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NAM urges Administration to lift offshore drilling moratorium.

October 7, 2010

According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers are alarmed by comments made by Interior officials indicating that even once formal moratorium is lifted, it will take weeks and months for permits to be issued. Dragging out permitting process will force nation to rely even more on foreign producers and will discourage investment in new projects, stifling job creation. In short term, moratorium could cost 46,200 jobs and more than %2.7 billion in economic activity. Read More

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ASTM creates subcommittee on nano-enabled consumer products.

October 7, 2010

ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology has created subcommittee E56.06 on Nano-Enabled Consumer Products, which will develop scientifically credible standards for identification, evaluation, and assessment of engineered nanomaterials in consumer products. Projects under consideration include standards for measurement and evaluation of silver in textiles and liquids, and standards for assessment of nanosilver exposure potential from use of textile and liquid consumer products. Read More

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Ratification of UK/Australia Treaties welcomed by manufacturers.

October 7, 2010

In his statement, NAM VP of International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo welcomed Senate ratification of Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with UK and Australia as well as both chambers' passage of legislation. "By streamlining the licensing process for manufactured defense goods and technologies between our countries and improving defense cooperation," commented Vargo, "these treaties will improve U.S. national security and global competitiveness." Read More

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EPA Awards Environmental Justice Grants totaling $1.9 million.

October 7, 2010

EPA has awarded $1.9 million in environmental justice grants to 76 non-profit organizations and local governments working on environmental justice issues nationwide. Grantee projects include trainings for local residents to increase recycling, avoiding heat stroke, improving indoor air quality, reducing carbon emissions through weatherization, and green jobs training programs. Current funding is largest amount in 1 yr for environmental justice grants in more than decade. Read More

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Material Handling Blog hits industry highlights.

October 7, 2010

Since The MHEDA Journal's quarterly publishing schedule leaves time in between issues for breaking material handling news and industry stories to pop up, The MHEDA Journal Editor's Blog provides online destination that is updated several times a week. Blog covers topics such as economic recovery reports, effects of social networking, breaking news about mergers and acquisitions that impact industry, and expert input from MHEDA members, as well as less-than-critical material handling stories. Read More

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Residential Fire Study Education Kit available from NIST.

October 7, 2010

Prepared by researchers from NIST and International Association of Fire Fighters, Report on Residential Fireground Field Experiments quantifies effects of crew sizes and arrival times on fire service's lifesaving and firefighting operations for residential fires. Educational toolkit, providing policymakers with quantitative and qualitative understanding of research, contains report, brochure of executive summary, DVD, fact sheets, time-to-task results, and results on effects. Read More

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NIST names 15 to Smart Grid Advisory Committee.

October 7, 2010

NIST has named 15 leaders from cross section of U.S. industry, academia, trade, and professional organizations to serve on Smart Grid Advisory Committee, which will advise NIST Director Pat Gallagher on direction of NIST's Smart Grid-related programs and activities. Under Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, NIST leads nationwide effort to expedite development of consensus interoperability standards that enable two-way flows of energy and information on Smart Grid. Read More

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Welding and Gases Magazine offers employee management tips.

October 7, 2010

Presented in fourth quarter issue of Welding and Gases Today, article by Patrick Sweeney focuses on ways to keep top employees engaged during tough times. It also offers suggestions for replacing employees who do not have sufficient skills. In his article, Sweeney points out that companies are distinguished by capabilities of their top performers. Thusly, companies need to connect with their top performers and let them know that they are valued and make real difference. Read More

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NTSB Fishing Vessel Safety Forum to take place October 13-14.

October 7, 2010

NTSB's fishing vessel safety forum will address safety issues in commercial fishing industry - from both industry and government perspectives - and identify strategies for preventing accidents and minimizing rate of injuries and fatalities. Panel topics will include vessel-related issues impacting safety, fisheries management practices and impacts on safety, lifesaving equipment, training of crew members, and perspective of fishermen on safety. Read More

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IPC Training Video covers methods for hand soldering terminals.

October 7, 2010

IPC has released educational video, Soldering Terminals, that demonstrates industry best practices for soldering wires to commonly used terminals in accordance with latest IPC-A-610E and J-STD-001E standards. The 37 min video shows how to properly solder wires to turret, cup, bifurcated, hook, and pierced terminals. DVD includes leader's guide, review questions, IPC training certification documents, and English subtitles for hearing-impaired or ESL students. Read More

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Mercury Cutting Proposal targets sewage sludge incinerators.

