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PV System Standard in development by ASTM committee.

Proposed standard ASTM WK22009, Test Method for Reporting Photovoltaic Non-Concentrator System Performance, aims to simplify process of PV system acceptance and reduce cost associated with negotiating PV system purchase. In addition to outlining test method that can be used to determine PV system power production capacity compared to agreed-upon specifications, standard will offer test that...

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SME Chicago Chapter 5 lauded as Outstanding Education Partner.

SME Chicago Chapter 5 has been awarded 2011 Outstanding Education Partner of the Year Award. Professional manufacturing group is comprised of members successfully directing their efforts to partnering and supporting aspiring engineers pursuing advanced manufacturing education at local colleges and universities. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin commended SME Chapter 5's track record,...

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Wisconsin Bioscience Fund makes good business sense.

Wisconsin Next Generation Jobs Act, a bipartisan special legislative session bill submitted at the request of Governor Scott Walker, would provide investment capital and other types of funding to bioscience companies operating within the state. If enacted into law, program would nurture innovative companies that seek to develop cures and breakthrough medicines, improve crop yields, discover...

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Four U.S. Organizations honored with 2011 Baldrige Award.

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson named 3 healthcare operations and 1 non-profit business as recipients of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients included Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, MO; Henry Ford Health System of Detroit, MI; Schneck...

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ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel examines progress, looks forward.

At Tenth Plenary Meeting, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel examined progress made over past decade and discussed path forward. Keynote speaker Adam K. Theil, fire chief for Alexandria, VA, acknowledged role standards play in enabling first responders to coordinate activities in emergency environments. Chris Dubay, VP and chief engineer at NFPA, moderated discussion examining standards that...

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ANSI Seeks Comment on proposals related to sustainable development.

ANSI invites comments, by January 13, 2012, on 2 related proposals recently submitted to International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In addition to proposal submitted by AFNOR, French member body to ISO, for new field of activity within area of sustainable development in communities, a work item proposal has been made by JISC, Japanese member body to ISO, for development of harmonized...

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EPA releases formerly confidential chemical information.

As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to enhance EPA's chemicals management program and increase transparency, agency is making available to the public hundreds of studies on chemicals that had been treated as Confidential Business Information. Releasing data will expand access to critical health and safety information on chemicals that are manufactured and processed in U.S. Newly...

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Robert Sumwalt sworn in for second term.

Nominated by President Obama, Robert L. Sumwalt was sworn in for his second term as a Board member of NTSB. Member Sumwalt was first designated as Board member on August 21, 2006 by President Bush and served as Vice Chairman of the Board for a 2-year term. He is currently serving a 5-year term as Board member, which ends on December 31, 2011. His next term of office will run until December 31,...

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November 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report predicts decline.

Metalforming companies, according to November 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, predict continued decline in business conditions during next 3 months. Of 132 participants, 11% expect improvement, 61% predict no change, and 28% forecast decline. Companies also expect slight decrease in incoming orders. Average daily shipping levels decreased in November, and percentage of metalforming companies...

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PACK EXPO International 2010 makes top 5 largest trade shows.

PMMI announced that PACK EXPO International 2010 ranked third among the annual Trade Show Executive Gold 100. In 2010, PACK EXPO International recorded 1,055,081 nsf, 44,294 visitors, and 1,835 exhibitors. Based on these figures, PACK EXPO was the third-largest trade show in the United States in 2010, following only the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show at 1.4 million nsf and IMTS -...

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