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Dr. Nicholas J. Carino receives Walter C. Voss Award.

November 23, 2009

ASTM International's Walter C. Voss Award has been given to Nicholas J. Carino, Ph.D., a concrete technology consultant from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Award is presented annually to engineer or scientist who has made notable contributions in field of building technology. Carino was honored for his outstanding contributions that have advanced state of knowledge and applications for nondestructive test methods and test methods in general for evaluating performance of concrete. Read More

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ATA reports decline in October passenger demand.

November 23, 2009

ATA reported that passenger revenue, based on sample group of carriers, fell 15% in October 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks 12th consecutive month in which passenger revenue has declined from prior year, fueled primarily by 11th consecutive month of ticket price declines. Three percent fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines in October, while average price to fly one mile fell 13.5%. U.S. airlines also saw cargo revenue ton miles decline 3% year over year in Sept 2009. Read More

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AIA leader's House testimony calls for stable space funding.

November 23, 2009

During testimony before House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, J.P. Stevens, AIA's Vice President of Space Systems, stated that our nation's space programs need stable and robust funding to maintain U.S. leadership. Stevens also raised concerns about U.S. export control policies that are counter-productive for the space industry, negatively impacting America's security interests. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to AASHTO.

November 23, 2009

According to NTSB, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials should work with FHA to establish performance and selection guidelines for bridge owners to use to develop objective warrants for high-performance Test Level Four, Five, and Six bridge railings applicable to new construction and rehabilitation projects where railing replacement is determined to be appropriate. Guidelines should be included in LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices decline in October.

November 23, 2009

Producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department shows that prices for construction materials and supplies fell 0.2% in October, and overall prices are 5.8% lower on year-over-year basis. While ready mixed concrete, cement, and softwood lumber prices are down, prices for prepared asphalt, tar roofing, and siding as well as steel mill and structural metal products rose. Anirban Basu said slight rise is sign that declines in construction materials prices may have come to end. Read More

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IPC Study forecasts growth in EMS industry through 2013.

November 23, 2009

According to IPC, 2008-2009 Analysis and Forecast for EMS Industry predicts global EMS market will grow at annual average rate of 8.1% until 2013 as world economies recover. Report provides general business metrics on sample of participating companies from North America, Europe, and Asia. It details trends in sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, manufacturing technology, capital investment, spending on equipment and materials, and market size. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to NHTSA.

November 23, 2009

According to NTSB, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should require all new motor vehicles weighing over 10,000 lb to be equipped with direct tire pressure monitoring systems. NHTSA should develop performance standards for newly manufactured motorcoaches to require that overhead luggage racks remain anchored during accident. Standards should also be developed for newly manufactured motorcoaches that prevent head and neck injuries from overhead luggage racks. Read More

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ASTM invites involvement in catalysts standards development.

November 23, 2009

During virtual meeting, Committee D32 held open house for potential new members, which featured introduction to ASTM, explanation of Committee's mission, and highlights of committee's active task groups. Primary focus of D32 has been on heterogeneous catalysts, including refining and petrochemical applications, raw catalytic materials, and finished catalyst systems. Committee hopes to expand to include emission control catalysts, homogeneous catalysts, and enzymatic catalysts. Read More

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ASTM International gains certification capabilities.

November 23, 2009

At its October 27-28, 2009 meeting, ASTM's board of directors authorized ASTM's management to develop the capability to offer certification services. ASTM International Certification Programs, the new initiative, offers opportunity for certification of products - materials, products, services, systems - as well as personnel. Potential benefits include increased confidence, reliable product comparisons, equitable testing and rating, and facilitating regulatory compliance. Read More

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AWWA Webcast covers backflow prevention.

November 23, 2009

On Wednesday, December 9, AWWA will host webcast which will utilize case studies to summarize regulatory framework for backflow prevention and cross-connection control, as well as water utility responsibilities. Webcast attendees will learn how to formulate specific plans for superior backflow prevention program, apply cross-connection control procedures to reduce contamination risks, and employ backflow prevention devices for best results. Read More

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U.S. Farmers continue to favor biotech crop varieties.

