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Interactive Training Tool increases medical laser safety.

May 24, 2010

Supplied on CD-ROM, Focal Points: Interactive Training for Medical Laser Safety┬ę promotes safe use of lasers in health care facilities. Interactive training course, based on ANSI Z136.3 laser safety standard, serves as training tool for officers and other health care professionals who train new employees and need to stay current with safety issues and practices. Each of 6 chapters features interactive text, video component to summarize and illustrate information, and short quiz. Read More

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Education Initiative fosters manufacturing interest in students.

May 24, 2010

To capture attentions of 6-8 grade students, technology-based Gateway Academy program provides hands-on, project-based courses where participants have fun and apply science, technology, engineering and math fundamentals while learning engineering concepts. Accelerated learning program, taught by certified Project Lead The Way instructors, introduces groups of 20 students to disciplines such as robotics, aeronautics and rocketry, eco-design, manufacturing, and alternative energy. Read More

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MCA New Members include Alizem and MICROMO.

May 24, 2010

MCA has granted membership to Alizem, which is system-level IP provider of advanced control and fault diagnosis solutions for FPGA-based power electronics applications in various markets. It has also added MICROMO full service micro motion solutions company that produces brushed/brushless, stepper, thin-profile DC, piezoelectric, and linear motors. Representing organizations worldwide, MCA provides business opportunities for member companies and support for members/industry. Read More

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EPA expands public participation on hazardous waste cleanup.

May 24, 2010

U.S. EPA has launched initiative to help communities more effectively participate in government decisions related to land cleanup, emergency preparedness and response, and management of hazardous substances and waste. Community Engagement Initiative includes activities that will help EPA improve transparency and upfront collaboration with community stakeholders, enhance technical assistance to communities, and explain hazards of environmental problems to affected communities. Read More

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AMCA Certified Ratings Program Operating Manual is revised.

May 24, 2010

Certified Ratings Program Operating Manual - AMCA 11-03 (R2008) (Rev. 5/10) includes CRP M procedure for licensing products manufactured under license from another manufacturer. Specifically, publication provides procedure for verification of manufacturer's performance ratings on regular schedule by check testing of certified product line in AMCA International Laboratory. Certified Ratings Program (CRP) ensures manufacturer-published performance ratings of air system components are accurate. Read More

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EPA to Hold Free Webinar on California mobile A/C rules.

May 24, 2010

US EPA's Climate Protection Partnership division is partnering with Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide for monthly informational webinar. Taking place on June 10 at 1 pm EDT, New California Mobile A/C Service Rules will introduce relevant parts of California's upcoming new Low-Emission Vehicle standards and current rule on small cans of HFC-134a. Potential impact of these regulations on mobile A/C service industry will also be discussed. Read More

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EPA recognizes student contributions to environment.

May 21, 2010

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson recognized young people at 2009 President's Environmental Youth Awards ceremony. These students have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection through projects that help reduce GHGs, improve air quality, and protect America's waters. Some projects include collecting town's cooking oil for recycling into biofuel and distributing it to charities, and designing and building environmental education center made entirely of green materials. Read More

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NAM Manufacturing Survey shows rising confidence.

May 21, 2010

NAM/Industry Week Manufacturing Index results show manufacturer confidence improvement in first quarter of 2010, reaching highest level in over 2 years. Uptick is also shown for sales expectations, pricing power, employment, and capital expenditures. Together, indications signal manufacturing recovery should gain steam over coming year. Quarterly survey is based on responses of 223 NAM member companies. Read More

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AIA Names Sigler assistant Vice President for Civil Aviation.

May 21, 2010

Appointed by AIA to serve as Assistant Vice President of Civil Aviation, Todd D. Sigler will focus on topics related to civil aviation issues and policy such as research and development, environment, aviation infrastructure, and safety and security. Marion C. Blakey, AIA president and CEO, commented that Sigler's "extensive experience in aviation will be a great asset to our advocacy efforts." She also noted that Todd's past experience has dealt with important areas addressed by AIA. Read More

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Use of Advanced Energy Design Guides enhances building efficiency.

May 21, 2010

Assessment commissioned by ASHRAE and conducted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin found that guides written by building organizations to advance energy efficiency are positively impacting building industry. Market assessment, which focuses on ASHRAE members' use of guides, determined that Advanced Energy Design Guide series is in line with objective of achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. Read More

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BIO issues call for papers for 2010 Pacific Rim Summit.

