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Titanium Fundamentals Workshops will take place regionally.

April 27, 2012

ITA will sponsor its "Fundamentals of Titanium" workshops in Rosemont, IL on May 22; Charlotte, NC on July 17; Atlanta, GA on October 7; and Houston, Texas on October 24. Educational series provides detailed information on types, uses, and properties of titanium alloys. According to ITA executive director Jennifer Simpson, attendees will benefit from overview of titanium's history as well as titanium metallurgy concepts. "Fundamentals of Titanium Online Course" is also available. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard addresses inspection of transmission poles.

April 27, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee G01.10 on Corrosion in Soils, ASTM WK35986, Test Method for Field Inspection of Transmission Poles and Lattice Towers, will detail multilevel approach for performing above- and below-ground inspection of transmission poles and lattice towers in the field. Once approved, ASTM WK35986 will be used by electrical utilities and subcontractors to accurately diagnose potential corrosion issues before they interrupt electrical service. Read More

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PMA releases April 2012 Business Conditions Report.

April 27, 2012

According to April 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 37% of participants expect economic activity to improve during next 3 months, down from 46% in March. Companies also anticipate downward trend in incoming orders, with 43% forecasting increase in orders, compared to 47% in March. Only 46% of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, down from 53% in March. Read More

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SPE announces new officers.

April 26, 2012

SPE installed James S. Griffing as its new president, who will be succeeded by president-elect, Jon Ratzlaff, at ANTEC 2013. SPE has also announced its 2012-2013 Executive Committee: Willem De Vos (CEO), Dick Cameron (Senior VP), Dr. Raed S. Al-Zubi (VP/Secretary), Dr. Gregory A. Campbell (VP/Treasurer), Vijay Boolani (VP/Technical Programming/Publishing), William D. Arendt (VP/Event Management), Olivier Crave (VP/Marketing), and Dr. Jeffrey H. Helms (VP/Society Operations). Read More

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Federal Agency Partnership to focus on unconventional natural gas/oil research.

April 26, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of the Interior announced formal partnership to coordinate and align all research associated with development of nation's unconventional natural gas and oil resources. Partnership exemplifies cross-government coordination required under President Obama's executive order, which created new Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources. Read More

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EPA publishes U.S. greenhouse gas inventory.

April 26, 2012

According to Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010, overall emissions in 2010 increased by 3.2% from previous year. Trend is attributed to increase in energy consumption across all economic sectors, due to increasing energy demand associated with expanding economy, and increased demand for electricity for air conditioning due to warmer summer weather. Total emissions of 6 main greenhouse gases in 2010 were equivalent to 6,822 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Read More

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GAWDA Spring Management Conference to utilize social media.

April 26, 2012

Scheduled for April 28 to May 1, GAWDA's 2012 Spring Management Conference equips members with best practices and takeaways for everyday business. Welding and Gases Today is taking educational and networking opportunities of conference to the Web, providing live updates from show floor throughout event, and delivering daily blog with more in-depth observations, analysis, and gossip. Editors of the magazine will also be posting updates to Twitter. Read More

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IPC Publication details results of PCB Technology Trends study.

April 26, 2012

Published by IPC, PCB Technology Trends 2011 shows how demands of miniaturization and high-speed technology are driving changes in PCB processes and materials. This 53-page report presents technology demands of today and foretells changes expected by 2014 that will affect PCB fabricators as well as materials and equipment suppliers. Study was conducted in late 2011 in English and Chinese, with 41 PCB manufacturing companies from Asia, Europe, and North America participating. Read More

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Credentialing for Stronger U.S. Workforce is subject of interagency meeting.

April 26, 2012

On April 11, 21 federal government representatives from 10 different agencies met at ANSI headquarters in Washington, D.C. for third Interagency Best Practices - ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 meeting. Bi-annual meetings enable agency representatives to share insights and consider possible models for creating/implementing credentialing programs, within and outside their agencies, that will foster robust and successful U.S. workforce. Read More

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Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles is released by ANSI.

April 26, 2012

Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles v1.0 assesses standards, codes, and regulations, as well as conformance and training programs, needed to facilitate safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Roadmap focuses on plug-in electric vehicles, both full battery electric and hybrids. Standardization issues that relate to consumer adoption, including EV safety, affordability, interoperability, performance, and environmental impact, are considered. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for ship mooring chocks.

