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PTDA welcomes four new members.

May 15, 2009

Power Transmission Distributors Association has welcomed PIB Pacific International Bearing Inc., a distributor of bearings and mechanical power transmission products. New manufacturer members include Brevini Canada Ltd., a manufacturer of adjustable speed drives, hydraulic controls and valves, and gearing; and Peer Chain Company, a manufacturer of roller chain. In addition, Fresno City College joined PTDA as Associate - Educational Institute member. Read More

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AIA Advocates accelerating NextGen at subcommittee hearing.

May 15, 2009

According to AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey, the administration's commitment to recapitalize the USA's transportation infrastructure and FAA reauthorization is an opportunity to accelerate the Next Generation Air Transportation System. His testimony before the Senate Aviation Subcommittee also stressed the importance of establishing a funding regime to support NextGen, including long-term FAA authorization and increasing the annual contribution from the General Fund to the FAA. Read More

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AMT Member Testifies before US Senate Banking Committee.

May 15, 2009

A member of Board of Directors of The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Eugene Haffely Jr. testified before the US Senate Banking Committee's Economic Policy Subcommittee. He pointed out that manufacturing technology industry is critical to building and maintaining defense industrial base. Haffely also claimed that if nothing is done to get credit flowing to American manufacturers, the U.S. could lose its ability to create its own innovative defense systems. Read More

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R.A. Glenn Award given in honor of work on coal standards.

May 15, 2009

Paul M. Reagan, president of Sampling Associates International LLC, was honored by the ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke with the R.A. Glenn Award for his contributions to the development of ASTM standards relating to coal and coke. Reagan chairs D05's Mechanical Sampling Task Group and serves as secretary of Subcommittee D05.27, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the ISO Technical Committee on Solid Mineral Fuels. Read More

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Organizations look at BIM for cost engineering.

May 15, 2009

Officials from 8 organizations signed memorandum of agreement to develop processes to accurately estimate facility lifecycle costs. Organizations will form teams under sponsorship of buildingSMART alliance(TM), a council of National Institute of Building Sciences, to see if Building Information Modeling can solve cost engineering and estimating problems. Positive results could lead to new candidate standards for National Building Information Modeling Standard. Read More

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ATA supports accelerated ATC modernization.

May 15, 2009

ATA testified before Subcommittee on Aviation of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that reauthorization of FAA programs and funding must ensure that air traffic control modernization be done in next several years through key technologies and procedures called NowGen. According to ATA President and CEO, James C. May, modernized system will stimulate economy, create jobs, yield environmental benefits, and enable U.S. airlines to compete against global competitors. Read More

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Building Sciences Meeting to addresses sustainability, more.

May 15, 2009

Taking place December 7-10 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting will focus on sustainable practices, smart buildings, and high performance building design. The meeting will collect a number of building-related events under one roof to minimize travel expenditure and, as put by Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, "It's a wonderful opportunity for the industry to be part of our process." Read More

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ASHRAE Standard guides designers in moisture control measures.

May 15, 2009

Offering guidance on how to best design buildings with adequate moisture control features, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 160 provides criteria for acceptable performance. Standard offers methodology for making consistent design recommendations, such as need, type, and placement of vapor barriers in any climate. It also introduces criteria to handle rain, wind, and other exterior moisture weather loads. Read More

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AMT testifies on auto industry before House committee.

May 15, 2009

In May 13, 2009, testimony, Carl Reed of Abbott Workholding Products, Inc., said that if small and midsize manufacturers ceased operations, it would create cross-industry domino effect. Reed also pointed out that auto supplier support program does not reach all of auto supply chain. Chapter 11 bankruptcy by General Motors could devastate supplier base, Reed said, and made plea to Congress/Administration that credit standards for Small Business Administration 7(a) loans should be loosened. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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