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NIST announces funding for 9 research projects.

December 17, 2010

NIST announced total of more than $22 million in funding for 9 research projects targeting innovative manufacturing technologies in fields ranging from biopharmaceuticals and electronics to renewable energy sources and energy storage. Funded by NIST's Technology Innovation Program, awards will be matched by other funding sources and are expected to result in an estimated $46 million in new advanced manufacturing research over next 3 years. Read More

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DOT's Aviation Child Safety Points are not adequate to NTSB.

December 17, 2010

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said federal advisory panel recommendations dealing with child safety in aviation are a step in the right direction but do not go far enough. "We appreciate the FAAC acknowledging the dangers associated with children flying on their parents' laps," Hersman stated, "but we would have preferred to see the FAA be mandated to require that every person including our youngest children be restrained appropriately for their age and size." Read More

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NASA partners with Colorado in technology initiative.

December 16, 2010

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. participated in Space Act Agreement signing ceremony at Colorado State Capitol Building to promote commercialization of technology developed for space program. NASA's agreement with CAMT created a Technology Acceleration Program and Regional Innovation Cluster for Aerospace and Clean Energy. Manufacturing park focused on rapid new product development and production will be developed to assist growing Colorado businesses. Read More

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Aviation Industry recognized for climate change contributions.

December 16, 2010

At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th Conference of the Parties, international aviation industry was recognized for its commitment to address climate change. Aviation industry has committed to 1.5% per year fuel efficiency gains annually, carbon neutral growth from 2020, and halving aviation's net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005. While succession agreement to Kyoto protocol was not signed, states made progress needed to finish UNFCCC's work next year. Read More

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Senate Bill provides much-needed incentives to grow economy.

December 16, 2010

NAM EVP Jay Timmons issued statement on Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. According to Timmons, manufacturers strongly support extending this critical tax relief to all Americans and encourage Senate to move forward with legislation. Congressional Budget Office estimates that fully extending all 2001/2003 individual tax rates would add between 600,000 and 1.4 million jobs in 2011 and between 900,000 and 2.7 million jobs in 2012. Read More

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ANSI meets with CNCA to address conformity assessment.

December 16, 2010

A delegation from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China, led by CNCA deputy chief engineer Liu Weijun, met with members and staff of ANSI for an exchange on conformity assessment developments in the U.S. and China. Meeting participants discussed progress made under the ANSI/CNCA MOU and potential future areas of cooperation. A chief topic of discussion was the addition of new conformity assessment information on StandardsPortal located at www.standardsportal.org. Read More

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NESCC Meeting Explores nuclear commercialization standards.

December 16, 2010

Meeting of Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC) on November 22, 2010 focused on standards required to jumpstart widespread commercialization of U.S. nuclear industry. NESCC seeks to identify standards needed for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants as well as other nuclear technologies. Meeting drew 46 individuals across industry, government, and standards developing organizations. Read More

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Cooperative Agreement Reached between IEC, ILAC, and IAF.

December 16, 2010

Signed in China, tripartite MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between IEC, ILAC, and IAF will help reduce cost, time, and complexity for reassessment of certification bodies and testing laboratories accredited by IAF and ILAC Member Accreditation Bodies. Singular reassessment, as opposed to 3, will now suffice and be accepted by all bodies. Successful pilot program has already been put into place to test this approach, along with dedicated website to implement tripartite Agreement. Read More

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Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act applauded by ASHRAE.

December 16, 2010

President Obama, on December 14, signed Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act, which was supported by over 33 leading organizations involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings. This legislation will help provide federal workers with necessary training to construct and maintain environmentally sound buildings. ASHRAE president Lynn G. Bellenger applauded the accomplishment represented by this signing. Read More

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Admiral Thad Allen to headline AWMA conference/exhibition.

December 16, 2010

Admiral Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard (Retired) and National Incident Commander of the Unified Command response to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, will offer keynote presentation at 104th Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will take place in Orlando, FL from June 21-24, 2011. AWMA Executive Director Mike Kelly said Allen's experiences and comments will enrich understanding of other presentations in Technical Program related to lessons of spill. Read More

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NAM Urges House to boost economic recovery, job growth.

December 16, 2010

Regarding Senate passage of Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons said "Manufacturers commend the Senate for its strong bipartisan vote." He also described incentives, including R/D credit extension and 100% expensing, as much-needed and claimed they will "boost the prospects for economic recovery and job growth in 2011." Timmons went on to urge House to quickly pass this bill without any amendments. Read More

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High Speed Ethernet-Remote I/O specification is ready for review.

