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NREL seeks computer models to help develop car batteries.

August 25, 2010

U.S. DoE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking proposals to create computer models to help build and improve electric drive vehicle (EDV) batteries. Request for proposals for Development of Computer Aided Design Tools for Automotive Batteries, and related documents, are available online. Proposals are due September 14, 2010, and award amount that companies can apply for is up to $7.5 million with 50% cost share, for total amount up to $15 million over 3 yr. Read More

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Anti-Counterfeiting Conference addresses cross-sector concerns.

August 25, 2010

Registration is open for Crossing Borders and Sectors: Exploring Robust Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions. Held September 22 in Arlington, VA as part of World Standards Week (WSW) 2010 series of events, conference will define and address need for standards and conformance programs that can help fight counterfeiting across industries, market sectors, and national borders. Interactive discussions will foster collaborative input towards final deliverable action guide for anti-counterfeiting. Read More

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ANSI issues 2 accreditations under ANSI-CAP.

August 25, 2010

ANSI has announced that National Apartment Association Education Institute and The National Graduate School of Quality Management have been accredited under Institute's pilot Certification Accreditation Program. Launched in 2009, ANSI-CAP provides neutral, third-party accreditation that a given certificate program meets ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, an American National Standard developed by ASTM International. Read More

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USGBC to contribute columns to Green Manufacturer.

August 25, 2010

Green Manufacturer magazine has announced that U.S. Green Building Council will contribute 4 columns in 2011 on LEEDĀ® Certification, which will appear in Jan/Feb, May/June, July/August, and Nov/Dec issues. Green Manufacturer is a bimonthly magazine delivered to 75,000 manufacturing professionals. It covers process applications, products, and opportunities that manufacturers need to know about in order to run an effective green operation. Read More

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NTSB to hold fishing vessel safety forum in October.

August 24, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 13, 2010, forum on fishing vessel safety will identify safety issues in the commercial fishing industry - from both industry and government perspectives - and identify strategies for preventing accidents and reducing injuries and fatalities. Some panel topics will include vessel-related issues impacting safety, fisheries management practices, lifesaving equipment, training of crew members, and perspective of fishermen on safety. Read More

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ASABE revises standard for loads in agricultural buildings.

August 24, 2010

ASAE EP378.4, Floor and Suspended Loads on Agricultural Structures Due to Use, includes recommended design loads resulting from livestock, suspended cage poultry, vehicles, and manure stored on floor. Revised document incorporates proper use of SI units, updates references, has adjustments for vehicle loads, and is aligned with other load standards. Read More

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AAMA to offer FenestrationMasters(TM) training demonstrations.

August 24, 2010

During GlassBuild America show, AAMA will demonstrate FenestrationMasters(TM) program, which is designed for professionals in window, door, skylight, curtain wall, storefront, and sloped glazing industries. To gain AAMA FenestrationMasters professional certification, coursework is accessed through MyWindowClass.com, which is owned by National Glass Association. Online education format covers performance standards, product and material types, and code requirements. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices inch lower in July.

August 24, 2010

Although prices for construction materials and supplies were 4.5% higher in July 2010 than July 2009, prices inched 0.2% lower on a monthly basis, according to August 17 producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department. While economy-wide deflation remains unlikely, elements of U.S. economy will experience lack of pricing power, which will translate into falling prices. Items associated with residential construction have been impacted the strongest due to expiring tax credits. Read More

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BIO Praises Public Health Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Review.

August 24, 2010

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood released statement on Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Review released yesterday by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In his statement, Greenwood expressed pleasure "that the Administration is highlighting this critical component of national security." He went on to say that it "is an important first step in focusing on the key issue of the development and procurement of medical countermeasures." Read More

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Arizona DOT Director supports rest area commercialization.

August 24, 2010

In a Two Minute State DOT Update video, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski explains why he is among a growing number of state officials seeking to amend a 1956 federal law that bans the commercialization of public rest areas. He says law does not give states flexibility needed to adequately fund rest areas. In 2009, Arizona closed 13 rest areas due to budget cuts and substantial costs associated with emergency snow removal following harsh winter storms. Read More

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FAA IASA Program gives Nigeria Category 1 safety rating.

