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RIA presents Michael Pinto with Martin L. King Award.

April 12, 2010

RIA has presented Martin L. King Award to Michael Pinto, CSP, CMP, at its recent annual Convention & Exhibition in Atlanta, GA. Pinto, CEO of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc., was awarded for efforts as industry instructor on various environmental and restoration topics, monthly column in Cleaning & Restoration magazine, and articles in other industry publications. He was also honored for his ability to take complex issues and break them down to their essential points. Read More

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BIO Applauds Progress in Brazilian cotton dispute.

April 12, 2010

The Obama Administration made progress in avoiding retaliatory measures concerning long-running cotton dispute brought by Brazil against US. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that both nations have agreed upon next steps toward negotiated settlement. Commenting, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said "we have been spared the imposition of retaliatory measures on a number of products including pharmaceuticals and agricultural seeds." Read More

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ISA/ANSI Guide helps businesses mitigate cyber attacks risk.

April 12, 2010

"The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs," released by ISA and ANSI, assists business executives in analysis, management, and transfer of financial risk related to cyber attack. Responding directly to the President's request, this action guide offers pragmatic action plan that addresses cybersecurity from enterprise-wide perspective. Guide includes strategic questions, sample charts, as well as list of standards and reference documents. Read More

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US Market Report examines merchant hydrogen market.

April 9, 2010

NHA has compiled information on how hydrogen and fuel cells are being used in U.S. Hydrogen and fuel cell products keep cell phones working when power to telecommunication towers fails; transport people on public transit and in private vehicles with zero emissions from tailpipe; and move food and products around distribution centers. NHA's US Market Report examines merchant hydrogen market from perspectives of production and delivery, use, and education and employment. Read More

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AASHTO, 26 Other Groups urge support of Highway Trust Fund.

April 9, 2010

AASHTO and 26 other groups joined in letter to Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joseph Lieberman, who are negotiating legislation that may include carbon tax on gasoline that could be passed on to drivers. One proposal would funnel revenue generated by tax into clean-energy research or subsidies for hybrid cars. According to letter, new fees placed on transportation fuels should be dedicated to Highway Trust Fund to improve nation's highways and public transportation systems. Read More

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Material Handling Journal emphasizes social media.

April 9, 2010

The MHEDA Journal - an online magazine for forklift, storage and handling, and general material handling equipment industries - exceeds its legacy of being quarterly print magazine. Over past several months, magazine staff has increased its online presence through tools such as blogs (updated multiple times per week) and social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, all of which give readers many more ways to engage content. Read More

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IPC updates electrical soldering requirements standard.

April 9, 2010

IPC has released E revision of IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies. Standard includes expanded, updated, and consolidated soldering criteria and support for lead-free manufacturing. Organizational changes to document include new and updated full-color illustrations. Teresa Rowe and Daniel Foster will lead course, The NEW J-STD-001 Revision E - Learn from the Leaders, at IPC APEX EXPO on Friday, April 9, in Las Vegas. Read More

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Research shows non-chemical devices may not reduce biological growth.

April 9, 2010

Research supported by ASHRAE indicates that non-chemical devices (NCD) marketed to control growth of biological agents may not materially reduce biological growth. Research project No. 1361, Biological Control in Cooling Towers Using Non-Chemical Water Treatment Devices, evaluated 5 non-chemical devices using different technologies to control biological activity in model cooling-tower system. None measurably reduced planktonic or sessile microbial populations. Read More

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HUD Healthy Homes Program recognizes RIA certificants.

April 9, 2010

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) certificants holding Certified RestorerSM and Water Loss SpecialistSM) certification have been recognized by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and National Center for Healthy Homes. Individuals holding credentials will be included in website designed to help consumers make informed decisions when considering contractor or consultant to help resolve any healthy home issues. Read More

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BIO asks Congress to fund reverse auction for biofuels.

April 9, 2010

BIO released letter to House and Senate appropriators asking them to fund Section 942 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Production Incentives for Cellulosic Biofuels, at the $25 million level in Fiscal Year 2011. This program, if closely coordinated with other federal programs, can stimulate the private investment needed to build large-scale biorefineries to meet the energy production and greenhouse gas reduction goals of the United States. Read More

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Competition seeks best transportation projects of 2009.

