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North American Robot Orders increase 34% over 9 months in 2010.

November 4, 2010

Statistics released by RIA show that 9,628 robots valued at $618.4 million were ordered through September by North American manufacturing companies, representing 34% gain in units over same period in 2009. Orders placed by non-automotive customers jumped 53%, with largest growth in semiconductor/electronics/photonics, while orders to automotive-related customers rose 18%. RIA estimates that over 200,000 robots are now at work in U.S. factories, while over one million are being used worldwide. Read More

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Joyce Chiu achieves CPIP(TM) certification.

November 4, 2010

ISPE announced that Joyce Chiu has achieved Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional(TM) credential by ISPE Professional Certification Commission, an independent governing board within ISPE. A member of ISPE since 2007, Chiu has over 20 years experience in technical fields related to chemistry and chemical engineering, including 6 years in life sciences industry. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Babson College. Read More

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North American Robot Orders up 34% in first 9 months of 2010.

November 4, 2010

According to statistics released by RIA, a total of 9,628 robots valued at $618.4 million were ordered through September by North American manufacturing companies. This represents a gain of 34% in units and 45% in dollars over same period in 2009. Companies outside of North America ordered another 1,778 robots valued at $102.6 million from North American-based robotics companies during the period, a gain of 143% in units and 168% in dollars over first 9 months of 2009. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today addresses information technology.

November 4, 2010

Fourth Quarter issue of Welding and Gases Today features article from Tina Estes, a member of GAWDA's Management Information Committee and manager of Information systems for Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative. Titled "Finding the Right IT Solution," article focuses on how information technology is a critical business resource. It poses a few basic questions to readers and offers 5 strategies for picking the perfect IT solution. Read More

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Independent Panels to review data used for FEMA flood maps.

November 4, 2010

FEMA is using independent, third party process to aid in review and resolution of conflicting data related to Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Scientific Resolution Panels will serve as independent scientific bodies to resolve issues when conflicting technical data is presented. Contracted by FEMA, National Institute of Building Sciences will convene SRP by developing pre-qualified list of technical experts whose backgrounds cover fields of surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and coastal engineering. Read More

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ANSI announces ISO Social Responsibility Standard.

November 4, 2010

ISO 26000, Guidance on Social Responsibility, is designed to assist public and private organizations in contributing to sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and methods of evaluation. It integrates international expertise, detailing what social responsibility means, what issues organizations need to address to operate in socially responsible manner, and what best practices are for effectively implementing SR. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members.

November 4, 2010

In October 2010, ANSI welcomed ComplianceSigns; Contreras Legal Strategy, LLC; Gartner Inc; Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority; Hardin Optical; Homewerks Worldwide, LLC; Ironwood Pharmaceuticals; OptiComp Corporation; The Hartford; and World Institute of Pain. These organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals that work together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace. Read More

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Registered Fieldbus Devices implement field diagnostics protocol.

November 4, 2010

Fieldbus Foundation has announced field indicator from Yokogawa and thermal mass flowmeter from FCI are first to incorporate field diagnostics technology based on FOUNDATION fieldbus Diagnostics Profile Specification FF-912. Diagnostic profile includes standard and open interface for reporting all device alarm conditions, and provides means of categorizing alerts by severity. Devices submitted for field diagnostics registration must pass Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) test cases. Read More

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The MHEDA Journal spotlights Cross Brothers Company.

November 4, 2010

Fourth Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal spotlights Cross Brothers Company, an engineered systems equipment distributor in Rochester, NY, which has been in business since 1845. Company started out as seller of leather products, but now makes power transmission equipment along with Hytrol conveyor equipment. President Tom Pavone met with MHEDA Director Scott Lee to discuss topics such as strategic planning, employee retention, company goals, and rebounding from down economy. Read More

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NIST and NTIA seek partners for communications demo network.

November 4, 2010

ANSI is informing its members and constituents that NIST and NTIA are seeking partner telecommunications companies to help create demonstration broadband communications network for nation's emergency services agencies. Supporting video, geospatial information systems, and GPS applications, wireless system will provide common site for manufacturers, carriers, and public safety agencies to test and evaluate broadband communications equipment and software for emergency first responders. Read More

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ASHRAE and IES collaborate on residential energy standard.

