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ASTM Standard will cover alternative for banned solvent.

August 7, 2009

ASTM D7553, Test Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in n-Propyl Bromide, will provide alternative for ASTM D2042 Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in Trichloroethylene. Trichloroethylene has been banned as ozone depleter by Kyoto Protocol, and n-propyl bromide has been approved by USEPA under Significant New Alternatives Policy as alternative to CFCs. Standards that specify D2042 for solubility will be revised once statement is completed and D7553 has been revised accordingly. Read More

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AASHTO Executive hails approval of 6,000th highway project.

August 7, 2009

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declared a major milestone that 6,000 highway construction projects, at $17.3 billion, have been approved under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley said it is milestone that cannot be ignored as nation tries to overcome worst economic downturn since Great Depression. After 6 months since President Obama signed ARRA into law, state DOTs have obligated 65% of $27 billion targeted for highways and bridges. Read More

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Standard concerns substation electric power connections.

August 7, 2009

Last revised in 2005, ANSI/NEMA CC 1-2009 Electric Power Connection for Substations covers uninsulated connectors and bus supports made of metal and intended for use with conductors or bus made of copper or aluminum alloy and found in substations. This revision offers performance requirements, test methods, and design requirements reformatted with the intention of making it more user-friendly and emulating formatting used by IEC. Read More

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Online Solution helps seekers find trade/professional jobs.

August 7, 2009

Designed to help people seeking jobs with trade and professional associations, online Jobs Connection hosts nearly 1,000 jobs specific to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of SME, said that "There are available opportunities throughout the country...for anyone with diverse manufacturing engineering, lean, and operations experience." Read More

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ASTM Standard covers test method for nickel alloy analysis.

August 7, 2009

ASTM E2594, Test Method for Analysis of Nickel Alloys by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry, will help users prepare sample/calibration solutions and validate analytical parameter selections made for equipment. Developed by Subcommittee E01.08, it covers testing for aluminum, boron, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, tantalum, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, and zirconium. Committee E01 will use method as template for future ICP analytical standards. Read More

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Direct Marketing Program keeps marketers connected, current.

August 6, 2009

DMA Certified Marketing Professional program was unveiled as a unique global standard for direct marketing education. While open to all, individuals from DMA member companies will receive additional benefits. According to DMA President and CEO John Greco, "This program will create an elite group of marketing professionals that can travel anywhere in the world, at any time, with exceptional knowledge of the direct marketing process that exceeds community standards. Read More

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Oklahoma City Resident is state truck driving champion.

August 6, 2009

Randy Gregory, of Oklahoma City, was named best professional truck driver in Oklahoma after winning the five axle competition and receiving highest overall score in eight competing categories at 2009 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships. Gregory, who drives for YRC, now qualifies to compete in American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships August 18-22, 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA, also known as the "Super Bowl of Safety." Read More

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PTDA Executive VP announces plans to retire.

August 6, 2009

After 15 years of leadership, Mary Sue Lyon announced that she will be retiring as executive vice president of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) at the end of 2010. Lyon, addressing her tenure, said that "It has been fun, rewarding, and...at times challenging." A search committee has been formed with the intent of having a new executive vice president in place by September 2010. Read More

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3M endorses education programs with in-kind gift.

August 6, 2009

Valued at about $720,000, 3M's in-kind gift of 250 Super Close Projection Systems 700 Series, including projects, speakers, and wall-mounts, has been donated to SME Education Foundation for distribution to network of middle schools and high schools across country offering Project Lead the Way® curriculum. Gift reflects 3M's mission to invest in teachers, giving them opportunities to introduce new ways of learning to make math and science relevant and engaging. Read More

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ANSI program to offer accreditation for recyclers.

August 6, 2009

ANSI - ASQ ANAB is offering accreditation for companies that certify recyclers of electronic equipment under Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices for Use in Accredited Certification Programs. Those who seek accreditation to issue R2 certificates must be accredited to provide certification to ISO 14001 for at least 1 yr, and recyclers wishing to be certified to R2 standards must contact organizations that audit and issue certificates to ISO 14001. Read More

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AMT President responded cautiously to economic news.

