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Fluid Power Systems Event examines current, future technology.

June 3, 2013

Hosted by International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), FPDA Motion and Control Network (FPDA), and National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), 2013 Fluid Power Systems Conference will take place from November 19–21 in Rosemont, IL. Educational conference will feature networking events, including Innovation Showcase Reception, as well as design workshops, hands-on instruction into practical maintenance techniques, and facilitated roundtable discussions. Read More

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ASTM International releases tribo-corrosion compilation.

June 3, 2013

Available from ASTM, "STP1563, Tribo-Corrosion: Research, Testing, and Applications" contains 12 peer-reviewed papers, written by international experts in tribo-corrosion. Topics include: how chemistry of surrounding environment can interact with mechanical contact to cause rapid increase in material loss; role of tribo-corrosion in erosive situations; implant-related tribo-corrosion; tribo-corrosion in machinery; and challenging problem of ensuring reliability of nuclear power plants. Read More

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AIM welcomes new members.

June 3, 2013

As members of AIM, Freedom Technologies and DigitNexus will join other organizations that are committed to growth of automatic ID and mobility solutions through advocacy, standards development, and support of global channel network. Freedom Technologies, based in Brighton, MI, offers expert identification and data management solutions to diverse base of industries. DigitNexus of San Jose, CA, works to integrate different hardware options, including RFID, bar code and sensors, in global market. Read More

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ORPIC announces integrated olefins project at SPE conference.

June 3, 2013

ORPIC, a subsidiary of OMAN Oil Company, has chosen the first SPE conference to be held in the Middle East to announce a USD $3.6 billion investment in an integrated olefins project that will have an annual capacity of 1 million tons of linear low- and high-density polyethylene. Another highlight of the Polyolefin Plastics Arabia Conference was a panel discussion on the growth and challenges for plastics processors in the Gulf region. Read More

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PCS Reduces Hazards from phosphoric acid manufacturing in LA.

May 31, 2013

U.S. EPA and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced that PCS Nitrogen has agreed to reduce air emissions from phosphoric acid production at its facility in Geismar, LA to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations concerning cooling tower operations. Under said settlement, PCS will prevent release of 15 million pounds of hydrogen fluoride annually and pay civil penalty of $198,825.30. PCS has already implemented pollution controls sought in this settlement. Read More

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ASTM to develop snow and ice accretion testing standards.

May 31, 2013

Part of Subcommittee E06.55 on Performance of Building Enclosures, E06.55.13 task group will be responsible for study and assessment of snow and ice accretion—the process by which snow and ice build up on solid objects exposed to freezing precipitation. First topic task group plans to address is procedures for facade testing in an environmental test chamber. Testing will provide format for quality information gathering and help to build knowledge base for various facades. Read More

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Skid Steer Safety Manuals come in e-book versions.

May 31, 2013

AEM has updated its Skid Steer Safety Manual and now offers e-book versions in English and Spanish. Text has been rewritten and graphics have been updated to be more inclusive of all styles of skid steer loaders. Safety information now contains content on Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel fuel hazards and hazards involving masked visibility areas around machine. Manuals are available through online AEM store and e-book versions are also available through Apple iTunes Book Store. Read More

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Project Gemstone to make Fieldbus experience easier.

May 31, 2013

Fieldbus Foundation announced new technology development initiative—Project Gemstone—intended to make digital fieldbus automation experience easier than conventional analog control systems in every way, from device setup to device replacement and daily maintenance. Project Gemstone covers many initiatives Fieldbus Foundation is already working on, including FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management, Field Device Integration Cooperation, and ISA108 intelligent device management. Read More

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ASTM Committee Honors Christopher Sass with Award of Merit.

May 31, 2013

ASTM International Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants honored Christopher J. Sass, associate principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., with Award of Merit for contributions to standards activities. Specifically, Sass was recognized for his "meritorious and dedicated service to Committee C24 with a strong commitment to standards development, especially in the area of building seals and sealants," as well as technical expertise, leadership, and professionalism. Read More

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ASTM Committee develops standard for nitric acid extraction.

May 30, 2013

ASTM WK42045, Practice for Nitric Acid-Extraction of Elements from Ores and Related Metallurgical Materials Using Closed Vessel Microwave Heating, will be used to protect water used for drinking, recreational, and agricultural purposes from environmental impacts. According to one member of subcommittee responsible for its development, proposed standard will be used by laboratories to dissolve samples for metals analysis and comparison with other testing method solutions. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses orthopedic implant labeling.

