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ASTM International honors Jeffrey Goldfinger with award.

June 16, 2009

Jeffrey Goldfinger, director of unmanned systems applications in the Sensors and Simulation Group at L-3 Communications Corp., is one of 2 recipients of the 2009 ASTM International President's Leadership Award. It recognizes individuals early in their ASTM careers who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through accomplishment, example, and vision. A member of ASTM International since 2003, Goldfinger is vice chair of Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Read More

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Front-of-Package Program standardizes nutritional labeling.

June 16, 2009

NSF International and the American Society for Nutrition announced their joint roles in administering a nutritional front-of-package labeling program, the Smart Choices Program(TM). Providing manufacturers and retailers with front-of-pack icon plus calorie information, this program aims to bring consistency and clarity to the US marketplace. It will help consumers quickly identify products and select smarter food and beverage choices within specific product categories. Read More

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Seminar to address job quoting in current economy.

June 16, 2009

Scheduled for July 16, 2009, PMA's seminar, titled "Pricing Jobs for Today's Economy," will teach standardized methods for costing and quoting jobs for metalforming companies. Topics will include cost standards, price standards, accounting considerations, activity-based costing, quality control, capital budgeting overview, and how to price jobs in global market. Speaker for event is Allen Berger, partner at Blackman Kallick Bartelstein LLP in Chicago, IL. Read More

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ZigBee Alliance certifies Golden Units for ZigBee RF4CE.

June 16, 2009

The ZigBee® Alliance announced the availability of Golden Unit platforms that implement the ZigBee RF4CE specification, which was designed to replace IR remote controls with RF to offer non-line-of-sight operation as well as extend range and battery life for consumer electronics. Golden Unit status lets OEMs create ZigBee RF4CE certified products that allow for advanced interoperable communications between components and remote controls while providing interoperability between OEMs. Read More

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ASC unveils CAD symbol for specifying adhesives.

June 15, 2009

ASC, in collaboration with ASTM, has released ASTM International Standard D7447-08 and accompanying electronic symbol to enable engineers, architects, designers, and other end-users to represent adhesives on CAD drawings. Users can complete fields with information such as adhesive chemistry type and physical form, surface preparation, and curing information. Individuals can download executable plug-in of symbol from www.adhesives.org and use it in AutoCAD® as well as TurborCAD®. Read More

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A&WMA and DEC to gather during Environmental Week in Detroit.

June 15, 2009

Mayor David Bing has proclaimed the week of June 15, 2009 "Environmental Week" in the City of Detroit. A&WMA's Annual Conference and Exhibition, sponsored by GM, will be held June 16-19, with technical program featuring over 500 speakers covering wide range of environmental topics. Also, Detroit Economic Club will hold National Summit from June 15-17, focusing on competitive future of American economy and featuring discussion on technology, energy, environment, and manufacturing. Read More

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AASHTO Financial Center launches website for state DOTs.

June 15, 2009

AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance has launched website to help state DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, and others find potential sources of revenue. Website is designed to identify set of funding and financing mechanisms that can be used to generate investment for transportation projects. Established in 2005, Center for Excellence provides transportation funding and financing tools, research services, technical assistance, and professional education programs. Read More

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ASHRAE Ventilation Guidance is recognized by CDC and HUD.

June 15, 2009

In CDC's and HUD's supporting guidance for builders and homeowners, ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings was recommended as effective way to minimize indoor air pollution through ventilation. Citation of standard by Surgeon General, said Andy Persily, highlights its relevance to national need for safe and healthy housing. Standard applies to spaces intended for human occupancy and structures 3 stories or less. Read More

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TRFA announces 2009 Annual Meeting Chair.

June 15, 2009

TRFA has announced that Dr. Jay A. Johnston, Senior Associate Scientist in Coatings, Adhesives, and Specialties group of Bayer MaterialScience, will serve as Chair of its 2009 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sept 13-15. Event will include meetings of Market Focused Committees, Tabletop Showcase, General Business Session, and 14 Technical Paper presentations as well as opportunities for informal networking with industry peers. Read More

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BIO reports flaws in FTC report on biosimilars.

