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Tooling U-SME outlines case for investment in human capital.

January 21, 2015

Committed to raising awareness of the importance of human capital to ensure sustainability of manufacturers in the long-term, Tooling U-SME is introducing a new white paper, People Power: Human Capital Drives Manufacturing Competitiveness. Paper highlights research demonstrating importance of human capital for meeting business objectives; industry best practices in training and development; and case studies from world-class companies. Read More

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Kosovo Delegate begins training at ASTM.

January 21, 2015

As delegate from Kosovo Standardization Agency (AKS), Astrit Hasani visited ASTM headquarters from December 2–4, 2014 for orientation and training. Hasani is head of quality infrastructure division of Ministry of Trade and Industry in republic of Kosovo, and ASTM signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with AKS in 2013. Read More

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SME Education Foundation calls for scholarship applicants.

January 21, 2015

SME Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for 2015-16 academic year. Wide variety of scholarships offered provides financial support to students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or closely related fields of study. SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students related to SME members. Endowed scholarship can award up to $70,000 to winning student. Read More

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European Additives and Colors Conference will be held in Spain.

January 21, 2015

Barcelona will host 9th European Additives & Colors conference, organized by SPE, from February 23–25, 2015. Technical and business-oriented program will feature ~30 speakers who will explain innovations, projects, and needs regarding support from upstream suppliers. Upstream polymers, additives, colors, masterbatches, equipment, and instrumentation suppliers as well as Research Institutes will present novelties, review fundamentals, and revisit technical ideas with new approaches. Read More

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EPA's Actions to Restrict PFOA yield health benefits.

January 21, 2015

To further agency and industry achievements, U.S. EPA proposed measures to ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace without review. Action builds on several EPA has taken since 2006, when reaching agreement with companies to phase-out chemicals by the end of 2015. Participating companies are on track to phase-out these toxic chemicals and have successfully developed over 150 alternatives. Read More

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ASTM Metallic Wear Standard will help machines run smoothly.

January 20, 2015

Routine monitoring for presence of ferrous and nonferrous wear particles in gearboxes is a crucial function for machinery across wide range of industries. ASTM International standard, D7917, Inductive Wear Debris Sensors in Gearbox and Drivetrain Applications, provides practices for selection, application, and use of inductive type metal debris sensors that are used to indicate presence of such debris in gearbox applications. Read More

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ASTM provides keynote address at Dubai conference.

January 20, 2015

In conjunction with Dubai Municipality's Dubai Central Laboratory, ASTM supported the 2nd Annual Quality Assurance for Sustainable Construction Materials Conference, held Dec 10-11. ASTM provided keynote address, "The Role of ASTM International in Improving Quality Standards," to the 180 attendees. While in Dubai, ASTM staff also visited the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to present information about ASTM's new self-guided online training courses on ASTM test methods for petroleum. Read More

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Administration takes steps forward on climate action plan.

January 20, 2015

Obama Administration is announcing new goal to cut methane emissions from oil and gas sector by 40–45% from 2012 levels by 2025, and a set of actions to put U.S. on path to achieve this ambitious goal. EPA will initiate a rulemaking effort to set standards for methane and VOC emissions from new and modified oil and gas production sources, and natural gas processing and transmission sources. In developing these standards, EPA will work with industry, states, tribes, and other stakeholders. Read More