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ASTM Standard addresses safety of glass used in furniture.

January 21, 2013

ASTM F2813, Specification for Glass Used as a Horizontal Surface in Desks and Tables, aims to minimize furniture-related injuries. Developed by Subcommittee F15.42 on Furniture Safety, standard covers performance requirements and test methods to ensure relative safety of glass used in furniture as primary or secondary surface on tables. Henry Chamberlain of F15.42 says "ASTM F2813 will provide assurance...that glass tops of tables and desks will be made of a safety glass product." Read More

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Toxics Release Inventory shows air pollutants still on decline.

January 21, 2013

According to EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory report, total toxic air releases in 2011 declined 8% from 2010, mostly because of decreases in hazardous air pollutant emissions, even while total releases of toxic chemicals increased for second year in a row. Among HAPs showing decline were hydrochloric acid and mercury. Releases into surface water decreased 3% and releases to land increased 19% since 2010, with the latter due primarily to the metal mining sector. Read More

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ASC pushes for bipartisan TSCA reform in new Congress.

January 21, 2013

With opening of 113th Congress, ASC again took its message of the need for a bipartisan solution to the reform of Toxic Substances Control Act to offices of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Kay Hagan (D-NC). In discussion, it was emphasized that complexity of TSCA will require that concerned parties find common ground in modernizing legislation and that TSCA reform legislation proposed in prior Congress did not address critical issues regarding chemical assessments or took a step backwards. Read More

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Tracy Murrell To Serve as NTSB's Director of Marine Safety.

January 18, 2013

Tracy Murrell, former chief safety officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will begin her job as director of NTSB's Office of Marine Safety on January 22. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman called Murrell "an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience in the maritime safety industry" and noted her "proven track record of achieving safety results." Murrell holds U.S. Coast Guard master's license and has worked for several shipping companies. Read More

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Video Knowledge Center offers how-to videos about bearings.

January 18, 2013

Available to any BSA website visitor via Knowledge Center Button on homepage, online Knowledge Center features how-to videos on Bearing Installation and Maintenance, Bearing Service, and Care or Bearing Characteristics produced by BSA Participating Manufacturers. These videos offer resource for problem solving as well as training opportunity for distributors and end-users. All videos were produced by number of BSA Participating Manufacturers. Read More

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SME announces AeroDef technical conference sessions.

January 18, 2013

Manufacturing professionals can choose from dozens of technical sessions on technologies critical to the success of the aerospace and defense industry at AeroDef Manufacturing and Composites Manufacturing, which will be held March 19-21, 2013. Sessions will cover topics such as titanium machining enhancements, digital direct manufacturing, automated machining systems, and advances in inspection, as well as processes, wind energy applications, tooling, machining, fabrication, and repair. Read More

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Cleaning/Contamination Testing Center to offer free seminars.

January 18, 2013

Organized by IPC and National Physical Laboratory, Cleaning and Contamination Testing Center at IPC APEX EXPO® will provide guidance to visitors looking to implement effective cleaning and contamination monitoring processes and overcome reliability issues. In addition to troubleshooting problems and dispensing advice, Center staff will offer mini-seminars on issues such as cleaning equipment installation requirements, CAF failure and defect analysis, and PCB contamination measurement. Read More

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Cleaning and Restoration Magazine honored with bronze medal.

January 18, 2013

RIA's magazine, C&R, has been honored with a bronze medal in the Commemoration/Tribute category in Association TRENDS' 2012 All-Media Contest. Magazine received award for the November/December 2011 tribute to Martin King, CR, ASA, a leader and visionary in the cleaning and restoration industry, whose work still impacts business practices today. Article included tributes from others in the industry who were privileged to learn from and work with King over the years. Read More

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AASHTO Executive Director calls for investment and tax reform.

January 18, 2013

According to John Horsley, executive director of AASHTO, Congress needs to take action this year to sustain federal-aid surface transportation program. Horsley, who retires Feb 1 after 14 years leading the national association, made his remarks during keynote address at Transportation Research Board's annual Chairman's Luncheon. Horsley called on Congress to enact additional economic stimulus through transportation investment and to reform taxes that support nation's highway and transit programs. Read More

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SME Education Foundation names its 2013 Board of Directors.