May 30, 2013

ASTM F2943, Guide for Presentation of End User Labeling Information for Orthopedic Implants Used in Joint Arthroplasty, presents a universal label format of content and relative location of information necessary for final implant selection within implant's overall package labeling. Guide identifies high priority label content and indicates specific section of implant's labeling where this crucial information is to be placed. Examples of labeling format are presented in standard. Read More

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PMA May Business Conditions Report anticipates steady conditions.

May 30, 2013

According to May 2013 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate steady business conditions during next 3 months. PMA president William E. Gaskin explained, "Expectations for the balance of the year rest on whether Congress and the President are able to address the critical budget and tax issues faced by all manufacturers." Gaskin also cited need for both parties to put aside partisan differences and take action. Read More

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Manufacturers Gather to share knowledge, discuss efforts.

May 30, 2013

Taking place in Baltimore, MD form June 2–4, 2013 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Annual Conference will focus on sharing information, driving innovation in manufacturing, and preparing advanced manufacturing workforce. June 2 will feature State of the Society luncheon, member workshops, and tech fair; June 3 is Leadership Day, and June 4 is Workforce Development Day. All paid conference registrations include one-year SME membership as well as admission to SME International Awards Gala. Read More

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NFPA Innovation Award recognizes Jude Hueber.

May 30, 2013

Presented to individual engineers or technicians to recognize innovative use of fluid power, 2012 NFPA Innovation Award went to Jude Hueber for innovative hydraulic hybrid vehicle design performed for Lightning Hybrids, LLC. Hybrid drive system integrates components from various manufacturers with sophisticated software that controls speed of fixed displacement pumps and accumulator pressures to optimize efficiency for lighter shuttle buses and delivery vehicles. Read More

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AEM recognizes Statistics Outstanding Merit Award winners.

May 30, 2013

AEM has recognized 103 member manufacturers with Statistics Outstanding Merit Awards for their exemplary 2012 participation in AEM’s data reporting programs. Annual awards are based on data reporting timeliness and accuracy, meeting attendance, and timely responses to ballots, audits, and surveys. Winners’ performance enhances AEM’s ability to provide members with meaningful equipment-specific statistics to help assess market share and trends for improved forecasting and production planning. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers examination of large girth gear teeth.

May 29, 2013

ASTM E2905/E2905M, Practice for Examination of Mill and Kiln Girth Gear Teeth — Electromagnetic Methods, provides effective method for gear examination using eddy current array. Developed by Subcommittee E07.07 on Electromagnetic Method, part of ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing, standard addresses need to detect surface breaking flaws electronically and to accurately size any surface breaking cracks found on cast and forged mill girth gear and pinion teeth. Read More

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Roy Sjoberg Will Be Honored with Iifetime achievement award.

May 29, 2013

With 45+ years of experience in automotive design and development on such vehicles as Chevrolet® Corvette® and Dodge® Viper®, Roy Sjöberg has been named 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by Automotive Division of SPE®. He will be honored for his role in leading automotive plastics and composites innovations at 43rd annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, which will take place November 6, 2013 in Livonia, MI. Read More

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ICUEE 2013 to include mobile hydraulics courses.

May 29, 2013

ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, will offer two mobile hydraulics courses. One course will teach attendees basics of hydraulics, including principles, components, and systems, while other course will explore essential concepts to ensure that hydraulic systems operate at peak efficiency. Also, returning to ICUEE 2013, iP Utility Safety Conference & Expo is the industry’s leading education event for safety, training, and operations professionals. Read More

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I.Con Conference to host 400+ industrial real estate leaders.

May 29, 2013

Scheduled for June 5-6, I.con: The Industrial Conference will bring together industry's top leaders and decision-makers to discuss trends, debate ideas, and share knowledge. Event will include exclusive release of "The Stabilization of U.S. Manufacturing and Its Impact on Industrial Space," which covers types of manufacturing jobs to re-shore and relocate; geographic locations in the U.S. that will be impacted; and how much demand these manufacturing jobs are projected to generate. Read More

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ASTM Parasailing Standard addresses weather conditions.

May 29, 2013

Because weather, particularly gusty wind, has been a variable in parasailing accidents, ASTM subcommittee F24.65 on Parasailing has developed ASTM F2993, Guide for Monitoring Weather Conditions for Safe Parasail Operation. Standard is a step in the right direction to keep parasail operators alert and to monitor weather in a proper fashion. Once insurance industry is aware of ASTM F2993, companies will most likely adjust their policies to reference the standard. Read More