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Westfield Vo-Tech High School wins PRIME funding.

November 14, 2012

Manufacturing Technology Department at Westfield Vocational Technical High School, Westfield, MA, has been named a model school by SME Education Foundation through its PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing) program. As a PRIME school, Westfield Vo-Tech will receive funds totaling $35,000 for 3 years to support post-secondary scholarships, equipment upgrades, continuing education for instructors, and a STEM-based camp for middle school students. Read More

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ANSI Industry Briefing to address Russia's acceptance into WTO.

November 14, 2012

Officially accepted into WTO in August 2012, Russia has made commitments to provide foreign companies with tools to prevent trade interference from non-tariff barriers. On November 16, ANSI will hold briefing to inform members of U.S. industry about implications of these commitments and gather feedback about standards, compliance, and market access priorities involving Russia. U.S. exports to Russia exceeded $8 billion in 2011, and are expected to rise with country’s membership in WTO. Read More

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ANSI updates voluntary consensus standards document.

November 14, 2012

ANSI has released updated ANS Key Steps document containing rundown of steps involved in approval of voluntary consensus standards as American National Standards. New version features embedded links, giving stakeholders access to relevant forms and information. To qualify for ANSI accreditation, organizations must meet Institute's requirements for openness, balance, due process, and consensus in their standards development processes, as set-forth in ANSI Essential Requirements. Read More

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FAA Seeks Civil Penalty against Woodward, Inc. and subsidiary.

November 13, 2012

FAA is proposing $246,450 civil penalty against Woodward, Inc. and subsidiary HRT for allegedly failing to conduct requisite drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before transferring/hiring 12 people to perform safety-sensitive aircraft maintenance work. Additional allegations cover failure to include 6 individuals in random drug and alcohol testing pool; failure to administer return-to-duty drug test to one employee; and use of expired intoximeter bottle. Read More

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Ulrich Turck Elected Chairman of Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA EAC.

November 13, 2012

Taking over for Jean-Marie Alliet, Ulrich Turck – Managing Director, Hans Turck GmbH and Co. KG and Turck Holding GmbH – has been elected as Chairman to Fieldbus Foundation's Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for next annual term of office. Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations VP Marc Van Pelt welcomed Turck to his new role, saying he looks forward to working with Ulrich on several FOUNDATION technology and marketing initiatives throughout EMEA region. Read More

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ASABE Revises Standard on densified products for bulk handling.

November 12, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised standard ASAE S269.5, Densified Products for Bulk Handling – Definitions and Methods, which was previously entitled Cubes, Pellets, and Crumbles - Definitions and Methods for Determining Density, Durability, and Moisture Content. Specifically, revision includes use of biomass pellets and cubes. Read More

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FAA Seeks Civil Penalty against GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, Inc.

November 12, 2012

FAA proposed $359,350 civil penalty for allegedly failing to conduct pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before hiring 17 people to perform safety-sensitive functions. Other allegations include failure to test 4 random individuals for alcohol use in January, April, and July of 2011; failure to carry out all requisite drug and alcohol testing for 2 employees as part of return-to-duty process; and inappropriate post-accident drug testing of 2 employees. Read More

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FAA seeks $205,250 civil penalty against Circor Aerospace, Inc.

November 12, 2012

FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $205,250 against Circor Aerospace, Inc., a Sylmar, CA-based aircraft repair station, for allegedly violating FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations. FAA alleges Circor failed to conduct required pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before hiring 29 people to perform safety-sensitive aircraft maintenance work. FAA also alleges the company failed to include two individuals in its random drug and alcohol testing pool. Read More

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Web-Based Library offers SAE technical standards and papers.

November 12, 2012

SAE International offers its full complement of technical standards and papers in various subscription packages designed to meet needs of individuals and small businesses in mobility industry. Available through the SAE Digital Library, users can access and download technical information on AeroPaks, JPaks, TechSelect, J1939 Standards, and Aerospace Quality Standards. Web-based library offers 200,000+ standards, technical papers, eBooks, digital magazines, and related publications. Read More

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Top Automotive Manufacturers to exhibit at International CES.

November 12, 2012

Consumer Electronics Association announced a record number of automotive manufacturers will exhibit at upcoming 2013 International CES®, scheduled for January 8-11. Seven of the top 10 manufacturers will showcase their latest technologies on the CES show floor, including Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, and Subaru, which is exhibiting at CES for the first time in 2013. Automotive exhibits will cover more than 100,000 net sq-ft of exhibit space in 2013, up 5% over 2012 show. Read More

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AAMA Publishes QA Guidelines for polyamide thermal barriers.

