IPC urges phase-in of conflict minerals regulations.
IPC submitted comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the legal basis for a phase-in of conflict minerals regulatory requirements. The 4-page brief, The Commission's Statutory Authority to Phase-In its Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rules, highlights IPC's proposal for 3-year phase-in of rules. IPC's recommendations are based on anticipated dates at which on-the-ground...Read More »
Manufacturers Comment on FTAs to emphasize jobs and growth.
In his statement which followed Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus' (D-MT) announcement on markup of pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said Manufacturers are pleased...because these agreements will bring job growth and economic expansion. Timmons also commented that Moving the FTAs forward in an expedited fashion is critical and urged White House and...Read More »
PACK EXPO Las Vegas to offer bakery, snack supplier resources.
To be held from September 26-28, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will debut its Baking and Snack Break Lounge. This location, serving as meeting place for baking and snack industry, will offer specialized opportunities for baking and snack professionals to connect with suppliers and partners. Lounge will feature Ask the Expert resource center, and micro-site under development will include connected...Read More »
RIA Offers Praise for Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.
President Obama's announcement today of $500 million Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, which features $70 million for National Robotics Initiative, received endorsement from RIA. After watching said announcement, RIA President Jeff Burnstein said he was delighted to see such commitment towards making significant investments in advanced manufacturing and robotics. He also added that R/D can lead...Read More »
High-Temperature Superconducting Cable wins R/D 100 Award.
A method developed by researchers at NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder for making thin, flexible, high-temperature superconducting cables has won 2011 R/D 100 Award from R/D Magazine, which salutes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Constructed by winding multiple superconducting tapes around multi-strand copper core,...Read More »
Researchers Share Lessons from evaluating emerging technologies.
Authored by NIST researchers, A detailed discussion of lessons learned in evaluating emerging and advanced military technologies can help negotiate promises and pitfalls encountered when pushing technological limits to enable new capabilities. Researchers also describe evaluative framework - SCORE (System, Component, and Operationally Relevant Evaluations) - devised for judging performance of...Read More »
Nanowire-Based Sensors offer improved VOC detection.
Researchers from NIST, George Mason University, and University of Maryland made nano-sized sensors that can detect VOCs. They offer low-power, room-temperature operation and can detect one or several compounds over wide concentration range. Paper titled Highly selective GaN-nanowire/TiO2-nanocluster hybrid sensors for detection of benzene and related environment pollutants provides proof of...Read More »
Internet Policy Task Force seeks comments on cybersecurity report.
Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force requests comments on Cybersecurity, Innovations and the Internet Economy, which proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen cybersecurity of companies that increasingly rely on Internet to do business but are not part of critical infrastructure sector. Report poses several specific recommendations for reducing I3S vulnerabilities, and...Read More »
AIM Expo joins PACK EXPO in Las Vegas.
PMMI has signed an agreement with Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility to co-locate AIM Expo 2011 with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Sept 26-28. AIM Expo will include tracks on government, healthcare, manufacturing, mobile workforce, and retail. Two new sessions, Auto ID in Packaging and Internet of Things, will identify state-of-the-art applications and solutions to improve...Read More »
Federal Agencies' MOU supports energy development, air quality.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between U.S. EPA, Department of the Interior, and Department of Agriculture addresses air quality issues associated with onshore oil and gas development on federally managed public lands. It establishes common process to follow in analyzing potential air quality impacts and outlines steps necessary to ensure federal laws protecting air quality, human health, and...Read More »