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IPC supports RoHS Directive proposed amendments 197-203.

May 27, 2010

In communications sent to Members of the European Parliament, IPC lent its support to adoption of RoHS Directive proposed amendments 197 through 203, which support the use of a rigorous scientific methodology to evaluate additional restricted substances and their alternatives. IPC has taken exception to other proposed RoHS amendments that would ban all brominated flame retardants without scientific evaluation because they will provide neither environmental nor human health benefits. Read More

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SME Education Foundation Board Member honored by NYU-Poly.

May 27, 2010

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., addressed 2010 graduating class of Polytechnic Institute of New York University during this year's commencement ceremony. Dr. McPhail serves on Board of Directors of SME Education Foundation and has been instrumental in furthering STEM education. McPhail was also awarded an honorary engineering degree presented by NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin and Trustee Charles Hincaty. Read More

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Lifetime Achievement Awards honor 3 individuals at ANTEC 2010.

May 27, 2010

On May 16, SPE will present 3 awards to as many individuals in honor of their lifetime achievements. Dr. L. James Lee will receive International Award for lifetime achievement in plastics engineering, science, or technology; Dr. Murali Rajagopalan will receive Research/Engineering Technology Award for lifetime achievement in plastics research or engineering; and Dr. Sadhan C. Jana will receive Education Award for lifetime achievement in plastics or polymer education. Read More

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NREL Research Support Facility features unique, sustainable decor.

May 27, 2010

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Research Support Facility (RSF), opening in June, will house over 800 workers and recycled content makes up 20% of building's material. It's 2-story atrium wall was built using fire-treated wood harvested from bark beetle infested trees. Reception desk top is made of sunflower seeds bonded together in environmentally friendly clear adhesive, while aggregate in foundation/concrete slabs comes from demolition of Stapleton airport. Read More

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BIO Applauds Obama Administration for TDPP guidance.

May 27, 2010

BIO praised Obama Administration for guidance that will lead to small biotechnology companies receiving funding to support ongoing R/D programs. Specifically, guidance document initiates Therapeutic Discovery Project Program (TDPP), which will provide tax credits and grants to small biotechnology firms that show potential to produce breakthrough medical therapies and support good jobs. Guidance also sets out timelines for applications and clarifies evaluation process. Read More

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BIO World Congress to highlight synthetic biology.

May 27, 2010

During seventh annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, researchers, academics, and business leaders will discuss evolution of technology and ethics, regulation, and potential commercial uses of synthetic biology. Some sessions will include "Creating the Super Strain: How Metabolic Engineering Will Drive the Future of Advanced Fuels," "Ethical, Social, and Policy Issues of Synthetic Biology," and "Bioremediation." Read More

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Equipment Finance Companies report new business growth.

May 27, 2010

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for April grew 15% when compared to same period in 2009. When compared to prior month, MLFI-25 reported new business volume increased by 9%, from $4.3 billion to $4.7 billion. April originations showed year-over-year growth for first time since July 2008. Delinquencies improved as well, with receivables over 30 days declining to 3.7%, from 4.2% in prior month and 4.0% in year-earlier period. Read More

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Pakistani Delegation welcomed by ANSI in Washington, DC.

May 27, 2010

On behalf of Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of US Department of Commerce (USDOC), 7 new commercial attaches of Pakistani government visited ANSI in Washington, DC on May 19, 2010. Ensuing discussions ranged from voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment programs to US Standards Strategy to international development - particularly as it pertains to StandardsPortal and ANSI Guest Researcher Program. Read More

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ASME Voluntary Standards cover cranes and sound pressure.

May 27, 2010

ASME B30.4-2010 assures safe construction and operation of portal and pedestal cranes employed in transport industry for loading and unloading of freight, in construction industry for movement of materials, and in manufacturing industry for assembly of heavy equipment. Specifying requirements and procedures for measurement of sound pressure levels in air, ANSI/ASA S1.13-2005 (R2010) applies primarily to measurements performed under normal, relatively calm meteorological conditions. Read More

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LAM 2010 draws 50% more attendees than 2009.

May 27, 2010

Held in Houston, TX, Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop 2010 gathered 137 attendees from 11 countries, as well as 22 vendors, to hear presentations about cutting-edge techniques for aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas industries. LAM 2011 will once again bring industry specialists, executives, users, and researchers from around the world to show how cladding and rapid manufacturing can be applied effectively and affordably to today's manufacturing challenges. Read More

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ANSI Seeks Nominations for group developing sustainability guide.

