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AIA Vows to Fight Sequestration and urges action.

March 5, 2013

"Despite our extreme disappointment that sequestration was not averted," said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, "we are by no means giving up the fight." Continuing Resolution for funding federal agencies through current fiscal year expires March 27, and Blakey identified that as next opportunity for Congress and President Obama to "halt the crisis that our industry has highlighted for nearly two years." Blakey said this period should be used to stop damage done to USA by sequestration. Read More

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NAM urges approval of Keystone XL pipeline.

March 5, 2013

Chip Yost, NAM Assistant VP of Energy and Resources Policy, released statement urging approval of Keystone XL pipeline after State Department issued draft Environment Impact Statement. According to Yost, release of draft EIS is a step in the right direction toward final approval of this important project. Pipeline will provide country with energy security as well as create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and an additional 118,000 spin-off jobs. Read More

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Annual Manufacturing Innovations List has been unveiled by SME.

March 5, 2013

Highlighting new technologies and advancements in manufacturing, SME announced its 2013 Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture. New and emerging technologies, as selected by SME's Innovation Watch Committee for this list, have already shown successful implementation and are currently contributing to manufacturing. SME Innovation Watch Committee, according to its manager, Lauralyn McDaniel, discusses what makes new gadgets possible. Read More

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IR Digital Holography lets firefighters see through flames.

March 5, 2013

A team of Italian researchers has developed an imaging technique that uses infrared digital holography to peer through chaotic conflagrations and capture potentially lifesaving and otherwise hidden details. By employing specialized lens-free technique, researchers created system that can cope with flood of radiation from environments filled with flames as well as smoke. Team describes its breakthrough results and their applications in paper published in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard to evaluate wet road skid resistance.

March 5, 2013

Proposed standard ASTM WK40015, Test Method for Determining the Skid Resistance of a Pavement Surface by Measuring the Sideway Force Coefficient (SFCS) Using SCRIM, is based on test used by highway authorities in United Kingdom and other parts of the world since 1970s. Test described in said standard will be used primarily by highway authorities to evaluate wet road skidding resistance as means of reducing automobile accidents. Read More

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Proposed Standard to cover advances for asphalt adhesives.

March 5, 2013

ASTM WK40056, Specification for Adhesive Used with Modified Bituminous Sheet Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D08.20 on Roofing Membrane Systems, part of ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing. Proposed standard will provide means of describing changes that have been made in formulation and performance of asphalt adhesives currently available. It will also provide a tool for purchasing latest asphalt adhesives for use with modified bitumen roof membranes. Read More

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Developing Textile Wear Test Standard is open to contributions.

March 4, 2013

Interested parties are invited to join ongoing development of ASTM International standard ASTM D3181, which provides data that helps predict expected wear performance of various textiles in end-use conditions. Content includes statistical methods for test design and analysis of data as well as standard procedures for evaluation of textiles. Uses include determining comparative performance; determining suitability in different end uses, and wear effect evaluation and comparison. Read More

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MHEDA plans 2013 Annual Convention in Palm Desert, CA.

March 4, 2013

During MHEDA's 58th Annual Convention, May 4-8, participants will spend 4 days learning, networking, and discovering resources for their company. Convention's theme is "Get Your Game On" and will include 16 education sessions, 3-hr Exhibitors' Showcase, roundtable discussion, and organized tours. Presentations will address issues impacting material handling community, including: recruiting next generation, energizing leadership, understanding changing customer expectations, and social media. Read More

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AIA announces first cyber security standard.

March 4, 2013

National Aerospace Standard NAS9924, "Cyber Security Baseline" benefits aerospace and defense suppliers of all capability levels by giving supply chain a base line of standard practices they can follow to protect their information system infrastructures from cyber threats. Standard enables companies to assess themselves on their IT security practices and helps them determine their preparedness for cyber threat risk management for their customers while assessing risks presented by their suppliers. Read More

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LIA Standard covers laser-based fiber optic system safety.

March 4, 2013

With exponential growth of fiber-optic telecommunications comes the need for well-trained installation and service personnel. ANSI Z136.2 provides guidance for safe use, maintenance, service, and installation of optical communications systems utilizing laser diodes or LEDs operating at wavelengths between 0.6 microns and 1 mm. Optical communication systems include end-to-end optical fiber-based links, fixed terrestrial point-to-point free-space links, or combination of both. Read More

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Proposed Standard pertains to stormwater hydrodynamic systems.

