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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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Training Course utilizes MIKE2.0 open source methodology.

May 15, 2009

AIIM is using MIKE2.0 methodology as core organizing principle for its ECM training program. MIKE2.0 is an open source methodology for Enterprise Information Management that provides framework for Information Development. Its 5 phases include Business Assessment and Strategy Definition Blueprint; Technology Assessment and Selection Blueprint; Information Management Roadmap and Foundation Activities; Design Incrementally; and Incremental Development, Testing, Deployment, and Improvement. Read More

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SME honors rapid prototyping practitioners/researchers.

May 14, 2009

At RAPID 2009 Conference and Exposition, SME awarded Andrew M. Christensen, of Medical Modeling Inc., with RTAM Industry Achievement Award. Christensen was recognized for introducing EBM technology into making customized orthopedic implants. Frank Liou and and Mary Kinsella, Ph.D., received Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award for technical paper on applications of hybrid metal manufacturing system. This award recognizes innovative applications of rapid prototyping processes and techniques. Read More

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ASTM Committee reports progress from inaugural meetings.

May 14, 2009

During inaugural meetings, ASTM International Committee E60 discussed best practices for sustainability. Committee continued standards development in several areas and expanded sustainability database, which references more than 500 ASTM standards and more than 300 standards and programs from organizations involved in sustainability. To give voice to ASTM student members who represent universities worldwide, E60 established Subcommittee E60.95 on Student Liaison and Affairs. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit goes to John Bailey Jr. on Carbon Black.

May 14, 2009

John A. Bailey Jr., quality systems manager at Continental Carbon Co. in Houston, TX, has received the Award of Merit and its accompanying title of fellow from ASTM International. ASTM Committee D24 on Carbon Black recognized his contributions to ASTM standards activities, specifically his leadership and efforts in the area of sampling and statistical measurements as well as the development of new analytical standards. Read More

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ATA CEO commends rescinding of NY-area slot auctions.

May 14, 2009

Commenting on Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary LaHood's plan to rescind slot auctions at New York area airports, ATA President and CEO James C. May stated that "ATA applauds the Obama administration and Secretary LaHood for moving to cancel the ill-conceived New York area airport slot auctions." The ATA also reiterated the desire to continue working with the DOT, FAA, and Port Authority of NY/NJ to reduce congestion and increase efficiency. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on ISO stakeholder standard proposal.

May 14, 2009

ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) submitted proposal for new standard that would guide process of identifying and engaging with stakeholders. Engagement activities, ranging from information provision for consultations to full multistakeholder processes, would be addressed. If proposal is approved, TMB would decide on structure to carry out work, possibly establishing new project committee. Stakeholders can submit comments until June 26, 2009. Read More

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NAM says trade decline has not yet hit bottom.

May 14, 2009

According to Frank Vargo of NAM, seasonally-adjusted March exports of manufactured goods were 6% below February levels, while manufactured goods imports fell 3%. In capital goods sector, declines were registered in 25 of 32 categories. Decline in manufactured goods trade deficit shows current manufacturing job loss is due to declining domestic economy, not trade. U.S. Free Trade Agreements continued to be bright spot, with $21 billion last year. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG named largest North America-based show.

May 14, 2009

According to Top 200 analysis conducted by Tradeshow Week magazine, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, the international construction industries exposition, has been named largest trade show ever held in North America. Show achieved double digit growth in all indexes charted, including more than 21% net square exhibit footage, more than 11% number of exhibitors, and more than 13.5% attendance. And, for first time ever, co-located International Fluid Power Exposition was named to Top 200 list. Read More

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Demand for Motors decreased during first quarter of 2009.

May 14, 2009

NEMA's Motors Shipments Index declined for the second consecutive quarter during the first three months of 2009. Specifically, it fell more than 9% versus the fourth quarter of 2008 and 23.4% on a year-over-year basis. Fractional and integral horsepower motors both saw market demand weaken, but the decline in fractional units was noticably weaker compared to the first quarter of 2008. Read More

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NEMA publishes 2 lighting standards.