August 6, 2009

Manufacturing technology suppliers reacted with cautious optimism over reports that Ford posted their first sales gain in 2 years and that US manufacturing activity slowed less than expected in July. President of AMT, Doug Woods, relayed that while the July numbers "represent a slowdown to the freefall...there is still a very long road ahead." He went on to liken the situation to "a loud crack in the ice at the beginning of the spring thaw." Read More

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ASTM Gypsum Committee developing 3 proposed lath standards.

August 6, 2009

Developed by task group within Subcommittee C11.02, proposed lath standards will help assure that non-metallic lath products perform adequately, provide means for design professionals to generically specify products, and guide contractors in installation. ASTM WK24554, ASTM WK24555, and ASTM WK24556 standards address test methods, installation, and performance requirements of Non-metallic Plaster Bases (lathe) used with Portland Cement Based Plaster, respectively. Read More

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RIA and CCINW sign affiliation agreement.

August 6, 2009

Carpet Cleaners Institute of the Northwest (CCINW) and Restoration Industry Association® (RIA) have entered into an affiliation agreement, effective October 1, 2009. CCINW members recieve benefits such as discounts and special access to technical libraries/advisors, and CCINW will represent the textile and flooring services cleaning industry in the Northwest. It will represent damage repair and property mitigation and remediation industry as well as promote RIA programs. Read More

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Institute's Annual Meeting to take place in December.

August 6, 2009

Held in conjunction with Ecobuild® America, Annual Meeting will cover latest in sustainable practices, building information modeling, and high-performance building design. In addition to taking part in council, committee, and board meetings, participants can attend variety of educational programs, including buildingSMART alliance International Conference, FEDCon® 2009: The Market Outlook Conference on Federal Construction, and Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council Symposium. Read More

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ASTM developing standard for annealed steel conductors.

August 6, 2009

ASTM International Committee B01 on Electrical Conductors is developing proposed standard WK24210, which addresses concentric-lay-stranded copper-clad steel conductors. Having standard to reference will increase visibility and viability of CCS and ease evaluation of this alternative to solid copper while ensuring all manufacturers are provided necessary product criteria to meet requirements for grounding applications. Read More

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ASTM offers professional training course for glass testing.

August 6, 2009

"Measuring Residual Stresses in Glass Products," sponsored by ASTM International, focuses on nondestructive photoelastic methods of stress analysis. Course covers principles of stress measurement in glass products; heat-treated glass applications; container and specialty glass applications; and verification, maintenance, and calibration of equipment. Offered on September 29, 2009, in West Conshohocken, Pa, it includes course notes, 8 referenced ASTM standards, and completion certificate. Read More

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ASHRAE Research seeks common language of energy efficiency.

August 6, 2009

ASHRAE Research Project 1468, Development of a Reference Building Information Model (BIM) for Thermal Model Compliance Testing will develop open-source reference models for developers to test solutions to interoperability between BIM and energy simulation software. Expected to take 15 months to complete, $175,311 project is sponsored by ASHRAE's technical committee 1.5, Computer Applications. It is one of 13 approved for funding by ASHRAE at 2009 Annual Conference, totaling $1.6 million. Read More

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Medical Device Conference to have 2 MN keynote speakers.

August 5, 2009

Taking place August 10-12 at the Hilton Minneapolis, the Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference will feature a keynote delivered by 2 leading Minnesota-based innovators in the field of medical implants. David Wayne Polly Jr, MD will describe spinal implants and devices from clinical perspective, while Robert S. Schwartz, MD will describe potential breakthrough in biocompatibility of intravascular devices. Read More

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Campaign Initiated to spur automatic identification adoption.

August 5, 2009

AIM Global and AIM North America launched Real Opportunities Today...Leadership for Tomorrow, a campaign developed to accelerate growth and adoption of AutoID technology solutions. Campaign expands membership opportunities to small and large organizations interested in bar code, RFID, RTLS, and enterprise mobile computing technologies. Interested organizations can choose category based on company type and pay dues in proportion to their gross sales revenues in related markets. Read More

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Conference Panel to focus on energy, propulsion efficiency.

August 5, 2009

Addressing Aviation Energy Demand Through Propulsion Efficiency, a public policy panel, will be presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) on August 4 at 12:30 pm as part of the 45th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. It will explore demand-side fuel efficiency, calling for reduced fossil fuel consumption through increased aircraft engine efficiency, decreased aircraft weight, and improved aerodynamic efficiency of fuselages. Read More