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Aluminum Sheet Shear Testing Standard has been revised by ASTM.

November 26, 2014

ASTM B831, Test Method for Shear Testing of Thin Aluminum Alloy Products, describes shear testing for aluminum sheets used in aircraft, automobile, light rail car, can, foil, and building materials applications. Revised to include testing procedures for wider range of uses, standard extends to applications where aluminum alloys are used for making structural components lighter. Appendix describes novel shear test sample geometry and incorporation of digital image correlation. Read More

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PTDA Foundation sets fundraising record in 2014.

November 26, 2014

Industry support for PTDA Foundation’s signature project, Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP), reached record heights in 2014, with final total of nearly $310,000. This was more than 50% higher than funds raised in 2013, demonstrating increasing commitment in reaching future industrial distribution workforce. Vanguard campaign, recognizing those who pledge to 2015 Fund Drive before year-end 2014, is off to record start, receiving pledges in excess of $57,000, even before end of Industry Summit. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses new concrete production materials.

November 26, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK40615, Practice for Mixing and Comparing Performance of Concrete Materials Using MiniMix Mortar Mixtures, can be used as ongoing QC tool, proactive performance screening tool, or performance issue troubleshooting tool for concrete technologists. This standard will be used to test potential performance of new materials in concrete production brought about by effects of increased sustainability focus, new technologies, and decreased availability of standard materials. Read More

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Patsy Beall inducted as Honorary Member of SPE.

November 26, 2014

Leading members of the plastics industry joined with family and friends at an awards dinner to recognize Patsy Beall as an Honorary Member of SPE. Mrs. Beall is a partner in Glenn Beall Plastics Ltd., Libertyville, IL, and wife of Plastics Hall of Fame member Glenn Beall. Recognized as a mentor and influencer of plastics professionals, she was cited by longtime SPE activist Barbara Arnold-Feret for her guidance of young professionals, advocacy of SPE, and emphasis on education. Read More

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MESA introduces InfinityQS as Platinum Keystone Sponsor.

November 26, 2014

A global authority on Manufacturing Intelligence and enterprise quality, InfinityQS joins MESA to help manufacturers realize full potential of data while supporting MESA's mission to educate professionals about value of IT in Manufacturing Enterprises. For more than 25 years, InfinityQS has worked with leading manufacturers to solve the quality puzzle, turning production and process data into insight that empowers management to improve quality, decrease costs, and make smarter business decisions. Read More

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AEM recognizes Milestone Member companies.

November 26, 2014

AEM has presented Milestone Member plaques to 18 companies in recognition of their support of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry through longtime participation in AEM. During AEM annual conference, Association honored 2 companies for achieving 50-year membership status and 16 companies for attaining 25 years of continuous membership in AEM. Read More

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SME Elects Nine Nominees to its College of Fellows.

November 26, 2014

During its 2014 Fall Awards & Installation Banquet, SME recognized 7 of 9 individuals elected to its 2014 Class of SME Fellows. They join 360+ members previously elected as SME fellows since program's inception in 1986. Recognition garners lifetime, dues-free membership and FSME designation. Elected individuals were Fengzhou Fang, PhD; Richard J. Furness, PhD; Robert X. Gao, PhD; Yuebin Guo, PhD; Robert W. Ivester, PhD; Michael D. Packer; Richard C. Peters; Susan Smyth, PhD; and Zude Zhou. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves cook-and-hold oven standard.

November 25, 2014

Cook-and-hold ovens allow users to cook food at one temperature and then hold it at a preprogrammed lower temperature. ASTM F3051, Test Method for Performance of Cook-and-Hold Ovens, provides a test to gauge oven energy usage. Standard will demonstrate and list amount of energy to preheat a unit on a daily basis, what energy an oven expends in cooking and hold modes, and what type of production capacity they can get from a typical unit. Read More