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SARL supports AG CONNECT Expo 2010.

June 11, 2009

Endorsed by State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, 2010 AG CONNECT Expo is scheduled for Jan 13-15 and will showcase latest innovations, products, services, and technology in all agriculture sectors and offer access to leading worldwide industry experts. SARL's co-located annual summit, scheduled for Jan 15-17, will gather together leaders from state and provincial legislative agriculture committees to discuss key policy issues facing rural communities. Read More

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SME Education Foundation awards $90,000 in scholarships.

June 11, 2009

Recipients of SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Award include Ben R. Brown, who was awarded $50,000 4-yr scholarship, and Alexandra M. Moulton and Michelle T. Barber who each won $10,000 1-year scholarships. Jonathan T. Reding and Hillary M. Shoop both received $5,000 1-yr awards for SME Education Foundation Directors Scholarship. Khalil S. Taraman said corporations and foundations support endowments because they know future of manufacturing, with advanced technologies, demands it. Read More

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NAM supports production of oil shale resources.

June 11, 2009

According to NAM VP for Energy and Resource Policy, Keith McCoy, PIONEER Act is critical step forward in creating comprehensive energy policy that will promote development of country's oil shale resources. Legislation makes certain regulatory guidelines published by Department of Interior permanent, and will direct Department of Interior to move forward with Research, Development, and Demonstration projects, which will expedite delivery of fuel to manufacturing sector and broader marketplace. Read More

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AFSS to host transportation emissions conference.

June 11, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 6-8, 2009, 4th Bi-Annual Emissions Solutions in Transportation Conference will have 2 separate tracks with Short Courses covering Basics of Air and Liquid filtration as well as 4 additional courses. Designed for engineers and managers with vested interest in new technologies and future needs in emission solutions, program covers idea creation and innovative concepts, final testing procedures, and updated status of governing and future regulations from CARB and EPA. Read More

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AEM Presents marketing webinar series.

June 11, 2009

Online AEM Marketing Webinar Series will provide tools and resources to help companies survive the current business climate. Offered from 10:30-11:30 AM CST, topics are Customer Message Management (June 30), Inspiring Innovation and Creating Change (July 23), and Crisis Management and Communication (August 27). Speakers include customer message management trainer and CMM Group CEO Tim Riesterer, author and futurist Tom Koulopoulos of Delphi Group, and crisis communication expert Gerard Braud. Read More

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NEMA publishes standard for portable primary cells and batteries.

June 11, 2009

NEMA has published ANSI C18.1M, Part 1-2009 Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte - General and Specifications. Produced by ANSI C18 committee on Portable Cells and Batteries, it provides requirements/information related to consumer batteries, with specifications for nomenclature, dimensions, polarity, terminals, marking, test conditions, and procedures. Chemical system, tests for popular consumer batteries, and reformatted battery specification sheets have been added. Read More

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NEMA Research shows need for lighting systems awareness.

June 11, 2009

According to NEMA market research, conducted in conjunction with Today's Facility Manager magazine, information on energy/cost savings through modern lighting systems is needed. Findings show 41% of building owners plan to upgrade lighting within 1 yr, while 82% did not know commercial building tax deduction was extended. According to Ron Runkles, lighting industry director for NEMA, "We're providing a service by letting people know there is a quick payback by investing in lighting renovation." Read More

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ASHRAE Handbook includes guidance on sustainability.

June 11, 2009

Featuring 1,000 pages and 39 chapters, 2009 ASHRAE Handbook - Fundamentals covers basic principles and provides essential data for HVAC&R design. Sustainability chapter defines concept along with its principles, design considerations, and detailed evaluations needed in designing sustainable HVAC&R systems. Published in 2 editions, book includes CD with climate data for 5,564 stations, with subset of data for selected stations in printed chapter: Climatic Design Information. Read More

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SAE International updates technical paper collections.

June 10, 2009

Available on CD-ROM, 2009 Accident Reconstruction Technology Collection includes 1,600 technical papers from 1959-2009 and 70 new papers from SAE 2009 World Congress. Some topics include biomechanics and injuries, failure analysis, and occupant dynamics and kinematics. With 1,800 technical papers from 1989-2009 and 80 new papers, 2009 Occupant Protection and Crashworthiness Collection covers crash research, frontal and side airbags, injury patterns, impact tests, and restraint systems. Read More

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Transportation Industry Website airs news, insight, analyses.

