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IPC Whitepaper urges EU to consider science in RoHS recast.

March 22, 2010

'Recasting the RoHS Directive: An Opportunity to Solidify Its Scientific Basis in Support of Comprehensive Environmental Regulation" urges members of EU and Parliament to ensure revised directive be scientifically based and aligned with REACH. It addresses EU Parliament amendment that bans brominated/chlorinated compounds, which could weaken scientific basis of RoHS and REACH. Ban of TBBPA would have similar implications, since studies have found it safe for human health/environment. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 details forklift rentals consolidation.

March 22, 2010

MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 issue features article, Centralized Rental, which describes steps Liftech Equipment Companies has taken to improve its rental service over last 2 yr. In article, Liftech General Rental Manager Dave Aylward outlines process of consolidating rental operations of 6 company branches, located in 2 states, into one centralized department. By doing this, according to Aylward, company's trucking department turned 5-figure profit after expecting to break even. Read More

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Publication offers application guide for AMS installation.

March 19, 2010

Reaffirmed AMCA 600-06, Application Manual for Airflow Measurement Stations, provides information to be considered when designing or specifying HVAC and other applications in installations requiring airflow measurement stations (AMSs) in temperatures from -20 to +250°F, pressures to 10 in. wg, and velocities to 5,500 fpm. Specifically, manual assists designers and users with proper application, performance considerations, selection, and limitations of airflow measurement stations. Read More

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NHA Webinar to explore green fuel cell jobs in next 10 years.

March 19, 2010

Offered as one-time only event taking place March 24 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT, Green Job Creation in the Fuel Cell Industry: The Next Ten Years will be free to attend. It will not be archived, nor will slides be made available. Webinar will offer insight into third and fourth sections - Sustainability and Job Creation Potential - of Fuel Cell Today's 2010 Industry Review, which provide data on CO2 and regulated pollution reduction as well as job creation potential out to 2019. Read More

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AASHTO commends passage of hiring incentives.

March 19, 2010

By vote of 68 to 29, Senate has approved Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, which will extend authorizations for Highway and Transit Programs through end of calendar year. It will also provide $19.5 billion to Highway Trust Fund to keep it solvent into next year and restore $8.7 billion in highway contract authority to states that was rescinded at end of fiscal year 2009. John Horsley, executive director of ASHTO says it's a win for the economy, workers, and community. Read More

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AMCA International reaffirms publication 1011-03.

March 19, 2010

AMCA International reaffirmed AMCA publication 1011-03, Certified Ratings Program- Product Rating Manual for Acoustical Duct Silencers. Organization also provides program for certifying product's sound dynamic insertion loss, airflow generated noise, and pressure drop performance ratings. This applies to acoustical duct silencers for which performance rating catalogs are published and made available publicly. AMCA International Certified Ratings Seal only applies to individual components. Read More

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AMCA Standard classifies energy efficiency for fans.

March 19, 2010

AMCA STANDARD 205-10, Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans, was approved by AMCA International membership on February 19, 2010. It defines classification for all fan types designed to be driven by motors of nominal rating 125 W (1/6 hp) and above. Fans can range from purpose-built single fan to series produced fans manufactured in large quantities. Applicable to fans and not fan system, standard also excludes classification for circulating fans. Read More

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Agricultural Groups Weigh In on Supreme Court case for biotech alfalfa.

March 19, 2010

US Supreme Court will decide if lower court acted hastily and incorrectly by banning cultivation of biotech alfalfa despite evidence documenting its safety. On March 8, coalition of agricultural organizations filed joint friend-of-the-court brief to Supreme Court in support of petitioners in Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms. Groups urge that the lower court's decision to approve injunction without adequately hearing key evidence must be reversed for benefit of farmer and consumer. Read More

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Manufacturing Production edges down in February.

March 19, 2010

According to Federal Reserve report, manufacturing production edged down 0.2% in February, following strong increase in January. Two-thirds of manufacturing production gains in February was in durable goods, which are more export-intensive than nondurable goods sectors. At same time, production declines in manufacturing industries tied more to the domestic economy, such as nonmetallic minerals, furniture, and chemicals, signals that the current recovery remains fragile. Read More

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Glass Cockpits have not led to safety improvements.

March 19, 2010

NTSB adopted study concluding that single engine airplanes equipped with digital primary flight displays, often referred to as glass cockpits, had no better overall safety record than airplanes with conventional instrumentation. Safety Board determined that because glass cockpits are both complex and vary from aircraft to aircraft, pilots are not always provided with all the information they need. Based on study, NTSB made 6 safety recommendations to the FAA. Read More

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Marion C. Blakey makes statement on National Export Initiative.

