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IPC and ECIA to work on component obsolesce guideline.

April 12, 2012

IPC and the Electronic Components Industry Association are planning to create an industry guideline for best practices of communicating component obsolescence. Document will address issues such as the time between announcement of manufacturer's intention to cease production of component and date component will no longer be manufactured; how component manufacturer should announce its intention to discontinue a component; and notification of estimated available quantity. Read More

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Keynote Speakers will examine automotive-plastics market trends.

April 12, 2012

Organized by Detroit Section of SPEĀ®, 14th annual SPEĀ® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference will run from September 30 to October 3, 2012 and feature 5 keynote speakers. Keynote titles/subjects include "The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040," "Innovative Concepts for Automotive Interiors," "Throwing Light On the Future: Mega Trends and their Ability to Shape Personal Mobility," "Global Polyolefins Overview," and "Less Polypropylene in Automotive Applications." Read More

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LIA Corporate Member receives Innovation Challenge Award.

April 12, 2012

Aviation Week affirmed growing impact of laser additive manufacturing by awarding Fraunhofer ILT a 2012 Innovation Challenge award for BLISK produced faster and cheaper with lasers than with traditional milling. Days before receiving award, keynote speaker Dr. Ingomar Kelbassa of Fraunhofer ILT told audience at LAM 2012 how his firm can make an 80-blade high-pressure compressor blade-integrated disk with high-speed laser metal deposition in under 2 min/blade - at near net shape. Read More

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Student Rocket Contest brings diverse talent to STEM pipeline .

April 12, 2012

With diverse range of backgrounds and interests, 100 teams will compete in tenth anniversary Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) national finals. Finalists include 600+ students from 29 states and U.S. Virgin Islands. Cross-section of American youth-based TARC teams, including all-girl team, 4-H club, rock band, and hockey team, bring varied perspectives and experiences to this competition, known for sparking careers in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM). Read More

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ASTM Compilation covers film and nucleate boiling processes.

April 12, 2012

Offered in print and as e-book, STP 1534, Film and Nucleate Boiling Processes, includes 18 peer-reviewed papers that provide latest research on heat quenching technologies. Compilation covers mechanism of film and nucleate boiling processes; calculating duration of transient nucleate boiling mode; accuracy of cooling curves and cooling rate measurement; results of investigations based on noise control systems; as well as real and effective heat transfer coefficients. Read More

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GAWDA Members donate nearly $1.2 million.

April 12, 2012

Since inception of GAWDA Gives Back in 2000, members of GAWDA have donated almost $1.2 million to deserving charities throughout country. In article titled "How GAWDA Gave Back," Welding and Gases Today revisited recipients to find out how members' donations were put to use. In 2009, GAWDA teamed up with WINGS (Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing) to help fund treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer who are uninsured or can't afford cost of treatment. Read More

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Dynamic Testing of Soil and Rock is subject of an ASTM symposium.

April 11, 2012

Scheduled for June 28-29, symposium on Dynamic Testing of Soil and Rock: Field and Laboratory will consist of presentations dealing with laboratory testing using bender elements, resonant column torsional shear, cyclic direct simple shear, piezoelectric crystals, and cyclic triaxial equipment. There will also be presentations on field tests using down hole seismic, lightweight deflectometer. Interpretation of data will be discussed and comparisons will be made to laboratory test results. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation Co-Sponsors lounge at Hannover Fair.

April 11, 2012

Along with FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, PI, and OPC Foundation, Fieldbus Foundation will host second co-sponsored Field Communication Lounge at Hannover Fair in Germany from April 23-27, 2012. Lounge's theme, "Bringing Field Communications together for YOU," aims to create one area in which visitors can see and experience latest in field communication technologies and discuss how they work together to improve plant operations, performance, and company profitability. Read More

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IEC Technical Report is good news for automation end users.

April 11, 2012

Fieldbus Foundation announced support for IEC report that provides guidance for selecting industry-standard device integration technology encompassing all host systems, field instruments, and device protocols. IEC 61804-6 Ed 1: Function blocks for process control - Electronic Device Description Language - Part 6: Meeting the requirements for integrating fieldbus devices in engineering tools for field devices, explains requirements for field device integration and how they are met using EDDL standard. Read More

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EPA-Marathon Agreement includes flare controls, volume caps.

April 10, 2012

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced environmental agreement with Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Company, which has already significantly reduced air pollution from all 6 of its petroleum refineries. In a first for refining industry, Marathon agreed to controls on combustion devices (flares) as well as a cap on volume of waste gas sent to its flares. When fully implemented, the agreement is expected to reduce harmful air pollution by ~5,400 tons/year. Read More

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Welding Suppliers take action during National Welding Month.