May 14, 2009

NEMA has published ANSI/ANSLG C81.61-2009 and ANSI/ANSLG C81.62-2009 standards, which cover lamp bases and lampholders for electric lamps, respectively. Both standards were revised to include G24 lampholder and base dimensions. They may be downloaded at no charge or purchase hard copy. Read More

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AMCA Board votes NO to scheduled assessment increase.

May 13, 2009

In reviewing current dues structure, AMCA International's Board of Directors has voted for no Cap assessment increase for July 1, 2009. Board recognizes that increase during difficult economic times may create additional hardship for some member companies. While realizing that periodic small increases are necessary to comply with Strategic Plan in maintaining Certified Ratings Program, board felt that delaying increase of cap assessment for 1 year was appropriate at this time. Read More

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Standard addresses sustainable concrete mixture proportions.

May 13, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee C09.49 on Pervious Concrete, part of ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, proposed ASTM standard WK23367 will aid concrete producers in developing sustainable and durable mixture proportions for pervious concrete. Impetus for developing standard was to find way to quantify how well concrete mix would resist raveling, the most common failure mode for pervious concrete. Read More

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ANSI issues call for nominations for Board of Directors.

May 13, 2009

ANSI invites all members to recommend qualified candidates for 2010 ANSI Board of Directors. ANSI strives to ensure balance and diversity within its membership and is seeking Board members who enhance member relationships and networks. To facilitate nomination process, ANSI has compiled guidelines that outline sectors that are underrepresented in Board of Directors. Guidelines, nomination forms, general information, and ANSI's code of ethics are available in ANSI Online Library. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is down 68.6% in 2009.

May 13, 2009

According to AMTDA and AMT, March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $162.94 million, which was up 22.3% from February but down 71.9% from total of $579.73 million reported for March 2008. With year-to-date total of $397.56 million, 2009 is down 68.6% compared with 2008. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. Read More

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EASTEC Manufacturing Event fosters biotechnology.

May 13, 2009

EASTEC has partnered with Regional Technology Corporation to help manufacturers learn how to succeed in biotechnology markets. On May 19, RTC will present Biotechnologies and Opportunities Resource Center at EASTEC, offering attendees chance to learn from experts. Some presentations will include: Opportunities in Nanotechnology: Working with UMass Amherst, Materials in Biotechnology: New Frontiers, and Business Development Strategies for Small Businesses in Biomedical and Other Markets. Read More

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ICUEE 2009 Exhibit Space Sales near record-breaking numbers.

May 13, 2009

Exhibit space sales for 2009 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition are within 10% of surpassing record-breaking numbers of 2007 show. Scheduled for Oct 6-8, expo will include exhibitors representing equipment, products, and services for electric, phone and cable, sewer and water, gas, general construction, landscaping, and public works sectors. Attendees can test drive equipment in job-like conditions, including ride-and-drive program for on-road commercial vehicles. Read More

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AWWA publishes Water Audit and Loss Control Manual.

May 13, 2009

AWWA's Water Audits and Loss Control Programs M36 offers step-by-step guidance and tools for performing standardized water audit and implementing water loss control program for all water utilities. Third edition provides IWA/AWWA Water Audit method, which tells utilities what information they need, how to get it, and how to enter it on water audit worksheets. Manual includes actual case studies and sample forms that allow utilities to plan and control water audit and leak detection work. Read More

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ASTM Lime Committee approves pozzolanic standard.

May 13, 2009

ASTM International Committee C07 on Lime has approved ASTM C1707, Specification for Pozzolanic Hydraulic Lime for Structural Purposes. This standard, which is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee C07.02 on Specifications and Guidelines, defines the plastic and hardened properties of a blended material comprised of single or multiple pozzolans and Type S hydrated lime. Read More

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ASHRAE appoints first DOE Building Energy Codes Fellow.

May 13, 2009

Appointed by ASHRAE in partnership with Department of Energy, Mike Erbesfeld will assist DOE in assessing impact of updating state energy codes to meet 2010 version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. Erbesfeld will analyze energy code updates based on EnergyPlus analysis of benchmark buildings and cost databases, as well as perform compliance testing of COMcheck software using benchmark buildings, and recommend program and front end changes to simplify COMcheck use. Read More