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ATA Supports Proposed Rule on speculative position limits.

April 28, 2010

ATA submitted public comments to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) supporting proposed rule on speculative position limits for certain energy contracts. Citing need for stronger limits, ATA noted excessive speculation causes distortion, higher prices, and increased volatility in oil markets while also contributing to job losses, reduced service, and industry losses. Comments also suggested index funds and other passive investors should be subject to position limits. Read More

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2010 BIO International Convention welcomed by IL representatives.

April 28, 2010

In previewing 2010 BIO International Convention and commenting on biotech and other emerging fields, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said Illinois "provide[s bioscience entrepreneurs with the right balance of highly skilled workers and essential capital, community and international access." Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley added "Chicago and Illinois...welcome the opportunity to showcase the depth and breadth of biotechnology in the Midwest to the international leaders of the industry." Read More

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Sustainability Website presents new and searchable coverage.

April 28, 2010

FMA Communications Inc. announced www.greenmanufacturer.net, which offers sustainability coverage via updates, tweets, and blogs; real-time reports; webcasts; and interactive tools. According to Green Manufacturer magazine editor Kate Bachman, "Content will include current and archived articles...to expand our accessibility and to provide enhanced topic searchability." Green Manufacturer Network will also supply event announcements, conference registrations, and contact opportunities. Read More

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Philadelphia FAA Controllers make next generation transition.

April 28, 2010

As part of FAA's plan to modernize national airspace system, controllers in Philadelphia area can use satellite-based system - Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) - to track and separate aircraft. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said operational benefits "extend as far as Washington, DC, and New York, which has some of the most congested airspace in the world." Use of ADS-B lends to increased efficiency and safety via 1 sec update rates and detailed information. Read More

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ASA Warehouse Operations Seminar met with success in 3 locations.

April 28, 2010

American Supplpy Association Education Foundation's Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations certificate course, offered via one-day seminars, took place in Findlay, Ohio; Bloomington, MN; and Downers Grove, IL. Addressing frequently mentioned issues, Jason Bader of The Distribution Team, Inc. led groups through program of instruction, discussions, and exercises that summarized highlights of 9-chapter course. Participants came away optimistic about taking operations to next level. Read More

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SME announces format change for Canadian Manufacturing Week.

April 28, 2010

Canadian Manufacturing Week 2010, October 5-7, will take place at Toronto Congress Centre. Event will feature three-zoned format that groups latest manufacturing technologies and solutions into Weld Expo Canada, The Advanced Manufacturing Zone, and The Physical Asset Management Zone. Changes in event are based on results of February SME survey of 552 Canadian manufacturers, which indicated that 70% see businesses increasing in next 12-18 months. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Projects concentrate on commercial buildings.

April 28, 2010

US Department of Energy announced support for energy-saving commercial building projects in United States. With money from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, DOE's national laboratories will select and fund technical experts to provide technical guidance to commercial building owners and operators. Commercial Building Partnerships initiative will foster collaborative relationships among commercial building owners/operators, researchers, and technical experts. Read More

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NEMA endorses DoE collaboration with IDB.

April 28, 2010

In significant move to facilitate implementation of projects, policy reform, and knowledge dissemination across Americas, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu has signed Memorandum of Understanding with Inter-American Development Bank President, Luis Alberto Moreno to help launch Energy Innovation Center. EIC will promote innovation and cutting edge technology for energy sector, serve as regional hub for energy knowledge exchange, and translate energy sector ideas into projects. Read More

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International Teams collaborate on renewable energy technology.

April 28, 2010

Research collaboration agreement, signed between US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Tenerrdis, will promote joint effort towards solar energy, smart grid, and battery technology research. Aiming to increase deployment and reduce costs of renewable energy, memorandum of understanding (MOU) details cooperation in terms of exchange of expertise, participation in joint projects and research, as well as mutual support in technology transfer. Read More

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ASHRAE Supports Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010.

April 28, 2010

Introduced on Earth Day, Federal Building Personnel Training Act of 2010 will provide training for Federal building personnel regarding areas of building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety, and design functions. ASHRAE president Gordon Holness called this piece of important legislation "an example for the rest of the nation." Doug Read, ASHRAE program director of government affairs, noted ASHRAE played critical role in drafting this bipartisan legislation. Read More

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Papers invited for ASTM sealants and adhesives symposium.

