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ANSI seeks comments on ISO stakeholder standard proposal.

May 14, 2009

ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) submitted proposal for new standard that would guide process of identifying and engaging with stakeholders. Engagement activities, ranging from information provision for consultations to full multistakeholder processes, would be addressed. If proposal is approved, TMB would decide on structure to carry out work, possibly establishing new project committee. Stakeholders can submit comments until June 26, 2009. Read More

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NAM says trade decline has not yet hit bottom.

May 14, 2009

According to Frank Vargo of NAM, seasonally-adjusted March exports of manufactured goods were 6% below February levels, while manufactured goods imports fell 3%. In capital goods sector, declines were registered in 25 of 32 categories. Decline in manufactured goods trade deficit shows current manufacturing job loss is due to declining domestic economy, not trade. U.S. Free Trade Agreements continued to be bright spot, with $21 billion last year. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG named largest North America-based show.

May 14, 2009

According to Top 200 analysis conducted by Tradeshow Week magazine, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, the international construction industries exposition, has been named largest trade show ever held in North America. Show achieved double digit growth in all indexes charted, including more than 21% net square exhibit footage, more than 11% number of exhibitors, and more than 13.5% attendance. And, for first time ever, co-located International Fluid Power Exposition was named to Top 200 list. Read More

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Demand for Motors decreased during first quarter of 2009.

May 14, 2009

NEMA's Motors Shipments Index declined for the second consecutive quarter during the first three months of 2009. Specifically, it fell more than 9% versus the fourth quarter of 2008 and 23.4% on a year-over-year basis. Fractional and integral horsepower motors both saw market demand weaken, but the decline in fractional units was noticably weaker compared to the first quarter of 2008. Read More

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NEMA publishes 2 lighting standards.

May 14, 2009

NEMA has published ANSI/ANSLG C81.61-2009 and ANSI/ANSLG C81.62-2009 standards, which cover lamp bases and lampholders for electric lamps, respectively. Both standards were revised to include G24 lampholder and base dimensions. They may be downloaded at no charge or purchase hard copy. Read More

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AMCA Board votes NO to scheduled assessment increase.

May 13, 2009

In reviewing current dues structure, AMCA International's Board of Directors has voted for no Cap assessment increase for July 1, 2009. Board recognizes that increase during difficult economic times may create additional hardship for some member companies. While realizing that periodic small increases are necessary to comply with Strategic Plan in maintaining Certified Ratings Program, board felt that delaying increase of cap assessment for 1 year was appropriate at this time. Read More

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Standard addresses sustainable concrete mixture proportions.

May 13, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee C09.49 on Pervious Concrete, part of ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, proposed ASTM standard WK23367 will aid concrete producers in developing sustainable and durable mixture proportions for pervious concrete. Impetus for developing standard was to find way to quantify how well concrete mix would resist raveling, the most common failure mode for pervious concrete. Read More

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ANSI issues call for nominations for Board of Directors.

May 13, 2009

ANSI invites all members to recommend qualified candidates for 2010 ANSI Board of Directors. ANSI strives to ensure balance and diversity within its membership and is seeking Board members who enhance member relationships and networks. To facilitate nomination process, ANSI has compiled guidelines that outline sectors that are underrepresented in Board of Directors. Guidelines, nomination forms, general information, and ANSI's code of ethics are available in ANSI Online Library. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is down 68.6% in 2009.

May 13, 2009

According to AMTDA and AMT, March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $162.94 million, which was up 22.3% from February but down 71.9% from total of $579.73 million reported for March 2008. With year-to-date total of $397.56 million, 2009 is down 68.6% compared with 2008. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. Read More

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EASTEC Manufacturing Event fosters biotechnology.

May 13, 2009

EASTEC has partnered with Regional Technology Corporation to help manufacturers learn how to succeed in biotechnology markets. On May 19, RTC will present Biotechnologies and Opportunities Resource Center at EASTEC, offering attendees chance to learn from experts. Some presentations will include: Opportunities in Nanotechnology: Working with UMass Amherst, Materials in Biotechnology: New Frontiers, and Business Development Strategies for Small Businesses in Biomedical and Other Markets. Read More

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ICUEE 2009 Exhibit Space Sales near record-breaking numbers.

