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NIST and CU to build planet-finding laser instrument.

November 10, 2009

NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) will collaborate to build frequency comb laser-based instrument to help search for extrasolar Earth-like planets. Comb will have individual frequencies widely spaced enough for astronomical instruments to read. It will enable detection of planets that cause color shifts equivalent to star wobble of few centimeters/sec. National Science Foundation has awarded CU $495,000 grant for joint project. Read More

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Third Quarter Workholding Shipments are down from 2008.

November 10, 2009

According to AMT's Advanced Workholding Technology (AWT) Group, shipments of workholding equipment, at $39.6 million for third quarter 2009, were down 34.1% from third quarter 2008. Workholding equipment shipments within US by 39 participating companies totaled $34.8 million, while exports amounted to $4.8 million. With this report, AWT also shows domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 7.7% and US exports increased 9.2% from second quarter 2009. Read More

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AIA and A|D|S Standards cover electronic trade agreements.

November 10, 2009

AIA and A|D|S, the trade organization advancing UK's AeroSpace, Defence and Security Industries, announced global standards for trading partner and electronic collaboration agreements between prime contractors and suppliers. According to AIA's Marion Blakey, set of global standards for these agreements provides guidance to companies across supply chain. Standardizing them will minimize delays/legal costs associated with negotiation and agreement process, A|D|S Chairman Ian Godden said. Read More

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LIA presents Arthur L. Schawlow Award at ICALEO®.

November 9, 2009

At 28th ICALEO®, LIA awarded fiber-laser pioneer and entrepreneur Dr. Valentin P. Gapontsev with 2009 Arthur L. Schawlow Award. Gapontsev holds numerous worldwide patents for laser-related devices and components and founded IPG Photonics Corp. in Russia in 1990. First presented in 1982, award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to applications of lasers in science, industry, or education. It consists of silver metal, $2,000 cash award, and citation. Read More

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Presentations Sought on fuel corrosivity, material compatibility.

November 9, 2009

Presentations are welcome for July 10, 2010 workshop in Kansas City, MO that will address corrosivity and material compatibility aspects of petroleum and alternative liquid fuels as well as their impact on materials used in various systems. Interested presenters must submit 300-500 word abstract via email to workshop chairs by Jan. 15, 2010. Presenters are also welcome to submit their formal papers to online Journal of ASTM International. Read More

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TIA TPMS Relearn Chart is updated for clarity, relevancy.

November 9, 2009

TIA TPMS Relearn Chart, updated to include all 2009 and select 2010 model-year cars, also feature NAPA sensor and service pack numbers. Created to provide technicians with one-stop resource for all major replacement sensor manufacturers' specifications, chart helps ensure installation of correct replacement sensor while minimizing risk of damage. Two sections, domestic and imported vehicles, list vehicles by make, model, and year. Read More

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TIA announces launch of redesigned website.

November 9, 2009

Located at www.tireindustry.org, TIA's redesigned website provides better organization of information and drop-down menus to facilitate navigation of vast library of information. In coming months, TIA will be working to make existing information better and more helpful, and is also considering adding more interactive features and content. Read More

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Nonresidential Fixed Investment is down slightly.

November 9, 2009

According to U.S. Commerce Department's Oct 29 GDP report, nonresidential fixed investment decreased 2.5% during 3rd quarter of 2009 compared to 9.6% loss in previous quarter. Meanwhile, residential fixed investment jumped 23.4% in 3rd quarter of 2009 from 23.3% loss in 2nd quarter. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, decline in business investment is occurring during period of robust federal spending, which implies that privately generated and financed activity remains subdued. Read More

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Energy Spending Bill to help end dependence on imported fuel.

November 6, 2009

According to EDTA, NHA, and USFCC, comprehensive approach to advancing transportation and clean energy technologies embodied in FY 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriation is best way to assure that nation ends its dependence on imported fuels and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Bill allocates $311 million to vehicle electrification and advanced combustion systems, $220 million for advanced biofuels, and $283 million for hydrogen and fuel cells in all applications. Read More

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Laser Welding Publication addresses hybrid laser-arc welding.

November 6, 2009

Hybrid Laser-Arc Welding, written by international contributors, is intended for use as reference for anyone using this welding technology. It provides review of the technology as well as its applications and summarizes recent research involving hybrid welding process. In addition to fundamentals and characteristics, content including chapters on properties of joints produced by this process and methods of assessing weld quality. Read More

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VETA Honors Ford Engineering Team for work on Taurus sedan.

