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AAMA Document Revision details aluminum care, handling processes.

May 9, 2012

Available for download, on CD, and in hardcopy, AAMA CW-10-12, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site," was updated from 2004 version. It provides recommendations for proper care and handling of architectural aluminum products, from mill to fabricator to job site and through to project completion. New features include sections on visual inspections and care after building completion as well as information regarding damage or defects found on aluminum materials. Read More

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Fiberglass Material Council has launched new web page.

May 9, 2012

Fiberglass Material Council (FMC) of AAMA launched new web page featuring new content, updated layout, as well as relevant information to fiberglass community and fenestration industry as a whole. In addition to highlighting fiberglass popularity and durability, main page offers news and events as well as navigation options to explore Market Study Data, Green and Sustainability, Pultrusion, Fiberglass Product Reliability and Durability, Protective Coatings, and Corrosion Resistance pages. Read More

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ANSI/ASIS Standard addresses Management of Private Security Providers.

May 9, 2012

ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012, Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations - Requirements with Guidance, establishes mechanism for PSCs and their clients to provide demonstrable commitment, conformance, and accountability to principles outlined in International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. Standard helps assure quality of PSC services while maintaining safety and security of operations with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Read More

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Kevin Bly Receives Award of Merit from ASTM petroleum committee.

May 9, 2012

ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Kevin J. Bly, senior chemist at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. in Annandale, NJ. Bly serves as vice chairman and secretary for various subcommittees as well as section or working group chair on several groups. ASTM International member since 1991, he has received several awards and is also member of American Chemical Society. Read More

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Daniel Zechmeister Receives Award of Merit from ASTM committee.

May 9, 2012

Daniel S. Zechmeister, executive director of Masonry Institute of Michigan, received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. ASTM International member since 1987, Zechmeister was honored for his contributions to standards for manufactured masonry units of fired clay and shale, concrete, and sand-lime units. Outside of ASTM International, Zechmeister is member of numerous societies, councils, and associations. Read More

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AIA urges passage of Export-Import Bank deal.

May 9, 2012

AIA urges Congress to pass bipartisan agreement reauthorizing Export-Import Bank, which will help level playing field versus foreign competitors who receive financing from their own governments. Cantor-Hoyer agreement reauthorizes Export-Import Bank for 3 years and extends its lending authority to $140 billion. While shrinking U.S. federal budget makes it imperative that U.S. aerospace companies increase exports of commercial products, Export-Import Bank makes many of those exports possible. Read More

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Webinar Series will focus on Variable Speed Drive technology.

May 9, 2012

Set to begin May 31, 2012, Variable Speed Drives 4-part webinar series will kick off with Julian Atchia of SJE RhombusĀ® leading session 1, "Intro 101." Sean Fitzpatrick of Schneider Electric will lead sessions 2-4, which consist of "Application and Installation Considerations" on June 14, "Protection for VFD and Proper Output" on June 21, and "Troubleshooting Problems with VFDs" on June 28. All webinars will take place from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT. Read More

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Letter to Armed Services Committee asks for support for biofuels.

May 9, 2012

BIO and other organizations asked leaders of House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Appropriations Defense Subcommittees to support Department of Defense's commitment to accelerate production of American-made, advanced, drop-in biofuels for use in military jets, ships, and vehicles. After citing concerns over impact of reliance on foreign oil and unpredictable fluctuations of oil market, letter points out progress made by U.S. advanced biofuel producers toward cost-competitiveness. Read More

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PMMI Members drive OEM-customer relationships.

May 9, 2012

PMMI members and their customers are working to address complex issues, such as Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), operational efficiencies and training, and workforce development. Recent presentations and meetings have reinforced need for collaborative approaches to problem solving. According to PMMI president and CEO Charles D. Yuska, PMMI's members have "called out the importance of a two-way flow of communication along the packaging and processing supply chain." Read More

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PACK EXPO 2012 to highlight pharmaceutical packaging.

May 9, 2012

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging in U.S. is forecast to increase 5.3% annually through 2014. PACK EXPO International 2012, scheduled for Oct 28-31, will feature Pharmaceutical Pavilion with latest advances in cartoning and labeling, filling and inspection systems as well as blister packaging, flexible pouches, tubes, and closures. Rx Lounge, located in Pavilion, will allow attendees to exchange ideas with industry peers and engage in further dialogue with suppliers. Read More

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EPA awards more than $1 million to college teams.

