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ELFA November Report shows decline in new business volume.

December 28, 2009

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting equipment finance economic activity, showed new business volume for November declined by 7.0% compared to 2008. Alternatively, receivables and charge-offs increased for month and year. For 2009 monthly activity, decreases were also reported for total headcount for equipment finance companies. Supplemental data indicated tightening underwriting standards and lower demand were to blame for fewer transactions submitted for approval. Read More

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JEDEC and SAE enter into Memorandum of Understanding.

December 28, 2009

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association and SAE entered into MOU to collaborate on development of standards for fiber optic system test and qualification methods for harsh environment applications. Work will be conducted under auspices of JEDEC JC-13.6 Subcommittee whose objective is to publish and maintain standard for fiber optics in harsh environments with emphasis on commercial and military avionics in missile and space systems. Read More

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ASTM Committee revises baby crib standard.

December 28, 2009

ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products approved revised version of F1169, Specification for Full-Size Baby Crib. After testing and exploration of design approaches to eliminate failure related to mis-assembly, ASTM subcommittee approved revisions that preclude cribs with functional drop side and related hardware assemblies from complying with standard. Revision also contains new performance tests for crib assemblies to assure structural integrity of crib slats. Read More

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HART Plant of the Year goes to Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

December 28, 2009

HART® Communication Foundation selected Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation's ethylene plant in Kashima, Japan as recipient of 2009 HART Plant of the Year Award. Mitsubishi Chemical is using HART Communication capability of 800+ interoperable field devices, integrated with their DCS and asset management systems through multiplexers and HART-enabled I/Os, to access real-time continuous process variables and diagnostics. This resulted in operational savings of $20,000-$30,000 per day. Read More

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AIIM Standard will address government information sharing.

December 28, 2009

AIIM 21:2009, Standard Recommended Practice - Strategy Markup Language - Part 1: StratML Core will enable government agencies to use Web 2.0 social networking technologies to engage citizens effectively in pursuit of strategic goals and objectives. At Federal level, it will enable citizens to provide feedback on agency plans. Standard also supports Government Performance Results Act and provides transparency to government information through websites like GPO's Federal Digital System. Read More

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Remote Control Specification defines RF standard for remotes.

December 28, 2009

ZigBee Remote Control Profile replaces IR technology with RF standard for remote controls. Designed for use with ZigBee RF4CE specification, standard frees consumers from pointing remotes at devices and offers flexible control from nearby rooms and through wood and glass doors. It also enables 2-way communication between remote and device as well as over-the-air upgrades. Common command set is provided for interoperability, eliminating need for multiple remote controls. Read More

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A&WMA and WEF to hold odors/air pollution conference.

December 28, 2009

Odors and Air Pollutants 2010 will be presented by A&WMA and WEF, in cooperation with North Carolina Water Environment Association, from March 21-24, 2010, in Charlotte, NC. Event will feature oral presentations, interactive discussions, workshops, and exhibits. Topics will include odor control planning/monitoring; methods of sampling; measuring/estimating emissions; design of odor control systems; sustainability and greenhouse gases; and innovative technologies, operations, and agriculture. Read More

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ASHRAE Press Breakfast to focus on 189.1 standard.

December 24, 2009

Scheduled for Jan 25, ASHRAE Press Breakfast at 2010 Conference will offer in-depth look at Standard 189.1, which will provide total building sustainability package to those who strive to design, build, and operate green buildings. Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings covers site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and building's impact on atmosphere, materials, and resources. Read More

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AWWA/NRWA Webcast shows how to reduce system electric costs.

December 24, 2009

Presented by John E. Regnier, Practical Steps to Reduce System Electric Costs Webcast will be hosted by AWWA and National Rural Water Association (NRWA) on January 27, 2010. It will present ways to efficiently integrate water system load control practices with power supplier operations and pricing rules. Attendees will learn about issues connected to electric power production and delivery, energy usage reduction, and efficient tailoring of water system operations. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to address accreditation training/issuance.

December 24, 2009

Workshop on accreditation of certificate-issuing bodies, to be held February 11-12, 2010, will introduce American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and Certificate Accreditation Program. It will cover terminology, significance, and use of standard; requirements for certificate issuers; and certificate program/certificate issuance/use. Event will consist of presentations, small group discussions, and exercises for stakeholders. Read More

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ANSI uses social media to connect standards community.

