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Five State DOTs receive award for life saving programs.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
November 11, 2009 State transportation departments in Arkansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington were among honorees recognized by the Roadway Safety Foundation and Federal Highway Administration for innovation in operations, planning, and roadway design to reduce fatalities and injuries on our nation's highways. National Roadway Safety awards were presented by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood who said we can never stop looking for new ways to make driving safer.
PTDA Market Outlook Report notes slight boost in sales.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 11, 2009 According to Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers posted increased sales in September 2009. Confidence in U.S. market, measured on 1-10 scale, held at at 4.7 for third consecutive month. Canadian confidence rose by 0.1 from last month to 4.2. Respectively, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers' sales rose 5.3% and 14.0% in September 2009 but were down 29.6% and 29.1% compared to 2008. In the 9 overall product categories, 7 (U.S.) and 8 (Canadian) posted sales gains.
Brass Ingot receives NSF/ANSI certification.
NSF International    Ann Arbor, MI 48105
November 11, 2009 California Metal-X (CMX) is the first brass ingot manufacturer to receive certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (NSF 61) - Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects by NSF International. Certification to this American National Standard for public water supply products, required by California Waterworks Standards, also includes Annex G, which meets requirements of California Health and Safety Code 116875 requirements for lead content (AB 1953).
2010 IPC APEX EXPO is open for registration.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 11, 2009 Taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 will cover reliability, cleaning and contamination, and emerging technologies such as embedded devices and solar panel assembly. Event will include technical conference, standards development meetings, professional development courses, and exhibition. More than 300 suppliers with newest products and technologies will be featured, allowing attendees to shop and compare equipment and processes.
NIST solves timing problem in molecular modeling.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 11, 2009 Vinod Tewary, a theoretical physicist at NIST, has developed method for calculating motions and forces of thousands of atoms simultaneously over wider range of time scales than previously possible. Mathematical technique is expected to enable modeling of many processes that occur at time scales of nano- to microseconds, such as formation and growth of defects as well as conduction of heat, diffusion, and radiation damage in materials.
Scientists build first optical frequency comb.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 11, 2009 Scientists at University of Konstanz in Germany and NIST in U.S. have built first optical frequency comb, a tool for precisely measuring different frequencies of visible light. Teeth of frequency comb are separated enough that when viewed with a grating and microscope, the human eye can see each of approximately 50,000 teeth spanning visible color spectrum from red to blue. Comb can be used to measure light emitted by lasers, atoms, stars, or other objects.
NIST Test analyzes iris recognition algorithms in biometrics.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 11, 2009 NIST report, IREX I: Performance of Iris Recognition Algorithms on Standard Images, demonstrates that iris recognition algorithms can maintain accuracy and interoperability with compact images. It found that JPEG2000 and PNG formats, defined by ISO-IEC 19794-6 standard, compressed images small enough for storage and transmission. Test also analyzed various technical factors affecting users and showed that in forensic applications, slower and more powerful algorithms were beneficial.
Network and Service Optimization are key to IPTV growth.
Broadband Forum    Fremont, CA 94538
November 11, 2009 According to Forum Marketing Director, Laurie Gonzalez, improving multiplay content delivery by optimizing IPTV networks, provisioning, and remote management are crucial strategic objective work areas for Broadband Forum. On Nov 12, Ms. Gonzalez will address TelcoTV conference and show how IPTV has continued steady growth despite economic downturn, with North America now home to nearly 20% of all subscribers. She will also outline Broadband Forum strategic objectives beyond IPTV.
NAM commends passage of expanded NOL tax relief.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 10, 2009 According to Monica McGuire, senior policy director, taxation at NAM, by allowing companies to carry back current losses to offset taxes paid in profitable years, expanded net operating loss relief provision will provide cash for hard hit manufacturers to finance ongoing operations and retain jobs. Bill will enable manufacturers to carry back losses in 2008 or 2009 for period of 5 years instead of current 2 year carry back, which does not provide enough relief during prolonged economic downturn.
Agricultural Biotech Industry supports Insect Resistance Management Plan.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 10, 2009 Report by Center for Science in Public Interest states that farmer compliance Insect Resistance Management (IRM) Plan has been in decline. Guidelines of IRM program require growers of certain biotech corn to plant refuge of nonbiotech corn to prevent emergence of resistant insect populations. Nick Storer of Dow AgroSciences says company is partnering with other stakeholder groups to deliver education campaign to corn farmers.
