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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

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Registration is Open for [MC2 2013 MTConnect conference.

January 17, 2013

Registration is open for second [MC2 2013 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference, which will be held in Cincinnati, OH on April 10 and 11. In addition to promoting benefits and implementation of MTConnect, conference showcases commercially available products that utilize said standard. MTConnect Institute's David Edstrom said conference will build upon inaugural 2011 event, which hosted industry thought leaders, 175 attendees, speakers, hands-on labs, and 24 exhibitors. Read More

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NACD announces ChemEdge 2013 Conference and Trade Show.

January 17, 2013

Formerly known as Operations Seminar and Trade Show, ChemEdge Conference and Trade Show has been increasing in value for over 20 years and the new name reflects a broader and enhanced educational program now available to NACD members. ChemEdge is a primary vehicle for educating key employees on operations and logistics, regulatory compliance, and responsible distribution, as well as broader topics such as human resources, finance, customer service, and purchasing. Read More

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EPA finalizes revisions to Clean Air Standards.

January 17, 2013

In compliance with settlement agreements, EPA finalized revisions to standards to reduce air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment. Final revised rule will reduce capital and annual costs of original 2010 rules by $287 million and $139 million, respectively, while reducing harmful pollutants, including 2,800 tons/year of hazardous air pollutants; 36,000 tpy of CO; 2,800 tpy of particulate matter; 9,600 tpy of nitrogen oxides; and 36,000 tpy of VOCs. Read More

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STEP Awards recognize women in manufacturing.

January 17, 2013

The Manufacturing Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, University of Phoenix, and Deloitte announced recipients of first Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards, which honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of manufacturing industry, from factory-floor to C suite. Awards are part of larger STEP Ahead initiative launched to examine and promote the role of women in manufacturing. Read More

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Deadline for 2013 Procedural Compliance Form is March 1.

January 17, 2013

ANSI is reminding all ANSI-accredited standards developers that the 2013 ASD procedural compliance form issued via e-mail must be completed by each ASD and submitted to ANSI by March 1, 2013. By seeking and maintaining ANSI-accredited status, an organization chooses to publicly commit to an open, equitable, and accessible consensus process that ensures due process and benefits the public interest. The compliance form is designed to facilitate the annual compliance notification process. Read More

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Michael Withers named vice chairman of ASTM board of directors.

January 17, 2013

Michael R. Withers, VP of ride engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, CA, will serve 2-year term as ASTM International board of directors vice chairman. ASTM International member since 2000, Withers is vice chairman of Subcommittee F24.24 on Design and Manufacture, part of Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. He is active on several F24 subcommittees, represents ASTM on European Technical Committee CEN/TC 152, and has been ASTM board of directors member since 2009. Read More

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Richard A. Peri elected to ASTM International board for 3 years.

January 17, 2013

Richard A. Peri, VP of government and industry affairs at Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) in Washington, D.C., has been elected to ASTM International board of directors. ASTM International member since 2004, Peri serves as chairman of Committee F39 on Aircraft Systems and is also member of Committees F37 on Light Sport Aircraft and F44 on General Aviation Aircraft. With 40+ years of aviation experience, Peri has touched nearly all facets of aviation support. Read More

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Wafer Screening System rejects unusable PV cell candidates.

January 16, 2013

Silicon Photovoltaic Wafer Screening System, developed by NREL scientists, puts pressure on silicon wafers destined to become PV cells in order to find which ones are too fragile to make it through manufacturing process. Able to be retrofitted into assembly line, this instrument rejects weak wafers before they go through enhancement process, conserving time and investment. Cube-shaped furnace exposes a silicon wafer to thermal stress in form of carefully calibrated, elevated temperatures. Read More

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Aluminum Association Responds to Maryland deposit legislation.

January 16, 2013

To conserve resources, Aluminum Association believes all options should be part of conversation to increase recycling and prevent aluminum cans from going to landfills. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, and one used can may be transformed into new one within 60 days. Industry wishes to reach 75% recycling rate for aluminum cans by 2015, whereas can recycling rate was 65.1% in 2011. Association claimed that states with strong deposit laws have higher rates of recycling than those without. Read More

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VendorSelect Directory drives www.adhesives.org web traffic.

