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ASTM Standard addresses drainage systems media selection.

May 29, 2012

ASTM D7492/D7492M, Guide for Use of Drainage System Media with Waterproofing Systems, provides information and guidelines for selection and installation of drainage systems media that are used with waterproofing systems. Drainage systems media promote drainage around foundations of buildings and on plazas. Standard will primarily be used by designers and contractors, in conjunction with variety of waterproofing standards. Read More

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NAM supports House approval of Ex-Im reauthorization.

May 29, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement following House passage of H.R. 2072 to reauthorize Export-Import Bank. According to Timmons, the House put jobs first by passing legislation to reauthorize Ex-Im Band and increase its lending authority. Manufacturers thank House Majority Leader Cantor and Minority Whip Hoyer for their leadership on this bipartisan bill that gives thousands of small and medium-sized manufacturers ability to reach new markets and supports nearly 290,000 jobs. Read More

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AEM offers French Canadian aerial safety manuals.

May 29, 2012

To help equipment manufacturers comply with government language requirements for distributing products in Quebec, AEM now offers French Canadian versions of it Aerial Platform Safety Manual and Aerial Devices Safety Manual. Both outline possible responses to basic safety situations that may be found during normal equipment start-up, operation, and maintenance. Safety messages are presented in clear, readable text with illustrations to assist understanding. Read More

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NAM urges President to approve Keystone XL pipeline.

May 29, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after TransCanada formally reapplied for permit to build Keystone XL pipeline project. According to Timmons, in rejecting Keystone XL pipeline project earlier this year, President said no to a clear opportunity to create jobs and improve energy security in the U.S. Keystone project will deliver 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs - with additional 118,000 indirect jobs - to an economy that badly needs them. Read More

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Dr. Richard W. Neu honored for fatigue/fracture standards work.

May 29, 2012

Richard W. Neu, Ph.D., professor in Wodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture. ASTM International member since 1992, Neu is respected expert in area of thermomechanical fatigue and fretting fatigue. His research interests focus on understanding and prediction of fatigue behavior of materials. Read More

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Student Winners Announced in NREL's alternative energy car races.

May 25, 2012

NREL's Junior Solar Sprint, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions saw 104 participating teams from 23 Colorado schools. Student teams raced solar, lithium ion, or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves, and trophies were given out for speed as well as technology, craftsmanship, and innovation for each technology. Read More

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Waterproofing Standard focuses on drainage systems media.

May 25, 2012

ASTM D7492/D7492M, Guide for Use of Drainage System Media with Waterproofing Systems, provides information and guidelines for selection and installation of drainage systems media used with waterproofing systems. As chairmen of Subcommittee D08.22 on Waterproofing and Dampproofing Systems, Bruce Darling noted that designers and contractors will be primary users of this new standard. It is intended to be used in conjunction with multiple waterproofing standards. Read More

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IPC/JEDEC-9704A Guideline facilitates strain gage testing.

May 25, 2012

IPC/JEDEC-9704A, Printed Circuit Assembly Strain Gage Test Guideline, makes it easier for engineers to run strain gage tests during manufacturing process. While first-generation document provided target pass/fail points, Revision A changes focus to methodology. Guideline includes formulas for calculating strain and describes techniques for analyzing data derived from these tests. In addition to BGAs, IPC/JEDEC-9704A provides recommendations for sockets and ceramic capacitors. Read More

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ISPE and ILF engage with U.S. and Asian regulators at meetings.

May 25, 2012

ISPE continued its mission to provide neutral ground for pharmaceutical industry professionals and regulators to discuss industry issues at ISPE Affiliate meetings in Japan and China. Key topics of Japan Affiliate meeting included international harmonization and effects of globalization, particularly in regards to counterfeiting and drug shortages. China meeting focused on introduction and implementation of China's new GMP guidelines and featured open and frank panel discussions with SFDA. Read More

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NAM Comments on Administration's Fracking Regulations .

May 25, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement on proposed Bureau of Land Management hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal lands. According to Timmons, states are already effectively regulating hydraulic fracturing. New federal rules will be confusing and duplicative and will add unnecessary regulatory burden for energy producers. Shale development has a tremendous upside for manufacturers, and NAM urges Department of Interior to carefully reconsider these proposed regulations. Read More

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TRFA Webinar explores how additives perform in epoxy systems.

