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Construction Industry Unemployment rises to 17.7% in January.

February 9, 2012

ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu says economic momentum appears to have returned to level sustained before soft patch of economic activity emerged early last year. Despite addition of 21,000 jobs in January, construction industry unemployment rate jumped to 17.7%, up from 16% the previous month, according to Feb 3 jobs report by U.S. Labor Department. However, construction employment is up by 116,000 jobs, or 2.1%, compared to Jan 2011, and is down from 22.5% rate posted same time last year. Read More

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Papers Are Invited for symposium on fire-resistant fluids.

February 9, 2012

Papers are invited for ASTM International's symposium on Fire-Resistant Fluids, which will be held June 24, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Symposium's objective is to hold technical forum for papers related to current trends for fire-resistant fluids and their development, testing, classification, regulation, application, use, and monitoring. To participate, presenters/authors must submit 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than June 24, 2012. Read More

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EPA recognizes DoD facilities with Energy Star CHP award.

February 9, 2012

EPA recognized 2 DoD facilities with Energy Star Combined Heat and Power award for taking efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from single source. Awards were presented to U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Bragg, NC and U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA. By using CHP technology, winners demonstrated leadership and commitment to protecting people's health and the environment while reporting annual energy savings of $6.8 million. Read More

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Student Rocket Builders join STEM leaders at White House.

February 9, 2012

President Obama highlighted efforts of team members, teachers, and parents from one particular school in Presidio, TX that worked to raise funds to participate in Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) contest at second White House Science Fair. Commenting, AIA president and CEO Marion C. Blakey was pleased TARC students could exhibit their work alongside other "talented young minds in STEM." Blakey also noted alignment between science fair and AIA's workforce development model goals. Read More

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AIA commends attempts to modify sequestration.

February 9, 2012

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA is pleased members of both House and Senate recognize dangers that draconian cuts pose to nation's security and America's skilled workforce, threatening more than 1 million middle class jobs. It is imperative that Congress and President Obama quickly agree to path forward that avoids sequestration and automatic reductions in defense and domestic spending. Effects on DOD, FAA, and NASA are potentially devastating. Read More

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Cloud Computing Forum/Workshop Videos are available online.

February 9, 2012

Video recordings of November 2-4, 2011 Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop IV, as hosted by NIST, are available for online viewing. Among other highlights, meeting featured unveiling of public draft of U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap. Available videos from meeting include keynote addresses by NIST Director Patrick Gallagher and U.S. Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel; presentation on USG Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap Highlights; and 3 panel discussions. Read More

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SPE to host 8th European Thermoforming Conference.

February 9, 2012

Scheduled for April 26-27, 2012, European Thermoforming Conference will include presentations from experts in thermoforming industry and debates in workshops about technical and commercial issues. Conference is to be complimented by informative exhibition of latest relevant product developments and services offered by variety of leading suppliers. In addition, thermoformers are invited to participate in 4th European Thermoforming Parts competition. Read More

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ASHRAE announces call for papers for 2013 Winter Conference.

February 9, 2012

Scheduled for Jan 26-30, 2013 Winter Conference will focus on core HVAC/R tracks and present timely tracks on both Large Building Design and Facility Management. Large Building Design track seeks papers that highlight opportunities presented to design and construction team with "larger than life" facilities throughout world. Facility Management track seeks papers that address energy conservation measurement case studies, new and revived management tools, and technologies for automation systems. Read More

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ASTM Symposium on Pesticides issues call for papers.

February 9, 2012

Papers are invited for 33rd Symposium on Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems: "Sustainability: Contributions from Formulation Technology." Sustainability can be defined in various ways, and any efficiency in use of inputs, agronomic practices, and performance may be included. Presenters/authors must submit, no later than March 30, preliminary abstract with clearly defined objective and approach, pointing out new material and presenting sufficient details regarding results. Read More

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SMD Quality, Reliability Standard focuses on non-IC components.

February 8, 2012

C revision of IPC/JEDEC J-STD-033, Handling, Packing, Shipping, and Use of Moisture/Reflow and/or Process Sensitive Components specifically covers non-IC electronic components classified per EIA/IPC/JEDEC J-STD-075. SMD manufacturers and users gain standardized methods thta help prevent damage from moisture absorption and exposure to solder reflow temperatures. Also, revision contains correction made to desiccant calculation and allowance for less use of desiccant for MSL2 parts. Read More

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BSA releases Bearing Brief on Proper Handling.

