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AED and AEM warn Congress of job losses ahead.

November 17, 2009

In wake of last week's dismal government unemployment data, AED and AEM are warning Congress that economy will shed more jobs in coming months unless lawmakers swiftly enact new multi-year highway law. Warning came in form of orange flags sent to every member of Congress. Flags were accompanied by details of IHS Global Insight economic report that found equipment industry had lost 37% of its workforce in last 3 years and that downturn had cost 550,000 jobs nationwide. Read More

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ASHRAE collaborates on new energy efficiency publication.

November 17, 2009

Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: The Business Case for Building Owners and Managers rationalizes economic decisions related to improving and sustaining energy efficiency in existing buildings. Created by ASHRAE, AIA, BOMA, IESNM, and USGBC, it provides applications that could produce energy savings from 10-15% to as much as 30% or more. Book includes 5 tips for owners and managers and is first of 3 planned guides on energy efficiency. Read More

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SME elects 9 leaders to 2009 College of Fellows.

November 17, 2009

SME College of Fellows was created to honor those members who have made outstanding contributions to field of manufacturing. Nine elected leaders include David Cole, Chia-Hsiang Menq, Sudhakar Pandit, Albert Shih, David Stephenson, Albert Wavering III, Kazuo Yamazaki and John Ziegert, and Jerry Fuh. Each of these recipients has been recognized by SME, their peers, and manufacturing community as key contributors to social, technical, and educational progress of manufacturing. Read More

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SPE announces winners of Automotive Innovation Awards.

November 16, 2009

Automotive Division of SPE announced category and Grand Award winners for its 39th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Trophies were given to category finalists and winners, as well as Grand Award, Hall of Fame, and Vehicle Engineering Team Award winners. Theme of this year's competition was Green Cars, Blue Skies in recognition of auto industry's intense focus on increasing fuel efficiency while lowering cost of ownership and tailpipe emissions. Read More

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Training Course covers environmental site assessments.

November 16, 2009

Titled Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, 3-day ASTM training course covers latest version of Phase I standard, ASTM E527-05, and information on U.S. EPA rule on All Appropriate Inquiry. ASTM E1527 includes historical records research of subject property, site reconnaissance, interviews with owners/occupants, and documentation of findings. ASTM E1903 Phase II standard focuses on planning of Phase II investigations into RECs and learning approaches used in Phase II process. Read More

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Dates Announced for National Tire Safety Week.

November 13, 2009

As initiative of Be Tire Smart - Play Your PART program, ninth annual National Tire Safety Week will be held June 6-12, 2010 in order to educate motorists about proper tire care and maintenance. RMA provides tire retailers, auto dealers, and automotive repair shops with Be Tire Smart brochures and other materials. Also, participating retail outlets will promote tire care through advertising, promotions, free tire pressure checks, and conducting media outreach. Read More

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BSA Winter Meeting addresses counterfeit bearings.

November 13, 2009

Scheduled for Jan 17-19, BSA Winter Meeting will include important update from Scott Lynch, President and Secretary of American Bearing Manufacturers Association, on anti-counterfeiting efforts launched by ABMA and World Bearing Association. Counterfeiting is an estimated $600 billion a year problem which costs U.S. businesses $200 - $250 billion annually. In addition to update, meeting will also offer opportunity to network with industry peers in casual setting. Read More

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Laura Hitchcock receives W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award.

November 13, 2009

ANSI would like to congratulate Laura E. Hitchcock, vice chair of ANSI Board of Directors, for winning ASTM International W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Established in 1987, Cavanaugh Award acknowledges individuals of great eminence who have made extraordinary contributions to field of national and international voluntary standards. Ms. Hitchcock has been working with standards for over 30 years, the last 22 with Boeing's Corporate Standards Organization. Read More

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ASTM Training Course focuses on diesel fuels.

November 13, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM, Diesel Fuels technical and professional training course covers specifications, test methods, sampling and quality control, distribution, and alternate fuels like biodiesel. Participants will learn significance of these requirements, how to interpret product inspections, and impacts of product quality on diesel engine applications. There is also extensive discussion of diesel fuel lubricity, low temperature operability, and sulfur content. Read More

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Crude Oil Course examines sampling, testing, and evaluation.

