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ATA adds Health-eScreen(TM) services to Featured Products.

May 22, 2012

Health-eScreen(TM), a suite of medical services that provides nationwide driver health services and physical exam administration through paperless process, helps fleets meet DOT regulations. From pre-exam electronic patient-history questionnaire to medical examiner selection, exam protocol, and medical surveillance, Health-eScreen is completely digital. DOT-regulated employers and safety professionals can access thousands of eScreen service-provider network locations to manage where exams occur. Read More

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EPA adds 3 hazardous waste sites to National Priorities List.

May 22, 2012

U.S. EPA is adding 3 new hazardous waste sites that pose risk to people's health and environment to National Priorities List of Superfund sites: Jervis B. Webb Co. in South Gate, CA; Southern Avenue Industrial Area in South Gate, CA; and Bremerton Gasworks in Bremerton, WA. EPA's Superfund program investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. Contaminants found at sites include benzene, heavy metals, PAHs, VOCs, and TCE. Read More

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Chrysler to host SAE 2013 World Congress.

May 22, 2012

SAE International announces that Chrysler will serve as Host Company for SAE 2013 World Congress and ZF will serve as Tier One Strategic Supplier for the event. Theme for 3-day event will be "Achieving Efficiency." SAE 2013 World Congress will be held April 16-18, 2013 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Read More

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EPA updates Clean Air Act requirements for gas stations.

May 22, 2012

Beginning later this year, states may begin process of phasing out vapor recovery systems at the pump since approximately 70% of all vehicles are equipped with on-board systems that capture these vapors. This final rule will ensure that air quality and public health are protected while potentially saving the approximately 31,000 affected gas stations located in mostly urban areas more than $3,000 each year when fully implemented. Read More

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Wi-Fi Alliance® introduces two new certification programs.

May 22, 2012

Wi-Fi Alliance® will begin to certify products for 2 new programs that deliver enterprise-grade voice quality, mobility, power savings, and security protections. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) Voice-Enterprise is designed to support voice call quality in large enterprise networks that require support for advanced WPA2(TM)-Enterprise security mechanisms. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WMM®-Admission Control provides bandwidth management tools to optimize delivery of voice and video traffic in Wi-Fi® networks. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition will crown new champion in 2012.

May 22, 2012

Second annual IPC Midwest Hand Soldering Competition will take place August 22-23, 2012 in Schaumburg, IL to determine who reigns as Best Hand-Soldering Technician in the Midwest for 2012. Within half-hour time limit, participants will compete against each other to build functional electronics assembly. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, overall electrical functionality of assembly, and speed of assembly. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves damage resistance testing standard.

May 22, 2012

ASTM D7766/D7766M, Practice for Damage Resistance Testing of Sandwich Constructions, will provide instructions for modifying composite laminate quasi-static indentation and drop weight impact test methods to determine damage resistance properties of sandwich constructions. These properties are required to design composite sandwich constructions, to demonstrate structure is sufficiently durable and exhibits either no damage or limited damage under specific damage-producing events in service. Read More

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NTSB Makes Several Safety Recommendations to FMCSA.

May 22, 2012

Safety recommendations H-12-7 through -12, issued by NTSB for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), include development and enforcement of MCS-150 reporting requirements. Other points deal with information on FMCSA website and SaferBus mobile application, issues concerning National Consumer Complaint Database (NCCDB), as well as development and implementation of NCCDB-based system for information about passenger carriers for prioritizing passenger carrier inspections. Read More

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Joe Robbins Earns Award of Merit for contributions to G03.

May 22, 2012

Joe S. Robbins III, CEO of Arizona Desert Testing LLC, received ASTM International's Award of Merit from Committee G03 on Weathering and Durability for his contributions to standards activities. ASTM International member since 1984, Robbins currently chairs G03 and works on several G03 subcommittees. He also chairs Subcommittee G03.02 on Natural and Environmental Exposure Tests, actively participates as member of several other committees, and is member of SAE International. Read More

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Monthly Confidence Index dips in May.

May 22, 2012

ELFA released May 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry. Overall, confidence in equipment finance market is 59.2, down slightly from April index of 62.1, reflecting uncertainty about pace of U.S. economic growth and concerns about global political and economic factors. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 17.1% of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve, down from 23.5% in April. Read More

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ICP offers free internship and co-op guide.

