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The Manufacturing Institute and Partners help increase credentialed workforce.

May 18, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners, including ISA, announced progress towards achieving 5-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals. ISA's CAP® program evaluates skills of automation professionals responsible for direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems, while CCST® program evaluates skills of technicians responsible for calibration, documentation, troubleshooting, and repairing/replacing instrumentation. Read More

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BIO 2012 Convention to discuss biotech and big pharma.

May 18, 2012

At 2012 BIO International Convention, which will take place in Boston, MA from June 18-21, panel of industry executives will discuss where biotech will be in next 10 years and how pharmaceutical industry landscape is changing. Immediately preceding Keynote panel on June 20, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) will address major challenges to the life sciences innovation ecosystem. Keynote will also feature presentation of awards for Biotech Humanitarian of the Year and Governor of the Year. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on guidelines for consumer warranties.

May 18, 2012

ISO Committee on Consumer Policy has submitted proposal to ISO for new ISO standard on guidelines for consumer warranties. Proposed new work item would provide producers or sellers of goods and services with guidance on requirements for effective warranties. Intent is to address problems with warranties in relation to goods or services sold, either within one jurisdiction or across a number of different jurisdictions. ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by June 15, 2012. Read More

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IPC Midwest spotlights solutions to reliability challenges.

May 18, 2012

Scheduled for Aug 22-23, 2012, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will highlight new technologies, materials, and processes in electronics manufacturing to help engineers solve challenges and work smarter. Leading experts will share latest research on manufacturing defect-free, quality electronic products. Paper sessions will address topics such as reliability challenges for bottom termination components; advances in reliability testing; and new assembly coatings and alternatives. Read More

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CBRNE Standards Workshop is now scheduled for September.

May 18, 2012

American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) Workshop on CBRNE Standards has been rescheduled to take place on September 11, 2012 in Arlington, VA. Workshop will offer overview of national strategy for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) standards as well as status of related work being done in federal government. There will be opportunity for open discussion on how strategy impacts private-sector organizations. Read More

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Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop to be held on June 12.

May 17, 2012

By attending Green Manufacturer Network's Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop on June 12, manufacturing executives can learn how to make their company's operations more sustainable, eco-friendly, and profitable. Attendees will tour Purdy Professional Painting Tools to see a zero-waste-to-landfill program in action. Remainder of workshop will be held at Portland's LEED® Gold Certified Ecotrust building, with additional presentations providing insight on approaches to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill. Read More

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NREL Develops Method for energy GHG emissions assessment.

May 17, 2012

NREL developed approach to assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal, wind, solar, and other energy technologies that precisely portrays environmental penalties and benefits of different technologies. As harmonization of variant estimates of GHG emissions, method could help sharpen decisions on what new energy projects to build. NREL analysts looked at 2,000+ studies across several energy technologies, applied quality controls, and narrowed range of estimates for GHG emissions. Read More

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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