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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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ASTM offers testing program on thermal analyses of plastics.

August 7, 2009

ASTM International Proficiency Testing Center is offering 2010 Proficiency Testing Program on Thermal Analyses of Plastics to laboratories who need statistical quality assurance tool that will enable them to improve and maintain high level of performance in conducting ASTM Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Oxidative-Induction Time by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, and Thermogravametric Analyses of plastic resins. Resins to be evaluated in program include LLDPE, PP, PBT, PPS, and PFA. 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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BIO Convention named one of fastest growing tradeshows.

August 7, 2009

BIO International Convention has been named 1 of 50 fastest growing tradeshows for 2009 by Tradeshow Week. Identified based on 50% total net square footage and 50% net growth between 2006 and 2008, TSW Fastest 50 winners will be honored in Houston on November 13-15. Conference will include education sessions, networking, and black-tie gala to honor winners. It is 3rd consecutive year BIO has been named, with its 2009 convention attracting 14,352 attendees from 59 countries and 48 states. Read More

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AASHTO Executive hails approval of 6,000th highway project.

August 7, 2009

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declared a major milestone that 6,000 highway construction projects, at $17.3 billion, have been approved under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley said it is milestone that cannot be ignored as nation tries to overcome worst economic downturn since Great Depression. After 6 months since President Obama signed ARRA into law, state DOTs have obligated 65% of $27 billion targeted for highways and bridges. Read More

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Motors Index declines again over second quarter of 2009.

August 7, 2009

Contracting 10.5% compared to the first 3 months of this year and nearly 25% versus the second quarter of 2008, NEMA's Motors Shipments Index declined for the third quarter in a row during the second quarter of 2009. The index has plunged 28% in the past 9 months and is at its lowest level since the beginning of 2005. Demand for fractional and integral horsepower motors weakened, with both categories having registered large year-over-year declines in shipments. Read More

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Guidelines Revised for molded case circuit breakers.

August 7, 2009

NEMA AB 4-2009 Guidelines for Inspection and Preventive Maintenance of Molded Case Circuit Breakers Used in Commercial and Industrial Applications presents procedures for identifying molded case circuit breakers requiring maintenance or replacement. It contains instructions for non-destructive tests for verifying specific operating characteristics and discusses safety procedures as well as operation of accessory devices. Updates reflect changes in technology and definitions. Read More

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NFPA Team completes fluid power technology roadmap.

August 7, 2009

Representatives from 19 member companies worked with NFPA and National Center for Manufacturing Sciences to complete Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry. Key R/D challenges include increasing energy efficiency, improving reliability, and reducing size of fluid power components and systems; building smart fluid power components and systems; reducing environmental impact; and improving energy storage, recovery, and redeployment capabilities of fluid power components and systems. Read More

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ATA applauds ASTM approval of synthetic fuels specification.

August 7, 2009

ASTM International Committee on Petroleum Products and Lubricants passed specification that will enable use of synthetic fuels in aviation. This brings airline industry closer to aim of widespread production of cleaner, alternative fuels to meet environmental goals and ensure security of energy supply, according to ATA President and CEO James C. May. An advocate for alternative aviation fuels, ATA is founding member of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. Read More

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Standard concerns substation electric power connections.

August 7, 2009

Last revised in 2005, ANSI/NEMA CC 1-2009 Electric Power Connection for Substations covers uninsulated connectors and bus supports made of metal and intended for use with conductors or bus made of copper or aluminum alloy and found in substations. This revision offers performance requirements, test methods, and design requirements reformatted with the intention of making it more user-friendly and emulating formatting used by IEC. Read More

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ASTM Standard will cover alternative for banned solvent.

August 7, 2009

ASTM D7553, Test Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in n-Propyl Bromide, will provide alternative for ASTM D2042 Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in Trichloroethylene. Trichloroethylene has been banned as ozone depleter by Kyoto Protocol, and n-propyl bromide has been approved by USEPA under Significant New Alternatives Policy as alternative to CFCs. Standards that specify D2042 for solubility will be revised once statement is completed and D7553 has been revised accordingly. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers test method for nickel alloy analysis.

