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BSA Taps Association Leadership for 2010 convention panels.

December 14, 2009

BSA leaders, past and present, have committed to participating in panels to look at the past, present, and future of the industry at BSA's (Bearing Specialists Association) 2010 Annual Convention. Taking place May 1-4 in Naples, FL, convention will also offer industry updates from ABMA and BSA, presentation on counterfeit bearings, as well as traditional Conference Tables Session featuring pre-scheduled and planned conferences between distributors and manufacturers. Read More

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AWWA comments on EWG's tap water quality report.

December 14, 2009

Environmental Working Group is launching online, interactive database on tap water quality, which has been compiled from state environment and health agencies. According to Tom Curtis, deputy executive director of AWWA, Americans can celebrate that the quality of drinking water in U.S. is better than ever. However, more than 96% of health-based Safe Drinking Water Act violations occur at small utilities with fewer than 10,000 customers that struggle with expense of upgrading facilities. Read More

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ASTM Standard developed for Petrography of Dimension Stone.

December 14, 2009

According to ASTM member Laura Powers, ASTM C1721, Guide for Petrographic Examination of Dimension Stone, will help guide petrographers who analyze dimension stone in describing, analyzing, and reporting characteristics important to architects/engineers in determining how stone will behave or has behaved in service. Developed by ASTM International Committee C18 on Dimension Stone, ASTM C1721 is currently under jurisdiction of Subcommittee C18.01 on Test Methods. Read More

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ASTM is working on standard to specify color.

December 14, 2009

ASTM International Committee E12 on Color and Appearance is working with Scandinavian Colour Institute to develop standard based on Natural Color System® (NCS®). This proposed new standard, WK24817, Practice for Specifying Color by the Natural Color System, is currently under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E12.07 on Color Order Systems. Understanding the NCS system enables users to judge attributes of specific colors as well as communicate and check specifications and identify colors. Read More

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ATA expects decline in air travelers over winter holiday.

December 11, 2009

ATA announced that it expects 41 million passengers to travel over upcoming winter holidays on U.S. carriers, representing 2.5% year-over-year decline from 42 million passengers estimated to have flown during same period in 2008. Decline continues to be driven by fragile economy and depressed global demand for travel. Three busiest travel days during holiday period are expected to be Dec 27, 28, and 29, respectively, based on sample data from 2008 winter holiday period. Read More

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TIA Reveals Complete Schedule for 2010 OTR Conference.

December 11, 2009

TIA announced that the complete 2010 OTR Conference schedule has been posted on their website and reiterated that both the early conference registration deadline, January 13, and hotel registration deadline, January 18, are approaching. Taking place February 17-20 in Tucson, AZ, this 3-day event include sessions on topics including global look at OTR industry, daily safety tips, and succession planning. Other events include mine tour and demonstration by Caterpillar. Read More

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RIA Convention to focus on health and safety.

December 11, 2009

Scheduled for March 23-27, RIA's 65th Annual Convention and Exhibition will focus on health and safety and how those topics apply to cleaning and restoration professionals. Dan Coughlin of The Coughlin Group will give keynote address on how to lead a team and accelerate its impact in today's environment. Keynote by Barbara Manis, M.D., of National Medical Advisory/Building Health Sciences, will cover health awareness and safety, how to recognize dangers for workers, and incident response. Read More

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Aerospace Exports promote alliances and economic recovery.

December 11, 2009

In testimony before House Foreign Affairs Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, stated that nearly half of U.S. aerospace sales are exported and are a foundation for building key relationships and shared security with important international allies and partners. AIA supports a number of provisions to modernize export control system included in H.R. 2410 and is looking forward to working with administration on interagency review. Read More

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Broadband Forum delivers global VDSL2 test suite.

December 11, 2009

Available from Broadband Forum, Technical Reports will support telecom operators worldwide with VDSL2 deployments. TR-114 provides performance requirements and test methods that assure consistent level of performance between DSLAM in network and CPE. TR-115 establishes test methods to verify selected transceiver functional requirements of VDSL2 modems implemented in accordance with ITU-T G.993.2, while TR-138 specifies accuracy requirements for VDSL2 and ADSL2/2plus management parameters. Read More

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ASTM Nondestructive Testing Committee approves 3 standards.

December 11, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee E07.06, Standard E2700 will provide universal inspection procedure for phased array inspection of welds. E2533 Guide, under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E07.10, describes how established nondestructive testing methods are applied specifically to characterization of polymer matrix aerospace composites. Standard E2663, developed by Subcommittee E07.11, will provide transparent and industry standard data format with which to store digital inspection data. Read More

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SPE and SPI Partner to market exhibit space, sponsorships.

