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Conferences to address composites used for green energy.

April 21, 2009

To discuss issues that can arise when working with composites, representatives from composite part manufacturers such as Knight and Carver, Comtek Advanced Structures, and Profile Composites, as well as manufacturers from transportation, aerospace, and defense companies will come together for SME Composites Manufacturing 2009 and Tooling for Composites conferences. Events will include manufacturing facility tours, keynotes, learning sessions, tabletop exhibits, and interactive roundtable. Read More

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DVD Package helps design, construct, and improve tooling.

April 21, 2009

In effort to offer comprehensive educational materials to technical schools, students, trainers, and larger manufacturing community, SME announced release of 9-DVD package based on "Fundamentals of Tool Design, 5th Edition" textbook. DVDs include Tool Materials, Cutting Tool Design, Fixture Design, Progressive Die Design, Gaging and Inspection Tool Design, Computer-Aided Design, Rapid Tooling Design, Composite Tooling Design, and Troubleshooting Tool and Die Making. Read More

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NAM Urges Regulators to defer to congress on climate issue.

April 21, 2009

The National Association of Manufacturers urged the Environmental Protection Agency to avoid an "endangerment finding" that would trigger regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions under the Clean Air Act. Specifically, NAM warned that using outdated programs under the CAA as a tool for regulating GHG emissions will further burden the ailing economy while doing little or nothing to improve the environment. Read More

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Report finds electronic content is still out of control.

April 17, 2009

According to AIIM's annual State of the ECM Industry research report, managing electronic office documents is still a challenge for 47% of organizations and modern business communication channels such as IMs, text messages, blogs, and wikis are uncontrolled and off corporate radar for 75% of businesses. For those that have invested in ECM or document and records management solutions, hard dollar savings have turned out on plan, while soft dollar benefits have exceeded expectations. Read More

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GSA Awards Contract to implement BAAR functionality.

April 17, 2009

The US General Services Administration (GSA) announced that CGI Federal was awarded a 5-year task order contract to update legacy Billing and Accounts Receivable (BAAR) modules. Under this contract, CGI Federal will support GSA in creating new accounts receivable and billing modules to establish standard accounting business processes across GSA. Modules will also address federal compliance issues to support GSA's capabilities as a Financial Management Line of Business (FMLOB). Read More

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Economic Forecaster to present at PMA Technical Conference.

April 17, 2009

Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) added Dr. Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics, LLC, to its Technical Conference keynote panel at the Technical Conference in Cleveland, OH. On Sunday, April 26, Mayland will be part of the opening general assembly session presentation, "Surviving Economic Hard Times, Positioning for Good Times." The focus of this panel will be to discuss what small- and middle-market manufacturers can do to survive the current economic plight. Read More

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Hydrogen Convention moves city forward.

April 17, 2009

According to Mr. Coble, Mayor of Columbia, National Hydrogen Association convention was a step forward in Columbia's efforts to enter knowledge and green economy. Delegates from all over world were enthusiastic about community's knowledge of hydrogen and fuel cells, including research going on at USC under leadership of Harris Pastides. Success of convention is important part of long-term strategic plan to transform economy, create jobs, and raise per capita income. Read More

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ASTM Issues Award of Merit to Dr. Kim Wallin.

April 17, 2009

The ASTM International Award of Merit, and accompanying title of fellow, was presented to Dr. Kim R.W. Wallin, academy professor at the Academy of Finland in Helsinki. Wallin was recognized for contributions within Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture towards the development of test methods and standards for fracture mechanics and associated technologies. Specifically noted was the work addressing the ductile-brittle transition of ferritic materials. Read More

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BSA 2009 Annual Convention to feature key industry updates.

April 17, 2009

During BSA 2009 Annual Convention, attendees will hear industry updates from manufacturer and distributor channels of supply chain. Bruce Warmbold, President of Schaeffler Group, will give update on bearing industry from perspective of ABMA, while Scott Lynch, President of ABMA, will present update on programs, education, and training offered by ABMA. Steve Durston, BSA President and EVP of Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc., will offer update on bearing industry from distributor perspective. Read More

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ASTM honors Dr. Chris May with merit award.

April 17, 2009

ASTM International has honored Chris J. May, Ph.D., with Award of Merit as well as accompanying title of fellow. May, who is OEM advisor in research department at Imperial Oil Ltd. in Sarnia, Ontario, was cited for contributions toward standards development as both individual contributor and leader as part of Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and Subcommittee D02.07 on Flow Properties. Currently, May is chair of Subcommittee D02.07 and is also member of SAE. Read More

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ASTM presents John Germaine with merit award.

