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NIST Researchers earn presidential honor for research, service.

July 27, 2012

White House announced 3 researchers at NIST will receive 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Jayne Billmayer Morrow is being honored for pioneering research on properties of microbial systems; Ian Coddington will be recognized for developing rapid, low-cost, spectroscopic measurement tools; and Frank W. DelRio will be honored for pioneering research in measuring mechanical properties of microelectronic and MEMS/NEMS as well as volunteer work. Read More

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Domestic Energy Exploration is critical to manufacturing growth.

July 27, 2012

Aric Newhouse, NAM VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement supporting Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan Act. According to Newhouse, increasing access to domestic sources of reliable energy is essential to long-term health of manufacturing in the U.S. Studies show that increased oil and gas exploration could add 1.1 million jobs by 2020 and 4 million barrels of oil and natural gas per day. Read More

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ELFA's MILFI-25 for June 2012 shows new business growth.

July 27, 2012

Reporting economic activity for $628 billion equipment finance sector in June 2012, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business at $8 billion. This is up 9.5% from same period in 2011, 29% from previous month, and 14.5% year-to-date. Receivables over 30 days were down from May and same period in 2011, while charge-offs were up from May and down compared to 2011. Credit approvals increased to 78.7% from 78.3% in May. Read More

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ISO Technical Committee to hold meeting on HR in Australia.

July 27, 2012

ISO Technical Committee, working on international human resource (HR) standards, will hold its second plenary meeting on September 24-25 in Melbourne, Australia. With focus on adopting uniform standards in such areas as terminology, measurement, and governance, ISO TC 260 will explore worldwide HR practices. ANSI serves as Secretariat for ISO TC 260, and meeting will be hosted by Standards Australia (SA). As many as 50 representatives from array of countries are expected to attend. Read More

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FAQ Document helps clarify RoHS 2.

July 27, 2012

European Commission released document detailing Frequently Asked Questions concerning EU's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances Directive 2001/65/EU. RoHS 2 is intended to simplify directive while providing legal clarity and improving enforceability of directive's restrictions on hazardous materials. FAQ document will assist governments, businesses, and other organizations in their analysis of provisions of RoHS 2 to ensure full compliance with new requirements. Read More

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NIST Study of Hazard to Firefighters leads to safety alert.

July 27, 2012

Results of "live burn" studies and laboratory tests conducted by NIST fire researchers helped to prompt safety alert warning of heat-caused damage to facepiece lenses on firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus, a factor implicated in several first-responder fatalities and injuries. Issued by NFPA, alert notes that fires in modern buildings and houses burn hotter and faster than those in older structures, resulting in temperatures high enough to cause lens damage. Read More

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Business Conditions Deteriorate but improvement expected.

July 27, 2012

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions dropped to 38.6 in July from 52.4 in June. While this index has been sliding since its 2012 high of 72.5 in February, July's reading is first below 50 since August 2011. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions also declining, falling to -0.4 from neutral 0.0 in June. EBCI for future North American conditions, however, climbed to 61.4 from June's 57.1. Read More

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ASTM Standard aids in safe handling of flat glass.

July 26, 2012

Approved by ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety, ASTM E2875/E2875M, Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass, aids in selection of personal protective equipment that will best protect specific employee from hazards that cannot be mitigated through other means. Standard highlights critical areas of risk to body, highlights need for risk assessments, explains cut test standards, and describes PPE materials of construction. Read More