May 22, 2012

Industrial Careers Pathway's free Internship and Co-Op Guide offers tips and ideas to make internship or cooperative program successful gateway to career in industrial distribution for young people. Guide defines co-ops and internships, describes benefits of programs, suggests how to get started, and provides list for further resources including links to federal compliance guidelines. Employers can access Guide when they sign up for free subscription to bi-weekly ICP Talent Tipsheet. Read More

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Lighting Equipment Demand strengthens during first quarter.

May 22, 2012

After ebbs and flows in 4 prior quarters, NEMA's Lighting Systems Index gained 5.2% on quarter-to-quarter basis during 2012Q1. On year-over-year basis, index increased by 3.7%, indicating that aggregate lighting equipment demand has improved appreciably since recovery began; however it remains well below levels observed during previous economic expansion. Only emergency lighting posted year-over-year decline in shipments while fixtures, ballasts, miniature lamps, and large lamps registered gains. Read More

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AAMA and WDMA release fenestration market studies report.

May 21, 2012

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have jointly released updated "2011/2012 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights." Report delivers information on window, door, skylight, and curtain wall market trends and product relationships for residential and commercial construction. Historic data for 2006-2011 as well as forecast data for 2012-2015 are included. Read More

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Speakers are Announced for TITANIUM 2012.

May 21, 2012

Eric Zanin, senior VP and head of materials and detail parts procurement for Airbus, and Benoit Brossoit, United Technologies Corp. VP of Operations, will be distinguished speakers at TITANIUM 2012. To be held October 7-10, conference and exhibition addresses needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders by providing information on business, technology, and market trends as well as panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides Committee focuses on trampoline park safety.

May 21, 2012

With input of suppliers, inspectors, operators, and consumers, Trampoline Court Task Group developed ASTM WK35776, New Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection, and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts. Jeff Platt, chairman of International Association of Trampoline Parks, called this standard "key to providing an enjoyable participatory experience" for guests and is pleased with the group's dedication and commitment. Read More

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Committee on UAS appoints Ted Wierzbanowski as chairman.

May 21, 2012

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) elected Ted Wierzbanowski, director of UAS airspace integration at AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia, CA, as its new chairman. As such, Wierzbanowski will lead F38 as it focuses on development and approval of technical standards required for operation of small UAS in National Airspace System. Wierzbanowski also chairs Subcommittee F38.02 on Flight Operations and is member of Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft. Read More

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Comments Sought on newly proposed contact center standard.

May 21, 2012

ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by June 15, 2012 on proposal of ISO Committee on Consumer Policy for new ISO standard on guidelines for consumer contact centers. Proposed new work item, Guidelines for customer contact centers, would provide guidance for business process service centers and all customer contact centers (call centers) to address customer-reported issues of accessing and/or receiving satisfactory help and common frustrations. Read More

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DOE's CTE Blueprint emphasizes credentials and certifications.

May 21, 2012

To ensure education system provides high-quality job training opportunities that reduce skill shortages, encourage new hires, as well as spur innovation and economic growth, U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint to Transform Career and Technical Education (CTE). This Blueprint calls for strengthening U.S. CTE programs and highlights need for credentials and certificates accredited by neutral third-parties such as ANSI. Read More

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Minnesota Unveils 50-Year Vision, guidance for transportation.

May 18, 2012

Collaborating with partners, MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) has built what its commissioner, Thomas Sorel, called "a very strong and compelling vision for transportation." Minnesota Go initiative, guided by 31-member steering committee, offers vision and set of guiding principles to address current and future issues such as growing and aging population, urbanization, energy usage, vehicle automation, and transportation funding gap. Read More

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NEMA Publication offers specifications for SSL chromaticity.

May 18, 2012

Published by NEMA, ANSI ANSLG C38.377 Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting Products is available in hard or electronic copy. Publication specifies chromaticities recommended for general lighting with SSL products and also gives advise as to white light chromaticities. Information applies to chromaticity standards and definitions and specifications of CRI for LED-based SSL products with control electronics and heat sinks with AC main power or DC voltage power. Read More