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NAM sees progress in Chinese indigenous innovation guidelines.

April 21, 2010

According to NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, NAM is pleased to see China's release of revised guidelines for inclusion in Chinese procurement programs that encourage indigenous innovation. This is a good first step that could result in greater opportunity for U.S. companies to compete in China's government procurement market. It also highlights need for China to move rapidly to join Government Procurement Agreement, which it agreed to do when it joined WTO in 2001. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 named to International Buyer Program.

April 20, 2010

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 and IFPE 2011 have been named to U.S. government's International Buyer Program, which boosts international attendance at U.S.-based trade shows and creates international business opportunities for show exhibitors. Under IBP, U.S. government will assist show promotion through worldwide network of embassies and consulates as well as recruit official trade delegations to attend. IBP also provides exhibitors with hands-on assistance such as export counseling and market analysis. Read More

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Attendance and Involvement thrive at ILMA Management Forum.

April 20, 2010

More than 330 ILMA members and guests representing 137 companies attended 2010 ILMA Management Forum last week at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Event included updates on GF-5 and dexos(TM), association's ethics program, committee meetings, Infineum Trends session, and Keynote Speaker Jeff Espenship. New this year was a presentation from ILMA counsel Jeffrey Leiteron on all advocacy work ILMA has done on members' behalf this year, and what is planned for the future. Read More

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Disaster Kleenup International partners with RIA.

April 20, 2010

Disaster Kleenup International is partnering with RIA to enroll 100% of DKI Membership into industry trade association. All DKI Members are expected to become RIA members within next 3 years. According to RIA Executive Director Don Manger, individual DKI members have played significant roles in many RIA initiatives over the years, and collective energy and resources that DKI brings will help to further strengthen RIA's service to restoration industry. Read More

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NTSB Details fourteen recommendations to FAA.

April 19, 2010

NTSB recommendations A-10-46 through A-10-59 address several FAA issues. Specifically, areas of concern cover tire pressure monitoring equipment, maintenance, and information availability as well as identification of deficiencies for Learjet system safety analyses and revision of available safety assessment guidance. Other topics include application of airworthiness regulations, minimum initial operating experience levels, and tire failure simulation requirements. Read More

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Standards Addendum aims to decrease elevator energy use.

April 19, 2010

Proposed addendum df to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addresses inefficiency of elevator ventilation fans and cab lighting. Specifically, cab lighting systems are to have no less than 35 lm/W efficacy, and cab ventilation fans for elevators without air conditioning must not consume more than 0.7 W*s/L at max speed. Addendum also specifies cab interior lighting/ventilation de-energizing requirements. Read More

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TIP Competition focuses on manufacturing research.

April 19, 2010

With due date for proposals submission of July 15, NIST announced competition for high-risk, high-reward research funding under Technology Innovation Program (TIP). Approximately $25 million is available for first-year funding for addressing "Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes." Specific areas of concern include process scale-up, integration, and design; predictive modeling; and critical process advances. Read More

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Recommendations aim to reduce fatalities on nation's highways.

April 19, 2010

Kirk Steudle, Michigan DOT Director and chairman of AASHTO's Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety, told Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that although highway fatalities dropped significantly in 2009, American highways can still be made safer. Some AASHTO recommendations include highway safety funding, highway safety data collection and sharing, highway safety laws and adjudication, safety improvements to vehicles, highway safety R/D, and safety improvement in drivers. Read More

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NRC Report examines biotechnology's benefits for U.S. farmers.

April 19, 2010

According to National Research Council report, American farmers are realizing higher profits due to widespread use of certain genetically engineered crops and are reducing environmental impacts on and off the farm. Specifically, report notes, "(m)any U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits - such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields - compared with conventional crops." Read More

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FISMA Project Manager Ron Ross named to 2010 Federal 100 List.

April 19, 2010

Presented by Federal Computer Week, 2010 Federal 100 Award was given to NIST's Ron Ross. Third time nominee to list, Ross is senior computer scientist and information security researcher at NIST. He manages Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project and is also principal architect of NIST Risk Management Framework. Other responsibilities handled by Ross include leadership of Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative Working Group. Read More

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Trucking Association stresses highway safety at auto show.

