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Educational Webinar to address hydraulic system design.

June 19, 2012

Scheduled for July 19, 2012, NFPA Educational Webinar will explain how to design safe, reliable, and efficient hydraulics. External leakage in hydraulic systems represents not only fluid loss, with its attendant costs and safety and environmental concerns, but energy loss as well. Presenter Phil Robinson of Parker Hannifin Corp. will share how ISO and NFPA standards, particularly NFPA/T2.24.2, can help people design, build, and maintain leak-free hydraulic systems. Read More

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NAM Warns of Negative Impacts from EPA's proposed NAAQS.

June 19, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called scope and impact of proposed new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) released by EPA "troubling." Citing current 8.2% unemployment, Timmons said manufacturers "can't afford this new standard," especially given its strict nature and the stalling economy. "The end result," according to Timmons, would be "a devastating impact on our economy and job creation." Read More

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ASTM International presents Award of Merit to Lance R. Lewand.

June 19, 2012

Lance R. Lewand, director of Insulating Materials Laboratory at Doble Engineering Co., Watertown, MA, has received Award of Merit and title of fellow from ASTM International Committee D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases. A member of ASTM since 1989, Lewand works on several D27 subcommittees and is chairman of Subcommittee D27.06 on Chemical Test. He is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he received a bachelor's degree in biology. Read More

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SME Announces Database of email addresses for industry contacts.

June 19, 2012

Manufacturing Plus Email Masterfile database, comprising 1.5+ million manufacturing professionals, has all email addresses containing contact names. List can be rented and used for direct email campaigns, providing renters with access to key decision makers in manufacturing industry for effective targeting in marketing efforts. Lists can be customized by industry, job function, plant size, etc., and verified database covers diverse industry selection. Read More

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PM Industry Leader receives Lifetime Achievement Award.

June 19, 2012

Alan Lawley, professor emeritus, Drexel University, and editor-in-chief of International Journal of Powder Metallurgy, has received Kempton H. Roll Powder Metallurgy Lifetime Achievement Award. Lawley has been a prolific contributor to literature of PM science and technology, publishing more than 300 papers. A long-time member of MPIF Technical Board, Lawley has participated in numerous seminars and conferences, and co-chaired technical program of 2008 PM World Congress. Read More

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White House supports vets in manufacturing.

June 19, 2012

NAM President and CEO, Jay Timmons and Manufacturing Institute President, Jennifer McNelly issued statements after White House announced support of partnerships to certify military veterans with NAM-endorsed manufacturing certifications. NAM and the Institute appreciate Administration's continued support for efforts to enable high skilled individuals to enter manufacturing workforce. Service members will be important additions to workforce that has made U.S. world leader in manufacturing. Read More

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Approved ANSI/AMCA Standard defines fan efficiency grades.

June 19, 2012

AMCA International announced that Board of Standards Review of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 205 on May 4, 2012. Said document, which defines fan efficiency grades (FEGs), includes within its scope fans with 5 in. or greater impeller diameter that operate with shaft power of 750 W (1 hp) and above and have total efficiency calculated according to ANSI/AMCA 210, ANSI/AMCA 230, AMCA 260, or ISO 5801. Read More

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EPA Proposes Clean Air Standards for soot pollution.

June 19, 2012

Building on steps already taken to slash dangerous pollution in communities across USA, U.S. EPA proposed updates to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot. Proposal would strengthen annual health standard for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5) to level within range of 13-12 µg/m³; current annual standard is 15 µg/m³. Proposed changes are based on scientific evidence that includes thousands of studies. Read More

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North American Machine Vision Sales declined 2% in first quarter.

June 19, 2012

Statistics from AIA indicate machine vision sales in North America fell 2% compared to 1Q 2011, primarily from sales of complete vision systems. Sales of machine vision components gained 2%, led by growth in vision software (+26%), lighting products (+11%), and imaging boards (+7%). Also, smart camera sales rose 4%, while optics sales were up 1% in first quarter. "Though the market has cooled down a bit," said AIA President Jeff Burnstein, "the long term growth trend remains strong." Read More

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NASA, FAA Sign MOU to advance commercial space transportation.

June 19, 2012

FAA and NASA signed agreement to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and International Space Station (ISS). Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes policy for operational missions to space station. Commercial providers will be required to obtain license from FAA for public safety, while crew safety and mission assurance will be NASA's responsibility. Read More

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NFPA Introduces standards for graphical symbols, O-rings.

