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NEMA leads EV supply equipment harmonization efforts.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 29, 2011 Representatives from NEMA led meeting to discuss standards harmonization requirements for electric vehicle supply equipment systems in North America. During meeting, representatives from UL, CSA, ANCE, and various stakeholders decided to organize 3 ad-hoc work groups of technical experts to review and harmonize requirements of UL and CSA documents by end of August 2011. SDOs will expedite approval of drafts so by end of 2011, harmonized documents will be available for certification purposes.
NAM Says Keystone XL Pipeline Critical for reliable energy, jobs.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 29, 2011 Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement in support of H.R. 1938, North American-Made Energy Security Act. According to Newhouse, "Completion of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada will provide manufacturers with a stable North American energy source...and create an estimated 130,000 new jobs." Newhouse went on to say how "Reliable, accessible, and affordable energy is critical for manufacturers to compete in today's global marketplace."
NAM says Congress can help stop NLRB's job-killing agenda.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 29, 2011 NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons released statement urging House of Representatives to pass the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act. In recent NAM poll of 8,700 manufacturers, 69% said that NLRB's actions will negatively affect their ability to create jobs. Manufacturers and their employees can't afford more job-killing proposals from the NLRB. Congress must tie the hands of Administration's NLRB to prevent it from continuing to cause harm to America's job creators.
IEEE, Parity Computing partner up for author disambiguation.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
July 29, 2011 In support of IEEE Xplore® digital library, IEEE chose Parity Computing, Inc. for author name disambiguation initiative that will leverage Parity's SaaS-based Author Profiling System. This will enabling development and maintenance of unique author and institution IDs for enhanced IEEE Xplore authorsearch experience as well as new value-added services. Author Profiler System will be used to construct and maintain unique, high-accuracy author and affiliation IDs based on existing data.
Research Application Story concerns new contact voltage sensor.
EPRI    Palo Alto, CA 94304
July 28, 2011 In collaboration with Con Edison of New York and National Grid, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) developed electric field sensor to help electric utilities detect and repair contact voltage. Directional E-Field sensor accelerates process of safely finding inadvertently energized objects and surfaces. While antenna identifies charge from any electric field, LED indicators light up when approaching its source.
HART Protocol is Global Leader according to independent study.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
July 28, 2011 Released by ARC Advisory Group, market study shows 46% of all field devices installed worldwide at year-end 2010 (32 million devices) communicate using HART® Communication Protocol. This marks largest market share of any field communications protocol, larger than all other fieldbus devices, proprietary protocols, and 4-20mA combined. Also, ARC study estimates number of installed HART devices will grow to 35 million in 2011 and projects growth to continue to 37.3 million in 2012.
Proposed Standard addresses methane hazard mitigation.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 28, 2011 Proposed standard ASTM WK32621, Practice for Evaluating Potential Hazard Due to Methane in the Vadose Zone, will enable users to determine whether or not real estate site has methane hazard that needs to be mitigated. Once approved, standard will be used by regulators, developers, sellers, buyers, occupants, management companies, lenders, consultants, contractors, and manufacturers. All interested parties are invited to participate in the development of ASTM WK32621.
Biotechnology Workshop will be held October 25-26 in Geneva.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 28, 2011 ISO-hosted international workshop on biotechnology will promote dialog among organizations actively involved in biotechnology standardization, enhance coordination among key players, and identify recommendations and priority action items for consideration by existing ISO technical and governance bodies. One goal will be to provide framework for analyzing and proposing mechanisms for improved coordination and harmonization of and cooperation on standardization activities in biotechnology.
MHEDA Journal Online examines effects of changing SBA standards.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
July 28, 2011 "What Is Small," featured in The MHEDA Journal Online's "On the Edge" section examines what constitutes a small business. In examination of size standards, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is revising North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes that ascribe maximum limit, by number of employees or average annual receipts, for qualifying small businesses. Recent proposed adjustments, doubled or more from previous standard, would increase competition for limited accounts.
