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UIC Program Draft addresses hydraulic fracturing practices.

May 17, 2012

U.S. EPA released draft underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for class II wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. It outlines for EPA permit writers, where EPA is the permitting authority, requirements for diesel fuels used for hydraulic fracturing wells, technical recommendations for permitting those wells, and description of diesel fuels for EPA underground injection control permitting. Read More

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ASTM Standards Compilation offers 8 green meetings guidelines.

May 17, 2012

In one online compilation, ASTM Standards for Green Meetings provides meeting and event planners as well as their suppliers with guidelines and performance measurements for creating environmentally sustainable (green) meetings, events, trade shows, or conferences. Specifications cover evaluation and selection of destinations, exhibits, transportation, A/V and production, communication/marketing materials, onsite offices, food/beverage, and venues. Read More

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SME Education Foundation grants Edge Factor $100,000.

May 17, 2012

SME Education Foundation has grant-funded $100,000 to The Edge Factor, a film and media company that features real life manufacturing stories, for Metal and Flesh, the next in a series of HD videos created to elevate and celebrate manufacturing engineering innovation. Edge Factor's ultimate goal is to revolutionize stereotype of manufacturing as a dark and dirty industry to one that is filled with extreme technology, advanced innovations, and exhilarating careers for Gen Y. Read More

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Laser Safety Training Course includes Canadian regulations.

May 17, 2012

In response to significant rise in Canadian participation, Laser Institute of America (LIA) expanded its online Laser Safety Officer Training course to include latest Canadian rules regulating use of laser devices. Among key differences between U.S. and Canadian regulations, according to LIA Education Director Gus Anibarro, is the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (REDA) that emerged in 1985. Additionally, online course has been broken into separately accessible topics to facilitate use. Read More

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ASTM Publication addresses static and dynamic spinal implants.

May 17, 2012

Available in print or as e-book, Static and Dynamic Spinal Implants: Are We Evaluating Them Appropriately? is a collection of 21 peer-reviewed papers available from ASTM International. Publication covers interbody fusion devices, disc and nucleus devices, in-vitro testing methods, and longitudinal systems, as well as latest testing technology, including precision and bias methods, impingement of motion preserving technologies, and subsidence of interbody fusion devices. Read More

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Madison Students take first place in rocketry challenge.

May 17, 2012

Students from Madison West High School in Madison, WI placed first at 10th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge finals, besting 99 teams from across the country to earn title of national champion in contest that puts kids on track for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Madison West will travel to London before 2012 Summer Olympic Games to defend America's 2011 championship title at the Farnborough International Air Show to compete with teams from U.K. and France. Read More

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AIA presents 2012 Worker Safety Excellence Awards.

May 17, 2012

AIA presented its 2012 Worker Safety Excellence Awards to LMI Aerospace, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Corporation, and Honeywell Aerospace at AIA Environment, Safety and Health Committee's Spring Conference. Awards recognize companies that demonstrate key elements of a corporate safety program and achieve lowest injury and illness rates within 4 aerospace industry sectors: Aircraft, Engines and Aircraft Parts, Space and Missiles, and Guidance and Communications. Read More

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RIA Announces first Certified Robot Integrators.

May 17, 2012

JR Automation, Motion Controls Robotics, Tennessee Rand, and Wolf Robotics are first to receive RIA's Certified Robot Integrator designation. According to RIA President Jeff Burnstein, "integrators go through a rigorous process," including on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel as well as other important criteria, to become certified. Program also lets integrators benchmark their processes against best industry practices. Read More

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ASTM Publication collects standards on erosion, sediment control.

May 16, 2012

ASTM Standards on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology, 3rd Edition, features 76 ASTM specifications, test methods, practices, and guides for minimizing soil erosion and controlling sediment delivery to various receiving water bodies. Covering manufactured products and natural materials, standards address erosion and sedimentation processes caused by wind, rain, flowing water, and wave attack. Read More

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ASTM publishes papers from Suface Engineering Congress.

May 16, 2012

ASTM has published collection of 40 peer-reviewed papers that were first presented at the 18th International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering Congress. Topics cover many aspects of geotechnical and geoenvironmental construction, including corrosion, diffusion processes, equipment, materials characterization, modeling and simulation, new materials, plasma technology, PVC and CVD, quenching and quenchants, surface hardening, and tribology. Read More

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NASA's Commercial Crew Partner, Boeing, completes parachute test.

