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Papers Invited for small specimen test techniques symposium.

October 29, 2012

Papers are invited for Sixth International Symposium on Small Specimen Test Techniques, which will be held January 29–31, 2014 in Houston, TX and address experimental, analytical, or computational aspects of small (and miniature) specimen techniques as well as their applications. To participate, presenters/authors must submit 250–300 word preliminary abstract by February 28, 2013 that includes clear definition of objective and approach of work discussed. Read More

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ASTM Standard to aid in designing building acoustic properties.

October 29, 2012

ASTM WK37294, Test Method for the Laboratory Measurement of Mechanical Impedance of Building Elements and Prediction of the Sound Transmission Loss Performance, is being developed by Subcommittee E33.03 on Sound Transmission, part of ASTM International Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics. Standard measures loss factor and equivalent bending rigidity modulus of composites, drywall, plywood, and similar building elements with aim of comparing damping properties. Read More

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PTDA welcomes 4 new members in third quarter.

October 29, 2012

CU Americas of Plymouth, MI, was founded in 2008 and is a division of one of the largest bearing manufacturers in China--CU Group. Infor of New York, NY joined PTDA as an associate member, and offers distributors enterprise software solutions. Located in Croydon, PA, Macron Dynamics, Inc. is a manufacturer of linear robots and mechanical motion components and systems. Finally, Sedis of Troyes Cedex, France, manufactures industrial chains and was founded in 1866 as Peugeot. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to address continuous soil gas measurements.

October 26, 2012

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, Continuous Soil Gas Measurements: Worst Case Risk Parameters symposium will be held Jan 30, 2013. Event will focus on newly released critical continuous soil gas monitoring parameters associated with industrial activity around the world. From oil/gas companies and chemical companies through to small industrial sites, there is a growing need to understand and mitigate worst case/explosive or high human health risk conditions. Read More

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ASTM Wood Committee aims to develop standards for SIPs.

October 26, 2012

Interested parties are invited to participate in standards developing activities of Task Group D07.02.08 on structural insulated panels (SIPs). This group is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee D07.02 on Lumber and Engineered Wood Products, part of ASTM International Committee D07 on Wood, and aims to standardize process for deriving design properties for SIPs so their reliability and safety are comparable to other engineered wood systems used in wood frame construction. Read More

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Excavator e-Book promotes safety, adherence to best practices.

October 26, 2012

With publication of AEM's first safety manual e-book, Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manual, equipment operators can access safety information wherever they carry their mobile devices. Electronic version is not meant to replace print version but provides another way to reach equipment operators and help them practice safety on jobsite. E-book options include variable type, bookmarks, ability to embed and e-mail notes, content searching, as well as low-light reading format. Read More

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NTSB Makes 2 Recommendations to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

October 26, 2012

NTSB issued 2 recommendations to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. Recommendation A-12-62 concerns commissioning audit by qualified independent safety experts before start of next major certification flight test program to evaluate flight test safety management system. Recommendation A-12-63 is to provide information about lessons learned from implementation of flight test safety management system to interested manufacturers, flight test industry groups, and other appropriate parties. Read More

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Deloitte/The Manufacturing Institute release survey results.

October 26, 2012

According to "Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing" survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, the public feels that American leadership is off-course in improving manufacturing competitiveness and that the national economy is weak and fragile. Survey found that 59% of Americans believe economy has not improved or gotten better in recent years. Specific to manufacturing sector, only 16% of Americans feel it is likely to improve in next 12 months. In contrast, 23% feel it will weaken. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2013 will look at trip to Mars, future life.

October 26, 2012

Taking place in San Diego, CA from February 19–21, IPC APEX EXPO® 2013 will host exhibition with 400+ electronics manufacturing industry suppliers, professional development courses, standards development meetings, and technical conference. Activities will also include technical BUZZ sessions, keynotes on vision of future life, and inside look at Curiosity rover mission. For first time, Printed Board Assembly Cleaning and Contamination Center will be on show floor. Read More

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TRFA announces Thermoset Polymer Research Award winner.

October 26, 2012

Mohamed Baqar, a Ph.D student at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is the winner of the 3rd Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award for his paper, "Methylol-Functional Benzoxazines: Novel Precursors for Phenolic Thermoset Polymers." TRFA is also awarding second place prize to Brendan McDonald of the University of Waterloo for his paper "Biomimetic Micro-Structured Surfaces: Pattern Transfer and Fabrication of Icephobic Epoxy Surfaces.” Read More

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University of Miskolc, Hungary gains accreditation.