MAVEN Mission completes major milestone.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
July 28, 2011 Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission reached milestone when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR). Scheduled for launch in late 2013, MAVEN will be first mission devoted to understanding Martian upper atmosphere. Its goal is to determine history of loss of atmospheric gases to space through time, providing answers about Mars climate evolution. From July 11-15, 2011, MAVEN Critical Design Review was held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
NIST Seeks Comments on structure for proposed AMTech program.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 28, 2011 As published in Federal Register, NIST requests opinions from public about best ways to structure proposed new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. Request for Information (RFI) asks interested parties to answer 26 questions about eligibility for consortia membership, selection criteria for research funds, best practices for maximizing small business participation or disseminating results, and other topics. Comments will be accepted through September 20, 2011.
ELFA releases June's survey of economic activity.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
July 28, 2011 According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, economic activity showed overall new business volume for June was $7.3 billion, up 33% from $5.5 billion in 2010. Compared with May volume, June volume increased by 30%. Receivables over 30 days decreased 14% to 2.5% in June from 2.9% in May, and declined by 24% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs increased 38% in June from previous month, and decreased by 35% from same period in 2010.
BPA Toxicity Testing, Environmental Sampling considered by EPA.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
July 28, 2011 Following BPA Action Plan announced in March 2010, US EPA is requesting public comment on possible toxicity testing and environmental sampling in order to study BPA's potential environmental impacts. This action is part of effort to strengthen EPA chemical management program and ensure safety of chemicals encountered daily by Americans. When research concludes, EPA will determine if additional actions may be needed to address human health concerns from non-food use exposures.
NREL and Verizon to explore energy-saving technologies.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
July 28, 2011 NREL and Verizon signed memorandum of understanding that could lead to development of new ways to reduce energy use in the information and communications technology industry. Under MOU, NREL and Verizon will share expertise and resources in areas such as energy efficiency and energy management at Verizon's buildings, facilities, and data centers, as well as advancement of Smart Grid technologies and best practices, including energy and communication technologies in homes and buildings.
Proposed Standard covers temperature/viscosity relationship.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 28, 2011 ASTM WK33642, Test Method for Measurement of Viscosity of Paints, Inks or Related Liquid Materials as a Function of Temperature, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.24 on Physical Properties of Liquid Paints and Paint Materials. Proposed standard will give instruction on how to prepare viscosity-temperature table or curve, and will be useful when ambient conditions do not allow measurement at exact temperature stated in specification or regulation.
BIO Applauds USDA Announcement of biomass projects areas.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
July 28, 2011 BIO applauded Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's announcement of 4 new Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in 6 states that are expected to generate as many as 3,400 jobs in rural areas. According to Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, rules for Farm Bill Energy Title programs, such as BCAP, "have only recently been finalized, and we greatly appreciate Secretary Vilsack's efforts to speedily implement them."
IPC releases guideline update for cleaning PCBs and assemblies.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
July 27, 2011 IPC-CH-65, Guidelines for Cleaning of Printed Boards and Assemblies, Revision B addresses all facets of cleaning, including material and equipment selection, process considerations, and environmental impact. The 200-page document not only brings cleaning requirements up to date, it also combines multiple documents into single, comprehensive guideline. IPC-CH-65 explains interactions between materials and processes and outlines sources and types of contamination found on circuit card assemblies.
NEMA Makes Statement on FERC transmission, cost allocation rule.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 27, 2011 According to NEMA, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Final Rule on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities (Docket RM10-23-000) offers significant step forward. Rule increases autonomy of regional stakeholder organizations to determine future of interstate transmission facilities and helps states meet renewable energy requirements. It also removes various barriers to new transmission infrastructure.
National Robot Safety Conference will cover Standard R15.06.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
July 27, 2011 At RIA's 23rd annual National Robot Safety Conference, attendees can preview advanced copy of R15.06 (2011 Edition) Robot Safety Standard. This 3-day event in Knoxville, TN includes presentations and workshops on robot safety, machine and robot standards, successful robot applications, and latest developments. Also featured, tabletop trade fair of exhibits will provide opportunity for attendees to meet industry-leading vendors and view latest safety-related equipment and robots.
FABTECH 2011 Attendance is expected to be largest ever.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
July 27, 2011 In Chicago, IL from November 14-17, FABTECH 2011 is projected to host 32,000 attendees with unlimited opportunities for them to network, learn, and see latest metal fabrication products and technologies. FABTECH show manager John Catalano stated that "Registration is up and we are on track to fill nearly a half million net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,200 exhibitors." In addition to exhibits, FABTECH 2011 will also present more than 100 educational sessions.

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