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AIIM Report finds 51% of scanned documents are already digital.

December 22, 2009

Based on 850 responses, Document Scanning and Capture: local, central, outsource - what's working best?, average of 51% of paper documents scanned by user organizations have been output directly from a computer application with no further additions. It also found that 25% of scanned documents are photocopied, and that only 31% are destroyed, after scanning. Report indicates move back to centralized scanning operations along with greater investment in data and document capture/recognition software. Read More

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November PPI Report reflects rise in material prices.

December 22, 2009

Producer price index (PPI) report by U.S. Labor Department shows that price of construction materials/supplies rose 0.6% in November, though it is 2.3% below levels from one year ago. According to Anirban Basu, PPI for construction industries has come to reflect growing economic recovery. Stakeholders hoped materials prices would continue to decline, and rising prices could delay non-residential construction segment's recovery, Basu added. Read More

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ASTM to develop unmanned aircraft standards.

December 21, 2009

FAA has selected ASTM International to develop small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) standards intended to support new FAA regulations. ASTM Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will work with FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Office to develop standards that will provide first step in gaining National Airspace System access for sUAS - primarily focusing on commercial applications. To begin effort, committee will hold meeting in Arlington, VA, on February 17-18, 2010. Read More

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White Paper reviews facts of photoluminescent exit signs.

December 21, 2009

Produced by NEMA's Emergency Lighting Section, LSD 46-2009 Photoluminescent Exit Signage-Factual Review describes concerns regarding marketing and application recommendations common to photoluminescent exit signage in US/Canada. It seeks to edify potential users about drawbacks and realities of installing, retrofitting with, and relying upon this type of emergency equipment. Specifically, paper reviews potentially erroneous claims for signage, safety/test methods, and energy consumption. Read More

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AFS to hold 23rd Annual Technical Conference.

December 21, 2009

Scheduled for March 22-25, 2010, 23rd Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition will be co-located with 2010 AIChE Spring National Meeting in San Antonio. Vision of conference is to discuss challenges and opportunities in liquid and gas separations, to address energy and environmental issues, and to prepare for growth in the area of biotechnology. Event will also cover topics such as filter media, product evaluation and monitoring, requirements for applications, and safety and health aspects. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption falls 65.9% in 2009.

December 21, 2009

According to October USMTC report, compiled by AMT and AMTDA, manufacturing technology consumption is down 65.9% in 2009, down 2.8% from September, and down 49.0% from October 2008. October's slight decrease from September's booking is typical of past years and favorably off less than in previous years, according to Douglas K. Woods. Major indicators are still pointing to turnaround in business. Consumption is also reported on regional basis for 5 geographic areas in U.S. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO(TM) recognized by U.S. Department of Commerce.

December 21, 2009

Chosen by vote of U.S. embassies, consulates, and commercial centers worldwide, IPC APEX EXPO is one of few U.S. trade shows that will participate in U.S. Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program (IBP) for 2010. Country and industry experts from U.S. Commercial Service will be on-site at event. Also, as part of IBP, there will be increased global promotion of trade show, and Export Interest Guide will be provided to all international attendees. Read More

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PMA and Tennessee Schools to offer educational webinar.

December 21, 2009

PMA and SME will coordinate with schools in Tennessee to host free 75 min webinar on forming high-strength steels on January 19, 2010, at 12:00 pm EST, and January 21, 2010, at 6:00 pm EST. Peter Ulintz will be the speaker, with topics such as metallurgical properties of high-strength steels, applications for high-strength steels, and tooling/machining requirements to be covered. Participants can log in from remote locations or attend in person at a host location. Read More

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Synthetic Magnetic Fields created by JQI for neutral atoms.

December 21, 2009

Researchers at Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) created synthetic magnetic fields for ultracold gas atoms. In effect, this tricks neutral atoms into acting as if they are electrically charged particles subjected to real magnetic field. This demonstration opens up possibilities for exploring complex natural phenomena involving charged particles in magnetic fields and may also contribute to new form of quantum computing. Read More

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ALA names $10,000 Innovation Award finalists.

December 21, 2009

ALA Innovation Award recognizes LabAutomation2010 podium presenters whose work demonstrates outstanding innovation and contributes to exploration of automation technologies in the laboratory. Top Candidates include Jason Haaheim, M.S., Ali Khademhosseini, Ph.D., Abe Lee, Ph.D., Darren Link, Ph.D., Richard Mathies, Ph.D., Zheng Ouyang, Ph.D., Juan Santiago, Gary Siuzdak, Ph.D., Robin Smith, and Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D. Panel of judges will select best presentation for $10,000 ALA Innovation Award. Read More

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ALA announces first speaker for LabAutomation2011.

