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AASHTO Director comments on State of the Union address.

February 1, 2010

John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO, commends President Obama's support for infrastructure investment to provide jobs and rebuild transportation system. Horsley uses Enrico DiGregorio of DiGregorio Construction as example, since recovery-funded projects have enabled him to retain employees as well as hire additional ones. Urging Congress to continue investing in transportation, Horsley notes that states are awaiting approval of almost 10,000 transportation projects worth $79 billion. Read More

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AIA Official comments on State of the Union address.

February 1, 2010

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey expressed organization's approval that President Obama is making it a priority to double exports, enforce trade agreements, and reform export controls consistent with national security. Blakey said review of U.S. export control system could lead to reforms that grow high-skill, high-wage jobs and keep defense industrial base competitive. Omissions noted were on aviation and NASA, but recognition of need for small businesses to obtain credit was well received. Read More

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High-speed and Inter-city Rail Projects awarded $8 billion in grants.

February 1, 2010

High-speed rail and intercity passenger rail proposals in 31 states and the District of Columbia got the go-ahead with the announcement of nearly $8 billion in grant awards as part of the federal economic recovery program. California received the largest funding for projects throughout the state, totaling $2.344 billion. According to AASHTO Executive Director, John Horsley, rail projects will create good jobs and reinvigorate domestic manufacturing in U.S. Read More

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Survey of NEMA Companies show rising business confidence.

February 1, 2010

Derived from survey responses from senior executives of NEMA member companies, Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rose in January to 57.1. Any value over 50 indicates more respondents reported that business environment improved from previous month than those who reported it worsened. Reflecting widespread sentiment that business conditions will improve over the next 6 months, EBCI for future North American conditions rose to 78.6. Read More

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ProMat and International Robot Show to co-locate in 2011.

February 1, 2010

Material Handling Industry of America and Automation Technologies Council announce that ProMat and The International Robots, Vision and Motion Control Show will co-locate March 21-24, 2011. Co-locating will provide attendees with education and networking opportunities as well as exposure to largest equipment and technology display in North America. Over 825 exhibitors will showcase their solutions to thousands of manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution professionals from over 100 countries. Read More

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ZigBee Alliance certifies 11 more home automation devices.

February 1, 2010

ZigBee® Alliance announced certification of 11 devices from 5 companies using ZigBee Home Automation. Overall, there are now 28 products certified to help consumers and professional installers create smart homes that control home appliances, lighting, heating and cooling, energy use, and security. Standards-based wireless technologies, such as ZigBee, are spurred on by decreasing price and growing availability of peripheral components. Read More

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NAM commends President for focus on jobs.

January 29, 2010

Following President Obama's State of the Union address, NAM President, John Engler, made statement commending President for focusing on jobs. However, policies are needed that encourage job creation and help U.S. to be more competitive in global economy. NAM submitted economic analysis conducted by Milken Institute that shows more than 11 million jobs can be created in this decade by reducing corporate tax rate, establishing permanent R&D tax credit, and modernizing U.S. export controls. Read More

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NIST seeks university teams for manufacturing competition.

January 29, 2010

NIST is seeking university teams to participate in Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition on May 2-3, 2010, to simulate industrial robot performing stacking of odd-lot boxes on shipping pallet. Deadline for entering competition, which is cosponsored by NIST, IEEE, and Georgia Tech, is February 15. Winning team will run part of their simulated task on robot at International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska in May. Read More

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AIA's Marion C. Blakey issues statement on job creation.

January 29, 2010

Jobs for America: Investments and Policies for Economic Growth and Competitiveness says that more than 182,000 jobs could result from $10.4 billion government investment in NextGen. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, report calls out value of aerospace manufacturing and says investment in NextGen will add more jobs to already established and productive manufacturing facilities. Data shows that making NextGen priority in government jobs bill will benefit everyone. Read More

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IPC publishes wage/salary study for 2008-2009.

January 29, 2010

IPC Wage and Salary Report for North American EMS Industry 2008-2009 is based on results from 129 U.S. and Canadian EMS facilities that participated in IPC's biennial wage and salary survey. Reflecting current economic conditions, findings in 60-pg report indicate hourly and management employee salaries climbed 1.9% and salaried employees 1.7% in 2009. It shows 2008-2009 benefit costs were up to 22.7% of total wages, while 75% of companies paid 100% of employee's life insurance premiums. Read More

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SFF Antennas are made possible with engineered metamaterials.