August 24, 2010

U.S. DoT's FAA announces Nigeria's Category 1 rating under FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. This rating, based on results of July FAA review of Nigeria's civil aviation authority, means Nigerian air carriers may now apply to operate to U.S. with their own aircraft. Civil aviation authority meets international standards for technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping, and inspection procedures. Read More

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FAA creates Center of Excellence for space transportation.

August 24, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, announced that FAA has selected New Mexico State University to lead Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. Research and development efforts will include 4 major areas: space launch operations and traffic management; launch vehicle systems, payloads, technologies, and operations; commercial human space flight; and space commerce, including space law, space insurance, space policy, and space regulation. Read More

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Blind Driver Challenge receives achievement award.

August 23, 2010

NFB's Blind Driver Challenge, an innovative effort to create a non-visual interface that empowers blind person to operate an automobile, received 2010 Application of the Year Award at National Instruments Graphical System Design Achievement Awards ceremony. Students and researchers at Virginia Tech, using NI technology, developed semi-autonomous vehicle that allows blind driver to navigate, control speed, and avoid collision while traversing closed driving course. Read More

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Huntsville Engineering Office opens for DoD, NASA projects.

August 23, 2010

While based in Birmingham, AL, Southern Research Institute will open new office at 4910 Corporate Drive in Huntsville, AL to support Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA programs. This not-for-profit scientific research organization's new accommodations will serve as center for business development activities in Huntsville market. Registered to ISO 9001, Engineering Division has supported both NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center and US Army at Redstone for 40+ years. Read More

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Approved Procedures aid testing of EHR-compatible IT systems.

August 23, 2010

To foster effective, meaningful transition to digital age for health care industry, NIST published set of approved procedures for testing information technology systems that work with electronic health records (EHRs). Testing organizations authorized by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator can use these tools to evaluate EHR software and systems that vendors would like to sell to doctors' offices, hospitals, and other health care providers. Read More

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FMA Foundation awards manufacturing scholarships to 9 students.

August 23, 2010

Nine students seeking careers in manufacturing earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from Nuts, Bolts, and ThingamajigsĀ®, The Foundation of FMA. Winners included John Bennett, Thomas Brown, Guy Chan, Christopher Ditalia, Joe Dobie, Earley Cody Hill, Ryan Melville, Christopher Norman, and Lance Poeppelman. Half of this year's winners are over 40 and are going back to school to acquire skills that will help them be more competitive in manufacturing market. Read More

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Additional Presentation at BSA Meeting to highlight CommerceHub.

August 23, 2010

Members of BSA Information Technology and Supply Chain Committee will hear from Joe Remes, VP of Industrial Distribution at CommerceHub, at 2010 Fall Meeting, which will be held September 26-28. As third party integrator, CommerceHub helps companies electronically connect their suppliers. This enables distributors to send/receive various electronic documents, and resulting efficiencies lead to cost savings, increases in customer satisfaction and communications, and increased sales. Read More

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Export Assistance Programs provide manufacturing support.

August 23, 2010

NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), along with U.S. Commercial Service and local MEP and export assistance centers, works with U.S. manufacturers to increase their exports. MEP has completed 28 ExporTech projects in 18 states and has begun to offer other versions of their training program. New incarnations include condensed as well as industry- and market-specific models. Also, MEP has begun to sponsor ExporTechs in target countries so attendees have access to local resources. Read More

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Textiles Conference to be held January 2011 in Mumbai, India.

August 23, 2010

Together with Atlas Material Testing Solutions and DyStar, ASTM International will hold one-day conference, Textiles - Light and Weatherfastness, on January 21 in Mumbai, India. Topics were chosen because based on growing need for technical and high performance textiles. In addition to hearing from diverse conference speakers, attendees will learn about various aspects of cutting edge issues as well as benefit from information exchange. Read More

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ASTM Manual addresses statistical and quality control methods.

August 23, 2010

The 8th edition of the ASTM International Manual on Presentation of Data and Control Chart Analysis includes latest information on statistical and quality control methods, as well as recommendations for their application in various types of engineering work. Manual covers 3 general objectives in gathering engineering data, which include physical constants and frequency distributions, relationship between 2 or more variables, and causes of observed phenomena. Read More