April 26, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee F25.01 on Structures, ASTM F2935, Specification for Chocks, Ship Mooring, Cast Steel covers principal dimensions and materials of closed chocks, used for mooring, for installation on ships. Shipboard hardware designers and manufacturers, as well as ship owners and operators are invited to join F25.01 in development of future proposed standards related to material, design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of ship structures. Read More

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Proposed Standard provides method for analyzing aluminum samples.

April 26, 2012

Proposed ASTM International standard WK35993, Test Method for Analysis of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (Performance Based Method), will provide up-to-date method for aluminum industry to analyze samples. Being developed by Subcommittee E01.04 on Aluminum and Magnesium, standard will enable users to analyze for up to 31 elements in aluminum alloys. Uses include identifying alloys, checking conformance, and determining composition. Read More

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NIST Team receives Energy and Environmental Stewardship award.

April 26, 2012

A team from NIST has received 2012 Energy and Environmental Stewardship award from Department of Commerce for design and installation of an array of solar panels. Photovoltaic array was installed at WWVH in Kekaha, Hawaii, one of 2 NIST radio stations that disseminate official U.S. time. System generates 120 kW and offsets significant amount of station's electricity needs, helping to reduce costs, as well as use of polluting fuel oil, which must be imported to Kauai. Read More

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Exhibit Space Sales open for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014.

April 25, 2012

Exhibit space is open for triennial co-located shows, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, which will be held March 4-8, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibit space rates include full drayage services, general stand cleaning, and pipe and drape for standard inline exhibit stands. Exhibitors receive complimentary access to trade show education sessions on variety of topics, as well as complimentary show marketing kit that provides materials to help promote company presence at shows. Read More

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ASEE honors Ashok K. Agrawal with 2012 James H. McGraw Award.

April 25, 2012

Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., VP for Academic Affairs at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, Ferguson, MO, and member of SME Education Foundation Board of Directors, has been acknowledged as a leader exemplifying best in engineering and engineering technology education by ASEE. Agrawal established Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing. As Program Officer of NSF, he played key roles in expanding Advanced Technological Education program and increasing visibility of STEM. Read More

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ELFA March 2012 MLFI shows increases in new business.

April 25, 2012

Reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for March up 10% from same period in 2011, 36% compared to previous month, and 17% year-to-date. Receivables over 30 days increased to 2.8% from 2.5% in February and declined 20% compared to 2011. Charge-offs increased to 0.7% from 0.5% of previous month and decreased by 46% compared to previous year. Read More

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NIST Advisory Committee sends 2011 annual report to Congress.

April 25, 2012

According to 2011 annual report by Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, NIST is the agency best positioned to support U.S. advanced manufacturing agenda. Report highlights NIST's significant progress in major programmatic and operational activities, including standards policy, measurement services, safety, and NIST reorganization. It also endorses NIST's strategic planning process and supports president's fiscal year 2013 budget increases for NIST. Read More

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Comments Sought on tetrapod walker drum tester standard.

April 25, 2012

Subcommittee D13.21 on Pile Floor Coverings seeks experts who may be using ASTM D5251, Practice for the Operation of the Tetrapod Walker Drum Tester, in hopes of gauging current level of interest in said standard. ASTM D5251 describes equipment and operation of Tetrapod Walker for testing unused pile floor coverings with thickness of 20 mm or less. Anyone who uses D5251 is encouraged to join in revising standard, which is scheduled to withdrawn later in 2012 if not revised/reapproved. Read More

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National Work Zone Awareness Week is underway.

April 25, 2012

State transportation departments across USA will be promoting "Don't Barrel Through Work Zones - Drive Smart to Arrive Alive" message during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 22-28). Among other events, departments of transportation in Washington, Mississippi, and Tennessee launched Operation Go Orange events that encourage local businesses, government agencies, and state employees to wear and/or prominently display color orange as reminder to drive safely through work zones. Read More

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World Accreditation Day to focus on safe food and clean water.

April 25, 2012

International Accreditation Forum and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation have announced the theme of World Accreditation Day 2012: Accreditation - Supporting Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water. According to ILAC, it is critical that consumers have confidence in safety, security, and authenticity of food and water they consume. This confidence is gained through application of common food safety management systems, supported by credible testing and inspection regimes. Read More