Who's Who of Robotics Industry starts 2009 with new member.

Kawasaki Robotics is latest company to become Platinum member of RIA's Who's Who list of members, which is an elite subset of RIA's 270-plus members, and includes 6 suppliers and 8 systems integrators. To help ensure that public knows who these companies are, RIA publishes annual Robotics Industry Directory in print form, which is augmented by guide to suppliers, integrators, consultants,...

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Biofuels will increase U.S. energy independence.

According to Energy Information Administration's 2009 Annual Energy Outlook, increasing domestic production of advanced biofuels to meet or exceed goals of Renewable Fuel Standard can significantly reduce U.S. reliance on petroleum. Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, commented that U.S.-produced biofuel combined with fuel efficiency will allow nation to meet...

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BIO issues statement on Congressional Budget Office analysis.

According to BIO, CBO estimate is based on troubling assumption that reimbursement rules for biologics would be changed in way that would financially incentivize physicians to switch patients to cheaper follow-on version of product at potential expense of patient safety and therapeutic efficacy. This change would penalize health care providers who dispense innovative product over lower-cost...

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ASTM International

ASTM proposes standard for calculating vacuum cleaner energy.

ASTM standard WK21491, Test Method for Determining Energy Consumption of Vacuum Cleaners Relative to Cleaning, is being developed by Task Group F11.20.04 on Energy Usage and Performance. Manufacturers will use it to develop and improve products, while the EPA Energy Star program will be able to apply ratings to qualified vacuum cleaners. It was developed by request of the AHAM for development of...

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IPC Market Research Library available free of charge to members.

Effective January 1, 2009, IPC members will have full access to market research reports created and commissioned by IPC Executive Market and Technology Forum program, formerly available to IPC members only by subscription. Library also includes proceedings and Forum's conferences as well as Supply Chain Tracker, a compendium of key current findings from quarterly and monthly studies that IPC...

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NTSB Marine Safety Course still has openings.

Scheduled for Jan 26-30, 2009, Marine Accident Investigation for Marine Professionals course still has openings for mid- to senior-level marine industry professionals. Weeklong course covers Safety Board's processes and procedures during major marine accident; reviews human factors, medical factors, and electronic data elements in marine investigation; offers best practices for comprehensive and...

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National Association of Manufacturers

NAM welcomes nomination of Ron Kirk.

In response to President-elect Obama's announcement that he has nominated former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to serve as U.S. Trade Representative, NAM President, John Engler stated that Kirk understands value of free trade agreements and will be advocate for U.S. competitiveness. NAM welcomes nomination and looks forward to working with Kirk as he spearheads campaign to pass pending free trade...

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National Association of Manufacturers

NAM makes statement on nominations of LaHood and Solis.

According to John Engler, NAM President and CEO, overall, NAM is pleased with quality of people nominated to serve in President-elect Obama's cabinet. Defining characteristics of this group are experience, achievement, and moderation. Choice of Ray LaHood (R-IL) to serve as Secretary of Transportation reinforces President-elect's commitment to bipartisanship. As Secretary of Labor, Rep. Hilda...

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Aerospace Industries Association

AIA bolsters staff with three new additions.

Brian McDermott, VP of Supplier Management, will oversee all efforts to support and advocate for aerospace suppliers and foster good relationships with prime contractors, while Robert Young, assistant VP of Civil Aviation, will be responsible for guiding AIA policy on aviation safety and security. Lisa Goldberg, director of Environment, Safety and Health will coordinate AIA's environmental...

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Fieldbus Foundation

Fieldbus Foundation General Assembly to be held in Japan.

Scheduled for March 4-5 at Pan Pacific Hotel in Yokohama, Japan, 2009 General Assembly is open to Fieldbus members and non-members. Event will include presentations by fieldbus technology experts focused on process integrity, open scalable integration, and business intelligence. It will also feature presentations by major end users who have installed FOUNDATION fieldbus in their industrial...

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