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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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AMT Announces Restructuring and international staff promotions.

January 19, 2015

AMT announced new organizational structure for its international operations. Xingbin Li, previously AMT General Manager – China, will serve as International Director – Asia/Pacific Region. Carlos Mortera, previously AMT General Manager – Mexico, will serve as International Director – Latin America Region. With 2 pending retirements in early February, internationally based team will assume responsibility for marketing, members' business facilitation, and operations on February 1, 2015. Read More

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Registration is Open for inaugural International CES Asia.

January 19, 2015

Registration is live for 2015 International CES Asia™, which will take place May 25–27 in Shanghai, China. Drawing global businesses to showcase latest products and technologies entering Asian marketplace, event will feature major global brands as well as innovative startups to fully represent Asian marketplace innovation. CES Asia will span 20,000 m² exhibit space and host such trends and product categories as 3D printing, robotics, sensors, IoT, and wearables. Read More

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EPA Releases Report on 2013 toxic chemical waste releases.

January 19, 2015

According to annual U.S. EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report, most toxic chemical waste managed at industrial facilities in USA was not released into environment in 2013. Report shows approximately 22 billion pounds (84%) of 26 billion pounds of toxic chemical waste were managed via such preferred practices as recycling. Of 4 billion pounds disposed of or otherwise released to environment, 66% went to land, 19% to air, and 5% to water. Remaining 10% was transferred to other facilities. Read More

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EPA aims to reduce methane and ozone-forming pollution.

January 19, 2015

As part of Obama Administration’s commitment to addressing climate change, EPA has outlined series of steps it plans to take to address methane and smog-forming VOC emissions from oil and gas industry. Agency’s commonsense strategy will reduce methane pollution from new sources, reduce ozone-forming pollutants from existing sources in areas that do not meet federal ozone health standards, and build on work that states and industry are doing to address emissions from existing sources elsewhere. Read More

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MCA Launches Redesign of Motion Control Online website.

January 19, 2015

Originally launched in 2006, Motion Control Online has grown to become leading global website visited for motion control and related automation technology information. Redesigned to facilitate navigation and access to content, site features optimized search capabilities; MCA member company profile page; tools for 24/7 access to content uploads, website traffic, and statistics; as well as Career Center portal to post/view job opportunities in the motion control industry. Read More

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Conference Education Programming focuses on industry trends.

January 19, 2015

Scheduled for March 17–19, 2015, co-located AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo and World of Asphalt Show & Conference will feature in-depth education programming that will provide industry professionals with practical, real-world knowledge they can use in their business operations and on the jobsite. Industry-focused education complements shows’ exhibits of newest equipment, products, and technologies for aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety sectors. Read More

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Proposed Standards to highlight uses of activated carbon.

January 19, 2015

Proposed standard, WK47401, Test Method for Xylenol Orange Dye Test, describes relative adsorption rate of unused or reactivated carbons by adsorption of xylenol orange from aqueous solution. Standard will cover activated carbons that are used for treatment of drinking water as well as those used to produce consumer products or treat wastewater. Proposed standard WK47421 will describe how laser light scattering technique can determine particle size distribution of fine mesh activated carbon. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers biodegradable hydraulic fluid.

January 19, 2015

Proposed ASTM standard WK31234, Specification for Biodegradable, Low Aquatic Toxicity Hydraulic Fluids, intends to make it easier to ensure that proper hydraulic fluids are being used at environmentally sensitive job sites. Biodegradable fluids have been found to perform differently than traditional mineral oils, creating a need for separate performance classifications. Fluids to be covered by ASTM WK31234 are used in industrial/mobile hydraulic applications. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses search and rescue dog crew skills.

January 16, 2015

ASTM F3070, Guide for Evaluating Area Search Dog Crews or Teams, will define knowledge, skills, and abilities required for dog crew or team to perform area search. Search and rescue dog teams are currently tested to different levels yet similar terminology is used to describe abilities of dogs. Using F3070 will help in developing testing paradigms that better identify core competencies and unify various search and rescue organizations under terminology that is based on single national standard. Read More

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Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet Standard adds thickness tolerances.

