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Gases and Welding Wiki supplies daily welding industry news.

February 24, 2010

Located online at www.gawdawiki.org, GAWDAwiki headlines offer daily news resource for people in gases and welding industry. They complement wiki, which provides terms and concepts relating to gases and welding. Industry-specific words used in each news story link back to definitions on wiki itself, and comments section lets readers offer their opinions regarding each new development in industry. Each day, 3 gases and welding-related news items are posted on the site. Read More

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PTDA Canadian Conference delivers immediate take-home value.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for June 3-5, 2010, PTDA Canadian Conference has been retooled to help attendees make more connections, work together efficiently to serve end users, and continue innovating in new economy. Product Showcase will feature table-top exhibits of new products and provide opportunity for channel partners to meet in informal format. Lead by former PTDA President, Don Latham, panel of top executives will discuss opportunities for improving distributor/manufacturer-supplier relationship. Read More

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ASTM Awards Dr. Alan Riga with Charles B. Dudley Medal.

February 24, 2010

ASTM International presented 2009 Charles B. Dudley Medal Award to Alan Riga, Ph.D., president and CEO of TechCon Inc. Award honors research that leads to standardization and extends knowledge in field of interest to the Society. It also recognizes contributions to Society publications, and Riga was recognized for his achievements as editor of STP 1326, "Oxidative Behavior of Materials by Thermal Analytical Techniques, 1997" and as co-author of 2 papers published in the book. Read More

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Senate Briefing to focus on fuel cell electric vehicles.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for March 5, Congressional Briefing will explore relative costs and technical challenges facing energy supplies for light-duty zero emission vehicles, and look towards their extensive deployment as cost-effective solutions evolve. Topics will include Benefits, Costs, and Infrastructure - Solving the Challenges; Synchronizing Rollout of Vehicles and Infrastructure - the German Agreements; Transforming the U.S. Transportation Sector; and Progress in Hydrogen Fueling. Read More

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Dr. Mark Robin named chairman of ASTM Committee D26.

February 24, 2010

ASTM International Committee D26 on Halogenated Organic Solvents and Fire Extinguishing Agents has elected Mark L. Robin, Ph.D., senior technical services consultant at DuPont Fluorochemicals, as its new chairman. A member of ASTM International since 1996, Robin has more than 20 years experience in the fire suppression industry and more than 25 years experience in fluorine chemistry, including research of refrigerants, foam blowing agents, and fire suppression agents. Read More

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Senate Jobs Bill doesn't go far enough to create jobs.

February 24, 2010

NAM president's statement, made after cloture vote on Majority Leader Harry Reid's jobs bill, noted that manufacturers "believe any legislation with a goal of creating jobs must have long-term incentives that encourage businesses to invest and create jobs." He went on to say manufacturers "support efforts to extend the current Surface Transportation Authorization for one year if this leads to a permanent six-year bill." Support was also expressed for extending Build American Bonds program. Read More

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Manufacturing Sector challenges EPA on Endangerment Finding.

February 24, 2010

NAM and other business groups filed petition in federal appeals court challenging U.S. EPA's decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions on stationary sources through the Clean Air Act. According to EPA, "Endangerment Finding" and subsequent regulations will trigger new permitting requirements on more than 6 million stationary sources. If EPA begins regulating stationary sources, it will open the door for them to regulate everything from industrial facilities to farms. Read More

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ASTM to develop standards for small unmanned aircraft systems.

February 24, 2010

Selected by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, ASTM International Committee F38 will develop industry standards for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that will allow sUAS to file and fly missions in national airspace alongside manned aircraft. Proposed standard WK27055 sets out procedures to use to meet FAA requirements for airworthiness and registration of all UAS, including sUAS, and will allow sUAS manufacturers and owners to register their sUAS using electronic system. Read More

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Event for Congressional Staff focuses on Next-Gen batteries.

February 24, 2010

ANSI announces it has teamed with National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to co-host an upcoming event for Congressional staff on innovations, standards, and conformity assessment activities that support next-generation battery technology. To be held March 1, event will feature expert speakers from Johnson Controls, Nissan, NASA, and Argonne National Laboratory. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and SAE International are also serving as event co-sponsors. Read More

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Olympic Luger's Story will inspire material handlers.

February 24, 2010

MHEDA Edge's February issue, dubbed "The Olympic Issue," features Olympic-themed articles geared towards young professionals in material handling industry. Motivational speaker and Olympic luger Ruben Gonzalez contributes "There's No Such Thing As Luck," an article that recounts his rise to become the first athlete to participate in Olympic Games in 4 different decades. At the age of 47, Gonzalez is proof that, with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Read More

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Daniel J. Gaspar named chairman surface analysis committee.