October 6, 2010

EPA proposes to cut emissions of mercury, particle pollution, and other harmful pollutants from sewage sludge incinerators. Proposed standards, applicable to both multiple hearth and fluidized bed incinerators, would cut mercury emissions from these units by over 75%. By EPA estimates, proposal would yield health benefits ranging from $130-$320 million in 2015. Estimated annualized cost to comply with proposal standards for all currently operating units is estimated at $105 million. Read More

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IPC Conference and Workshops to focus on tin whiskers.

October 6, 2010

To be held December 6-7, 2010, IPC Tin Whiskers Conference: Practical Perspectives will cover causes of growth for microscopic crystalline tin whiskers, risk mitigation, implications of material selection, methods for detection, and failure analysis. Two separate ½ day workshops will include morning workshop with Craig Hillman, Ph.D., and afternoon session with David Pinsky. Technical conference on December 7 will begin with keynote, Practical Perspectives on Tin Whiskers, by Dave Hillman. Read More

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Congressional Key Vote Record leads to honors for 221 members.

October 6, 2010

NAM has released its 111th congressional Voting Record, which reflects each legislator's votes on and support for pro-manufacturing agenda. Members of Congress who have demonstrated consistent support for manufacturing community during 111th Congress (2009-2010) and maintained voting record of 70% or higher will receive NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. This year, 221 members of Congress will be honored. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses evaluation of hand sanitizers.

October 6, 2010

Developed by task group within Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents, ASTM E2755 will be used to evaluate antibacterial activity of hand sanitizers on hands of human subjects. Until recently, hand sanitizers have been evaluated using ASTM standard ASTM E1174, Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Health Care Personnel Handwash Formulations. Test method of ASTM E2755 is simpler to perform than ASTM E1174 and more accurately reflects typical use pattern for hand sanitizers. Read More

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Standardization Community Member honored at 2010 banquet.

October 6, 2010

At 2010 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony in Arlington, VA, ANSI honored leaders of U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment community. Program recognizes and honors creativity, dedication, and vision in field of standards and conformity assessment. In all, 24 distinguished individuals from diverse backgrounds, companies, and organizations were recognized at this ceremony. Read More

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ANSI Events in China focus on conformity assessment and RoHS.

October 6, 2010

U.S.-China Conformity Assessment Project held roundtable discussion with U.S. and Chinese industry, government, and conformity assessment practitioners to address U.S. company concerns. During same trip, ANSI held session of China Manufacturer Member Roundtable to discuss China RoHS regulation. Also, members of ANSI's Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee met with CNIS to discuss comments submitted by IPRPC in response to CNIS' notice of draft rule regarding use of IP in standards. Read More

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US EPA and DOT advance tight tailpipe, fuel economy standards.

October 6, 2010

To satisfy federal and California standards, US DOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and US EPA will begin developing stricter greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks built in model years 2017-2025. Effects include saving consumers money by cutting down on fuel costs, improving national energy security by reducing dependence on petroleum, and protecting environment by reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Read More

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ASTM Equestrian Subcommittee seeks input on track standards.

October 6, 2010

Subcommittee F08.28 on Equestrian Services asks for input from equestrian trackmen and horsemen interested in improving performance, uniformity, and safety of equestrian surfaces. Specifically, call applies to 3 proposed standards that address use of impact analyzer to evaluate turfgrass tracks (ASTM WK29881), standardizes laboratory evaluation of dirt track soil material (ASTM WK29879), and terminology for communicating track surfaces/components on consistent basis (ASTM WK27877). Read More

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NIST Realigns Laboratories according to mission-based structure.

October 6, 2010

After 20 years with its research components organized by scientific disciplines, NIST is realigning its laboratories according to mission-based structure. Realignment consists of replacing current single deputy director position with 3 career associate directors responsible for NIST laboratory, extramural, and administrative programs, and reducing number of NIST laboratory units from 10 to 6. New structure includes 2 metrology laboratories, 2 technology laboratories, and 2 user facilities. Read More

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NIST Vision Science Facility aims to improve the quality of LED lights.

October 6, 2010

NIST vision scientist Wendy Davis, along with Yoshi Ohno and team of physicists, created NIST Spectrally Tunable Lighting Facility to improve LED quality of light for home use. Here, scientists experiment with combining LEDs of different hues to produce overall light color that pleases the eye. One section of lab is decorated like a living room with hundreds of LEDs covering ceiling. Adjusting level of different colors demonstrates effect lighting has on appearance of food and furniture below. Read More