January 16, 2015

Revisions to ASTM International standard A924/A924M, Specification for General Requirements for Steel Sheet, Metallic-Coated by the Hot-Dip Process, will increase its flexibility. Along with primary changes of addition of heavy thickness tolerances to Table 2 and Table S1.1, changes include increase in thickness covered by Table 13 to 0.250 in. Such changes ensure standard covers heavier gauge zinc coated products that might provide alternatives to batch hot-dip coating of finished parts. Read More

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EPA Proposal strengthens oil spill preparedness and response.

January 15, 2015

To address issues raised by various parties during 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, U.S. EPA proposes amending requirements under National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). Proposed Subpart J revisions deal with product toxicity and efficacy test methodologies, toxicity and efficacy criteria, human health and safety information requirements, area planning requirements for chemical and biological agent use authorization, and dispersant monitoring requirements. Read More

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NTSB's Most Wanted List highlights rail tank car safety.

January 15, 2015

NTSB's Most Wanted List for 2015 addresses need for rail tank cars that carry crude oil, ethanol, and other hazardous material across the country to do it more safely. Also new to list of top 10 areas that need safety improvements are: requiring that transportation operators be medically fit for duty; strengthening commercial trucking safety; and requiring pilots to strengthen procedural compliance. Distraction and impairment are still key issues, and both are on the list again this year. Read More

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ATA and Healthy Trucker expand Healthy Fleet Challenge.

January 15, 2015

American Trucking Associations announced it is expanding its relationship with Healthy Trucker and expanding the Healthy Fleet Challenge to all its member companies. Starting now, ATA's companies can not only compete with each other, but on behalf of the United States against fleets in Canada, making the challenge a truly international effort to energize the industry to get and stay healthy. Read More

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Butanol Purity Testing Standard approved by ASTM committee.

January 15, 2015

ASTM D7875, Test Method for Determination of Butanol and Acetone Content of Butanol for Blending with Gasoline by Gas Chromatography, will be used in isobutanol manufacturing to test its purity for use in chemical and fuel markets. Developed by Subcommittee D02.04.0L on Gas Chromatography Methods and based on annex in ASTM D7862, this standard will be primarily used by isobutanol manufacturers and laboratories that work with fuels. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard links textiles, antimicrobial agents.

January 15, 2015

Proposed standard WK31901, Guide for Standard Test Methods and Practices for Evaluating Antibacterial Activity on Textiles, will aggregate information concerning textiles types treated with antimicrobial agents and ways each can be tested for performance response to antimicrobial activity. According to ASTM's Robert Monticello, guide will offer flexibility to develop specific test standard based on exact antimicrobial agent used and exact performance expectations of treated article. Read More

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AAMA Opens Registration for annual conference in Florida.

January 14, 2015

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) opened registration for AAMA 78th Annual Conference, which will take place February 15–18 in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Kenn Kington, professional comedian and motivational speaker, will serve both as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies for annual awards banquet, "Reflections from the Islands," on February 16. Optional Sunday events before conference include deep sea fishing trip, golf, and Everglades AirBoat ride and gator show. Read More

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BIO Welcomes Oregon's Vote to implement Clean Fuels Program.

January 14, 2015

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission vote to implement Oregon's Clean Fuels Program was deemed positive step for advanced biofuel producers and technology developers. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, this implementation "will provide a strong signal to the advanced biofuel industry that investments in producing cleaner fuels can pay off." Erickson applauded Oregon's work towards reducing carbon emissions within transportation sector and replacing foreign oil with biofuels. Read More

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New National Center will support transportation safety.

January 14, 2015

During annual meeting of Transportation Research Board, National Operations Center of Excellence was unveiled. NOCoE technical services center and website utilizes real-time proactive management techniques to improve safety and system reliability, combat congestion, and better serve traveling public. NOCoE will offer array of peer exchanges, webinars, assessments, on-call assistance, and training on topics such as integrated corridor management, active traffic management, and incident response. Read More