December 11, 2009

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association will collaborate in sales and marketing of exhibit space for SPE ANTEC® 2010. This partnership, combined with other measures to expand sales of booth space, is expected to bring in 200-300 exhibiting companies, according to SPE senior event manager Lesley Kyle. Also working with SPE on sales of exhibit space is Wiley-Blackwell, which manages publication of SPE's Plastics Engineering magazine. Read More

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ASTM Committee E08 Student Paper Award was won by Daniel Stuart.

December 11, 2009

Daniel Stuart - graduate student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis - won 2009 Student Paper Award sponsored by ASTM International Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture. Winning research paper, "Evaluation of Linear Elastic Facture Mechanics with Superposition for Predictions of Fatigue Crack Growth in Thin Cold-expanded Open-hole Coupons," focuses on evaluating crack growth model against experimental results. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard focuses on fretting fatigue testing.

December 11, 2009

Proposed standard WK24298, Guide for Fretting Fatigue Testing, will aid in establishing tests for fretting fatigue, an issue at attachments and joints in various mechanical, aeronautical, and biomedical engineering systems and devices. It is being developed by Subcommittee E08.05 on Cyclic Deformation and Fatigue Crack Formation and will cover tests for fretting fatigue response. All interested parties are invited to participate in the standard's development. Read More

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MHEDA Journal announces material handling scholarship winners.

December 11, 2009

The Fourth Quarter 2009 issue of The MHEDA Journal recognizes two material handling and logistics students that received Honor Scholarships from Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. Seth Hostetler, a Penn State University doctoral student, plans to become a professor of material handling logistics, while Kyle Bowen, a senior at East Carolina University, has aspirations to a career as a distribution manager after completing his obligation to U.S. Army. Read More

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GAWDA Journal discusses asbestos litigation.

December 11, 2009

In current issue of Welding and Gases Today, the journal of GAWDA, attorney Michael S. Degan warns that asbestos litigation is the longest, most expensive mass tort in the history of U.S. and that data suggests that lawsuits will not abate anytime soon. Degan also covers subject in Distributors Exposed to Asbestos Claims at Welding and Gases Today Online, the trade journal for welding, welding equipment, industrial gases, medical gases, and specialty gases industry. Read More

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MHEDA Edge Magazine offers material handling tips for 2010.

December 11, 2009

MHEDA Edge's December issue features "Tips For Tackling The New Year" article, which gives material handling professionals advice for making the most of the next 12 months. It presents 5 main points - Take Time To Reflect, Set Lofty Goals, Develop A Battle Plan, Read, and Take Time To Study - as well as strategies for making them work for those in forklift, conveyor, and general material handling industries. Read More

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ASTM Standard measures resistance of security fence systems.

December 10, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee F14.50 on High Security Fences and Perimeter Barriers, ASTM F2781, Practice for Testing Forced Entry Resistance of Security Fence Systems, will provide test that allows users to differentiate levels of effectiveness among many types of security fence systems available. Primary factors that define success or failure of attempt to forcibly penetrate security fence systems include tools and devices employed, number of aggressors, and level of sophistication. Read More

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Flexibility in OCI Rules is recommended by AIA.

December 10, 2009

In testimony, AIA Vice President Cord Sterling said that the US government needs to adopt Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) rules that function effectively without forcing unnecessary divestitures in industry. He specified that the "DoD should develop and implement a clear, organization-wide policy that encourages use of systems engineering expertise, while ensuring strict mitigation of OCIs" and went on to stress importance of clear policy and regulatory guidance. Read More

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TRFA allows industry to ask questions via its website.

December 10, 2009

TRFA has added an ASK TRFA page on its website for professionals to ask technical, logistics, and management questions related to thermoset resin industry. Once posted on site, questions will be assigned to one of TRFA's market-focused committees. Answers to general technical questions will not involve confidential information or trade secrets. The association has also added library of technical presentations on members-only site and list of over 160 regulatory acronyms on public website. Read More

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High-Strength Steel featured in 2010 car/truck of the year.

December 10, 2009

Both 2010 Ford Taurus and Volvo XC60 feature advanced high-strength steels and were selected as 2010 International Car and Truck of the Year. Ron Krupitzer, vice president of automotive applications for AISI's Steel Market Development Institute, commended the dedication shown by Ford and Volvo towards developing improved structures using new high-strength steels that reduce mass and subsequently increase fuel efficiency. Read More