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EPA's Collaborative Website supports integrated environmental modeling.

July 9, 2010

US EPA is launching online tool, built by Purdue University with agency support, for scientific collaboration and knowledge sharing. Integrated Environmental Modeling Hub (iemHUB) allows environmental researchers to analyze environmental problems and combine environmental models to promote a better understanding of the environment. Models can be developed for many applications, such as keeping beaches clean to predicting climate effects. Read More

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USNC names participants for IEC Young Professionals Workshop.

July 9, 2010

U.S. National Committee of IEC has announced winners of competition for participation in 2010 IEC Young Professionals Workshop, which will bring together professionals who are at the start of careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformance. Winners are Marcus K. Boolish, Michael S. Kurzeja, and Daniel W. O'Shea. Workshop will provide selectees with opportunity to learn more about IEC, standardization strategies, and conformity assessment, and interact with international counterparts. Read More

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Canadian Government elects not to ban rosin-based substances.

July 9, 2010

On June 26, 2010, Canadian Department of the Environment elected not to ban 5 rosin-containing substances from all electronics products manufactured and sold in Canada. Department concluded that they do not pose threat to human health or environment. Rosins are key ingredients in soldering materials used in manufacturing electronics and, according to IPC comments submitted in 2009, banning them would have required changes in these materials and affected quality of final products. Read More

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Baldrige Program seeks input during 2010 Improvement Events.

July 9, 2010

Baldrige National Quality Program at NIST is planning 2 online events in July and August when interested parties can recommend ways to improve Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award processes, and other key BNQP activities. Baldrige program will consider all recommendations for improvement during events on July 27, 2010 and Aug. 2, 2010, from 1-4 p.m. Eastern Time. A third date will be announced. Read More

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PTDA Industry Summit helps members work on their businesses.

July 9, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 21-23, 2010, PTDA's 50th Anniversary Industry Summit will enable PTDA members to devote time to working on their businesses with networking, keynotes and workshops, and targeted business development opportunities. Participants will collect ideas they can implement upon return to the office. Summit's signature event, the Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange, brings together existing and potential channel partners to strategically plan for upcoming year. Read More

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Mobile Website connects Floridians' to healthcare data.

July 8, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (BCBSF) launched mobile website, www.bcbsfl.com, which can be accessed from any Smartphone as well as iPad to get health information and tools as well as details about plans and coverage benefits. Members can also find doctor based on current GPS location, review details for that provider, and map directions to their office. For non-members, website facilitates process of shopping for insurance, getting quotes, and selecting plans. Read More

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SAP Executive and UK CIO to headline SIIA OnDemand Europe.

July 8, 2010

At the OnDemand Europe conference, Peter Lorenz and John Suffolk will address adoption of cloud computing on global scale. Mr. Peter Lorenz of SAP AG is responsible for all aspects of SAP's SME solutions, including development, solution management, delivery, and deployment. Mr. John Suffolk, Chief Information Officer for Government of the UK, provides leadership to IT profession across public sector in UK and supports public service transformation through strategic deployment of technology. Read More

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PMA opens social media resources to metalforming community.

July 8, 2010

PMA has launched several social media initiatives for industry professionals to connect to knowledge, news, and peers within metalforming community. Association's PMA blog has commentary from PMA President William E. Gaskin, Brad Kuvin, Dave Sansone, and Gretchen Zierick, while topical information is posted on Twitter. Members can build professional network within metalforming industry via PMA LinkedIn group and view photos, videos, and connect with others using PMA Facebook page. Read More

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Plastics Industry Survey predicts improvement in jobs picture.

July 8, 2010

According to Spring 2010 survey by SPE and Gros Executive Recruiters, plastics industry professionals report gradually improving employment market. Number of companies likely to add employees this year is 47.6%, compared to 18.3% in last year's survey. Employees reported that they expect raises of 1-3% this year and 56.4% of managers concurred. In survey, 43% of employees reported they are somewhat to actively interested in finding a new job within next 12 months, down from 62% in 2007. Read More

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IPC urges members to join balloting group for new IEEE standards.

July 8, 2010

IEEE's 1680.2 Draft Standard for Environmental Assessment of Imaging Equipment and 1680.3 Draft Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Televisions will go to ballot from July 16-August 15, 2010. Calling for manufacturers to adhere to 115 criteria, standards will impact entire electronics manufacturing supply chain. To voice its concern, IPC urges members to join ballot to ensure both standards maintain IEEE's tradition of technically and scientifically based standards. Read More

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EPA WaterSense Program leads to reduced water use.

