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Guidelines help launch new products through distribution.

November 17, 2009

Facilitating partnerships between distributors and manufacturers, PTDA released Guidelines for Launching a New Power Transmission/Motion Control Product through Distribution. Adapted by task force of Industry Relations Committee from publication originally created by NAED, PTDA's guidelines describe what it takes to achieve buy-in throughout distributor's organization. Checklist of recommended information and audiences ensures all parties are on board when introducing new product. 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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FAA Changes enhance safety for Hudson River airspace.

November 17, 2009

FAA finalized federal rule, effective November 19, 2009, that will enhance safety by separating low-altitude, local aircraft flights over Hudson River from flights transiting through river airspace. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, "Better separation of aircraft means a higher margin of safety." Rule also requires pilots to follow safety procedures that were previously recommended but not mandatory. Read More

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FAA ensures no-radio flights are properly tracked.

November 17, 2009

After review of air traffic contact with Northwest Airlines Flight 188, FAA is updating training and procedures for handling loss of 2-way communication with aircraft and how other agencies are notified. FAA has also taken steps to ensure accurate preliminary information about air traffic events is provided to top officials more quickly. FAA expects to review changes in training and procedures by end of January 2010 and to improve incident notification process by end of November. Read More

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Twelve EMS Program Managers earn IPC Certification.

November 17, 2009

Under IPC EMS Program Manager Training and Certification program, 12 individuals are newly certified EMS program managers and can add CEPM designation behind their names. Training program, developed with input from IPC EMS Management Council, teaches and tests specific skills for EMS program managers such as operations, finance, contract, time management, and leadership. CEPM status is earned after successfully completing courses, passing final exam, and satisfying work experience requirements. Read More

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ATA Comments on aviation financial health.

November 17, 2009

Comments were made concerning US DoT and Secretary LaHood's initiative in discussing financial health of commercial aviation. Participating airline executives called for no new taxes and fees, fully funded and accelerated modernization of air traffic control system, and oversight of energy markets. Also desired was elimination of arcane restrictions on airlines' ability to operate efficiently in global marketplace as well as global sectoral approach to climate change for aviation. Read More

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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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PTDA Foundation announces 2010 trustees.

November 17, 2009

PTDA Foundation 2010 Board of Trustees was announced at PTDA 2009 Industry Summit in San Diego. Bill Childers, president North American sales, Rexnord LLC was elected to serve as Foundation's President, while Barbara J. Ross, director sales and marketing for U.S. and Canada, Drives, LLC was elected to Vice President. John Masek, vice president, Bearing Service Inc. will serve as treasurer. Tim Clawser, Gus Kontonickas, and Keith Nowak will also be joining Board of Trustees in 2010. Read More

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PTDA Foundation surpasses fund drive goal in 2009.

November 17, 2009

Reflecting industry-wide support for PTDA Foundation's core Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) initiative, a total of $216,733 was raised through 2009 fund drive. This number exceeded its set goal of $215,000, and the 2009 Fund Drive was bolstered in part by a new partnership program for ICP. For the first time, PTDA Foundation offered other associations opportunity to help set strategy for ICP initiative in exchange for their financial and functional commitment. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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