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GDP Witnesses Growth in second quarter of 2010.

August 6, 2010

According to U.S. Commerce Department's July 30 gross domestic product (GDP) report, nonresidential fixed investment increased 17% in second quarter of 2010 following revised 7.8% increase in first quarter. Fixed investment in nonresidential structures increased 5.2%, while fixed investment in nonresidential equipment and software went up 21.9%. Also on the rise were total exports (10.3%) and imports (28.8%), personal consumption expenditures (1.6%), and gross domestic purchases (5.1%). Read More

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Robot Sales in North America jump 40% in first half of 2010.

August 5, 2010

According to figures released by Robotic Industries Association, a total of 6,316 robots valued at $411.4 million were ordered by North American companies through June, a rise of 40% in dollars over same period in 2009. When orders to companies outside of North America are included, sales increased to 54% in units and 62% in dollars. Among leading robot applications, arc welding showed a 52% gain in units, followed very closely by material handling, up 51%. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members in July.

August 5, 2010

In July 2010, ANSI welcomed Entech Solar; IAR Accreditation Services, LLC; Lafarge NA Cement; Leotek Electronics USA Corp; Mark Kolokotrones; and OASIS. These organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. This diverse constituency works together to develop, implement, and promulgate voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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FABTECH Keynotes will help manufacturers better compete.

August 5, 2010

Cosponsored by AWS, FMA, SME, PMA, and CCAI, FABTECH 2010 will take place from Nov 2-4 and will include 2 keynote presentations that will provide manufacturers with knowledge they can use to enhance their businesses. "Diversify Your Business or Die" will focus on importance of diversification in today's manufacturing environment, while "Make Green by Going Green" discussion will review how manufacturers can gain a competitive advantage through sustainable practices. Read More

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Hawaii Representatives honored as BIO Legislators of the Year.

August 5, 2010

BIO has selected Hawaii State Representatives Calvin Say and Clift Tsuji as BIO Co-Legislators of the Year in recognition of their leadership and support of the agricultural bioscience industry. Both have demonstrated support for agricultural biotechnology as a means of creating a more abundant and reliable food supply by increasing crop yields, enhancing resistance to pests and diseases, and enabling farmers to grow crops in more environmentally sustainable way. Read More

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Task Force seeks comments on cybersecurity challenges.

August 5, 2010

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

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Media Registration for BIO Investor Forum available online.

August 5, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 5-6, 9th Annual BIO Investor Forum will address investment trends and opportunities in life-sciences with focus on public and venture-stage growth companies. Event will feature more than 140 private and emerging company presentations, including Discovery Track designed for early-stage private company presentations. Program will also include candid therapeutic and business panels highlighting topics such as epigenetics, CNS and orphan diseases, and state of venture capital. Read More

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IPC Conference focuses on electronics reliability, sustainability.

August 4, 2010

Bringing together latest research by industry experts, IPC will host Technical Conference on Electronics Sustainability. It will take place September 28-30 at Electronics Midwest in Rosemont, IL. Range of papers will be presented, addressing topics dealing with tin whiskers, quality and reliability management challenges, and head-on-pillow defect sources. Among others, additional papers will cover use of IPC stencil design rules, tin corrosion in QFN packages, and how to mitigate it. Read More

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Workshop Report focuses on nanomedicine terminology, standards.

August 4, 2010

Available now, 25-page report on nanomedicine terminology and standards details presentations and breakout discussion groups of workshop co-sponsored by Chemical Heritage Foundation and ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 229, Nanotechnologies. It notes important takeaways, including demonstrations of ambiguity of terminology, identification of stakeholders and their needs, as well as highlighted aspects of medicine being impacted by nanotechnology. Read More

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Alumna of NREL's Teaching Program honored by White House.

August 4, 2010

Kristen Record, a high school physics teacher who spent 3 summers studying hydrogen fuel cells at U.S. DOE NREL has been named one of the math and science teachers of the year by White House panel. Record worked with NREL Research Fellow John Turner investigating conductivity of acid membranes for use in PEM fuel cells her first 2 years. During her third summer, she built a test station that allowed her to synthesize combinations of metal oxides for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. Read More

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Minneapolis Listening Session supports Great Outdoors Initiative.