May 13, 2009

Exhibit space sales for 2009 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition are within 10% of surpassing record-breaking numbers of 2007 show. Scheduled for Oct 6-8, expo will include exhibitors representing equipment, products, and services for electric, phone and cable, sewer and water, gas, general construction, landscaping, and public works sectors. Attendees can test drive equipment in job-like conditions, including ride-and-drive program for on-road commercial vehicles. Read More

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AWWA publishes Water Audit and Loss Control Manual.

May 13, 2009

AWWA's Water Audits and Loss Control Programs M36 offers step-by-step guidance and tools for performing standardized water audit and implementing water loss control program for all water utilities. Third edition provides IWA/AWWA Water Audit method, which tells utilities what information they need, how to get it, and how to enter it on water audit worksheets. Manual includes actual case studies and sample forms that allow utilities to plan and control water audit and leak detection work. Read More

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ASTM Lime Committee approves pozzolanic standard.

May 13, 2009

ASTM International Committee C07 on Lime has approved ASTM C1707, Specification for Pozzolanic Hydraulic Lime for Structural Purposes. This standard, which is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee C07.02 on Specifications and Guidelines, defines the plastic and hardened properties of a blended material comprised of single or multiple pozzolans and Type S hydrated lime. Read More

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ASHRAE appoints first DOE Building Energy Codes Fellow.

May 13, 2009

Appointed by ASHRAE in partnership with Department of Energy, Mike Erbesfeld will assist DOE in assessing impact of updating state energy codes to meet 2010 version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. Erbesfeld will analyze energy code updates based on EnergyPlus analysis of benchmark buildings and cost databases, as well as perform compliance testing of COMcheck software using benchmark buildings, and recommend program and front end changes to simplify COMcheck use. Read More

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Proposed Standard characterizes hydrogels for medical use.

May 13, 2009

A proposed ASTM standard will provide a means of characterizing hydrogels for those working in regenerative medicine. Work item ASTM WK21927, Guide for Characterization of Hydrogels Used in Regenerative Medicine, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F04.42 on Biomaterials and Biomolecules for TEMPs. Interested parties are welcome to join in development of ASTM WK21927, including those who work with hydrogels in regenerative medicine and those from other industry sectors. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to generate US input on ISO Strategic Plan.

May 13, 2009

ANSI announced it will hold workshop, from June 25-26, 2009, in Washington, DC to formulate the US contribution to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Strategic Plan for 2011-2015. As the US national member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested US stakeholders to review the related consultation document from ISO and submit feedback through an online survey conducted by the Institute. Survey responses will be compiled and reviewed during the June workshop. Read More

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Participation Sought for electronics cleaning/coating symposium.

May 13, 2009

IPC has issued call for participation for the High Performance Electronics Cleaning and Coating Symposium, which will take place on September 30, 2009 in Coventry, England and focus on all classes of high reliability and high performance electronics assembly. Expert presentations are being sought concerning cleaning equipment; cleaning and REACH/WEEE/RoHS; cleaning standards/processes; lead-free flux technology and the influence on cleaning; coating process considerations; and more. Read More

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BSA issues 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

May 13, 2009

During BSA's 2009 Annual Convention, William H. Allen, Jr., Allied Bearings Supply Co., received Lifetime Achievement Award. Allen joined Allied Bearings Supply Company in 1969, was elected VP of Sales in 1973, Executive Vice President and Sales Manager in 1976, President in 1981, and Board Chairman and CEO in 1998. He has chaired Industry Advisory Committee, Industry Communications Committee, and is currently chairman of Distributor Manufacturer Relations Committee. Read More

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ACC launches Facebook networking application.

May 12, 2009

American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched Mylecule application, which allows users to network using virtual molecular bonds. Elements are joined together with bonds that show how many friends user has in common or how many common bonds exist. Each user is nucleus, with virtual 3D molecular bonds letting user interact with Mylecule and view profiles. Application lets users stay connected to friends while learning basics/benefits of American chemistry, said ACC's Lisa Harrison. Read More

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Rough Roads cause extra vehicle operating costs.

May 12, 2009

According to AASHTO and TRIP report titled "Rough Roads Ahead: Fix Them Now or Pay for It Later," one-third of nation's major highways are in poor or mediocre condition. Roads in urban areas, which carry 66% of traffic, are in much worse shape. Report points out that traffic growth has far outpaced highway construction, particularly in major metropolitan areas. Number of miles driven jumped more than 41% from 1990-2007, from 2.1 trillion miles in 1990 to 3 trillion in 2007. Read More