Third Quarter Workholding Shipments are down from 2008.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
November 10, 2009 According to AMT's Advanced Workholding Technology (AWT) Group, shipments of workholding equipment, at $39.6 million for third quarter 2009, were down 34.1% from third quarter 2008. Workholding equipment shipments within US by 39 participating companies totaled $34.8 million, while exports amounted to $4.8 million. With this report, AWT also shows domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 7.7% and US exports increased 9.2% from second quarter 2009.
NIST Quantifies low levels of heart attack risk protein.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 10, 2009 In a recent paper in Analytical Chemistry, NIST researchers Eric Kilpatrick and David Bunk describe initial steps toward development of certified reference material used to assess accuracy of routine clinical laboratory tests for C-reactive protein (CRP). This validation will clear the way for purified serum CRP derived by the NIST method to eventually be used as a quality control and calibration tool by manufacturers for the high-sensitivity CRP (hsCRP) test.
NIST and CU to build planet-finding laser instrument.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 10, 2009 NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) will collaborate to build frequency comb laser-based instrument to help search for extrasolar Earth-like planets. Comb will have individual frequencies widely spaced enough for astronomical instruments to read. It will enable detection of planets that cause color shifts equivalent to star wobble of few centimeters/sec. National Science Foundation has awarded CU $495,000 grant for joint project.
AIA and A|D|S Standards cover electronic trade agreements.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
November 10, 2009 AIA and A|D|S, the trade organization advancing UK's AeroSpace, Defence and Security Industries, announced global standards for trading partner and electronic collaboration agreements between prime contractors and suppliers. According to AIA's Marion Blakey, set of global standards for these agreements provides guidance to companies across supply chain. Standardizing them will minimize delays/legal costs associated with negotiation and agreement process, A|D|S Chairman Ian Godden said.
Dr. Patrick Gallagher confirmed by Senate as NIST Director.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 10, 2009 Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher was confirmed, by unanimous consent, as 14th director of NIST. Gallagher has worked at NIST since 1993 as scientist and laboratory director and has worked as deputy director since September 2008. Commerce Secretary Gary Locked stated "We expect him to continue his capable stewardship of NIST as we tackle complex problems like cyber security, developing an interoperable 'smart' energy grid, standardizing electronic health records and advancing the manufacturing sector."
IPC Tax Relief Goal signed into law.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 10, 2009 Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, HR 3548, was signed into law, allowing net operating loss (NOL) relief for electronics companies of all sizes. Expanding NOL refund eligibility to medium- and large-sized companies, relief can be used by a company to recover past tax payments or reduce future tax payments. Eligible companies can receive tax refunds by applying NOLs to taxes during previous 5 yr and can carry loss forward 20 yr to future income tax payments.
IPC releases PCB industry results for September 2009.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 10, 2009 According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments declined 15.9% and bookings were down 7.8% in Sept 2009 from Sept 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments grew by 21.7% and rigid bookings increased 29.7%. Flexible circuit shipments in Sept 2009 went up 7.9% and bookings increased 12.1% compared to September 2008. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments went up 22.0% and flex bookings increased 48.1%.
AIA presents annual worker safety awards.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
November 10, 2009 Textron's Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft divisions won 2009 AIA Worker Safety Award in Aircraft Manufacturing category, while Textron Systems Corporation won same award in Aerospace Components category. Raytheon won in category of Missile and Space Vehicles for 2nd consecutive year. Awards are based on low workplace injury and illness rates for each company's U.S. operations. In addition, DRS Technologies won for most progress in worker safety from 2007 to 2008.
Nonresidential Fixed Investment is down slightly.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
November 9, 2009 According to U.S. Commerce Department's Oct 29 GDP report, nonresidential fixed investment decreased 2.5% during 3rd quarter of 2009 compared to 9.6% loss in previous quarter. Meanwhile, residential fixed investment jumped 23.4% in 3rd quarter of 2009 from 23.3% loss in 2nd quarter. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, decline in business investment is occurring during period of robust federal spending, which implies that privately generated and financed activity remains subdued.
TIA TPMS Relearn Chart is updated for clarity, relevancy.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
November 9, 2009 TIA TPMS Relearn Chart, updated to include all 2009 and select 2010 model-year cars, also feature NAPA sensor and service pack numbers. Created to provide technicians with one-stop resource for all major replacement sensor manufacturers' specifications, chart helps ensure installation of correct replacement sensor while minimizing risk of damage. Two sections, domestic and imported vehicles, list vehicles by make, model, and year.

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