November 12, 2012

AAMA has published QAG-2-12, Voluntary Quality Assurance Processing Guide for Polyamide Thermal Barriers. Developed to help architects, manufacturers, designers, and owners, this document establishes assembly guidelines for aluminum composites utilizing polyamide thermal barriers. Specific topics include handling and storage of polyamide thermal barriers, assembly equipment and machinery inspection, quality control, and handling and care of completed and assembled profiles. Read More

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Keynote Speaker, Agenda Announced for IPC/SMTA conference.

November 12, 2012

IPC and SMTA have jointly announced keynote speaker and topics for session 6 of IPC/SMTA High Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference, scheduled for November 13–15, 2012 in Chicago, IL. Conference is focused on electronics assembly reliability as well as influence of cleaning and coating on producing reliable hardware. Dave Hillman of Rockwell Collins is scheduled to speak on "Printed Circuit Board Reliability: Factors OEMs Should Consider in the Age of Miniaturization." Read More

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2013 International CES hailed as largest app event worldwide.

November 12, 2012

Owned and produced by CEA®, 2013 International CES® will take place January 8–11, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV and feature CEA MoDev Hackathon, CES Developer University, Appy Hour, Wall of Apps, and Mobile Apps Showdown. This annual innovation event, according to CEA's Gary Shapiro, "is the only place in the world for developers to experience the largest gathering and broadest range of apps." The App story at CES includes competitions, educational sessions, and events showcasing best apps. Read More

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Johnson Space Center preparing for new era in space travel.

November 12, 2012

NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston is optimistic about a new era of space travel involving humans flying to faraway asteroids. According to Michael L. Coats, director of JSC, who will speak at ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Houston, human space travel has received bipartisan support in U.S. Congress, and there are research programs under way to study adaptability of the human body to long-duration flights. Read More

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Frozen Soil Symposium examines mechanical properties testing.

November 12, 2012

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, symposium on Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soil will take place January 31, 2013  Jacksonville, FL and provide forum for exchange of ideas on current research on the testing of mechanical properties of frozen ground. One key objective is to identify new opportunities for standards and specifications that will aid construction on frozen soils as well as utilization of natural resources in frozen soil conditions. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO® to include designer-focused activities.

November 9, 2012

To be held February 15–18, 2013, IPC APEX EXPO® will feature IPC Designers Forum to begin with discussion by Dieter Bergman on roadmapping efforts in area of design. Presentations will also be given by Edward Acheson, Daniel DiTuro, Happy Holden, Vern Solberg, and Rick Hartley, while Mark Finstad and Mark Verbrugge will host Ask the Flexperts session. Forum will also feature professional development courses and basic and advanced-level IPC designer certification workshops and exams. Read More

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ASTM/AASHTO Agreement aids road construction, transportation.

November 9, 2012

Solidifying their coordination, Agreement on Standards has been signed by ASTM International and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In comment, ASTM International President James A. Thomas expressed hope that this agreement "will foster better coordination in mutual areas of interest, reduce unnecessary duplication of effort, and be responsive to industry needs in an efficient and collaborative manner.” Read More

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SPE® Automotive Division names winners of 42nd annual innovation awards.

November 9, 2012

During annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on November 7, 2012, winner of Grand Award and Body Interior category, all-olefin, multi-grained full instrument panel surface, was announced. Winners in Body Exterior, Chassis/Hardware, Materials, Performance and Customization, and Powertrain categories were named as well. Also naming winners of Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies and Safety categories, Livonia, MI event drew over 700 attendees. Read More

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NEMA to Hold U.S. TAG Secretariat for IEC TC120 EES Systems.

November 8, 2012

NEMA has been selected to hold Secretariat of U.S. Technical Advisory Committee (TAG) to IEC TC120 Electrical Energy Storage (EES) Systems, which was created to accelerate integration of renewable energy as well as enable more reliable and efficient supply of electrical energy. This TAG will present consensus U.S. opinions in development of international energy storage standards and coordinate work of U.S. experts who will serve at international level. Read More

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SME Receives DOE Grant to focus on energy conservation.

November 8, 2012

SME was granted $292,000 from U.S. Department of Energy to partner SME Student Chapters with 24 Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) at U.S. universities, providing hands-on industry experience. IAC assessments focus on industrial energy conservation techniques through energy audits and assessments of manufacturers, and grant broadens program to assess manufacturing processes for energy savings. Starting 2012, SME will partner with 6 universities and expand incrementally over 3.5 years. Read More