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ATA says FAA crew training proposal is unworkable.

August 13, 2009

ATA has filed comments expressing serious concerns about FAA proposed regulation that would rewrite pilot, flight attendant, flight engineer, and dispatcher training requirements. ATA believes that proposal could adversely impact current best practice training programs. Instead of proceeding directly to final rule, ATA recommends that FAA suspend rulemaking and immediately convene Aviation Rulemaking Committee to address conflicts and inconsistencies identified in ATA comments. Read More

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Fund-Raising Campaign addresses manufacturing perception.

August 13, 2009

In the fall of 2009, SME Education Foundation will launch a national campaign to secure funding for programs that address perceptions of manufacturing as a career and advance manufacturing education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This initiative, We Advance Manufacturing Education, counters the current general perception of manufacturing as unskilled, repetitive labor in order to motivate students and illuminate career possibilities. Read More

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AWWA's 2009 Conference is open for online registration.

August 13, 2009

Scheduled for Nov 15-18, 2009 Water Quality Technology Conference® and Exposition will provide answers about quality water in high-tech environment. Multiple networking events will be available to bring attendees together to discuss issues and solutions relating to water quality. Additionally, WQTC will include more than 500 experts in water quality, 350 presentations, 60 technical sessions, and 44 papers with international perspective. Read More

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NIST releases cybersecurity recommendations for government.

August 13, 2009

NIST has released NIST Special Publication 800-53, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. According to Ron Ross of NIST's computer security division, final publication represents solidification of partnership between Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and NIST and their efforts to bring common security solutions to federal government and its support contractors. Read More

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U.S. Representative's Visit inspires hope of economic relief.

August 13, 2009

Connecting with his constituency, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis visited Lincoln International recently when he was in Chicago. A brief address to Lincoln employees included topics such as the new administration's focus on the economy, environment, and health care reform. IPC President and CEO, Denny McGuirk, was also in attendance and thanked the congressman for co-sponsoring H.R. 422, a bill that would increase the Alternative Simplified Tax Credit and make the R/D tax credit permanent. Read More

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Revised Publication addresses fan sound performance ratings.

August 12, 2009

AMCA (Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc.) approved the July 2009 revision to AMCA 311, a Certified Ratings Program-Product Rating Manual for Fan Sound Performance, and provides a program for certifying a product's sound performance for rating. Applied to air moving devices, manual/program revision provides additional requirements for setup and technical procedures associated with Sound Performance Licensing of Air Curtain Units. Read More

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APEC Meeting brings together business and policy leaders.

August 12, 2009

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2009 gathered in Singapore for week of meetings, panels, and presentations, bringing together business leaders and policy makers from all 21 APEC member economies. Theme of summit was "Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region," reflecting continuing efforts of APEC to facilitate trade and investment in Asia-Pacific region. Some highlights included Food Safety Cooperation Forum, Chemical Dialogue, Hot Topics in Food Safety, and Toy Safety Initiative Workshop. Read More

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U.S. Safety Experts to participate in ISO/IEC Guide 51 Revision.

August 12, 2009

Joint working group of ISO and IEC is forming a committee of experts to participate in revising ISO/IEC Guide 51: Safety aspects - Guidelines for inclusion in standards. Constituents are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for nomination by August 27, 2009. Specifically, Guide 51 provides standards writers with guidelines for inclusion of safety aspects when developing/discussing standards. It is applicable to any safety aspect related to people, property, or the environment. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on AFNOR proposal.

August 12, 2009

Association Francaise de Normalisation has submitted proposal to ISO for new field of technical activity on mechatronics. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by Sept 25, 2009. Proposed technical activity will address standardization of mechatronics, which is an approach aiming at synergistic integration of mechanics, electronics, control theory, and computer science within product design and manufacturing. Read More

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APEC Conference explores business engagement standards.

August 12, 2009

Part of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 2009 meetings in Singapore, ANSI co-sponsored a conference on business engagement in cooperation with APEC's Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance. This meeting, which brought together 100+ business leaders and policy makers from 21 APEC member economies, was aimed at maximizing standards and conformance contributions to trade growth as well as investment in the Asia Pacific region. Several suggestions were made by meeting's end. Read More

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Conference to Address air quality models.

August 12, 2009

Air and Waste Management Association will present "Guideline on Air Quality Models: Next Generation of Models," October 28-30, 2009 in Raleigh, NC. This conference will discuss proposed revisions to U.S. EPA's Guideline on Air Quality Models and address topics such as technical and regulatory issues associated with proposed guideline changes. Two associated introductory professional development courses will also be offered. Read More

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US Manufacturing Technology Consumption rises in June.

August 11, 2009

According to AMT and AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association), June US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $135.85 million. This total, while up 22.0% from May, is down 69.2% from June 2008's reported total of $440.55 million. With a year-to-date total of $759.03 million, 2009 is down 70.1% compared with 2008. These numbers are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTC program. Read More

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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