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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

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Non-residential Building Construction Jobs decline in July.

August 19, 2009

Non-residential building construction experienced 5,900 job losses in July, which is slowing compared to 6,200 average monthly job losses of 3 previous months according to US Labor Department's August 7 employment report. On year-over-year basis, non-residential building construction decreased by 99,800 jobs (12.1%) to reach 727,800. Construction lost more jobs than any other major segment of the US economy in July. Overall, unemployment rate dropped from 9.5% in June to 9.4% in July. Read More

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PTDA publishes June 2009 Market Outlook Report.

August 19, 2009

According to sales data released by PTDA, Canadian manufacturers experienced increase in sales, while U.S. manufacturers had drop in sales in June 2009. U.S. manufacturers' sales fell by 2.8% in June 2009 when compared to May 2009 and 32.9% compared to same period last year. Orders in June 2009 decreased by 5.3% over May 2009 orders. Compared to May 2009, Canadian manufacturers' sales increased 7.6%, but were down 25.5% when compared to same period last year. Read More

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Charles Sidebottom receives award from ASTM.

August 19, 2009

Charles Sidebottom, director of corporate standards at Medtronic Inc., has received Patrick G. Laing Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to work of committee in developing standards for medical and surgical materials and devices. A member of ASTM International since 2001, Sidebottom serves as recording secretary of Committee F04 and works on U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 150 on Implants for Surgery. Read More

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IPC Conference/Exposition to feature live assembly line.

August 18, 2009

From September 23-24, 2009, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will include IPC A-Line on show floor, with experts from 11 top suppliers available to demonstrate advanced electronics assembly. Surface mount as well as through-hole component mounting equipment will be demonstrated. Soldering, laser marking, and PCB production equipment will also be demonstrated as well as screen printer, pick and place system, stencils for solder paste deposition, and conveyors. Read More

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Robot Orders are down sharply in first half of 2009.

August 18, 2009

According to RIA, North American-based robotics companies saw orders for new robots decline 36% in units and 47% in dollars through the first half of 2009. The second quarter, which saw declines of 43% in units and 51% in dollars over the same period in 2008, was also down 29% in units and 26% in dollars from the first quarter of 2009. RIA President, Jeff Burnstein, attributed weakness in orders received from automotive industry OEMs and suppliers as the major factor. Read More

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ASA awards first certificate for Essentials course.

August 18, 2009

ASA Foundation has awarded its first Essentials of Profitable Warehouse OperationsĀ© certificate of completion to William Myers of APR Supply Company in Lebanon, PA. Students of course acquire command of most important concepts in distribution economics and importance of their role in company's profitability. Emphasizing team approach, course focuses on orderly flow of materials from receiving through stocking, picking, packaging, and delivery. Safety and security concerns are also covered. Read More

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Export Control System Review is welcomed by NAM.

August 18, 2009

As NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo made a statement in response to the President's decision to launch a broad-based review of the US export control system. He insisted that "An efficient export control system that carefully focuses on truly sensitive and unique technologies without hampering other exports is essential." Vargo also cited the current system as restricting too many technologies, being costly, and creating delays/uncertainties for foreign customers. Read More

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Seminar relays environmental requirements for ships.

August 18, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM, Seminar on Environmental Requirements for Commercial and Navy Ships for Efficient Maritime Operations and Effective Environmental Stewardship will be held December 9, 2009 in Atlanta, GA. It will identify areas where environmental standards should be developed to fill gaps to improve maritime operations and simultaneously promote environmental stewardship. Participants will learn requirements for marine environmental protection of the IMO, USEPA, and USCG. Read More