January 18, 2013

SME Education Foundation announced its 2013 Board of Directors as well as collective commitment of industry partners and donors to STEM education. New members – Laser FANUC FA America product manager Elizabeth Kautzmann and Wheeling High School EdD and principal Lazaro J. Lopez – will serve 2-year terms starting January 1, 2013. Announcement also names those who will fill positions of President, Vice President/Secretary, Treasurer/Chair of Finance, Assistant Treasurer, and Directors. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses calibration of nuclear density gauges.

January 18, 2013

Developed by Subcommittee D18.08, part of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, ASTM D7759 provides guidance for calibration of nuclear density gauges, which are used to measure density, moisture content, and inner structure of material. Verification of gauges is necessary to indicate when mathematical relationship between in-place density reading and water mass per unit volumes indicated by gauge need to be adjusted so that calibration meets required level of measurement uncertainty. Read More

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Taco van der Maten will serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 18, 2013

Taco van der Maten, product manager for XRF at PANalytical in Almelo, Netherlands, has been elected to 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. ASTM International member since 2006, van der Maten is chairman of ASTM Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials and also leads task group responsible for updating and maintaining ASTM F2617. Other roles he occupies include Committee D20 member and participant in creation of ASTM PTP on elemental analysis of thermoplastics. Read More

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Printed Board Standard provides design basics.

January 17, 2013

At 170 pages, IPC-2221B, Generic Standard on Printed Board Design, provides basis for design of all types of printed boards and addresses such areas as testing, via protection, test coupon designs, and surface finishes. IPC technical project manager John Perry said included information can "help designers make decisions between surface finish alternatives" and added that descriptive data is augmented by table to facilitate comparison of traits between various surface finishes. Read More

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BIO announces presenting companies for BIO Conference.

January 17, 2013

BIO announced initial selection of presenting companies for the 15th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference to be held February 11-12, 2013 in New York City. All presenting companies are hand-selected for event, and consist of both private companies and mid-to-large cap established public companies from around the globe. Companies are chosen based on selection process evaluating company’s pipeline and R&D activities as well as their focus on biotechnology therapeutics. Read More

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Teleconference will focus on 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards.

January 17, 2013

BIO and Fuels America will host roundtable teleconference for reporters, with advanced biofuel companies discussing progress and milestones toward meeting national goals established by Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) regarding reduction of U.S. reliance on foreign oil via production of biofuels and new advanced technologies. Teleconference will take place January 17, 2013 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET. Read More

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EPA Official to keynote at ASC Spring Convention.

January 17, 2013

ASC announces that Jim Jones, Deputy Assistant Administrator of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the U.S. EPA will speak at the upcoming ASC Spring Convention being held April 21-23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Jones will share the EPA’s approach to chemicals management and pollution prevention, an area he oversees as part of the senior leadership team for the EPA, during a luncheon keynote to be held on Tuesday, April 23. Read More

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NBT announces 2013 national manufacturing camp grant winners.

January 17, 2013

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®, The Foundation of the FMA, announces winners of its 2013 manufacturing camp grant awards. Ten grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 were awarded by NBT to community and technical colleges offering day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12 to 18 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. Major sponsors of these camps are the CNA Foundation of Chicago and San Francisco-based Corenet, Inc. Read More

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NREL Research Fellow named fellow of American Physical Society.

January 17, 2013

Howard Branz, a solar energy scientist at NREL, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for seminal research on thin film silicon: defects, metastability, growth processes, nano-structuring, and solar cells. Branz is recognized worldwide for his research in nano-structured anti-reflection silicon, solar hydrogen production and defects, and diffusion in semiconductors. He and his National Center for Photovoltaics team won R&D 100 Magazine Award in 2010 for black silicon. Read More

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ANSI Announces 2013 forum and committee leadership.

January 17, 2013

ANSI announced leadership of its member forums, policy committees, and program oversight committees for 2013. ANSI Member Forums represent voice of their respective membership segments, providing venue for dialogue on global standards and conformity assessment issues. Policy-setting committees and councils provide strategic direction for defined program areas. Each ANSI Program Oversight or Standing Committee is responsible for operational aspects of particular ANSI program or service. Read More

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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 4.8% from 2011.

January 17, 2013

According to AMT, November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $421.83 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 11.0% from October and down 8.5% when compared with total of $460.86 million reported for November 2011. With year-to-date total of $5,212.17 million, 2012 was up 4.8% compared with 2011. Read More