June 15, 2009

Jeff Joseph of BIO said that FTC's report offers summary conclusions that are based upon fundamentally flawed or highly selective assumptions. Joseph also stated report minimizes impact on innovation that would occur if biosimilar competitors could take advantage of investment made by initial innovators. With 1.3 million Americans employed in biosciences in 2006, additional 6.2 million jobs were created. BIO urges Congress to take more balanced approach to biosimilars policy, Joseph added. Read More

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BIO Statement calls AARP biologics study flawed.

June 15, 2009

Regarding a study on biosimilars presented to Congressional staff by the AARP, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) issued a statement calling it "simplistic, misleading and extremely flawed." The statement goes on to say the study "is based on fuzzy math and even fuzzier assumptions" and that it "cherry picks the best selling biologic products to draw erroneous conclusions, ignoring the bulk of the biologics market." Read More

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ASTM Standard offers testing technique for corrosion.

June 12, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee G01.11, G199 Standard provides procedure for making electrochemical noise measurements for detection of general and localized forms of corrosion. It also offers number of methods for analyzing resulting data. G199 is primarily geared toward laboratory-based users with interest in localized corrosion, although it could also be applied to some in-service applications, depending on certified hazardous area classification of equipment used. Read More

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ASTM Standard offers quality control tool for hydrocarbons.

June 12, 2009

Using ASTM International standard D7504, Test Method for Trace Impurities in Monocyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Gas Chromatography and Effective Carbon Number, manufacturers can determine both trace impurities as well as purity of tolulene, mixed xylenes, and p-xylene. Standard is suited for use as aromatic process control, final product quality control, and commodity inspection. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee is developing motorcycle goggle standard.

June 12, 2009

Part of ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, Subcommittee F08.57 is working on developing standard for motorcycle/moped/snowmobile goggles and revising existing standard for skier goggles. WK23632, Specification for Goggle- and Spectacle-Type Eye Protectors for Selected Motor Sports, will be used by off-road motorcycle/all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. Read More

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ASTM proposes standards for traffic paint/glass beads.

June 12, 2009

ASTM Subcommittee D01.44 on Traffic Coatings is working on proposed standard ASTM WK22312, Practice for Drum and Tote Sampling of Waterborne Traffic Paint, which addresses laboratory sampling issues. It also is working on ASTM WK23758, Test Method for Measuring Gradation of Glass Beads Using a Flowing Stream Digital Image Analyzer. Assisting manufacturers with production/quality control of glass beads, ASTM WK23758 will also allow end users of glass beads to determine conformance to standard. Read More

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NACD and ACC sign agreement to cooperate on initiatives.

June 12, 2009

NACD and ACC signed Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in promotion and performance of NACD's Responsible Distribution ProcessSM and ACC's Responsible Care® program. Objective of agreement is to encourage continued communication/support between member manufacturers and distributors of both organizations. While each represents a different component of same supply chain, EHS&S initiatives are complementary to each other and help ensure chemical products are protected to downstream users. Read More

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Major Organizations provide grants to Gateway Academy Program.

June 12, 2009

Industries committed to development of skilled workforce and keeping America's manufacturing sector strong have given $318,000 in sponsorship grants to SME Education Foundation. Funding will makes it possible for secondary-school students to attend Foundation's Gateway Academies, which are summer camps where students explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Read More

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Canadian Municipalities oppose 'Buy American' provisions of ARRA.

June 12, 2009

Federation of Canadian Municipalities passed resolution giving U.S. government 120 days to broker fair trade deal or face consequences of U.S. companies being restricted from bidding on Canadian infrastructure projects. David Angelo, Chairman of WWEMA, had previously sent letter to Congress and White House warning of risks associated with employing protectionist measures in stimulus bill. In 2008, the United States exported $6.18 billion in water and wastewater equipment and piping to Canada. Read More

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ATA makes statement regarding DOT industry safety review.

June 12, 2009

According to ATA President and CEO, James C. May, ATA fully supports Department of Transportation's Call to Action to address airline safety and pilot training, and commends Secretary LaHood and Administrator Babbitt on taking this important step. ATA was a major partner in Runway Safety Call to Action held by FAA two years ago, and looks forward to being equally engaged with FAA and other industry partners in this important work as well. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposal for ISO Standard.

June 12, 2009

Standards Institution of Israel has submitted proposal to ISO for standard on treated wastewater reuse implementations. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by July 24. Proposed standard will cover requirements and processes involved in healthy, environmentally viable, and sustainable reuse of treated wastewater in agriculture, landscape, and industry. It will also offer guidelines for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of such systems. Read More