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U.S. Shows Strong Leadership at COPANT's General Assembly.

May 23, 2012

Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) held its annual General Assembly (GA) on May 6-11, 2012 in Fortaleza, Brazil. ANSI president and CEO and COPANT VP S. Joe Bhatia led U.S. presence, including 13-member delegation. Representatives of U.S. public- and private-sector standardization organizations offered significant contributions alongside other COPANT member delegations in meeting hosted by ABNT, Brazil's national standards body. Events included review of 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. Read More

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NFPA 2012 Conference offers industry and economic outlook.

May 23, 2012

Registration is open for Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC), which will be held August 20-22, 2012 in Oak Brook, IL. Offering hard data and expert analysis for those involved with fluid power industry, conference will provide insight and opportunities in 3 major areas: economics, industry, and networking. Also featured, Macro-Economic Speakers Forum will host IEOC economists Alan Beaulieu and John Walker along with political analyst Jim VandeHei for interactive session. Read More

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Florida Leaders warn against cuts to aerospace and defense.

May 23, 2012

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll addressed 400+ workers at Kaman Aerostructures facility in Jacksonville, FL to warn of threats to U.S. economic and military strength posed by $500 billion in sequestration budget cuts scheduled for January 2013. AIA-commissioned study found Florida could lose 39,000+ jobs if Congress does not stop these cuts. Speakers said Congress needs to act this summer to stop sequestration and enact alternative means of deficit reduction. Read More

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GAWDA Magazine outlines hardfacing selection.

May 23, 2012

In order to recommend proper choice of hardfacing material for welding and joining applications, it is crucial to understand environment to which piece is exposed during operation. Dave Kiilunen, metallurgist and vice president at Cor-Met Inc., offers guidance on selecting hardfacing materials for shielded metal arc welding and flux-cored arc welding processes in his article "Determining The Correct Hardfacing Product," which appears in Spring 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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Former Secretaries of the Treasury to deliver convention keynote.

May 23, 2012

Keynote Luncheon panel, "State of the Global Economy: A Conversation with Former Secretaries of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin and Henry M. Paulson, Jr.," will take place June 19 at 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston, MA. Moderated by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, panel will discuss global economic challenges, need to balance austerity and growth, as well as how such challenges and public policy reactions will affect future biotech innovation/investment. Read More

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2012 Market Outlook Workshop is open for registration.

May 22, 2012

Organized by Valve Manufacturers Association, 2012 Market Outlook Workshop will take place August 9-10 and will provide attendees with current and specific market insights on valve and pump industries. Expert presenters will focus on specific market sectors, including Water/Wastewater, Power, Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Petrochemical, Shale Gas, and Hydrocarbon Processing. Other highlights include Wall Street Perspective, International Economic Outlook, and session on Managing Millennials. Read More

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SPE announces call for entries in annual Parts Competition.

May 22, 2012

SPE Thermoforming Division has announced call for entries for its annual Parts Competition, showcasing latest advances in thermoforming design and application. Parts entered in Competition will be on display during 21st SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will be held September 23-25. Competition entrants may submit parts from roll-fed systems to Industrial, Medical, or Food categories. For parts from heavy-gauge systems, categories include Vacuum Form, Pressure Form, or Heavy Sheet. Read More

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Powder Metallurgy Design Competition judging is completed.

May 22, 2012

Judging of all entries submitted by part producers that are members of MPIF for 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition was held April 19 at MPIF headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey. Grand Prizes and Awards of Distinction selected in judging will be announced and presented at the Industry Recognition Luncheon, June 11, during PowderMet2012 conference and exhibition to be held at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Read More

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ASABE announces ISO approval of sustainability standard project.

May 22, 2012

ISO 17989-1, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry - Sustainability - Principles, will provide guidelines for integrating environmental sustainability principles, practices, and considerations into design of agricultural and forestry machinery. It will also establish basis for development of machine-specific standards related to sustainability. Initial draft has been accepted, and project volunteers will meet to enhance, update, clarify, and resolve comments and suggestions. Read More

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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