January 29, 2010

NIST and partners from industry and academia have designed and tested experimental antennas that may be useful in wireless systems with decreasing form factors such as emergency communications devices, micro-sensors, and portable ground-penetrating radar. Such antennas incorporate metamaterials - materials engineered with often microscopic structures - and radiate as much as 95% of input radio signal. Form factors can be as small as 1/50 of wavelength and could shrink further. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on amusement attractions safety proposal.

January 29, 2010

As US member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by March 5 on proposal made by National Standards Body of the Russian Federation (GOST R) to ISO for new field of technical activity on safety of attractions found at amusement facilities. This proposal seeks development of unified and generalized approach to "Safety of attractions" that will increase safety while also eliminating economic barriers in trade in this area of activity. Read More

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NIST and CDC research refrigerated vaccine storage practices.

January 29, 2010

In collaboration with CDC, researchers at NIST have completed first of a series of tests to determine best practices for properly storing and monitoring temperature of refrigerated vaccines. Since vaccines must be kept 2-8°C, vaccines should never be kept on door shelves because relative lack of insulation in door allowed unacceptable temperature drifts. Vaccines should also be kept away from walls of refrigerator, because defrost cycle can cause temperature of walls to shift. Read More

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Students preparing for Team America Rocketry Challenge.

January 29, 2010

Students on 669 teams from 45 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands are preparing to launch their hand-designed rockets at the eighth annual Team America Rocketry challenge, which is designed to boost industry workforce by sparking interest in science, math, and engineering education. This year's challenge is for each team to design and build model rocket that carries 1 raw egg payload to altitude of 825 ft with flight duration of 40-45 sec, returning egg to ground unbroken. Read More

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ANSI announces USNC of IEC call for nominations to workshop.

January 29, 2010

USNC of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is seeking nominations for participants in Young Professionals 2010 Workshop, to be held October 13-15, 2010, in conjunction with IEC 2010 General Meeting in Seattle. U.S. stakeholders are encouraged to nominate young professionals in first 10-15 yr of professional career, post university. Nominations must be submitted electronically to Charlie Zegers of USNC by April 30, 2010, and 3 winners will be notified in July 2010. Read More

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ANSI Collaborative seeks members for nuclear energy meeting.

January 29, 2010

Members of NESCC, joint initiative between ANSI and NIST, are invited to participate in 3 task groups, 1st which will be NRC Standards Database Task Group to develop searchable database of NRC regulatory documents. Concrete Task Group will coordinate safety and non-safety related concrete requirements in nuclear power plants, identify concrete design needs, and plan how to incorporate them into codes/standards. Members are also being sought for Ad Hoc Group on NESCC Meeting Planning. Read More

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Papers invited for fatigue and fracture mechanics symposium.

January 29, 2010

Sponsored by ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture and the European Structural Integrity Society, Eleventh International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics will focus on fatigue crack growth. Emphasis will be placed on papers addressing the following topics: crack closure effects, adjusted compliance ratio method as alternate closure assessment methodology, residual stress effects, and crack growth in near-threshold regime. Read More

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IPC seeks votes to determine top 10 academic posters.

January 29, 2010

Up until February 19, IPC is seeking industry votes to determine top 10 poster abstracts from 14 that have been submitted for consideration in IPC academic poster competition. These 10 academic posters will be displayed during exhibition at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) on April 6-8 in Las Vegas, where attendees and exhibitors will be invited to vote for their favorite. Monetary prizes will be given to authors of top 3 posters, which will be announced at close of show floor reception on April 7. Read More

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EUEC 2010 Conference will showcase new technologies.

January 29, 2010

At its 13th Annual Energy and Environment Conference (EUEC), presentations will be made on technologies developed by Southern Research Institute scientists. Featured innovations will include on-site bromine-gas production and injection system used to mitigate mercury emissions in energy production for coal-fired utilities, as well as technology that obtains data on droplet size and concentration distributions in wet scrubber mist eliminator performance testing programs. Read More

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ASHRAE Conference to foster urban energy conservation.

January 28, 2010

Existing Buildings in Urban Areas: Dramatically Cutting the Energy Waste, hosted by ASHRAE, will guide building community and government in reducing energy use. Taking place April 19-20 in NYC, this conference will address theoretical and practical matters associated with major improvements in energy efficiency of existing buildings. Specific topics include investment and financial decision-making, effective public policies, and necessary technical steps. Read More