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Investigation details hydrogen storage system releases.

May 18, 2009

According to William Winters, Sandia National Laboratory, a need exists for developing codes and standards to support the wide-spread delivery of liquid hydrogen bulk fuel and fueling station storage. To develop these codes and standards, the consequences of planned and unplanned hydrogen releases must be understood. Systems under consideration are those used to supply hydrogen for transportation, such as production storage tanks, tanker trucks, and tanks at vehicle fueling stations. Read More

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ATA forecasts 14 million fewer airline passengers this summer.

May 18, 2009

According to ATA forecast, 7% fewer passengers will travel June 1 through Aug 31, 2009, compared to same period in 2008. Approximately 195 million passengers are expected to fly this summer on U.S. airlines, down from 209 million during summer months of 2008. Weak economy has forced additional aircraft out of marketplace, so despite fewer travelers, planes will remain near full. Delays may be inevitable due to combination of aging air traffic control system and convective weather period. Read More

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ASTM Committee revises furniture safety standard.

May 18, 2009

Revised by ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products, ASTM F2057 is intended to reduce injuries and deaths of children from hazards associated with tipover of clothing storage units. With latest revisions, chests, door chests, and dressers are required to include tip-resistant unit to secure piece of furniture to wall. Warning Labels must instruct users not to place TVs on storage units, to place heaviest objects in lowest drawers, and to not allow children to climb on furniture. Read More

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Symposium to address environmentally acceptable lubricants.

May 18, 2009

Papers are invited for Symposium on Testing and Use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants. Scheduled for Dec 6, 2010, symposium will offer technical forum for discussions related to current trends for testing and use of environmentally acceptable lubricants. It will also provide details on current research efforts to advance use of bio-based and other environmentally acceptable lubricants, and to develop new and improved environment test methods. Read More

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One-Day Seminars educate attendees on WirelessHART standard.

May 18, 2009

Automation professionals in the US and Europe are invited to attend one-day, vendor-neutral, educational seminars on WirelessHART(TM) technology. The free seminars are being presented by industry specialists from the HART® Communication Foundation, ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs, and Siemens. Attendees will learn how this technology can help lower operating costs, reduce downtime, and move their company into cost-effective, predictive maintenance strategy. Read More

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Institute testifies in support of building standards.

May 15, 2009

The National Institute of Building Sciences testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment to promote the development and use of high-performance building standards. Dr. William J. Coad, P.E., FASHRAE and Chairman of HPB Task Group, was one of five witnesses to provide testimony during "Pushing the Efficiency Envelope: R&D for High-Performance Buildings, Industries and Consumers." Read More

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Public Officials will explore current water issues at ACE09.

May 15, 2009

During ACE09, to be held in San Diego on June 14-18, 3-session Public Officials Certificate program will offer 4 hr courses enabling participants to gain knowledge in water operations, finance, and sustainability. Public Officials Breakfast will feature San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders discussing water resources challenges. Featuring professional program with 570 presentations in 100 separate sessions, event will also include networking reception for officials to discuss common issues. Read More

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Conference focused on distributor/manufacturer relationships.

May 15, 2009

Up-and-coming power transmission/motion control leaders joined Gary Moore at the PTDA Executive Development Conference to develop relationship-building skills. After Moore explained issues pertinent to distributors and manufacturers, attendees worked in small group discussion sessions that explored the dynamics of distributor/manufacturer relationships; the impacts of personal and professional relationships; the basics of effective business communication; and relationship management. Read More

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NADCA slashes corporate member dues by half.

May 15, 2009

As economy moves from recession to recovery, NADCA appreciates that discounting membership dues is best way to retain its position of advocacy for die casting industry. While some die casters have seen increase in business activity due to sourcing returning to U.S., large portion of member base still needs to weather downturn. Significant discount in membership dues is extended to current and past corporate members, as well as all companies active in die casting industry. Read More

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SPE Thermoforming Board cancels 2009 conference.

May 15, 2009

The Society of Plastics Engineers's Thermoforming Board of Directors has cancelled its Annual Thermoforming Conference in September 2009. Instead, their marketing energies will be focused on the Thermoforming Division's multi-exhibitor Thermoforming World Pavilion at NPE2009, which takes place June 22-26 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The 2010 Thermoforming Conference, with technical presentations and a trade show exhibit floor, will be held in Milwaukee, WI. Read More

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AMCA announces 2010 International Engineering Conference.

