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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Airlines sign ongoing supply agreement.

August 19, 2009

ATA announced that 8 of its member airlines have signed agreement with Rentech, Inc. and Aircraft Service International Group to purchase up to 1.5 million gallons per year of renewable synthetic diesel fuel for use in ground service equipment at L.A. International Airport beginning in late 2012. Fuel is expected to have low carbon footprint and minimal particulate and other emissions while meeting or exceeding all applicable fuel standards. Read More

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Nanotechnology Standards Panel to be held September 9.

August 19, 2009

ANSI's Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) enables interested stakeholders to learn about ongoing nanotechnology standardization activities as well as to discuss particular areas of focus needed for nanotechnology standards. Scheduled to take place in Chicago on September 9 of 2009, ANSI-NSP will be co-located with NanoBusiness Alliance's Eighth Annual NanoBusiness Conference and serves as cross-sector coordinating body that facilitates nanotechnology standards development. Read More

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ANSI Supports DHS for National Preparedness Month.

August 19, 2009

ANSI is joining forces with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support National Preparedness Month, which is held each September to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness for families and companies across the nation. As partnering organization, ANSI will hold its eighth annual Plenary meeting on October 21, 2009 at the Renaissance Washington, DC hotel to address homeland security standards and their business application in the private sector. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.

August 19, 2009

According to NTSB, FAA should require that operators of Boeing DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, and B-717 airplanes include items in preflight checklists to verify that check of takeoff warning system is accomplished before every flight. FAA should also assess history of pilot errors related to takeoff configuration and identify needed mitigating design elements. Meeting should be convened to develop guidance on best practices relating to flight crews properly configuring airplanes for takeoff and landing. 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

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ELFA Commends extension of TALF program.

August 19, 2009

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) commends the decision of the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to extend the Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) program through March 31, 2010. This extension will serve to enhance much needed liquidity to secondary markets for equipment finance assets while continuing to unlock the equipment finance asset backed securities (ABS) market. Read More

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Webinar addresses HITSP efforts to advance ARRA initiatives.

August 19, 2009

Held by the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), an eTown Hall webinar on August 27, 2009 will feature Dr. John Halamka speaking about HITSP's continuing efforts to address Health Information Technology (HIT) provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Attendees will be updated on the final definition of "meaningful use" and explore how HITSP will continue to work to facilitate the development of needed standards and achieve interoperability. Read More

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ATA projects drop in passengers during Labor Day.

August 19, 2009

According to ATA forecast, 16 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during 8-day 2009 Labor Day holiday period, spanning Sept 2-9. This is a decline of approximately 3.5% from 17 million passengers estimated to have traveled on U.S. airlines during same period last year. Deep global recession and unnaturally high and volatile energy prices are primary drivers of expected reduction in passenger volumes. Read More

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NACD Member Companies achieve on-site RDP verification.

August 19, 2009

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced that 196 Regular member and Affiliate companies' sites have successfully passed NACD's third-cycle on-site Responsible Distribution ProcessSM (RDP) Verifications since January 2007. These organizations continually demonstrate a commitment to implementing RDP's environmental, health, safety, and security (EHS/S) requirements. RDP Verification is required once every 36 months. Read More