March 19, 2010

President Obama's remarks on National Export Initiative and agenda for export control modernization signal his commitment to protect national security while strengthening U.S. exports. AIA is pleased that Jim McNerny, President and CEO of The Boeing Company, has been selected to chair the President's Export Council. Developing a standard that maintains highest focus on security while allowing for critical trade with allies is a long-standing priority for the aerospace industry. Read More

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BIO Asks Congress to support biotech chemical platform deployment.

March 19, 2010

BIO's recently released white paper on growth and jobs potential of green chemicals and briefed Congressional staff on commercial status of industrial biotech for algae applications, biobased products, and advanced biofuels. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, deployment of industrial biotechnology for biofuels, biobased products, and green chemicals can restore U.S. economic competitiveness in chemical industry as well as contribute to renewed, sustainable economic growth and job creation. Read More

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Manufacturers Welcome President Obama's export initiatives.

March 19, 2010

NAM President John Engler issued statement after President Obama's announcement concerning next steps for National Export Initiative, including reinstatement of President's Export Council (PEC) led by CEOs from Boeing (Jim McNerney) and Xerox (Ursula Burns). Specifically, Engler said "NAM has been a strong proponent of domestic policies that will boost U.S. competitiveness, including opening markets for U.S. exports bilaterally and in the Doha Round." Read More

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BSA Conference Table Participation is growing.

March 19, 2010

Scheduled for May 4th, Conference Tables Session at BSA's Annual Convention offers participants opportunity for face-to-face meetings to address bearing industry concerns and resolve business problems. Conference Table online registration is available to all attendees after they register for convention. Distributors are encouraged to sign up for sessions as soon as possible so that they may plan with manufacturer to make the 25-minute meetings as productive as possible. Read More

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AIA welcomes record number of new members.

March 19, 2010

AIA enrolled 9 new members at its Executive Committee meeting. In challenging economic times, AIA's strong representation is essential to protecting business interests of nation's aerospace and defense industry and helping to establish new opportunities. New members include Alliant Techsystems, Inc; ArmorWorks Enterprises, LLC; Celestica, Inc; Deloitte Consulting, LLC; OSI Systems, Inc; Plexus Corporation; SRA International; TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc; and UFC Aerospace. Read More

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ALA and SBS announce proposed merger.

March 19, 2010

For past 18 months, Society for Biomolecular Sciences and Association for Laboratory Automation have been strategizing a merger to unite their complementary missions within context of one inclusive organization - the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. Merger awaits membership approval via proxy voting process. If approved, SLAS will become leading international community dedicated to advancing scientific research and discovery through laboratory technology. Read More

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Precision Manufacturer Conference to focus on innovation.

March 19, 2010

Innovation will be a key theme at SME-sponsored EASTEC 2010, which will be held at Eastern States Exposition on May 25-27 and is centered on 5 exhibit categories. Annual precision manufacturing event will start off with Executive Breakfast, where Chris Trimble will present "The Innovation Imperative and Revitalizing the U.S. Economy." In addition to Lean and Green Resource Centers, EASTEC will showcase manufacturers introducing new products and services. Read More

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Baldrige Program funds efforts to teach performance excellence.

March 19, 2010

NIST's BNQP has announced that MassExcellence, Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, Vermont Council for Quality, and Washington State Quality Award will receive funding for development of performance excellence curricula targeted at education or manufacturing organizations. Some plans for curricula include course modules on leadership, communication, and strategic planning; Web-based video lessons with self-paced learning; and descriptions of real-life case studies and best practices. Read More

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Model Codes and Standards are created to hasten green building construction.

March 19, 2010

International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, US Green Building Council (USGBC), and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) - all members of ANSI - have announced launch of International Green Construction Code (IGCC). As merger of 2 national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable green building codes, IGCC will provide building industry with language that broadens and strengthens building codes to accelerate high-performance green building construction across US. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed ISO outsourcing standard.

March 19, 2010

National Standards Body of the Netherlands has submitted proposal to ISO for new standard on outsourcing, for which ANSI, as U.S. member body to ISO, invites stakeholder comments on by April 30, 2010. Proposed standard would provide guidance for outsourcing of any type of service and/or process and corresponding resources. To cover entire lifecycle of outsourcing, it would also provide description of definitions, concepts, and processes that are considered good practices. Read More