May 15, 2009

Scheduled for Feb 28-March 2, 2010, AMCA International Engineering Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX. AMCA International Engineers and other experts in industry are invited to submit paper designed for presentation length of approximately 50 minutes. Although any technical topic in industry will be acceptable, particular attention will be afforded papers describing efforts to assist in improving environment. Read More

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PTDA welcomes four new members.

May 15, 2009

Power Transmission Distributors Association has welcomed PIB Pacific International Bearing Inc., a distributor of bearings and mechanical power transmission products. New manufacturer members include Brevini Canada Ltd., a manufacturer of adjustable speed drives, hydraulic controls and valves, and gearing; and Peer Chain Company, a manufacturer of roller chain. In addition, Fresno City College joined PTDA as Associate - Educational Institute member. Read More

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AIA Advocates accelerating NextGen at subcommittee hearing.

May 15, 2009

According to AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey, the administration's commitment to recapitalize the USA's transportation infrastructure and FAA reauthorization is an opportunity to accelerate the Next Generation Air Transportation System. His testimony before the Senate Aviation Subcommittee also stressed the importance of establishing a funding regime to support NextGen, including long-term FAA authorization and increasing the annual contribution from the General Fund to the FAA. Read More

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AMT Member Testifies before US Senate Banking Committee.

May 15, 2009

A member of Board of Directors of The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Eugene Haffely Jr. testified before the US Senate Banking Committee's Economic Policy Subcommittee. He pointed out that manufacturing technology industry is critical to building and maintaining defense industrial base. Haffely also claimed that if nothing is done to get credit flowing to American manufacturers, the U.S. could lose its ability to create its own innovative defense systems. Read More

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R.A. Glenn Award given in honor of work on coal standards.

May 15, 2009

Paul M. Reagan, president of Sampling Associates International LLC, was honored by the ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke with the R.A. Glenn Award for his contributions to the development of ASTM standards relating to coal and coke. Reagan chairs D05's Mechanical Sampling Task Group and serves as secretary of Subcommittee D05.27, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the ISO Technical Committee on Solid Mineral Fuels. Read More

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Organizations look at BIM for cost engineering.

May 15, 2009

Officials from 8 organizations signed memorandum of agreement to develop processes to accurately estimate facility lifecycle costs. Organizations will form teams under sponsorship of buildingSMART alliance(TM), a council of National Institute of Building Sciences, to see if Building Information Modeling can solve cost engineering and estimating problems. Positive results could lead to new candidate standards for National Building Information Modeling Standard. Read More

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ATA supports accelerated ATC modernization.

May 15, 2009

ATA testified before Subcommittee on Aviation of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that reauthorization of FAA programs and funding must ensure that air traffic control modernization be done in next several years through key technologies and procedures called NowGen. According to ATA President and CEO, James C. May, modernized system will stimulate economy, create jobs, yield environmental benefits, and enable U.S. airlines to compete against global competitors. Read More

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Building Sciences Meeting to addresses sustainability, more.

May 15, 2009

Taking place December 7-10 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting will focus on sustainable practices, smart buildings, and high performance building design. The meeting will collect a number of building-related events under one roof to minimize travel expenditure and, as put by Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, "It's a wonderful opportunity for the industry to be part of our process." Read More

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ASHRAE Standard guides designers in moisture control measures.

May 15, 2009

Offering guidance on how to best design buildings with adequate moisture control features, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 160 provides criteria for acceptable performance. Standard offers methodology for making consistent design recommendations, such as need, type, and placement of vapor barriers in any climate. It also introduces criteria to handle rain, wind, and other exterior moisture weather loads. Read More

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AMT testifies on auto industry before House committee.

May 15, 2009

In May 13, 2009, testimony, Carl Reed of Abbott Workholding Products, Inc., said that if small and midsize manufacturers ceased operations, it would create cross-industry domino effect. Reed also pointed out that auto supplier support program does not reach all of auto supply chain. Chapter 11 bankruptcy by General Motors could devastate supplier base, Reed said, and made plea to Congress/Administration that credit standards for Small Business Administration 7(a) loans should be loosened. Read More