January 16, 2013

End user visitors coming to www.adhesives.org to find adhesive and sealant solutions are leveraging VendorSelect Tool and connecting with Adhesive and Sealant Council member companies. VendorSelect is a free member service that includes a listing of all member companies with basic contact information, including company name, description, address, telephone, and web address. Tool is also available on ASC’s newly redesigned www.ascouncil.org website. Read More

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NREL and Stanford team up on peel-and-stick solar cells.

January 16, 2013

It may soon be possible to charge cell phones, change tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells. Stanford University and NREL showed that thin-film solar cells less than 1-micron thick can be removed from silicon substrate by dipping in water at room temperature. After exposure to 90°C, they can attach to almost any surface. "Peel and Stick: Fabricating Thin Film Solar Cells on Universal Substrates," paper appears in online version of Scientific Reports. Read More

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Models at 2013 NAIAS demonstrate growth of aluminum usage.

January 16, 2013

Vehicles on display at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) have in common an increased use of advanced aluminum alloys. This increase echoes findings from latest survey of automakers by Ducker Worldwide, which indicated that aluminum is leading material in engine and wheel markets and is seeing fast-gaining market share in hoods, trunks, and doors as well. Automakers have said they plan to increase aluminum use from 327 lb in 2009 to 550 lb in 2025. Read More

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Market Research Subscription available for electronics industry.

January 16, 2013

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has introduced market research subscription service for electronics manufacturers and their suppliers. In all, 4 series of reports are available to electronics OEMs, PCB and EMS companies, suppliers, financial analysts, and others. Regularly published reports combine current data with descriptive charts and expert commentary. Aggregate data is provided from companies worldwide along with carefully vetted secondary research. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation Releases updated H1 test kit.

January 16, 2013

Fieldbus Foundation released H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) 6.1.0, which assesses functionality of H1 (31.25 Kbps) fieldbus device and its conformity with FOUNDATION™ function block and transducer block specifications. Comprised of test engine, communication stack, and function block interface card, version includes features to enhance device intelligence, improve consistency in instrument configuration, and simplify replacement of field devices from different automation suppliers. Read More

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EESCC announces agenda for first plenary meeting.

January 16, 2013

Scheduled for Jan 22-23, ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) plenary meeting marks the first in-person occasion where all EESCC members and stakeholders have opportunity to discuss Phase One of EESCC standardization roadmap. The roadmap will focus on building energy and water assessment standards; systems integration and communications; building energy modeling, rating, and labeling; evaluation, measurement, and verification; and workforce credentialing. Read More

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Chemical Network Teleconference is scheduled for January 17.

January 16, 2013

Co-moderated by Dr. Richard J. Forselius and Michael Kirschner, ANSI Chemical Network Teleconference will take place at 10:30 am on January 17, 2013. Information exchange will involve 350+ representatives from industry, academia, and government agencies as well as other stakeholders. Lisa Goldberg will also take part as guest speaker on AIA's REACH Working Group. While focused on chemical regulations, discussions will extend to topics relevant to chemicals and general supply chain issues. Read More

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NIST Patent could give 'lab on a chip' long shelf life.

January 16, 2013

Having blood drawn and analyzed to diagnose disease is a process that can take a few days, but what if doctors could perform this analysis in minutes? That’s the promise of "lab on a chip" technology, and researchers are working on variety of fronts to remove technical roadblocks. A new idea patented by NIST and the Naval Research Laboratory addresses the issue of sensor shelf life, showing how some such chips might be made to last for months or more until needed. Read More

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Lt. Comdr. Scott Colburn to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 16, 2013

Elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors, Lt. Cmdr. Scott A. Colburn, RN, is director of the standards program at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, part of the U.S. FDA. In this position, Colburn manages center’s participation in developing test methods and performance standards for medical devices, and he oversees CDRH staff. While working at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Colburn attended Marquette University and earned his B.S. in nursing in 1999. Read More

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Jeffrey S. Goldfinger to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 16, 2013

Jeffrey S. Goldfinger, director of business development at L-3 Interstate Electronics, has been elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM board of directors. An ASTM International fellow and 2012 Award of Merit winner, Goldfinger was honored by Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems for his leadership in standards work that supports global UAS community and heightens industry’s safety and access to national airspaces. Goldfinger also served as naval flight officer for 20 years in the U.S. Navy. Read More