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PDMA launches webcast series for members/nonmembers.

August 25, 2009

Attendees of PDMA webcasts will earn 1 product development hour (PDH) towards New Product Development Professionals recertification (NPDP), while those chosen to lead webcasts can earn 2 PDHs towards NPDP recertification. On August 27, The Current State of Product Portfolio Management: Issues, Risks, Tools, and Takeaways, will feature speakers Linda Roach and Maureen Carlson. Between September 10 and October 22, organization will hold 4 other webcasts in series. Read More

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ASHRAE announces distinguished lecturers for 2009.

August 25, 2009

ASHRAE has named 13 new Distinguished Lecturers who provide Society chapters with noted authorities who speak on relevant topics that impact HVAC/R industry. Lecturers include David Arnold, Ph.D.; William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E.; Hoy Bohanon, P.E.; William A. Harrison; Sam C. H. Hui, Ph.D.; Sanjeev Jain, Ph.D.; Ronald E. Jarnagin; M. Dennis Knight, P.E.; R. Christopher Mathis; Jianlei Nui, Ph.D.; Todd L. Rindlisbaker, P.E.; Wei Sun, P.E.; and Dennis A. Stanke. Read More

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Executive Management Forum returns to SPE conference.

August 24, 2009

An Executive Management Forum on "Challenges and Opportunities in the New Automotive Industry," will return on Tuesday, October 6 to the 11th annual SPEĀ® Automotive TPO Global Conference. Forum will provide opportunity for panelists not only to challenge olefin supply chain, but attempt to predict how auto industry will respond to critical issues around global sourcing, materials selection, and approvals process to meet new and more aggressive energy, cost, and quality targets. Read More

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HART releases WirelessHART Device Registration document.

August 24, 2009

WirelessHART(TM) Device Registration Procedure document outlines testing and registration requirements for WirelessHART devices. Procedure is integral part of HART Device Registration Program, which is designed to ensure device interoperability of both wired and wireless HART-enabled devices. Devices that successfully pass registration requirements are allowed to carry the "HART Registered" mark. Read More

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Off-Road Equipment Industry Leaders meet to assess future.

August 24, 2009

Scheduled for Nov 15-17, 2009, AEM Annual Conference will offer opportunity for senior-level machinery manufacturing executives to discuss surviving recession and handling future business challenges. Theme is "Now is the Time," with emphasis that now is the time to reach out globally, to create culture of innovation, to examine technology trends shaping manufacturing's future, to better understand economics of industry, and to integrate digital media into business model. Read More

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Deborah Mielewski to give keynote on bio-based polymers.

August 24, 2009

With automakers challenged to increase fuel economy, reduce tailpipe emissions, and lower vehicle mass, value of green composites is expected to grow stronger in coming years. At 9th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition, Deborah Mielewski, technical leader of Plastics Research, Research and Innovation Laboratory, Ford Motor Co., will give keynote address entitled Can you Be-Leaf It? Development and Implementation of Sustainable Materials for the Automotive Industry. Read More

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Continued Decline shown in passenger demand, cargo traffic.

August 24, 2009

Passenger revenue based on a sample group of carriers fell 21% in July 2009, versus the same month in 2008, for the ninth consecutive month. According to the same ATA report, 4% fewer passengers traveled on US airlines in July, while the average price to fly one mile fell 18%. Continued decline in cargo traffic also reflected a weak global economy, as US airlines saw cargo revenue ton miles decline 15% year over year in June 2009 - the eleventh consecutive month of declining volumes. Read More

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IMTS announces 2010 marketing plans.

August 21, 2009

Despite economic conditions, show management for the International Manufacturing Technology Show is committed to maintaining high marketing standards. The 2010 marketing program will begin in Oct 2009 and will use many new manufacturing sites, social media, and traditional media to promote show. It will feature real stories of companies who are inspired to grow and manage their operations successfully, and use IMTS as an integral part of continuing business plans. Read More

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Biofuel Plan could undercut work of Mass. biotech companies.

August 21, 2009

Massachusetts' implementation plan for its Biofuels Mandate excludes biofuels made from renewable biomass being researched and developed by Massachusetts companies. BIO urged MA Department of Energy Resources to accept applications for qualifying advanced biofuels from biofuel producers using all sources of renewable biomass, which have been shown to considerably reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

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Member Christopher A. Hart designated NTSB Vice Chairman.

