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NAM supports extended bonus depreciation.

September 21, 2010

Dorothy Coleman, NAM Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued statement supporting extended bonus depreciation and enhanced expensing in Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, which passed Senate by vote of 61-38. According to Coleman, these critical tax incentives will stimulate business investments in machinery and equipment and enable manufacturers of all sizes to contribute to economic recovery and job growth. Read More

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BIO Initiative aims to improve US science education.

September 21, 2010

Launched in communities this fall in 10 states, Scientists in the Classroom initiative will train and deploy scientists from 40 companies to collaborate with teachers and students on laboratory projects in high schools. Interactive web portal will match scientists and teachers from around nation and facilitate exchange of classroom content. Also, monthly interactive webcasts will feature scientists as expert commentators and information providers. Read More

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Deadline for NHA Conference Papers extended to September 26.

September 21, 2010

To ensure receipt of quality submissions, NHA has extended their deadline for papers for NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo until 11:59 pm ET on September 26, 2010. Those interested, by submitting 500-word abstract, have the chance to share their work with key industry stakeholders, government officials, and decision-makers in hydrogen and fuel cell R/D during this annual event, which offers 3 days of presentations, demonstrations, exhibits, awards, and networking opportunities. Read More

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Memorandum of Understanding Announced between OPC, MTConnect.

September 21, 2010

OPC Foundation and MTConnect® Institute have announced joint Memorandum of Understanding under which both will cooperate in developing standards called MTConnectOpcUa. These standards will offer companion specifications to ensure interoperability and consistency between MTConnect specifications and OPC specifications as well as manufacturing technology equipment, devices, software, or other products that implement those standards. Read More

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RIA makes webinars available for purchase.

September 20, 2010

Packaged as "RIA Double Takes," webinars are recordings from 2009 through June 2010 and can be purchased from RIA's online store. While not every webinar is available, there are over 23 covering variety of topics such as media blasting for architectural restoration, Spanish language training in the workplace, winning government contracts, discrimination in the workplace, mold clean up recommendations, business etiquette, and hard floor maintenance. Read More

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RIA Fall Conference will focus on science of restoration.

September 20, 2010

Focusing on building science and its relationship to restoration and reconstruction, RIA Fall Conference will be held October 5-8 in New Mexico. Session topics will address evaluating building materials for restorability, value of builder/damage repair contractor collaborations, as well as damage evaluation and restoration of non-conditioned spaces. Also, post-conference workshop will review how to analyze 5 stages of critical incident management path in addition to incident life cycle. Read More

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Show Within a Show features construction-focused technology.

September 20, 2010

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 (March 22-26 in Las Vegas, NV) will feature IT and Business Solutions Pavilion, which will concentrate on construction-focused technology and business services providers. Sponsored by AGC, Pavilion offers attendees environment for business discussions and product demonstrations. Areas of featured solutions and products will include technology and BIM, building products and systems, green and sustainable, and business/industry practices. Read More

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NIST finalizes initial Smart Grid Cyber Security guidelines.

September 20, 2010

NIST's first Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security include high-level security requirements, framework for assessing risks, evaluation of privacy issues at personal residences, and additional information to help businesses protect modernizing power grid from attacks, malicious code, and cascading errors. Three-volume set of guidelines is intended to facilitate organization-specific Smart Grid cyber security strategies focused on prevention, detection, response, and recovery. Read More

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AIA Disruptive Technologies Report weighs gains vs. losses.

September 20, 2010

According to Disruptive Information Technologies: Leveraging the Benefits, Avoiding the Pitfalls, new information technologies must be harnessed with appropriate standards and procedures to avoid losing classified/proprietary information. Report offers recommendations to help aerospace and defense industry embrace various technologies - cloud computing, social networking, personal mobile devices - and also explains steps AIA can take to help protect crucial information. Read More

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Power Adapters no longer eligible for Energy Star label.

September 20, 2010

As a result of major success in moving external power adapter market towards more sustainable energy efficiency, effective Dec 31, 2010, adapters will no longer be eligible for Energy Star label. Adapters were originally added to Energy Star program in 2005 to address energy waste across variety of products powered by them. Energy use associated with adapters nationally is estimated to be 12 billion kWh less/year than it would have been had their energy performance stayed where it was in 2005. Read More

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Masonry Paper Compilation aids design, construction, repair.

