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SME Toy Donation aims to promote early STEM engagement.

January 14, 2014

To help address shortage of workers skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), SME is handing out nearly 600 educational toys to children in Detroit area. SME 2013 president Dennis Bray, citing playtime as "ideal opportunity to encourage kids to have fun with concepts related to STEM," equated early connections as "vital to later educational and vocational interest in the manufacturing field." Toys will also direct children to ManufacturingIsCool.com.

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2014 AeroDef Event will host new technological resource center.

January 14, 2014

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, to be featured at AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014, will enable attendees to explore applications made possible by said technology. Dedicated to aerospace and defense manufacturing, event will take place February 25–27, 2014 at Long Beach Convention Center in California. Author and consultant Todd Grimm will host the center and present 2 sessions – Tactical and Strategic information – on each day of exposition. Read More

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Dr. Claudia Kropas-Hughes to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 13, 2014

Claudia V. Kropas-Hughes, Ph.D., a technical adviser in the Program Development and Integration Directorate, part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, has been elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. A 2011 ASTM Award of Merit recipient and ASTM fellow, Kropas-Hughes also received 2004 Charles W. Briggs Award from Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing for her continuous and outstanding contributions. Read More

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IREC Seeks Comments/Participation in clean energy training standard.

January 13, 2014

After identifying need to differentiate between certification and certificate programs as well as describe best practices and requirements that form foundation for accrediting clean energy certificate programs, IREC is undertaking standards activities to develop IREC Standard 14732:201X General Requirements for the Accreditation of Clean Energy Certificate Programs. Impacted or interested parties are encouraged to participate in development of said standard. Read More

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Foundation releases final ISA100.11a specification.

January 13, 2014

Fieldbus Foundation has released final specification for integration of ISA100.11a wireless field devices into its FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management technology. This development allows automation end users to employ multiple wired and wireless protocols for greater flexibility and expandability. Specification includes parameters for ISA100.11a transducer blocks, providing block application objects into which ISA100.11a variables may be mapped for access by other fieldbus devices. Read More

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Three State Capitals to receive green design assistance.

January 13, 2014

EPA announced assistance to help 3 capital cities develop designs for greener, healthier neighborhoods. With assistance, Lansing, MI will develop options for transforming 14-acre parking lot into public park that showcases green infrastructure and renewable energy technologies. Madison, WI will explore ways to make pedestrian and bicycle improvements and add green infrastructure to streets in the Triangle Neighborhood, and Olympia, WA will reincorporate green infrastructure along Capitol Way. Read More

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ASTM Snowboard Standard addresses binding retention.

January 13, 2014

Snowboards that feature a single channel mounting system with removable inserts allow users to easily adjust stance position of bindings on their snowboards. ASTM F3030, Test Method for Snowboards with a Channel-Mounting System and Removable Inserts, has been developed to evaluate insert retention strength and will be helpful to snowboard manufacturers when comparing durability of different types of materials used in snowboard composite construction or new designs. Read More

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IPC Connects Isola with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

January 13, 2014

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) visited Isola's manufacturing and R&D facilities in Chandler, AZ on January 3 to learn about issues that concern the developer and manufacturer of materials used to fabricate advanced PCBs. In addition to providing tour of facilities, Isola CEO Ray Sharpe provided Sinema with executive briefing on high-priority issues such as export controls, R&D tax credits, and intellectual property protection.

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Nextgen Institute Executive Director will be Marke Gibson.

January 13, 2014

Effective January 13, 2014, Major General Marke "Hoot" Gibson, USAF (Retired) will serve as NextGen Institute's Executive Director. Dr. Karlin Toner, Director of Joint Planning and Development Office and Senior Advisor to Secretary of Transportation for NextGen Coordination, cited Marke's career-established ability to bring diverse stakeholders, comprising government, industry, and local constituencies, to achieve outcomes important to aerospace and national security. Read More

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Andrew G. Kireta elected to ASTM board of directors.

January 10, 2014

Andrew G. Kireta Jr., VP-market development at Copper Development Association Inc., New York, NY, has been elected to ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term. An ASTM International member since 1998, Kireta works on Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys and several B05 subcommittees. As CDA vice president, Kireta is responsible for promoting use of copper and copper alloy systems and related products in building construction and sustainable energy applications. Read More

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Franceen Gonzales Elected to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 10, 2014

Franceen Gonzales, vice president, waterpark business development, of WhiteWater West Industries Ltd., has been elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. ASTM member since 2001, Gonzales serves on Committees D22 on Air Quality, F15 on Consumer Products, and F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. In addition to ASTM, Gonzales is member of board of directors of WhiteWater West Industries and Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers. Read More

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Hardmetals Short Course is open for registration until February 7.