July 8, 2010

According to recent accomplishment report, EPA WaterSense program helped consumers save over 36 billion gallons of water and $267 million on water and sewer bills in 2009. WaterSense program, which helps raise awareness about smart water use and WaterSense-labeled products, helps consumers conserve water while maintaining high performance levels. In June 2009, ANSI joined 5 previously certified bodies as accredited to participate this program. Read More

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BSA Partners with ABMA to stop counterfeit bearings.

July 8, 2010

BSA Board of Directors approved motion embracing anti-counterfeiting distributor partnership proposal from American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA). With its approval, BSA agreed to embrace World Bearing Association (WBA) Awareness Campaign and help market it; market BSA's Top Ten reasons to buy from authorized distributors; and publish organizational statements and articles against counterfeiting. Partnership also requires BSA to share news on anti-counterfeiting activities. Read More

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NIST Software Security Patent to help improve health IT privacy.

July 8, 2010

Computer security invention patented at NIST might help safeguard patient privacy in hospitals. This algorithm that can be built into larger piece of software is designed to control access to information systems and has attracted one company's attention for use in healthcare field. John Barkley, algorithm's creator, says "this software will provide dramatically improved security and privacy to patients" because "It solves the problem of overly broad access to patient information." Read More

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NSF International certifies first European brass manufacturers.

July 8, 2010

NSF International announces that Italian-based K.M.E Brass S.R.L., S.A. Eredi Gnutti Metalli S.P.A., and Trafilerie Carlo Gnutti S.P.A. are the first European brass manufacturers certified to NSF's low lead content requirements for plumbing products. NSF/ANSI Standard 61, Annex G was developed to help protect public from exposure to lead by mandating maximum weighted average lead content of less than or equal to 0.25%in products that come into contact with drinking water. Read More

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AAMA announces insulating glass certification program.

July 8, 2010

AAMA and Associated Labs, Inc. (ALI) have joined forces to offer insulating glass (IG) certification. As of July 1, 2010, National Fenestration Rating Council requires IG certification by listed, 3rd-party program for IG units used in products authorized for NFRC certification and labeled in accordance with the NFRC 700, Product Certification Program (PCP). Read More

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Automakers urge drivers and passengers to buckle up.

July 8, 2010

Going into heavy travel period, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers urged people to buckle up and urged Congress to enact federal sanctions encouraging states to strengthen safety belt enforcement laws into primary laws. Under primary enforcement laws, officers can stop motorist whenever they observe safety belt law being broken, making these violations the same as all other traffic law violations. NHTSA figures show that jurisdictions with primary laws generally have higher belt use rates. Read More

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ACGIH releases two-tier Under Study list.

July 8, 2010

Designed to provide public with information of significant relevance regarding development status of chemical substance or physical agent, Under Study List will be updated annually by July 31 and presented in two-tier list. Tier 1 entries indicate which substances and agents may move forward as NIC or NIE in upcoming year, while Tier 2 consists of substances and agents that will not move forward, but will either remain on, or be removed from Under Study list for next year. Read More

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SIIA World Financial Information Conference to be held in San Francisco.

July 7, 2010

Financial Information Services Division of SIIA will host its 10th biennial World Financial Information Conference (WFIC) from October 9-12, 2011. Focusing exclusively on issues associated with dissemination, management, and use of financial information, event will include dialogue on challenges facing financial information industry in post-global recession world. Deutsche Borse Group will support and serve as Platinum Sponsor for 2011 WFIC. Read More

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Pack Expo's Confectionary Pavilion is nearly sold out.

July 7, 2010

PMMI reports space in Confectionery Pavilion, sponsored by National Confectioners Association at PACK EXPO International 2010 is near capacity, with 90% of booth space reserved. PMMI President and CEO Charles D. Yuska says exhibitors in Confectionery Pavilion will display processing and packaging equipment, materials, and services to help brand owners enhance operational excellence across production line, accelerate new product commercialization, and grow sales. Read More

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UL to develop standard for wireless charging devices.

July 7, 2010

Helping manufacturers make safety a focus among emerging wireless technologies, UL is developing a first-edition standard for induction power transmitters and receivers for use with low-energy products. UL2738 applies to induction power transmitters, such as wireless battery chargers, employing magnetic induction coils that transmit energy to receiving coils in devices such as cell phones, portable media players, and global positioning devices. Read More