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ASEE honors Ashok K. Agrawal with 2012 James H. McGraw Award.

April 25, 2012

Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., VP for Academic Affairs at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, Ferguson, MO, and member of SME Education Foundation Board of Directors, has been acknowledged as a leader exemplifying best in engineering and engineering technology education by ASEE. Agrawal established Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing. As Program Officer of NSF, he played key roles in expanding Advanced Technological Education program and increasing visibility of STEM. Read More

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National Work Zone Awareness Week is underway.

April 25, 2012

State transportation departments across USA will be promoting "Don't Barrel Through Work Zones - Drive Smart to Arrive Alive" message during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 22-28). Among other events, departments of transportation in Washington, Mississippi, and Tennessee launched Operation Go Orange events that encourage local businesses, government agencies, and state employees to wear and/or prominently display color orange as reminder to drive safely through work zones. Read More

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Video Gallery expands SBB campaign reach, engagement.

April 25, 2012

Standards Boost Business (SBB) website features dynamic video gallery page, which offers testimonial videos from corporate and industry leaders speaking on strategic and financial advantages of participation in standardization to their companies and organizations. Currently, testimonials are available from Evan Gaddis of NEMA, Timothy Powers of Hubbell Incorporated, Tom Gross of Eaton Corporation, and James A. Thomas of ASTM International. Read More

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ELFA March 2012 MLFI shows increases in new business.

April 25, 2012

Reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for March up 10% from same period in 2011, 36% compared to previous month, and 17% year-to-date. Receivables over 30 days increased to 2.8% from 2.5% in February and declined 20% compared to 2011. Charge-offs increased to 0.7% from 0.5% of previous month and decreased by 46% compared to previous year. Read More

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World Accreditation Day to focus on safe food and clean water.

April 25, 2012

International Accreditation Forum and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation have announced the theme of World Accreditation Day 2012: Accreditation - Supporting Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water. According to ILAC, it is critical that consumers have confidence in safety, security, and authenticity of food and water they consume. This confidence is gained through application of common food safety management systems, supported by credible testing and inspection regimes. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for acoustic emission testing.

April 25, 2012

ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing has developed standard ASTM E2863, Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Welded Steel Sphere Vessels Using Thermal Pressurization. Pertaining to gas-filled pressure vessels used aboard aircraft for fire suppression, standard will allow Halon bottles to be recertified at maintenance facility and immediately returned to aircraft. U.S. Department of Transportation requires periodic recertification of bottles. Read More

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Comments Sought on tetrapod walker drum tester standard.

April 25, 2012

Subcommittee D13.21 on Pile Floor Coverings seeks experts who may be using ASTM D5251, Practice for the Operation of the Tetrapod Walker Drum Tester, in hopes of gauging current level of interest in said standard. ASTM D5251 describes equipment and operation of Tetrapod Walker for testing unused pile floor coverings with thickness of 20 mm or less. Anyone who uses D5251 is encouraged to join in revising standard, which is scheduled to withdrawn later in 2012 if not revised/reapproved. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices increase 1.4% in March 2012.

April 24, 2012

According to U.S. Labor Department's April 12 producer price index (PPI) report, construction materials prices rose 1.4% in March. This represents largest monthly increase since April 2011. On quarterly basis, construction materials prices increased 2.7% and are 3.8% higher than March 2011. Nonresidential construction materials prices, following similar pattern, moved up 1.6% for month, 2.9% for quarter, and 4% year over year. Read More