November 4, 2010

ASHRAE and Illuminating Engineering Society are working together to strengthen requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.2, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings. ASHRAE's Board of Directors recommends that it be 30% more efficient than 2004 version. Standard would target home builders and code officials in an easy-to-understand format that is simple to use. Committee plans public review later this year to determine whether proposed changes are meeting needs of audience. Read More

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Revised Building Energy Standard acheives more than 20% energy savings.

November 4, 2010

By following guidance in 2010 energy standard from ASHRAE and IES, more than 20% energy reduction can be achieved over savings in 2004 standard. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, contains 109 addenda approved since 2007 standard was published. It is written in mandatory code language and offers code bodies opportunity to make significant improvement in energy efficiency of new buildings, additions, and major renovations. Read More

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NREL conducts algae research for renewable fuel production.

November 4, 2010

NREL has accumulated almost 400 different algal strains for biofuels research, according to Al Darzins, following Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and $800 million in new research on biofuels in American Recovery and Renewal Act. Agency is using IR light to sort out best oil-producing algae, which is non-destructive to cells and may have applications in crop protection. NREL is also working with Algenol, who have unique technology using algae to convert CO2 directly to ethanol. Read More

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Experts needed to review FEMA flood maps.

November 4, 2010

NIBS is seeking qualified scientific and technical professionals to serve on Scientific Resolution Panels to resolve conflicting data to be incorporated into FEMA revised flood maps. Interested professionals must have expertise in riverine, lacustrine, coastal flood hazard, surveying, topographic information, hydrologic analysis, hydraulic analysis, coastal analysis, or other experience applicable to development of flood elevations and flood insurance rate maps. Read More

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Martinovich and Steudle elected to lead AASHTO in 2011.

November 4, 2010

Susan Martinovich, P.E., Director, Nevada DOT was elected President of AASHTO, and Kirk T. Steudle P.E., director of Michigan DOT was elected Vice President. As AASHTO President, Martinovich will advocate for enactment of well-funded, multi-year, and flexible federal surface transportation program. Part of MDOT since 1987, Steudle currently chairs AASHTO Standing Committee on Performance Management and Subcommittee on Asset Management, and also serves on Executive Committee. Read More

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Hydrogen Student Design Contest to include 54 teams.

November 4, 2010

Team registration for "Residential Fueling with Hydrogen" contest closed, leaving 54 teams from 19 countries and 5 continents. Contest will include 10 teams from top 50 engineering schools in the world, 7 teams from top 20 engineering schools in U.S., 2008 and 2010 Grand Prize Winner Missouri University of Science and Technology, and various universities from prior contests. Honda, a leading developer of home hydrogen refueling technologies, has also joined contest as sponsoring organization. Read More

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Third Quarter Workholding Shipments up 7.1% from second quarter.

November 4, 2010

At $58.3 million for third quarter 2010, shipments of workholding equipment were up 47.1% from third quarter 2009 according to Advanced Workholding Technology Group of AMT. Workholding equipment shipments within U.S. by 38 companies participating in statistical report totaled $48.6 million while exports amounted to 9.7 million. Report from AWT also shows that domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 5.2% and U.S. exports increased 16.8% from second quarter 2010. Read More

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PMI hosts fall meeting, Taking Charge of Change.

November 3, 2010

During PMI Fall Meeting, Lane Wallace, pilot, author, and adventurer delivered opening keynote entitled "Taking Charge: Strength Through Adversity." Presentation was followed by Suzanne Fisher of Pratt Industries, who spoke on issue of sustainability in packaging. Larry Muller of Chase Brass and Copper Company gave lesson in basics of dezincification, and Chris Di Iorio and Ian McGaw of CADworks offered demonstration of Building Information Modeling software. Read More

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Survey of Biotech Innovators reveals positive impact of Therapeutic Discovery Project.

November 1, 2010

According to findings released by BIO, Biotech innovators say Therapeutic Discovery Project (TDP) will positively impact advance of life-saving therapies and cures for patients as well as US biotechnology competitiveness. CEOs of eligible biotech companies also say program increases likelihood that they will keep their operations in US. As BIO president and CEO, Jim Greenwood said that he hopes Congress "will consider extending and expanding this program to support American innovation." Read More

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Government Trade Official to direct NAM international policy.

November 1, 2010

US government trade expert Stephen P. Jacobs will join NAM on November 1 as senior director for international business policy. In addition to overseeing NAM's investment, international standards, and international intellectual property protection advocacy, his responsibilities will include looking after NAM's interests in Western Hemisphere and European commercial affairs. He will also assist NAM members in formulating approaches to solving specific trade or investment problems. Read More