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FMA Poll shows teen disinterest in manufacturing careers.

November 20, 2009

Sponsored by NBT, September 2009 poll of 500 teens, aged 13-17, shows that 52% have little or no interest in manufacturing, another 21% are ambivalent. When asked why, 61% said they seek professional career. According to Gerald Shankel, President of NBT, educators and counselors often do not view manufacturing as viable career. Separate national poll of 1,000 adults reveals 56% would recommend their child pursue career in manufacturing or another kind of industrial trade. Read More

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AWWA announces second edition of The Water Dictionary.

November 19, 2009

Newly updated and expanded, The Water Dictionary provides standardized definitions for more than 15,000 water- and wastewater-related words, phrases, acronyms, chemicals, microorganisms, calculations, and formulas. In addition to terms for every area of drinking water, dictionary includes chemical structure illustrations, Units of Measure section, and Table of Conversion Factors. Read More

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Standard addresses seat belt assemblies on tractors.

November 19, 2009

Published in English and French, ISO 3776-3:2009 was developed by technical experts from Europe, Asia, North and South America, working through committee of ISO. International standard specifies requirements for seat belt assemblies on agricultural tractors and self-propelled machinery, and is the third in a series of standards related to seat belt requirements. Compliance with this and other ISO standards for seat belt assemblies will minimize risk to both operator and equipment. Read More

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IBTA announces InfiniBand growth on TOP500 list.

November 19, 2009

According to November 2009 TOP500 list, InfiniBand is deployed in 182 of the TOP500 supercomputers, growing 28% since November 2008 list. For the TOP100, InfiniBand is deployed in 63 clusters; this represents 15% growth from one year ago. Capable of speeds up to 40 Gb/s node to node and 120 Gb/s switch to switch, InfiniBand is delivering performance in demand by users of high-performance computing and enterprise systems. Read More

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Award Winners Announced for polymer use in auto manufacturing.

November 19, 2009

SPE® International's Automotive Division announced category and Grand Award winners for 39th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, which was based on a theme focused on increased fuel efficiency as well as lowered cost of ownership and tailpipe emissions. Maria Ciliberti, 2008 and 2009 Automotive Innovation Awards program chair, noted innovations showcased this year exemplified how engineers and carmakers have come to understand practicality and economic feasibility of polymers. Read More

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ASTM Training Course to cover marine fuels.

November 19, 2009

Marine Fuels: Specifications, Testing, Purchase, and Use, sponsored by ASTM International, is 3-day technical and professional training course that will be held May 11-13, 2010, in Miami, FL, and October 26-28, 2010, in Stamford, CT. Course will cover several topics and will feature inspection tour of marine-fuel laboratory. It is intended for laboratory supervisors, shipping company employees, and anyone dealing with sale, purchase, trade, or use of marine fuels. Read More

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RBCA Course addresses action applied at petroleum release sites.

November 19, 2009

Based on ASTM International's Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) standard for petroleum release sites, 2-day training course for private sector will be made available 3 times in 2010. It includes copy of ASTM E1739, Standard Guide for RBCA Applied at Petroleum Release Sites, A Fate and Transport Models Compendium, and course workbook. Program can also be tailored to unique company's needs and brought by ASTM International to site. Read More

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Hands-On Class covers property condition assessments.

November 19, 2009

ASTM's 2-day hands-on class gives overview of ASTM Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process. It guides attendees on how to use standard to conduct baseline property condition assessment and how to prepare Property Condition Report. Participants will learn procedures for conducting walk-through survey, which key areas should be included in PCR, how to identify property's physical deficiencies, and how to read PCR. Read More

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ILMA Representatives attend UEIL Annual Congress.

November 19, 2009

Immediate Past President Ron Powell, Past President Greg Julian, and Executive Director Celeste Powers attended Annual UEIL Congress, held this year in Istanbul, Turkey. Powell gave a presentation on ILMA, and Julian attended as Automotive Committee Liaison, which included networking as well as brainstorming ways to work together and move forward. All three representatives attended to continue strengthening the partnership between UEIL and ILMA. Read More

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Career Website connects young adults with employers.

November 18, 2009

Connecting young adults with employers and career development opportunities, the Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) launched a website featuring facts and information about industry as well as faces and voices of industrial distribution. Visitors can access searchable employer database to connect job seekers with employers, view video testimonials pertaining to working in industrial distribution, and utilize training resources offered by industry associations. Read More

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Summit Participants focus on moving their businesses forward.

November 18, 2009

Themed What's Your Next Move?, co-located PTDA Industry Summit and FPDA Motion and Control Network's Fall Networking Symposium hosted nearly 700 top executives in PT/MC and fluid power industries who gathered to network and build business relationships. Highlights included opening keynote by Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development Corporation and founder of US FIRST; macroeconomic update by Dr. Robert Genetski; and 3 workshops to help executives plan their next move. Read More

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IEEE extends deadline for technical papers and abstracts.

November 18, 2009

Organizers of IEEE Green Technology Conference have extended deadline for receiving abstracts and technical papers to Dec 7. Original work is sought on current and emerging renewable energy sources and energy-reduction technologies. Contributed papers and abstracts are solicited in energy generation and storage technologies; energy resource utilization and water conservation; green architecture and sustainable design; and environmental, legal, social, economic, and political impacts. Read More

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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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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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ASTM Course to cover apparel flammability compliance.

November 17, 2009

ASTM International will hold Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of General Wearing Apparel training course on April 14 in New York, N.Y., and May 18 in Chicago, IL. It will provide understanding of Flammable Fabric Act and Citation 16 CFR 1610, Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles, which apply to all general wearing apparel manufactured and distributed in United States. Federal requirements that are covered eliminate flammable textiles from entering U.S. marketplace. 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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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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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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Course Covers Compliance for sleepwear flammability.

November 17, 2009

Offered as one-day course on April 15 in NYC and May 19 in Chicago, "Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear" covers federal standards on flammability of children's sleepwear. It will provide understanding of standards 16 CFR 1615/1616 as well as provide update on regulatory changes. Participants will also learn about liability issues and legal requirements, what products can put company at risk, and how to avoid product recalls and penalties. Read More

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Training Course focuses on flammability standards.

November 17, 2009

Titled "Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses, and Bedding Sold in the United States," 2-day technical and professional training course will provide students with basic understanding of mandatory and voluntary flammability performance and quality control test standards. Students will learn how to conduct tests, assess test results, learn what products put companies at risk, and how to avoid costly recalls and penalties. Read More