April 28, 2010

Scheduled for June 16-17, 2011, Fourth Symposium on Durability of Building and Construction Sealants and Adhesives will gather and disseminate latest information on all aspects of durability testing, assessment, and specifications. Scope of symposium covers all building envelope, interior building, construction, and civil engineering applications. Interested presenters must submit 250-300 word abstract by Aug. 15, 2010. Read More

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NEMA Becomes Sponsor of High-Performance Building Week.

April 28, 2010

NEMA is sponsoring High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition's High Performance Building Week, which takes place June 13-19 and highlights importance of high-performance buildings. Activities will include site visits to NIST laboratories, congressional briefings, and reception honoring high performance building goals achievements. As NEMA President and CEO, Evan R. Gaddis said "this is critically important as energy and climate legislation is being considered." Read More

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AEM names Raymond Bianchi as Exhibit Sales Director.

April 28, 2010

Raymond Bianchi will be leading AEM's multishow sales program, which includes CONEXPO-CON/AGG mega-exposition. Megan Tanel, AEM's VP of Exhibitions and Events says that Bianchi will attend AEM's Exhibitor Education Meeting, May 18-19, 2010, and will be available to meet one-on-one with exhibitors. Previously Show Director/General Manager at Dolomite Innovations, he is senior international executive experienced in sales and marketing, with focus on industrial, medical, and consumer products. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for April 2010.

April 27, 2010

According to April 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect business conditions to remain steady during next 3 months. Report shows that 45% of participants expect improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, while 45% predict that activity will remain unchanged. Companies also forecast continued positive momentum in incoming orders, and 61% of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago. Read More

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Certified Vision Professional Tutorials to be given at the Vision Show.

April 27, 2010

The Vision Conference will include tutorials and sessions taught by industry experts who will provide practical training for those at all levels of machine vision proficiency. Some topics that will be covered include The Fundamentals of Machine Vision, Beginning Lighting and Optics for Machine Vision, Designing Real Time High Speed Systems, Advances in LED Lighting and Lighting Techniques, and Camera and Image Sensor Technology Basics. Read More

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Cloud Computing Event to take place in May.

April 27, 2010

From May 10-12, OpSource and SIIA are hosting joint conference, titled All About the Cloud, which will examine how cloud solutions can help businesses redefine operating strategies and jumpstart economic recovery. Event will bring together more than 750 attendees to explore industry's role in global business. It will cover all aspects of SaaS and cloud computing, highlighting trends and strategic opportunities for SaaS ISVs, developers, C-level executives, and government agencies. Read More

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EDF to help fund manure composting facility in PA.

April 27, 2010

Oregon Dairy Organics facility will turn excess manure from Lancaster County farms and waste from yards and kitchens into compost and prevent polluted runoff from reaching streams and rivers as well as Chesapeake Bay. Finished compost will begin selling this fall. Coordinated and funded in part by EDF, project will include facility management/finished compost marketing by Terra-Gro and coordination of farmer participation by TeamAG, Inc. Read More

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SPE Conference highlights automotive application innovations.

April 27, 2010

To be held in Troy, MI on April 27, 2010, SPEĀ® Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference (AutoEPCON) offers one full day of technical presentations, keynote addresses, exhibits, and networking reception. Presentations on new technologies help automakers add value as well as reduce cost and weight of components with engineering plastics, while 4 keynote speakers will help frame challenges and opportunities facing supply community as well as automakers. Read More

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AMCA appoints new Chair and Vice-Chair for Pacific Rim Region.

April 27, 2010

Recently, AMCA Executive Director, Barbara Morrison attended AMCA's Pacific Rim Region Business Meeting and Dinner, which was held in conjunction with China Refrigeration Expo in Beijing, China. Mr. C.F. Yang of Kruger Asia, the longtime Pacific Rim Chair stepped down and AMCA Regional members appointed the new Pacific Rim Region Chair, Ms. Bek Siew Hup, of Azen Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. Mr. David Tang, of Kruger Ventilation, Asia was appointed Pacific Rim Region Vice-Chair. Read More

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ASTM presents Dr. Chris Ingersoll with Award of Merit.

April 27, 2010

Chris Ingersoll, Ph.D., aquatic toxicologist at Columbia Environmental Research Center has been honored with Award of Merit and title of fellow from ASTM International Committee E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate. An active member of ASTM since 1987, Ingersoll is past chair of Committee E47 and leads Subcommittee E47.03 on Sediment Assessment and Toxicology. In his current role, Ingersoll conducts research to develop methods for assessing bioavailability of contaminants in sediment. Read More