November 13, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International, "Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation" will benefit laboratory technicians and chemists responsible for crude oil analysis as well as field personnel responsible for collecting samples. Focuses include obtaining samples using automatic/manual methods; tests available for obtaining data for determining quantity for custody transfer and quality conformance; as well as accelerated evaluation to assess handling and processing characteristics. Read More

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U.S.-India SCCP receives endorsement from Rep. Jim McDermott.

November 13, 2009

In letter, Rep. Jim McDermott detailed work of U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program and expressed support of Program's initiatives. SCCP aims to improve market access and increase trade between U.S. and India by boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues. Program uses interactive workshop format, where small groups of experts from industry sectors participate in technical discussions about regulations, standards, and conformity assessment activities. Read More

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Annual Award to recognize excellence in polymer research.

November 13, 2009

Beginning in 2010, TRFA will present one Excellence in Polymer Research Award to one student researcher to encourage and recognize advances in science and engineering of thermoset polymer industry as well as endow him/her with industry visibility. All entries will be in form of research papers submitted in traditional scientific journal format. Research topics should be related to Thermoset Polymer Science and Technology. Award-winning papers will be posted on TRFA's website. Read More

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ASABE adopts standard for 80 mm ball-type coupling device.

November 13, 2009

ASABE has adopted international standard ISO 24347, Agricultural vehicles - Mechanical connections between towed and towing vehicles - Dimensions of ball-type coupling device (80 mm). Standard gives dimension and location of ball-type coupling device of 80 mm nominal diameter, whose male part is fitted to agricultural towing vehicle and whose female part is fitted to towed vehicle. It applies to balanced and non-balanced vehicles on which static, downward vertical load does not exceed 9000 lb. Read More

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Manufacturers struggle to hire high-skilled workers.

November 13, 2009

As manufacturing companies eliminate repetitive, assembly type jobs, they still have unfilled job openings for high-skilled workers. According to survey conducted by Deloitte, The Manufacturing Institute and Oracle, almost 1/3 of responding companies report some level of shortages today. Shortages are particularly acute within the most profitable companies, aerospace and defense, and life science sectors and include skilled production workers, scientists, and engineers. Read More

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Reported Robot Orders were down 30% through September.

November 13, 2009

According to figures from RIA, North American robotics companies saw orders for new robots decline 30% in units and 43% in dollars for the first 9 months of 2009. Steep declines were evident in sales to automotive OEMs and their suppliers, with units off 29% and dollars 44%. Orders by non-automotive customers were also down: 32% in units and 41% in dollars. Conversely, orders from life sciences customers are up 14%, and orders from food and consumer goods customers are up 12%. Read More

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Training Course focuses on site assessment, transaction screen.

November 13, 2009

To be held 10 times during 2010, 2-day ASTM International training course will focus on phase I site assessment and transaction screen process. Site assessment standards, developed by ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, include ASTM E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, and ASTM E1528, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process. Read More

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Standard provides foundation for Green building codes.

November 13, 2009

Proposed high-performance building standard and stronger version of Standard 90.1 together will provide total green resource for local and state governments looking to set building code requirements to reduce energy use. Slated to be first code-intended commercial green building standard in U.S., Proposed Standard 189.1 covers site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and building's impact on atmosphere, materials, and resources. Read More

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ASTM International Training Course focuses on aviation fuels.

November 12, 2009

Titled Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods, technical and professional training course focuses on how specifications are used to control quality of aviation fuels and why they affect product performance and availability. Course emphasizes practical applications and ASTM International's role in developing specifications and methods, while highlighting past and current problems. It also features tour of either airport fueling facility or fuel farm. Read More

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ASTM Training Course focuses on coal chemistry.

November 12, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International, Coal Chemistry Technician Training Course focuses on 40 ASTM coal characterization standards that are used every day worldwide. Course is important due to implementation of new regulations for power plant emissions and resulting increased demand for testing of fossil fuels and plant emissions. It is suited for laboratory technicians and chemists, professionals new to testing, and anyone working in fossil fuel testing laboratories. Read More

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Standards Help Save Lives during American Diabetes Month.

November 12, 2009

Providing specific requirements and test methods for syringes used to inject insulin, ISO 8537:2007, Sterile single-use syringes, with or without needle, for insulin, covers syringes for use with 40 and 100 units of insulin/ml. Another standard, ISO 15197:2003, In vitro diagnostic test systems - Requirements for blood-glucose monitoring systems for self-testing in managing diabetes mellitus, outlines performance requirements for self-testing blood-glucose monitoring systems. Read More