December 15, 2010

FOUNDATION(TM) High Speed Ethernet Remote I/O (HSE-RIO) preliminary specification is available to members for review. Specifically, it defines interoperable gateway (smart RTU) to bring control I/O - analog and discrete - back to plant automation systems over international standard, high-speed network. Dave Glanzer, Fieldbus Foundation Director of Technology Development, noted that "End users will realize CAPEX and OPEX benefits from suppliers incorporating remote I/O technology." Read More

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Hydrogen Powered Bus gives lab visitors glimpse of the future.

December 15, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy funded leases for 12 H2ICE hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine shuttle buses, which are being placed at federal facilities across the country to demonstrate market-ready advanced technology vehicles. NREL was first facility to receive one of the buses, which it currently uses for tours of its Golden, CO campus. Manufactured by Ford, bus utilizes hydrogen fuel created at NREL's Wind to Hydrogen Project and can run 175-250 miles before refueling. Read More

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ANSI addresses federal agency involvement in standardization.

December 15, 2010

Federal Register notice issued by NIST, on behalf of NSTC Sub-Committee on Standards, invites interested parties to provide perspectives on effectiveness of federal agency participation in development and implementation of standards and conformity assessment activities. Sub-Committee seeks to develop information on how Federal agencies may engage more effectively in U.S. standardization system in manner that is consistent with National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995. Read More

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NEMA Export Initiatives recognized by Department of Commerce.

December 15, 2010

NEMA was selected to support Department of Commerce event, Partnering to Double Exports, which focused on National Export Initiative to double exports in 5 yr. Hosted by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Gary Locke, event also focused on Market Development Cooperator Program and included Nicole Lamb-Hale as moderator of presentations by 3 organizations that detailed their programs. NEMA's Gene Eckhart covered agency's projects over past decade which aim to boost exports of members. Read More

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Nicole Lamb-Hale delivers welcome address at ANSI meeting.

December 15, 2010

As guest speaker at December 2 meeting of ANSI Board of Directors, Nicole Lamb-Hale spoke about International Trade Administration (ITA) efforts to create US job growth through expansion of exports. She also highlighted ways by which ANSI and its members can help strengthen competitive position of US industry abroad. Art Cote, chairman of ANSI Board of Directors, said that Lamb-Hale's insightful remarks underscored importance of standardization community's efforts. Read More

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NEMA revises magnet wire standard publication.

December 15, 2010

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2008 Revision 2-2010 Magnet Wire, which adds solderability requirements for specifications MW 28-C, MW 82-C, and MW 83-C that use IEC multiplier approach for determining solder bath immersion times. Refrigerant Extraction Test has been updated to reference table of properties for selected alternative refrigerants to R22. Produced by NEMA's Magnet Wire Section, standard offers general requirements, product specifications, and test procedures for magnet wire. Read More

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Lyman Award honors Douglas Barrie for aviation journalism.

December 15, 2010

Douglas Barrie has been selected to receive 2010 Lauren D. Lyman Award. Building on over 2 decades of experience at publications covering aerospace industry, Barrie joined International Institute for Strategic Studies in London this year as senior fellow. During his career as a journalist, Barrie has become a recognized authority on Chinese and Russian airpower and guided weapons. Barrie will receive the award during AIA's 46th annual Year-End Review and Forecast luncheon December 15. Read More

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ELFA supports investment incentives in year-end tax bill.

December 15, 2010

According to statement made by William G. Sutton, ELFA CAE, President, and CEO, ELFA commends inclusion of the full 100% expensing for qualified capital investments, including investments in plants and equipment, for 2011 and 50% deduction for 2012 as key component of year-end tax package between the President and congressional negotiators. In addition, ELFA applauds extension of the international tax provision for active financial services income for 2 years through December 31, 2011. Read More

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ASTM Skin Effects Standard aids consumer product evaluation.

December 14, 2010

Offered as methods for evaluation of potential irritant effects to skin as well as safety assessment of consumer products, standard ASTM F2808 can be used to test inherent chemical irritation potential of material as well as effects of mechanical irritation to skin. Standard was developed by Subcommittee F04.16 on Biocompatibility Test Methods. Standard allows 2 products to be simultaneously tested on same participant and tests are capable of providing pertinent results on various material types. Read More