May 27, 2010

ANSI informs all stakeholders that ISO's Technical Management Board (TMB) has passed resolution to establish Sustainability Guide Drafting Group (SGDG), which will be responsible for developing guide on incorporating sustainability aspects into standardization. ANSI is soliciting candidates for consideration as US experts to serve on SGDG, which is expected to work by electronic means as much as possible and complete its work by second quarter of 2011. Read More

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AMCA announces approval of AMCA Publication 611-10.

May 27, 2010

Approved by AMCA International membership, AMCA Publication 611-10 prescribes and establishes procedures to be used in development and publication of certified performance ratings for airflow measurement stations. Certified ratings provide assurance to buyer, user, and specifier that manufacturer's published performance ratings for airflow measurement stations are repeatable, as well as information on how product was tested and what appurtenances were accounted for in ratings. Read More

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PTDA Membership Directory provides valuable industry contacts.

May 27, 2010

An essential resource for companies seeking distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control products, PTDA 2010 Membership Directory provides names and information for nearly 500 contacts. Distributor listing includes company contact information, top executive contacts, number and location of branches, and manufacturers' lines represented by firm. Manufacturer section includes company contact information, top-level management contacts, and product categories manufactured. Read More

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PTDA Members expand into mechatronics and motion control.

May 27, 2010

According to PTDA survey, PTDA distributors view motion control industry as natural extension of their business. Nineteen percent of respondents indicate they are fully engaged in motion control business, while 43% currently sell motion control products and plan to further expand their efforts in months ahead. Sixty percent of respondents indicate they use a specialist in some part of their business, and 82% of these specialists have an engineering degree or 3+ years of technical experience. Read More

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AASHTO Officials want more Federat focus on transportation.

May 26, 2010

According to AASHTO President Larry L. Brown, revenue may be lost unless transportation system gets tune-up. He cited inseparable aspects of transportation and economy and stressed need for investment. Brown is hosting transportation officials from across country this week in Natchez for AASHTO Spring Meeting. Primary goals of this 5-day conference are to focus on next multiyear highway and transit authorization bill, climate change, and approaches to working in tough budget times. Read More

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BIO Comments on self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell.

May 26, 2010

BIO made statement regarding announcement by J. Craig Venter Institute pertaining to successful completion of project to design, chemically synthesize, and transplant complete genome into bacterial cell. According to BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood, this achievement "can provide insights into working of microbial genomes that could lead to advances in health, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology." Read More

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Air Passenger and Cargo Traffic see double-digit increases.

May 26, 2010

ATA reported passenger revenue, based on sample group of carriers, rose 12.5% in April 2010 versus same month in 2009. This marked fourth consecutive month of revenue growth and reflected industry still in recovery. While ~0.5% more passengers traveled on US airlines in April, average price to fly one mile rose nearly 14%. International passenger revenue rose 15 percent, led by 37% gain in transpacific markets. Also, US airlines saw cargo traffic rise 22% year over year in March 2010. Read More

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Dispersants Update Conference addressed Gulf of Mexico issues.

May 26, 2010

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry held press conference call to discuss BP's use of dispersants in Gulf of Mexico. Effective and efficient use of dispersants was recommended to reduce volume of application in order to prevent unknown environmental effects. Also, BP's scientific analysis of alternative dispersants is considered insufficient. EPA and other government scientists will independently verify data presented by BP. Read More

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Officers for 2010-2011 Term announced at annual meeting.

May 26, 2010

Officers for 2010-2011 term were announced at ASQ's Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with World Conference on Quality and Improvement on May 24-25 in St. Louis, MO. Current ASQ President Peter L. Andres will assume chairman's duties July 1, 2010, and E. David Spong will move into president position. Respectively, positions of president-elect and treasurer will be held by Jim Rooney and William B. McBee. Board members include J. Michael Adams and Alexis Goncalves. Read More

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RIA Educator Sponsorships assist in pursuit of robotics careers.

May 26, 2010

Spearheaded by Robotic Industries Association (RIA) Membership Committee, Educator Sponsorship program assists robotics faculty and students pursuing careers in robotics. It allows any RIA member to sponsor teaching and training institution for Educator Membership in RIA. Eligible institutions include vocational and technical institutes as well as 2- and 4-year colleges offering curriculum and path leading to high-tech jobs involving robotics and automation technologies. Read More