December 21, 2009

ALA announced confirmation of the first speaker in its plenary line-up for LabAutomation2011, which will be held Jan 29 to Feb 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, CA. Chad Mirkin, Ph.D., will focus on The Polyvalent Oligonucleotide Nanoparticle Conjugate: A New Frontier in Molecular Diagnostics, Intracellular Gene Regulation and Therapy. Read More

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AIIM announces incoming 2010 Board of Directors.

December 18, 2009

AIIM has assigned team of thought leaders with vision to provide guidance for companies' information management and E2.0 initiatives. Incoming members of 2010 Board of Directors include Brent Bussell (IBM), Tricia Bush (Microsoft), Timothy Elmore (FCU), Johannes Scholtes (ZyLab Technologies), John Newman (Alfresco Software), and Jeetu Patel (Doculabs). AIIM is non-profit industry association that helps organizations find, control, and optimize their information. Read More

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HART Communication Foundation supports deployment of FDI.

December 18, 2009

HART® Communication Foundation announced its support of accelerating deployment of Field Device Integration (FDI) technology by enlarging scope of EDDL Cooperation Team into FDI Cooperation. Comprised of technology trade organizations and control equipment supplier companies, new cooperation supports uniform device integration solution for process industries across all control and host systems, devices, and field device communication protocols as requested by end-users throughout world. Read More

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NIST opens updated SCAP publication for public comment.

December 18, 2009

Special Publication 800-126 Revision 1, The Technical Specification for the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP): SCAP Version 1.1, describes changes to SCAP, which incorporates software flaw and security configuration standard reference data from National Vulnerability Database. Publication also adds SCAP to Open Checklist Interactive Language that standardizes manual security checks through questionnaires. Public comment period runs through January 23, 2010. Read More

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Touchscreen Device may lead to mobile fingerprint ID.

December 18, 2009

NIST compiled requirements and designed software needed by FBI to run on handheld device with index card-sized touchscreen. Researchers Mary Theofanos, Brian Stanton, Yee-Yin Choong, and Ross Micheals brainstormed with FBI Hostage Rescue Team and created solution capable of taking pictures of fingerprints/faces and sending data wirelessly to central hub. Design was scaled to fit 2 x 3 in. screen, and next step is to integrate actual finger print sensor into demo program. Read More

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Organizations honored with Baldrige National Quality Award.

December 18, 2009

On Dec 7, President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that 5 organizations have been named recipients of 2009 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for innovation and performance excellence. Recipients include Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, MidwayUSA, AtlantiCare, and Heartland Health, and VA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center. Read More

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NFPA and UL Standards help ensure bright, safe holidays.

December 17, 2009

NFPA and UL, members and audited designators of ANSI, urge consumers to keep safety in mind this holiday season when decorating. Codes and standards addressing decoration safety cover safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment to be used indoors/outdoors. Both agencies advise choice of appropriate products (indoor-only vs. outdoor-only) as well as examination of products for cracked sockets and frayed/exposed wires before installation. Read More

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NACD Announcement names 21 new members and affiliates.

December 17, 2009

NACD welcomed 21 new members and affiliates - which include chemical distributors, suppliers, chemical handlers, and non-handlers - for the fourth quarter of 2009. Exemplifying diversity and continued growth of NACD community, members will be provided with regulatory guidance, networking opportunities, and access to elected officials in Washington, DC. NACD expects continued growth in 2010, as chemical distributors look to thrive in current economic and regulatory environment. Read More

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Group of Airlines take step in alternative fuel deployment.

December 17, 2009

According to ATA, a core group of airlines has signed groundbreaking memoranda of understanding with AltAir Fuels LLC and Rentech, Inc. for future supply of alternative aviation fuel. In addition to being more environmentally friendly on lifecycle basis than today's jet fuels, domestically produced alternative fuels will also create jobs and bolster U.S. energy independence. Announcement reaffirms airlines' commitment to greener, more stable and secure energy future. Read More

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NIST seeks public comment on cryptography standard document.

December 17, 2009

NIST has released Revised Draft of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-3 for public comment until March 11, 2010. Document updates federal government's guiding document for testing/validation of cryptographic modules that offer primary line of defense for confidential data on computers. Revision proposes 4 levels of security specified in FIPS 140-2 and adds requirements at higher security levels for mitigating noninvasive attacks. Read More