May 25, 2012

TRFA invites industry professionals to participate in 1 hr webinar on June 28, 2012 at 11:00 am EDT pertaining to principles and science behind design and selection of additives. Presenter Dan Breidenbach, Laboratory Manager at BYK USA, will help attendees learn major reasons and objectives for using air release additives, differentiation between air release additives and defoamers, principles of wetting and dispersive additives, as well as surface defects and solutions. Read More

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NAM hails court's rejection of ambush elections.

May 25, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after U.S. District Court invalidated National Labor Relations Board's "ambush elections" rule, which would have expedited unionization election process. According to Timmons, overturning the ambush elections rule is a key victory for job creators and the 12 million men and women working in manufacturing. NAM will continue to lead the way in opposing rules and regulations that stand in the way of job creation and economic growth. Read More

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ASTM Wood Committee approves fire resistance test standard.

May 25, 2012

ASTM International Committee D07 on Wood has approved ASTM D7746, Practice for Calculating the Superimposed Load on Wood-Frame Floor-Ceiling Assemblies for Standard Fire Resistance Tests. Developed by Subcommittee D07.05 on Wood Assemblies, standard will be used in conjunction with other fire test standards, and will be used primarily by manufacturers who are seeking fire resistance tests and agencies that conduct such tests. Read More

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RIA announces first Certified Robot Integrators.

May 25, 2012

JR Automation, Motion Controls Robotics, Tennessee Rand, and Wolf Robotics are the first 4 robotic integrators to receive Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. In order to become certified, integrators go through rigorous process which includes on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel. Based on feedback from industry, achieving certification will be valuable to integrators looking to showcase capabilities and experience to users and suppliers. Read More

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Energy Tech Emissions Estimates are narrowed by NREL.

May 24, 2012

Meta-analysis of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies, performed by NREL, weighed emissions estimates per kW-hr from raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, operation, and decommissioning to get optimal comparisons. It found that, from cradle to grave, coal-fired energy releases ~20X as much GHG into atmosphere per kW-hr as solar energy. According to NREL Senior Scientist Garvin Heath, methodology used for study provided better precision of study results. Read More

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Award for Polymer Research receives record number of entries.

May 24, 2012

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) received 12 entries for its annual Excellence in Polymer Research Award and expects more before final papers are due on May 31, 2012. Winner will be announced on July 27th, and formal presentation of award will occur at TRFA's 10th Anniversary Meeting. Initiated to encourage and recognize advances in science and engineering regarding thermoset polymer industry, award also provides recipient with visibility and exposure in industry. Read More

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Building Safety Month promotes disaster preparedness.

May 24, 2012

Every May, International Code Council, a member of ANSI, brings together efforts and support of its members and partners to present ICC Foundation Building Safety Month. Featuring public awareness campaign aimed at promoting broad understanding of what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures, event reinforces need for adoption of modern, model building codes and standards, strong system of enforcement, and well-trained, professional workforce to maintain system. Read More

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ASTM NDT Committee develops beam divergence measurement standard.

May 24, 2012

Recently approved standard ASTM E2861, Test Method for Measurement of Beam Divergence and Alignment in Neutron Radiologic Beams, will be used by neutron imaging facilities, particularly those setting up neutron tomography imaging systems. According to one of subcommittee's members responsible for this standard's development, what ASTM E2861 details "will allow facilities to make corrections to their imaging systems if they are not properly aligned." Read More

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AIA welcomes SpaceX launch to International Space Station.

May 24, 2012

Successful launch by SpaceX of the Dragon capsule towards International Space Station marks major historical milestone in American spaceflight. Developed by SpaceX under NASA's commercial cargo services program, mission demonstrates capability of collaborative investments by U.S. government and private industry to build new American vehicles for space transportation. By saving money and unleashing private sector innovation, NASA is freeing up resources for next era in space exploration. Read More

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Steel Committee honors F. Robert Setlak with Award of Merit.

May 24, 2012

ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys has honored F. Robert Setlak, metallurgical engineering consultant based in Orland Park, IL, with Award of Merit. ASTM International member since 1988, Setlak serves as user vice chairman on Committee A01 as well as chairman of Subcommittees A01.20 on Tin Mill Products and A01.98 on Long-Range Planning. He has also chaired several A01 task groups and is member of ASM International. Read More