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Road Highway Safety Program shares life-saving driving tips.

August 10, 2009

As part of the Nebraska Trucking Association's annual Antique Truck Show and Shine, American Trucking Associations' Share the Road program hosted an elite million-mile, accident-free truck driver to discuss highway safety with attendees in Gretna, NE. Attendees were also given a chance to see the road from a truck driver's perspective and learned some differences between how cars and large trucks operate on highways. Read More

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AWWA announces Residuals Management and Disposal Webcast.

August 10, 2009

Scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, AWWA's Residuals Management and Disposal Webcast will summarize types of residuals generated by some complex treatment technologies and present case studies on appropriate management and disposal. Webcast is targeted to personnel with intermediate knowledge of residuals management and disposal. Read More

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AIA is pleased by alternative jet fuel process approval.

August 10, 2009

According to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), ASTM International's approval of jet fuel blended with synthetic paraffinic kerosene from Fischer-Tropsch process serves as critical step to everyday use of alternative jet fuel by commercial, private, and military aviation. AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, said that "This is another step forward in our industry's efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and secure energy independence." Read More

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ASTM Concrete Committee developing proposed new standards.

August 10, 2009

Four standards are being developed by subcommittees under jurisdiction of ASTM Committee C09. They include WK24621, Test Method for Measurement of Aggregate Resistivity Using 2-Electrode Soil Box Method; ASTM WK23421, Specification for Lightweight Aggregates for Internal Curing Applications; ASTM WK24405, Specification for Reactive Methacrylate Bonding Systems for Concrete; and ASTM WK23967, Practice for Measuring Hydration Kinetics of Hydraulic Cementitious Mixtures Using Semi-Adiabatic Calorimetry. Read More

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PMA Indicators suggest growth for METALFORM tradeshows.

August 7, 2009

More than 10 weeks since registration opened, and 18 weeks before opening ceremony, pre-registration for Fabtech International and AWS Welding Show including METALFORM is at 4,185 attendees. This is 27% higher than at same time in 2007. For METALFORM Mexico tradeshow, co-located with AWS Weldmex, Fabtech Mexico, and COATech shows, more than 7,000 attendees and combined square footage of 55,000 is expected in 2010, representing 34.5% growth in size and 17% growth in attendance since 2004. Read More

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ASTM Committee developing energy use information standard.

August 7, 2009

ASTM International Committee E50 is developing proposed standard for collection and disclosure of energy use information associated with buildings involved in real estate transactions. Some areas that would be covered in screening process to be described in ASTM WK24707 include property and building characteristics; electrical consumption and cost; oil, natural gas, and steam consumption and cost; water consumption and cost; and Green building certification/rating. Read More

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Committee converts legacy military acceptance standards.

August 7, 2009

ASTM International Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics continues the conversion of popular military acceptance standards based on Military Standard 105E, Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes. ASTM E2696, Practice for Life and Reliability Testing Based on the Exponential Distribution, the latest approval, is an adaptation of the Quality Control and Reliability Handbook H-108, Sampling Procedures and Tables for Life and Reliability Testing. Read More

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Industrial Controls Demand weakened during second quarter.

August 7, 2009

Shipments of industrial control equipment contracted again during second quarter of 2009, as NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index fell 6.5% versus first 3 months of this year. Although this represents much slower rate of decline than first quarter's 23% drop, shipments have declined nearly 40% from cyclical peak and are at lowest level in 18 years. On year-over-year basis, index posted second consecutive record drop as it shed 35.4% versus second quarter of 2008. Read More

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Motors Index declines again over second quarter of 2009.

August 7, 2009

Contracting 10.5% compared to the first 3 months of this year and nearly 25% versus the second quarter of 2008, NEMA's Motors Shipments Index declined for the third quarter in a row during the second quarter of 2009. The index has plunged 28% in the past 9 months and is at its lowest level since the beginning of 2005. Demand for fractional and integral horsepower motors weakened, with both categories having registered large year-over-year declines in shipments. Read More

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ASTM offers testing program on thermal analyses of plastics.

August 7, 2009

ASTM International Proficiency Testing Center is offering 2010 Proficiency Testing Program on Thermal Analyses of Plastics to laboratories who need statistical quality assurance tool that will enable them to improve and maintain high level of performance in conducting ASTM Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Oxidative-Induction Time by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, and Thermogravametric Analyses of plastic resins. Resins to be evaluated in program include LLDPE, PP, PBT, PPS, and PFA. Read More

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NFPA Team completes fluid power technology roadmap.

August 7, 2009

Representatives from 19 member companies worked with NFPA and National Center for Manufacturing Sciences to complete Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry. Key R/D challenges include increasing energy efficiency, improving reliability, and reducing size of fluid power components and systems; building smart fluid power components and systems; reducing environmental impact; and improving energy storage, recovery, and redeployment capabilities of fluid power components and systems. Read More

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BSA releases first in series of educational publications.

August 7, 2009

BSA Industry Brief: Poultry Process details use of bearings in poultry processing and is available to download as PowerPoint presentation and PDF from BSA members-only website, and as PDF from public site. Document maps poultry process and identifies requirements for bearings in applications such as receiving process as well as slaughter, scalding, and chilling. It is based on same initiative as In-House Training Guide and 23 single-topic Bearing Briefs. Read More

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BIO Convention named one of fastest growing tradeshows.

August 7, 2009

BIO International Convention has been named 1 of 50 fastest growing tradeshows for 2009 by Tradeshow Week. Identified based on 50% total net square footage and 50% net growth between 2006 and 2008, TSW Fastest 50 winners will be honored in Houston on November 13-15. Conference will include education sessions, networking, and black-tie gala to honor winners. It is 3rd consecutive year BIO has been named, with its 2009 convention attracting 14,352 attendees from 59 countries and 48 states. Read More

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American Businesses endorse Clean Energy Manufacturing bill.

August 7, 2009

Apollo Alliance announced over 150 businesses have endorsed Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act. Act will provide resources for small/medium-sized manufacturers through 2-yr, $30 billion manufacturing revolving loan fund. It also allocates $1.5 billion in federal funds over 5 yr to Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help manufacturers access clean energy markets. IMPACT act is based on Green Manufacturing Action Plan, released in April. Read More

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ATA applauds ASTM approval of synthetic fuels specification.

August 7, 2009

ASTM International Committee on Petroleum Products and Lubricants passed specification that will enable use of synthetic fuels in aviation. This brings airline industry closer to aim of widespread production of cleaner, alternative fuels to meet environmental goals and ensure security of energy supply, according to ATA President and CEO James C. May. An advocate for alternative aviation fuels, ATA is founding member of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. Read More

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Guidelines Revised for molded case circuit breakers.

August 7, 2009

NEMA AB 4-2009 Guidelines for Inspection and Preventive Maintenance of Molded Case Circuit Breakers Used in Commercial and Industrial Applications presents procedures for identifying molded case circuit breakers requiring maintenance or replacement. It contains instructions for non-destructive tests for verifying specific operating characteristics and discusses safety procedures as well as operation of accessory devices. Updates reflect changes in technology and definitions. Read More

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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