November 6, 2009

Ford Motor Co. will be honored with SPE® International Automotive Division's Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA) for significant use of innovative plastics content on 2010MY Taurus® sedan. Pete Reyes, chief program engineer-Taurus at Ford, will accept this award during SPE's 39th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on November 12, 2009 in Livonia, MI. VETA recognizes technical achievements of those whose work has led to integration of polymeric materials on notable vehicles. Read More

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Machine Vision Associations to develop global standards.

November 6, 2009

During VISION trade fair, leaders from Automated Imaging Association, European Machine Vision Association, and Japan Industrial Imaging Association signed agreement to cooperatively develop and promote global machine vision standards. According to Jeff Burnstein, President of AIA, this will benefit machine vision users and suppliers by accelerating pace of standards development, avoiding overlapping efforts, and creating more awareness of new standards. Read More

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ANSI Congratulates recipient of NEMA Kite and Key Award.

November 6, 2009

ANSI congratulates James T. Pauley, vice chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors, for winning the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 2009 Kite and Key Award, which recognizes those who have advanced the interest of the electroindustry through active and sustained involvement in NEMA activities. In addition to his extensive involvement in standardization activities, Pauley has authored multiple papers for the electrical industry. Read More

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ATA urges U.S. negotiators to oppose climate change tax.

November 6, 2009

In letter to Todd Stern, ATA urges support for ICAO to lead global sectoral framework for aviation and climate change and to oppose proposal for International Air Passenger Adaptation Levy. Proposal targets airlines/passengers with exorbitant tax to fund climate-change adaptation measures in developing countries. Letter cites ICAO track record in addressing aviation environmental issues. It also says tax would remove vital airline funds and damage already financially crippled industry. Read More

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Twelve New Members were welcomed by ANSI in October 2009.

November 6, 2009

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed several new members in October 2009. Commenting on the benefits of membership, ANSI's director of membership development, Brian Meincke, cited access to information and business intelligence not available elsewhere as well as discounts on various products and services. Also emphasized was the opportunity to build relationships that empower members with voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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BIO Pacific Rim Summit will highlight renewable chemicals from biomass.

November 6, 2009

BIO 2009 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will be held November 8-11, 2009, in Honolulu. Presentations will include New Biopolymers and Biomonomer Platforms, Biobutanol, Stimulation of Methane Generation from Coal, and Commercialization of Renewable Chemicals. Renewable chemicals meet most important environmental goals, according to Brent Erickson, and in many cases, they are competitively available along with fossil-resource based chemicals. Read More

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MLFI-25 Shows NBV Increase from August to September.

November 5, 2009

Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity for equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for September declined 30.9% compared to same period in 2008. For 2009, it was also reported that month-to-month new business volume (NBV) increased 27.0% from August to September. Receivables over 30 days increased compared monthly and on year-over-year basis, while charge-offs also increased shaply compared to prior month and previous year. Read More

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ASTM to develop proposed standard on inspection of drywall.

November 5, 2009

During meeting, ASTM International decided to initiate formulation of proposed ASTM standard that will cover issues relating to drywall and indoor air quality. Proposed new standard, ASTM WK26072, Practice for Inspection of Drywall in Buildings Exhibiting Indoor Air Quality Issues, will be under jurisdiction of Subcommittee C11.01 on Specifications and Test Methods for Gypsum Products, part of Committee C11. Read More

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AASHTO chooses new leaders for 2010.

November 5, 2009

AASHTO has chosen Larry L. 'Butch' Brown of Mississippi DOT as Executive Director. Brown, who served as 2009 AASHTO VP and Chairman of AASHTO Standing Committee on Water Transportation, has outlined 4 areas of emphasis for 2010. Organization has also elected Susan Martinovich, P.E., of Nevada DOT, as first female VP. Martinovich currently serves as chair of AASHTO Standing Committee on Research and is member of several Transportation Research Board committees. Read More

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Meeting addresses amusement ride safety standards.

November 5, 2009

From October 15-17, more than 100 attendees, including representatives from 8 countries participated in meeting in Toronto, Canada, held by ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. Event encompassed nearly 40 technical meetings to review existing standards as well as new standards in development. A broad spectrum of issues ranging from restraint design to aquatic play elements and trains were addressed. Read More