June 19, 2012

Available form NFPA, ISO 1219-1:2012: Fluid power systems and components -- Graphical symbols and circuit diagrams -- Part 1: Graphical symbols for conventional use and data-processing applications specifies rules for devising fluid power symbols for use on components and in circuit diagrams. Also available, ISO 3601-1:2012: Fluid power systems - O-rings - Part 1: Inside diameters, cross-sections, tolerances and designation codes applies to general industrial and aerospace applications. Read More

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Metal Powder Society names Dornish, Donaldson as Fellows.

June 19, 2012

APMI International named Ian Donaldson, director, research and development North America and materials engineering, GKN Sinter Metals LLC, and Al Dornish, consultant with Northern Precision Materials, to 2012 Class of Fellows. With over 30 years of PM experience, Donaldson distinguished himself as expert in materials with strong engineering background. APMI International member for 30+ years, Dornish spent near 55 years in PM industry and touched upon almost every facet therein. Read More

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IPC Executive Summit to highlight high speed technologies.

June 18, 2012

"Electronics in the Fast Lane: How High Speed Technologies are Changing the Game," will be theme of IPC Executive Summit, August 21-22, 2012. Event will be held in conjunction with IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition(TM), giving attendees opportunity to see latest in equipment, processes, and materials. It will begin with keynote presentation, "Electronics Industry and Economic Trends," by Randy Bane, vice president and chief economist, Applied Materials. Read More

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Workforce Diversity Panel will convene at 2012 BIO convention.

June 18, 2012

Taking place June 18 at 2012 BIO International Convention, Diversity Summit will feature thought leaders of industry, education, and government discussing how to foster and recruit more diverse workforce in biotechnology industry. Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services, commented that diverse scientific workforce, racially and ethnically, would help strengthen scientific disciplines and enhance discovery, promoting economic prosperity and healthier lives. Read More

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Clean Air Act Standards updated for flares, process heaters.

June 18, 2012

U.S. EPA standards informed by input from stakeholders, including industry, address new flares and process heaters at petroleum refineries. Maintaining public health benefits while reducing costs, final rule provides industry with compliance flexibility and ensures companies can make routine operational changes without triggering new requirements. Updates will reduce emissions of SO2, NOx, and VOCs. As co-benefit, standards will reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 2 million tons/year. Read More

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SME Announces Student Challenge winners.

June 18, 2012

"Dream It! Do It! Student Challenge" winners were announced by SME at Mfg4 - Manufacturing 4 the Future. Teams comprising 3-6 students and one teacher work with local manufacturers and become familiar with products made and processes used. River Valley Technical Center (Springfield, VT) won first place, New Vision-Cecor at Orange-Ulster BOCES technical school (Ulster Country, NY) took second place, and Windham Regional Career Center (Hinsdale, NH) was awarded third place. Read More

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CEA announces Eureka Park Challenge finalists.

June 18, 2012

CEA announced that 10 companies have been selected as finalists in Eureka Park Challenge at CE Week, scheduled for June 27-28, 2012. Over course of 2 days, judges will interview each finalist and view demos of their products, services, or apps. On closing day, each finalist will have opportunity to make final pitch on stage before live audience. Grand prize winner will receive free booth in specialized Eureka Park TechZone at 2013 International CES®. Read More

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BIO unveils intellectual property rights report.

June 18, 2012

At 2012 BIO International Convention, BIO will unveil findings from report titled "Taking Stock: the Gains of Global Biotechnology Research from IPRs." Report will bring together experts to discuss how IPRs have affected innovation and development of new biotechnologies in develping countries and whether they contribute to growth in partnerships and other models of collaboration between biotechnology R/D actors such as universities, SMEs, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Read More

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Baby Monitor Standard approved by ASTM committee.

June 15, 2012

ASTM F2951, Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Monitors, was developed by Subcommittee F15.68 on Baby Monitors in response U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report concerning 7 deaths that have resulted from infants strangling in monitor cords when they had been placed too close to crib. According to F15.68 chairman Anthony Paolo, "All cords must now be labeled with a conspicuous strangulation hazard warning label" and stipulates cords should be mounted 3+ ft away from crib. Read More

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Proposed Standard to address buried pipe coating repair.

June 15, 2012

ASTM WK36282, Guide for Selection of Coating for Repair and Rehabilitation of Buried Pipe Coatings for Nuclear Power Plants, is being developed by Subcommittee D33.02 on Service and Material Parameters. Standard will address function of buried pipe coatings, plant systems that may include buried pipe, generic types of field-applied buried pipe repair and refurbishment coatings, and in-situ factors that affect selection of field-applied buried pipe repair and replacement coatings. Read More