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NAM's John Engler pledges support for America Works Act.

June 28, 2010

Following introduction of America Works Act by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), NAM President John Engler said bill recognizes need for strong technical workforce and value of industry-recognized credentials such as Manufacturing Skills Certification System (MSCS). Engler also said that MSCS offers new and transitioning workers access to in-demand skills so they can prepare for high-paying manufacturing jobs. NAM aims to work with lawmakers in both chambers to ensure bill's passage. Read More

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ATA commends Congressional adoption of finance reforms.

June 28, 2010

ATA's James C. May commended Congressional conference committee for work in obtaining agreement to send President Obama a bill to stop Wall Street's speculation in oil markets. Bill will establish regulatory oversight and transparency in commodity markets, require exchange trading and clearing of most derivatives and other contracts, and allow regulators to stop large financial institutions from manipulating markets. Agency urges swift work by Congress to send bill to President for signature. Read More

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Interagency Program seeks to increase cybersecurity education.

June 28, 2010

Coordinated by NIST, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) promotes cybersecurity awareness and know-how across country and among citizens of all ages. Interagency program is divided into 4 tracks: National Cybersecurity Awareness, Formal Cybersecurity Education, Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Structure, and Cybersecurity Workforce Training and Professional Development. It aims to improve computer security as well as prepare future employees for cybersecurity workforce. Read More

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NIST Fellow Applications are currently being accepted.

June 28, 2010

Applications for NIST measurement science and engineering fellowships for graduate, post-doctoral, and senior researchers are being accepted by Universities of Maryland and Colorado, which are administering the programs. University of Maryland-administered portion places successful applicants in positions at NIST's campus at Gaithersburg, MD or Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC. Fellows selected by University of Colorado will be placed at NIST's Boulder, CO laboratories. Read More

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ASHRAE Handbook covers diversity of refrigeration.

June 25, 2010

Covering refrigeration equipment for applications other than human comfort, 2010 ASHRAE Handbook includes information on cooling, freezing, and storing food; industrial applications; and low-temperature refrigeration. Volume contains 2 new chapters: Chapter 3, Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration Systems, which describes history of this "natural refrigerant" and why there is renewed interest; and Chapter 50, Terminology of Refrigeration, which lists common terms used in industrial refrigeration systems. Read More

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Metallography Committee Scholarship awarded to student in SD.

June 25, 2010

As senior student pursuing her bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering and master's degree in materials science, Teneil Ryno has been awarded Mary R. Norton Memorial Scholarship from ASTM International Committee E04 on Metallography. This accomplished student has participated in research efforts for aerospace applications used by Department of Defense, worked as metallurgical engineering intern, and conducted research through European Project Semester program. Read More

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Lifted Drilling Moratorium called positive by manufacturers.

June 25, 2010

NAM President addressed lifting of 6-month moratorium on wells in depth of 500 ft or more by U.S. District Court in Eastern District of Louisiana. Specifically, John Engler called Judge Feldman's decision "vital to our future energy independence and a step in the right direction" for a healthy economy. He cited job losses incurred by said moratorium and noted its consequences for manufacturers "who make and supply equipment, services, engines, boats and materials such as steel and concrete." Read More

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World Standards Week Dates announced for 2011.

June 24, 2010

World Standards Week (WSW) 2011 will take place October 10-14 in Washington, DC metro area. Annual celebration brings together members of standards and conformity assessment community in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Gatherings scheduled for week include meetings of several ANSI groups and committees as well as ANSI's Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon. Also, 2011 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony will also be held during WSW. Read More

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Industrial Biotechnology Companies excel in pollution prevention.

June 24, 2010

BIO congratulated biotechnology companies and members of BIO who received Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Codexis of Redwood City, CA, in collaboration with Merck, developed greener method of producing sitagliptin, while LS9 engineered microorganism that metabolizes fatty acids and converts them to biofuel and renewable chemicals. Dr. James Liao, board member of Easel Biotechnologies, genetically enhanced microbe that ferments glucose into isobutanol and other higher alcohols. Read More

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Utah Business Leader appointed to CSBA Executive Committee.

June 24, 2010

Richard Nelson, president and CEO of Utah Technology Council, has been appointed to Executive Committee of Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA). Nelson will represent interests of CSBA members within region comprising Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. Mission of CSBA is to promote public understanding as well as advocate for public policies that support responsible development of bioscience industry. Read More

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Ag Groups applaud Supreme Court ruling on biotech alfalfa.