May 16, 2012

The Boeing Company successfully completed the second parachute drop test for its Crew Space Transportation spacecraft, part of its effort to develop commercial crew transportation capabilities that could ferry U.S. astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and International Space Station. Boeing's CST system is designed to be a reusable, capsule-shaped spacecraft capable of transporting up to 7 people, or a combination of people and cargo. Read More

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Aluminum Association Applauds Signing of Maryland recycling bill.

May 16, 2012

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law a measure, which was introduced in House of Delegate by Delegate Stephen W. Lafferty, that will increase access to recycling in multifamily dwellings. Under Maryland law, apartment buildings or condominiums with 10+ dwellings are required to have recycling available to their residents. Aluminum Association president Heidi Brock commented, "this law will certainly increase the recycling rate and the long-term sustainability of Maryland." Read More

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IEEE Members Explain benefits of picocells.

May 16, 2012

According to IEEE members, increased utilization of picocell base stations could handle increasing wireless demand. IEEE Life Fellow and consultant Stephen Weinstein said picocells and femtocells can minimize shared bandwidth requirement for high-speed services, boost service, and add network capacity. Continuing, Weinstein noted that small cellular base stations "offer a readily available, economic solution that can be easily incorporated into the current infrastructure." Read More

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BSA elects Linda Miller as president for 2012-2013.

May 15, 2012

BSA has elected Linda Miller, Bearings and Drives, Inc., as President; James Webster, DXP Enterprises, Inc. as Chairman of the Board; Jack Simpson, Applied Industrial Technologies, as Vice President; and Brian Negri, Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc., as Treasurer. In addition, Brian Davis of Bearings and Drives, Inc., Mitch Bouchard of General Bearing Service Inc., and Tom Armold of Applied Industrial Technologies were elected to serve 3 year term on Board of Directors. Read More

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BSA presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Negri.

May 15, 2012

BSA presented its 10th Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Negri, president and CEO of Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc., at 2012 BSA Annual Convention in Bonita Springs, Fla. In 1971, Peter started working full time for Jamaica Bearings, a family business where he had worked part time and summers since 1960. Negri has been involved with BSA since his early years with Jamaica Bearings. He chaired several committees and after serving on the Board of Directors, was elected president in 1986. Read More

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March Manufacturing Technology Orders up 11.3%.

May 15, 2012

According to AMT, March U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $495.97 million, up 11.3% from February but down 1.4% when compared with total of $502.89 million reported for March 2011. With year-to-date total of $1,356.70 million, 2012 is up 12.9% compared with 2011. In addition, manufacturing added 34,000 jobs in March, and capacity utilization is just shy of 80%. These numbers and all data in report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in USMTO program. Read More

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EPRI Paper addresses common functions for smart inverters.

May 15, 2012

EPRI has been involved in broad collaborative industry initiative since 2009 that is working to identify set of common smart inverter functions. According to EPRI's report, titled Common Functions for Smart Inverters, devices interface AC Grid with DC energy sources, provide grid with wide array of support functions, and deliver both real and reactive power. Inverters can respond to remote commands as well as both steady-state and dynamic changes in grid frequency and voltage. Read More

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Truck and Bus Transmission Seminar to take place in China.

May 15, 2012

Sponsored by Lubrizol and hosted by SAE International, "Automatic Transmissions for Trucks and Bus Rapid Transit Vehicles: Performance Advantages and Challenges" will take place June 12-13 in Suzhou City, China. Industry experts will provide vehicle trend data and market drivers, detailed technical presentations on heavy-duty automatic transmission functionality, and design considerations. Real-world case study and collection of technology displays will also be featured. Read More

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AG CONNECT 2013 launches Masters and Mavericks campaign.

May 15, 2012

AG CONNECT Expo and Summit 2013 has announced interactive program named for innovative producers and other agribusiness professionals who want to discuss emerging trends before everyone else. Called Masters and Mavericks, program includes contest to guess identities of show's initial set of forward-looking producers, with prizes for correct answers. Second, participants join in dialog, become part of Masters and Mavericks, and are featured on show website. Read More

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AAMA Revision addresses testing of new fenestration products.

May 15, 2012

AAMA 502-12, "Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products", establishes requirements for field test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures, and test reports used in verifying air infiltration resistance performance and water penetration resistance performance of newly installed fenestration products. Revision clarifies language regarding field testing on project specific size windows that are smaller than minimum Gateway size identified in NAFS-11. Read More