March 4, 2013

Proposed standard ASTM WK39909, Specification for Surrogate Test Solids for Measuring Performance of Stormwater Treatment Devices, will be used to specify test material with common target particle size distribution for use in testing HDS systems. According to ASTM's Adam Stevens, standard will give regulatory agencies option to adopt such surrogates into their existing testing protocols and eliminate need to address possible market discontinuance or later revision of their protocols. Read More

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Industry Associations honor NREL employees.

March 4, 2013

NREL Engineer Ian Metzger has been named by ASHRAE as its New Face of Engineering. Program promotes accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their engineering contributions and resulting impact on public welfare. NREL's net-zero, 360,000 sq ft., Research Support Facility in Golden, CO, also was also honored by ASHRAE. NREL Research Fellow David Ginley received Materials Research Society's Woody Award, which recognizes volunteer who has made extraordinary contributions to Society. Read More

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NREL's Economic Benefit to Colorado totals $814.8 million.

March 4, 2013

According to study by University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business, net economic benefit of NREL to Colorado's economy was $814.8 million in fiscal year 2012. Jefferson County, where NREL's main campus is located and where half of NREL's employees live, enjoyed greatest economic impact, with $274.6 million. Although NREL's economic impact in Colorado fell 2.4% from FY 2011, it is still 38.5% higher than $588.3 million impact in FY 2009. Laboratory supported approximately 2,300 jobs in 2012. Read More

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Peter Chiang joins IPC as new vice president of IPC China.

March 1, 2013

Within his role of vice president of IPC China, Peter Chiang will work in conjunction with IPC China President Phil Carmichael to lead the organization’s China operations and staff. As chief representative for Taiwan, he will also be responsible for providing standards development activity support, raising awareness of IPC and its programs, making company visits, and establishing relationships with prospective distributors in the region. Read More

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LIA Will be at Booth 1638 for AORN 2013.

March 1, 2013

Laser Institute of America (LIA), professional society for laser applications and safety, will be at Booth 1638 at AORN 2013 (March 2–7 in San Diego, CA). LIA Team will be available in exhibit hall with copies of revised ANSI Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care standard and will also be offering discounted registration opportunities for Medical Laser Safety Officer Training – Online. Visitors can also check out LIA's interactive training tool for medical laser users, Focal Points. Read More

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NEMA/IEEC Testimony supports industrial energy efficiency.

March 1, 2013

At hearing entitled "American Energy Security and Innovation: An Assessment of Private-Sector Successes and Opportunities in Energy Efficient Technologies," the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard about successes and challenges in making industrial sector more energy efficient. Testifying on behalf of NEMA/IEEC, Kevin Kosisko, VP of ABB North America, explained need for further education on available technologies, their ROI, and access to funding/financing. Read More

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MCA Announces Members of 2013 Board of Directors.

March 1, 2013

Motion Control Association (MCA) announced its 2013 Board of Directors on February 21 during MCA Business Conference in Orlando, FL. John Hegel was named Chairman of the Board, and Bill Steury will serve as Vice-Chairman of MCA. Hegel, Steury, and Allai are joined on board by director Ray Butler, Vice President and General Manager, Kollmorgen. Other 2013 MCA Board members include Kyle Ahlfinger, Matt French, Dan Jones, Kevin McNicholas, John Payne, Ken Sweet, and Victor Swint. Read More

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ASTM Symposium looks at fatigue and fracture testing/analysis.

March 1, 2013

Sixth symposium on Applications of Automation Technology in Fatigue and Fracture Testing and Analysis will take place May 22, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. This international forum for knowledge exchange will explore software and hardware developments in automated materials testing systems and methods; service loads monitoring and analysis as well as service spectrum generation and simulation; variable amplitude spectrum load testing methods, test control and techniques; and more. Read More

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ASC Members Report shows progress on delivering value.

March 1, 2013

ASC 2013 Member Value Survey illustrates progress made in delivering value across programs and services. Benchmarked against 2010 survey, 5 of 6 categories show significant growth; networking remains at top despite dropping 3.3%. Other questions addressed effectiveness in providing education programs, disseminating useful information, facilitating/advancing science and technology, offering business development opportunities, and representing industry in government. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices see increase in January 2013.

March 1, 2013

National construction material prices increased 0.7% in January, with year-over-year prices rising 1.3%, while nonresidential construction materials prices were up 0.6% for month and 0.8% during last 12 months. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, this data "indicates that ABC’s prediction of increased volatility in 2013 after a period of unusually stable prices in 2012 is proving to be correct." Basu also predicted continued volatility for materials prices in 2013. Read More