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NTSB Recommendations are made to increase safety for FAA.

July 17, 2009

Recommendations, made by NTSB, addressed several Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues. Most suggestions centered around electrically conductive, combustible oxygen hoses, including requirements for their replacement with nonconductive hoses, positive separation between electrical wiring, and development of minimum electrical grounding requirements. Other recommendations addressed airworthiness directive process formalization and smoke detector installation. Read More

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Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs supports future inventors.

July 17, 2009

Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, The Foundation of FMA, encourages youth to enter careers in manufacturing to avert shortage of skilled workers. NBT offers grants to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions introducing young people to metal forming and fabricating careers in manufacturing, provides funding to organizations starting or expanding manufacturing camps for youth, and issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in manufacturing. Read More

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Papers needed for symposium on knee replacement devices.

July 17, 2009

Scheduled for May 18, 2010, ASTM Symposium on Mobile Bearing Total Knee Replacement Devices will compare clinical results from mobile bearing knee devices with results from standardized mechanical testing to determine if standards adequately address real and perceived potential failure modes seen clinically. Call for papers seeks contributions related to data on clinical outcomes, failures, and retrievals, as well as clinical data relevant to bench performance as described in ASTM standards. Read More

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TIA urges rejection of proposed Chinese tire import quotas.

July 16, 2009

In letter to President Obama, TIA urged rejection of U.S. International Trade Commission's finding concerning imposition of import duties on all passenger and light truck tires imported from China. TIA believes that proposed remedy would not protect U.S. manufacturing jobs, would create market disruption, and would result in higher prices and less options for consumers. If consumers do not have access to affordable tires, they may defer replacing tires, creating potential hazard. Read More

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AWWA to host chemical security webcast.

July 16, 2009

On July 29, AWWA will host Outlook for Chemical Security - Are You Prepared? webcast. Congress is debating federal legislation that would extend chemical security requirements to water and wastewater utilities. Webcast will provide DHS's observations of lessons learned from implementation of current program, and drinking water experts will address concurrent challenge of maintaining Safe Drinking Water Act compliance. Read More

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ASTM Introduces aquatic play equipment standard.

July 16, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee F24.70 on Water Related Amusement Rides and Devices, ASTM F2461 - Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment answers emerging need for standards for aquatic play equipment industry. Andreas Tanzer, chair of F24.70, says the new standard compiles common terms, methods, and practices. It will also ensure end-users that there is a means of manufacturing, testing, and operation. Read More

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ANSI-HSSP Plenary is scheduled for October 21, 2009.

July 16, 2009

The ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) has announced its eighth annual plenary, which will focus on homeland security standards and their business application in the private sector. Held in Washington, DC at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, the meeting allows homeland security, emergency preparedness, and business continuity communities to come together to discuss current issues and challenges, strategic approaches, recent successes, and future outlooks. Read More

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Winning Road Projects are saving lives, time, and money.

July 16, 2009

During Western AASHTO Annual Meeting, 8 projects from 6 western states received regional awards. Projects were judged in 3 categories: On Time, On Budget, and Innovative Management. California DOT received Innovative Management and On Time awards, while Oklahoma DOT won On Time and On Budget awards. Additional winners included Oregon for On Time, Nebraska for On Budget, Utah for Innovative Management, and Colorado for Innovative Management. Read More

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U.S. Input sought for energy management draft standard.

July 16, 2009

Project Committee 242, established by ISO, has issued draft standard on energy management systems for review and comment. ISO 50001 will provide energy management systems guidelines for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and entire organizations. Document will be based on common elements found in all of ISO's management system standards, assuring compatibility with ISO 9001, Quality management systems, and ISO 14001, Environmental management systems. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption rose slightly in May.

July 16, 2009

According to the American Machine Tool Distributors Association (AMTDA) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), May US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $109.90 million. This total, reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 5.8% from April but down 72.3% from the total of $397.16 million reported for May 2008. With a year-to-date total of $618.30 million, 2009 is down 70.5% compared with 2008. Read More

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ANSI announces launch of Indian content on StandardsPortal.

