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Funding Inspires Florida Teens to pursue STEM education.

January 28, 2013

Matching last year's $25,000 gift, SME Education Foundation (SME-EF) continues to support Science and Technology Education Innovation Center for purchase of equipment for Manufacturing Laboratory as well as $6,000 for their afterschool STEM Clubs. Funding underscores SME-EF's mission to inspire, prepare, and support next generation of engineers and technologists. According to SME-EF CEO Bart A. Aslin, such collaborations establish and reinforce STEM mindset and inspire young people. Read More

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Sandvik Coromant Sponsors student challenge at EASTEC.

January 28, 2013

As announced by SME, Sandvik Coromant US is corporate sponsor for May 16, 2013 EASTEC Dream It. Do It.™ Manufacturing Student Challenge in West Springfield, MA. Challenge includes development of team or individual manufacturing project with oversight by local manufacturing sponsor. Dolores Gauthier, interim manager of member units for SME said challenge helps eliminate stereotype of manufacturing and STEM–related careers as well as bridge gaps between education and industry. Read More

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Committee on Lime releases compilation for 100th anniversary.

January 25, 2013

ASTM Committee C07 on Lime has released the compilation, LIME: Building the 100-Year Legacy of the ASTM Committee C07. Book includes 16 peer-reviewed papers, covering such topics as historical standards development, current industry activities, and potential areas for future work. Several papers present traditional uses of lime in asphalt, soil stabilization, and paper manufacturing, while others cover environmental applications and updates on test methods for XRF analysis and free moisture. Read More

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ASTM publishes new volume of STP 1561.

January 25, 2013

ASTM has announced publication of 13th volume of STP 1561, Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres. Book includes 17 peer-reviewed papers covering latest research on ignition and combustion of metals and non-metals, oxygen compatibility of components and systems, analysis of ignition and combustion, failure analysis, and safety. Publication addresses aerospace, military, scuba diving, and industrial oxygen applications. Read More

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NESCC Task Group seeks members.

January 25, 2013

Recent meeting of Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative resulted in establishment of new task group, which will be a standing study group focused on building techniques and materials intended to improve speed and quality of nuclear-related construction while potentially lowering costs. As part of its work, TG will assess efficiency and cost benefits of specific technologies, such as moisture tolerant concrete epoxies, modular rebar, and threadless conduit couplers. Read More

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Single Process Available for accreditation to multiple standards.

January 25, 2013

ANSI announced that ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS has begun offering opportunity for environmental laboratories to undergo concurrent accreditation to multiple relevant standards. Under new process, laboratories may be accredited concurrently to NELAC Institute (TNI) Volume 1: Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis as well as several standards and programs: ISO/IEC 17025, U.S. DoD ELAP, U.S. EPA NLLAP, and TNI NEFAP. Read More

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Publication Date Announced for 2013 AMT Directory & Buyers Guide.

January 25, 2013

Publication date for 2013 AMT Directory and Buyers Guide will be September 2013. Future plans include producing IMTS Directory and Buyers Guide in even years and AMT Directory and Buyers Guide in odd years. Gardner Business Media, Inc. will continue to partner with AMT to produce 2013 AMT Directory and Buyers Guide, and TechSpex will continue to house data for product. Read More

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ASTM Committee sponsors seminar on temporal methods.

January 24, 2013

Sponsored by ASTM Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation, seminar on Temporal Methods will be held April 17, 2013. Overview will present problem: understand if/how eating experience of snack bar has been changed by reducing sugar in formula. Three methods will be applied: progressive profiling, Temporal Dominance of Sensations; and Temporal Order of Sensations. Final part of seminar will cover analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of strengths, weaknesses, and challenges of temporal methods. Read More

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Drywall Safety Act cites ASTM Standard C1264-11.

January 24, 2013

Signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 14, 2013, Drywall Safety Act of 2012 (PL 112-266) cites ASTM International standard C1264-11, Specification for Sampling, Inspection, Rejection, Certification, Packaging, Marking, Shipping, Handling and Storage of Gypsum Panel Products. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) chairman Inez Tenenbaum claimed noted collaboration with ASTM and anticipated future work with ASTM to ensure speedy adoption of drywall content standard. Read More

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HI Publishes Rotodynamic Pumps Guideline regarding NPSH Margin.

January 24, 2013

Hydraulic Institute (HI) has published ANSI/HI 9.6.1–2012 Rotodynamic Pumps Guideline for NPSH Margin, which serves as replacement for 1998 edition. Covering rotodynamic, general-purpose pumps with power levels as high as 5,300 hp and impeller tip speeds less than 130 fps, guideline describes benefits to pump longevity of maintaining suitable NPSH Margin. Document serves as tutorial on NPSH while also providing guidance for determining NPSH Margin. Read More

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NAM Announces New Coalition to boost STEM education system.