April 16, 2010

American Trucking Associations' Share the Road highway safety tour returned to Denver Auto Show for 3rd straight year to educate motorists on highway safety. Demonstrating to drivers how to share road safely with large trucks, event included messages from Gary Leu, Kurt Pedersen, Ben Saiz, and Ron VanBibber, who are million-mile, accident-free truck drivers. In 2008, 548 lives were lost due to traffic crashes in Colorado, with 56 motorists involved in accidents with tractor-trailers. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 22% through February.

April 16, 2010

According to AMT and American Machine Tool Distributors' Association, February U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $163.96 million, up 28.8% from January and up 22.1% from total of $134.34 million reported for February 2009. With year-to-date total of $291.27 million, 2010 is up 22.3% compared with 2009. Numbers and all data in this report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in USMTC program. Read More

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How-To Course addresses pump system optimization.

April 16, 2010

Pump Systems Matter and HI are offering 1-day course entitled "Pumping System Optimization: Opportunities to Improve Life Cycle Performance," which is designed to help pump users learn how to identify and reduce hidden operating and energy costs in pumping systems, and ultimately increase profitability. Course will also help users effectively communicate with customers, distributors, and vendors by imparting critical knowledge needed to present and discuss energy-saving opportunities. Read More

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ATA and Patni to redevelop ATA Aviation Marketplace.

April 16, 2010

ATA and Patni Computer Systems will develop, implement, and maintain next-generation ATA Aviation Marketplace. With more than 6 million records, Marketplace provides centralized solution for validating and aggregating data from 145 suppliers and distributing cleansed and customized data to 69 airlines and 55 non-airline customers. In addition to redesigned user interface and improved data translation, Marketplace will leverage Web services and XML for real-time information exchange. Read More

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NAM calls for overhaul of export control system.

April 16, 2010

NAM's Manufacturers Blueprint for a 21st Century Export Control Regime offers 7 recommendations on reforming U.S. export control system, one is to create permanent interagency team to review and assess overall policy objectives. Frank Vargo asserts that update of system will improve national security by letting government focus enforcement resources on most critical goods and technologies, and that it will also aid U.S. companies' competitiveness by providing more efficient licensing system. Read More

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ASHRAE Guideline addresses indoor environmental quality.

April 16, 2010

ASHRAE Guideline 10P, "Interactions Affecting the Achievement of Acceptable Indoor Environments," provides guidance on achieving good indoor environments by considering interactions of air quality and thermal conditions as well as lighting and acoustics. Currently out for public comment until May 24, this guideline summarizes conclusions of research and experience pertaining to interplay of various factors that determine occupants' reactions to buildings they inhabit. Read More

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Senator Hagan Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 16, 2010

BIO announced Senator Kay Hagan as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. Senator Hagan, who received this award as part of BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, was honored for her "thoughtful and responsive leadership on issues critical to the biotechnology community" while serving Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. BIO President Jim Greenwood also stated that she "played a key role in the creation of a fair and balanced pathway for the approval of biosimilars." Read More

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TIA accepting nominations for Board of Directors.

April 16, 2010

Tire Industry Association (TIA) is accepting nominations for service on 2010-2011 Board of Directors. Those elected will serve for 3-year terms and may be re-elected to serve 2 additional 3-year terms. According to TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield, TIA is seeking members with passion for tire industry as well as time to commit to conference calls and meetings throughout the year. Deadline for nomination submittal is 5:00 pm EDT on April 30, 2010. Read More

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Power Transmission/Motion Control Sales continue to increase.

April 16, 2010

According to data released by PTDA in its Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers' sales increased for second consecutive month in February, with U.S. manufacturers posting increase of 14.1% and Canadian manufacturers' sales rising 5.6%. However, U.S. manufacturers' year-to-date sales are down 9.0% compared to sales at this time last year. Canadian manufacturers' year-to-year sales rose by 0.3% for same period. Read More

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The Vision Show is planned for May 25-27.

April 16, 2010

Showcasing machine vision and imaging components and solutions, The Vision Show is a must-attend event for system integrators, automation integrators, machine builders, OEMs, and companies that want to learn how machine vision can benefit them. Participants will get hands-on demonstrations from leading suppliers. Some products will include complete vision systems, cameras, optics/lenses, frame grabbers, vision software, lighting equipment, and cables/connectors. Read More