April 10, 2012

During month of April, members of GAWDA are making concerted effort to inform others about welding industry and opportunities it provides. Throughout month, Welding and Gases Today offers articles about how distributors are getting involved with schools and how they are promoting image of welding. Through GAWDA Foundation, distributors are taking part in "Paint A Vo Tech" challenge, where distributors select welding school to transform with help of industry partners and students. Read More

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ASTM Symposium looks at dynamic testing of soil and rock.

April 10, 2012

Dynamic Testing of Soil and Rock: Field and Laboratory will be held June 28-29 in San Diego, CA. Symposium will consist of presentations dealing with laboratory testing using diverse types of equipment on range of materials. Also, there will be presentations on field tests using down hole seismic, lightweight deflectometer. Interpretation of the data will be discussed, and comparisons will be made to laboratory test results. Read More

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Symposium to address multi-component geosynthetic clay liners.

April 10, 2012

Third Symposium on Current and Future Practices for the Testing of Multi-Component Geosynthetic Clay Liners will be held June 27. Major motivator for symposium is the advent of multi-component GCLs, which can be defined as GCLs with attached film, coating, or membrane that decreases hydraulic conductivity, protects clay core, or both. Topics will include mechanical testing, peel and shear behavior, hydraulic testing, durability of multi-component, field performance, and research studies. Read More

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SME to feature Prodrive at RAPID 2012.

April 10, 2012

SME announced details about Prodrive's development of the MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car and a keynote to be given by Paul Doe at RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition. Prodrive's specialized use of 3D printing will reveal future of manufacturing and appeal to any organization looking to capitalize on additive manufacturing technologies that speed new products to market. During presentation, Doe will share how WRC team relied heavily on 3D printing throughout car's 2-year development. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Fences Standard focuses on privacy slat specifications.

April 9, 2012

Being developed by Subcommittee F14.40 on Chain Link Fence and Wire Accessories, proposed ASTM WK36470, Specification for Privacy Slats for Chain Link Fence, aims to provide means for increased standardization of slats inserted into chain link fences. Specific focus will be given to insert slats for specific chain link mesh sizes as well as pre-woven privacy chain slat products. Manufacturers, contractors, and other interested parties are invited to join in standards development. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to address geopolymer binder systems.

April 9, 2012

Scheduled for June 26-27, symposium on Geopolymer Binder Systems will provide opportunity for ASTM to consider whether existing cement standards provide effective framework for further exploration of new sustainable binders and reliable protection for users of these materials. Papers will be presented on manufacturing of geopolymers, alkali activation of fly ash and other waste materials, assessment of materials for use in geopolymers, and performance of geopolymers and related binders. Read More

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Registration is Open for PACK EXPO 2012.

April 9, 2012

Registration for PACK EXPO International 2012, which takes place in Chicago, IL from October 28-31, is open. Organized and produced by PMMI, show will feature Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Confectionery, and Baking-Snack Lounges as well as several industry pavilions: Processing Zone, Confectionery, Pharmaceutical, and Reusable Packaging. Connected Communities, online platform connecting attendees with industry peers online with news and targeted trends, will have increased site presence. Read More

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Ship Builder, Engine Manufacturer to pay for CAA violations.

April 9, 2012

Coltec Industries Inc. and National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), in first enforcement action under marine diesel engine air rules, will pay civil penalty of $280,000. Also, ~$500,000 is to be spent on environmental project aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide emissions from testing stack at Coltec's Beloit, WI facility. Coltec and NASSCO further agreed to attach required EPA engine labels to engines previously unlabeled or improperly labeled. Read More

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Metal Injection Molding Group releases new 15-min video.

April 9, 2012

Released by the Metal Injection Molding Association of MPIF, PM and MIM: Touching Your Life showcases capabilities of metal injection molding and is divided into 2 distinct parts. Part One introduces viewer to powder metallurgy in general using examples of actual components to illustrate part-forming technologies' benefits, with particular emphasis on their contributions to sustainability. Part Two deals specifically with metal injection molding process. Read More

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AEM President urges U.S. House to pass highway bill.

April 9, 2012

In response to U.S. House of Representatives passing 90-day extension of federal surface transportation programs, AEM President Dennis Slater issued statement on behalf of U.S. equipment manufacturers and I Make America campaign. Slater expressed disappointment regarding passage of time and number of extensions since last highway bill expired. "Enough is enough," said Slater, who then demanded House act immediately to pass its highway bill and move to conference with Senate. Read More