February 24, 2010

A member of ASTM International since 2001, Daniel J. Gaspar, Ph.D. works on several E42 subcommittees, including U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 201 on Surface Chemical Analysis. He joined the staff at PNNL as a senior research scientist in 2000 and assumed his current role of technical group manager in 2006. His career has focused on materials development and characterization, especially nano-scaled materials, with a focus on applications in energy and the environment. Read More

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ANSI announces standardization course schedule for 2010.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for March 31 and Oct 5, Course 287 will cover practical application of American National Standard development process and procedures, and the value of ANSI accreditation. Course 205, scheduled for June 3 and Oct 7, will help stakeholders obtain insights and advice on every aspect of successful ISO committee management. Course 208, to be held June 4 and Oct 6, will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. technical advisory groups to ISO. Read More

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Accessibility Standards Papers sought for competition.

February 24, 2010

Papers addressing theme of Standards for Accessibility are due by July 23 for 2010 World Standards Day Paper Competition. Members of standardization community are invited to submit papers that use specific examples to show ways in which standards and conformity assessment programs are used to promote accessibility in any form for persons with special needs. Winners will be announced and given their awards during a banquet at celebration held on September 23 in Washington, D.C. Read More

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Reinforcing Bar Standard has higher yield strength added.

February 24, 2010

ASTM International Subcommittee A01.05 on Steel Reinforcement revised ASTM A706/A706M, Specification for Low-Alloy Steel Deformed and Plain Bars for Concrete Reinforcement, by adding higher yield strength level: Grade 80 [550. As grade relates to minimum yield strength in units of kps/in.² (megapascals), Grade 80 [550 implies min yield strength of 80 ksi (80,000 psi) or 550 MPa. Use of higher strength reinforcing bars reduce reinforcement congestion in earthquake-resistant structures. Read More

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MHEDA Journal profiles a rising star in forklift sales.

February 24, 2010

First Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal, an online magazine for forklift, conveyor, storage and handling, and general material handling equipment industries, features profile of industry up-and-comer Scott Power, sales manager at Power Machinery Center in Oxnard, CA. Power joined the company at age 20, worked as a salesperson for 3 years, and was promoted to sales manager in 2008. He led the company to its first Nissan Nine sales award in his first year in that position. Read More

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GAWDA Edge Article shows how industry affects Olympics.

February 24, 2010

"Gases And Welding In The Games" article in GAWDA Edge's February issue focuses on impact gases and welding industry is having on Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. How Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) is working with gases and welding industry is detailed in 4 specific examples: gases powering Olympic Torch, welding involved in building ski jump, solving no-snow problems, and using hydrogen to curb emissions. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standards address efficacy testing of surface materials.

February 24, 2010

Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents is working on 3 proposed new standards that will allow companies and products to be evaluated for potential registration with EPA as antimicrobial products. They include WK25874 Test Method for Efficacy of Treated Surfaces as Sanitizers; WK25875 Test Method for Determination of the Residual Self-Sanitizing Activity of Treated Surfaces; and WK25876 Test Method for Determination of the Continuous Reduction of Microbials Contamination by Treated Surfaces. Read More

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IPC Conference addresses lead-free challenges, opportunities.

February 23, 2010

IPC APEX EXPO(TM) Technical Conference, to be held April 6-8 in Las Vegas, will focus on lead-free implementation issues and solutions. It includes 35 technical sessions featuring 99 technical papers by renowned experts in printed board manufacture, electronics assembly, environmental regulations, materials, and test. Other aspects of industry innovation, such as solar panel assembly and embedded actives, will also be covered. Read More

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IMTS 2010 Registration is now open.

February 23, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 13-18, the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show will host more than 92,000 manufacturing professionals from 116 countries. According to John Krisko, Director - Exhibitions for IMTS, the 2010 show is on track to be the 8th largest IMTS since show's inception in 1927. Manufacturing professionals attend this event to see more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems, and processes that can improve efficiency. Read More

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PMMI U sets agenda for packaging operations.

February 23, 2010

Scheduled for March 10-11, "Building Alliances to Boost Packaging Operations" conference will cover human aspects of operational processes including creating supply-chain alliances, training, changeover, hiring, and curing chaos fatigue. In "Talk Nice", Blake Svejkovsky will focus on integrating complete production line solution and how to measure efficiency and effectiveness. Conference sessions will also focus on on-the-floor operations such as lean manufacturing for high-speed environments. Read More