April 17, 2009

John Germaine, senior research associate at MIT in Cambridge, MA, has been honored by Committee D18 on Soil and Rock with ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow. An active member of Committee D18, Germaine is 2nd Vice Chair of main committee and works on several D18 subcommittees. Germaine's work has been previously recognized by Committee D18 with multiple awards. In addition to ASTM, he is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chi Epsilon. Read More

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BIO debunks myths of anti-industry report.

April 16, 2009

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive VP of Food and Agriculture for BIO, issued a statement in response to "Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops," a report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Confuting UCS claims that increased crop production statistics are not due to genetic engineering, Lauritsen cited benefits that include reduced environmental impact, increased production per acreage, and increased farmer incomes. Read More

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ASHRAE provides Federal Recovery Act resources.

April 16, 2009

To encourage investment in projects with long-term impact, ASHRAE has put together resources to help members engage decision-makers in identifying and planning projects in their areas. ASHRAE Member's Guide to Recovery Funding provides information on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, areas of funding, resources, and tips for engaging state and local decision makers. Energy Efficiency in Schools provides information to school administrators and state recovery fund managers. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO helps boost industry spirit and progress.

April 16, 2009

At IPC APEX EXPO(TM) in Las Vegas, opportunities for learning and business development were ever-present. Despite attendance figures lower than last year, 6,077 attendee and exhibitor individuals from 42 countries gathered together to take advantage of educational sessions, standards committee meetings, and business development activities on and off exhibit floor. Of 3,350 attendees, 629 attended conference and 778 attended 41 full- and half-day educational courses. Read More

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Revised ASTM Standard covers containers for medical sharps.

April 16, 2009

ASTM Subcommittee F04.33 on Medical/Surgical Instruments is revising F2132, Specification for Puncture Resistance of Materials Used in Containers for Discarded Medical Needles and Other Sharps. Initially, draft document will be discussed via e-mail and telephone/teleconference, with task group possibly holding face-to-face meeting in November. Approximately 400,000 healthcare workers in U.S. face such injuries every year, with risk of over 60 blood-borne pathogens being transmitted. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses testing of paintbrush filaments.

April 16, 2009

Standard ASTM D7233, Test Method for Testing Fracture of Level Paintbrush Filaments, was developed by Subcommittee D01.61 on Paint Application Tools. According to John Feathers of DuPont Filaments, D7233 and equipment it details will allow suppliers of hollow filaments for paintbrushes to better assess tendency of filaments to fracture. Method can be used between suppliers and manufacturers to establish acceptable quality specification for filaments. Read More

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Guidelines streamline processes, reduce transactional cost.

April 15, 2009

PTDA released 2 publications to facilitate exchange of transactional information between distributors and manufacturers. "Guidelines for Managing Back Orders: Minimizing the Impact" uncovers issues regarding back orders and can assist in minimizing the effect back orders have on business and business relationships. "Guidelines for Successfully Sharing Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) Information" uncovers ways in which COGS information sharing can benefit distributors and manufacturers. Read More

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Technical Committee to address standards for combating fraud.

April 15, 2009

Proposed by ANSI in conjunction with NASPO, TC 247, Fraud countermeasures and controls, has been approved for creation by ISO. Committee will focus on development of standards in areas of brand and intellectual property protection, identity management, and financial fraud. It is expected to meet later this year and its work will complement initiatives of ISO Project Committee (PC) 246, with U.S. positions carried forward to both TC 247 and PC 246 by ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG. Read More

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ASTM introduces new standard for determining wettability.

April 15, 2009

ASTM International standard D7490, Test Method for Measurement of the Surface Tension of Solid Coatings, Substrates, and Pigments Using Contact Angle Measurements, was developed by Subcommittee D01.23. It will be used to determine wettability of given primer or substrate or to explain reason for wetting problems/defects over certain primer or substrate, says Clifford Schoff, Ph.D. Schoff also says it can help characterize pigments pressed into disks and to determine how easy pigment is to wet. Read More

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EASTEC will address alternative and renewable energy.

April 15, 2009

EASTEC will feature Alternative and Renewable Energy Resource Center, run in partnership with Regional Technology Corporation. According to Kimberly L. Farrugia of SME, seminars will be held on E-Design for Green Products, Opportunities with UMass Wind Energy Center, Positive Impact of Lean and Green on Manufacturing, and Money-Saving Efficiencies for Compressed Air Systems. Resource center will be open 9am-4pm on May 20th, with various companies and organizations presenting. Read More