January 10, 2014

European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) will hold 2-day Hardmetals Short Course in Vienna, Austria from April 9–11, 2014. Providing learning opportunities for engineers and scientists, course will start with Overview of Hard Materials (HSS to Diamond) and History of Hardmetals and offer multiple subsequent sessions on other specific topics. Laboratory Course, to be held on April 9, will introduce fundamentals of hardmetal manufacturing with experience of powders and equipment. Read More

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EPA funds projects to reduce pesticide risk.

January 10, 2014

EPA announced agricultural grants for Integrated Pest Management practices to reduce use of potentially harmful pesticides. Grants will go to Louisiana State University to minimize impacts to bees from insecticides used in mosquito control; University of Vermont to reduce pesticide use and improve pest control while increasing crop yields on 75 acres of hops in Northeast; and Pennsylvania State University to protect bees and crops by reducing reliance on neonicotinoid pesticide seed treatments. Read More

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2014 International CES sees record breaking numbers.

January 9, 2014

With 3,200+ exhibitors spread across show floor, 2014 International CES® opened as record-breaking show. There was over two million net square feet of exhibit space, which exceeded previous year's record-setting 1.92 million net square feet. On Sunday night, exhibitors provided a sneak preview of their show floor product launches via 99 tabletop displays, and Monday saw 25 exhibitors revealing new products. This CEA®-owned and -produced event runs through January 10. Read More

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AeroDef Manufacturing 2014 to include AM Resource Center.

January 9, 2014

Scheduled for February 25–27, 2014, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 will feature an Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, where attendees can explore the growing number of applications made possible by the technology, according to event producer SME. Resource Center (Booth 339) will display parts produced by major technologies, including stereolithography, laser sintering, and fused deposition modeling. Read More

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Steve Sandstrum to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 9, 2014

Steve D. Sandstrum, director of technical services for ISCO Industries in Louisville, KY, has been elected to 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. A member of ASTM International and Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems since 1986, Sandstrum currently serves as F17’s Division 2 chairman and as chairman of Subcommittee F17.26 on Olefin Based Pipe. He received ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from F17 in 2009 for his service and leadership. Read More

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Dr. Bertrand Morel has been elected to ASTM board of directors.

January 9, 2014

Bertrand Morel, Ph.D., research and development manager for front-end chemistry business unit of AREVA in Pierrelatte, France, has been elected to ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term. ASTM International member since 1995, Morel serves as second vice chairman of Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle as well as chairman of Subcommittee C26.02 on Fuel and Fertile Material Specifications. Honors include C26's Award of Appreciation (2000) and Harlan J. Anderson Award (2011). Read More

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Fluid Power Industry Leaders to gather at 2014 NFPA conference.

January 9, 2014

Taking place in Manalapan, Florida from February 3–5, NFPA's 2014 Annual Conference provides education and networking opportunities for industry decision makers. As stated by NFPA CEO, Eric Lanke, carefully selected speakers will provide "thought provoking and relevant insight into key issues for strategic leaders" as well as updates on industry initiatives. High-profile speakers include Stephen Gold, Kim Stelson, Peter Zeihan, Jeffrey Lumetta, and S. Max Brown. Read More

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CEA donates funds to advance sustainability efforts.

January 9, 2014

Consumer Electronics Association, owner and producer of the International CES®, is donating funds to University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s DesertSol solar house, and to the Springs Preserve toward the DesertSol project. This donation is to congratulate the UNLV DesertSol team on their success and to help further the project. DesertSol will be transported to the Springs Preserve where it will act as a living classroom for the next year, reporting data back to UNLV students and faculty. Read More

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Grundfos USA and HI sign mutual Training Partner Agreement.

January 9, 2014

Through mutual Training Partner Agreement, Hydraulic Institute and Grundfos USA, a leading pump manufacturer, can leverage high quality, co-branded educational and training programs designed for pump end-users, distributors, and engineering consulting firms. Both companies will sponsor technical webinars and e-learning courses focused on variety of pump topics, and host the growing Pump Systems Optimization course to pump end-user marketplace. Read More