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Harold E. Yohn receives ASTM International Award of Merit.

July 22, 2013

Harold E. Yohn, product application specialist at Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Co., has received Award of Merit from Committee D20 on Plastics. Committee D20 honored Yohn for his significant assistance in the development of ASTM plastics standards, as well as his services as both a main and subcommittee officer. He serves as vice chairman (liaison-research) on main D20 committee and leads impact and high-speed properties, thermal properties, and advisory subcommittees as chairman. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for EIFS symposium.

July 19, 2013

Scheduled for Oct 5, 2014, symposium on Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems: Performance, Progress and Innovation, will be directed towards professionals who primarily make their livelihood in the EIFS industry and who depend on ASTM standards that govern this industry. Papers are solicited in variety of areas, including continuous insulation, energy codes and efficiency, fire performance, maintenance and facade inspection, fluid-applied air/water resistive barriers, sealants, and coatings. Read More

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Awards Honor State DOTs for transportation projects.

July 19, 2013

Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, America's Transportation Awards competition recognizes best of America's transportation projects in 3 main categories. Mid America regional featured 12 project nominations from 7 mid-American states. Department of Transportation (DOT) of Indiana and Missouri took home awards in Ahead of Schedule category, DOTs in Minnesota and Indiana for Under Budget category, and DOTs of Michigan and Missouri for Best Use of Innovation category. Read More

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IPC Management Meetings help solve industry challenges.

July 19, 2013

Open exclusively to senior executives in the electronics industry, IPC Management Meetings provide forum to gain high-level perspective on technology, market trends, and management issues. Meeting will feature joint sessions of interest to all sectors of industry followed by breakout sessions targeting needs of EMS providers and PCB manufacturers and suppliers. Top on the agenda is delivering insights into economy, supply chain issues, conflict minerals, military spending, ITAR, and on-shoring. Read More

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EPA Seeks Input for revisions on existing uses of PCBs.

July 19, 2013

U.S. EPA seeks nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to federal panel that will explore changes to existing uses of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Panel will focus on EPA's development of proposed rule to revise or end existing authorized uses of PCBs as appropriate if conditions under which they were authorized 30+ years ago have changed. Self-nominations must be received by July 29, 2013. Read More

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Tooling U-SME Conference to address workforce development.

July 19, 2013

Hosted by Tooling U-SME, third annual tuXperience will focus on how best to train workforce of today and tomorrow. Showcasing successful, integrated training programs used by top manufacturers, tuXperience will feature nationally recognized training experts and breakout Q&A sessions with current Tooling U-SME customers. Conference will show how companies are strategically aligning their training programs to overcome workforce issues while maximizing bottom-line impact. Read More

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ANSI partners with Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.

July 18, 2013

Through Memorandum of Understanding, ANSI and Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council agree to establish a strategic partnership in support of the enhanced recognition of credible standards and eco-labels associated with sustainable purchasing activities. ANSI will provide guidance and related expertise to SPLC in support of this mission, while SPLC will coordinate communications with its members regarding relevant ANSI activities and provide additional support. Read More

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ANSI Co-Hosts Roundtable on standards and innovation.

July 18, 2013

In conjunction with World Standards Cooperation (WSC) and U.S. Library of Congress, ANSI co-hosted roundtable meeting — The Role of Standardization in Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship — on June 26–27, 2013 to examine issues related to standards and innovation. Event brought together stakeholders to discuss ways to promote dialogue and collaboration between standards organizations and colleges and universities, among other related issues. Read More

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National Robot Safety Conference will be in Indianapolis.

July 18, 2013

Scheduled for Oct 14-16, 2013 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis, 25th National Robot Safety Conference focuses on the new American Robot Safety Standard, ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012, the first update to the standard since 1999. Key issues to be addressed include risk assessment, machine safety controls, practical industrial robot safety, robot user case studies, and primer on functional safety. Special exhibitor expo featuring leading robot safety products will be held on Oct 15. Read More

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Shell Oil to spend over $115 million to reduce air pollution.

July 18, 2013

Shell Oil and affiliated partnerships have agreed to resolve alleged violation of the Clean Air Act at a large refinery and chemical plant in Deer Park, TX by spending at least $115 million to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and other processes, and by paying $2.6 million civil penalty. Shell has also agreed to spend $1 million on a state-of-the-art system to monitor benzene levels at fence line of refinery and chemical plant, making data available to public through website. Read More

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Pharma EXPO provides pharmaceutical manufacturing solutions.

