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Proposed ASTM Standard to measure properties of SRFRs.

March 19, 2013

Proposed standard, ASTM WK39691, is being developed to measure basic physical properties of sediment retention fiber rolls, known as SRFRs, which are used to inhibit migration of sediment that has been displaced and carried by flowing water. Once it has been approved, proposed standard will be used by manufacturers to perform and document quality control in manufacturing process, as well as by end users who will rely on test results to assess specification conformance. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers ready-mixed concrete return.

March 19, 2013

Proposed standard ASTM WK39876, Specification for Returned Fresh Concrete for Use in a New Batch of Ready-Mixed Concrete, will cover process, verification, and record keeping procedures for recycling returned fresh concrete. In development by Subcommittee C09.40 on Ready-Mixed Concrete, this standard will ensure returned fresh concrete mixed with new concrete has known and verifiable characteristics. It will also help manufacturers reduce waste material and disposal requirements. Read More

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SPE to Honor Achievements of industry leaders at Antec® 2013.

March 18, 2013

At SPE ANTEC® 2013, Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will honor 4 distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the plastics industry. Dr. Benny Freeman will receive SPE's International Award for lifetime achievement, while Tim G. Taylor, Dr. Robert Y. Lochhead, and Dr. Robert R. Gallucci will be respectively honored with Business Management Award, Education Award, and Research/Engineering Technology Award. ANTEC 2013 will take place April 22–24 in Cincinnati, OH. Read More

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AMT elects new board of directors and officers.

March 18, 2013

On March 8, AMT elected its 2013-2014 officers and directors at its Annual Meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii. R. Stephen Flynnis, President of Optical Gaging Products, Inc., was elected Chairman while Kevin Kilgallenhas, President and Owner of Mid Atlantic Machinery was named First Vice Chairman and Treasurer. In addition, Jerry Rexis, President of Hegman Machinery, LLC, was chosen for Second Vice Chairman and Brian J. Papkeis, President of Mazak Corporation, was picked for Secretary. Read More

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EPA Announces Cities with most Energy Star buildings in USA.

March 18, 2013

EPA released list of U.S. metropolitan areas with most Energy Star® certified buildings in 2012. "“Through their partnership with EPA, the owners and managers of Energy Star certified buildings are helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving on utility bills," said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. Top 4 were, in order, Los Angeles, CA; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, IL; and New York. Other cities included Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Boston, MA; and Philadelphia, PA. Read More

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NEMA Reactivates Standard for polyphase induction motors.

March 18, 2013

NEMA reactivated and published ANSI/NEMA C50.41 American National Standard Polyphase Induction Motors for Power Generating Stations. Standard applies requirements to polyphase induction motors intended for use in various power generating stations, including those with horizontal or vertical construction and frame size larger than NEMA 440 series as well as squirrel-cage, single speed or multispeed, and form wound types. Standard is offered in hard and electronic copies. Read More

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AEM offers show attendees 25% off safety materials.

March 18, 2013

During World of Asphalt Show and Conference and AGG1 2013 Aggregates Academy and Expo, March 19-21, attendees can save 25% off safety materials from AEM by visiting booth. AEM safety materials cover more than 40 types of equipment used in agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, and utility applications. They provide job-proven and time-tested suggestions that promote safety-conscious attitudes and performance to prevent accidents, improve productivity, and minimize equipment downtime. Read More

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NREL's HPC Data Center is optimized for energy efficiency.

March 18, 2013

Working with industry leaders to track technology advances and develop holistic approach to data center sustainability, scientists and researchers at NREL developed high performance computing (HPC) data center dedicated solely to advancing energy systems integration, renewable energy research, and energy efficiency technologies. Petascale HPC uses warm-water liquid cooling and achieves annualized average power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.06 or better. Read More

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IPC Study Shows Increase in compensation for executives.

March 15, 2013

Reporting on data from 41 North American electronics manufacturing companies, IPC Executive Compensation Study for the North American Electronics Industry 2011–2012 enables comparison of firm's compensation levels and HR policies and practices to other companies in industry. Data is presented on executive base salaries, bonuses, and other forms of compensation/benefits. Covering 12 key executive positions, study reports results by company type, industry segment, region, and company size. Read More

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RIA Announces Speakers, Session Topics for 2013 convention.