December 24, 2009

ANSI utilizes social media websites to make information about events/initiatives accessible and provide place of discussion for U.S. standardization community. Its Facebook page includes company overview, upcoming events, photographs, and discussions. On Twitter, company links to news, articles, and ANSI workshop reports, while LinkedIn group page enables members to network. ANSI also has YouTube channel as well as blog with information on standards, articles, TAG work, and workshops. Read More

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ISO Privacy Steering Committee will meet in February 2010.

December 24, 2009

Privacy Steering Committee (PSC) reporting to Technical Management Board (TMB) of ISO will hold meeting in Berlin on February 24, 2010. It is charged with implementing 3 recommendations put forward by TMB task force addressing issue of ISO technical standards and privacy. Committee will provide TMB with outline of proposed workplan and related timeframes by June 2010. ASNI has appointed Scott Matthews as Chair of ANSI virtual TAG that will provide support/input to ANSI's expert on PSC. Read More

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Papers are invited for ASTM's Seventh Symposium on Roofing.

December 24, 2009

Scheduled for Dec 4-5, 2011, Seventh Symposium on Roofing Research and Standards Development will provide forum for contributing to fundamental understanding of acceptable roof performance, with primary emphasis being current research and development work. Symposium will center on influence of laboratory and field investigations in development of standards for roofing and waterproofing materials and systems. Interested presenters must submit abstract online by May 4, 2010. Read More

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Papers invited for 31st Symposium on Pesticides.

December 24, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 12-14, 2010, 31st Symposium on Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems will serve as multidisciplinary forum for participants to exchange information and learn about products and practices that meet or exceed green chemistry market trends. Symposium will focus on agrochemical formulation and delivery systems including green surfactants and related compositions, green packaging concepts, and application technologies aimed to reduce spray drift and regulatory trends. Read More

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ATA reports decline in passenger demand/cargo traffic.

December 23, 2009

ATA reports passenger revenue fell 7% in November 2009 vs same month in 2008. Also, about 1% fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines, while average price to fly one mile fell 6.4%, marking 13th consecutive month of passenger revenue decline. For cargo traffic, revenue ton miles declined 1% year-over-year for October 2009, making it 15th consecutive month of declining volumes. Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million jobs. Read More

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Showcase Displays Biotech Tools that reduce carbon emissions.

December 23, 2009

In Denmark, BIO and EuropaBio hosted technology showcase to highlight biotechnology's role in producing environmentally conscious products, including those chosen by organizers of UN Climate Change Conference to reduce emissions at the event. Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO, said "Development and deployment of industrial biotechnology tools can enable reductions of greenhouse gas emissions associated with production of goods and provide opportunities for renewed economic growth." Read More

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AIIM announces Board of Directors for 2010.

December 23, 2009

During nomination process, AIIM sought industry experts from end user community, open source community, and those building E2.0 and collaborative solutions. Officers include Lynn Fraas as Board Chair, John Chickering as Vice Chair, Llewellyn Thomas as Treasurer, John Opdycke as Executive Committee Member at Large, and Bob Zagami as Immediate Past Chair. Incoming members include Tricia Bush, Brent Bussell, Timothy Elmore, John Newton, Jeetu Patel, and Dr. Johannes Scholtes. Read More

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Blue Oval Scholars Named at San Antonio, TX high schools.

December 23, 2009

Ford Motor Company Fund, in partnership with SME Education Foundation, is working to accelerate workforce development via Ford Blue Oval Scholarships given to students focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Recognized as Blue Oval Scholars, each of 10 San Antonio high school students was awarded $2,500 Ford Blue Oval Scholarships. Award also serves as accreditation for having achieved tech-based education and is available after students select their college. Read More

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Bearing Specialists Association offers early bird registration for 2010 Convention.

December 23, 2009

BSA is delivering value to distributors and manufacturers attending its 2010 Annual Convention by offering significant savings on Early Bird registration until Feb 1, 2010. Programming has been built around 3 panels of BSA member distributors and participating manufacturers who will examine past, present, and future of industry. Convention will also offer industry updates from ABMA and BSA, presentation on counterfeit bearings, and traditional Conference Tables Session. Read More

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AWWA-Hosted Webcast addresses distribution system water quality.

December 23, 2009

On January 13 of 2010, Optimizing Distribution System Water Quality Webcast will review opportunities to optimize distribution system operation and maintenance procedures. Attendees will learn to identify operational procedures that can be used to improve water quality, strategies to reduce water age in distribution systems, and practical sanitary procedures that can be used to avoid contamination during emergency pipeline repairs. Read More