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AMT Praises Provisions in President Obama's job plan.

December 15, 2009

AMT is pleased with steps proposed by President Obama to create jobs and strengthen manufacturing. Now in hands of Congress, proposals and provisions offer steps that can help spur capital investments. Specifically, AMT President Douglas K. Woods singled out 2 provisions important to U.S. manufacturing technology providers: one-year extension of enhanced Section 179 expensing for small businesses, and one-year extension of 50% bonus depreciation incentive for new capital equipment purchases. Read More

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Ventilation Standard incorporated into FGI guidelines.

December 15, 2009

ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, which defines ventilation system design requirements that provide environmental control for comfort and infection/odor control, has been incorporated into the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, which is copyrighted by Facility Guidelines Institute and published by ASHE. Inclusion will eliminate potential confusion posed by having 2 national ventilation standards for health care. Read More

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Repair Skills Decline points to future manufacturing deficit.

December 15, 2009

In response to polls of 1,000 U.S. adults and 500 teens who showed growing general disinterest or ineptitude regarding around-the-house maintenance projects, NBT president Gerald Shankel said it is "absolutely critical for this mindset to change." He went on to say that post-economic recovery America will have a "dire need" for those skilled in manufacturing or manual arts such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and welding. Read More

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NACD Members continue to reduce emissions.

December 15, 2009

According to information in US EPA's 2008 Toxics Release Inventory Public Data Release Report, chemical distribution industry has lowest average release of toxic emissions per facility. It indicates average release of toxic emissions per facility at ~75% less than textiles industry and 90% less than plastics/rubber industry. NACD member companies, through participation in Responsible Distribution Process, had per facility disposal average of 18% less than non-NACD member companies. 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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NAM supports Murphy Amendment on derivatives.

December 14, 2009

Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP of Tax and Economic Policy, stated that while NAM supports initiative to prevent excessive speculation and improve transparency in derivatives market, NAM believes it is important that policymakers preserve ability of responsible companies to access OTC derivatives. By making clear that end-users do not pose systemic risk, Murphy Amendment will exclude end-users from rules and requirements aimed primarily at those whose activities present risk to financial system. Read More

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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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AASHTO Testifies that ARRA is delivering jobs, boosting economy.

December 14, 2009

In testimony on behalf of AASHTO before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Gary Ridley, Oklahoma DOT Secretary, said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been an unequivocal success. He cited Federal Highway Administration reports that found almost 80%, or more than $21 billion, of ARRA funds set aside for transportation projects have gone through federal approval process and are proceeding to construction. Read More

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Papers are Being Sought on creep-fatigue interactions.

December 14, 2009

An invitation for papers has been issued for the International Symposium on Creep-Fatigue Interactions: Test Methods and Models, which will be held November 17-19, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. Presentations on all aspects of research in creep-fatigue interactions should enable exchange of information and ideas. Specifically, papers are being sought on recent developments in test equipment, experimental techniques, models for representing data, and applications of data. Read More

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American and Canadian Collaboration to help North American wind energy industry.

December 14, 2009

To create clean sources of energy and provide jobs in North America, SME joined forces with American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association. Via separate agreements, associations will support development of wind energy supply chain in US and Canada, provide wind-energy market information to manufacturers, and provide manufacturing knowledge. Other goals include connecting manufacturing capabilities with needs as well as prepping work force with needed skills. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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