August 4, 2010

To be held August 4, top Obama Administration officials will hold listening session in Minneapolis on President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to hear public's ideas for building 21st century conservation and recreation agenda. Administration officials, prior to listening session, will hold roundtable with tribal leaders in Shakopee. They will also meet with Minnesota youth from Wilderness Inquire Urban Canoe Program and hold press conference on Harriet Island. Read More

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AIA Recommends Steps for continued leadership in space.

August 4, 2010

Responding to concerns over challenges facing U.S. space workforce and industrial base, AIA strongly urges Congress and administration to work together to ensure U.S. global leadership, competitiveness, and innovation in space. Association also recommends establishing long-term national space strategy that factors in civil, national security, and commercial interests; enacting stable and robust budgets and funding; and supporting policies that maintain healthy space industrial base. Read More

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Roundtable Discussion discusses conformity assessment in China.

August 4, 2010

To address concerns relating to conformity assessment for products and services entering Chinese market due to increased U.S. export, China Conformity Assessment Project held its first roundtable meeting on July 9, 2010 in Beijing. Attendees discussed how to help companies obtain more reliable information and earlier warning about changes to China Compulsory Certification (CCC) program as well as how to help verify if products are subject to program or qualified for exemptions/waivers. Read More

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Comments Sought on field of technical activity on HR management.

August 4, 2010

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), member of ANSI, submitted proposal to ANSI for new field of technical activity for ISO on human resource (HR) management. Proposed activity would offer broad, coordinated guidance to HR practitioners and harmonize disparate practices for benefit of organizations and their employees. ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by August 20, 2010. Read More

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NEMA's North American Confidence Index slid in July.

August 4, 2010

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current conditions declined nearly 7 points in July, falling to 63.5 from 70.4 one month earlier. While indes reading implies economic environment faced by electrical equipment manufacturers continued to improve on balance in July, fewer panelists reported improvement than those last several months. Also, EBCI for future North American conditions dropped 12.7 points to 57.7 in July, its second drop in as many months. Read More

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Standard addresses testing of satellite positioning devices.

August 3, 2010

ASABE announced publication of international standard that provides procedure for evaluating and reporting accuracy of navigation data determined using positioning devices that are based on GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, or similar global navigation satellite systems. Because satellite positioning devices have become more common in agricultural applications, ISO 12188 focuses on performance of positioning devices while they are subject to motions typical of ground-based agricultural field operations. Read More

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EPRI Report measures consumers' interest in electric vehicles.

August 3, 2010

According to report from EPRI, 95% of people surveyed in Southern California say they would prefer to charge their electric vehicle at home, and 62% say they have a 3-prong, 120 V outlet that fulfills basic requirement for home charging. For 240 V charging, about 83% report having 240 V service in their residence, but may require an additional outlet closer to vehicle. About 75% said would pay a 33% premium over slower, at-home rate to fast charge at public facility. Read More

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TIA and SEMA create Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas.

August 3, 2010

Global Tire Expo by TIA, taking place as part of 2010 SEMA Show, will be held Tuesday-Friday, November 2-5, at Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 135 educational seminars will be available, including 70 sessions that address general business and management issues and 4 educational session tracks being held by TIA. Over 26% of buyers at 2009 SEMA Show sought tires and related equipment, so event will serve as convenient stop for 50,000-plus buyers that attend SEMA Show yearly. Read More

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Landmark ADA of 1990 is honored, revised 20 years later.

August 3, 2010

Signed into law on July 26, 1990, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures equal access and opportunity for people with disabilities. Institute continues, two decades later, to advocate accessibility as essential building safety component and lists accessibility among requirements of high-performance buildings. On July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed regulations revising Department of Justice's Title II and III ADA requirements. Revisions go into effect in 6 months. Read More

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David Cummings to present keynote at ISA Automation Week.

August 3, 2010

ISA announced that process safety expert David Cummings, Global Process Safety Management Competency Leader for DuPont Safety, Health, and Environment, will deliver keynote address on Oct 6 at ISA Automation Week 2010. His presentation will explore key elements required to implement and maintain a consistent and highly reliable program to prevent process incidents, including risk management systems, safety culture, operational discipline, and organization learning. Read More