June 24, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court has reversed lower court's nationwide ban on cultivation of biotech alfalfa. This remands case back to District Court and then back to USDA to determine what interim measures can be implemented while agency completes environmental impact statement process. News was welcomed by coalition of agricultural organizations who had filed joint friend-of-the-court brief to Supreme Court in support of petitioners in "Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms." Read More

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AEM Hall of Fame accepts nominations starting July 1.

June 24, 2010

Announced by Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), 2010 AEM Hall of Fame program seeks to create wider public understanding and appreciation of industry's historical and future roles in global economic and social prosperity. Nominations may be submitted starting July 1, 2010 and will be evaluated based on criteria critical to equipment manufacturing industry: innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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NSF certifies first membrane filter to water treatment program.

June 24, 2010

NSF International has announced that Hyflux Membrane Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. is first company to achieve NSF certification under its new NSF Public Drinking Water Equipment Performance Certification Program, which is based on U.S. EPA's LT2 rule. NSF conducted tests on Hyflux Kristal K-600ET0820 Ultrafiltration Membrane Module and certified it as meeting requirements for reduction of cryptosporidium, with average log removal value of 6.5 log10, and minimum LRV of 5.9 log10. Read More

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NEMA Efficiency Program addresses low-voltage distribution transformers.

June 24, 2010

NEMA PremiumĀ® Efficiency Transformer Program will help utilities, commercial buildings, and industrial plants incorporate high-efficiency electrical transformers into their operations. Designation requires 30% fewer losses than existing DOE regulations (10 CFR 431) for low-voltage, dry-type distribution transformers. According to NEMA Industry Director John Caskey, actual efficiencies of transformers will range from 98% to more than 99%, depending on size. Read More

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Lifetime Achievement Award presented to William Ives.

June 24, 2010

William Ives, long-time legal counsel, was honored with BSA's Lifetime Achievement Award at association's 2010 Annual Convention in May in Naples, FL. During his presentation, Steve Durston, chairman of BSA's Past Presidents Council, noted that "Bill has been a part of our industry since BSA was formed in 1966" and that he "is the only legal counsel BSA has ever had." Ives offers accomplished and diverse legal career as well as a passion for history. Read More

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Equipment Finance Companies report growth in business volume.

June 24, 2010

New business volume for May increased 5% when compared to same period in 2009, according to ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index. Volume decreased by 6% when compared to prior month, but charge-offs improved to 1.6% in May 2010, delinquencies increased slightly from previous month, and credit approvals remained flat at 68%. Data reflect slowly recovering economy, "But the trend appears to be heading in the right direction," said William G. Sutton, ELFA President. Read More

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ASTM Air Quality Committee approves standard on plume opacity.

June 24, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee D22.03 on Ambient Atmospheres and Source Emissions, ASTM D7520, Test Method for Determining the Opacity of a Plume in the Outdoor Ambient Atmosphere, allows use of digital still cameras and software to determine plume opacity while also providing digital image of plume and its surrounding environment. Read More

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Manufacturers Welcome National IP Enforcement Strategy.

June 24, 2010

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler commented on Obama Administration's release of its National Intellectual Property (IP) Enforcement Strategy. Specifically, Engler commended leadership of Vice President Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) Espinel. Engler also praised the strategy for its mission to ensure that "IP can continue to be a driver of the U.S. economy through innovation and the creation of manufacturing jobs." Read More

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Robotics, Vision, Motion Control Show expects increased audiences.

June 24, 2010

Filled with practical knowledge, Automate 2011 will edify attendees as to how automation technology can help them become stronger global competitors. Non-automotive attendees will be targeted with greater intensity, as robots, vision, and motion are gaining traction in industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, consumer goods, and related sectors. This lends to more diverse buying audience, especially with projected 40% of co-located ProMat attendees expressing interest. Read More

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SPE to hold technical conference in Asia.

June 23, 2010

SPE is recruiting speakers to present papers at Society's first ASIATEC(TM) Conference, a plastics technical conference designed as Asian counterpart to SPE's ANTECĀ® in North America. Original papers are being solicited in areas of Nanotechnology, Packaging Products, Green Plastics and Biomass Plastics, Medical Plastics and Bioplastics, Polymer Processing, Engineering Properties and Structure, Thermoplastic Elastomers, Optics and Optical Devices, and Life-Support Plastics. Read More