August 21, 2009

Christopher A. Hart was sworn as Member of NTSB on August 12 to term that ends December 31, 2012. Hart comes to Board after long career in transportation safety, including previous term as Member of NTSB during the 1990s, and most recently, Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the FAA. Hart is an aerospace engineer, attorney, and licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings. Read More

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Tool Kit helps companies show-off customized solutions.

August 21, 2009

Customized Solutions Selling Tool Kit helps identify services that matter most to customers, quantify overall savings that those services create, and present those figures to customers. Combining information on solutions selling with CD containing worksheets, templates, and PTDA Value Calculators, kit increases sales training and effectiveness. Three-step solution shows customers how companies can provide measurable advantages while minimizing operating costs/maximizing revenues. Read More

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IEEE to host global event in honor of 125th anniversary.

August 21, 2009

On Saturday, August 29th, IEEE will host one in series of global events at The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore, India. It will feature keynote presentations revolving around 2020 Vision - Future of technology in India, Indian power sector and challenges ahead, globalization and innovation in India, and education and research. Keynote speakers will include Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Mr. SK Chaturvedi, Dr. Kris Gopalkrishnan, and Prof. VK Aatre. Read More

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Hybrid Electric Tractor to be tested at Long Beach port.

August 20, 2009

Plug-in hybrid electric terminal tractor, used to move shipping containers and cargo, will be tested over a period of 3 months at a Port of Long Beach shipping terminal. EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) is coordinating this effort, part of a 12-month project, which could lead to the replacement of diesel-powered tractors if successful. Overall, the goal is to subsequently reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and improve energy efficiency of port operations. Read More

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Webcast focuses on geophysical methods for groundwater.

August 20, 2009

On September 2, 2009, American Water Works Association (AWWA) will host its GeoScience in Water Aquifers webcast. The program will review geophysical methods basics, interpret geophysical data as it relates to groundwater, and apply this knowledge toward protecting and assessing water supplies. Relevant content and knowledgeable speakers provide water industry professionals with this indispensible educational opportunity. Read More

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Moyer D. Thomas Award given to Mark E. Peden.

August 20, 2009

Mark E. Peden, senior professional scientist emeritus at the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign, IL received the Moyer D. Thomas Award. ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality recognized Peden for outstanding achievements in standardization of sampling and analysis of atmospheres. Peden has been a member of ASTM International since 1983 and remains an active member of Committee D22, where he serves as vice chair of Subcommittee D22.01 on Quality Control. Read More

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Steel Committee Honors Frank M. Christensen with award.

August 20, 2009

Frank M. Christensen of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada has been presented with the A01 Founding Committee Award for distinguished service to ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys in the development of international consensus standards for the steel industry. Christensen has participated on various A01 subcommittees and chaired numerous task groups. He also served as chair of Subcommittee A01.92 on Terminology for many years. Read More

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Alice Kodama receives Noah A. Kahn Award from ASTM.

August 20, 2009

ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing has presented 2009 Noah A. Kahn Award to Alice Kodama, a recent graduate of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. Established in 1963, award is given annually to graduating student of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and Lehigh University for outstanding performance in metallurgical engineering or materials aspects. During her academic career, Kodama has also received Lehigh University Women's Club Engineering Award and the Harmer Prize. Read More

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USDA proposes voluntary biobased product labeling program.

August 20, 2009

USDA has published proposed rule that seeks to establish voluntary labeling program for biobased products. Program will allow product manufacturers and vendors to label product that meets certain designated requirements as "USDA Certified Biobased Product," promoting sale and use of biobased products in commercial sector. Biobased products are composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients, including renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materials. Read More

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Standards protect homes from hurricane season.

August 20, 2009

Several standards developed by ASTM evaluate impact of wind-borne debris that may strike buildings as a result of strong storm winds. ASTM E1886-05 sets test method and ASTM E1996-09 provides specification for determining performance of windows, doors, and storm shutters. Developed by ISO Technical Committee 162, ISO 15821:2007 provides guidelines for testing building's ability to keep water out during heavy rain and strong winds. Read More

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Irv Poston to receive SPE Lifetime Achievement Award.

August 19, 2009

Irvin E. Poston, who had a distinguished career at General Motors Corp (GM) and was responsible for numerous automotive plastics firsts, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from SPEĀ® Automotive Division. The honor will be bestowed at the 39th-annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, held November 12 in Livonia, MI and recognizes technical achievements of automotive industry executives whose work has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on vehicles. Read More