November 23, 2009

Despite statistics, report titled Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years, claims "farmers are increasingly critical of GE crops." According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. farmers have embraced biotech varieties of soybeans, cotton, and corn at rate of 91%, 88%, and 85%, respectively. Agricultural biotechnology allows farmers to grow more food on less land using practices that are environmentally sustainable. Read More

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FAA proposes limits on companies hiring FAA inspectors.

November 23, 2009

In move to prevent conflicts of interests that could affect aviation safety, FAA is proposing to put limits on airlines and other operators hiring FAA safety inspectors and their managers for 2 years after employees leave agency. Proposed rule would not keep operators from hiring former inspectors to serve in other positions such as aircraft dispatcher, flight attendant, maintenance technician, or pilot as long as they do not represent operator in FAA matters. Read More

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U.S.-India SCCP Workshop focused on tall building fire safety.

November 23, 2009

Held in New Delhi, India on November 4, ANSI convened the first in a series of workshops to be held under U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program that focused on improving codes and standards for fire safety in tall buildings. Approximately 30 representatives of U.S./Indian organizations participated in discussions pertaining to fire safety principles, role of safety standards, lessons learned from tall building fires, and fire safety infrastructure development. Read More

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ASHRAE and IES standard addresses energy efficient building design.

November 23, 2009

ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient design of buildings. It features 15 proposed agenda, open for public review, including addendum cd which would require active exterior control and bilevel control for all-night applications. Also included are addendum bn for orientation of fenestration and addendum bb which focuses on walls, rooms, and fenestration. Read More

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Medical Device Database offers access to 1,300 standards.

November 23, 2009

Developed jointly by ANSI, AAMI, ASTM International, and DIN, Medical Device Standards Portal provides single source for critical documents from AAMI, ASTM DIN, US FDA, IEC, and ISO, as well as applicable European regulations. All documents are available fully indexed and in .pdf format. Users can add comments directly into standards, share analysis with others, receive notifications when standards are updated, and compare revisions with color-coded highlights denoting changes. Read More

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BSA opens 2010 convention registration and website.

November 23, 2009

BSA has opened registration for its 2010 Annual Convention, to take place May 1-4, 2010, at Naples Grande Beach Resort, in Naples, FL. Themed, A Look Back to Step Ahead, it will recognize and build on BSA's 44 yr of industry leadership and look ahead to new opportunities/markets in recovering economy. Convention website includes video highlighting previous conventions and preview of this year's event. It also covers registration as well as other information. Read More

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Inspector General gives NTSB clean financial report.

November 23, 2009

For seventh consecutive year, NTSB's financial statements received unqualified opinion from Department of Transportation Inspector General. Results are from audit conducted on Safety Board's financial statements for Fiscal Year 2009. Recently, the Government Accountability Office issued a report finding that NTSB "has fully implemented or made significant progress in adopting leading management practices in all areas in which GAO made prior recommendations." Read More

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MHEDA Online Magazine focuses on leadership.

November 20, 2009

November issue of MHEDA Edge features article titled Leadership 101: Five Things Every Leader Should Be Doing. Skills described in article include having vision, showing confidence in abilities, leading by example, being firm and fair, and caring about job and employees. MHEDA Edge is online resource for young professionals in forklift, storage and handling, conveyor, and general material handling industries. Read More

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Forklift Distributor Profile notes expansion despite economy.

November 20, 2009

As featured in Fourth Quarter 2009 issue of The MHEDA Journal, material handling equipment distributor Thompson and Johnson Equipment Company is expanding to overcome recession. President and CEO David Schneckenburger chose to expand the company in down market by building new branch in Vestal and adding to company's Elmira location while remaining focused on customer service. According to Schneckenburger, "We strive to sell top-end products because quality lasts and price doesn't." Read More

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Virtual Meeting Session emphasized textile industry sustainability.

November 20, 2009

Hosted by ASTM International, virtual meeting addressed sustainable textile manufacturing concerns, what it means, and how to determine it. Participants from India, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Europe, and US represented textile firms, testing agencies, academia, and ASTM International. In addition to ASTM's work in sustainability standardization, content included use of E60 forum to meet specific needs, how to address challenges in sustainable textile manufacturing, and other related issues. Read More