

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ASTM Conference addresses need for high performance textiles.

February 25, 2011

Held in Mumbai, India, international conference on Textiles - Light and Weatherfastness, featured several international speakers who addressed the growing need for technical and high-performance textiles. Primary goal of conference was to create awareness and improve overall understanding in specialized field of textile durability. Key topics included practical experiences, specific test applications, standardization, instrument technology, and history of textile testing. Read More

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World's Farmers favor biotech crop varieties.

February 25, 2011

According to report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, growers around the world continue to choose biotech crop varieties because of their contribution to agricultural productivity. ISAAA report, titled Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010, says a record 15.4 million farmers in 29 countries are growing biotech crops on 366 million acres. Ninety-nine percent of these are resource-poor farmers in developing countries. Read More

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NREL Report Finds gHEVs reduce tailpipe emissions, maintain fuel economy.

February 25, 2011

NREL completed its yearlong technology evaluation of gasoline hybrid electric (gHEV) trucks. Report shows gHEV trucks produced reduced tailpipe emissions during all drive cycles tested in laboratory compared to diesel vehicles. Regarding fuel economy, on drive cycle representing routes with frequent stops and accelerations, gHEV trucks exhibited 20% improvement. On cycles representing routes with fewer stops and accelerations, gHEV trucks demonstrated similar fuel economy to diesels. Read More

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ASTM selected as third party certifier for USDA biobased label.

February 25, 2011

As the selected provider, ASTM International will manage the Certification Program for Biobased Products, which will determine the product and package biobased content for manufacturers and vendors that choose to participate. Products will be tested by outside accredited laboratory according to ASTM standard D6866, Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis. Read More

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ANSI Details Schedule of Events for World Standards Week 2011.

February 25, 2011

ANSI announced its full schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2011, which will be held October 11-14 for global members of standards and conformity assessment community. Events, which will take place in Washington, DC at Newseum, include meetings of ANSI and European Standards Organizations (ESO); ANSI Company Member, Consumer Interest, and Government/Organizational Member forums; as well as World Standards Day Hill Outreach function. Read More

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SPE Polyolefins Conference to discuss polypropylene innovations.

February 25, 2011

Advances in polypropylene polymerization technology and resin development will be topic of plenary address by Dr. Michel Daumerie of Borealis Polyolefine GmbH at SPE 23rd International Polyolefins Conference. Titled "Value Added Innovation in PP: Satisfying Long Term Need," presentation will outline company's Borstar® polymerization process; 5 PP product groups; developing packaging solutions with polypropylene; and developing ways to advance sustainability in short-lived polymer applications. Read More

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March ANSI Caucus to feature guest speaker Julia Jester, Ph.D.

February 25, 2011

Scheduled for March 4, 2011, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature guest speaker Julia Jester, Ph.D., staff director of the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Dr. Jester will discuss issues relating to standards, technology, competitiveness, and innovation. Prior to joining the subcommittee, Dr. Jester spent 6 years on the personal staff of Congressman Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) focusing on science and energy policy issues. Read More

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Registration is Open for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011.

February 24, 2011

Registration and housing are open for September 26-28 PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, which will feature near 600,000 ft² of exhibit space and is projected to bring in 1,200+ exhibitors and 25,000 attendees. Those present will be able to see technology in action, meet with suppliers, and engage experts in conversations. Also, 5 pavilions - Pharmaceutical, Processing Zone, Confectionery, Reusable Packaging, and Brand Zone - will provide hubs for processing and packaging solutions providers. Read More