July 16, 2009

Facilitating international trade, StandardsPortal was launched in New Delhi, India in ceremony organized by Confederation of Indian Industry. Online resource was originally developed to support trade and exports between U.S. and Peoples' Republic of China by providing information on standards and conformance requirements and systems in both markets. In December 2007, leaders of ANSI, CII, and BIS signed Memorandum of Understanding to incorporate Indian content into StandardsPortal. Read More

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SME seeks nominations for 2010 Class of Fellows.

July 16, 2009

Fellow membership is limited to select few and is presented in recognition of contributions to social, technological, and educational aspects of manufacturing profession. Candidates must be SME members in good standing, have minimum of B.S. degree or its equivalent in terms of experience, and have 20 years of professional manufacturing-related experience. Election to SME College of Fellows carries lifetime membership in Society. Read More

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Regional Profile is available for geographic metadata.

July 16, 2009

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) and the Canadian General Standards Board - Committee on Geomatics (CGSB-COG) have jointly published a regional profile of an International Standard on geographic information metadata. INCITS 453-2009, the North American Profile (NAP) of ISO 19115, Geographic information - Metadata, will facilitate the development, sharing, and use of geographical information and related applications. Read More

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ANSI Report covers Standards for Sustainability workshop.

July 16, 2009

Organized by ANSI with support of EPA, Toward Product Standards for Sustainability workshop brought together experts and advocates to share insights and develop recommendations on standards and criteria for sustainable products. ANSI's report begins with overview of workshop and offers primer of U.S. standards and conformity assessment system. It then details discussions and findings of workshop, which centered on 3 focused panels, keynote address, and breakout sessions. Read More

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Summer Camp addresses fuel cell engineering basics.

July 15, 2009

The basics of fuel cell engineering will complement a summer technology camp offering robotics, aeronautics, and computer design for sixth and seventh graders attending Gateway Academy, which is offered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. In a day-long session, students will learn fuel-cell basics in a classroom setting. They will receive live data directly from the fuel cell site for analysis and be able to follow/dissect results as the trial progresses. Read More

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Industrial Base Issues need QDR consideration.

July 15, 2009

A report by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), "The Unseen Cost: Industrial Base Consequences of Defense Strategy Choices," concludes that the US industrial base provides our nation with essential military capabilities that need to be considered in the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). It urges future strategy decisions be made with full awareness and appreciation of the likely effects on industry capability and offers 6 recommendations. Read More

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Collaboration to yield Colorado wind power project by 2010.

July 15, 2009

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed 20-yr agreement with subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp. to purchase output of 51 MW wind farm on 6,000 acre site northwest of Burlington, CO. Site will be comprised of 34 x 1.5 MW GE turbines. According to Governor Bill Ritter, project will provide reliable energy, clean-energy jobs, and long-term economic benefits for Kit Carson County. Tri-State is supplier to 44 electric cooperatives and public power districts in 4 states. Read More

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ATA applauds DOT on alliance antitrust decision.

July 15, 2009

According to James C. May, President and CEO of ATA, association applauds DOT for its approval of alliance antitrust immunity decision and for recognizing that alliances offer significant benefits to traveling and shipping public. This decision will increase current levels of service while preserving jobs for thousands of airline employees. Read More

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Marion Blakey comments on National Research Council report.

July 15, 2009

According to Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, AIA is encouraged by recommendations in recent space policy report from National Research Council calling for increased coordination and leadership of nation's space capabilities. "America's Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs," adds another influential voice to debate on renewing and maintaining U.S. leadership in space. Read More

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SME Foundation establishes Gene Haas Scholarship Fund.

July 15, 2009

With leadership gift of $50,000, SME Education Foundation established Gene Haas Scholarship Fund designed to attract and support Focus: HOPE students. Scholarship offers access to training and education programs in machining technology, giving students chance at a rewarding career. When reviewing applications, Focus: HOPE Scholarship Committee considers need, academic achievement, and demonstrated commitment to advanced machining, which is supported by letters of recommendation. Read More