June 10, 2009

Designed with features to enhance interactivity and user friendliness, Transportation TV has 5 channels dedicated to news, insights, and analysis from transportation specialists. Videos are also available from state DOTs about programs being implemented on the frontlines. According to Transportation TV manager Tony Dorsey, "the website is meant to be a place where transportation users, decision makers, and the reporters who cover them can find something worth their time and attention." Read More

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Congressional Briefing addresses hydrogen and fuel cells.

June 10, 2009

Taking place from 1-3 pm on June 12, 2009 in room 128 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, association members as well as members of Congress will be making remarking on the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in transportation. Replacing oil and taking the auto out of the environmental equation is a complex and lengthy undertaking, and a balanced portfolio is critical if government's leadership role in research, development, and demonstration is to achieve real value. Read More

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ASTM honors Deanne Emory with merit award for standards work.

June 9, 2009

Deanne Emory, President and CEO of Miller and Weber, Inc., has received Award of Merit, and title of fellow, from ASTM International Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement. Currently serving 3-yr term on ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO), Emory is recognized for effective leadership in work of Committee E20, for service as chair of Subcommittee E20.05 on Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers, and as secretary of E20.04 on Thermocouples. Read More

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ASTM Committee presents merit award to Ronald Battema.

June 9, 2009

ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners has honored Ronald Battema, President of Compliance Consulting, Inc., in Bristol, TN, with ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Recognized for leadership and contributions in developing industry standards, Battema currently serves as recording secretary of Committee F11 and has served on multiple subcommittees and leading groups on carpet wear, cleaning ability, and energy usage and performance. Read More

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ASTM Standard to measure effectiveness of hand sanitizers.

June 9, 2009

With outbreaks of H1N1 influenza this year, ASTM International Committee E35 on Pesticides and Alternative Control Agents is developing proposed standard that will measure antibacterial activity of hand sanitizers on people's hands. According to David Macinga, microbiology principal scientist, GOJO Industries Inc., ASTM WK23789 accurately reflects typical use pattern for hand sanitizers and produces results that are reflective of real-world efficacy of these products. Read More

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Rock Abrasivity Test is under development.

June 9, 2009

Designed to aid mechanical excavation projects, ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock is developing a new standard for measuring rock abrasivity. ASTM WK22313, Test Method for Laboratory Determination of Abrasivity of Rock Using the CERCHAR Method, will be useful in allowing for a better assessment of a rock formation's suitability for mechanical excavation as well as better performance prediction of selected mechanical excavation machines. Read More

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ASTM Standard outlines procedures for density testing.

June 9, 2009

Subcommittee D18.03 on Texture, Plasticity, and Density Characteristics of Soils has developed ASTM D7263, Test Methods for Laboratory Determination of Density of Soil Specimens. Wet and dry density of soils are important values for geotechnical engineers in determining over-burden stresses, void ratios, maximum compaction, and percent compaction of soils. Density value can also aid in evaluation of soil strength and sensitivity. Read More

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TIA Members gain access to affordable health insurance.

June 9, 2009

Members of the Tire Industry Association (TIA) are eligible to access affordable health insurance plans and more through member benefits partner, Kiely Hines and Associates. The arrangement ensures members have access to creative health insurance options, such as limited-benefit plans, in addition to traditional major medical plans. TIA members may also obtain dental insurance, vision insurance, and other ancillary health insurance products. Read More

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Committee developing inflatable restraint cushion standard.

June 9, 2009

ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles is developing a proposed new standard, WK23227, Test Method for Determining Pressure Decay of Inflatable Restraint Cushions, for the testing of side curtain airbags. It is being developed by Subcommittee D13.20 to be an inexpensive screening test to judge the ability of a rollover side curtain airbag to maintain needed pressure over time. Suppliers of the airbags would be the primary users of said standard. Read More

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Chicago Expo to showcase robots that assist humans.

June 9, 2009

International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Show, to be held June 9-11, 2009, in Chicago, will demonstrate advances in machine vision technology, artificial intelligence, and robot safety. Several examples of robotics will be shown, including ReadyBot 2-armed mobile service robot, Toyota's Partner Robot that plays trumpet, and self-learning robots. Exhibitors and conference speakers will also emphasize how robots help reduce scrap materials, control waste, and conserve energy. Read More

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NTSB urges motorcoach industry to use occupant restraints.

June 9, 2009

In address to New Jersey Motorcoach Association, NTSB Acting Chairman, Mark V. Rosenker, called on motorcoach industry to voluntarily move toward fleets equipped with lap/shoulder belts, since system is not required by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lap/shoulder belts don't just enhance safety, but also make good business sense, as passengers become more savvy about safety advantages of occupant restraint systems. Read More