February 8, 2012

Available in downloadable PDF format from BSA website, Proper Handling Bearing Brief points out role of best shop practices in handling all bearings. Because rolling-element bearings are high-precision components, they need to be stored and handled carefully to perform as designed. Brief details proper storage and handling of bearings before, during, and after installation, as well as lubrication basics, which are essential to bearing use. Read More

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AIA Praises Congressional Passage of FAA reauthorization.

February 8, 2012

In her statement, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey welcomes House and Senate passage of conference report on H.R. 658 (FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012) and calls it "critical to FAA operations." Blakey says this bill "offers stability and predictability to the aviation industry" in contrast to short-term extensions and urges President Obama to sign it in order to "make our skies safer, cleaner, and less congested" while simultaneously generating private sector jobs. Read More

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ANSI Releases Schedule for spring member meetings.

February 8, 2012

ANSI announced its schedule for annual spring member forum meetings, which are open to all ANSI members and take place at The Capital Conference Center in Arlington, VA from March 20-21, 2012. March 20 will see Company Member Forum (CMF) and Joint Member Forum (JMF) and Luncheon, while Organizational Member Forum (OMF) will take place on March 21 in conjunction with ANSI-hosted Database Design Verification Workshop. Read More

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ANSI Contributions help build strong future for USA.

February 8, 2012

ANSI affirms its commitment to fostering dynamic U.S. economy through responsive standardization solutions. Published by Council on Competitiveness with input from ANSI and other stakeholders, MAKE: An American Manufacturing Movement puts forth 5 critical challenges facing U.S. manufacturing and offers specific solutions to address them. This supplements activities/goals such as fostering innovation and job creation via energy efficiency efforts and credentialing programs. Read More

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TRFA calls for Thermoset Polymer Research Award entries.

February 8, 2012

TRFA has announced its 3rd Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award Competition to encourage and recognize advances in science and engineering of thermoset polymer industry. Competition is open to all BS, MS, and PhD students at an accredited college or university in USA and Canada. Entries must be in form of research papers in traditional scientific journal format, and research topic should be related to Thermoset Polymer Science and Technology. Read More

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Laser Workshop devotes one day to rapid manufacture.

February 8, 2012

LIA will be holding its fourth annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) Workshop in Houston, TX from February 29 through March 1, 2012. Educational showcase will feature keynote presentations by experts Terry Wohlers and Dr. Ingomar Kelbassa. Retooled for this year, LAM will devote one full day to laser-based rapid manufacture beyond established practices of creating prototypes and repairing corrosion/wear. Workshop will specifically spotlight advances in 9 industries. Read More

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SAE Program sets conformance standards for MAC industry.

February 8, 2012

Overseen by SAE International's Interior Climate Control Standards Committee, program provides conformance measures for mobile air conditioning industry. While certification of any product is voluntary, suppliers who advertise their products as certified to SAE International "J" standard are required to follow procedure established by this program. It can be used by MAC manufacturers, along with testing facilities and providers of technical training. Read More

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ISPE Conferences to focus on pharmaceutical aseptic processing.

February 8, 2012

ISPE will present "Global Evolution of Aseptic Processing: Implementing Risk-Based Manufacturing Solutions" in Tampa, FL on February 29 through March 1, 2012 and in Frankfurt, Germany from March 26-27, 2012. While both 2-day events will focus on global evolution and challenges of aseptic processing in pharmaceutical industry, second presentation will feature strong focus on European concerns. Attendees will learn about barrier isolation, vaccine manufacturing, and technology innovations. Read More

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Erdem Ural is named Chairman of chemical hazard potential committee.

February 8, 2012

Erdem Ural, Ph.D., president of Loss Prevention Science and Technologies Inc., is chairman of ASTM International Committee E27 on Hazard Potential of Chemicals. With membership of 65 or more, this committee develops standards on hazard potential of chemicals related to fire explosion and uncontrolled energy release. Ural specializes in combustible dust and vapor gas explosions and flash fires, process safety, incident investigation, industrial hazard evaluation, and hazard communication. Read More

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Anthony W. Thornton named chairman of metal powder committee.

February 8, 2012

Anthony W. Thornton, director of product integrity and performance and senior product scientist at Micromeritics Instrument Corp., has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee B09 on Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products. An ASTM fellow and Award of Merit recipient, Thornton has been a member of ASTM since 1987. He leads Subcommittee B09.01 on Nomenclature and Technical Data, and is chairman of both Subcommittee C21.04 on Raw Materials and Subcommittee E29.02 on Non-Sieving Methods. Read More