March 15, 2013

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) will hold its 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo from April 23–25, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to several keynote addresses and presentations from key industry leaders, there will be education sessions covering topics – from emerging restoration technologies and legal issues in today's work environment to creating successful sales teams; networking events; and RIA Dinner and Awards Banquet. Read More

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First Group of Veterans completes GSTW program.

March 15, 2013

The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with GE, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Alcoa Inc., Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, celebrated accomplishments of the first group of U.S. veterans to complete classes from the Get Skills to Work program. With an estimated 600,000 open manufacturing jobs across America, GSTW is joining major manufacturers and educators to help close the skills gap through training and skills matching. Eleven veterans participated in completion ceremony. Read More

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Professional Development Sessions will be featured at EASTEC.

March 15, 2013

According to SME, EASTEC manufacturing exposition and conference (May 14–16 in West Springfield, MA) will feature conference tracks focused on continuous improvement, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development. Specific sessions are to include lean manufacturing, visual management, advanced CAM tools, strategic management of automated environment, applications of reverse engineering, light scanning for metrology, and addressing skills gap through collaboration. Read More

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Standards help keep consumer data safe.

March 15, 2013

Developed to bolster creation of systems that process, manage, and transmit electronic health records, ISO 18308:2011 serves an important consumer protection function by setting down requirements for EHR systems. ANSI X9.8-1:2003 provides basic principles for determining minimum required security measures for international PIN management, as well as PIN protection techniques in online environment. IEC/TS 62045-1 Ed. 1.0 en:2006 covers privacy protection measures for consumer multimedia equipment. Read More

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Deadline for Energy Execs Applications extended to March 20.

March 15, 2013

NREL has extended the application window for 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy to March 20. "Energy Execs" is focused on educating business, community, and government leaders about achieving clean energy solutions using energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Leadership Program and Leadership Institute are both designed to provide executive decision-makers with information and tools to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related planning. Read More

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Flex-Grid System prevents optical network traffic jams.

March 15, 2013

Researchers from Spain and Japan have achieved traffic control for connections in optical networks by using flexible-grid dynamic network management system, which combines OpenFlow controller and stateful path computation element. Controller uses protocol that allows behavior of network device to be remotely configured, while PCE finds network routes between endpoints. System will be described at Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference. Read More

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PowderMet2013 to highlight latest powder metallurgy trends.

March 15, 2013

Sponsored by MPIF and APMI International, PowderMet2013 annual conference will highlight latest developments and trends in metal powders, as well as powder metallurgy processes, products, and applications. Technical sessions, poster presentations, and slate of 4 special interest programs will cover range of subjects such as nano-particle processing, ferrous PM materials, thermal processing, MIM stainless steel, carbides, fine nickel and cobalt powders, PM aluminum alloys, and atomization. Read More

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ISPE Conference to benchmark, advance QbD in Biopharma industry.

March 15, 2013

State of Quality by Design in the Biopharmaceutical Industry Conference will take place April 10–11, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. Focused on benchmarking and advancing development of Quality by Design (QbD) in biopharmaceutical industry, event will feature workshops and discussions that examine industry progress since introduction of A-Mab and steps for further adoption of QbD principles. Conference will offer in-depth case studies, lessons learned, and best practices in implementing QbD. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes EPA, DOE Nominations of McCarthy and Moniz.

March 15, 2013

NEMA welcomed President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy as administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ernest Moniz as Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis commented on nominees' knowledge regarding their respective duties and responsibilities and said both McCarthy and Moniz are positioned to advance and promote sound energy and environment policies that will grow our economy. Read More

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SME, STIQ, and REAI announce strategic partnership.

March 14, 2013

SME, Sous-Traitance Industrielle Quebec, and Regroupement des Équipementiers en Automatisation Industrielle have announced their strategic partnership to support Quebec manufacturing companies at an upcoming manufacturing event this April 23- 24. Plant Management and Design Engineering Show, which will be co-located with AmExp and Contrex, will feature approximately 80 companies exhibiting and showcasing ways to improve production processes and offer alternative solutions to enhance production. Read More

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AASHTO Issues Praise for proposed transportation funding levels.

March 14, 2013

AASHTO expressed strong support for proposed transportation funding levels in Senate's version of continuing resolution that would fund government operations through September 2013. In comment, AASHTO executive director Bud Wright said resolution "provides for the full funding of all the programs included in MAP-21" and added that continuing resolution recognizes U.S. economic recovery is dependent on MAP-21 funding levels and that "now is not the time to deviate from those levels." Read More