May 21, 2010

BIO invites leaders from biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industries to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and posters for 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. Program tracks will include renewable chemicals and biobased polymers; biofuels and bioenergy platforms; algae production systems and marine biotechnology; specialty crops, renewable feedstocks, and sustainability; and synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. Read More

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BIO Names Key Speakers for 2010 Livestock Biotech Summit.

May 21, 2010

Taking place in Sioux Falls, SD from September 28-30, the 2010 Livestock Biotech Summit will feature keynote speaker W.R. Gomes, Ph.D., Vice President Emeritus of University of California, and introductory speaker Bruce Knight, Principal and Founder of Strategic Conservation Solutions. Dr. Gomes will focus on developing global solutions through animal biotechnology, and Bruce Knight will offer an overview of animal agriculture focusing on increasing importance of animal care. Read More

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BIO asks Congress to fund GREEN JOB Act.

May 21, 2010

BIO joined 34 other companies and trade associations to ask leaders of House Ways and Means Committee to include language of H.R. 5142, the Grow a Renewable Energy Economy Now - Jumpstart Other Biofuels Act of 2010, in next appropriate revenue vehicle considered by House. GREEN JOB Act supports industry efforts to secure project financing by strengthening and expanding federal tax incentives for next generation biofuels, thus accelerating development of biorefineries and high-wage American jobs. Read More

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ANSI Delegation participates at COPANT General Assembly.

May 21, 2010

Representatives of standards communities from North, Central, and South America gathered in Mexico City last month for Pan American Standards Commission Assembly 2010. At the General Assembly, a resolution was passed for an ad-hoc strategic planning group comprising representatives from ANSI and Brazilian, Cuban, Canadian, and Colombian standards bodies. In conjunction with COPANT meetings, ANSI and AENOR discussed future areas of cooperation and plan to sign MOU. Read More

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PLM Software Training prepares students for manufacturing jobs.

May 21, 2010

SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software offer sponsored schools opportunity to use latest PLM tools in their curriculum. Total solution package provided to academic institutions will include unlimited seats of any Siemens PLM Software technology, free center-based training, as well as free upgrades and tech support. Experience gained via use of these tools prepares students for competitive manufacturing jobs requiring full knowledge of modern technologies and tools. Read More

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IPC Issues Call for Participation for 2011 IPC Apex Expo.

May 21, 2010

IPC is encouraging submission of abstracts for 2011 IPC APEX EXPO(TM) to be held in Las Vegas, April 12-15, 2011. Summarizing original and unpublished work, 300 word abstracts covering case histories, research, and discoveries must be submitted by July 16, 2010. Awards will be presented at event for Best U.S. Paper and Best International Paper. Also, proposals are solicited for professional development courses on design, printed board, and electronics manufacturing processes/materials. Read More

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ESFI Offers Pointers to help keep offices safe from electrical hazards.

May 21, 2010

ESFI is encouraging employers to promote electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month by increasing employee awareness of electrical hazards that may exist in office settings. ESFI recommends avoiding overloading outlets with too many appliances, unplugging appliances when not in use, and inspecting electrical cords once a month. Also, electrical cords should not be placed in high traffic areas, under carpets, or across doorways where they pose tripping hazard. Read More

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ANSI/NABET Agreement spurs India accreditation system development.

May 20, 2010

Signed with National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), constituent of Quality Council of India, ANSI's cooperation agreement is intended to promote and facilitate development of skill standards, personnel credentialing, and accreditation system in India. NABET has identified 11 high priority sectors to be targeted during first phase of implementation, including health care, construction, IT, security, and energy. Read More

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ASTM Geosynthetics Committee honors Samuel R. Allen.

May 20, 2010

Samuel R. Allen, VP of TRI/Environmental Inc., was honored with ASTM Award of Merit and honorary title of fellow. Given by ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, award recognized Allen's "outstanding leadership skills." He has been ASTM International member since 1994, served as D35 chairman from 2004-2009, and led US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 221 on Geosynthetics (D35.96) since 2000. He is also a member of Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics. Read More

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Sustainabile Building Publication compiles green standards.

May 20, 2010

Available on CD-ROM, ASTM International Standards on Sustainability in Building, 4th Edition includes 150 ASTM standards that address sustainability or aspects of sustainability relative to building. Collection serves as reference for answering global demand for sustainable buildings and includes all ASTM International standards referenced by: Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers, International Green Construction Code, and Green Globes® green building rating program. Read More