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Redesigned ISPE Website facilitates resource discovery.

ISPE, global not-for-profit association of 22,000 pharmaceutical science and manufacturing professionals, announced launch of its completely redesigned website, www.ISPE.org. In addition to content reorganization, site features updated look and navigation scheme. ISPE President and CEO Bob Best called redesign a tremendous improvement." This rollout represents first step in multi-phase project,...

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NEMA publishes incandescent and electric lamp standards.

Providing physical and electrical characteristics of incandescent lamps, ANSI/ANSLG C78.21-2011 describes PAR and R bulb shapes. Standard covers lamps with clear, frosted, and lens end bulbs; clear and prescription lenses; and various reflector coatings. ANSI ANSLG C78.40-2011 Electric Lamps: Specifications for Mercury Lamps sets forth physical and electrical requirements for single-ended metal...

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NEMA Welcomes Opportunities opened by recent FTA legislation.

NEMA welcomed President Barack Obama's signature that implemented legislation for free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. Full implementation of each agreement translates to greater market access and associated commercial benefits for NEMA member companies. These agreements need to be brought online as soon as possible in 2012," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R....

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Hand Soldering Competition is looking for technicians.

Scheduled for Feb 28-29, 2012, first annual IPC APEX EXPO® Hand Soldering Competition will challenge competitors to build a functional electronics assembly within 30 minute time limit. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly, and speed at which assembly was produced. Winner will go on to compete...

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for October 2011.

According to October 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada predict slight dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 24% of participants expect activity to decline, up from 22% in September, and 29% predict decrease in orders, up from 20% in September. However, average daily shipping levels continued to trend upward, with 38% of...

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"One Voice" congratulates Senate on currency legislation.

Under banner of One Voice," National Tooling and Machining Association and PMA issued statement on Senate's passage of Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011, a bill designed to address currency manipulation by U.S. trading partners, including China. According to NTMA and PMA, currency manipulation negatively impacts ability of U.S. businesses - and small manufacturers in particular - to...

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ANSI-ESO Conference Participants request transatlantic partnerships.

ANSI, in conjunction with European Standards Organizations (ESOs), brought together 150 standards setters and senior policy makers from U.S. and Europe to discuss standards policy issues essential to their respective economies. Use of standards/compliance programs in areas of e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security issues central to discussions. According to S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI...

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ANSI Legal Issues Forum addresses patented technology.

During 2011 Legal Issues Forum: Patented Technology in Standards, nearly 80 legal experts and members of standards and conformity assessment community came together to examine policy and legal issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards. First panel examined RAND licensing commitment, while Panel 2 discussed pros and cons of mandatory or...

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Dodd-Frank Regulations found 100X more costly than SEC estimate.

Tulane University economic analysis assesses cost of implementing Dodd-Frank conflict minerals regulation to be $7.93 billion, exceeding estimate prepared by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of $71.2 million. Tulane analysis compared SEC estimates to findings of study by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and also relied on data gathered by IPC survey of manufacturers in...

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ELFA releases September Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for September was $7.1 billion, up 25% from $5.7 billion in same period in 2010. Volume was up 25% from previous month, and year-to-year cumulative new business volume is up 25% as well. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 2.3% in September from 2.5% in August, while charge-offs increased 50% from August....

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