July 18, 2013

In May, PMMI and ISPE announced the debut of Pharma EXPO, a new show providing total solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing. Now, PMMI and ISPE report strong support for show from leading pharmaceutical/medical device solution providers. Show's exhibitors will be suppliers of packaging, processing, and other supply chain technologies. Pharma EXPO will debut and co-locate with PACK EXPO International 2014, scheduled for November 2–5 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Read More

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PM Industry in North America points to continued growth in 2013.

July 18, 2013

According to comments made by Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) President Matthew Bulger at PowderMet2013, PM industry started 2013 with confidence after continued growth in 2012. Metal powder producers, equipment makers, and PM parts companies, notably fabricators of metal injection molded (MIM) parts, reported increases in sales for 2012. Industry has regained growth momentum, and 2013 is expected to repeat of last year's modest but positive gains. Read More

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MPIF announces Distinguished Service Awards.

July 18, 2013

Established in 1968, Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award recognizes North American individuals who have worked minimum of 25 years in the PM industry and whose long-term contributions and achievements deserve special recognition. The 2013 winners include: Susan M. Abkowitz, Robert T. Beimel, Russell A. Chernenkoff, Mark S. Greenfield, Paul A. Hauck, Roger Lawcock, Gilles L'Espérance, Michael E. Lutheran, Nicholas T. Mares, James J. Oakes, Richard Pfingstler, and Joseph T. Strauss. Read More

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Roger Kipp to deliver keynote at SPE Extrusion MINITEC.

July 17, 2013

On Sept 12, 2013, Roger Kipp will deliver keynote address at SPE Extrusion MINITEC, focusing on how companies can systematically foster innovation. Titled "Starting our Innovation Engine," Mr. Kipp’s address will investigate "innovation engineering," which he describes as "the systematic approach for organizations to develop a commitment to a cultural change that is strategic, continuous, and energized for the development of new products, technologies, process improvements, and sales growth." Read More

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FAA Boosts Aviation Safety via new pilot qualification standards.

July 17, 2013

Final rule announced by FAA increases qualification requirements for first officers (co-pilots) who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. Co-pilots must hold Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hr total time as pilot, as well as have aircraft type rating, which involves additional training and testing specific to airplanes they fly. In comment, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the traveling public deserves "the most qualified and best trained pilots." Read More

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MPIF announces award winnng powder metal parts.

July 17, 2013

While capitalizing on powder metallurgy's traditional strengths, such as net-shape capabilities that contribute to lean operations, winning parts in the 2013 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards were fabricated via both conventional PM and metal injection molding, signaling a push into new territories. While solidifying past gains, designers and fabricators are using creative solutions to overcome previous obstacles to penetrate new niches. Read More

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IREC designated American National Standards Developer.

July 17, 2013

In its role as a national leader in training credentials and standards development, IREC announces its new status as an accredited American National Standards Developer. This designation by ANSI is a result of 6-month application and review process including public review period. As accredited standards developer, requirements established by ANSI guide IREC's standards activities. Key elements of ANSI standards development process include balance, transparency, and openness in all phases. Read More

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Smart Grid Interoperability Standard has been approved by ANSI.

July 17, 2013

NEMA received approval July 10 from ANSI for ANSI/NEMA SG-IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines. With development efforts led by NEMA, this standard describes roles and responsibilities for each of 4 main participants in testing scheme for interoperability and security among Smart Grid products. Guideline brings uniformity and portability to process and creates necessary levels of checks and balances. Read More

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APMI International names two 2013 Fellows.

July 17, 2013

Olle Grinder, Consultant, PM Technology AB, and Roger Lawcock, Director, Product and Process Development, Stackpole International, have been named to 2013 Class of Fellows by APMI International. Member of APMI for 27+ years, powder metallurgist Grinder possesses 43+ years of powder metallurgy (PM) experience and has published 60 reports. Lawcock, APMI member for near 20 years, is one of the pioneers of roll-densification process for gears, converting numerous gears from wrought to PM. Read More

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HI Names Mark Sullivan Director of Education and Training at PSM.

July 16, 2013

Hydraulic Institute appointed Mark J. Sullivan as its new Director of Education and Training. In this role, Sullivan will support Pump Systems Matter (PSM), 501(c)3 education/training organization, and lead all strategic development, marketing, and PSM educational programs as well as personnel certification initiatives. HI Executive Director Robert Asdal said that HI and PSM organizations will benefit from Sullivan's marketing educational/training background and industrial knowledge base. Read More