September 17, 2010

Technical publication STP 1512, Masonry, features 12 peer-reviewed papers that address water management and efflorescence, strength and freeze-thaw testing, performance and failure analysis and repairs and more. This research document, available in print and E-book formats, can be used to improve new and old installations, ensuring masonry retains its top performance structurally as well as aesthetically. Read More

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FMA offers 2010 Salary/Wage and Benefit Survey.

September 17, 2010

Available for download at FMA website, 2010 Salary/Wage and Benefit Survey provides data for both salaried and hourly shop floor employees in single-survey tool. Survey details employment practices, benefit packages, salaries, and wages for 132 participating companies. It also reports annual base compensation information for 6,717 employees in 61 applicable industry positions, and includes mean, median, minimum, and maximum ranges for each wage/salary. Read More

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Packaging Workshop will offer diverse presentations by experts.

September 16, 2010

ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging will conduct workshop on packaging on October 12 in San Antonio, TX. Following welcome by Marilyn Baker, multiple presentations will be made. Topics will range from packaging sustainability standards development, child resistant packaging protocol testing, and configuration control of packaging technical data to Boeing packaging best practices and importance of ASTM specifications in military packaging. Read More

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Workshop to Produce IWA on impact-rated vehicle security barriers.

September 16, 2010

Taking place December 2-3, 2010 at British Standards Institution headquarters in London, workshop aims to develop international standard taking into account existing standards and technical documents on vehicle security barriers. International Workshop Agreement (IWA) will be produced after this event as based on discussions at meeting. Specific objectives include discussing existing standards and technical documents on vehicle security barriers as well as agreeing on terminology. Read More

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TIA announces Board Of Directors election results.

September 16, 2010

TIA announced winners of the recent Board of Directors elections. Returning Board members include Ernie Caramanico of Amityville Firestone, Randall Groh of U.S. Oil Co., Tom Wright of Wright Tire Service, and Stu Zurcher of Dealer Strategic Planning, Inc. New board members include Paul Dvorak from American Industrial Tire/American Discount Tire Corp and Dan Rose of Tire Alliance Groupe. Additionally, Chip Huber of Q Fix Truck Service in Louisville, KY was elected to position of Secretary. Read More

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DOC Task Force seeks comments on cybersecurity.

September 16, 2010

ANSI would like to inform all members and constituents that Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force seeks comments on measures to improve cybersecurity while sustaining innovation in Internet economy. In particular, DOC seeks information on current public policy and operational challenges affecting cybersecurity, as those challenges may shape future direction of Internet and its commercial use. Stakeholders are encouraged to contact DOC with comments by deadline of September 20. Read More

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ASHRAE Design Competition gives students hands-on experience.

September 16, 2010

Highlighting engineering practices such as BIM, geothermal and combined cooling, heating, and power, 2010 ASHRAE Student Design Competition featured mock design of Ginsburg Tower at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Students from University of Central Florida won first place in HVAC System Design, while students from Kansas State University won for HVAC System Selection. In Integrated Sustainable Building Design category, students from Lawrence Technological University won first place. Read More

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Partnership to Build biotech workforce of the future.

September 16, 2010

Manufacturing Institute and National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) announced their alliance in jointly developing skilled, educated 21st century biotechnology and pharmaceutical production workforce. Collaboration includes 5-year commitment supporting career and technical education advancements, such as developing community college programs in biotechnology, pharmaceutical production, and medical device manufacturing aligned to industry standards. Read More

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SME announces 2011 election results.

September 16, 2010

SME has elected 6 new members to its Board of Directors and 4 new members to its Member Council for 2011-12 term. All will be installed on November 13, 2010 at SME Fall Board of Directors Meeting. International Directors include Warren R. DeVries, Wayne F. Frost, LaRoux K. Gillespie, Thomas R. Kurfess, Mark L. Michalski, and George E. West Jr. For Member Council, SME elected Timothy D. Bond, Helen Greathouse, Brock T. Strunk, and Robert L. Wolff. Terms officially begin on Jan 1, 2011. Read More

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AAMA hires Southeast Region codes consultant.

September 16, 2010

AAMA has announced that Dwight Wilkes will be working as association's consultant on codes issues pertaining to Southeast Region of U.S. As part of consultant role, Wilkes will utilize existing relationships with key staff and officials in Florida Building Commission, and Southeast Region state and local building and energy code organizations to keep AAMA's members informed about code changes. He will also analyze effects of proposed state code changes to determine impact on industry. Read More