April 9, 2010

Applications are being accepted for 2010 America's Transportation Awards in categories of On Time, Under Budget, Innovative Management, and Best Recovery Act Project. Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, awards are selected by panel of independent judges at regional level and then Top Ten vie for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. Both carry $10,000 prize that can be used for education grant in transportation field or to support community project or charity. Read More

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Department of Energy releases Open Government Plan.

April 9, 2010

Open Government Plan highlights DOE initiatives to maintain and increase transparency; increase participation between Department, its program offices, sites, and American public; and increase collaborative efforts between Department and stakeholders. One initiative, OpenEI.org open-source web platform, opens DOE resources and data to public. Free, editable, and evolving wiki-platform will help to deploy clean energy technologies across the country and the world. Read More

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Grants Awarded to HBCUs for science and technical research.

April 9, 2010

US Department of Energy Assistant Secretary, Inés Triay, joined by US House Majority Whip, Congressman James E. Clyburn, awarded nearly 9 million dollars to 9 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in SC and Northeast GA. Funding will foster academic programs that promote minority involvement in science and technical research fields. Participating HBCU institutions committed to developing programs for 2010 that promote training, education, and hands-on activities. Read More

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ASHRAE Annual Conference to focus on energy conservation.

April 9, 2010

Scheduled for June 26-30, ASHRAE 2010 Annual Conference will provide guidance on how to improve building systems, from moisture issues to ventilation. Technical program addresses existing technology, systems, and equipment, giving attendees hands-on knowledge that they can use daily. It is divided into 7 tracks, including High Efficiency HVAC/R Systems, Energy Facts vs. Simulation, Living with HVAC/R Systems, Energy Conservation vs. New Generation, and Ventilation Systems. Read More

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NAM Official speaks about arbitration tribunal ruling.

April 9, 2010

International arbitration panel ruled in favor of Chevron in claim of company against government of Ecuador under U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). Ruling emphasizes importance of U.S. BIT program as way to ensure U.S. investors are treated fairly in partner countries, according to Frank Vargo of NAM. Vargo also said foreign competitors have advantages like access to international arbitration, and program will level playing field in foreign markets for American companies. Read More

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BSA publishes brief on linear motors.

April 9, 2010

BSA's latest Bearing Brief, "A Guide to Linear Motors," distinguishes between voice coil, force tube, stepper, hybrid, brush dc, induction, and synchronous linear motors. Publication includes Quick Selection guide and chart on properties of each motor type. Like all BSA Bearing Briefs, "A Guide to Linear Motors" is available for free download from Tools You Can Use on BSA website www.bsahome.org. Read More

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Automate Show to collocate with ProMat 2011.

April 9, 2010

AutomateSM, the new name for the International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Show, will be collocated with ProMat® 2011 from March 21-24. Automate has potential to teach prospective customers how to successfully apply robotics, machine vision, motion control, and related technologies used in automated solutions. Front of show will feature pavilion of leading system integrators who will demonstrate solutions for wide range of industries. Read More

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SIIA and OpSource to host forum on cloud computing solutions.

April 9, 2010

"All About the Cloud," to be held May 10-12 in San Francisco, will combine SIIA and OpSource annual conferences. It will allow 750 executives, analysts, and venture capitalists to gather to explore, debate, and discuss development and future of cloud computing. All aspects of the cloud will be covered, highlighting trends and strategic opportunities for SaaS ISVs, developers, C-level executives, and government agencies. Event will also provide networking opportunities for attendees. Read More

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MHEDA Edge Article explains US/China wire deck industry fight.

April 9, 2010

MHEDA Edge's April issue article titled "All Hands On Deck" focuses on legal battle between US and Chinese wire decking industries. Tension has risen over ways Chinese government has offered tax breaks and subsides to its manufacturers, enabling them to sell exported products at low prices, leading to influx of Chinese-manufactureed products into U.S. market. Details of legal battle and how it turned out can be found in current issue of online journal found on MHEDA website. Read More

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IPC announces updates to IPC-6012 and IPC-A-600.

April 9, 2010

IPC-A-600H, Acceptability of Printed Boards, features 95 new and updated photos and illustrations, which help inspectors understand anomalies that can impact performance and those that are cosmetic. Standard offers expanded coverage on topics such as solder mask coverage, etchback, via fill, and flexible circuits. Determining how many boards and/or test coupons to check is addressed by IPC-A-600's companion document, IPC-6012C, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards. Read More