August 7, 2009

ASTM E2594, Test Method for Analysis of Nickel Alloys by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry, will help users prepare sample/calibration solutions and validate analytical parameter selections made for equipment. Developed by Subcommittee E01.08, it covers testing for aluminum, boron, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, tantalum, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, and zirconium. Committee E01 will use method as template for future ICP analytical standards. Read More

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Online Solution helps seekers find trade/professional jobs.

August 7, 2009

Designed to help people seeking jobs with trade and professional associations, online Jobs Connection hosts nearly 1,000 jobs specific to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of SME, said that "There are available opportunities throughout the country...for anyone with diverse manufacturing engineering, lean, and operations experience." Read More

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American Businesses endorse Clean Energy Manufacturing bill.

August 7, 2009

Apollo Alliance announced over 150 businesses have endorsed Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act. Act will provide resources for small/medium-sized manufacturers through 2-yr, $30 billion manufacturing revolving loan fund. It also allocates $1.5 billion in federal funds over 5 yr to Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help manufacturers access clean energy markets. IMPACT act is based on Green Manufacturing Action Plan, released in April. Read More

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Oklahoma City Resident is state truck driving champion.

August 6, 2009

Randy Gregory, of Oklahoma City, was named best professional truck driver in Oklahoma after winning the five axle competition and receiving highest overall score in eight competing categories at 2009 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships. Gregory, who drives for YRC, now qualifies to compete in American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships August 18-22, 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA, also known as the "Super Bowl of Safety." Read More

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Direct Marketing Program keeps marketers connected, current.

August 6, 2009

DMA Certified Marketing Professional program was unveiled as a unique global standard for direct marketing education. While open to all, individuals from DMA member companies will receive additional benefits. According to DMA President and CEO John Greco, "This program will create an elite group of marketing professionals that can travel anywhere in the world, at any time, with exceptional knowledge of the direct marketing process that exceeds community standards. Read More

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AMT President responded cautiously to economic news.

August 6, 2009

Manufacturing technology suppliers reacted with cautious optimism over reports that Ford posted their first sales gain in 2 years and that US manufacturing activity slowed less than expected in July. President of AMT, Doug Woods, relayed that while the July numbers "represent a slowdown to the freefall...there is still a very long road ahead." He went on to liken the situation to "a loud crack in the ice at the beginning of the spring thaw." Read More

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ASTM Gypsum Committee developing 3 proposed lath standards.

August 6, 2009

Developed by task group within Subcommittee C11.02, proposed lath standards will help assure that non-metallic lath products perform adequately, provide means for design professionals to generically specify products, and guide contractors in installation. ASTM WK24554, ASTM WK24555, and ASTM WK24556 standards address test methods, installation, and performance requirements of Non-metallic Plaster Bases (lathe) used with Portland Cement Based Plaster, respectively. Read More

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ASTM offers professional training course for glass testing.

August 6, 2009

"Measuring Residual Stresses in Glass Products," sponsored by ASTM International, focuses on nondestructive photoelastic methods of stress analysis. Course covers principles of stress measurement in glass products; heat-treated glass applications; container and specialty glass applications; and verification, maintenance, and calibration of equipment. Offered on September 29, 2009, in West Conshohocken, Pa, it includes course notes, 8 referenced ASTM standards, and completion certificate. Read More

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ASHRAE Research seeks common language of energy efficiency.

August 6, 2009

ASHRAE Research Project 1468, Development of a Reference Building Information Model (BIM) for Thermal Model Compliance Testing will develop open-source reference models for developers to test solutions to interoperability between BIM and energy simulation software. Expected to take 15 months to complete, $175,311 project is sponsored by ASHRAE's technical committee 1.5, Computer Applications. It is one of 13 approved for funding by ASHRAE at 2009 Annual Conference, totaling $1.6 million. Read More