May 8, 2012

EPA awarded more than $1 million in grants to 15 university/college teams who participated in 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo. EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet competition featured more than 300 college innovators showcasing sustainable projects designed to protect environment, encourage economic growth, and use natural resources more efficiently. Each winning team will receive up to $90,000 to further develop design, apply it to real world applications, or move it to market. Read More

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ANSI calls for nominations for 2013 Board of Directors.

May 8, 2012

ANSI invites all members to recommend qualified candidates for 2013 ANSI Board of Directors, which is responsible for management and control of activities, property, and affairs of ANSI, including strategic direction of Institute, annual budget, and responsibilities of Board and Institute Committees and Councils. ANSI is seeking Board members who enhance member relationships and networks. Nominations must be received by June 1, 2012 and are for terms beginning Jan 1, 2013. Read More

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NYC Recognizes ANSI Accreditation in new licensing requirements.

May 8, 2012

City of New York recognized ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies as part of licensing and testing requirements for all crane operators in NYC. New license applicants, as of May 1, 2012, must obtain certification from specified group of crane operator certification bodies, demonstrating they have passed written and practical exams that reliably test for adequate knowledge and experience using appropriate crane model. Read More

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SME Foundation supports students' humanitarian efforts.

May 8, 2012

On June 19th, group of 15 pre-engineering students from Calera High School, Calera, AL, will be "Children Changing the World," traveling to Clinic of the Angels in the Honduran Cloud Forest. Accompanied by technology education instructor, Brian Copes and Adam D. Williams, Certified-Prosthetics, and owner of Next Step, Inc., team will teach locals how to build 2 basic utility vehicles, and help Williams fit 15 local amputees with prosthetic legs that he helped students learn to design and build. Read More

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NTSB announces General Aviation Safety Forum.

May 8, 2012

Scheduled for June 19-20, 2012, "General Aviation Safety: Climbing to the Next Level," will address pilot training and performance, pilot access to and use of weather-related information, and aircraft design and certification. Panelists will represent industry, government, academia, and professional associations. Two-day event will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman and all 5 Board Members will participate. Read More

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Updated IPC-6018 helps engineers design high-reliability boards.

May 7, 2012

To cover printed boards that incorporate high-speed chips and microwave circuitry with parameters different from more mainstream rigid/flexible printed boards, B revision to IPC-6018, Qualification and Performance Specification for High Frequency (Microwave) Printed Boards, features extensive changes. Specifically, IPC-6018B includes resin smear allowance criteria, references for embedded passive resistors/capacitors, hole breakout requirements definitions, and thermal stress criteria. Read More

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IPC Survey measures impact of on-shoring.

May 7, 2012

IPC launched survey to measure impact of on-shoring - the migration of manufacturing operations back to Americas from overseas - in electronics industry. On-Shoring in the Electronics Industry: Trends and Outlook is designed to measure changes that have taken place since 2008, identify where and in what product segments on-shoring is occurring, quantify impact on revenue and jobs in Americas, and assess current business environment as well as future outlook of on-shoring. Read More

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NIST Researchers develop way to generate superluminal pulses.

May 7, 2012

Researchers at NIST have developed technique called 4-wave mixing, which reshapes parts of light pulses and advances them ahead of where they would have been had they been left to travel unaltered through vacuum. In experiment, pulses' peaks arrived 50 nanoseconds faster than light traveling through vacuum. New method could be used to improve timing of communications signals and to investigate propagation of quantum correlations. Read More

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ODVA's Specification Updates support energy management.

May 4, 2012

ODVA has released first round of specification enhancements for 2012, including publication of expanded capabilities for optimization of energy usage on EtherNet/IP and other CIP Networks, including EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet, and ControlNet technologies. EtherNet/IP Specification includes comprehensive set of functionality for energy awareness and power management and allows users to conserve energy with reduced power usage during non-operational states of devices and equipment. Read More

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Hess to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations at NJ refinery.

May 4, 2012

As announced by U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice, Hess Corporation has agreed to pay $850,000 civil penalty and spend over $45 million in new pollution controls to resolve Clean Air Act violations at its Port Reading, NJ refinery. Controls required by settlement are estimated to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 181 tons per year and result in additional reductions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Read More