January 24, 2013

NAM announced formation of inSPIRE STEM USA (Supporting Productive Immigration Reform and Education), which aims to address high-skilled jobs crisis and improve U.S. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education system. Members of this coalition, comprised of businesses, education groups, and other national associations, support 2-pronged solution: improvements in U.S. STEM pipeline and reforms that increase H1B visas and green cards. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute CD offers all ANSI/HI Pump Standards.

January 24, 2013

Hydraulic Institute (HI) is offering CD Version 3.1, which contains full set of all 31 current ANSI/HI Standards. In addition to such features as searchable PDF files, hypertext links from indexes to each Standard/Section/Page, bookmarks, and annotations, functionality for printing and commenting is also enabled. Content includes 4 extensively updated standards as well as one entirely new standard, Controlled-Volume Metering Pumps for Test (ANSI/HI 7.6). Read More

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Nebraska approves new route for Keystone XL pipeline.

January 24, 2013

According to statement by Ross Eisenberg, NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy, Governor Heineman's decision to approve new route is another positive step toward clearing the way for fina approval of Keystone XL pipeline by President Obama. Pipeline is an immediate job creator—its construction will create tens of thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs, plus significantly more indirect spin-off jobs.
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Educational Meetings tackle conflict minerals compliance issues.

January 24, 2013

To help ensure companies in electronics industry have information they need pertaining to conflict minerals compliance, IPC will host educational meetings in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO®. Offerings are to include Basics of Conflict Minerals Compliance (PD53) on February 18, 2013; BUZZ session on conflict minerals (BZ4) on February 20, and discussion between 2 IPC committees on specific efforts to develop tools for conflict minerals compliance on February 21 and 22. Read More

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ANSI and IREC launch accreditation program.

January 24, 2013

ANSI-IREC program for accreditation of renewable energy and energy efficiency certificate programs has completed its pilot phase, which began in January 2012, and is now accepting general applications. Program evaluates certificate-awarding schools, colleges, and other institutions against requirements for equipment, curriculum, facilities, administration, and personnel set forth in IREC Standard 14732: 2013, General Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs. Read More

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Detroit Students to compete at 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition.

January 24, 2013

SME Education Foundation is providing $50,000 grant to the Michigan Engineering Zone, the U-M, College of Engineering, high school student support facility. Funding will help nearly 175 students, comprising 40 teams, from 12 Detroit Public Schools, and surrounding community, compete in 2013 FIRST® Robotics Competition. Once these young inventors create a robot, their teams will participate in competitions that measure effectiveness of each robot, power of collaboration, and their determination. Read More

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January 2013 MCI-EFI shows increase in industry confidence.

January 24, 2013

January 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) reports confidence in equipment finance market at 54.2, up from December's 48.5. Regarding business conditions over next 4 months, 6.1% of respondents expected improvement (up from 5.9% in December); 87.9% said conditions will remain same (up from 73.5% in December); and 6.1% believe business will worsen (down from 20.6% from December). Also, 87.9% evaluates current U.S. economy as fair, up from 76.5%. Read More

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Career Certifications bolster networking, security workforce.

January 24, 2013

ANSI announced accreditation of several Cisco Career Certifications under Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. Accreditation was granted to Cisco for following certifications: Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) for Routing and Switching, Cisco CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) for Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, and CCNP Security. Decision was based on review of documentation as well as onsite verification. Read More

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ASTM Nuclear Fuel Cycle Committee to offer workshops in France.

January 23, 2013

ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle will sponsor several workshops and short courses from June 16–21, 2013 in Avignon, France. Offerings will include Short Courses on Nuclear Fuel Cycle, ASTM C26 Subcommittee Meetings, tours, and workshops: Remote Equipment Design, Analytical Development and Reference Materials in Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Long Term Glass Performance, and Used Fuels/Spent Fuel/Storage/Transportation and Disposal. Online registration closes May 1. Read More

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Standard covers polymeric raw materials for surgical implants.

January 23, 2013

ASTM F2820, Specification for PEKK Polymers for Surgical Implant Applications, specifies allowable ranges for composition, mechanical, and physical properties, as well as acceptable quality control practices, for PEKK polymers used in medical devices. Each factor covered by standard is important in assuring that materials used will perform as expected. In addition, using materials that meet requirements of ASTM F2820 can reduce or eliminate need for animal testing for these materials. Read More