October 26, 2012

During a press conference at the University of Miskolc, Hungary, Fieldbus Foundation announced that the university has been successful in the rigorous certification process required to become a training site that offers fieldbus training courses certified under FOUNDATION Certified Training Program (FCTP). Program establishes uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum around the globe, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology. Read More

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EPA App and Website lets users check waterway health.

October 25, 2012

Accessible from smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers, How’s My Waterway uses GPS technology or user-entered zip code or city name to retrieve information on condition of lakes, rivers, and streams across USA. Waterways within 5 miles of search location are identified as unpolluted, polluted, or unassessed. Once specific lake, river, or stream is selected, information is provided on type of pollution and what has been done by EPA/states to reduce it. Read More

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AAMA Keynote Speaker emphasizes importance of networking.

October 25, 2012

During AAMA Fall Conference (Albuquerque, NM, October 14–17), speaker Thom Singer discussed networking strategies and importance of forming long-term business relationships. His keynote presentation relayed how important it is to break away from routine of interacting with same people during conferences and to start networking with new contacts. During second day, Singer focused on importance of utilizing social media platforms to connect with individuals outside of face-to-face meetings. Read More

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Session 2 Agenda Released for cleaning/coating conference.

October 25, 2012

Session 2 of High-Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference will focus on electronics assembly reliability as well as influence of cleaning and coating on production of reliable hardware. Chaired by Jeff Kennedy of Celestica, this event will address conformal coating high-temperature reliability limits, adhesion strength, and standardization. Speakers are to include Dow Corning's Carlos Montemayor, Plexus Corporation's Rich Kraszewski, and Honeywell's Hector Valladares. Read More

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NIST revises software patch management guide.

October 25, 2012

Created for security managers, engineers, and administrators, NIST's Guide to Enterprise Patch Management Technologies has been updated for automated security systems now in use, such as those based on NIST's Security Content Automation Protocol. Guide explains importance of patch management, examines inherent challenges in performing this function, and briefly covers metrics for measuring technologies' effectiveness and for comparing relative importance of patches. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses geosynthetic turf reinforcement mats.

October 25, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK38408, Specification for Turf Reinforcement Mats, will focus solely on geosynthetic mats used to prevent soil erosion in drainage areas and on steep slopes. Subcommittee D35.05 on Geosynthetic Erosion Control is developing this standard, and D35 member Robert Mackey says its approval will simplify user's ability to specify product that meets minimum manufacturing quality controls for standardized list of physical and performance properties. Read More

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SAE International honors 2 people with Trevor O. Jones award.

October 25, 2012

At SAE Convergence 2012, engineering professionals Matthew Smith (Navistar Inc.) and Monika Manarcin (Palladium Energy) were honored with Trevor O. Jones Outstanding Paper Award for their work, Challenges and Opportunities in Adoption of Hybrid Technologies in Medium and Heavy Duty Applications 2012 Update (2012-01-9005). Winners receive a medal, plaque, and $10,000; Eaton Corporation provides funding for medals. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard to address culverts and storm drains.

October 25, 2012

ASTM WK38166, Specification for Manufacture of Precast Reinforced Concrete Three-Sided Structures for Culverts and Storm Drains Designed According to AASHTO LRFD, is being developed by Subcommittee C13.07 on Acceptance Specification and Precast Concrete Box Sections, part of ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe. Load and resistance factor design methodology developed by AASHTO plays key role in this proposed standard. Read More

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ELFA's MLFI-25 for September shows new business volume increases.

October 25, 2012

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for September shows overall new business volume up 16% from 2011, up 19% from August, and up 16% year-to-date. While receivables over 30 days decreased to 1.8% from 1.9% in August and were down 22% compared to 2011, charge-offs were up from August at 0.5% and down 44% compared to 2011. Credit approvals increased to 79.6%, and 54% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during September (down from 65% in August). Read More

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BIO President urges protection of Renewable Fuel Standard.

October 25, 2012

During keynote speech at RETECH 2012, BIO President Jim Greenwood told attendees that now is the time for a call to arms for the renewable industry standard to support and protect America's Renewable Fuel Standard. Regarding current requests that EPA waive the RFS for one year, Greenwood said, "The impact of an RFS waiver on advanced biofuels would be devastating. In fact, it could extend by several years the drought that has endured in investment capital for new advanced biofuels technology." Read More