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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

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TRFA launches new website.

November 5, 2009

Located at www.trfa.org, TRFA's newly designed website provides access to member information and wealth of industry information. Site includes Q and A section titled ASK TRFA, where users can ask technical, logistics, and management questions regarding thermoset resin industry. Site also provides list of more than 160 regulatory acronyms published by TRFA Regulatory Affairs Committee. Members-Only section will continue to feature access to all TRFA Technical Paper Presentations. Read More

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BIO Study addresses industry/university partnerships.

November 5, 2009

According to study released by BIO, industry/university partnerships are critical to U.S. economy. The study of university technology licensing from 1996-2007 shows $187 billion dollar positive impact on U.S. GNP and $457 billion addition to gross industrial output. Passed in 1980, Bayh-Dole Act permits and encourages industry to partner with research universities to turn federally funded basic research into valuable products, and is critical in driving America's innovation economy. 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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NTSB Letter advises Pipeline and Hazmat Safety Administration.

November 5, 2009

NTSB issued recommendations that included conducting a comprehensive study to identify actions that can be implemented by pipeline operators to eliminate catastrophic longitudinal seam failures in electric resistance welded pipe. Based on results of this study, necessary actions should be implemented. Lastly, a program should be initiated to evaluate pipeline operators' public education programs and provide NTSB with timeline for implementation and completion of said evaluation. 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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ASHRAE Handbook is available in online format.

November 5, 2009

ASHRAE Handbook is now available by subscription online for simplified access to HVAC&R information. Text is searchable and includes live links to figures, tables, footnotes, equations, and other web references. Online version also allows for navigation among all four current handbook volumes, with live cross-reference links. This most widely cited reference source for HVAC&R technology worldwide is accessible from any computer with Internet connection. 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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Barry Goggin receives Master Certified Remodeler designation.

November 5, 2009

President of NARI named Barry Goggin, CR, CKBR, and President of Barry Goggin Construction, as one of first recipients of Master Certified Remodeler designation, which exemplifies highest standards of remodeling industry. Recipients must hold active Certified Remodeler designation for at least 10 years and as well as leadership position within local NARI chapter or community, in addition to several other requirements. Read More

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AIA President and CEO addresses Ares 1-X rocket test flight.

November 5, 2009

In a statement made concerning the successful launch of the Ares 1-X rocket, Marion Blakey said the first human-rated launch system to be flight tested in nearly 30 years is an important milestone in the development of a new vehicle to take humans to space after the shuttle retires. She believed Americans will support the investment that the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee says is necessary for America to explore beyond low-earth orbit. Read More

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TRFA hosts annual meeting.

November 4, 2009

During TRFA's 2009 Annual Meeting, John R. Dunlop, Senior Technical Outreach Engineer for American Wind Energy Association gave keynote presentation. Meeting also featured 16 Technical Paper Presentations, including 2 that focused on relationship between thermoset resins and wind energy. Regulatory Affairs Update included TRFA's Fact Sheets, covering regulations that have been passed by governments and Issue Alerts, covering new issues and trends that are not yet regulations. Read More

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AWWA-Hosted Webcast recounts ACE09 sessions.

November 4, 2009

Scheduled to take place on November 10 of 2009, Best of ACE09 Conference - Climate Change and Water Resource Planning webcast features top presentations from AWWA's 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE). Attendees can expect to hear about water supply options using triple-bottom-line methods, broad-based water resource opportunities, and potential groundwater water supply impacts resulting from changes in climate. Read More

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IPC Training Video covers soldering iron tip care.

November 4, 2009

Divided into 3 sections, Soldering Iron Tip Care video helps train technicians on how to properly care for soldering iron tips and avoid pitfalls associated with lead-free soldering. First section provides overview of tip life issues, while section 2 details oxidation build-up, recommended tip maintenance, and overuse of tip tinners and other abrasive products. Section three describes typical mechanisms that damage tips and discusses recommended procedures to minimize damaging effects. Read More

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SPE announces Hall of Fame winner.

November 3, 2009

First use of engineering thermoplastic on a vertical body panel was Hall of Fame winner of SPE® International's 39th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. The 1987MY Buick® LeSabre® T-Type sports coupe produced by General Motors Corp used Noryl GTX® 910 resin, an MPPE/PA copolymer supplied by GE Plastics. Thermoplastic body panels have since been translated into fenders on other vehicles as well as tractors and lawnmowers for home and agricultural use. Read More

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AMT elects 2009-2010 Board of Directors and Officers.

November 3, 2009

At its 2009 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, on October 23, AMT elected Daniel D. Janka of MAG Global as Chairman. Janka follows Ronald F. Schildge who will serve as Ex Officio member of Board of Directors, along with Doug Currie. Eugene R. Haffely, Jr. has been elected to serve as First Vice Chairman, while Timothy B. Dining will serve as Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Steven R. Stokey has been newly elected to 3-yr term and Carl Reed will return for 3-yr term with Board. Read More

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IDSP calls for national identity verification standard.

November 3, 2009

Identity Theft Prevention and IDSP released workshop report calling for development of American National Standard on identity verification to help combat terrorism and identity theft. Workshop and report were driven by vulnerabilities in issuance of foundational documents used to prove identity, in particular the birth certificate. Since agencies rely on but do not verify birth certificates and other source credentials, there is a loophole where identity theft and fraud can occur. Read More

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HSSP convenes plenary session on homeland security standards.

November 3, 2009

On Oct 21, ANSI hosted nearly 90 public and private sector stakeholders at its 8th annual Homeland Security Standards Plenary addressing homeland security standards and their business application in private sector. Common themes included importance of leveraging public-private partnership in successful implementation of homeland security standards, and significance of National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 Public Law 104-113 and OMB Circular A-119. Read More

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TIA offers tips to safely get through winter driving season.

November 3, 2009

According to TIA, there are 4 steps drivers can take to ensure they are driving safely during winter months. If living in area that receives considerable amount of snow, buying winter tires may be a wise investment. If driver hits exceptionally large or deep pothole, they should check tires immediately. Additionally, drivers should keep tires properly inflated and rotated, and keep rock salt or cat litter in trunk to help gain traction if they slide off road. Read More

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ILMA explores new trends, new technologies at annual meeting.

November 3, 2009

More than 740 ILMA members and guests representing more than 231 companies attended 2009 ILMA Annual Meeting. Highlights included networking events, informative industry and association committee sessions, and golf, tennis, and croquet tournaments. Dave Barry, humorist and author delivered keynote, and Jim Taglia provided update on Association's Ethics and Branding programs. Read More

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PDMA announces Best of Visions 2008 Award winner.

November 3, 2009

Written by Claire-Juliette Beale, article that addresses how the Web and online communities are transforming landscape of innovation and new product development won Best of Visions award for 2008. Titled "How Online Communities Are Changing the NPD Landscape - An Introduction to the Value of this New Tool - part one," article provides blueprint for companies determined to innovate in most cost-effective and creative way possible. Read More